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  • Writer's pictureMaeve

Living Colorfully 101

“The purest and more thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.”

-John Ruskin

I grew up in a blue, Victorian style home that had a hot pink front door with a mother who doesn’t believe a girl should leave the house without blush and lipstick. So for me, living in color is all I know.

When it comes to living a colorful life, there is no wrong place to start. For most people, I believe it begins in their wardrobe because that is what we can control the most and change the easiest.


  1. Gold is your neutral

  2. Sunglasses go with every outfit

  3. Layer

  4. Mix and match prints

  5. Quality over quantity

  6. Preppy never goes out of style

  7. Break the rules

Sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself in the reflection of a window and see myself as other people probably see me and think to myself, “Wow, does that girl just love the color green or what?” And they wouldn’t be wrong to think so. I don’t know who decided you have to stop wearing your favorite color after age 8.

“I think that playing dress up begins at age 5 and never truly ends.”

-Kate Spade

Beyond your wardrobe, let color in all aspects of your life. Nothing brightens my Monday more than opening up my Lilly agenda and being able to ignore what is written on it and admire the beautiful artwork instead. One other way I spread color is with washi tape. I like to cover my walls with it, framing my picture. Recently, I brought the idea onto my mirror and created a frame for my face, which made me feel way too clever. There is no better way to be inspired than to continue to be inspired by your own self.

I think people view a colorful lifestyle as being cliche, and it can be. I think people think I am predictable; that you will walk into my house and there will be a vase full of peonies and a plate of macarons, and sometimes that is the case. But I think the alternative lifestyle is just as predictable. So I say wear pink lipstick, buy those flowers, wear white pants in winter. If you aren’t having fun then it isn’t worth it.

“Life is short. Take the trip. Buy the shoes. Eat the cake.”


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