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      Let's Celebrate NY Fashion Week + a GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

      Let's Celebrate NY Fashion Week + a GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

      After the tumultuous times the fashion and accessories industries have endured, it's time to celebrate the return of the biggest runway show ever, New York Fashion Week!

      Unfortunately, many designers and creators were not able to sustain the heavy financial losses that have been the industry's regrettable fallout from the pandemic.

      The stories of the struggles of designers to keep their doors open has been heartwrenching. Non-profit organizations like ICON360 were created to help support established and emerging designers during these times however so many have been unable to reinvent or recreate themselves and their companies in economically sustainable ways.

      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!

       

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      So the fact that New York Fashion Week has returned at all, albeit at a smaller scale and much more virtual, is reason to celebrate that the art of fashion is not dead and the tenacity of the many talented professionals in the field remains intact. The high levels of passion and creativity are inspiring to me as a designer who has experienced my own challenges to keep my dreams alive.

      So.... a celebration is definitely in order! I've collaborated with my jewelry designer alter ego to create a GIVEAWAY for you that's all about fashion AND color!

      GET THE DETAILS AND ENTER BELOW!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

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      Colorful Quarters: Lighting Fixture Makeover Secrets To Revitalize Any Room

      Colorful Quarters: Lighting Fixture Makeover Secrets To Revitalize Any Room

      image: Regina Andrew Design Bubbles Chandelier

       

      My Colorful Quarters series is always about the cost effective ways you can add color to your home without having to completely renovate the spaces that need a refreshed look. This edition is all about one of the simplest, often forgotten way to make your style and functionality upgrades without breaking the bank.

      A lighting fixture update can have a huge impact on your home’s interior design, so get inspired by some of the ways you can update your home’s lighting!

      COLOR YOUR WORLD

      Whether you're going for a simple, streamlined contemporary vibe, a flavorful, eclectic bohemian look or just matching your own decor vibe, adding a bit of color with your lighting fixtures is an easy way to inject a new dynamic in any room you want. 

      Choose colors that suit your personality or the mood you are trying to create. Looking for peace and calm in your bedroom? Try adding pale greens or soothing blues to the shades of your nightstand lamps. Want to turn up the heat in in an otherwise cool, sedate living room? Be daring and hang an ornate orange chandelier or place a brilliant red floor lamp beside a comfy reading chair. The options are endless!

      Avram Rusu Studio via HGTV.com

      image: Avram Rusu Studio/HGTV.com

      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!

       

      FIXTURE MIXTURE

      There are many types of fixtures for you to choose from: 

      Chandeliers make the most eye-catching impact. Because they are often looked at as large fixtures, dripping in opulence in a foyer or over a formal dining room table, they are often not a consideration, but they are actually quite versatile and now come in many different shapes , sizes and of course, colors. If you want to create an exciting focal point in any room, they are a fantastic option. 

       

      Colorful Dining Room via HGTV.com

       image: HGTV.com

       

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      Sconces are the fix for any area you want to bring to life. Whether you use them to spotlight artwork hanging from a wall, feature a beautiful door or to frame a bathroom mirror, they can be an inexpensive option to add color and pop anywhere you desire!

      Bathroom Sconces - Coates Design Inc. via HGTV.com

      image: Laura Swimmer/Coates Design Inc. via HGTV.com 

       

      LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

      Lighting fixtures styles don't just end with Chandeliers and Sconces. Take an existing floor or table lamp, switch out the traditional white shade and add a colorful and/or patterned one for a vibrant room transformation. Use red to add high energy and intensity. Add bronze or gold metallics to create elegant warmth. A strategically placed textured purple shade can provide a regal sophistication. Or opt in to joy and happiness with a cheery yellow. 

      I was inspired by the fun I had searching for lighting fixtures for a client's room refresh project that I decided to share a few of my finds for you to shop from the product board below: 

       

      Lighting Fixture Product Board

       

      1.  Regina Andrew Design Malibu Chandelier - style is no longer available but here's an interesting alternative.

      2.  Anxwa Firefly Agate Chandelier

      3.  Monaco Table Lamp

      4.  Louis Poulsen AJ Sconce

      5.  Safavieh Quatrefoil Table Lamp

      6.  Versailles Floor Lamp

      7.  Decor Therapy Framboise Fringe Shade Floor Lamp - size no longer available but here's a smaller version.

      8.  Ripple Pendant

      9.  Avedon Mini Table Lamp

      10.  Livex Ardmore Pendant

       

      Until next time, live life in COLOR!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

      New Arrivals

      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

       

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      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 - Here's another version.

      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 - SOLD OUT but these are super cute!

      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

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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      Colorful Mocktails: Blue Agave Margarita

      Colorful Mocktails: Blue Agave Margarita

      At the time this post was written, there were 38 days until the end of the Summer season. The CALENDAR end.

      I'm always a little annoyed at things that have unwritten rules based on nothingness, like "don't wear white after Labor Day" or "Pumpkin Spice Lattes are Fall drinks". Who says? Who is this invisible authority figure that puts arbitrary timetables on everyday living? 

      Margaritas have long been associated with warmer times, beach vacations and paper umbrellas. But I'm here to break the cycle of seasonal rule domination by declaring Margaritas a colorful mocktail for all seasons.

      My Blue Agave version is a refreshing mix of bitter citrus and spicy with a side of mild sweetness. It's a cocktail for ALL seasons. 

      Watch my how-to video or follow the complete recipe below for all you need to add my Blue Agave Margarita to your home bar repertoire!

       

       

      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's Blue Agave Margarita

      makes 1 drink

      INGREDIENTS

      Glass: Margarita

      Garnish: lemon, lime, salt rimmer

      Glass Size: 14 oz.

      INSTRUCTIONS

      1. Fill serving glass full of ice.
      2. Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker in order listed.
      3. Add ice from serving glass.
      4. Cap shaker and shake to mix.
      5. Slide a lime slice around the rim of serving glass.
      6. Dip serving glass into a salt rimmer.
      7. Pour ingredients back into serving glass.
      8. Add garnish, serve and enjoy!

       

      Until next time, let's raise a glass to living a life filled with COLOR!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

      Colorful Eats: How to Master the Charcuterie Board

      Colorful Eats: How to Master the Charcuterie Board - JulRe Designs LLC

      This post is not about a particularly healthy meal. I know I try to highlight foods in this Colorful Eats series that represent our good-for-you way of eating. But in these challenging and uncertain times, occasionally a little decadence is called for. Sometimes demanded.

      So when the Home Chef Extraordinaire was trying to come up with his next creation, he went blank. As he struggled with concepts he thought you would enjoy, his writing pad remaining empty for hours, I tried to make some admittedly lame suggestions and after he returned a long blank stare, I offhandedly quipped "Why not NOT cook at all?".

      It turned out to be the lightbulb in the refrigerator moment he needed. He tossed around a few fantastic ideas with me, some of which will make the blog at later dates.

      Since it's almost football season and we are big fans (Kansas City CHIEFS, y'all), we're always in search of the best game time snacks. And what could be more perfect than a beautifully carved wood board rendered invisible by hoards of artisanal meats and cheeses!

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

       Charcuterie Board

      We were new to the world of Charcuterie when we started this project, having only experienced these tantalizing spreads at parties. We've admired the creativity involved in the placement of each food element and wondered if we could create our own delicious, colorful (of course) and aesthetically pleasing version for next Sunday's game.

      We set out for our local Whole Foods Market to see what ingredients we could discover. We had no real strategy and no list. And it turns out that's the best way to design your own board. No need to overthink it. Just go with what looks good, tastes divine and appeals to your eye.

      Just remember - if you choose to go meatless, don't call it Charcuterie. There are rules - meat MUST be involved, so sayeth the cured meat gods. It becomes a snack board without them but those are wonderful too! Here's how our Charcuterie experience took shape:

       

       

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      Charcuterie Meats | The Color Lab Blog

       

      1.  We found the right board to build our platter. Large cutting boards, marble slabs, slate boards or ceramic platters are great options.

      2.  We selected a variety of meats. Traditional Charcuterie is all about cured meats but since we wanted to stay nitrate-free, we chose Colameco's prosciutto, sopressata, chorizo and salami. This brand also uses no antibiotics and their meats are minimally processed.

      3.  Cheese? Please! There was an overwhelming array of hard and soft cheeses to choose from. You can't go wrong with your selection. Stay true to your taste buds. We went with cheddars, brie, gouda and gorgonzola.

      4.  Pitted greek and black olives were a must plus some brilliant red Peppadew sweet piquante peppers, roasted garlic cloves, cornichons for good measure.

      Charcuterie Board | The Color Lab Blog

      5.  A sliced french baguette and lightly salted crackers were important for creating bite-sized stacks. With all of the savory-spiciness, we balanced the board with a delectable Blood Orange MarmaladeHot Pepper JellyFig and Ginger Jam and a variety of mustards from Stonewall Kitchen.

      6.  For fresh fruit, we went with grapes because we already had them but berries and dried fruits are good too.

      7.  You can certainly use a variety of nuts but we decided on carmelized walnuts because once we tasted them, nothing else mattered.

      8.  To up the fancy factor, add some fresh rosemary or mint sprigs.

      9.  Serve with your favorite wine or beer. More important than anything else, have fun arranging and eating your Charcuterie board!

      Charcuterie Board | The Color Lab Blog


      Love, Juliet



       

       

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