August 19, 2010


Dear readers, I am participating in Alphabe-Thursday where GREEN is the vibrant colour of the natural world: trees, plants and so on. (More below.) The very symbol of life and all things positive, the second most popular colour after blue. In one aspect of the manmade world - interior d├ęcor - it is for me, though, another problematic colour. It’s not just that I dislike it, I detest it in kitchens and bathrooms (my apologies if you’ve just installed that beautiful avocado green bathroom or pistachio-hued kitchen of your dreams!) - doubtlessly a hangover from fraught childhood visits to dentist/hospital waiting rooms which were always that dismally dirty shade of “calming” green. As for fashion, I’m not sure…! Before we jump into that favourite old pair of jeans and tee, let’s have our little couture-fix and take a look at some examples to help us make up our minds:

1 Valentino (above)
2 Same Valentino - Rachel Weisz (below)
3 Jason Wu
4 Jason Wu - Diane Kruger
6 YSL – Becky Newton
7 Karen Zambos
8 Karen Zambos - Katherine McPhee & Garcelle Beauvais
9-10 Diane von Furstenburg
11 Lanvin - Leighton Meester
12 Proenza Schouler – Amy Adams
13 Max Azria – Camilla Belle
14 Balanciaga – Miranda Kerr & Ali Larter
15 Naheem Khan – Katherine Heigl
16 Canine couture snapped here last winter (designer unknown)
Now, as for the natural world, my love is for one thing only. As anyone who’s read it will know, quite a few lines are devoted to the subject in my psychological, suspense novel, The De Clerambault Code:
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Now, if any writer declares their books are never autobiographical, don’t believe them! Where does all that inspiration come from, do you suppose? Some golden-haired muse sitting on our shoulder whispering sweet nothings in our ear all day long?!

So, we leave today with my favourite fix of GREEN: trees. For their timelessness (some thousands of years old), their sense of continuity between generations (standing under the same tree as your great-grandparents did), their beauty and variety. Here, then, is one that, for me, sums up all the above (do you have a favourite too?) - the English oak:

Do tell me! And do check out other Alphabe-Thursday posts @ Jenny Matlock´s great site! And, finally, thank you to all my dear readers and also new followers who visited or commented last week! Have a great weekend and see you again for Six Word Saturday!


Kat said...

I love green, the one color that I can wear in almost any shade (as long as it doesn't have too much yellow). That first dress is a knockout. Not sure that I could get away with any of these, but it's nice to dream :)

Tracey said...

Oh.. I love green!! I dont' know why,, maybe it's because there are so many shades... you captured green beautifully!! I love the clothes and wish I could have at least 1/2 of them for my own!! Great choice today!!

Michelle said...

Wonderful choice of green here - as always a perfect post! Love that canine couture too!

Jan said...

Love all those gorgeous designs - well, can dream, can't I?!!

Love the tree too- my favourite's a beech. Great post.

Holly said...

Tremendous selection of green here - and agree the firstis superb!Really eye-catching!

LOve the oak- my fav's the willow-so graceful! 8-)

Vicki said...

I'm old and don't care....I'd put 'em ALL on and prance around :)

Great greens Nora..

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I have been told I look good in green but I just don't feel comfortable in it. Of course if I looked that those women, ANYTHING would look good on me!!

Thanks for sharing! Just stopping by from Ms. Jenny's school party!

Catherine said...

Even though green is my favorite color, I almost never wear it. Somehow it just seems to look much better on trees, spinach, even smoothies than on me LOL!

I lived with that horrid avocado green growing up ... again, that shade needs to stay with the fruit and not on the walls or furniture.

Fun post!

Catherine :)

fredamans said...

I love to wear green!!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The dresses are soo beautiful. I always think for green with red headed people. These ladies all carried it off.

tania said...

Love that first dress and the Lanvin, the Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu...ooh! the list's never ending!
Terrific post!

Mike said...

Why are all models so inhumanely skinny? Have to admit anything would look good on them-even a bin bag! Like the tree though!

Pondside said...

No, I wouldn't be wearing any of those outfits, but I'd be wearing the colour green, in just about any shade. I'm not to keen on living with the colour green anywhere in the house, though. I had too many years of military base housing, which always featured the same bilious green.

NatureGirl said...

We must always post at the same time...I keep winding up next to you in line on Alphabe-Thursdays...FUN!

Christy said...

I love green in nature but not so much in clothes. Maybe because my school uniform was green plaid for 12 years! Great green post!!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Green is my very favorite color to wear. It makes me feel happy. I don't look like those models though..sigh...

T's Daily Treasures said...

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world.

My bedroom is painted a nice sage green. And there are a few colors of green I will wear. I must say, brunettes and definitely red heads look best in the darker color of greens.

Since I live in a desert country, I would definitely say that my favorite greens are trees and grass. Oh how I miss them! :)

Hope you are having a great day. Tammy

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Oooh, great green post!! I love the floral green dress.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Green is actually my favourite colour, emerald green to be specific, but I agree, not with regards to home decor.
*kisses* HH

Tracy said...

Hi thanks for popping by I have had a hectic few weeks no posting last week and hardly any reading of blogs for last few. I love the colour of the top dress I am looking for that colour for my sons wedding

Sue said...

Nice dresses! And I LOVE an oak tree...


ChristiS said...

I've started wearing more green in recent years! I think it looks especially lovely on redheads!

edenhills said...

I love green-it is the color of the heart! I must say that my favorite greens are the outdoors natural greens.


Cheryl said...

Love all the shades of green you captured here.


Well, I love almost any shade of green. I don't have a green kitchen or wait....I do have a green bathroom..hahah...but it is outdated in many in an Angel border....yikes. Thank goodness it is not the bathroom everyone uses.
But, my living room is a blue green sage....light....and it makes me very happy. I love all the green dresses but my 54 year old, out of shape body would not fit in those...eeeor.

easternsparkle said...

Now green is another of those colours that only certian skin types can carry!! Thanks for your comment on the green bus - I lived just across the A1 from Barnet and know it well, small world!!

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I love all of those dresses especially the sequin and floral maxi. I don't have anything green in my wardrobe but now I want something!

Berlin said...

Oh, I love today's post, it's so entertaining!

Ugh, most of the dresses were horrible. Let's leave the green to mother nature :)

Haha, I just selected a new bathroom door today, luckily it isn't green.

And, I only have one green shirt(bought it cause I was in the cheer leading team where we were the green team)

Thanks for stopping by, your comment entertained me :D

Have a great day!

Melinda Cornish said...

I love the Amy Adams dress...she really looks beautiful in that color....

bichonpawz said...

It's kind of funny....I never really liked green til I hit fifty! Now....I rather like it!! And you look great in ANY color!!! xoxoxo Jeanne (and Chloe & LadyBug too)

Lourie said...

I love the emerald greens and kelly green. Not sure I could pull off any of those designs.

My kitchen is olive green, but not by choice. It was that way when we moved in. Not sure what color I would want.

H said...

For me, the tree wins the fashion parade. No question!

Jenny said...

I want to wear that dreamy floral number.

On a beach.

In Fiji.

Without a phone.

For two weeks.

Complete with fruity drinks with little paper umbrellas in them!

I love your posts!

You are so interesting.