over50feeling40: That Regal Feeling!
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Apr 7, 2011

That Regal Feeling!

Ellen Tracy Trousers: Stien Mart
Print Cami: Stein Mart
Scarf: Walmart
Silk Jacket: Chicos
Purple Glasses on head!








Thank you so much to each and every one of you who left such sweet comments yesterday. It has been an emotional week…great sadness and great rejoicing all rolled into one event. While this time of life can be a sobering one, it can also be a time of intense joy and appreciation.


Therefore, to celebrate life today, I am wearing one of my favorite colors….PURPLE.


Have you studied purple? It has a “rich” history…yes, pun intended, since it is the color of royalty and associated with wealth. I went to http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/color-purple.htm and learned the following:



A little pattern mixing...and it worked!






The Color Purple

The Meaning of the color Purple

The color and material used in Elizabethan Clothing was extremely important. People who could wear the color Purple was dictated by English Law! These were called the Sumptuary Laws. The colors of Elizabethan clothes, including the color Purple, provided information about the status of the man or woman wearing them. This was not just dictated by the wealth of the person, it also reflected their social standing. The meaning of colors during the Elizabethan era represented many aspects of their life - the social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism was reflected in the color Purple!

The Symbolic and Religious Meaning of the color Purple

Some interesting facts and information about the  symbolic,religious, Christian and Biblical meaning of the color Purple

Purple is always associated with Royalty

Purple togas were worn by the all powerful Roman Emperors

The symbolic meaning of the color purple was for penitence and mourning

Purple also has a Christian / Biblical meaning and is the liturgical color for the seasons of Lent and Advent

Only the most expensive dyes were used to produce the color purple, it therefore became symbolic with wealth and power

People who were allowed to wear the color purple during the Elizabethan era, as decreed by the English Sumptuary Laws, were the Queen, Queen's mother, children, and sisters, and aunts. The King, King's mother, children, brethren, and uncles

The Dye used to produce the color Purple

Some interesting facts and information about the dyes used to produce the color. The purple color was produced from an extremely expensive dye called Tyrian purple which originated in Tyre in Lebanon (William Shakespeare wrote the play Pericles, Prince of Tyre). The Phoenicians owned the monopoly on this purple dye which was was made by crushing thousands of sea shells - Mediterranean Murex. It took ten thousand Murex mollusks to make dye just one toga! This purple dye was worth more than its weight in gold and therefore came to symbolise both wealth and power. Production of Tyrian purple almost ceased with the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and was replaced by other cheaper dyes like lichen and madder.


Dana Buchman Bracelet: Kohls
Seychelles Flats: Marshalls



Wow, I am also going to celebrate that we live in a country where we do not have laws dictating what colors we wear and, now, purple is for all people!

I love the vibrant hues of purple no matter what its history is and when I wear it….I just have to include a smile on my face. If you do not have purple in your closet, I would like to encourage you to give it a try…just go shopping and be sure to try on purple clothing…you might be surprised at how great you feel!!  Also, I am loving these short trousers much more than I thought I would! These are new...in a smaller size...and I think they are flattering..which surprised me!!

BREAKING NEWS STORY:  This story caught my eye today...of course I am going to love dresses with built in body slimmers:  Nue by Shani are dresses carried in several different retail outlets"

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/main/7510040.html

12 comments:

  1. I've seen a lot of things in purple but your jacket is one of the prettiest ever. I love the fabric and of course you look Maaaarvelous.

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  2. Wow Pam, you are a continuous sourcer of knowledge and inspiration.
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  3. PAM-EH-LAAAAAAA! Beautiful! You DO look regal and so lovely. Purple is gorgeous!! Hugs!!! ~Serene

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  4. You are radiant in purple and love the metallic flats. And thank you for the purple tutorial with the interesting details!

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  5. I missed your post yesterday, but I am truly sorry and prayers go out your way. You were very lucky, I never had a friend like that, try to focus on how much Lisa enriched your life.

    I can never say I know how you feel (hate when people say that) But I lost my Dad at the age of 47 and while that was a long time ago, something is missing, but after a while it becomes a bittersweet sort of feeling.

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  6. Purple is one of my favorite colors. When I was in High School, I told a boy that I loved purple and he said, "I sure wished I was purple." Tee hee. Good one.

    You look beautiful.

    xo,
    Tracy

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  7. You look lovely in purple and those shorter pants. I had not known all this about purple, although I knew vaguely that it represented royalty. While I'm glad that the colors we wear aren't legislated, there ARE sumptuary laws in the US. Some jurisdictions for example won't let people sag their britches. :)

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  8. I missed your post yesterday, but I am so sorry about your friend. I can't even imagine. ((HUGS))

    Now. Purple. FABULOUS!!! You look wonderful.

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  9. Love those shoes Pam! And purple is such a great color--thanks for the history! Paula

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  10. Thank you so much for stopping by today, I am following back. I love purple too, not sure why I don't have more of it in my closet! Now I am going to want to go to Coldwater Creek tomorrow. ;) Hope you are having a great week. :)

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  11. Hi I'm here from Friday Follow 40 & over. I knew I was here before. I tried to follow & the # didn't change, so I thought so. How ya been? Fine I hope. Well, have a great weekend.

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  12. Love purple! You already saw my new pink/purple necklace... did I subconsiously know your topic today... hmmm...

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