Food Coloring: Just Beet It!

All right, maybe I’m taking this color obsession a little too far… In August, when I was visiting my sister up in Poulsbo, Washington, we were enjoying a wonderful home-cooked lunch at her house that included many young, delicious vegetables from her garden (and a chicken). This locovore’s delight included a dish of beautiful beets, regular (or whatever the red ones are called) and golden, together on a platter, thus:

Beets, part of a delicious lunch at my sister’s house. Little did she know…

I couldn’t help it. I grabbed my camera. And now I’m sure you can see why. With fall fashion excitement building as I type, could there be a more enticing color palette?

Here’s how these gorgeous beets translate into an actual palette:

Beets Me palette

How can you use this color palette? Well, if you already have, say, a burgundy leather jacket, try adding a bright gold scarf the next time you wear it. Or maybe you can find a wrap dress with a print that incorporates this palette. How about adding an oversized wine-colored bag to an outfit of deep crimson skinny jeans worn with a persimmon-colored tweedy sweater?

By the way, these deep wine colors are the trendiest shades this fall; look for anything called “oxblood” in particular. The wine tones are fantastic for those of us who have difficulty finding the right reds to wear (including me). And they function as neutrals— so many colors look great with these deep, sophisticated reds!

Enough fashion chat. Right now, I’m just hungry. Ooh, I know: one of those multi-colored layer cakes that are so popular right now!

Don’t laugh! There just might be a fantastic new color palette lurking on your dinner table tonight…

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