Delicious Color ~ L*Space

April 5, 2012

by Rhea Cortado

For a personal side project, I’ve been on a cooking bender. Every other day I am in a grocery store, a specialty food depot or one of the local farmer’s markets. Last week I bought a purple cauliflower purely because it was pretty. It tastes the same as a normal cauliflower and I don’t even particularly like cauliflower (if I had the choice of any vegetable to eat for my last supper, cauliflower would not be on the plate) but I was stunned by the ombre gradient hue that was like a purple sunset. The red side of the color wheel has been whispering to me lately—strawberries, beets and blood oranges—both for sweet flavors and photogenic vivid palette.

strawberries and blood-orange-beet salad

Monica Wise, designer of L*Space consistently has a spot on instinct for fresh colors in her swimwear, many of which reminded me of farmers market shades. Her Pinterest is a peek into her design room think tank, with pins of glassy blue ocean vacation destinations; and curry oranges and raspberry magentas seen in home décor textiles. Her genius is not the neon but the restraint; she drops the saturation of brightness in just the right amounts, making easy-to-wear and flattering bikini silhouettes suddenly new and eyebrow-raising.

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As a contributor covering the swimwear world for Lingerie Briefs, Rhea Cortado feels like she’s living in an endless summer. Rhea has covered the lingerie market, emerging designers, events and trade shows for the trade newspaper California Apparel News for more than six years. On top of having vast professional expertise of the subject areas, she is a truly, madly, deeply obsessed fanatic for lingerie and swimwear because both have transformative powers to put the wearer in a escapism and vacation state of mind. She has written for a variety of publications such as Transworld Business magazine, AlmaSurf Brazil, Surfgirl Magazine UK,, Tu Ciudad Los Angeles and Audrey Magazine. Her personal blog, The Surftorialist is a passion project about all things she loves about surfing, people who have cool surfy style and make cool surfy things.