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.


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 shared my recipe below so you can give it a try:

Purple Taro Latte

makes 1 serving



  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, 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 time, I do hope you live your life in COLOR!

Juliet's Signature


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