My life in colour

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Ed­i­tor’s Note:

I def­i­nitely lead a colour­ful life. With four kids, two dogs, an ac­tive so­cial life, en­vi­able travel sched­ule and a job that has me buzzing from one end of the city to the next – I am al­ways on the go!

When trend fore­cast­ers started call­ing Spring 2012 one of the most colour­ful sea­sons we have seen in decades, I shouted “woohoo!” Fi­nally, my out­ward ap­pear­ance would re­flect my in­ner vi­brancy.

As I pe­rused the style op­tions for dé­cor, I was flooded with mem­o­ries of decades past and the choices I had made back in the ‘80s when I chose pur­ple broad­loom and a grey paint, with a hint of mauve, for the walls. The look worked back then and would again to­day.

Then I re­called one of my favourite night-scene looks that in­cluded red jeans and yel­low stilet­tos with sil­ver heels . . . I rocked that look in my twen­ties, so much so that a swanky Palm Beach ho­tel es­corted my friends and I out of their bar, dis­creetly claim­ing that “girls like us were not wel­come in their ho­tel.” Les­son learned – too much of a good thing, is well, too much!

So, learn­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence, I will em­brace the colours of spring but will be wary of go­ing over­board. And this is the same ad­vice that Melissa Shabin­sky of­fers in her beauty col­umn, which looks at bring­ing colour into your makeup reg­i­men.

Many of the colour­ful looks that are pop­ping up this spring stem from the trop­ics and this makes Jane Whit­ing’s ren­o­va­tion fea­ture right on trend. If you ever thought recre­at­ing a trop­i­cal par­adise in Ot­tawa was im­pos­si­ble, this fea­ture will have you think­ing twice.

This spring we cel­e­brate the great, gor­geous out­doors – and while we may not see the beauty of colour just yet as we look out our win­dows – wait for it, it’s com­ing! In the mean­time cher­ish our spring is­sue with pages of beau­ti­ful back­yard in­spi­ra­tion and colour ev­ery­where – from dé­cor, to fash­ion, beauty and per­son­al­ity!

Colour me happy, Mary Tag­gart, Ed­i­tor in Chief mtag­gart@ot­tawaath­ome.ca

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