Colour Calendar: October

October: ORANGE

Is it a predictable move to choose orange as my colour calendar for the month of halloween? Yes. Do I care? Nah, because a little slice of autumnal orange never hurt anyone. Now, I know that Orange can be a bit scary for some people: it’s bright, bold and quite unusual in our daily lives. I think we forget that some of the best things in life are orange; the sun (we all need some vitamin D), Wotsits (worth getting it stuck in your teeth), Crunchies (that Friday feeling!) and the new Jane Austen £10 notes (you go girl)!

Orange is special.

Forget the chicken and the egg dilemma; have you ever wondered what came first – orange the fruit or orange the colour? Well I have, and to save you googling it, the use of the word ‘orange‘ to describe a cross between red and yellow wasn’t recorded until three hundred years after the fruit appeared in Europe. I love little bits of trivia like that. Next time you’re with a group of people, drop that in, sit back and enjoy the discussion.

With the leaves turning 50 shades of autumn, it’s time to warm up to orange. Pumpkin orange, burnt orange, orange orange and rust orange – it’s everywhere at the moment and I’m pretty happy about it. Warm and happy, just like my nostalgic memories of Crash Bandicoot – hands up if you remember that little orange fox-like character?

Like many 20-somethings, I spent way too many hours on the Playstation 1 collecting apples, jumping on boxes and keeping my fingers crossed for a checkpoint with Crash. He spins, he swims and best of all, he’s jumped into 2017 and landed inside Jack’s Playstation 4. Jack & I both grew up on Crash Bandicoot so when we found out we could relive our youth, we were pretty excited. Of course we celebrated by spending a few hours playing Crash/ loosing lives – we might be older and wiser now, but sadly that means nothing when it comes to our Bandicoot skills! Some couples have date nights, some couples have playstation nights… a couple that plays together, stays together after all.

And whilst we’re talking nostalgia…

Can we just talk about the amazing Mr Tickle print by Davey Podmore? Bold in both colour and content, it’s so simple yet clever. The only way you can get your hands on it is by heading to Print Club London (Dalston, London) on the 27th October for the Blisters launch – rsvp here. 50 prints by 50 artists for £50 each. How can you resist? See you there…

1. Patterned cushion cover in burnt orange: H&M – £6.99
2. Pink Pepper hand & nail cream: Oliver Bonas – £8.50
3. Ghouls just want to have fun tshirt: Missguided – £12.00
4. Googly eyes phone case: Urban Outfitters – £16
5. Terracotta velvet tub chair: Oliver Bonas £445
6. Hamburger patch tshirt: Zara – £15.99
7. Glamorous Velvet Embroidered Cross Body Bag: ASOS – £28
8. Crunchine tshirt: Henry Holland x Cadburys – £30
9. Orange Mohair Turn up Beanie: Oliver Bonas – £22.00
10. Big Dot Socks: Happy Socks – £9.95
11. Lost in Amsterdam city guide: Amazon – £9.00
12. Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy: Amazon – £27.99
13. Mr Tickle limited edition print by Davey Pomore: Print Club London – £50

If you ask me, orange is seriously underrated. Let’s try to change that this October; starting with a pumpkin patch visit – I’m already preparing myself for Instagram envy, sob. TAKE ME WITH YOUUUUU…

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