When I think ‘orchid’, I think of Orchids Thai Restaurant back home and their coconut chicken curry. Shout out to my favorite Thai folk and their delicious kitchen magic!
You know what I don’t think of when I think ‘orchid’? I don’t think radiant. I’m just not really a purple kind of girl.
But hey, I ain’t Pantone.
*Images – Row 1 | Stay With Me At All Times by Michael Cina via Saatchi Online; Bun in the Oven (See Jane Bump) via See (Anna) Jane; 1960s Helmond Violet Dress via Adored Vintage; Row 2 | Annie McElwain photography
Luckily for them, it is a secretly beautiful color. I like to think of Radiant Orchid as Eggplant’s (not Pantone’s Egglant, by the way, which is murky and gray) quiet, freckly cousin who shows up at prom with her braided pigtails let down all the while turning the heads of the jerks who thought she was a loser. Oh yeah, and then she wins prom queen. Alas, Radiant Orchid – Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year.
Trust me, I’m not going painting my walls Radiant Orchid any time soon. But it is a refreshing hue if you want to bring life to something. It has a certain spunk that allows a little to go a long way.
Row 1 | Rainbow Checkered Tie (sold out) via J. Press York Street; Uptown Girl via eat.sleep.wear.; Girl’s Puffin Classics Set via Amazon; prettystuff on Tumblr (Anyone know where this image actually originated?); Row 2 | Radiant Orchid via A Little Dash of Darling; Lavender Geode Agate Druzy Necklace 14K Gold (sold out) via friedasophie on Etsy
And so Pantone does it again. Effortlessly turning us into fans of a an age-old color featured on naturally occurring orchid flowers all over the world. Suddenly now it’s cool, and though it hurts my pink-loving 13-year-old heart, I have to agree.