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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. 

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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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      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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      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

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