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Bellini and Glazed Ginger

A sultry brown hue paired with an ethereal peachy-blush tone makes this color duo a seductive match!

Brown can represent steadfastness and simplicity while light blush colors often signify vigor and freshness.  We have paired sweet Glazed Ginger with the delicate and graceful Bellini is a yin and yang combo. perfect for classic styles, moods and even flavors.

One of my favorite flavor pairings is ginger and peach.  The pungency of ginger actually contrasts with the full fruitiness of peach but for my palate, they're a match made in food nirvana.  I like to use this flavor mix for many recipes, but cocktails are my favorite.  I'm currently captivated by this Ginger Peach Bellini from Daily Waffle! You will understand my obsession once you try the recipe below.

Gingery Peach Bellini - Daily Waffleimage above and recipe below: Daily Waffle

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GINGERY PEACH BELLINIS

Serves: 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz. ginger peach syrup
  • 4 oz. prosecco (La Marca is slightly sweet and makes for a nice Bellini)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Pour 2 oz. of ginger peach syrup into a champagne flute. Top with prosecco. Yep, that's it.


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Energy opposites attract with this Color Craze twosome, and what better way to celebrate a strong coupling than with looks that are sure to WOW!  I've curated 2 style boards below. The first look is with pieces that can easily work for an evening out with your partner or a daytime wedding. Go forth and  SHOP!

Color Craze: Bellini and Glazed Ginger Style Board - The Color Lab Blog

1. Elisabeth Earrings from JulRe Designs

2. OUGES Stand Collar Sleeveless Dress - an unbelievable price!

3. Tom Ford Lip Color in Wild Ginger

4. ALLSAINTS Captain Leather Crossbody Bag

5. Enzo Angiolini Addalyn Strappy Sandal

6. Cirque Colors Nail Polish in Met Steps

7. NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Surabaya

 

SHOP Bloomingdales! 

The second look below is a more casual outfit perfect for an upscale  BBQ or an early evening rooftop cocktail party. Such fabulous finds that are wallet-friendly too!

Color Craze - Bellini and Glazed Ginger - Style Board 2

1. Helen Kaminski Villa Straw Hat

2. Belle Pogue Steampunk Peasant Top

3. Kate Spade New York Kiya Sunglasses

4. Rag & Bone Atlas Belt Bag

5. GemmyJewels Thin Stone Bracelet 

6. Marc Fisher LTD Alida Espadrille Platform Wedge

7. TIBI Side Snap Shorts

8. Cirque Color Creme Nail Polish in Coffee Talk

9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Peachy

I'm so inspired by this tasty color pairing for fashion, food and home decor. I'd love to see your favorite ways to use Bellini and Glazed Ginger together or individually by sharing your style with us on Instagram or Facebook.

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Until next time, keep living a color-filled life!

 

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Hawaii Ocean and Dazzling Blue

Blue hues represent openness, serenity and restoration, and what better way to celebrate spring than by giving a refreshing look to your home decor?

Our newest Color Craze duo, Hawaii Ocean and Dazzling Blue mesh the bright blue of the with the deeper, complimentary shade of Dazzling Blue to make a beautiful pairing that is sure to reinvigorate, bring inner peace and stability as we transition from the renewing energy of spring into the slower (and hotter!) summer months.

Blue palettes like this combo transport my mind to the restfulness and tranquility of our beautiful oceans. Our oceans need help now more than ever. In honor of World Oceans Day, coming up on June 8, 2019, join me in supporting this wonderful cause that strives to promote a healthy future for our bountiful bodies of water.

 

World Oceans Day is celebrated each year in collaboration with the Ocean Project and connects events, volunteers and donors from around the world that support the health of our worldwide waters. Find more information, including how to donate to World Oceans Day, here. For more information about the Ocean Project, click here.

Blue hues are always in style, and they can really add a sophisticated look to your home.  This combination storage and dining area featured on Domino’s style blog is a perfect example.


The bright and bold look of this New York City kitchen-dining room hybrid makes a statement that is sure to be remembered by all who visit it.

For a subtler take, these bathroom tiles featured on Designtra are perfect for when a bath needs to be an escape to more placid waters than those that come from the faucet.

Image:  Designtra


 

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While creating an entire room in this duo may not be in your interest or budget, there’s always room for accents. I will be decorating with some bold accent pieces inspired by Hawaii Ocean and Dazzling Blue this late Spring season.  Here are my 8 favorite home decor finds:


1. Le Creuset Mini Round Cocotte

2. Easeland Microplush Blanket

3. Michael Aram Dip Dye Ombre Resort Towel

4. HomCom High Back Accent Ottoman Chair

5. Le Creuset Stoneware Storage Cannister  

6. KitchenAid 5 QT Stand Mixer in Crystal Blue

7. MoonRest Decorative Throw Pillow Case  

8. Sunkey Small Glass Flower Vase

Transitioning from the bustling energy of spring into the slow-down of summer makes this time a great one to focus on renewing the energy of your home.  If you incorporate Hawaii Ocean and Dazzling Blue into your home decor this season, be sure to tag @JulReDesigns on Instagram and use the hashtag #colorfilledlife to be featured on our Instagram page!

For even more Hawaii Ocean and Dazzling Blue inspiration, find this week's Color Craze combo on our board of curated images on Pinterest.

Until next time, keep living a color-filled life,

Juliet

 

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Rosebud and Festival Fuchsia

Purple hues like Rosebud and Festival Fuchsia combine the fiery, passionate red with the calm and stable blue in unstoppable and vibrant hues.  Who else do we know who is fiery, passionate, stable, calm and unstoppable all at once? Moms, of course!

We chose this luxe duo to celebrate our moms.  Even though we here at the Color Lab celebrate moms everywhere every day, it’s always nice to do something special for mom on Mother’s Day.  I love Mother’s Day and make sure to celebrate the moms in my life every year with a special thank you for their hard work in raising the next generation of little thinkers and doers.  

This year I decided to do something extra special for Mother’s Day through this week's Color Craze.  I’ve personally collected my favorite gift ideas featuring Rosebud and Festival Fuchsia finds. Find my ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide below.  With gifts for so many different kinds of moms, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift (or maybe even a treat for yourself)!

First up is a special recipe for those looking to go the homemade route for their Mother's Day gift!  This Roasted Blueberry Creme Fraiche Ice Cream from Savory Simple is an indulgent dessert sure to please moms with a sweet tooth.

Image:  Savory Simple

This ice cream is as decadent as it is fresh and fruity, with rich roasted blueberries for a luxurious take on dessert.  This recipe is a labor of love, so who better to make it for than mom? Find the recipe here!

Next up, we have the traditional.  Here are my picks for some traditional stylish fashions, housewares and accessories for every mom in your life:

1. For the homebody mom:  Simpatico Hobnail Glass Candle

2. For the sporty mom:  Fitbit Alta

3. For the working mom:  Urban CoCo Women’s Drape Front Open Cardigan

4. For the mom who deserves a splurge gift:  Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

5. For the jet-setting mom:  Lug Nap Sack Pillow and Blanket

6. For the green thumb mom:  Floral Supply Online Spring Garden Vase in Purple Passion

7. For the cutting edge mom:  Butter London Nail Laquer in Easy Peasy

Whether you opt for a traditional wrapped gift or a simple homemade pleasure, mom is sure to love whatever way you celebrate her this Mother’s Day.  If you’d like to share any of your Mother’s Day gifts or celebrations with me, be sure to tag @JulReDesigns on Instagram and use the hashtag #colorfilledlife. Your photo could be featured on our Instagram, Facebook or even in our INsider newsletter!

Until next time, keep living a color-filled life!


Golden Rod and Bronze Brown

It’s all about the throwback with this craze!  


Image:  Flickr

Golden Rod and Bronze Brown brings us back to the groovy 70s, when bold color combos were so fly. The warm Golden Rod pairs so well with the smooth Bronze Brown for a far out combo. Can you dig it?

The Food Charlatan’s brown sugar yellow cake with chocolate frosting is the perfect companion to this smooth craze.  It’s sweet, warm and gooey with a rich and decadent finish.  I know I will be serving this cake for a rich summer dessert soon.  Find the recipe here!


 

 

I will be using this craze to create a simple look that hearkens back to simpler times. Here are some of my favorite Golden Rod and Bronze Brown finds:



1. Milumia Women's Lantern Sleeve Pleated Detail Button Down Blouse Shirt

2. Lawliet Linen Summer Womens Kentucky Derby Wide Brim Sun Hat 

3. Need Sunglasses? By OPI Polish  

4. Lady Backpack Casual Rucksack for Women

5. PRETTYGARDEN Women’s Fashion High Elastic Waist Polka Dot Printed Pleated Midi Vintage Skirts with Pockets

6. Jim Halo Retro Round Mirrored Sunglasses

7. Vince Camuto Fretzia Perforated Boot

8. INC International Concepts ID Card case

I can’t wait to use this color duo to add a throwback kick to my style this summer.  Will you be joining me? If you’d like to share your Golden Rod and Bronze Brown-inspired fashion, food or home decor with me, be sure to tag @JulReDesigns on Instagram and use the hashtag #colorfilledlife.  Your photo could be featured on our Instagram, Facebook or even in our INsider newsletter!

For even more Golden Rod and Bronze Brown inspiration, find this week's Color Craze combo on our board of curated images on Pinterest.


As always, keep living a color-filled life!


Spring/Summer 2019 Color Trends Report

Spring/Summer 2019 Color Trends Report

With a gracious nod to Pantone, the Gods of Color and keepers of all things sacred to hues and palettes, I'm striking out on my own and presenting my first commentary on the colors I'm loving for the rest of this Spring and into the Summer season. I must admit, the colors I have selected are already on heavy rotation in my own life but I'm now seeing them on other colorful women too, in their wardrobe, makeup as well as in their home decor. This collection of colors makes a striking fashion statement and ranges from the energetic orange, Bird of Paradise, to the soft-spoken pink, Rose Shadow. Squarely in the middle is the sophisticated Moroccan Blue with the pristine lilac, Orchid and my absolute favorite minty fresh, Opal completing the group. I'm drawn to them, well, because they are all exciting and fresh and yet distinctly independent enough to hold their own without a complementary partner to give them a boost. 

Spring/Summer 2019 Color Trends Palette

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I couldn't believe my luck when I discovered the nail polish brand, Cirque Colors a few months back. I started using their vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic (no formaldehyde!) colors (I live for their pinkish-brown "Fast Fashion" shade) after doing some personal research on cosmetics and first highlighted the brand in my Spectra Yellow and Flame post. The color range for this line is so extensive, that I found a coordinating polish for each of the hues in this palette. Your nails will be so on trend!

Cirque Colors Creme Nail Polish - Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Non-Toxic Formula Cirque Colors Creme Nail Polish on Amazon: (top left, clockwise): Fire Island, Sartorial, Midnight Cowboy, Key to Gramercy, Uptown Girl

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I'm a huge proponent of tone-on-tone dressing. I make it a regular practice to put some of my daily outfits together based on one color family not only because it gives a sleek, rich, pulled together look but because it's easy! I'm not proposing that you carry that fashion theory all the way through to matching eyeshadow and lipstick but pairing a great dress like the ones from Nordstrom that I'm featuring in my style board below, with a contrasting pair of shoes and handbag and completing the look with nail polish in the same color family is so, so chic!

Shop these versatile, right-for-many-occasion dresses in my Spring/Summer Color Trends palette from Nordstrom (the MaxMara is in my closet!):

Spring/Summer 2019 Color Trends - Dresses from Nordstrom

1.  Leith Chic Midi Dress

2.  Lewit Kimono Sleeve Stretch Silk Dress

3.  BB Dakota Cara Lace Cocktail Dress

4.  MaxMara Cordoba Sheath Dress

5.  NSR Grace One-Shoulder Lace Sheath Dress

 

Until next time, live a color-filled life,

Juliet


Placid Blue and Yellow Pear

Color Craze: Placid Blue and Yellow Pear

Cheery, springy, pastels-a-poppin'!

Sunshine printPlacid Blue and Yellow Pear together make me smile. The pleasant print you see above in these happy colors makes me almost love the idea of wallpaper. (gasp!) But alas, the thought has now been pushed from my decorative consciousness. It says a lot about this color duo if its prettiness invited me to have a brief visit to the mystical land of wall coverings. No offense to those who can appreciate the wonders of latex, vinyl and adhesive. I personally have more of an aesthetic connection to paint, brushes and rollers. Nevertheless, these hues are a perfectly refreshing pairing for any room in your home, no matter how the colors are applied.

Placid Blue and Yellow Pear - Bedroom and Dining Room

images: top: Blue and Yellow Bedroom on bhg.com, bottom: Yellow and Blue Dining Room on decoist.com

For more inspiration take a look at our COLOR CRAZE: Placid Blue and Yellow Pear on Pinterest!

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If your passion is fashion then you'll love how these pretty pastel colors work into your already existing wardrobe or how you can create great Spring and Summer looks for that daytime wedding and reception without looking too precious by adding few new pieces that I've recently uncovered on Amazon Fashion, all at incredible prices. Check out my Style Board picks in Placid Yellow and Yellow Pear color palette below for shopping details!Color Craze - Placid Blue and Yellow Pear - Style Board

1.  Dress (Dresspic)

2.  Labradorite and Lapis Earrings (Custom by JulRe Designs)

3.  Dress (Bbonlinedress)

4.  Pumps (J. Renee)

5.  Clutch (Hobo Glory)

6.  Wallet (Michael Kors)

7.  Topaz, Citrine and Agate Necklace (Custom by JulRe Designs)

8.  Sandals (Allegra K)

 

Until next time, live a color-filled life!

Juliet

 


Pale Peach and Almond

Pale Peach and Almond

Soft. Subtle. Delicate. Dreamy. This color duo gives new meaning to "creamy".

Pale Peach and Almond

I'm a huge fan of this color combination for the home because, when used with the right amount of balance, together they can bring a calming softness to rooms that may have a bit of edginess too. Yet these two colors don't take away from sparks of pizazz. They provide a soothing complement and a little intrigue of their own.

Living Room in Jotun LADY paint colors LADY 10966 Almond Beige and LADY 20047 Blushing Peach

image: (above) Stylizimo 

Pale Peach walls are certainly not a traditional statement and require a subtle hand when it comes to accessorizing but the use of Almond, whether it is with wall trimming, furniture, a picture frame or a lighting fixture will help to create a welcoming room.

Peach Bedroom

image: (above) HGTV

If you're not ready to commit to full-on Pale Peach walls with Almond accents, use small home decor items to add subtle touches to your space. Peach and Almond hydrangeas, live or faux, are the perfect touches for Spring (or add Rust colored flowers to the bunch for Fall) in a neutral colored room.

Antique Clock and Peach Dried Flowers

image: (above) Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures 

For more Pale Peach and Almond color inspiration, don't miss our Color Craze board on Pinterest!

I would be remiss if I talk about colors named Peach and Almond here without offering an inspired taste of the actual fruit and nut combination. Try this Peach and Toasted Almond Ice Cream recipe from Table for Two. It's fabulous! You'll thank me later.

Peach and Almond Ice Cream

image: (above) Table for Two

 

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Still not convinced Pale Peach and Almond are right for your home? Try adding the colors in small ways by shopping my home decor picks below: 

Mezzati Luxury Bed Sheet Set Red Barrel Studio Area Rug Sugar & Cloth Dessert Paper Plate
Hosely Distressed Ceramic Vase Lashbrook Slipper Chair C&F Home Beaded Charger

 

Until next time, live a color-filled life,

 


The Greens

The Greens
green /ɡrēn/
adjective
1. of the color between blue and yellow in the spectrum; colored like grass or emeralds.

Green Natural Gemstones

For me, the color green signifies an abundant life in harmony, and supremely good health - all things that are important for my overall wellbeing. I've carried my adoration of the hue into my business with our company logo in 4 ombre green leaves, each representing a part of the foundation of our organization's core values: a passion for color, a love of design, respect for our community and a commitment to service to others.

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Detox Spinach Green Smoothie

One of my self-care rituals is a regular detox day consisting of yoga, meditation, lots of rest and a juice or smoothie cleanse. I feel that giving my mind and digestive system a break is one of the best things I can do to help create balance, replenish my energy and maintain my glow. Lately, I've been whipping up this absolutely delightful, deliciously simple Detox Spinach Green Smoothie that I discovered on the food blog, Vibrant Plate. Give the recipe below a try the next time you want a healthy treat!

Detox Spinach Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup young spinach leaves
  • 1 lime (or orange, lemon)
  • water as needed (I substitute unsweetened green tea)

Instructions

  1. Peel bananas and apple, cut into slices and put into a blender. Wash spinach leaves and add to blender. Squeeze juice of 1 lime (can be replaced with orange or lemon) into the blender.
  2. Add water or green tea as needed.
  3. Blend until smooth (I use my trusty Vitamix) and serve.

 

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Of course, my obsession with green wouldn't be a real thing if it didn't continue in my closet. I use the vibrancy of the hue to liven neutral looks - tans, beiges and browns never had a better partner. Colorful accessories, like the handbags I found and love above, are a major way to make a dynamic impact with any outfit and adding almost any shade of green will take your OOTD to bright, exciting levels. 

SHOP Green Handbags:

1.  WaiWai Faune Bag

2.  Ainifeel Padlock Messenger Bag 

3.  ZAC Zac Posen Eartha Iconic Shopper 

4.  Steven Alan Etta Hobo Bag

5.  Calvin Klein Lynn Pebble Crossbody

6.  Ainifeel Top Handle Tote Bag (my favorite!)

Which one is your favorite? Follow our Facebook page and post your thoughts.

Until next time, live a color-filled life!

Juliet's Signature

 


Caneel Bay Blue and Sea Green

Caneel Bay Blue and Sea Green

fresh, clean, invigorating and calming all at once. blues and greens are natural palette companions but this duo has a special relationship. often paired in real-life depictions of the richness of our fertile planet, we are reminded of the beauty of Earth and asked to respect it as our one and only universal home.

Ray Anderson Quote

quote: Ray Anderson. AZQuotes.com, Wind and Fly LTD, 2019. https://www.azquotes.com/author/22573-Ray_Anderson
 

St. Johns, US Virgin Islands

image: Caneel Bay Resort, St. Johns, US Virgin Islands 

while I have enjoyed working with these life-affirming colors in preparation for creating this post, they reminded me of how easy it is to forget that many parts of the world are still recovering from the effects of weather-related disasters. Parts of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are still rebuilding from hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Join me in support of the rebuilding of the US Virgin Islands by donating to The Fund for the Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief today.

 

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when Spring arrives, it's always my signal to give my home a new feel, a freshening. and since the new season is very near, I've been on the hunt for a few key pieces that will add clean luminosity to those spaces that are crying out for an uplift. here are my 7 home furnishing fab finds in the Caneel Bay Blue and Sea Green color palette that you can add to your space for extra contrast and vibrancy: 

Fab Finds for the Home - Caneel Bay Blue and Sea Green

1.  Jasper Conran by Wedgwood Chinoiserie Green Teacup

2.  Jasper Conran by Wedgwood Chinoiserie Green Tea Saucer

3.  New House by Jonathan Adler Facet Decorative Tray

4.  Unique Look Estrella Collection Vibrant Abstract Rug

5.  Creative Co-Op Terracotta Vases

6.  KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer

7.  Treasure and Bond Knit Throw

for more inspiration, items and ideas for incorporating this lively color palette into your everyday life, follow our Caneel Bay Blue and Sea Green board on Pinterest!

 

Until next time, live a color-filled life!

 


Spectra Yellow and Flame

Spectra Yellow and Flame

This duo brings passion, high energy, happiness and the joy of the summer season. And with current temperatures not willing to climb higher than subzero in some places, we could all use a little boost from the hotness of this color combo. 

Red Orange and Yellow Sunset

There isn't any reason why Summer can't be eternal. Spectra Yellow embraces happiness and throws it back out to you with full-on bright. Flame brings the heat and adds spice to the mix. Let's revel in this color mashup! colorful cocktails are on me and a traditional Tequila Sunrise is on the menu (my favorite super simple recipe is below). 

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise (from squawk93 on @allrecipes)

*for 1 serving

Ingredients

1 jigger of Tequila

3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

ice cubes

1/2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger grenadine syrup

1 slice orange, for garnish

1 maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions: 

Stir or shake together tequila and orange juice. Fill a chilled 12-ounce glass with ice cubes; pour in orange juice mixture. Slowly pour in the grenadine, and allow it to settle to the bottom of the glass (be patient). Garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!  

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CLICK for our Color Craze: Spectra Yellow and Flame Board on Pinterest! 

 

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It is not my intention to rush the seasons here with this warm weather-centric style board. I'm just sharing a few special beach-worthy items in colors guaranteed to take the chill off when the time is right. Of course, if a trip to the Caribbean or some other hot location is in your immediate future, snap your favorites up now!

Spectra Yellow and Flame Style Board

Where to Buy (clockwise, top left to right): 

Wallaroo Hat Company Women's Naples Sun Hat 

Giorgio Armani 8093 Sunglasses

JulRe Designs Serena Earrings 

Cirque Colors Crème Nail Polish - Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Non-Toxic Formula in Urbanized 

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Tell Laura 

Eileen Fisher Boost Wedge Sandal

CUPSHE Heart Attack Falbala Swimsuit 

Muzunga Sisters Sicilian Wicker Tote

JulRe Designs Custom Biwa Stick Pearl Bracelet

 

until next time, live a color-filled life,

Juliet's Signature 

 

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