Shopgirl: ‘Greenery’ will have you thinking of the natural world

Pantone announced their color of the year for 2017, and it’s a bright and cheery green that will remind you of fresh leaves and avocados.


The color is called “Greenery,” and the company said in its announcement that it is symbolic of new beginnings. Pantone described Greenery as being “a fresh and zesty yellow-green” and claims that the more immersed we become in modern life, the more we crave to immerse ourselves in the physical beauty and “inherent unity” of the natural world.

Regardless of the pop psychology reasons, I feel like Greenery will be a fun color to integrate into this new year and to remind us all, in the words of Pantone, “to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

In fact, Ann Taylor’s spring 2017 collection features shades of greenery in trends such as classic stripes, emerald jewel tones and botanical prints. Find more from the line at

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE: The first Southern Soul and Song performance of the new year (and the next to last in the series) is coming up on Friday, Jan. 13.

Sierra Hull will be performing, a young mandolin player who has performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall, and can count Bela Fleck and Alison Krauss among her most public fans.

The performance will be at the Imperial Theatre and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at

This concert series is hosted by the Morris Museum of Art and celebrates Southern culture while hoping to enhance public appreciation of it at the same time.

WHAT’S NEW: Wow – Input is a new app that will make you feel like there’s actually a personal assistant inside your phone, and will simplify your life on a new level.

The app takes commands like “schedule coffee with John” or “pay John $2.50 – lunch” and then executes them for you. You just select an app from the list (such as Venmo), type the command, and voila – Input does the rest. The best part is that it’s free in the App Store – worth a try, at the very least.