On Pinterest: Chocolate and Mint

For me, something just screams “St. Patrick’s Day” when I think about chocolate and mint, both the flavor and the color combinations. In design, mint green seems like a perfect color to represent spring — especially the shades on the lighter, pastel end of the spectrum — but it can be elevated to a level of sophistication and all-season suitability when paired with contrasting, rich chocolate browns. And nothing is more perfect than the familiar taste of 90% of the population’s favorite Girl Scout cookie flavor, Thin Mint, transformed beyond cookies and into brownies, fudge, and other confections.

Today, I am looking at Pinterest for inspiration on all things chocolate and mint.

I recognized recently that my foodie to-do list is missing an obligatory dose of chocolate, so I am bound to see something in this category that will inspire me to add another recipe to the to-make list. These chocolate-mint macarons could be a great challenge seeing how, as embarrassing as this is for me to admit, I love but have never attempted to make homemade macarons. I know, I know. I’ve really exposed myself here as a noob, so to speak. I’ll redeem myself someday.

Sure enough, one of the first things that I found was this amazing-looking recipe for chocolate-mint macarons. I know I was immediately transfixed by the idea of minty and crunchy-chewy macaron cookies, complimented by smooth dark chocolate ganache. I’ll give you a minute to salivate over the pictures on her site as you think about that description. Double yum.

Fashion, design, and home decor were also top-of-mind when thinking about this color theme. I loved this color palette, named “Bicycle”, which would be awesome for both web design as well as home decorating projects coming up for the spring. (For some inspiration on the home deco front, take a look at this kitchen, which has minty-colored walls, rich ebony cabinets, and stainless steel and glass accent; a nice modern design with good contrast.)

Deviating from brown to black and white paired with shades of mint, the bold chevron patterns used in this re-branding project really struck me as sophisticated and cool, especially when paired with pops of gold as seen in the product logo when placed on some of the items pictured and in the stationary. I especially loved the photos of the product packaging featured towards the bottom of the post — bold patterned gift wrap paper topped off with complimentary ribbons — and immediately thought that this would be great inspiration for anyone planning a spring wedding or other event where gifts or favors might be exchanged.

Finally, this cable knit sweater layered over a windowpane-patterned back and white blouse was definitely up my alley as something I would love to wear to the office…

Photo courtesy of PopSugar, Nordstrom, and/or ShopStyle (original URL unknown).

I found a similar blouse at Banana Republic recently, albeit short-sleeved, but was heartbroken when I discovered that the sizes were way off. (My normal size didn’t fit right in certain areas, but the size up fit like a shapeless, baggy tunic. Not sure how that is possible, but go figure.)

See more chocolate and mint inspiration on Pinterest