We 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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
It’s all about the throwback with this craze!
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!
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.
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 on Amazon: (top left, clockwise): Fire Island, Sartorial, Midnight Cowboy, Key to Gramercy, Uptown Girl
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!):
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,
Cheery, springy, pastels-a-poppin'!
Placid 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.
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!
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!
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!
1. of the color between blue and yellow in the spectrum; colored like grass or emeralds.
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.
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
- 2 bananas
- 1 apple
- 1 cup young spinach leaves
- 1 lime (or orange, lemon)
- water as needed (I substitute unsweetened green tea)
- 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.
- Add water or green tea as needed.
- Blend until smooth (I use my trusty Vitamix) and serve.
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!)
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Until next time, live a color-filled life!
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.
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 (from squawk93 on @allrecipes)
*for 1 serving
1 jigger of Tequila
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger grenadine syrup
1 slice orange, for garnish
1 maraschino cherry for garnish
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!
CLICK for our Color Craze: Spectra Yellow and Flame Board on Pinterest!
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!
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,
vibrant. energetic. alive. Pantone's Color of the Year for 2019 is a reminder that despite the refreshing chill of winter hues, spring and summer colors reign vibrantly supreme.
traditionally a color with popularity in beauty and fashion, Living Coral is versatile. use it to add eye-catching elements to your home. here are a few products our CEO/Creative Director, Juliet loves for incorporating the color into a neutral palette in your kitchen or on your dining table:
shopping guide (top left to right, clockwise): KitchenAid® Artisan Stand Mixer, Madhouse by Michael Aram Opaque Disposable Flatware, Deanery Glaze Melamine Dinner Plate, Curacao Coral Electric Kettle, Platinum Series Range from BlueStar
While we are enamored with Living Coral, we would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge that the name of the color reminds us that coral reefs around the world are suffering. Why care about reefs? Here's what we found on coral.org:
Coral reefs are an important food source for the people who live near reefs, and, as nurseries, are vital to the world’s fisheries. Many of the compounds now being used in human medicines, including some that treat cancer, are found on coral reefs, with probably many more yet to be discovered. Coral reefs help humans in many other ways too: generating tourist dollars for communities, and—especially important in our changing climate—acting as natural barriers against storm events like hurricanes, typhoons, and even tsunamis.
These are compelling reasons and why we are donating 50% of the proceeds from the sale of the coral colored enamel bangle bracelets on eBay to the Coral Reef Alliance.
on the style board: your warm-weather looks get a vivid boost with accessories in shades of this brilliant coral. go for a complete tone on tone outfit, if you dare or spice up an ensemble in navy, beige or cream with your favorite coral handbag. use lips and nails as canvasses to paint on the glow!
where to buy (top left to right, clockwise): Pared Eyewear Women's Up & At Em Oversized Round Sunglasses, ERES Les Essentiels Cesar cotton-jersey mini dress, SCALA Big Brim Cotton Sun Hat, Senreve Mini Maestra Satchel, Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole Colleen Espadrille, Apple iPhone XR, OPI Nail Polish, Burt Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Liquid Lipstick
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cheers to a color duo that brings the holiday season to life!
So bright, so brilliant. This color combo is unexpectedly fashionable and fabulous.
check out our color craze: orange and turquoise Pinterest board
wear these colors together at your own risk or take it down a notch and accent neutrals with a touch of orange or turquoise. either way you're guaranteed to turn heads and spark interesting conversations.