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Just Announced: Color of the Year 2014

 

Pantone has just announced the color of the year for 2014. We have anxiously been awaiting this announcement.  Each year, it is so much fun to see what the color will be.  This year it is a hue of purple and we love it!!! (of course)

Did you know that purple is considered a neutral?  It has warm AND cool tones which make it a very compatible color partner.  The new color is soft, but yet powerful enough to stand alone.  What colors will you pair it with?  Make sure to let us know.

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colors include:

  • PANTONE      17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE      17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE      18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE      15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE      14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE      18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE      19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE      13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE      15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE      17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE      14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE      19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE      17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE      15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

Photo and Credits:  http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/photos/pantone-reveals-color-2014-pantone-photo-050100891.html, http://brides.prestonbailey.com/2014/01/01/new-years-orchid-centerpieces

Love,

Kim

 

Advice and Wedding Dress Code: What Do I Wear to the Wedding?

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

The big question “What do I wear to a wedding?”

 You want to look your best for the occasion yet not steal all of the bride’s glory.  First and foremost think about where the wedding is. Is it outside, inside, at a church, outdoors, on the beach or a country club? Will you be cold or warm?

For the Ladies

Depending upon what style of wedding, here are some
great suggestions.

If the wedding is during the day and informal, a short dress is perfectly acceptable. If in the evening a cute cocktail dress will be comfortable and allow you to dance the night away.

The little black dress is always a perfect selection. Don’t be afraid to add a little more glam or accessorize it.

If the wedding is formal or black-tie a long gown or dressy cocktail dress is perfect.

For an outdoor affair, a dressy sundress can be a great choice.

 

For the Gentlemen

Men, your wardrobe is very important too. Just like the ladies, depending on the location and time of year different outfits are considered appropriate.

In the summertime a light colored suit made of linen or seersucker not only looks sharp but is also light and comfortable.

During winter, wool suits, sweaters underneath blazers, and navy and charcoal are all very dressy and will impress guests.

Bow ties always add some fun to the wardrobe and are one of our favorites.

For informal weddings, a shirt, tie, dress pants and vests are acceptable; however, a blazer is also a good choice.

If you feel too dressed up you can easily remove the blazer.

 

Remember, weddings are the Bride and Groom’s  special day. They worked very hard and invested
a lot of time to make it just right! Be considerate in what you select to wear
and when in doubt, always take it up a step.

Quick tips:

Don’t wear white.

Save black for the evening.

No need to worry about coordinating your outfit with that of the colors of the wedding.

If the invitation says, Wear your best black”, be prepared to know it is a more formal occasion.

If the invitation says “black tie” be prepared to wear evening gowns, very dressy cocktail dresses and possibly a tux.

By Kim and Andrea

 

http://weddings.about.com/cs/weddingguests/a/guestattire.htm

http://fashion.about.com/cs/tipsadvice/a/weddingguest.htm

http://shopping.aol.com/articles/2008/06/12/what-not-to-wear-to-a-wedding-and-what-to-wear-instead/

Pictures
from

www.wingslevel.com

www.chictopia.com

www.hugestore.com

www.weddinginthebox.com

 

 

 

Lace is the Look

 

The runway report is in and lace is the new look! Its intricate beauty has captivated queens and starlets since Queen Victoria, and today it
is making a classy comeback with modern cuts and details. If you are looking for something very romantic and soft, lace is a beautiful material for a timeless wedding. It is ultrafeminine, classic, and romantic. Interested in adding a one of a kind detail to your dress? Lace capelets have the look of old Hollywood glam and can be wornover a lace gown. This little added coverage over a strapless gown is a greatvintage or two-in-one look, especially if you are on a budget! Lace is atimeless material, and some go so far as to makelace the theme of their decor. Check out some of these lace accents!

 

 

Credits to

www.oncewed.com

www.zoeclarkcakes.com

http://cf.stylemepretty.com

www.pinterest.com

http://cupcakesandcashmere.com

www.stylemepretty.com

www.brides.com

www.marthastewartweddings.com

www.alvinavalenta.com

http://www.jlmcouture.com

By Melissa

Tuxedo Jacket Fashion

The white tuxedo jacket is making a statement all over the world this holiday season.  The 1970’s inspired fashion is hitting the runways and stores with several offerings.  We love Rachel Zoe’s white jacket, exclusively at Neiman Marcus. http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Rachel-Zoe-Tailored-Tuxedo-Jacket-Tie-Neck-Plunge-Blouse-Boot-Cut-Tuxedo-Pants-Contemporary/prod136540136/?ecid=NMCIBizrateFeed&003=5839112&010=prod133900001skuECRU&srccode=cii_10043468&cpncode=26-59728110-2

Another great design is from Victoria’s Secret.  http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fts=women+white+tuxedo+jacket.

This look is a definite alternative to the usual black cocktail dress.  How would you wear it?