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      Silence Is Deafening: How Lasting Change Can Come Through Doing

      Silence Is Deafening: How Lasting Change Can Come Through Doing

      I’m not the silent type. But I also am not the type that needs shout out about everything that I do. I've always known I had a voice thanks to incredible parents who encouraged me as a child to speak my mind, even when it went against their principles. They always listened to my young, naive perspective. Sometimes they would agree with my vision. Most times they would counter with whatever parental directive they thought was appropriate and we would move on. Even if I didn't get my way, it never stopped me from saying how I felt because I knew, at least I would be heard. As a Black woman, I don't always get that same level of respect. But I move forward in my power and speak my mind, even when others may not be listening. The senseless murders of my people that have been spotlighted in recent days and weeks are not new. History is sadly still repeating itself. What’s new is that modern technology has made it possible for ALL to see the atrocities that have been happening to people of color for many lifetimes. The sudden bursts of causal energy that I’ve been seeing are always necessary and welcome but what’s needed more than anything is a lasting passion and a committed fervor for blasting out hate, injustice and inequality. That requires talking to people to gain knowledge, listening to those whose opinions may differ from yours and doing the important work that is parallel with your life vision. And while I may not be a shouter, I am definitely a do-er. ⁠⁠

      If you are searching for ways to make your voice heard, here are a few suggestions:⁠

      Talk. Listen. Do.

      VOTE⁠
      Make sure you can be heard by electing local, state and federal government officials who are aligned with your beliefs. If you need to register to vote or want to check your voter registration status, you can get started at Vote.org or RockTheVote.org.⁠

      SUPPORT⁠
      Identify organizations that are doing the hard work of fighting social injustice and racial inequality. Volunteer to help or donate. As an example, through our Giving Is Easy program, my company is donating 100% of the proceeds from sales of jewelry from a specially curated collection to several organizations we believe are standing for what’s right and just. ⁠I am personally matching every dollar spent. We salute Color of Change, Innocence Project and When We All Vote

      TALK AND LISTEN⁠
      Conversations with family, friends or co-workers on social issues can be very difficult, but they are some of the most powerful ways to create change. My life partner, a Black man, recently had one of these tough conversations with a co-worker. She, a White woman, asked him how he was doing in our current climate. She admitted that he was the only Black person that she really knew well. That, in itself, saddens me but if we don't travel in the same circles, for whatever reason, this is reality. In an effort to compliment him on being such a great co-worker, she quipped "You are the whitest Black man I've ever known!". My partner says he was immediately taken aback and deeply offended but he felt this was an opportunity to help create change and understanding. He explained to her that Black men don't aspire to be White men. We value who we are and love the skin we're in. He went on to say that all Black people want is to be respected for who we are and afforded the same rights as all human beings should be. It was a stressful interaction, I'm told. But when they ended the dialogue, they both felt a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the other. That's a step. When you decide to really open your eyes, ears and heart to speak truth, you become the change, and in turn, a real giver and do-er. ⁠

      May we learn to live in love, compassion and harmony. Through our collective ongoing actions and efforts, we can help erase the scourge of hate.

      Peace & love,

      Juliet

      Spring/Summer 2020 Color Trends Report

      Spring/Summer 2020 Color Trends Report

      We need color in our lives now more than ever! The power of the countless shades, hues and palettes that are so prevalent in our daily lives is often diminished and sometimes completely overlooked. The brilliance of bright, cheery colors uplifts. The subtlety of pales and neutrals calm and soothe. The intensity of hots and vibrants can inflame and incite. So it is inevitable that our feelings and emotions would be tied to the colors we see.

      Colorful Wood Blocks

      The Color Lab Blog has been my playground for trend-watching, especially trends that connect us to color.  At the beginning of every season, global color authorities come out with their version of what they think hues people will be wearing or furnishing their homes with. My Spring/Summer 2020 Color Trends Report is all about a palette I feel is fresh, invigorating, and bold enough to command attention when attention is needed. I honor this palette's collective commitment to making the world a joyful, color-filled place by sharing these carefully and painstakingly selected choice of colors for the life you now live.

       

      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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      SHOP BY COLOR AT THE COLOR LAB SHOP

       

      These are the colors I'm coveting for the rest of this Spring and through the Summer season of 2020:

      The Color Lab Blog Spring/Summer 2020 Color Trends Report

      COLOR VIBES

      Poppy Reda soft, pink-red

      Radiant Yellowgolden brilliance

      Artichoke Green - earthy and exuberant

      Blue Jewelan intense classic

      Carrot - an energetic, vibrant orange

      Cockatoo - a lively, green-blue glow

      Blooming Dahliasubtle and alluring pink-brown

      Tandoori Spice - a warm, tangy brown-red mix

      Prism Violet - a rich, intense purple

       

      And since I'm a sucker for a great dress, I found a few budget friendly choices from Amazon in 3 of these shades for you to wear once we can safely socialize in a brand, new way. Shop the styles below 

      GRACE KARIN Women Sleeveless Deep V Neck Casual Cocktail Pencil Dress

      GRACE KARIN Women Sleeveless Deep V Neck Casual Cocktail Pencil Dress

       

       

      MUXXN Women's Vintage Style Wrap V Neck Tie Waist Cocktail Dress - Amazon

      MUXXN Women's Vintage Style Wrap V Neck Tie Waist Cocktail Dress

       

       

      HANPCEIRS Women's Boatneck Swing  Cocktail Dress - Amazon

      HANPCEIRS Women's Boatneck Swing  Cocktail Dress 

       

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

      Juliet

       SHOP BY COLOR AT THE COLOR LAB SHOP

       

       

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      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

      Spring and Summer are those seasons that completely own one whole color in the spectrum and that color is green. Inevitably, when those seasons roll in, I start to see everything in magnificent shades of green 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 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.

      

      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

       

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      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.  Illesteva Women's Vilma Square Sunglasses - Bloomingdales

      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 53mm Cat Eye Sunglasses - Nordstrom (almost sold out!)

      7.  LELE SADOUGHI Uptown 47mm Cat Eye Sunglasses - Nordstrom

      8.  LifeArt Oversize Polarized Sunglasses - Amazon

      9.  FEISEDY Classic Women Sunglasses - Amazon

      10.  OSCAR DE LA RENTA X MORGENTHAL FREDERICS Twist IV Gradient Sunglasses - Nordstrom (only a few left!)

       

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

       

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

       

      Color Craze: Passion for Pillows

      Color Craze: Passion for Pillows

      image: abc carpet & home, New York, NY

      Over the years, I have found that decorating with pillows is one of the easiest ways to refresh your home and incorporate new patterns, textures, and colors into your decor. And as a PwPP (Person with a Pillow Passion), I exercise my right buy colorful cushy cushions whenever I can. One such shopping excursion took me to one of my fave pillow emporiums in New York City, abc carpet & home, where I found a plethora of pigment-rich pillows in incredible fabrics.

      Juliet's Home and the JulRe Designs Studio

      image: (top left, clockwise) Master Bedroom, Living Room, JulRe Designs Studio, Master Bathroom

      There aren't many rooms in my home that haven't been touched by a pillow treatment or two, but that's not because I have an obsession. I mean, I do but that's not really relevant, is it? And though the standard square pillow will always be my go-to classic, other shapes such as bolsters and lumbars are the perfect way to add even more appealing optics to your pillow pastime.

      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!

       

      Here are some tips on how to decorate with pillows of many shapes and sizes:

      It's Hip to be a Square Pillow 

      Missoni Home Pasadena Pillow - Bloomingdales

      image: Missoni Home Pasadena Pillow

      PILLOW TALK: While a good square pillow can hold its own, placed solo on a chair or stacked in multiples on a sofa, the shape coexists well with others. Use them as a foundation for a pillow arrangement: Place two squares with an striking lumbar or bolster pillow for a stylish, cohesive look.

       

      Long and Lean: Lumbar Pillows

      Yves Delorme Tonga Decorative Pillowiconimage: Yves Delorme Tonga Decorative Pillow - Bloomingdale's

      Lumbar pillows are those chic rectangular shaped cushions you're not quite sure what to do with. Their name is derived from the support they offer to the lower back but they offer a unique design element to any room. You can find them in many sizes, from standard (around 14″ x 22″) to oversize (typically 60″ in length.)

      PILLOW TALK: Lumbar pillows are typically used as a focal point—the pièce de résistance in the position of prominence of a pillow grouping. But this versatile style can do it all solo. Try using a pair as armrests at the ends of a couch for a contemporary look.

       

      Raise the Chic Quotient: Bolster Pillows

      Harbor House Crystal Beach Quilted Bolster Pillow - Macys

      iconimage: Harbor House Crystal Beach Quilted Bolster Pillow - Macys

      Long, cylindrical bolsters are similar to the lumbar pillow in that they come in a wide variety of sizes and can be used for both back support and decorative purposes. They are a bit more traditional due to their shape.

      PILLOW TALK: As member of the lumbar family, the bolster is often seen as the on-the-bed rockstar, but I also love it alone on a quirky chair or at the ends of a dramatic daybed.

       

      The Unorthodox: Uncommon Shapes

      image: Cyprinus Carpio Creative Knot Throw Pillow - Amazon

      From updated classics like cube and box pillows to quirkier designs such as spheres, stars, and animals, an offbeat pillow may be just the touch of whimsy your room needs.

      PILLOW TALK: Use them anywhere you'd place a standard throw pillow! Mix and match with other comfy, loungy cushions for super coziness.

      Want to try a new pillow or two? I've got 20 goodies so shop my 20 cushy cushion picks below:

      Pillow Product Board - The Color Lab Blog

      16. JONATHAN ADLER Milano Concentric Loops Pillow (No longer available in this version but here is a similar one)
      19. JONATHAN ADLER Amoeba Orb Pillow (OUT OF STOCK. Here it is in another color combo)


      Until next time, live a color-filled life!
      Love, Juliet

       

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      My Tasty Turmeric Tonic Recipe

      My Tasty Turmeric Tonic Recipe

      Turmeric Tonic at abc Kitchen, NYC

      Turmeric Tonic at abc Kitchen, NYC

      My most recent healthy beverage discovery comes from weekend brunch at the renowned abc Kitchen by Jean-Georges in New York City. The entire meal was divine but the standout was the Turmeric Tonic. In case you weren't aware, the main ingredient contains a compound called curcumin, which boasts amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. I couldn't wait to get home and try to recreate it and since sharing is caring, here's my recipe. I hope you'll try it!

      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!

      Juliet's Turmeric Tonic

      makes 2 servings

      Ingredients

      • 1 Tbsp fresh grated turmeric or 1/2 tsp ground turmeric, though fresh is best
      • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
      • 1 whole lemon (save the rind)
      • 1-2 tsp raw honey (sweeten to taste)
      • 1 pinch cracked black pepper
      • 3 cups filtered water

      Instructions

      1. In a small saucepan, add turmeric, ginger, lemon juice and leftover lemon rind, honey (sweeten to taste), black pepper, and filtered water.
      2. Bring to a simmer (not a boil) over medium to medium-high heat (about 3 minutes). Turn off heat.
      3. Strain into an airtight container and refrigerate until cold. (Can be consumed hot as well)

      ENJOY!

       

       

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