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Color Craze: Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac

Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac

Soon the glorious, glow-y Summer season (albeit hotter than most recent in the Northeast, it seems) will be closing out its raucous run and we'll reservedly turn our attentions to Fall and its kaleidoscope of majestic colors. Regal shades take their turn at the forefront, moving out the tropicals, the brilliants and the neons. Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac help smooth the transition, giving us a rich partnership that can be appreciated all year long.

So, what exactly is Tillandsia?

TilllandsiaTillandsia is a genus of around 650 species of evergreen, perennial flowering plants in the family Bromeliaceae, native to the forests, mountains and deserts of northern Mexico and the southeastern United States, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean to mid-Argentina. (Wikipedia) Botany lesson aside, what I know is that the plant produces some colorful buds, which depending on the species, can be in one of many intense shades of purple. It just seemed right to pair another fresh flower, Lilac, in the same vivacious color family together to ease us gently into next season.

Lilacs

But before we take this Color Craze to the wardrobe closet, may I interest you in a complementary color beverage?

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Purple Taro Latte

The Purple Taro Latte joins my list of power potions. Not only is it pleasing to look at, it's also so good for you! It's caffeine-free, chockfull of vitamins and has an unexpected light, sweet flavor that's not overdone or off-putting. And with just 4 ingredients, it's very easy to make. it'll make a great start to the Fall mornings to come! I've adapted a recipe from NeuRoast below so you can give it a try:

Purple Taro Latte

makes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of diced taro or 3 tablespoons of taro powder
  • 3 tablespoons of Laird Superfood Creamer
  • 6-8 oz of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional) - I like RAW!

Instructions 

  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Skip to Step 3 if you're using taro powder.
  2. Boil 1/2 cup of diced taro until fork tender. 
  3. Using a blender or handheld frother, mix taro, coffee creamer, hot water, and honey until frothy.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

                               

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I must admit - the Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac color palette is a bit tricky when it comes to using the range of shades in your wardrobe. Too much of it and it can veer towards "garish". However don't be scared of using these colors together. The right balance is easy to achieve and the end result can be looks that are remarkably chic and sophisticated. I've styled two outfits that I believe have the perfect amount of the color duo but you can certainly take it down a notch or give each look a jolt of your own unique flavor by eliminating a basic piece and mixing and matching accessories. You can shop my Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac style board below!

Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac Styleboard - The Color Lab Blog

1.  Gibson X Living in Yellow Ribbed Cowl Neck Sweater

2.  Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal Liquid Lipstick in Barely Regal

3.  JulRe Designs Idalia Earrings

4.  Michael Kors Crewneck Cashmere Sweater

5.  Endless Rose Corduroy Pencil Skirt

6.  Aquatalia Natasia Stretch Suede Boots

7.  Zero + Maria Cornjo Tabi Velvet Pants

8.  Bao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Metallic Tote Bag

9.  Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Love To Love You Baby

10. Deborah Lippmann Never, Never Land Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in I Put A Spell On You

11. Natori Bliss Cotton Briefs

12. Natori Elusive Full Fit Contour Bra

 

Until next, I do hope you live your life in COLOR!

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Color Craze: Salmon and Glacier Gray

Soft. Sensuous. Dreamy. All apropos descriptives for two colors that personify the comfy, cozy lifestyle. But don't be fooled. They have a sneaky way of punching up your home with a vibrancy that can only be described as alive.

Salmon Pink Living Room - House Beautiful

image: House Beautiful

There's something so comforting about the elegant living room in the NYC apartment designed by Jamie Drake pictured above. While this color palette is far from traditional, its soothing vibe is warm and inviting. The walls were expertly painted using Salmon Peach by Benjamin Moore Aura and softened with a custom glaze. The steel and pale gray accessories could have made a hard,  sharpened contrast but instead complement the calming energy of the room.

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The Salmon and Glacier Gray palette get 2 thumbs up for versatility. While it may now be easier for you to envision these colors in an expansive space like a living room, incorporating them cohesively in smaller ways and spaces can be uncomplicated too. Refinishing a desk or uplifting a vanity (see below) can give new life to a home office or bathroom.

Desk from Estuary Designs

image: Estuary Designs

 

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Adding a few lovely home decor items in Salmon and Glacier Gray to your space or to give as housewarming gifts is easy because I've done the discovery for you! Shop my 6 fabulous finds below!

Color Craze: Salmon and Glacier Gray Product Board

1.  Nordstrom at Home Faux Fur Throws

2.  Christopher Knight Home Club Chair

3.  Baby Aspen Ceramic Shark Bank

4.  Beatriz Ball Vida Alegra Bowl

5.  Industrial Rewind Soap Dispenser

6.  Jonathan Adler Charade Studded Table Lamp

 

I've curated some more Salmon and Glacier Gray color inspiration on Pinterest! Tell me what you think!

Until next time, live a color-filled life,

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Color Craze: Tomato and Jasmine Green

 

On the color wheel, red and green are direct opposites, but opposites can attract and come together in a fierce partnership. That’s what my latest Color Craze, Tomato and Jasmine Green have done dramatically.

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This color combo is a natural pairing for a pleasing lunch or dinner plate. Who doesn't love a crisp, green salad sprinkled with freshly sliced vine-ripened tomatoes? OK, maybe you're not a fan of the veggies but seeing these eye-catching colors at a meal are aptly appetizing. And of course I found an easy recipe for a scrumptious tomato salad (below) that can be put together in 10 minutes and served the next day! You can find the details here.

Cherry Tomato Salad

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I've been making fearless color choices with my personal style for years thanks to my amazing Mom who used to sew brightly colored jumper dresses for me in bright hues when I was younger. So wearing such strong colors as Tomato and Jasmine Green is natural for me.  Shop what I'm wearing below.

Color Craze: Tomato and Jasmine Green - Juliet Look 2

Dress: This Lauren Ralph Lauren dress is no longer available but you can find a similar style here
Shoes: Shop them here.
Earrings: My own design. Similar styles can be found here or try this.

 

You'll make a fearless fashion statement too when you unite the spirit of Tomato and Jasmine Green with my 8 fab finds (including an eye-popping nail polish!). Shop my Style Board below:


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1.  Alphratti Fit and Flare Dress

2.  LadyBro Straw Sun Visor

3.  Eagle Eyes CELESTE Sunglasses

4.  Lancome L’Absolu Lip Lacquer in Be Brilliant

5.  China Glaze Nail Polish in I'm With The Lifeguard (WOW!)

6.  Madewell Austin Crossbody Bag

7.  David Tate Myrna Wedge Sandal

8.  JulRe Designs Chloe Bangle Bracelet

 

And just in case you haven't gotten enough Tomato and Jasmine Green magic, I've curated a Color Craze board dedicated to these brilliant colors on Pinterest. Follow me there too!

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My Colorful Energy Blast Smoothie Recipe

I am a Smoothie Queen.

Yes, I have anointed myself and I don't wear my title lightly. I have been a smoothie devotee since well before they became trendy and have enjoyed not only the incredible health benefits and the convenience of getting a few servings of necessary fruits and green vegetables in a small number of sips but also the vast number of vibrant color-filled food combinations you can use to make these multi-benefit drinks. I have the pleasure of drinking one almost every day of the year. 

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The Healthy Smoothie Bible has been a source of creative ingredient inspiration for a few years. With over 100 recipes, you're sure to find a smoothie for almost every meal plan or occasion. The book also inspired me to come up with my own smoothie recipe that I whip up in minutes in my trusty Vitamix Blender for a blast of energy first thing in the morning or in the afternoon to beat that 3 PM fade. As a bonus, I include some nourishing ingredients that may be beneficial for my skin. Try my quick and easy Energy Blast Smoothie recipe below or be a Smoothie Visionary and make up colorful combinations to suit your taste and/or health needs:

Energy Blast Smoothie

Juliet's Energy Blast Smoothie

makes 1-18 ounce serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • ½ of a banana, preferably frozen
  • 1 cup of frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 heaping scoop of Collagen Peptides (I use this.)
  • 1 scoop of Superfood Powder (l LOVE this one.)
  • 1 cup of Almond Milk

Add all ingredients to your blender, mix and enjoy!

Juliet

 

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As with many of my Color Craze posts, I've searched for the perfect drink to honor and celebrate my chosen color combination and and found it in this week's selected libation, the Blue Daydream (above). It's a Blue Curacao-based Summertime winner for that early evening cocktail party on the deck or Saturday brunch with friends who appreciate a potent, fruity beverage. You can find the refreshing recipe here.

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Shades of Opal and Moroccan Blue are easy to shop for in most wardrobe staples. There are plenty of tops, pants and dresses on the store racks ready for your shopping pleasure. These colors are not as easy to find in accessories, especially footwear. But I've opened a lot of shoe boxes to uncover the 6 best hot weather heels in this blue and green palette to add to your closet now. So make yourself a Blue Daydream cocktail and shop below!

Color Craze - Opal and Moroccan Blue - Shoes

1.  Adrianna Papell Frances Peep Toe Pump

2.  SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Women's Fawn Dress Pump

3.  Jeffrey Campbell Limon Mule

4.  Sole Society Elura Slide Sandal

5.  Louise et Cie Kenbeck Bow Ankle Strap Sandal

6.  Jeffrey Campbell Laterall Ball Heel Slide Sandal

 

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Find more Opal and Moroccan Blue inspiration on my board of curated images on Pinterest.

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You can depend on this color combo to bring the summertime sizzle. Limelight and Sulphur Spring bring new meaning to brightness! It's eye-catching but never gaudy. Always current and filled with the promise of life at its most vivid. 

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We've been seeing variations of this color duo in fashion for years. Glowy neon yellow-greens have become a staple in activewear and accessories. I designed these Lemon Tree Earrings using these vibrant shades and will always have this palette somewhere within my jewelry collections. But I'm seeing it pop up more for home interiors lately and I love the trend! I'll admit, I'm not brave enough to incorporate it into my home in a substantial way but I will use it to accent in an area that craves energy. The kitchen below has a proportionate balance that refreshes the senses and doesn't overwhelm. This highly functional room is a natural fit for such "health-conscious" colors.

 Green Color Schemes - Better Homes & Gardens

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Bathrooms are unsurprisingly another perfect space for colors that pop. I adore the floor-to-ceiling tiles as a bright focal point. Green and clean!

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The color palette is so appealing that I've used it in our company branding and incorporated shades of Limelight and Sulphur Spring into my design studio. The matching Slipper Chairs you see below are a steal right now on Amazon (although not currently available in the color shown, Basil Velvet).

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image: JulRe Designs Studio, South Orange, NJ

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If you're not filled with the audaciousness that the tones of Limelight and Sulphur Spring require, then I've selected 6 fab, fun home decor items that will let you dabble with these high volume shades without a huge, long-lasting commitment. Have fun shopping below!

 Shiraleah Large Cactus Vase | Macy's PHILIPPE DESHOULIERES Arcades Green Dessert Plate Jonathan Adler Les Girls Cocktail Napkins
InterDesign Spa Rectangular Trash Can | Amazon Jamie Young Small Curved Pendant Light | Bloomingdales VIETRI Into the Jungle Set of 4 Mugs | Nordstrom

 

For more color inspiration, check out our Color Craze: Limelight and Sulphur Spring board on Pinterest!

 

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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.

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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

 

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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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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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