Color Craze: Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac
Soon the glorious, glow-y Summer season (albeit hotter than most recent in the Northeast, it seems) will be closing out its raucous run and we'll reservedly turn our attentions to Fall and its kaleidoscope of majestic colors. Regal shades take their turn at the forefront, moving out the tropicals, the brilliants and the neons. Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac help smooth the transition, giving us a rich partnership that can be appreciated all year long.
So, what exactly is Tillandsia?
Tillandsia is a genus of around 650 species of evergreen, perennial flowering plants in the family Bromeliaceae, native to the forests, mountains and deserts of northern Mexico and the southeastern United States, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean to mid-Argentina. (Wikipedia) Botany lesson aside, what I know is that the plant produces some colorful buds, which depending on the species, can be in one of many intense shades of purple. It just seemed right to pair another fresh flower, Lilac, in the same vivacious color family together to ease us gently into next season.
But before we take this Color Craze to the wardrobe closet, may I interest you in a complementary color beverage?
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The Purple Taro Latte joins my list of power potions. Not only is it pleasing to look at, it's also so good for you! It's caffeine-free, chockfull of vitamins and has an unexpected light, sweet flavor that's not overdone or off-putting. And with just 4 ingredients, it's very easy to make. it'll make a great start to the Fall mornings to come! I've adapted a recipe from NeuRoast below so you can give it a try:
Purple Taro Latte
makes 1 serving
- 1/2 cup of diced taro or 3 tablespoons of taro powder
- 3 tablespoons of Laird Superfood Creamer
- 6-8 oz of hot water
- 1 tablespoon of honey (optional) - I like RAW!
- Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Skip to Step 3 if you're using taro powder.
- Boil 1/2 cup of diced taro until fork tender.
- Using a blender or handheld frother, mix taro, coffee creamer, hot water, and honey until frothy.
- Serve and enjoy!
I must admit - the Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac color palette is a bit tricky when it comes to using the range of shades in your wardrobe. Too much of it and it can veer towards "garish". However don't be scared of using these colors together. The right balance is easy to achieve and the end result can be looks that are remarkably chic and sophisticated. I've styled two outfits that I believe have the perfect amount of the color duo but you can certainly take it down a notch or give each look a jolt of your own unique flavor by eliminating a basic piece and mixing and matching accessories. You can shop my Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac style board below!
Until next, I do hope you live your life in COLOR!