No gold glitters like that which is our own. - Eliza Cook
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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:
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
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!:
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
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!:
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!
P.S. Follow me on Instagram for a look at how I wear this looks at each wedding plus more color commentary!
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!
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,
cheers to a color duo that brings the holiday season to life!
this match of pink and blue is not fancy-schmancy. on the contrary. it's bold, beautiful and brilliant!
images: (top left, clockwise) ring bowl, lips, woven tie, polka dot fabric, pink robin, bridesmaid's bouquet, Alexander McQueen scarf, artwork
this color craze continues on our Fuchsia and Navy Blue board on Pinterest.
punch up your color quotient this spring with this dynamic color combination. bravely wear these two hues together for maximum impact or add them with a light touch to enliven neutral looks. and don't forget to pile on the arm candy for added glam!
images: (Left, clockwise) DVF dress, lorac lipstick, JulRe Designs jacquie necklace, essie nail color, l'autre shoes, coach crosby bag, JulRe Designs pia cuff bracelet
Combine milky cool with the gilded heat of glitz and you've got a pairing that is uniquely trendy and timeless.
Our Color Craze: White and Gold board on Pinterest is curated by our team and overflowing with bright, shiny fashion and gift ideas. Take a look!
Summer is the perfect season for this lavish color combo. These high shine, dazzlingly brilliant hues are traditional for brides but give your everyday looks a luxe sizzle.
images: (top left, clockwise) watch, tank top, JulRe Designs Color Pop Earrings (no longer available), clutch purse, mules, nail polish, JulRe Designs Isla Bracelets - Become an INsider for access to our Bangle Bar, eyelet shorts