The color of your diet

Its seems like everyone is trying to eat healthier these days. But what does that mean exactly? How do we know what really makes up a healthy diet. Many diets have complicated prescriptions about protein, fat and carbs. More of this less of that, never eat this, only eat that. It can get messy. But what if we could eat by color?

This week we are bringing you some colorful food information accompanied by  beautiful food and pigment photography from Kremer Pigments. First up yellow! According to SheKnows Health and Wellness Blog:

“Yellow fruits and vegetables are teeming with carotenoids and bioflavonoids, which represent a class of water soluble plant pigments that function as antioxidants. Along with antioxidants, sunny-colored foods also have an abundance of vitamin C. Studies suggest that these bountiful nutrients will help your heart, vision, digestion and immune system. Other benefits of naturally yellow foods include maintenance of healthy skin, wound healing, and stronger bones and teeth.”

 The Food Networks Healthy Eats Blog writes all about red foods:

“Red fruits and veggies are packed with a variety of powerful antioxidants that have been shown to help fight cancer, heart disease and reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness for older folks.”

Greens foods maybe the best of them all! Not only are green foods full of chlorophyll, which protects against disease causing free radicals,  but greenness is a great indicator that foods are densely packed with all sorts of  micro-nutrients our bodies need. They help remove environmental toxins like lead from our tissues, and support the human Mirco-biome (the 10K plus species of healthy microbes that call us home).

Eat the rainbow!

– Emily Eifler, Writer, Colour Studio
– Jill Pilaroscia, Principal, Colour Studio

Nail Polish Color Trends!

The nail salon industry and the products supporting it have become big business.  For fun this week we thought we would check in on the 2012 spring/summer color trends! Before we jump to
this seasons  new colors  we wanted to show off a bit of nail polish nostalgia. Up until the 80’s the color in nail polish was red.

 This 1951 Duragloss ad, via Lulu’s Vintage Blog, prescribes polish based on a hand shape based personality test. Wonder if it worked.

This 1963 magazine for Christian Dior Nail Polish, via Attic Paper, features an illustration by Rene Gruau, a fashion icon of the time famous for his unique drawing style.

Nail polish has come a long way since the all red all the time days. According to Harpers Bazaar nail polish has gone in a distinctly tropical direction this year.  Are we feeling like we could use a vacation to unwind?

Trends are driven by  culture –  news, art, theater.   One recently released collection demonstrates just that.  From “The summer blockbuster of the season: OPI’s dynamic polishes inspired by The Amazing Spider-Man, featuring brilliant reinventions of retro comic-book colors. The best-sellers include the hot coral Call Me Gwen, the reptilian green Just Spotted The Lizard, and the cityscape white My Boyfriend Scales Walls.” Are we feeling like we could use some entertainment as a diversion?

Applying only one color to your nails  is  a bit last season. Nail art is becoming fashionable and consider the skills required to execute it!   Here are some of the more exciting trends we have found: microbeads, newsprint transfers, or even magnetic polishes full of metal powder that line up when exposed to a magnet!

If you want to find color and inspiration options all in one place Sephora has a great page you can  check out.  Trends in color try to  offer some relief from the mundane – and looking at a unique manicure on yourself or a friend could  certainly bring a smile.

– Emily Eifler, Writer, Colour Studio
– Jill Pilaroscia, Principal, Colour Studio