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I'm something of a creature of habit, especially when it comes to the places I shop, get my groceries, or get a haircut. I've been going to the same hairdresser's for 20-odd years, even after the previous owner, Juan, sold up and moved back to Spain a few years ago. He sold the business to Mattías, one of the many young people he'd trained up in his salon over the years, so even though I was sorry to lose Juan, I knew nothing would change fundamentally and I'd be in good hands. Unfortunately though, within the year all Mattías's former colleagues left, saying they couldn't stand to work under him now that he was the boss, and he's had to hire a whole new crew. They're all very young and eager to please, but they've never introduced themselves; when I book an appointment I'm never sure who I've booked it with, and I've no clue as to their particular expertise. Which means today my usual instruction of "I trust you" has backfired on me somewhat, as since leaving the salon I've been sporting a lovely new do...but it's magenta! That is to say, about a quarter of my tresses has been dyed that most arresting colour, which although I don't dislike it per se, does worry me slightly in as much that I work in quite a conservative environment, and come Monday, how am I going to dress for it now that my hair clashes with almost every colour I have in my wardrobe?

Speaking of colour, here's a meme on the very subject:

List the ten favorite things connected with a certain color. I was given "orange". Comment on this post and I will give you a color!


Considering that orange happens to be my favourite colour, listing ten favourite things that are orange should have been a doddle; however, I have been struggling a bit. In the end though, I came up with:


1. Scatter cushions. When I moved into my flat, I decided on a fairly neutral colour scheme: the floors were already covered in teakwood parquetry, but I whitewashed the walls, painted all the skirting boards, door- and window frames a soft vanilla colour, and furnished it with white, and teakwood, furniture. It looked great for the first few months, but then it started to look a little too sparse to me...until I got a couple of bright orange scatter cushions and liked the effect so much I got a few more...and then some more...and more still. Which goes to show you don't need to get a whole new interior, just plonk a couple of cushions down to give your place a whole new look.

2. My orange (and yellow) plaid, that I love to wrap myself up in when it gets chilly out on the balcony, but I don't fancy going in yet.

3. My orange cashmere cardie from Jigsaw, that sadly (or so I noticed the other day) the moths have gotten to.

4. My too old, too big, too comfortable orange jumper for me to ever get rid of.

5. A pair of orange leather gloves that I used to have until about a year ago when I lost one glove and had to throw away the other.

6. The clock on my living room wall. It's a big round sheet of opaque white glass with stylised orange (and purple) flowers. Just glancing at it cheers me up (which is the effect the colour orange usually has on me).

7. Amber. I could look at it all day. I love its translucence, the depth and range of colour - but the pieces I like best are the ones that veer toward the burnt orange rather than the darker or lighter ones.

8. The orange glow of a fire burning in the dark.

9. Sunsets. Though of course there are many colours to a sunset, it's the oranges I look for first.

10. Bunting. Orange is the Dutch national colour, so whenever there's (even a small hope of) a celebration, our streets are festooned in orange bunting, our bakers sell orange pastries, and a fair number of us dress up in orange as well.

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bogwitch
Apr. 24th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
And where is the photo???
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
Here!

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Edited at 2010-04-25 10:11 am (UTC)
bogwitch
Apr. 25th, 2010 10:36 am (UTC)
Ah. I see your point.

Very funky though.
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
I think I'll have to wear a hat. At least until I can dye over it without fear of it turning green.

I can see what the girl was trying to do, but with hindsight I think it would have been better if she'd dyed it in a stripey pattern rather than just this great big blob of colour...
enigmaticblues
Apr. 25th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
I love your list!
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