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Color Craze: Animal Prints - It's Not a Color but an Attitude Adjustment....for your Home

Color Craze: Animal Prints | The Color Lab Blog

This isn't my typical post about a single color or color palette. It's about an enduring trend that's currently seeing a resurgence in popularity. And while this trend is everywhere right now, its lasting power is testament to its impact on design in all areas. You see it in fashion almost everywhere and interior designers and home decorators have been using it homes and offices for years. So it begs the question, are animal prints an oversaturated, long-running fad? It depends on your level of tolerance for it. Personally, I love the craze so much I've treated it like I would a neutral color and incorporated my fair share of leopard, zebra and cheetah prints into my home and wardrobe.

Juliet in Leopard Print Coat from Loft - World Menagerie Cheetah Print Slipper Chair from Wayfair

image: left to right - my leopard print coat from LOFT (no longer available), desk chair by World Menagerie at Wayfair (no longer available, but here's a similar style you may like)

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But I have a strategy for its usage. Trust me, I've seen my fair share of crimes of the animal print kind. Overdoing these prints is easy to do. The repetitive patterns are intense so they require a light hand. But if you use my plan of action, in this case, for your home, you can use animal prints to create a very warm, inviting, creative vibe for any room and keep it from looking like you are hosting a wildlife conservancy.

Furnishings Mogul Holly Hunt Chicago Apartmentimage: Furnishings Mogul, Holly Hunt's Chicago Apartment - Architectural Digest

Start by adding one item to any room that needs a refresh or an energy boost. That item can be a massive piece of wall art or a porcelain vase placed prominently on an end table. Rugs are also a good choice for giving a small but powerful update to a room in subtle colors by creating an enlivening focal area that immediately draws the eye to it. Consider placing that remarkable table you adore or an antique desk on top of an animal print rug and you create a timeless conversation starter.

Bedroom - Decor Aid

image: Bedroom from Decor Aid 

Or for a major impact move, you could use wallpaper in a smaller print for an entire room. Create movement and vitality in a space that needs a little texture. Find a print you love and run with it! 

image: Pinterest

  

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I've uncovered 6 decor items that you can easily incorporate into your home, just to see if the animal print vibe is right for you. Shop my Animal Print Product Board below:

Animal Print Product Board - The Color Lab Blog

 

1. Kevin O’Brien Studio Snakeskin Print Oversized Velvet Throw

2. Popular Bath Gazelle Shower Hooks

3. Safavieh Lighting Collection Sahara Table Lamp

4. Bridgeport Home Maasai Mss3 Round Area Rug

5. DENY DESIGNS Leopard Heart Side Table

6. Gifts & Decor Leopard Lily Blossom Tealight Candle Holder Centerpiece

 

Until next time, live a color-filled life, 

 

 

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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

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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:

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

 

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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

 

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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!

 

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Color in Review: The Year of the Craze

2019 was an incredible year of color for me. I started this blog to share my lifelong love of vivid hues and palettes and to show how the power of color impacts our everyday lives in ways we may not realize. My Color Craze year began with Living Coral, an energetic, alive hue that was Pantone's Color of the Year and a reminder that despite the refreshing chill of customary winter hues, classic spring and summer colors reign supreme.

Living Coral - Style Board - The Color Lab Blog

left to right: Bella Vita Sylvie II Espadrille Wedge SandalMCM Essential Boston Monogram Leather SatchelPared Eyewear Up and At Em Sunglasses

The year also included enjoyable visits to the colorful places featured in my ColorStory series here and on Instagram.

Color Stories 2019 - The Color Lab Blog

left to right: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Hudson Yards (NYC), Georgetown Waterfront (DC), Color Factory (NYC), Love Park (Philly)

For Spring/Summer 2019, my first Color Trends Report was a palette I felt was fresh, invigorating, and bold enough to command attention in a statement making year. And it just so happens that my favorite non-toxic nail polish brand has a color selection so huge that I was able to find a matching polish for every color!

Spring/Summer 2019 Color Trends Report - Cirque Colorsleft to right: Cirque Colors Creme Nail Polish in Fire Island, Sartorial, Midnight Cowboy, Key to Gramercy, Uptown Girl

With the high level energy of those Spring and Summer colors, I wanted assure that the volume remained cranked up with a dynamic palette for Fall and Winter. 

Fall/Winter 2019 Color Trends Report - Product Board 1 - The Color Lab Blogleft to right: BulbHead 10 PC Copper-Infused Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware SetOK Lighting Kapila Table LampSimplyFernished Decorative TrivetsPinzon Egyptian Cotton Bath Towel Set 

 

left to right: Nordstrom Cashmere & Silk Wrap, Timberland Premium Waterproof Boot, Stella McCartney Jacquard Horse Blouse, Chloe Tess Croc Embossed Calfskin Shoulder Bag

Now we are beginning a new decade and I predict that the colors that will impact us most will be those that elicit a feeling of comfort and best express our desire for an overall sense of ease. Concurrently, in these times of a heightened need to protect our individuality, we will be drawn to palettes that highlight our creativity with energy and optimism.

Thank you for joining me on my journey in color this past year. I hope you'll continue to follow my journey as I bring you new and exciting ways to incorporate color into your life for maximum impact and influence.

Live life in color!

Love, Juliet

 

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Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts in Pantone's Color of the Year 2020, Classic Blue

Pantone Color of the Year 2020 - Classic Blue - Cup and Notebook

My modus operandi is to always honor the Gods of Color, Pantone, the OGs of divine hues and palettes. I pay homage to them with the very existence of this blog. When the annual selection of their Color of the Year rolls around, it's THE event for those of us who live and die by the palette. And this year was no exception. While I was not able to attend the live event in held in New York City, I did wait in anticipation with others via Instagram. The game of "guess what the color will be" was fierce and in the end, my wish for a vibrant blue was granted. So, in honor of the selection of Classic Blue as the shade for 2020, I'm ending my Holiday Gift Guide series with 10 great home decor items to give in a color Pantone calls "a timeless and enduring blue hue elegant in its simplicity."

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First, Pantone offers several accessories for the well decorated desk that I adore. Every year you can find the Color of the Year notebook and coffee cup on my own desk in my studio (see above). Shop Pantone's Lifestyle Shop here.

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 Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide - Pantone's Color of the Year 2020 - Classic Blue

1.  Design Art Oversized Modern Wall Clock 

2.  POKETO Project Planner 

3.  MyArton Abstract Wall Art

4.  JONATHAN ADLER - Sorrento Backgammon Set

5.  XOOPAR Yoyo Finger Bluetooth Speaker

6.  MOMA Design Store Wire Mesh Basket

7.  AB HOME Modern Chic Trays

8.  kate spade new york Charlotte Street Glassware Collection

 

Fellow color lovers, I wish you a happy, color-filled Holiday season! I'll be back in January 2020 with more color commentary!

Until next time,

 

  

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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.

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Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote - myrecipes.com

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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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Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide: Raspberry Sorbet and Purple Rose

Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide: Raspberry Sorbet and Purple Rose

Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide: Raspberry Sorbet and Purple RoseBecause color is so much a part of my life, I tend to do a lot of things in groupings based on color combinations that strike me as unusual, energetic, peaceful or powerful. My mood guides me and I see everything in shades and hues and palette possibilities. Shopping for gifts is one activity that I sometimes do in color duos, trios or families. Call it quirky, but since I'm far from a traditionalist when it comes to color, it's much more fun for me to connect to a palette I adore and search for gifts in those colors for the people I love and care for. I do take their likes and desires into consideration so as you can imagine, shopping this way can also be very challenging and time-consuming. I'll bet you're saying "I won't be doing this. The last thing I need is more things to take up my limited time during the Holiday season!" I get it. Well, I've done the shopping for you! Over the next few weeks, I will be presenting my Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide Series! I've selected colors that I hope you and your giftees will like as much as I do and I've hunted down gifts for everyone on your list!

I've started the series off with a Gift Guide in 2 major colors that I've been coveting all season. I selected Raspberry Sorbet as part of my Fall/Winter 2019 Color Trends Report because it's a cool, but keenly unreserved pink that everyone can wear. Purple Rose was a strong finalist for the report because it's a shade that is on-trend now and a color that I find very versatile. For your home or wardrobe, it's a nice touch of classic sophistication. 

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Have some colorful fun and shop my top 10 gifts in Raspberry Sorbet and Purple Rose on the Gift Guide below:

Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide - Raspberry Sorbet and Purple Rose

1.  For the Vegan with a Sweet Tooth:  POPETTE OF PENDULUM Assorted Fruit Lollipops 

2.  For the Fearless Fashion Femme Fatale:  AMALFI BY RANGONI Patrizio Slingback Pump

3.  For the World Wide Traveler:  SAMSONITE Wheeled Underseater Luggage

4.  For the Home Cook Extraordinaire:  LE CREUSET 4-Quart Heritage Rectangular Covered Baking Dish

5.  For the Busy Bather:  philosophy Raspberry Sorbet Ultra Rich 3-in-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath

6.  For the New Mom Influencer:  NOOK SLEEP SYSTEMS Niche Feeding Pillow

7.  For the Stylish Student:  TUMI Varek Hudson Backpack

8.  For the Color Conscious Man:  TED BAKER LONDON Jay Trim Fit Plaid Wool Sport Coat

9.  For the Kid with Everything:  HUNTER First Classic Kids Waterproof Rain Boot

10. For the Super Safe Skier:  SMITH Vantage Snow Helmet with MIPS

 

I’d love to know how you feel about these colors. 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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Fall/Winter 2019 Color Trends Report

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Fall/Winter 2019 Color Trends Report - The Color Lab Blog

I chose this palette of colors simply because they are upbeat and dynamic, ranging from a palate-pleasing red to a formidable green. I'm drawn to them individually by virtue of their singular power factor, defined by their ability to hold their own in your home or wardrobe without a complementary partner to give them a boost. 

Salsa is a rich red with spicy undertones. Sun-Dried Tomato is a strikingly hearty brown-red. Peach Nougat is a sweet, creamy neutral. Warm and comforting brown defines Hot Chocolate. Raspberry Sorbet is a cool but keenly unreserved pink. Radiant Yellow is a heightened, mega-intense blend of gold. Provocative, powerful Lapis Blue is intoxicating. And Verdant Green is a bold, classic statement.

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Dropping one or a few items from this color collection into your upcoming looks is an automatic update. Or giving them as gifts will be a trendy treat! I did some sleuthing to fill in some color gaps in my own closet and found these pieces that can give life to those nebulous neutrals we tend to lean on quite heavily during the colder months. Shop my Fall/Winter 2019 Color Trend Style Board below to add some flavor to your closet!

Fall/Winter 2019 Color Trend Report - The Color Lab Blog Style Board top left to right, clockwise:

1.  Anne Klein Short Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater

2.  Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Rum Raisin

3.  Kensie Faux-Fur Teddy Coat

4.  Simon Miller Bru Crop Bell Leather Pants

5.  Cashmere & Silk Wrap

6.  Timberland Premium Waterproof Boot

7.  Stella McCartney Contrast Collar Wool Blazer

8.  Chloe Marcie Medium Leather Crossbody Bag

 

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Injecting liveliness or creating calm in your home can be as simple and cost effective as adding one colorful focal piece that feels special to you. This color series can take any room's energy up a notch or pick a subtler shade to lower the volume. It's up to you! Pick and choose from my Decor Board below and see the transformative impact these colors can make!  Got a new home owner/renter on your holiday gift list? A pop of color makes a great present!

Fall/Winter 2019 Color Trend Report - The Color Lab Blog Decor Board

 

1.  Salsa - Bulbhead Red Copper Ceramic Cookware Set

2.  Sun-Dried Tomato - OK Lighting Kapila Table Lamp

3.  Raspberry Sorbet - Tang Depot Velvet Throw Pillow

4.  Lapis Blue -  Jonathan Adler Bel Air Test Tube Vase

5.  Verdant Green - Jonathan Adler Baxter Sofa

6.  Radiant Yellow - Laura Davidson Furniture Soho Desk Chair

7.  Peach Nougat - SimplyFernished Decorative Trivets

8.  Hot Chocolate - Pinzon Egyptian Cotton Bath Towel Set

 

Until next time, enjoy a color-filled life,

 

Juliet's Signature 

 

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Color Craze: Persimmon Orange and Majolica Blue

Color Craze: Persimmon Orange and Majolica BlueWe have a tendency to limit ourselves to colors that so-called "authorities" have deemed appropriate for a specific season. And when we do, we deprive ourselves of the joy of having all of the beautiful hues that we can visualize available to us all year round. That's not living a truly color-filled life and seems rather boring. While it's true that we are on the cusp of Fall and Orange is well known for being a traditional color for the season, few people wear it as freely as they may in warmer months when it is a bright, cheery, citrus-y symbol of the carefree life. Well, don't you want to be carefree in November too? I know that wearing Orange head-to-toe may be, uh...aggressive for some but when you add a rich blue in a light to dark shade to the mix, you get a wearable combination that can be mixed and matched regardless of the time of year.

Orange and Navy Blue Leather

For this week's Color Craze, I chose Persimmon because it is on the subtler side of the Orange spectrum and avoids smacking you in the face with it's vibrancy. I've coupled it with the deep, smooth Majolica Blue for a little softening of the slight edge that Persimmon may evoke. I feel it's a special pairing for everyday looks. Ask the New York Mets or the Syracuse University Orange!

COLORFUL ENLIGHTENMENT: Persimmons are a fruit that is often compared to apples nutritionally. Majolica is tin-glazed pottery made in England and decorated in colors, like this blue, on a white background. 

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Persimmon Smoothie

COLORFUL SIDEBAR: Kindly indulge my ongoing obsession with Smoothies and allow me to share my first Fall recipe find with you. The Spiced Persimmon Smoothie is at the top of my list for Fall breakfasts. This fruit wasn't on my Top 10 list of ingredients until I discovered the recipe below from one of my favorite food bloggers, Lisa of Downshiftology. It meets all of my smoothie standards: easy to make, filled with flavor and of course, stacked with healthy goodness. Click here for the tasty recipe!

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I've put together a Persimmon Orange and Majolica Blue style board with 14 of my fave fab fashion and beauty finds to give you a few options for consideration as you shop for the upcoming season. But if you just want to add a small touch of this color combo to your existing daily look options, the Thea Earrings from my new Handmade Luxe Collection are the perfect way to do it. Shop fashion and accessories in these great colors below!

Color Craze: Persimmon Orange and Majolica Blue - Style Board - The Color Lab Blog

1.  EQUIPMENT Harmon Shirtdress

2.  Christian Wisnants Karwat V-Neck Sweater 

3.  JulRe Designs Jewelry Thea Earrings

4.  Space.NK.apothecary Lipstick Queen Reign Shine Lip Gloss

5.  Briane Bracelet from our exclusive Bangle Bar for JulRe Designs INsiders only. For access, click here to join us!

6.  Sammitop Stiletto Heel Pumps 

7.  JAGGAR Solace Slingback Pump

8.  Tods Gommini Driving Moccasin  *STAFF FAVORITE*

9.  Hugo Hatine Zip Detail Slim Trousers

10.  Tory Burch Perry Bombe Crossbody Bag

11.  Botkier Trigger Pebbled Leather Hobo

12.  Naturalizer Tiana Platform Boot

13.  Cole Haan Lesli Block Heel Pump

14.  Sam Edelman Lior Loafer

 

IT'S A PINTEREST PARTY! You can also shop my curated board dedicated to Persimmon Orange and Majolica Blue on Pinterest!

 

Until next time, live a color-filled life!

 Juliet | Color Connoiseur

 

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Some colors lay flat when they appear in your line of sight. Others burn your eyes, somewhat literally and figuratively. Many just do nothing, leaving no impression and eliciting no emotion. And then there are those shades that feel special. They're not necessarily the boldest or the brightest but they humbly ask for your attention when they show up. They speak when spoken to but demand that you pay attention when they come together. Rhubarb and Mellow Rose are those colors for me.

 Rhubarb Roses - Pastry and Proseimage: Pastry and Prose

These two shades came together as a Color Craze rather cryptically. They kept appearing in my life as a pair quite often and while I wasn't quick to acknowledge that they were tag teaming me, when they first showed up in a recipe sent to me by a dear friend when I asked her how to make easy rosettes (above) for a cake I was trying to bake, I took a little interest. Beautiful colors aside, these edible decorations are tasty and so simple to make!  

 

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Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eye Shadow PaletteThey showed up again a few days later when Dana, a fierce and talented Makeup Artist at Sephora in Center City Philadelphia (PA) used two of the eye colors above - Reputation (IRL a shimmery deep rose gold) and Burn (a true burgundy copper metallic) from the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette on me during a lesson. Color Beauty Note: Even though those two colors are my favorite, the whole palette is rich and divine.

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Pure Collection Ultra Soft Printed Scarf in Burgundy Paisley

And then there was the Pure Collection scarf I'd forgotten I'd purchased arriving around the same time. The message was clear so I was compelled to search for the names of these two colors that kept showing up in my life as a couple. I used my color bible from Pantone and discovered Rhubarb and Mellow Rose, a combination that I find is season-less and timeless.

You may have these colors in your makeup bag and if you do, you're ahead of the game for Fall looks. But in case you're missing these gorgeous shades, I'm sharing a few of my best-loved products plus a super fragrant bath and shower gel and heavenly body scrub that I can't get enough of! Shop my 6 beauty picks in the Rhubarb and Mellow Rose color palette below!

Color Craze - Rhubarb and Mellow Rose - Beauty Product Swatches1.  Milani Rose Powder Blush

2.  Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Raisin Berry

3.  Molton Brown Delicious Rhubarb and Rose Bath and Shower Gel

4.  Au Naturale Organic Anywhere Multistick in Roseate

5.  Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish

6.  bareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blush, You Had Me at Merlot

 

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

Juliet 

 

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Soon the glorious, glow-y Summer season (albeit hotter than most recent in the Northeast, it seems) will be closing out its raucous run and we'll reservedly turn our attentions to Fall and its kaleidoscope of majestic colors. Regal shades take their turn at the forefront, moving out the tropicals, the brilliants and the neons. Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac help smooth the transition, giving us a rich partnership that can be appreciated all year long.

So, what exactly is Tillandsia?

TilllandsiaTillandsia is a genus of around 650 species of evergreen, perennial flowering plants in the family Bromeliaceae, native to the forests, mountains and deserts of northern Mexico and the southeastern United States, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean to mid-Argentina. (Wikipedia) Botany lesson aside, what I know is that the plant produces some colorful buds, which depending on the species, can be in one of many intense shades of purple. It just seemed right to pair another fresh flower, Lilac, in the same vivacious color family together to ease us gently into next season.

Lilacs

But before we take this Color Craze to the wardrobe closet, may I interest you in a complementary color beverage?

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Purple Taro Latte

The Purple Taro Latte joins my list of power potions. Not only is it pleasing to look at, it's also so good for you! It's caffeine-free, chockfull of vitamins and has an unexpected light, sweet flavor that's not overdone or off-putting. And with just 4 ingredients, it's very easy to make. it'll make a great start to the Fall mornings to come! I've shared my recipe below so you can give it a try:

Purple Taro Latte

makes 1 serving

Ingredients

Instructions 

  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Skip to Step 3 if you're using taro powder.
  2. Boil 1/2 cup of diced taro until fork tender. 
  3. Using a blender or handheld frother, mix taro, creamer, hot water, and honey until frothy.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

                               

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I must admit - the Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac color palette is a bit tricky when it comes to using the range of shades in your wardrobe. Too much of it and it can veer towards "garish". However don't be scared of using these colors together. The right balance is easy to achieve and the end result can be looks that are remarkably chic and sophisticated. I've styled two outfits that I believe have the perfect amount of the color duo but you can certainly take it down a notch or give each look a jolt of your own unique flavor by eliminating a basic piece and mixing and matching accessories. You can shop my Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac style board below!

Tillandsia Purple and Sheer Lilac Styleboard - The Color Lab Blog

1.  Gibson X Living in Yellow Ribbed Cowl Neck Sweater

2.  Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal Liquid Lipstick in Barely Regal

3.  JulRe Designs Idalia Earrings

4.  Michael Kors Crewneck Cashmere Sweater

5.  Endless Rose Corduroy Pencil Skirt

6.  Aquatalia Natasia Stretch Suede Boots

7.  Zero + Maria Cornjo Tabi Velvet Pants

8.  Bao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Metallic Tote Bag

9.  Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Love To Love You Baby

10. Deborah Lippmann Never, Never Land Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in I Put A Spell On You

11. Natori Bliss Cotton Briefs

12. Natori Elusive Full Fit Contour Bra

 

Until next time, I do hope you live your life in COLOR!

Juliet's Signature

 

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