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Apr 10, 2012

Pastels: A Soothing, Calm Fashion Statement


Headache?  Maybe you need to take two pastel colors and call me in the morning!


There is actually one place on earth where pastel colors was said to be a remedy for migraine headaches.  That place is Curacao on the largest island in the Netherlands Antilles.  As the story goes, back in the 19th century, Governor-General Albert Kikkert suffered from migraine headaches.  He believed they came from the bright sun reflecting off the large amount of white buildings.  Most physicians believed that the amount of light reflections did not really cause the headaches, yet, did not help them either. 
Therefore, the Governor-General sent out a decree in the early 1800s that all buildings must be painted with any color other than white and this led to a multitude of beautiful pastel colors standing all in a row along the pristine beaches.  These historical buildings have been preserved and for the most part still stand today.  Located in what is known as the “hurricane belt” the buildings require constant restoration, but over 750 pastel buildings greet tourists annually!


Actually, I have to agree that there is something calm and soothing about pastels.  So, chill out, and visit all of these beautiful colors from the bloggers participating in Everybody, Everywear today.


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Jones of New York Blouse
Beau Dawson Capris: Ross
Scarf: Ross
Leather Flats: Target
Bracelet: Stein Mart

Have a very happy Tuesday!!

26 comments:

  1. Great story! I've often noticed how much of a seaside tradition those pastel colours are; I'd no idea there was a reason behind that.

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  2. You look gorgeous in your pastel top Pam....love the scarf too:)

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  3. Good morning, BEAUTIFUL! LOVE your remedy. Color definitely affects how I feel and I think these pastels are a great IDEA! I am off now to get dressed for school and I shall wear my great sweater today!

    HAVE A GOOD DAY! Anita

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  4. I love that bracelet Pam. I wore pastel yellow for Easter. It was so nice to have something on so Spring-y. It is such a nice change of pace!

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  5. Pam, I love you... you are too darn cute. Yes, I have a pounding headache, think I'll take 4 pastel colors!! xo

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  6. I really like what you've done here by adding a more vivid color to your pastel top!

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  7. Colorful buildings make me so happy. It's so un-New York. Whenever I'm in a place where the buildings are pretty colors, I can't stop taking pictures of them.

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  8. Gorgeous in pastels, Pam.
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  9. Thank you for giving the history of those beautiful pastel buildings on Curacao. And your outfit is beautiful too - love the scarf as a bolder accent color. Have a great day, dear Pam!

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  10. Well, you learn something new everyday! Thank you for sharing this story.

    I don't wear many pastels - not sure that they look very good on me, but you are making me consider trying again. I found a beautiful lavender button down by Liz Claiborne at the thrift shop yesterday but darn it, it was too big and the sleeves were too short. But it was beautiful. Maybe another one will cross my path soon.

    You look so feminine and fresh in your outfit and I am crazy about that scarf. Looks like an Hermes but you found it at Ross??? Great purchase.

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  11. You look very summery in this outfit. The scarf is a perfect touch.

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  12. I could use some pastels right about now. I love the bracelet and how the scarf punches up the pale pink of your shirt. Perfect! I will wear pastels if I can edge them up a bit. My favorite combination is pale lavender with black, black and more black! XO, Jill

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  13. What an interesting story about pastels! I like the photos of the pastel shaded houses. Baby pink looks lovely on you!

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  14. Thanks for this post about all those pretty buildings, I would love to see them! I also read once about a economically-depressed town in Europe that decided they'd paint every building in town blue! - as a tourist attraction. It worked!

    You look lovely in pastels, with sparkly pastel jewels on your wrist and then the splash of colour in the scarf.

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  15. That scarf is the perfect accessory for this outfit! You have a great eye for scarves!

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  16. I love those pastel houses!!!
    I love the pop of the scarf with the pastel pink!!!

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  17. I love the baby pink top with that scarf
    Brett

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  18. Hi Pam!

    Nice story and love your pastels

    Have a great Tuesday!

    Arianexxxx

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  19. I love your story Pam
    Pastel houses have something magical
    You wear your pastels so nicely

    Ariane xxx

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  20. You look beautiful, and springy! Fun info about the houses too. The coastal colors of houses like that remind me of my time spent by the Mediterranean sea. xo P.S> I'm leaving a comment from my other blog today

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  21. I love that color combine with dark brown capri and red scarf is awesome!

    Pastel

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  22. The light pink looks nice with the bright scarf!

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  23. You look so pretty in this color. I had not known this bit of history about Curacao...very interesting.

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  24. Yep! I'll take two too and I love the shade of pink you are wearing!

    Enjoy your day,
    leslie

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