Happy Hour: When did pink get such a good publicist?

Happy Hour

Cheers from San Jose! I’m writing from the beginning of our 5-week trip to California and Arizona, and the warm up was JUST what I needed.

The key to making pink look grown up? Pair it with black and white and exercise restraint.

We started with a week in Palm Springs, where we attended Modernism Week (inspiration round up coming soon!) and then relaxed for a couple of days at the gorgeous Sands hotel.

Designed by Martin Lawrence Bullard, the Sands hotel is a love letter to the color pink. The restaurant is called The Pink Cabana for goodness sake! And yet, despite the abundant affection for pink, the property exhibited such restraint.

Upon reflection, we’d seen a few non-saccharine blush accents at Modernism Week, and really all over the place lately.

This week, I'm exploring pink after seeing so many grown-up, fresh feeling blush accents in Palm Springs. Pink, who is your publicist?

It was pink gone grown-up, and it made me start thinking about this color, especially in the wake of going pink with the ceiling in my office.

Pink, Grown Up

Forever, pink has belonged to girls: a pink accent wall in a baby girl’s nursery, a bright pink comforter (or even wall if your mom was cool) in your teenage years. But then, eventually, it seemed like you’d have to grow up and put away your pink floor pillows.

Pink wasn’t a color that screamed maturity or sophistication.

And then 2017 happened and we were all inundated with Millenial Pink. Somehow, pink was everywhere. We were going full-tilt monochrome in shades of blush, or adding fresh accents in shades of pink. The key was to select a shade of blush in a relatively matte finish that wasn’t too bright.

While the trend pieces about Millenial pink have died down (purportedly because it’s been replaced with green or black or yellow, or hot pink), the color isn’t dead. Instead, we’ve achieved a new understanding of pink—that it can in fact grow up and sit at the grown-ups table.

When did pink grow up so much? While it feels playful and fresh, it never feels like a gender reveal party.

And this week, we visited the Sands Hotel, awash in a pink glow, where pink is used in relationship to black and white and maybe even pink. But while it feels playful and fresh, it never feels like a gender reveal party.

All of this to beg the question: Pink, who is your publicist?

Toasting with…Rosé, of course! We’re loving this one right now, which we found at the recommendation of a friend.

Shopping for:

  • We ran out of Wiley Wallaby on the drive to California and I’m seriously considering ordering some online because I can’t find it anywhere—what the heck??
  • I’ve heard really good things about these charcoal packs for eliminating odors and traveling with a dog in the car for hours and hours makes me wish I’d ordered some before the trip.
  • We had brunch at the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs last week and the playful design by Jonathon Adler has me wanting this Glitter canister again. Perfect for storing Q-tips in the bathroom, no?
  • Want an infusion of blush in your home? I love the idea of these 3 vases in a little cluster together.

Inspired by:

  • This midcentury design from The Rath Project has me wanting to mix alll the patterns and colors—plus, if you were following my Modernism Week stories, you know that fireplace is giving me heart eyes.
  • I’ve been studying laundry rooms to try to figure out how to maximize function in our own and the wood countertop in this one from Haven Design is so good!
  • I couldn’t put my phone away as we walked through the Mesa Modern home at Modernism week—so many fab ideas on display! I love how Modernism week gives you the opportunity to see both vintage and contemporary design trends.
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