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Fall/Winter 2019 Color Trends Report

As I often do to the Gods of Color, Pantone, the OGs of divine hues and palettes, I pay homage to them with the very existence of The Color Lab Blog. I honor their commitment to making the world a joyful, color-filled place by giving you my carefully and painstakingly selected choices of colors for the life you live through my regular Color Crazes here, on Pinterest and ColorStories on Instagram. So I'm adding to the traditions I've created for you to enjoy by presenting my seasonal Color Trends Reports. These are the colors I'm coveting for the rest of this Fall and into the Winter season.

Fall/Winter 2019 Color Trends Report - The Color Lab Blog

I chose this palette of colors simply because they are upbeat and dynamic, ranging from a palate-pleasing red to a formidable green. I'm drawn to them individually by virtue of their singular power factor, defined by their ability to hold their own in your home or wardrobe without a complementary partner to give them a boost. 

Salsa is a rich red with spicy undertones. Sun-Dried Tomato is a strikingly hearty brown-red. Peach Nougat is a sweet, creamy neutral. Warm and comforting brown defines Hot Chocolate. Raspberry Sorbet is a cool but keenly unreserved pink. Radiant Yellow is a heightened, mega-intense blend of gold. Provocative, powerful Lapis Blue is intoxicating. And Verdant Green is a bold, classic statement.

I hope you love the products I recommend! While this blog post was not sponsored, it may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

 

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Dropping one or a few items from this color collection into your upcoming looks is an automatic update. Or giving them as gifts will be a trendy treat! I did some sleuthing to fill in some color gaps in my own closet and found these pieces that can give life to those nebulous neutrals we tend to lean on quite heavily during the colder months. Shop my Fall/Winter 2019 Color Trend Style Board below to add some flavor to your closet!

Fall/Winter 2019 Color Trend Report - The Color Lab Blog Style Board top left to right, clockwise:

1.  Anne Klein Short Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater

2.  Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Rum Raisin

3.  Kensie Faux-Fur Teddy Coat

4.  Simon Miller Bru Crop Bell Leather Pants

5.  Cashmere & Silk Wrap

6.  Timberland Premium Waterproof Boot

7.  Stella McCartney Contrast Collar Wool Blazer

8.  Chloe Marcie Medium Leather Crossbody Bag

 

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Injecting liveliness or creating calm in your home can be as simple and cost effective as adding one colorful focal piece that feels special to you. This color series can take any room's energy up a notch or pick a subtler shade to lower the volume. It's up to you! Pick and choose from my Decor Board below and see the transformative impact these colors can make!  Got a new home owner/renter on your holiday gift list? A pop of color makes a great present!

Fall/Winter 2019 Color Trend Report - The Color Lab Blog Decor Board

 

1.  Salsa - Bulbhead Red Copper Ceramic Cookware Set

2.  Sun-Dried Tomato - OK Lighting Kapila Table Lamp

3.  Raspberry Sorbet - Tang Depot Velvet Throw Pillow

4.  Lapis Blue -  Jonathan Adler Bel Air Test Tube Vase

5.  Verdant Green - Jonathan Adler Baxter Sofa

6.  Radiant Yellow - Laura Davidson Furniture Soho Desk Chair

7.  Peach Nougat - SimplyFernished Decorative Trivets

8.  Hot Chocolate - Pinzon Egyptian Cotton Bath Towel Set

 

Until next time, enjoy a color-filled life,

 

Juliet's Signature 

 

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Color Craze: Persimmon Orange and Majolica BlueWe have a tendency to limit ourselves to colors that so-called "authorities" have deemed appropriate for a specific season. And when we do, we deprive ourselves of the joy of having all of the beautiful hues that we can visualize available to us all year round. That's not living a truly color-filled life and seems rather boring. While it's true that we are on the cusp of Fall and Orange is well known for being a traditional color for the season, few people wear it as freely as they may in warmer months when it is a bright, cheery, citrus-y symbol of the carefree life. Well, don't you want to be carefree in November too? I know that wearing Orange head-to-toe may be, uh...aggressive for some but when you add a rich blue in a light to dark shade to the mix, you get a wearable combination that can be mixed and matched regardless of the time of year.

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For this week's Color Craze, I chose Persimmon because it is on the subtler side of the Orange spectrum and avoids smacking you in the face with it's vibrancy. I've coupled it with the deep, smooth Majolica Blue for a little softening of the slight edge that Persimmon may evoke. I feel it's a special pairing for everyday looks. Ask the New York Mets or the Syracuse University Orange!

COLORFUL ENLIGHTENMENT: Persimmons are a fruit that is often compared to apples nutritionally. Majolica is tin-glazed pottery made in England and decorated in colors, like this blue, on a white background. 

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Persimmon Smoothie

COLORFUL SIDEBAR: Kindly indulge my ongoing obsession with Smoothies and allow me to share my first Fall recipe find with you. The Spiced Persimmon Smoothie is at the top of my list for Fall breakfasts. This fruit wasn't on my Top 10 list of ingredients until I discovered the recipe below from one of my favorite food bloggers, Lisa of Downshiftology. It meets all of my smoothie standards: easy to make, filled with flavor and of course, stacked with healthy goodness. Click here for the tasty recipe!

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I've put together a Persimmon Orange and Majolica Blue style board with 14 of my fave fab fashion and beauty finds to give you a few options for consideration as you shop for the upcoming season. But if you just want to add a small touch of this color combo to your existing daily look options, the Thea Earrings from my new Handmade Luxe Collection are the perfect way to do it. Shop fashion and accessories in these great colors below!

Color Craze: Persimmon Orange and Majolica Blue - Style Board - The Color Lab Blog

1.  EQUIPMENT Harmon Shirtdress

2.  Christian Wisnants Karwat V-Neck Sweater 

3.  JulRe Designs Jewelry Thea Earrings

4.  Space.NK.apothecary Lipstick Queen Reign Shine Lip Gloss

5.  Briane Bracelet from our exclusive Bangle Bar for JulRe Designs INsiders only. For access, click here to join us!

6.  Sammitop Stiletto Heel Pumps 

7.  JAGGAR Solace Slingback Pump

8.  Tods Gommini Driving Moccasin  *STAFF FAVORITE*

9.  Hugo Hatine Zip Detail Slim Trousers

10.  Tory Burch Perry Bombe Crossbody Bag

11.  Botkier Trigger Pebbled Leather Hobo

12.  Naturalizer Tiana Platform Boot

13.  Cole Haan Lesli Block Heel Pump

14.  Sam Edelman Lior Loafer

 

IT'S A PINTEREST PARTY! You can also shop my curated board dedicated to Persimmon Orange and Majolica Blue on Pinterest!

 

Until next time, live a color-filled life!

 Juliet | Color Connoiseur

 

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Some colors lay flat when they appear in your line of sight. Others burn your eyes, somewhat literally and figuratively. Many just do nothing, leaving no impression and eliciting no emotion. And then there are those shades that feel special. They're not necessarily the boldest or the brightest but they humbly ask for your attention when they show up. They speak when spoken to but demand that you pay attention when they come together. Rhubarb and Mellow Rose are those colors for me.

 Rhubarb Roses - Pastry and Proseimage: Pastry and Prose

These two shades came together as a Color Craze rather cryptically. They kept appearing in my life as a pair quite often and while I wasn't quick to acknowledge that they were tag teaming me, when they first showed up in a recipe sent to me by a dear friend when I asked her how to make easy rosettes (above) for a cake I was trying to bake, I took a little interest. Beautiful colors aside, these edible decorations are tasty and so simple to make!  

 

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Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eye Shadow PaletteThey showed up again a few days later when Dana, a fierce and talented Makeup Artist at Sephora in Center City Philadelphia (PA) used two of the eye colors above - Reputation (IRL a shimmery deep rose gold) and Burn (a true burgundy copper metallic) from the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette on me during a lesson. Color Beauty Note: Even though those two colors are my favorite, the whole palette is rich and divine.

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Pure Collection Ultra Soft Printed Scarf in Burgundy Paisley

And then there was the Pure Collection scarf I'd forgotten I'd purchased arriving around the same time. The message was clear so I was compelled to search for the names of these two colors that kept showing up in my life as a couple. I used my color bible from Pantone and discovered Rhubarb and Mellow Rose, a combination that I find is season-less and timeless.

You may have these colors in your makeup bag and if you do, you're ahead of the game for Fall looks. But in case you're missing these gorgeous shades, I'm sharing a few of my best-loved products plus a super fragrant bath and shower gel and heavenly body scrub that I can't get enough of! Shop my 6 beauty picks in the Rhubarb and Mellow Rose color palette below!

Color Craze - Rhubarb and Mellow Rose - Beauty Product Swatches1.  Milani Rose Powder Blush

2.  Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Raisin Berry

3.  Molton Brown Delicious Rhubarb and Rose Bath and Shower Gel

4.  Au Naturale Organic Anywhere Multistick in Roseate

5.  Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish

6.  bareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blush, You Had Me at Merlot

 

Until next time, here's to living a color-filled life!

Juliet 

 

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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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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

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Bloomingdales

 

Vanity - Remodelaholic

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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:


Tomato and Jasmine Green - Style Board | The Color Lab Blog

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. 

Colorful Fruit Smoothies

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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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Opal and Moroccan Blue

Can two colors really be made for each other? I think Opal and Moroccan Blue answer that question in a resounding "yes"!

Serene richness is how I describe this color pairing, reminding me simultaneously, of  the fluidity of water and the deep, dark night sky. Individually, they are cool freshness and regal richness but together, they are the epitome of chic. 

Blue Daydream Cocktail - Imbibe

image: Imbibe Magazine

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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 Nordstrom - Shop Beauty

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.

As always, keep living a color-filled life!

 

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