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Red Red Wine

Call it crimson or ruby, garnet or burgundy, true red or fire engine. Either way, one of this fall’s shades du jour is the perfectly passionate and deeply daring family of red, from bright orangey red to rich blood red. Go for a monochromatic color block by pairing tone on tone or mix it in with classic neutrals like black, white or camel. Throw on your favorite deep shade for a lip look that’s perfect for a season thirsty for fun and notice-me details! The only thing better? A friendly glass of your favorite vino.

Red, Red Wine Must-Haves: Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C.  |   J. Crew Allie Dress  |  J. Crew Boatneck tee in Stripe  |  Chandi and Lia Charlotte Blouse  |  Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick  |  F21 Pencil Skirt  |  7 For All Mankind Jeans  |  NARS Fire Down Below lipstick  |

It’s All About the Gold

Have you noticed that the Olympics are kicking off tonight? Every web page I browse and every channel I turn to mentions something about the London games and tonight’s opening ceremonies. The buzz has absolutely hijacked social media. Is it overkill? Maybe. Will some think it’s a bit too much exposure? Probably. The truth is that it’s a little exciting to see, a little something to stand out from the daily grind. One might even say it’s like a flash of rich metallic in an otherwise neutral or conservative outfit. Gold adds a little energy to the air, making a classic combo (like the button-down and blazer from my TrendMill inspiration below) less expected and more like the bee’s knees.  Plus, if you’re anything like me, the extra dose of pizazz in your outfit will also put a spring in your step and a lift to your chin. A shot of confidence goes a long way these days so go ahead and bring home the gold.
I’m not big on shorts, but I would translate the look with a metallic top paired with cropped skinnies and wedges or by throwing a shiny gold bag on with just about anything. In case, it still seems like a lot of flash, opt for a metallic mani or glistening gold eyeshadow. I discovered Urban Decay’s Half Baked in my Naked 2 palette and can’t get enough.
Shop This Look:
1. F21 Gold Metalesse Shirt $17.80    2. Rebecca Minkoff “Jealous” handbag
3.  Mesecca “Carlie” Metallic Wedges ON SALE! $99
4. Essie nail polishes in “As Gold As It Gets” & “Golden Nuggets”
5. Urban Decay “Half Baked” Gold Eyeshadow $18  6.  Gold shorts inspiration via TrendMill


Owner, Pretty Sweet Tranquility

Now THIS is a cool fundraiser! The children’s charity UNICEF has partnered with Glidden to sell colors to raise money for their efforts around the world. If you’re like me and into design even a smidge, you’re probably familiar with the hexadecimal codes used to define colors onscreen by their mix of red, green and blue. I’m not usually one to give to global efforts like these (don’t judge, I’m just not as familiar with these so I’ve never donated), but I thought the idea of owning and naming my own color for just $2 was kind of cool and super easy. Did you know there are over 16.7 million possible color combinations? That’s a lot of choices (and fund-raising!). I had a hard time picking my shade but I finally chose it, named it and donated. What a fun way to get involved and contribute to saving a child’s life. 
Choose a color family

Keep reading to see what color I’m the proud new owner of. :)
Thanks to my friends at VIE for the inspiration! :)

Choose your very own color. Mine is #75dde3

Why turquoise? The lovely shade reminds me of the beautiful vibrant water of the Gulf of Mexico, fun, peace, relaxation and tranquility. All things that make me happy when I see it. This whole turquoise thing is definitely not new for me. I even seem to pin lots of bright blues to my boards these days.

The Gulf – my favorite!
a fun bauble from J. Crew, my go-to necklace to brighten up an outfit

A punch of color mixed with a more traditional entryway. 

A relaxing and vibrant sheet set your guests will love.

Beach signs.
St. Lucia, where we spent our honeymoon

Hunter and me in St Lucia on our honeymoon.

get fresh with cobalt blue

I love seeing the first pops of bright color appear after the new year, signaling the impending freshness and energy of spring. From pastels over here and here, to this exciting, rich hue of cobalt blue. This bold shade looks best with super-basic neutrals like crisp white, jet black and maybe a shade of camel worked in. Even stripes in these shades can do the trick. If you’re not ready for a full blue top or even trendy blue jeans, try some fun blue heels or a bold belt for a pop of color. This little shot of blue will wake up your outfit and give you just the boost an early spring look needs. You might even skip that second cup of coffee. Go ahead. Go crazy for cobalt.

1. via Who What Wear 2. via 3. via Shop Akira 4. via My Style Pill 5. via 6. via 7.

shades of spring 2012

I always love to review the color report after every fashion week and this Pantone palette doesn’t disappoint. Can’t wait to start shopping for these bright, energetic colors next spring!

red + pink

You might see the title of this post and think red and pink? Together? Outside of February or a Valentine’s Day card? I say absolutely! It’s a bright and fun combo that doesn’t clash, but complements each other adding more power, femininity and boldness than almost any other color couple. Go ahead, give it a whirl.

Emma Stone rocks the look with a little added pizazz in her pink bottom.

A classic red pencil skirt on bottom will do the trick with bright pink on top.

Two classic pieces that can stand alone just fine or stand out as a pair. Keep the shoes neutral here.

Source: via Jami on Pinterest

Or add a neutral jacket or sweater like Anh of 9to5chic. Again keeping the shoe neutral to balance all the color.

Source: via Jami on Pinterest

Or try the combo on top and leave the bottom neutral. I love this fuffly skirt and the red clutch.

Source: via Jami on Pinterest

If you’re still a little shy, try just a red and pink shoe. The signature red bottoms of the Christian Louboutins add just enough punch to these hot pink suede pumps. Dee-lish! I’ll take a pair of these!

Or how about this? Too much? Just stick with the fashion. :)

Source: via Jami on Pinterest

emerald city

Everywhere I look these days I see shades of emerald green. From the catwalk to the sidewalk to the office, it’s in seeping into every level of dress and an assortment of styles.
From the runway…

…to a ‘City’ gal to Kate Middleton. (You should definitely strive for the more fitted look on the right and leave the shapelessness at home.)

Hollywood stars like Ginnifer Goodwin are taking emerald to the red carpet.


This rich jewel tone can be dressed up like this fabulous beaded long sleeve mini dress…

…look simply sweet as bow tied dress…

…support gingham for a fresh take…

…sweep the ground as a maxi skirt .

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…add punch as a colorful accessory to an otherwise nude outfit…

…hang very lady-like around your neck…

…sit pretty on your finger…

…add serious bold style to your feet…

…or simply jazz up a notecard in a fun print.

Source: via Jami on Pinterest

Is your closet jealous yet?

Pantone’s Fall 2009 colors

The Fall 2009 runway shows just came to a close in New York and now the wonderful folks at Pantone have put together a color summary of the collections. Check out the top 10 colors coming up later this year. I love that it’s not completely dark or muted. The must-have neturals are present, but there are some fun brights in the mix as well. Looks like fun! I can’t wait to start shopping!

Spring 2009 Color Report

The Fall 2009 runway shows will be underway in a few short weeks inside the tents of Bryant Park in NYC, but until then, keep these hot Spring 2009 colors from Pantone in mind for any upcoming shopping trips or needed inspiration.

Fall Color Palette

Here is your official Fall 2008 color cheat sheet! The folks at Pantone have done all the grunt work and canvassed every runway and designer collection to come up with the Top 10 colors for the fall season. So, while you’re indulging in a little back to school shopping or just picking out a few transition pieces for the next few months, remember these hot hues that will help your wardrobe go the extra mile.
There’s something for everyone from subdued, ladylike tones to look-at-me boldness and, of course, plenty of blues that are too cool for school.