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      Color Craze: Fun Sneakers in Cool Colorways

      Color Craze: Fun Sneakers in Cool Colorways

      You can call me "old school" when it comes to my sneaker collection. Though I prefer the term "classic". I love lace up low tops with minimal soles in luscious suedes or textured walkabouts in brilliant prints and palettes. And yes, I may be on the borderline of having an intense obsession (these images show about 40% of my entire sneaker cache) but the reason I'm in so deep is because this comfy shoe trend and I go way back and I'm nothing if I'm not loyal. In the 80's, I wore sneakers as my commuter shoes for work. Thick soles and huge white laces were part of the corporate uniform for getting to the office comfortably. Then in the 90's I moved away from the somewhat orthopedic styling many sneakers had to what the cool kids were wearing - athletic shoe styling with brand identifying features like trademark swishes or a large felines. Today, the comfort of the 80's shoes meshed with the sleek styling of the 90's sneakers is where I'm happiest. But as with everything else in my life, there must be color involved!

       

      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!

       

      PUMA Womens Suede Embroidered Floral Sneaker

      PUMA Womens Suede Embroidered Floral Sneaker

      There's nothing like a cute pair of sneakers to contrast with a pretty sundress or flowy, wide leg pants. My favorite way to wear sneakers is with t-shirt dresses for working in my studio and I'll slide them on with cropped pants and a tube top for cocktails on my porch (the new  "dinner club").  But more important than their trendiness, they must be COMFORTABLE. 

      Juliet's Colorful Sneaker Collection

      The brands I've worn for years have eliminated the need for me to make the choice between style and fit. I am particularly fond of Keds, adidas and Puma sneakers for their vast array of styles and colors. The adidas Originals Women's Campus and the Puma Suede Classic sneakers are fashionable throwbacks that come in major colorways. They're your go to shoes when you want to keep it casual. My best-in-sneakers award in the category of prints and colorful palettes that will put a smile on your face goes to the Keds x Rifle Paper Co. collaboration - it's a color and sneaker lover's dream come true. There's so much detail and artisanship with each collection, you won't be sure if you should actually wear them or display them. 

      Keds x Rifle Paper Co. Anchor Happy Stripe Sneakers

      Keds x Rifle Paper Co. Anchor Happy Stripe Sneakers

      Sneakers aren't typically thought of when looking to make a statement but I'd like to change that. If you haven't connected with these versatile accessories other than the pair you wear to the gym, give them a fashionable chance! I've rounded up a few more of my faves in cool colorways for you to shop below:

      Chuck Taylor All Star Tie Dye Low Top Sneakers - Nordstrom

       

      Puma Suede Classic Sneakers in Fuchsia Purple/Nasturtium - Amazon

       

      Keds x Rifle Paper Co. Champion Low Top Sneakers - Nordstrom

       

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

      Love, Juliet

       

       

      Hanes.com

       

       

      Color Craze: Metallic Gold for the Day or Evening Wedding Guest

      Color Craze: Metallic Gold for the Day or Evening Wedding Guest

      Metallic Gold

      No gold glitters like that which is our own. - Eliza Cook

      Metallic Gold Glitter

      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!

       

      As a jewelry designer, I have the privilege of working with many wonderful brides, helping them to create unique earrings and necklaces for their bridesmaids, mothers and of course, themselves. I'm always honored when I receive an invitation to their extra special day but due to my schedule, I'm often unable to attend. I hope to change that in 2020. I currently have 3 invitations and more may come but my super ambitious commitment is to attend every wedding. Once I made that decision, the heart-pounding panic set in. What am I going to wear? And since I'm not a "one dress for every event" type and I'm all in on any excuse to shop, I decided that the easiest solution would be to invest in a monochromatic capsule wardrobe that I could systematically create new looks from by starting with a few amazing dresses as a base and interchange accessories for each occasion. But color. What color would be right for almost every wedding whether it's during the day or at night, semi-formal or formal? I chose Metallic Gold for its ease and versatility. Shimmery colors the "glam neutrals" of the color spectrum. Gone is the time when shimmer was relegated for after dark affairs. Metallics, including Bronze, Silver and the ever-popular Rose Gold are easy to wear, can be found in almost every clothing store for every budget and in all sizes. 

      Here is my capsule wardrobe, starting with 3 amazing dresses, all from Nordstrom:

      Metallic Gold Dresses from Nordstrom

      dresses from left to right: 

      GLITZY:  FRENCH CONNECTION Emille Sparkle Long Sleeve Sequin Sheath Dress

      SEXY:  LULUS Love & Luxury Metallic Plissé Cocktail Dress

      GLAMOROUS:  ELIZA J Ruched Evening Gown

       

      Bloomingdale's

       

      A great handbag with exquisite detailing is a must for me but it must be functional as well. These 3 clutches from Bloomingdale's get my sparkly thumbs up!:

      Metallic Gold Clutch Handbags - Bloomingdales

      clutch handbags from left to right:

      ROMANTIC:  Marc Jacobs Metallic Leather Clutch

      SOPHISTICATED:  MICHAEL Michael Kors LouLou Envelope Clutch

      CHIC:  From St Xavier Chevy Beaded Clutch

       

      NORDSTROM.com

       

      Finally, a comfortable pair of shoes complete the looks - HEAVY emphasis on COMFORT. Since lots of mingling and dancing are the 2nd best parts of any wedding (the nuptials are the 1st!), selecting the right footwear is so important. I don't normally associate comfort with a high heel. Frankly, I rarely find any that I can honestly say are a pleasure to wear but all 3 of the shoes I found at Macy's are well made and after considerable testing, I can say will get you through several hours of socializing without killing your feet. And they're gorgeous too!:

      Metallic Gold Shoes - Macy's

      shoes from left to right:

      STYLISH:  Vince Camuto Reesera Dress Sandals

      CLASSIC:  kate spade new york Sterling Dress Shoes

      POSH:  Katy Perry Rayann Ballet Flats

       

      Don't be afraid to mix different shades and textures of whatever Metallic Gold or whatever metallic you choose. There are no rules! Gold on gold just works for almost any formal-leaning event! 

       

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

       Juliet's Signature

       

      P.S. Follow me on Instagram for a look at how I wear this looks at each wedding plus more color commentary!

       

      NORDSTROM.com

      Placid Blue and Yellow Pear

      Placid Blue and Yellow Pear

      Color Craze: Placid Blue and Yellow Pear

      Cheery, springy, pastels-a-poppin'!

      Sunshine printPlacid 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.

      Placid Blue and Yellow Pear - Bedroom and Dining Room

      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!

      JulRe Designs Disclaimers

      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!Color Craze - Placid Blue and Yellow Pear - Style Board

      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!

      Juliet

       

      Spectra Yellow and Flame

      Spectra Yellow and Flame

      Spectra Yellow and Flame

      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. 

      Red Orange and Yellow Sunset

      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

      Tequila Sunrise (from squawk93 on @allrecipes)

      *for 1 serving

      Ingredients

      1 jigger of Tequila

      3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

      ice cubes

      1/2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger grenadine syrup

      1 slice orange, for garnish

      1 maraschino cherry for garnish

      Directions: 

      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!  

      JulRe Designs Disclaimers

      CLICK for our Color Craze: Spectra Yellow and Flame Board on Pinterest! 

       

      Warby Parker - SHOP NOW

      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!

      Spectra Yellow and Flame Style Board

      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,

      Juliet's Signature 

       

      NORDSTROM - Work Wonders: Warm-Weather Chic - SHOP NOW