Monday, March 13, 2017

Day 2706 - What is your favourite colour?

What does red say about me? 

Around ten years ago I spoke at an Executive Assistant's conference about creating career paths as an EA.  It was a two day conference and I was on the second day.

During day one I sat in the audience and listened as a Senior EA for a major city council stood at the podium talking about appearance and the correct clothing to wear if you want to make it in the EA world.  I thought it was all very archaic and old school and quite frankly I was appalled that it was even a topic on the program.  I became even more agitated as she suggested that the best wardrobe for an EA was navy.   Definitely no red she said.  Red was aggressive and unladylike.

So I turned up ready for my speech the next day wearing the reddest clothes I could find.

Over the years I have had a lot of red in my wardrobe.  From shoes, to bags, to jackets and dresses.

I like red.

I also like orange, brown, yellow, white and a whole lot of black.

When people ask me what my favourite colour is I hesitate.  Identifying my favourite colour isn't that simple.  It depends in what context that colour is being discussed.

When it comes to clothing, I can safely say my favourite colour is red (or black ... but is black a colour?)

When it comes to furniture I think I am more attracted to natural tones like creams, browns and latte.

If you're talking about scenery, then I am more attracted to greens and blues.

When it comes to graphic design and the printed word, I gravitate towards purple.

When it comes to cars I'm black or gun metal grey all the way.

When it comes to people I like variety.  I like them multi-coloured in all aspects including hair, eyes, skin, clothing and personality.

So what is my answer when asked my favourite colour?

I want to say blue.  I like blue. I like the way blue looks and the way it makes me feel when I look at it.  It's peaceful.  It's the colour of my eyes and it was my favourite colour as a child.

But I'll rarely tell you my favourite colour is blue.  I'll usually say red.

What does this say about me?

People who love red are apparently action oriented with a deep need for physical fulfillment to experience life through all five senses.

For those attracted to orange they say it means you need to be around people and accepted as part of a bigger group.

They say yellow means you have a deep need for logical order and to use that logic to create and inspire new ideas.

Green means a need for security, safety and the need to belong.

Blue signifies inner peace and truth and the need to live within your own beliefs.

To see what your favourite colour might mean, click here. 

Do you have a favourite colour?

Has your colour changed over the years? 

Any other reds out there?

What does your favourite colour say about you? 

This post was prompted by Denyse Whelan's #LifeThis Week


  1. Red is the colour of fire and passion Leanne! When I wrote my post I decided I don't have a favourite colour. I love them all for different reasons. You certainly are a red girl with your drive and passion for writing and blogging and life in general. You go girl.

    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  2. I don't have a favourite colour Leanne. I think that all colours are beautiful so I find it too difficult to choose just one. Ask my youngest daughter though, and it is all about the pink!!! :)

  3. I love red too, Leanne. Navy is lovely too to wear nave and only nave everyday to a workplace that doesn't require a navy uniform for example? I just couldn't.

    SSG xxx

  4. Your red tale made me laugh! Good on you for proving a point.
    When I was a company manager I was very much in love with red. These days I wear a lot of neutrals with splashes of colour like bright yellow.
    I agree, colours are difficult to narrow down to just one and preferences change with different life stages. These days red will only appear as an accessory on my person now. I own a pair of amazing red ankle boots which I love!

  5. I love(d) red a lot when I was working and often deliberately chose it as a way of feeling more confident. I have never been into heels (rather be comfortable and able to walk) but I love red as a shoe colour and an accessory. Times have changed in some ways with clothing and 'rules' but I still appreciate the need for a code of conduct and clothing related to employment type. Education needed this overhaul a while back and it takes a lot of monitoring I can tell you. Thanks for linking up #lifethisweek 11/52. Next week: Autumn

  6. I'm similar. It depends on what the colour/s are for. For clothes I prefer black, often with red. For home decor I like soft mint or sage greens. Blues are lovely too.

  7. Red is unladylike? Right now some very unladylike words are coming to mind, but I'll keep them where they are for now. Red is a great colour, and I'm not just saying that because it matches my complexion. I think. Meanwhile, our EA's wear jeans and t-shirts, so I guess it's all relative.

  8. Haha loved how rocked the red at that conference! My fave colour is aqua or teal, which is both blue and green, and both of those descriptions sound just like me!

  9. I love red too but tend to wear blacks and navy as a base colour and the rest of the colours as the confidence or mood is for that day. Love your Red story!


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