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      Colorful Closet: Affordable Activewear for Colorful Workouts

      Colorful Closet: Affordable Activewear for Colorful Workouts

      Since I stopped making New Year resolutions a few years ago (my failure rate was abysmal), I’ve taken to setting goals instead, both practical and completely fantasy-driven. And I’m happy to report that I have stuck to and successfully completed many including a daily workout regimen. 

      The reasons I’ve stuck to working out every day for more than 4 years is because first and foremost I’m now healthier than ever at age 62 and I regularly treat myself to workout gear and activewear that I adore to help keep me motivated.

      Juliet in Old Navy Activewear

      Juliet in Old Navy (no longer available)

       

      I hope you love the products I recommend! This blog post contains affiliate links and I participate in the Amazon Associate program, 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!

       

      But this “habit” can become quite costly, especially when you hear about the new leggings that are super soft and come in every color of the rainbow or the sports bra that really keeps the boobies in place through HIIT or dance workouts. 

      So I’ve made it a point to not feed into the frenzied need to always have the newest and latest (and often way too expensive) and become loyal to a few activewear brands that offer a wide variety of styles but are high quality and good to my wallet. 

      Champion.com (Hanesbrands Inc.)

       

      I’ve assembled a sampling of my all-time favorites for you to shop, just in case you too set a new exercise goal or a healthy resolution for the year ahead and want to look colorful and chic throughout the hard work and sweat!

      P.S. all items are under $100 and many are deeply discounted!

       

      CHAMPION

      great value!

      Champion Womens Activewear

      1.  Eco Infinity Racerback Sports Bra

      2.  Eco Infinity Sport Tights

      3.  Plus Absolute Eco Tank

       

       

      IDEOLOGY

      basics created for Macy's 

      IDEOLOGY - Created for Macy's

      1.  High Rise Pocket Bike Shorts

      2.  Radial Marks Hoodie (no longer available but here's a goodie!)

      3.  Performance Quarter Zip Crop Top (Gone but this one's just as good!)

       

       

      OLD NAVY 

      my favorite!

      Old Navy Womens Activewear

      1.  PowerSoft Performance Bodysuit

      2.  PowerSoft Longline Sports Bra

      3.  PowerSoft 7/8 Length Flare Pants

       

       

      THE GYM PEOPLE

      an Amazon brand

      THE GYM PEOPLE - Amazon brand

      1.  High Waist Yoga Pants

      2.  Ice Silk Workout Tops

      3.  High Waist Running Shorts

       

      That's it for now! Until next time, I wish you a joyful, color-filled life!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

       

      Macys.com

      Shop By Color: Holiday 2022 Gift Guide

      Shop By Color: Holiday 2022 Gift Guide

      It's that time of year when we realize the giving season is heading our way at rapid speed. It'll be a somewhat familiar holiday time because while we are still very much aware that there are certain health precautions we still must take for the safety of everyone, a few of us will be coming together in person to celebrate our love for each other, albeit in very strategic ways.

       

      I hope you love the products I recommend! This blog post contains affiliate links and I participate in the Amazon Associate program, 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!

       

      FROM OUR PARTNERS

       

      Macys.com

       

      One tradition that won't change for us is the exchange of gifts and tokens of caring. I made sure that I got an early start this year since almost every present will be sent via some form of delivery service and this year will continue to be quite a challenge. So while I was in the midst of my shopping frenzy, I thought I'd try to help you with your gifting adventure! 

       

      Pantone Color Trend Forecast Autumn/Winter 22/23 

      Color swatches from Pantone. 

      I've gathered some pretty cool gifts that are sure to accommodate most budgets, from wallet-friendly to luxury. I hope there's something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Since I live and breathe by beautiful, vibrant colors, I curated this gift guide using the colors I was inspired by from the Pantone Autumn/Winter 22/23 Trend Report!

      It's a color palette that is not at all classic but exudes grand expression while maintaining a sense of calm vibrancy. These shades meant to excite but will enhance your desire to create unique self statements. Many of the fabulous items you'll find in this Gift Guide are from my great partners at Macy's

      So, get out your gift list, have lots of fun and shop-by-color now!

       

      Love Juliet

       

       Lava Falls Gift Guide

       

      1.  BRAHMIN Duxbury Leather Satchel

      2.  JOURNEE COLLECTION Morgaan Tall Boots

      3.  HUGO BOSS Men’s Double Breasted Coat

      4.  G-SHOCK Men’s Analog-Digital Strap Watch

      5.  CHARTER CLUB Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater

       

      Samoan Sun Holiday Gift Guide 

      1.  HANDY LIVING George Armless Chair

      2.  FIESTA 4pc Daffodil Place Setting

      3.  COTTON ON Little Girls Marlo Track Pants

      4.  LONDONTOWN Lakur Enhanced Color Nail Polish in Mango

      5.  FREDDO Deluxe Push Ride-On

       

       

      Waterspout Holiday Gift Guide

       

      1.  JULRE DESIGNS STUDIO Apatite Slice Necklace

      2.  NAUTICA Vitamin Sea Candle

      3.  BCBGeneration Hooded Puffer Coat

      4.  TIFFANY & CO Tiffany & Love Eau de Parfum

      5.  BELLA Hot Air Popcorn Maker

       

       

      Caramel Cafe Holiday Gift Guide

      1.  NAMBE Vie Wine Rack

      2.  LUCKY BRAND Stud Leather Belt

      3.  DKNY Bryant Backpack

      4.  COTTON ON Big Girls Wide Brim Hat

      5.  UGG Westsider Slides

       

       

      FROM OUR PARTNERS 

      Macys.com

      Shades of Green: 10 Pairs of Sunglasses You'll Want to Wear Every Day

      Shades of Green: 10 Pairs of Sunglasses You'll Want to Wear Every Day - JulRe Designs LLC

      The last vestiges of Summer are here (insert sad face emoji) and I'm reminded that the season truly and completely owns one whole color in the spectrum. That color is GREEN. Inevitably, when that season rolls in, I see everything in those fresh shades as it’s a signal in nature that warmer weather is here.

      I love the color so much because it signifies an abundant life in harmony, and supremely good health - all ways that I try to live my life every day. My adoration of the hue extends into my business with our company's foundational logo of four 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.

      

      Bloomingdale's

       

      I hope you love the products I recommend! I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 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!

       

      Juliet Shades of Green Collage

      Shop My Sunglasses: top row, middle row, bottom row

       

       

       

       

      Of course, my obsession with green wouldn't be a real thing if it didn't carry over to my wardrobe. I think it’s an incorrect assumption that this lively color can only be worn by a few. There’s a shade for everyone! It’s such a fun and energizing color for me that when I put it on, it's hard not to smile! And colorful accessories, like the 10 pairs of sunglasses I found are an easy way to wear the color to make a dynamic impact with any outfit. And adding almost any shade of green will take your OOTD to certainly not-at-all-boring levels. Warby Parker's Virtual Try-On tool is a game changer. You can find your perfect pair of green shades instantly and you can try them before buying with their Home Try-On Program! Find all of my fabulous eyewear finds below and happy shopping!

       

       

      Shades of Green Product Board

      1.  Haskell Sunglasses in Aloe Crystal - Warby Parker

      2.  EMPORIO ARMANI Women's Sunglasses, EA4162 55 - Macy's

      3.  GloFX Color Therapy Glasses - Amazon

      4.  Ada Sunglasses in Forest Green - Warby Parker

      5.  Beale Sunglasses in Rosemary Crystal - Warby Parker

      6.  BOTTEGA VENETA Women's Square Sunglasses - Bloomingdales

      7.  OLIVER PEOPLES Melery Square Sunglasses, 54mm - Bloomingdales

      8.  LifeArt Oversize Polarized Sunglasses - Amazon

      9.  FEISEDY Classic Women Sunglasses - Amazon

      10.  VERSACE Sunglasses, VE4361 53 - Macy's

       

      Until next time, may you live a life filled with color!

       

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

       

      Colorful Closets: Beyond the Lounge - Sweatshirt Style

      Colorful Closets: Beyond the Lounge - Sweatshirt Style

      I live in sweatshirts. Even before the pandemic, I'd perfected my work at home style and included a vast array of joggers and wide leg sweatpants plus coordinating sweatshirts in ALL the colors.

      But as we have begun to come out from hiding a bit more, I figured I had to find some way to utilize the comfort and ease of sweatshirts for even the dressiest of occasions.

      Colorful Tops

      I hope you love the products I recommend! This blog post contains affiliate links and I participate in the Amazon Associate program, 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!

      Since I'm still on my hiatus from purchasing new clothes (it's so hard!), I've had to become a bit creative with what I do with what already exists in my closet. I've found that styling my sweatshirts is actually very easy!

      If you look at these versatile tops just like you would any other blouse, sweater or cardigan, it makes putting together unique looks quite simple. I'll admit, you do have to change your view of what a sweatshirt actually is but since they now come in so many styles, prints and colors, it should be a smooth transitional shift to your fashion sensibilities.

       

       

       

       

      For instance, here's a daytime look I styled using a very simple sweatshirt:

       

       Colorful Closets - Sweatshirt Styleboard 1

      SHOP THE LOOK

      1.  AMAZON ESSENTIALS Crewneck Sweatshirt

      2.  JULRE DESIGNS STUDIO Color Drop Earrings in Toffee Chalcedony and Carnelian

      3.  PRADA Round Sunglasses - Bloomingdales

      4.  COACH Soft Tabby Shoulder Bag - Bloomingdales

      5.  LYSSE Textured Faux Leather Leggings - Bloomingdales

      6.  TORY BURCH Jessa Loafer Flats

      7.  JULRE DESIGNS STUDIO Color Drop Choker Necklace in Tiger Eye and Sunset Yellow Chalcedony

       

      The Color Lab Shop

       

      Using the same sweatshirt in a different color, this is an outfit you might try for a not-so-dressy-not-too-casual Holiday party or date night look:

      Colorful Closets: Sweatshirt Styleboard 2

       

       SHOP THE LOOK

      1.  JULRE DESIGNS STUDIO Vishuddha Earrings

      2.  AMAZON ESSENTIALS Crewneck Sweatshirt

      3.  SAINT LAURENT Tweed Cap Toe Pumps - Bloomingdales

      4.  THE DROP Maya Silky Slip Skirt - Amazon

      5.  ETIENNE AIGNER Ella Small Woven Satchel - Bloomingdales

      6.  JULRE DESIGNS STUDIO Ella Cuff Bracelet in Black Smoke

       

      I suggest pushing the sleeves up to elbow length and perhaps a casual tuck in to the waist of either of these looks gives them a fresh appeal.

      You can also interject a little fun into your sweatshirt collection! Tie-dye, embroidery, blouson sleeves and fun quotes or sayings are all ways of expressing your individuality with this versatile top.

      I've collected a few of my lively faves below for you to shop and get creative with to style your own looks:

      Colorful Closets - Sweatshirt Collage

      SHOP THE STYLEBOARD

      1.  POLO RALPH LAUREN Printed Sweatshirt - Bloomingdales

      2.  WHISTLES Joie Graphic Sweatshirt - Bloomingdales

      3.  BILLY T Stardust Embroidered Sweatshirt - Bloomingdales

      4.  SANDRO Sun Graphic Sweatshirt - Bloomingdales

      5.  STYLE & CO Animal Print Sweatshirt - Macy’s

      6.  INC INTERNATIONAL CONCEPTS Printed Off-The-Shoulder Sweatshirt - Macy’s

      7.  ADIDAS ORIGINALS Essentials Fleece Sweatshirt - Macy’s

      8.  RBX Fleece Pullover Sweatshirt - Amazon

      9.  EYTINO Color-block Tie Dye Sweatshirt - Amazon

       

      So there you have it - sweatshirt style that's fun, easy and ready for your action-packed life or the one where lounging is the primary activity!

       

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

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

       

      Bloomingdale's

      Colorful Closet: Why Wide Leg Pants Should Be A Staple in Your Fall Wardrobe

      Colorful Closet: Why Wide Leg Pants Should Be A Staple in Your Fall Wardrobe

       

      Palazzo, pajama or bell bottom? It doesn't matter what you call them because wide leg pants are the answer to the comfort conundrum. I'm reluctant to stuff myself into anything called "skinny" or things that fit tight and snug anymore. Except leggings, but that's another blog post. I'm happiest when I'm loose and free and can bend down without my pants feeling like painful sausage casings. 

       

      {Image above} Juliet is wearing: Leopard Sweater by J. Crew Merchantile and Pants by J. Crew Collection: (both no longer available but similar ones here and here | Shoes: Nine West (no longer available but love these | Earrings: Custom by JulRe Designs

       

      Juliet in Wide Leg Pants | The Color Lab Blog

       

      I hope you love the products I recommend! This blog post contains 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!

       

      Juliet in Lou and Gray Wide Leg Pants

      {Image above} Juliet is wearing: Cropped Hoodie by Uniqlo (out of stock but similar style here | Pants: Lou & Grey | Sneakers: Keds | Hoop Earrings: (gifted but similar ones here) | Handbag: Gifted | Custom Earrings: JulRe Designs

       

       

      A friend complained that fuller pants made her look larger. They might, in some cases but that's a small sacrifice when you no longer wish to be tied to trends that don't allow you to function as a movable human being. I'd rather look a bit fuller than to feel constricted and uncomfortable. Comfort first!

       

      JulIet in Lou and Gray Wide Leg Pants Set

      Image above: Juliet is wearing: Teddy Coat by Zara (no longer available but similar style here | Sweatshirt and Pants: Lou & Grey | Handbag: old but love this one | Boots: Nine West | Custom Earrings: JulRe Designs Studio

       

      Macys.com

       

      While I understand that the voluminous silhouette may not be everyone's fit choice at first, consider that the fashion world has made some very chic and polished versions along with styles that are in soft, creamy, loungy fabrics so your styling options are vast. 

       

      So get loose, be free and check out some of my favorite wide leg pants below!

       

      Wide Leg Pants Product Board | The Color Lab Blog

       

      1.  Karen Kane Printed Wide Leg Pants - SOLD OUT. Love these!

      2.  Coolibar Enclave Wide Leg Pants

      3.  Lauren Ralph Lauren Wide-Leg Satin Pants - a different style here.

      4.  AQUA Ribbed Wide Leg Slit Pants - This option is fab!

      5.  Alice & Olivia Athena Printed Wide Leg Pants - This print is no longer being sold but I adore this style.

      6.  DKNY Striped Pull On Pants - No longer available. These work wonderfully for Fall.

      7.  AMiERY Comfy Casual Pajama Pants

      8.  INC Tie-Dye Wide-Leg Sweatpants - SOLD OUT. These are fabulous too!

      9.  Adidas Original Primeblue Wide Leg Pants

      10.  standards & practices Sophi Cropped Palazzo Pants

      11.  Alice & Olivia Dylan High Waist Wide Leg Pants

      12.  CULPOS x INC Sequined Wide Leg Pants - No longer available but these are the perfect alternative

       

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

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Bloomingdale's