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A Passion for Pantone

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#pantoneposts by Lucia Litman

#pantoneposts by Lucia Litman

Have you ever taken a color acuity test online? I have, and they're much harder than you would think. We all see color a little differently from each other, which I guess explains why I occasionally see people mixing shades that honestly make me a little nauseous, but doesn't seem to impact them at all. Color is a really interesting area to explore, shaped by personal perception, senses, and preference. 

With that being said, there is also a science to color, and a standard that is set for thousands of hues that help keep everything in order. Pantone is the industry leader in developing and documenting these guidelines, setting trends and helping manufacturers to maintain a certain standard.

Still following me? Then check out #PantonePosts, a series of photographs taken by Lucia Litman that match food with a dedicated Pantone shade. From toasted bagels to bananas in varying stages of ripeness, she finds the perfectly satisfactory way to document each item as a color. If you're a fan of Things Organized Neatly and pictures that are Oddly Satisfying, I'd recommend checking her out.

the art of the detox

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I'm going on a family trip to the Dominican Republic in March, and the realization that I'll soon be hanging out in a bikini has me scrambling to eat more  kale and make sure I get to the gym five days a week. I've never been one to even consider a detox (food is just way too delicious to not chew), but this series of prints by illustrator Marine de Quenetain featured on goop is inspiration enough to focus on eating more of the right stuff.

pho: for all occasions

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Today was a doozy of a day. I received news about a new job opportunity that has me breathing a lot easier right now than I was last night, but I  am also more stressed out about other situations than I've been in weeks. Conveniently, I turn to one thing when I both want to celebrate and eat my feelings: pho from down the street. This warm bowl of Vietnamese soup was just what I needed on this surprisingly brisk summer night. Well, that and another episode of the new Bachelor In Paradise season. And wine. Plenty of wine.


Pho Hong | Burlington, VT

summer's here!

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while many people think of Memorial Day as the kick off of summer, I think I can safely say that my absolute favorite season is here  - hopefully, to stay!  this past weekend consisted of cruising on the bike path with my newly acquired bike all the way up to North Beach park, with a picnic of a deli sandwich and a cold box of wine in my Fjall Raven backpack.  here's what I'll be using to get me through the next few months:

1. I was overcome with an urge to stress shop a few weeks ago, and I can safely say it was a smart decision because I am now the proud owner of this amazing H&M picnic blanket - fleece on one side, plastic on the other, with a strap to bundle it up and make it easily portable.  this is my new favorite possession.  2 & 3. it's a Vermont state park rule that you can't have alcohol in glass containers.  luckily, there's a decent selection of delicious boxed wine out there - both Bandit and Bota wines are totally worthy of your classy picnics (you can say goodbye to Franzia for good!)  4. I fell in love with Fjall Raven Kanken bags when I lived in Copenhagen and everyone fram age 4 to 34 would wear theirs in an adorable rainbow of stylish colors.  the good news is that they're much cheaper stateside than they are in socialist Denmark!  scope out your Fjall Raven here.  5.  I'm all about getting some color this summer, but I'm 25 now, so I have to do something to prevent my wrinkles from getting any more out of control (laugh lines I can deal with, but my 11s? no thank YOU).  this lovely sun hat from J. Crew is my and your friend in these sunny months.  6. for me, this scalloped Chloe bikini is a thing of dreams, but thank goodness I had the decency to pick up H&M's knock-off when it was in stock  7. you're not supposed to wear (much) makeup at the beach, right?  consider Maybelline 14-Hour Lipstick your pretty saving grace when it's so hot and sticky that even a caftan seems like too much effort  8. to go along with that sun hat, Clinique City Block is the best sun protector out there.  when other SPFs left me high and dry (and red), this amazing product kept my face cool and sunburn-free