Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Favorite Pairing: Olive and Blush

I'm a big fan of complements. No, I don't mean flattery (although that's nice too), but rather duos, sets, pairings that work oh so well together. Things that complement each other.

I think balance is really important. In your home, your decor, your personal style, your wardrobe, in how you cook and prepare foods. So I thought it would be fun to start a series in which I share combinations that I especially love. My favorite pairings.

Today I'm starting with a beloved color combination--olive and blush. I've always really liked how these two colors play off of each other. Olive green, or army green, is a masculine color, rich and bold and strong. When it's on the sage-y side, it's earthy and rustic. Blush, which is sweet and feminine, makes for an ideal contrast. I'm not really much of a "pink" gal but blush I do love (as you can see from my blog design!). Whether it's a dusty rose or an almost-ivory with just a hint of color, it's a beautiful and versatile color.

First up are some gorgeous note cards and envelopes from my favorite paperie. I think solid-colored cards and envelopes are great because you can dress them up however you'd like. Mismatching the colors keeps things fun.

I have a pair of olive green linen capris from Banana Republic that I got ages ago. I still love them, and I don't think they'll ever go out of style. A dusty blush-colored v-neck is the top I always reach for when I wear them. Paired with a little gold jewelry, and I'm feeling chic and stylish.


Blush tee / Army green pants

Blush and olive work well in home decor too! I like how this throw pillow isn't too feminine, and I think it would look perfect on this manly, midcentury-style chair.


Arm chair / Throw pillow

I have to say, I don't think there's anything more lovely than light pink flowers. I carried blush garden roses down the aisle and they made me feel like a queen. I often see roses like the ones below in the supermarket, and I think this deep olive vase is just begging for them.


Vase / Flower photo source

Dark, bold nails, with a soft and subtle lip color? Yes please! This grey-green nail polish is moody and a nice color for fall, don't you think? And I can vouch for the beauty of this lipstick. I wore it on my wedding day and it's not only a perfect shade of pale pink, it's also really moisturizing (it almost feels like you're wearing lip balm, not lipstick). The best kind of balancing act.


Clinique "Pink-a-Boo" lipstick / Essie "Power Clutch" polish

What do you think of olive and blush? If you weren't convinced before, are you now? I'd love to hear!


  1. Olive and blush/dusty rose pink IS beautiful together! I had never thought in terms of olive for green but they are such contrasts that they complement each other. A sophisticated pairing! We had grass green and pink in our wedding and although it was sweet, sometimes it makes me cringe when I see pictures. I was given the my great aunt's old desert rose dishes (which I love) and I painted the flower onto our wedding invitations. It was soft and lovely but what I had imagined and drew inspiration from for the invitation and what actually unfolded with the florist and bridesmaids colors were two different things. Thankfully my bouquet and roses in my hair were more subdued like the colors you showed! :)

  2. I saw the first part of your post and thought how much I love it in outfits too and boom! There you had it. Beautiful in every example. Great pairings!

  3. Sometimes I do think that the vision in our minds doesn't always become a reality! But I imagine your colors were lovely. That's really neat that you were inspired by some old family dishes!

  4. Anna, thank you! I just love your sense of style, so of course your vote of confidence means a lot :)

  5. Gorgeous! I may have to try that combination soon. Also (nerd alert), I love your proper use of the word complement :)

  6. My Dad is a writer and an editor so I was raised on grammar and spelling and punctuation :) And do try out some olive and's a winning combo!

  7. I love these colors separately but I never thought of pairing them together. Definitely a new idea for me that I need to try! I especially love your combination of the chair with the pink pillow, I can imagine a perfect spot for it right now.

    Simply Akshara

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  8. I love those colors together- will definitely be trying that out when we are decorating our new place!

  9. I know, isn't that green chair with the pillow such a great combination?! I could think of a perfect spot for it too :) And thank you so much for the nomination! You're very kind! I'll go check out your blog.

  10. Kristyn @ Milk + CrownAugust 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Ooh, I love blush too. Especially that top. There's something so whimsical and delicate about the shade. Pairing it with olive gives it a nice touch!

  11. I know, I think blush is so feminine yet completely understated. I've never really like bright pink but blush is one of those perfect, works for everything, kinds of shades. Glad to know you like it too!

  12. I definitely think of you when I think of blush!

  13. Kate, Thank you so much for featuring my decorative rose velvet pillow!

  14. Oh, you're so welcome Nora! I love it. Glad you made your way to my blog!! :)


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