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The back of this scaffolding van just talked to me when I was whizzing passed. Lovely shades of pinks and blues a colour combination that I keep revisiting. A touch of pink and optimism to break up a sea of winter blues seems like a good idea in wardrobe terms.  Reflecting on this particular colour combo, it also strikes me that whenever I see others wearing this ‘classic’ combo it always re-confirms how much I like it. It’s something about the combinations of blue and pink that seems to work with a wide verity of hair colours and skin tones. Easy and fresh. 

I love the different shades of blues and pinks and the flecks of red against the natural colour of the steel poles. I can instantly imagine that this palette will work well on any artwork using watercolours to merge the tones. 

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Deep in the city of London I spotted these lovely natural tones of colour and texture whilst waiting for my train. Only the simplified underground logo, an instant giveaway of where this picture was taken.

The natural tones of cream and ‘driftwood’ in different shades with an accent of two bright blue stripes works well. A palette easy to wear and to create with. When worn I feel these colours used in the same proportion as shown in this picture, mainly naturals with a pop of bright blue leaves enough room for your personality to shine. I can imagine an outfit of naturals with a bright blue handbag or hat. Me forever and always an accessories lover.

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Metallic shimmer in many shades is what I personally associate with 70’s disco, the allure of sparkling lurex if you will. My own personal taste mean that when it comes to mixing my metals I remain quite conservative, if I can help it.

Snapping this image of an old rusted gate makes me predict that this might change in the future. I absolutely love the shade of cool silver next to the warm copper tone sat against the sparkly dark green and classic black.

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This dark and moody colour palette above spotted out and about in London holds only tiny promises of sunnier times in form of the light citrus yellow preset in the frame. Yet, for me this type of moody black, dark green and cream colour palette is both stylish, practical and feels new thanks to the added yellow. Sometimes I am not in the mood to dress like a rainbow and for those days this colour combo is close to perfect! How do you feel? Does your mood affect the colours you choose to wear?

Here in London the temperature is dropping steadily! Yet, nothing like at home in Norway where temperatures below zero has been the norm for quite some weeks. Growing up in Scandinavia means that I secretly do not mind wrapping up in layers of cosy knitwear and scarves.

Used on textiles this colour palette would look good on both silk and wool. Used for the home this palette would achieve a very striking but individual result. Cosy thanks to the dark green and black, balance added by the cream and interest added by the yellow colour pops, perhaps in form of interchangeble cushions and throws.
 
When I was around  fifteen I convinced my parents to paint my room dark bottle green, like the colour of the tiles in the picture below. I loved my my dark teenage cave. 

 

 

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Ultramarine! The electric blue hue that always seems to speak to me! It catches my eye even when I think our love affair is over. In this picture taken outside the Barbican I find it extremely handsome! Flirting with a shade of golden yellowish green I find that I am yet again seduced by this electric shade of colour. In combination with natural grey this palette need to be explored further.

Some evidence of my flirt with ultramarine and ochre.

Have a closer look at the blue bananas print scarf here. Or the ochre mascara print scarf here 

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Dreamy shades of pink, purples, blue and tobacco brown. A micro underwater landscape discovered on a family outing to the Horniman museum with my boys last weekend. There is something ultra feminine about this colour story, not particularly me but after I came home and had a look at my photos from our day out I have to admit that the colours in this snap speaks to me! What’s do you think? Like it or not?

We had a lovely family day out despite some rain! The farmers market and the indoor activities at the Horniman museum kept us busy for hours. 

A palette to come back to when I feel in the right mood to create something ultra feminine perhaps on silk chiffon, that would be a totally first for me. To be continued.