Lemon, Lent and Le Kilt!

The colours of the season, and the importance of keeping a sense of humour in the midst of challenging circumstances, like choosing what to wear for a special occasion for example, have been the inspiration for this week’s blog.

London Fashion Week is one of the events of the fashion calendar and to stay ahead of the trends designers are thinking about what to wear for the Christmas party whilst at the same time contemplating Easter! But whilst they have been talking Autumn/Winter on the catwalks, Spring has definitely sprung around here and the Summer sales are looking spectacular. 

So this week's blog is fully committing to Lemon and Lilac, as two of this season's most abundant colours and a gentler option for those who want to embrace colour but aren't quite ready for brights just yet. Dressing requires a sense of humour too and in a world that moves so fast these days, to stay ahead of the game you really do need to be Alana (The Girl From Tomorrow,) finding a style you feel comfortable often turns out to be the most trendy option. Check out the collection from Le Kilt's Celtic influenced designs to see what we mean. 

I wrote this week's blog on the bus to Sudbury, as opportunity afforded me the chance to catch an earlier bus than the one I had planned on getting.

In my enthusiasm to start what I’ve always felt as a new ‘adventure’ on public transport I activated my bacon and eggs fuelled physique and ‘pegged it’ for the bus stop. As is fast becoming a trend of mine, I ended up travelling in the opposite direction to the one I intended on going in but as it was a truly beautiful day I decided to fully embrace the situation and I'm very glad I did.

As I made my way through the historic market town I saw evidence of lemon and lilac everywhere from the flower boxes outside St Peter's Church to the cosiness of a lilac jumper hanging in the market and the tempting lemon cakes on offer at Gainsborough House.

 

Purple, from which lilac originates, has long been accepted as the traditional colour of Lent (and you only have to look around at all those chocolate bars to know how truly tempting they can be.) But don’t worry because with a brand new brochure now available Stuart Morris Textiles can offer plenty of alternatives for those of you with a sweet tooth and a few positive affirmations thrown in for good measure.

The history behind the use of purple in dyeing stems from a mollusc called the Murex or Purpura mollusc whose distinctive colour could only be extracted using a complex process. As the process involved was very expensive it became linked to luxury and more specifically to Royalty. In fact in Buddhism, the colour purple is a sacred one.

Lemon, as the other season’s colour, is a pale yellow (although rather ironically not the colour of an actual lemon) and often associated with a favourite of Lent, the pancake.

For those of you making pancakes today there’s just enough time for us to share a little pancake recipe of our own which like Stuart Morris combines traditional favourites with a touch of luxury.

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1 egg, 50g plain flour, 150ml milk, pinch of salt, 1tsp lemon oil, 6 crushed palma violets.

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Edible and fashionable what could be better?

This recipe will make 3 pancakes in a standard sized frying pan. For more information on how to make a simple pancake recipe and some terrific ideas for alternative toppings visit the BBC Good Food website.

Being specialists in colour matching, it just so happens that lilac is one of our 14 standard colours. But our team are always ready to rise to a challenge so for anyone wanting to surprise their Mum with a little lemon something for Mother’s Day just let us know. More ideas for Mum's in the next blog.

So don’t delay if you’re keen to keep up with what's in fashion. For more information about colour matching give us a call on 01473 824212 and one of our team will be happy to help or email us for a copy of the new brochure.

I wanted to round off this edition of the blog with a special mention for the humble snowdrop. Whilst not 'in fashion' its one of my favourite flowers and one not always aware of its beauty it seems with its little downturned head.

In Aboriginal culture, the colour yellow has been linked with passing over. Perhaps our little friends the snowdrops are mourning the loss of Winter but as I reach my destination I’m reminded that at this time of the year, perhaps they are simply bowing their heads in prayer for the days ahead.

Did anyone spot the 90s TV reference this week? You can always let me know via the reply link at the bottom of the page. Til next time, thanks for reading and if like me, you're DECHOXing from 1st March then Good Luck!

Katie Farrow

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