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      Color Craze: Colorful Candles Can Light The Way

      Color Craze: Colorful Candles Can Light The Way

      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!

       

      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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      Colorful Eats (Stay-At-Home Holiday Weekend Edition): Turkey Burgers with Asian Slaw

      Measuring Spoons from Spring Chef

      Magnetic Measuring Spoons from Spring Chef

      We surprisingly received quite a few invitation to 4th of July festivities this year. Some of our friends have made the decision to continue with the tradition of outdoor BBQs, cocktail parties and the like. And while we appreciate that they have tried to pull off these events as safely as they possibly can (small gatherings, hand sanitizers and promises to monitor social distancing), we're not quite comfortable with the idea of group socializing yet. So we'll be wishing everyone well via video and thoroughly enjoying the weekend at home watching the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, now streaming on Disney+, sips of wine on our porch among the hanging plants, herb gardens and citronella incense and delicious meals from the home chef extraordinaire. 

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      This weekend, we get to indulge in his Turkey Burgers with Asian Slaw. The flavors are just so yummy. He's added some of his tasty Shoestring Sweet Potato Fries and has done almost the entire meal in his magical Air Fryer

      Sweet Potatoes | Cabbage Mix

      While everything in this meal is delectable, the Asian Slaw is a standout. The flavors are so well balanced, you can also serve it as a side for any Summer weeknight lunch or dinner for the entire family. With the Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries, prep to plate is under 1 hour! You'll find the recipes below:

      Turkey Burgers with Asian Slaw

      Turkey Burgers with Asian Slaw

      serves 4

      INGREDIENTS

      Asian Slaw 

      2½ cups shredded cabbage

      1 small white onion

      ½ carrot, grated

      1 tbsp dried cilantro

      2 tbsps rice wine vinegar

      2 tbsps low sodium soy sauce

      2 tbsps brown sugar

      1 tbsp sesame oil

      1 tbsp low fat mayonnaise

      Salt & pepper, to taste

       

      Turkey Burger Patties

      1 lb ground turkey (85/15)

      2 garlic cloves, minced

      ½ tbsp ground ginger

      2 tbsps hoisin sauce

      1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

      2 tsp sriracha 

      ½ tsp salt

      ¼ tsp black pepper

      1 cup panko breadcrumbs

      Sesame seed hamburger buns

       

      Sweet Potato Fries

      2 large sweet potatoes, cut into shoestring strips

      2 tbsp olive oil 

      2 tsp salt

      ½ tsp paprika

      ½ tsp garlic powder

      1/2 tsp onion powder

       

      DIRECTIONS

      Asian Slaw

      1. MIX together the cabbage, onion, carrots and cilantro in a large bowl.

      2. WHISK together the vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, mayonnaise, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

      3. TOSS the vegetables with the vinegar dressing and let the Asian Slaw marinate for 3 minutes.

      Turkey Burger Patties

      1. MIX all of the patty ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.

      2. FORM the turkey mixture into 4 patties and set in the refrigerator.

      3. SELECT PREHEAT on your Air Fryer and press START. Alternatively, you can heat a frying pan to Medium HIgh on your stovetop. NOTE: the stove top method will take up to 10 minutes longer.

      4. PLACE the turkey patties in the preheated air fryer or frying pan.

      5. COOK for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove, cover and set aside.

      Sweet Potato Fries

      1. SELECT PREHEAT on your Air Fryer and press START. Alternatively, you can heat a frying pan to Medium HIgh on your stovetop.

      2. ADD the cut sweet potatoes to a large bowl and toss with the oil until the sweet potatoes are evenly coated.

      3. SPRINKLE in the salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix well.

      4. PLACE fries in preheated air fryer baskets and cook for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Make sure to shake the baskets halfway through cooking. Or pan fry the sweet potatoes until tender.

      To plate, place a turkey burger patty on top of an open sesame seed hamburger bun. Top the burger with a serving of the Asian Slaw. Add a serving of the the Sweet Potato Fries and ENJOY!

       

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

      Love, Juliet

        

       

       

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      Colorful Eats: Fish on Friday

      Colorful Eats: Fish on Friday

      So the super home chef/man in my life has another hit meal to share! As is his cooking modus operandi, this dish is colorful, easy to make, healthy and delectable. If you're in need of a delicious lunch or dinner idea and love fish, consider his appetizing recipe below. The secret sauce? Prep time is minimal and the Air Fryer gives the fish a perfect crispness without a batter. 

      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!

       

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      Salmon and Fettuccine Fiesta

      serves 2

      Ingredients

      1 lb salmon filet

      1 pack of refrigerated fettuccine pasta (we like this brand)

      3-4 garlic cloves, sliced

      ¼ cup diced onions

      ¼ cup diced black olives

      1 medium green pepper, diced

      2 tbsp olive oil

      ½ cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil, sliced

      ¼ cup black olives, diced

      1 tsp dried basil

      1 tsp dried oregano

      ½ tsp dried thyme

      ¼ tsp red pepper flakes

      1 cup diced tomatoes

      2 bay leaves

      Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste

      1 cup fresh chopped spinach (frozen spinach in a bag can be used)

      1 tbsp butter or buttery spread

       

      Directions

      1. Saute garlic, onions and peppers in olive oil.

      2. Add sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, basil, oregano and pepper flakes. Stir and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.

      3. Stir in fresh tomatoes and bay leaves. Cover pan with lid and simmer for about 20-30 minutes to create a sauce. 

      4. Slice salmon into serving sizes and season with salt and pepper. Take 1 tbsp of the sauce and drizzle over salmon.

      5. Place salmon in air fryer at 350 degrees for 8 minutes (for medium doneness). Alternatively, you can pan fry the salmon in a little olive oil.

      6. Cook fettuccine according to package instructions. Drain.

      7. Steam spinach until tender. Once done, season to taste and toss with butter.

      8. Serve by layering each serving with fettuccine first, spinach, salmon, then top with the rest of the sauce. Enjoy!

       

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

      LOve, Juliet

       

       

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      Color Craze: Activewear in Pulse-Racing Neon

      Color Craze: Activewear in Pulse-Racing Neon

      Juliet in NIKE Swoosh Sports Bra (a newer version here), FILA SPORT High Waisted Leggings (similar ones here - almost sold out), RYKA Influence Cross Training Shoe (available here)

       

      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!

       

       There isn't a color palette more exciting than Neon. Punchy, supersaturated hues never go out of style. From Brilliant Blue to Lime Punch to Super Pink, Neons were created to excite. I'm a child of the 70s and 80s who remembers having fluorescent neon posters and black lights that turned my outrageously loud colored bedroom into my own personal disco complete with strobe lights and Donna Summer and Chic blasting on my record player. Back then, Neon was on trend and fashion statements in these megawatt colors were made daily. So are you already saying, "There's no way I can wear these hues"? I get it. Today, they get trotted out on the fashion runways every few seasons and as a lover of bright, bold colors, I appreciate that. But my commitment to this palette has been long lasting and I don't fear pushing the color envelope with all of that vibrance.

      Pantone Neon Colors

      Pantone Neon Colors

      If you dare, start with a little pop of neon with your basic neutrals for everyday. A belt or a purse. Maybe a cute sandal. Or better yet, go all in during your workouts like I do which is a great way to see that there is no need to fear the brightest of brights. There's a Neon shade(s) for everyone!

       

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      To help you dabble in the this pa-POW palette, I've assembled some of my favorite activewear that will not only help to elevate your heart rate, wearing Neons may even give you an extra boost of happiness to help you enjoy your workouts as you power through. Shop my 8 activewear finds in hot colors below!

      Color Craze: Activewear in Pulse-Racing Neon

       

      1.  ALEADER Women's Running Shoes - Amazon

      2.  GLOBAL BANK Slim Fit Workout Jacket - Amazon

      3.  SWEATY BETTY Stamina Longline Sports Bra - Nordstrom

      4.  EPIC MMA Gear Yoga Shorts - Amazon

      5.  SPIRITUAL GANGSTER Self Love Leggings - Nordstrom

      6.  247 VIZ The Reflective Vest - Amazon

      7.  ADIDAS ORIGINALS Tinted Belt Bag - Amazon

      8.  CHAMPION Women's Essential Double Dry V-Neck Tee

       

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

      Love, Juliet

       

       

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      Colorful Eats: A Simple, Satisfying, Eye-Catching Meal For Any Day of the Week

      Colorful Eats: A Simple, Satisfying, Eye-Catching Meal For Any Day of the Week

      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!

       

      I love to cook! Cooking is therapeutic. Dicing and chopping, slicing and dicing, grilling and chilling....it's all so cathartic. Using the finest fresh ingredients and high quality cookware is a thrill! Here's the thing. I don't have time to cook anymore and while I try to squeeze in a meal prep on slightly less hectic weekends, my intentions are usually thwarted by some unexpected business task or just utter exhaustion. Luckily, I live with the most intuitive home chef I've ever met. I'm not exaggerating when I say his skills with the skillet are incomparable. He doesn't use cookbooks and he seems to have no need to plan. (Although he does say that he consults with this cookbook for inspiration from time to time). He can take whatever food is available in our kitchen and make magic.

      Most of his meals are filled with color. Sometimes the palettes seem to be so expertly coordinated that I have ask if he worked with a color chart to create the dish. While he says it's coincidental that his meals have vibrancy and depth, I'd like to believe he has a creative eye for composition and detail and that some of me and my deep love of color has rubbed off. (You should know that I see art in everything, even food.)

       

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      Colorful Eats: A Simple, Satisfying, Eye-Catching Meal For Any Day of the Week

      His latest masterpiece was mindblowingly simple yet tasted just as layered and flavorful as many dishes I've consumed in fine dining restaurants. Also it's meatless so you can add it to your Mondays and vegetarians can enjoy. Perfect for lunch or dinner, this meal can be prepared in 45 minutes or less! 

      Vegetable Color Blast Bowl 

      serves 2

      Ingredients

      1 large sweet potato, cubed

      1/2 cup of fresh corn kernels  (frozen corn can be substituted)

      1 cup of brussel sprouts, shaved

      1 cup fresh carrots, shaved or chopped 

      1 cup fresh kale (frozen kale can be used)

      2 cloves garlic, chopped

      1/2 teaspoon cumin

      1/2 teaspoon curry powder

      1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

      Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste

      Olive oil spray or 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil

      1 cup brown rice

       

      Directions

      1. Cook brown rice according to package instructions.

      2. Place all ingredients except brown rice and kale in an air fryer (we love this one).

      3. Spray a light coating olive oil on the vegetable mixture and cook in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Alternatively, add virgin olive oil to a saute pan at medium temperature and saute vegetables until tender.

      3. Steam the kale until tender.

      4. Serve by layering brown rice first, vegetable mixture, then top with steamed kale. Enjoy!

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

      Love, Juliet

       

       

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