Gone are the loud, boisterous pinks we used to haphazardly decorate our MySpace or Multiply profiles with (you know, I’m talking about that animated glitter background). This generation’s pink—millennial pink—is having its moment. It’s the more mature version of the Barbie pink our childhood selves are familiar with, except it’s no longer just for girls (as established by post-World War II society). The fact that millennial pink is gender-neutral just adds to its appeal.
In 2016, Pantone released two “colors of the year,” and it was the first time they revealed more than one shade: Serenity, an airy light blue, and Rose Quartz, a dusty blush-pink. Both were calming, yet with a sense of whimsy.
Soon after, Rose Quartz somehow took over everyone’s consciousness and social media feeds. According to The Cut, Rose Quartz took on the moniker millennial pink in the summer of 2016 and “mutated and expanded to include a range of shades from beige with just a touch of blush to a peach-salmon hybrid.”
Now, it’s everywhere—from your Klean Kanteen bottle to your workout gear; it’s even on pretty K-Pop merch, as well as on every wall in town. Since it’s probably not going anywhere any time soon, now is your chance to join the bandwagon (if you haven’t already), and post an Instagram-worthy #flatlay or #OOTD! Here are some spots where you can find this ubiquitous pink in the metro:
Location: B2 9th Ave., Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Home to big design names in the furniture industry like Tom Dixon, Natuzzi, and BoConcept, is three floors worth of instagrammable snapshots. Although they probably rearrange their displays regularly, this is a showroom that doesn’t shy away from color!
John & Yoko
Location: 2/F Greenbelt 5, Legazpi St., Ayala Center, Makati City
The previous design for the cosmopolitan Japanese resto was dark and moody, but they’ve since had a makeover. The interiors are now brighter, with light finishes and clean lines. The mint and blush colors—found in the seating and quirky prints on the walls—accent the otherwise neutral space. To complete the rebranding, even their menu has gone millennial pink!
Locations: Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center, 1 Capitol Hills Dr., Quezon City; Rizal Drive, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
If you love pastel, and bright cottage-style interiors along with your all-day breakfast, then it’s time you drop by Stacy’s. This shabby-chic breakfast place has branches in The Fort and in Capitol Hills (the original one). You’ll find the blush hues painted on their walls as well as in their table setting. They even have a SMEG refrigerator in the same color!
Early Bird Breakfast Club
Locations: Unit L124 G/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave., Makati City; Unit A119 G/F Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City Cyber Park, Quezon City
There’s something about pink and breakfast places. Early Bird’s first branch started in The Fort, but they’ve now expanded to other locations in the metro. Their newer branches feature peachy-pink salmon-colored walls decorated with floral motifs, and of course, birds. Some dishes are also served in pink plates, great for those food shots!
The Girl + The Bull
Location: G-10 G/F The Grand Midori Bolanos Street, Legaspi Village, Makati
Its almost-minimalist interiors, save for the tattoo-esque mural, painted in blush brings the focus on the food. That said, the interior design of the space definitely deserves praise, too, giving diners a complete experience.
Location: The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Early Night in The Fort Strip is one of the newest additions to Manila’s nightclub scene. Its design, especially the façade and al fresco area, could very well be pool party-worthy (minus the pool, of course). If you manage to catch the bar at an empty state (read: pre-happy hour), it’s your chance to indulge yourself. Their entire façade is pretty much painted in a louder shade of millennial pink.
Sunnies Café, BGC
Location: B3 Unit 748, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Honestly, you won’t need a filter for this one. As if straight out of a Wes Anderson film (see: The Grand Budapest Hotel), the original branch of Sunnies Café is definitely a visual feast. The entire restaurant, catered to the design and brunch-lover, will up your #feedgame but for the ultimate #OOTD, make sure to take a quick a snap or two in front of their blush pink exterior wall or use the salmon-colored door as your backdrop!
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