Bringing the ‘Colour of the Year’ to Life

Each year, colour experts reflect on social and economic trends and select a ‘Colour of the Year’.  For 2014, the Colour of the Year is Radiant Orchid, a colour that sits somewhere between fuschia, lavender, lilac and magenta.  Pantone’s Pinterest board shows how the colour can morph to suit a variety of skin tones.  Check it out at

The Colour of the Year finds expression in a variety of applications from makeup to fashion to home décor to home accessories, etc.  As the fashion embraces Radiant Orchid and Spring increasingly makes its presence felt, you will see more and more of this tone in your favourite clothing.  Depending on your personality, you may adopt the colour whole-heartedly or look for ways to update current pieces.  Either way, accessories can be the perfect complement.  Amethyst falls comfortably within the scope of Radiant Orchid and offers both an update on a current wardrobe and a great option to complete a new outfit.

These amethyst earrings are a great example of how amethyst can be a great accent to incorporate the radiant orchid trend.

Fair Trade Amethyst Earrings

Amethyst Earrings capture the essence of Radiant Orchid


In this second example, a scarf in the radiant orchid tones has been paired with an amethyst ring.


Fair Trade Ring captures Radiant Orchid

Beautiful examples of Radiant Orchid


These are just some ideas to get you started on incorporating this season’s ‘IT’ colour.  As an added bonus, the pieces used in the examples are all sourced through fair trade.  Pieces are available on



The Healing Power of Fair Trade

Suryakala Nepali leather worker

Suryakala has new future making leather handbags

Leather handbag made in Nepal

Beautiful brown leather bag made by Suryakala and other leprosy survivors

Suryakala’s story is one that inspires me as it reminds of the power of Fair Trade to reach into communities and change lives.  Suryakala lives in Nepal and was diagnosed with leprosy.  She did not seek help immediately because she did not want to bring shame onto her family, choosing instead to let the disease attack her body unchecked.  Eventually the tell-tale signs were evident and she was abandoned by her family.  She found her way to the leprosy hospital where she received treatment and was healed.  As part of her rehabilitation she was trained to make leather good, including handbags.  Making handbags provided her an income and the proceeds contributed back to the leprosy hospital, making it possible for others to receive the life-giving treatment that she had.  While in rehab she met a man whose story mirrored her own.  The two were married and started a family.  Unfortunately, he passed away relatively soon, leaving her to raise their children.  The leprosy trust provided the employment and support she needed to look after her family.  The leather handbags that are sold through Fair Trade retailers in Europe and North America support this leprosy hospital and create a future for women like Suryakala.

Brighten Up with Yellow

Fall is such a wonderful season as nature shows off its amazing colours!  And isn’t it awesome that these great fall colours find their way into fashion as well.  We’re loving the yellow trend that is on display this fall with a special emphasis on mustardy yellows. 

mustard yellow cardigan

yellow silk t-shirt


Incorporating this trend into your accessories isn’t difficult.  Check out these beautiful mustard yellow pieces:

Yellow Cross-Body Bag

Yellow Cross-Body Bag


Butter Yellow Scarf

Butter Yellow Scarf



These particular accessories, and many more, all happen to be sourced through Fair Trade and are available on sale at 30% off at