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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

      Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide: Apricot Brandy and Fig

      Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide: Apricot Brandy and Fig

      Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide - Apricot Brandy and Fig

      Fresh Figs

      The Holidays seem to come earlier and earlier each year. I know it's not actually possible for that to actually happen but the busier I get, the more pressure I feel to pack as much as possible into a 24 hour day. I've managed to squeeze in a bit of time to knock a few gifts off my shopping list and my last color-themed gift guide was a great help! How far have you gotten on your gift list? Perhaps my latest gift guide can offer you some assistance.

      Apricot Brandy and Fig are the colors I've selected colors for the 2nd part of my Color Craze Gift Guide series. They are two of the warmest colors you'll want to wrap yourself in and share with those you love! Not only are they what I call delectable comfort colors, they are season-less classics. Think of them for places in your home that may need a touch of cosiness. They work well together in your wardrobe as well whenever your mood is mellow - at that candlelight date night dinner or lounging in front of the fireplace on a frigid Winter night.

      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!

       

      NORDSTROM.com


       

      Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote - myrecipes.com

      image: myrecipes.com

      Before we start shopping, I just had to share this great recipe I found while searching for appetizer ideas for an upcoming Holiday party. You'll find some of the ingredients quite apropos for this post: apricots, brandy and figs! I taste tested this dish  and it will be one of the standouts on the buffet table for sure! You can find the recipe for quick and easy Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote here.

      Now, let's SHOP in color! Here are my top 9 gifts in Apricot Brandy and Fig:

      Color Craze: Apricot Brandy and Fig - Product Board

      1.  For the Fashionable Hipster - Herschel Supply Co. Seventeen Hip Pack - Amazon

      2.  For the Eternal Sunshine Seeker - D'BLANC Beach Vida 53mm Square Cat Eye Sunglasses - Nordstrom

      3.  For the Colorful Kiddies - OLIVER & RAIN Fawn & Fern Kids Gift Set - Nordstrom

      4.  For the Comfort Seeking Man - Champion Life Men's Stretch Woven Sleep Pants - Champion

      5.  For the Motorcycle Mama - BB Dakota Teagan Reversible Faux Leather Drape Front Jacket - Nordstrom

      6.  For the Well-Heeled Lady - ECCO Shape Motion 75 Booties - Nordstrom

      7.  For the Man Who Hates Dress Shirts - AGAVE Box Canyon Men's T-Shirt

      8.  For Those Who Love to Snuggle - Vellux Faux Sheared Mink Blanket - Bloomingdales

      9.  For the Hostess with the Mostest - Divina Fig Spread - Amazon

       

      I'd love to know how you feel about these colors and how your Holiday shopping is progressing. Follow The Color Lab Blog on Facebook or Instagram and leave your comments!

      Until next time, live a color-filled life!

      Juliet's Signature

       

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