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      Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues - Vol. 3

      Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues - Vol. 3

      Fresh links for helping you to live your most colorfilled life ahead:

       

      • Playing the sleep game can wear you out and there are so many products and potions being pushed at us with guarantees of 8 solid hours of zzzzz's. I'd rather try this more satisfying approach. (mindbodygreen)
      • If 'Dry January' is a thing for you, I highly recommend these all natural zero-proof alcohol alternatives. Keep an open mind: No alcohol-free spirit will ever taste exactly like its more spirited counterpart. But these are excellent adaptations. (Amazon)
      • Are you a 'picky kitty' parent? Cats may be the most finicky of all pets. Here are a few things my own fickle fab feline have made his favorites. (The Color Lab Blog)
      • This private dining experience from one of my all time favorite restaurant groups is tailor-made for those of us who miss the pleasure of having a culinary treat prepared by a master of their craft. (Blue Hill at Stone Farms)
      • I'm a sucker for all things Rose and this creamy tea is everything a floral fragrance lover could dream of. A super soother!
      • From the incomparable jazz virtuoso, Wynton Marsalis (with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet), music for the moment. (jazz.org)
      • Not only do these come in great colors, but I do believe they may be the world's softest socks. 30% off until 1/20/21! (Hanes)

       

      Love, Juliet

       

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      Colorful Pets: Sparky's Favorite Things

      Colorful Pets: Sparky's Favorite Things

      You may have met our JulRe Designs Lifestyle CFO (Chief Fun Officer), the indomitable, narcissistic and sarcastically comedic tuxedo feline, Sparky on some of my social media pages. He is a Maine Coon mix that we adopted from the wonderful Atlantic County Animal Shelter in my hometown of Pleasantville, NJ and we are smitten.

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      He has an incredibly complex personality (moody changes to feisty within seconds) and is keenly aware of the power of his cuteness. He uses it with an unrelenting abandon to get whatever it is that he desires. From his very specific food preferences to his predilection for toys that are noiseless and contain abundant amounts of catnip, @SparkyBooBoo is our resident cartoon character. If you are a pet lover, follow his colorful adventures on Instagram.

      If loving pet parents are being honest, we will admit that from time to time  we've succumbed to the adorable and perceived whims of our animal-children. I raise my hand as a guilty party. I have spoiled Sparky and I no longer run my own house but he brings so much joy to my family that his unwitting narcissism, created in large part by my actions, is something that has become an acceptable price to pay for the happiness of our dear kitty.

       

       

      So with his fondness for a very fixed list of daily use items, I thought I'd share what it takes to keep our furry friend healthy, happy and purring while also helping us maintain his care with ease. Here are a few of Sparky's favorite things:

      Sparky's Favorite Things - Product Board 

       

      1.  Yeowww Catnip Toys  (see the video above for Sparky's real-time review)

      2.  YVE LIFE Cat Laser Toy (keeps your cat excited and engaged!)

      3.  Bergan Turbo Cat Scratcher (see the love below!)

       

      Sparky with Bergan Turbo Cat Scratcher

       

      4.  WOPET Automatic Pet Feeder (great for feeding kitty on a schedule)

      5.  Petmate Eco-Friendly Breakaway Cat Collar (safe and in so many colors!)

      6.  Ethical Sponge Soccer Balls (for a game of toss that doesn't destroy the house!)

      7.  Hertzko Self Cleaning Grooming Brush (oh, the feel-good the purrrrrs....)

      8.  PetSafe SlimCat Meal-Dispensing Toy (perfect for snacks!)

      9.  Burt's Bees For Cats Natural Dander Reducing Wipes (sulfate and paraben free! Smells wonderful!)

      10. Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler (cat cushiness!)

       

      Pets can bring joy and happiness to our lives yet there are so many animals who aren't as fortunate as Sparky is to have a loving, caring family. Too many don't have homes, are being treated with cruelty and indecency and need warmth and kindness. There are wonderful organizations that were founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected. If you can find it in your heart, please adopt a pet from a reputable shelter. If taking care of a pet in your home is not possible, please consider donating to our favorite, the ASCPA through Sparky's fundraising page or to any of the other organizations that believe in the humanity of animals.

      Until next time, may your life be filled with happiness and COLOR!

       

      Love, Juliet

      Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues - Vol. 1

      Color Collective: 10 Links to Hues & News - Vol. 1

      Images (top left, clockwise): Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas, 2020 by David Benjamin Sherry, Orange Handbags, Spooky Blooms from Bia Blooms, Healthy, Colorful Smoothies

       

      • The renowned US edition of the annual art exhibition, Art Basel Miami Beach, concluded last Sunday. In the age of Covid, the online viewing rooms were a welcome sign that creativity will never be thwarted.

       

      • 'Orange' you excited about the holidays? This color in a handbag is the perfect accessory gift with a built in uplift! (Amazon)

       

      • Recipe of the Week: My Energy Blast Smoothie will give the boost you need to not only stay healthy but to level up your daily vitality. 

       

       

       

      • Florists are the world's greatest purveyors of color, IMHO. One of my favorites is the LA-based, uber talented @biablooms. When you're in need of some 'happy', stop by her Instagram page.

       

      • And speaking of all things floral, the botanical design competition, Full Bloom on HBO Max is fabulous and totally binge-worthy.

       

      • Can I just say that this color mixing game is so soothing that it's the one rabbit hole you won't mind going down? (Apple)

       

      • This gorgeous book was created to help children explore color and its relationship to art from ancient times to present. (The MET Store)

       

       

      Love, Juliet

       

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      Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs - JulRe Designs LLC

      I'm about to head off for some much needed rest and relaxation. In our current times, I hope that we all can recognize when we need to step away from it all to rejuvenate and refresh. It's that time for me. It's critical at any time but especially now when the world is a bit chaotic and frenzied. So my wish for you everyday is peace and harmony - may you find you find your way to your own Shangri-la. And good food.

      But before I left, I just had to share the Home Chef Extraordinaire's latest flavorful take on chicken. This time, he's using thighs and he's concocted a dish that's great for lunch or dinner and perfect for kid's meals. The taste key is the use of fresh rosemary. It adds a depth of flavor to the dish and with the spicy brown mustard, provides an aromatic tanginess that is oh-so palate appealing. As is always his custom, to keep the dish healthy and juicy, the preparation is done in an Air Fryer but this main dish can be prepared in the oven as well. While the dish itself is not extremely colorful, you must admit that the addition of steamed brussel sprouts and carrots all on my beautiful serving platter makes it all photo fabulous! You can find the fast, super simple recipe below:

      Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

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      Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      (serves 4)

      PREP TIME: 3 MINUTES

      COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES

       

      Ingredients

      2 tbsp Dijon or spicy brown mustard

      1 tbsp maple syrup

      1 tbsp fresh rosemary

      ½ tsp onion powder

      ½ tsp garlic powder

      ¼ tsp paprika

      ¼ tsp salt

      ¼ tsp black pepper

      4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on

       

      Directions 

      1.  MIX together the mustard, maple syrup, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.

      2.  COAT the chicken thighs in the mustard glaze and set aside.

      3.  SELECT Preheat on the Air Fryer, adjust to 380°F, and press Start/Pause.

      4.  PLACE the chicken thighs in the preheated air fryer and top with any left over glaze.

      5.  SELECT Chicken, adjust time to 20 minutes, and press Start/Pause.

       

      Until next time, live a color-filled life!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

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        Color Craze: Colorful Candles Can Light The Way

        Color Craze: Colorful Candles Can Light The Way - JulRe Designs LLC

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        Candles could be the most underrated items in the world of home decor. Not only do they create a certain ambiance when lit (THINK:  romantic, relaxing, refreshing), their scents, if desired, can evoke passion, a sense of calm or high energy. The same with using color in candles.

        JulRe Designs Studio, South Orange, NJ

        JulRe Designs Studio, South Orange, NJ

        While white candles will always be readily available at all price points and will remain the standard because of their ease of placement within your home and their obvious versatility, there is something to be said about bringing them into full effect with the addition of color.

        Dazzling Dining Room by Pink Door Designs - Houzz

        Dazzling Dining Room by Pink Door Designs - Houzz

        Use a variety of colors and shapes to match your dining area’s contemporary or vintage design as a centerpiece on your dinner table or perhaps have a light fixture made from glistening, metallic or vivid, brightly contrasting color wax.

        Zen Bathtub Candle Wall - Houzz

        Zen Bathtub Candle Wall - Houzz

        Reimagine your bathroom as a private sanctuary for your rare moments of peace away from the hecticness of life by replacing your neutral colored candles with soothing colors like rosy blush pink, sky blue or mint green.

        Cluster them in ombre shades using a variety of heights. Select scents that are incredibly appealing and evoke emotion. Or go unscented. Get some stylish candle holders if you can't find candles in the colors that you desire. No matter where or how you decide to use candles, consider them in colors that give you an uplift or soothe your senses. They’ll create a warmer, more welcoming environment not only for those who you allow to visit your abode but for you and your family too!

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        I've collected a few of my favorite candles (and 1 gorgeous set of candle holders) in colors that I hope you'll love. Shop my "incandescent" finds below!

         ACQUA DI PARMA Yellow Colonia Cube Candle - Nordstrom

         LEMONGRASS CANDLES Blackberry and Wildflowers Botanical Candle - Houzz

         COLONIAL CANDLE Classic Taper Candles - Amazon 

        AROMATIQUE Valencia Orange Textured Candle - Macy’s

         

        BOLSIUS Unscented Pillar Candles Metallic Rose Gold Candles - Amazon

         

        PALM SOY Pillar Candles - Houzz 

         

        JONATHAN ADLER Monte Carlo Candle Holder Trio

         

        Until next time, may your life be filled with joy and color!

        Love, Juliet

         

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