Take A Walk On The Wild Side

It’s time to rethink pink…

Albert Einstein was a genius, and he said “imagination is more important than knowledge” so here goes my take on how to incorporate some Sugar Plum Fairy magic into your life…

Shades of Sugar Plum from a tutu

Shades of Sugar Plum from a tutu.

After almost a month of having Starry, Starry Night on my fingers and toes, it was time for a change so I hot-footed it up to West End Look for a new colour creation. And, behold –  my fingers and toes!

My Sugar Plum Fairy fingernails against a backdrop of fur (faux - of course!)

My Sugar Plum Fairy fingernails against a backdrop of fur (faux – of course!). Personal photo.

This colour is inspired by a tutu worn by a prima ballerina in Act II – Dance of the Sugar Plum FairyThe Nutcracker. For those of you who are not familiar with the story, the Sugar Plum Fairy is the ruler of the Land of Sweets where she welcomes Prince Coqueluche (or the Nutcracker) and his love, Clara, to her land and orders a celebration, which is all very nice. And, to top things off, magical celesta music plays in the background.

A little too sweet for your tastes? Not to worry, just turn your thoughts to Lou Reed…

Sugar Plum Fairy came and hit the streets

Lookin’ for soul food and a place to eat

Went to the Apollo

You should have seen him go, go, go

They said, hey Sugar, take a walk on the wild side

I said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side, alright, huh

Even with Lou’s contribution, pink is still a colour that sometimes divides the masses – some love it, others loathe it. Some think pink is too ‘girly’ but it might surprise them to learn that pink was originally a masculine colour.

In 1927, TIME noted that Princess Astrid of Belgium had been hoping for a son, with the cradle “optimistically decorated in pink, the colour for boys”. Many have hypothesised that this was because pink is a close relation of red – a fiery, masculine colour – while blue was frequently associated with the Virgin Mary.

Princess Astrid of Belgium might have been tempted by some of these decor items when furnishing the nursery for her much wanted son

Princess Astrid of Belgium might have been tempted by some of these decor items when furnishing the nursery for her much wanted son.

Photo courtesy http://www.homedesign-4you.com

The golden age of the color pink was the Rococo Period (1720–1777) in the 18th century, when pastel colors became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe. Pink was particularly championed by Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of King Louis XV of France.

Pink had become a popular colour throughout Europe by the late 18th century. It was associated with both romanticism and seduction. This fashion plate is from 1778–1787

Pink had become a popular colour throughout Europe by the late 18th century. It was associated with both romanticism and seduction. This fashion plate is from 1778–1787. Photo in public domain.

And circa 2015, it’s looking like pink is having a renaissance, perhaps the dawning of a new golden age?  Beauty blooms with a captivating colour collection inspired by the springtime gardens of Paris, with vibrant corals lending balance to wistful, satiny shades of pink to create an enchanting spectrum of shades that range from delicate to deep. Okay, I am sort of paraphasing the Chanel spring make-up range blurb, but it does apply to the fashions as well – just take a look!

Chanel - pink and sublime

Chanel – pink and sublime.

Pink Chanel appropriate for anytime of day or night

Pink Chanel appropriate for anytime of day or night.

For those who like their rosy hues bolder - Chanel again!

For those who like their rosy hues bolder – Chanel again!

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For those who would rather be in the Luxembourg Gardens

For those who would rather be in the Luxembourg Gardens.

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Bright pinks are youthful, fun, and exciting, and vibrant pinks have the same high energy as red; they are sensual and passionate without being too aggressive.

Plenty of hot pink hues to choose!

Plenty of hot pink hues to choose!

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Pink is the color of happiness and is sometimes seen as lighthearted.

A charming and light-hearted way to wear pink - if you can carry it off!

A charming and light-hearted way to wear pink – if you can carry it off!

Pink gives a lift to women who are overworked and overburdened, and has the added attraction of reminding them of the carefree days of childhood.

Pink is perfect for the young-at-heart

Pink is perfect for the young-at-heart.

Whether you like it bright, light, shocking, vibrant or subdued – there’s a pink hue for you!

What's your preferred shade - light, bright or subdued?

What’s your preferred shade – light, bright or subdued?

How about a new coat for winter – any shade of pink will do!

Pink coats come in all manner of shades and styles - all you have to do is choose!

Pink coats come in all manner of shades and styles – all you have to do is choose!

Victoria Törnegren is a 23-year-old Swedish fashion blogger, who suits pink wonderfully well, and knows how to give it a modern edge – take a look!

Pink and black, and classic stripes. Victoria has also been known to pair pink with leopard print!

Pink and black, and classic stripes. Victoria has also been known to pair pink with leopard print!

And, if you really cannot be tempted to wear this lovely hue, why not choose a slice of pink delight to enhance your decor? It doesn’t need much to give your room the appropriate rosy glow!

Minimalism and pink are not necessarily incompatible!

Minimalism and pink are not necessarily incompatible!

Photo courtesy http://www.dweef.com

Pink signifies happiness and joy which is not too far removed from peace and love!
Spread joy and happiness (and peace and love) by adding some pink to your room.

Spread joy and happiness (and peace and love) by adding some pink to your room.

Photo courtesy stylecarrot.com

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the hue!

 

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