I have to say that I was really excited when PANTONE, the global authority on color and color standards for the design industry, chose 17-5641 EMERALD as Color of the Year for 2013. “This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors,” say Leatrice Eisman, executive directior of Pantone Color Institute. It doesn’t stop with fashion and home though, SEPHORA+PANTONE have partnered to create their 2nd annual limited edition Color of the Year Beauty Collection. Emerald adds drama to all eye colors and compliments peach, rose, pink, red and even eggplant. It’s a color a woman of any age can wear well, and this vibrant green can be the finishing touch on your fingernails, not to mention polishing off a pedicure Kermit would be proud of!
Pantone said that jewel-toned Emerald promotes balance, insight and harmony. How right they are! I always wondered how the color of the year was chosen, and found that in order to arrive at their selection, they comb the world looking for color influences that can include the entertainmanet industry, travelling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations, technology, even sports events that capture worldwide attention!
But…none of that is the reason that I was excited about emerald green. I was happy because green is the color of the heart chakra. The fourth of our seven chakras, and the one that deals with social identity, trust, forgiveness, unconditional love and compassion. I see it as a good thing that there will be more of this color out there in the world surrounding us with it’s energetic vibration – vibe, if you will! The heart chakra is a transition point between our lower three chackras, and our upper three. Betwen the instinct to survive and the desire for enlightment. This is the meeting place for both. I think we’ve seen what unchecked “instinct to survive” looks like: greed, war, violence, selfishness, corruption. I think a heartier dose (pun intended) of the desire for enlightment would be a very welcomed change. I am fortunate to see it around me all the time; generousity, compassion, service, inclusive-community, spirituality and creativity. I want to believe that a new focus on green signals a trend in that direction on a larger scale!
What are some ways you can “green up” your life? You can try some sexy new eyeshadow, eyeliner, or mascara. You can ask your nail stylist for a pedicure with a new shade of green (this is Fresh Frog, by OPI!). You can buy a beautiful new blouse in emerald, it goes with so many colors – there is even an article online from the fashion industry on how to wear the Color of the Year. (They love it because it works well in men’s fashion, too). St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, so it’s a great excuse to buy green. There are bath towels in Pantone Emerald available at JCPenney…what a delicious color to wrap yourself in after you’ve bathed! Both lavendar and jasmine oils are supposed to stimulate your heart chakra (might explain my recent fascination with all things lavendar) and you could easily buy a large, luscious bar of soap in either scent. And last, but not least, yoga. Yoga opens the heart center. I recently bought a yoga CD by Rodney Yee (thank you, Ron Maddox). It’s easy, beginning yoga that only takes 20 minutes, and I do it when I come home from work. Makes my whole evening mellower. I know a glass of wine would be faster, of course, but I will appreciate it even more with an open heart!