What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?

During our fashion shows you may hear guests and hosts alike talking about the “Pantone color of the year.” PANTONE is the world-renowned authority on color. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

On their website they state:  The PANTONE of the year is a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.  The PANTONE of the year is a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

For 2017, the PANTONE color is Greenery. Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.

Nature’s neutral ugh.  My friends know green is NOT my favorite color—here is how PANTONE chose Greenery for this year:

So, how can you incorporate green in a fresh way if it is not a color you normally buy, wear or own? In jewelry, we have seen Emeralds and jade worn beautifully with black with celebrities. Green in small doses can go a long way to create a memorable contrast instead of the traditional diamonds.  Peridot will be a favorite this year paired with pastels and florals in spring, and certainly pops a neutral outfit!

 

In home, Sage is a tranquil color in the bedroom and one of the top colors used by interior designers, complemented by peaches and creams.  I do love the sage Cozelle sheets I pair with my peach silk duvet cover, pale pinks and ‘shabby chic’ florals—a little green can help cut the femininity in a home with a grounded color that our hubbies are sure to like!  My husband is very tolerant of my feminine aesthetic so he is welcoming the idea of a more neutral and unisex color!.

With fashion and accessories, olive green can unify an outfit that is more feminine and frilly, floral or peachy-pink!  Heather Hall received the most beautiful shoulder bag for Christmas from her hubby from a French designer and it was an awesome shade of grounded sage green/olive that she wore with denim and an ivory sweater—elegant and understated.   Hey, maybe I am starting to like green!

I love how this floral skirt and clutch is fresh—I personally would wear this lime clutch or handbag. A lime green heel with denim and a simple white blouse with peridot earrings and lime green bangles.  Only adding accents of color to my outfit rather than actually wearing a top or skirt in green.

For beauty I do like teal eyeliner! A makeup artist in Italy told me it would make my blue eyes pop, which it did. However, as a base shadow color, I wouldn’t recommend using green.

My recommendations after researching ideas to incorporate green is:  Pair it with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallic and the PANTONE Colors of the Year for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity blue.

See the palette below of 10 colors that show how versatile green can be as a “Trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations.

If you have any ideas of how you wear or decorate with green, please leave your ideas below, I’d love to hear them!  Enjoy Greenery YOUR way!

Xo Wendi

 

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2017 Resolution

When writing this blog about my New Year’s resolutions, I thought “Well, that’s going to be easy!” My New Year’s resolutions really never seem to change that much from  year to year; lose a little bit of weight, exercise more, get more sleep – the typical, classic resolutions.  I’ve always enjoyed writing down my goals and resolutions, it gives me tremendous satisfaction just to see them on paper and I actually get quite ceremonious about it! However, this year when I sat down, I found it hard to find my focus and writing down the same thing just wasn’t doing it for me.

I’m very blessed that my family life is amazing and my work life is a dream so my resolutions always seemed to end up being about my own personal growth and improvement year after year.  But wait, maybe that was the problem!  Maybe that was the reason why my resolutions always felt so empty and unfulfilling. My goals have always been focused on…me.

After much thought of what really mattered to me, what made my heart feel full, what made me smile every day, what made me feel so blessed, (outside of my family, of course),  I finally figured out what my biggest resolution and focus of 2017 was going to be:

CHERISHING, LOVING and SHOWING GRATITUDE TO MY FRIENDS!

I’m going to start bringing my resolution to life with my absolute dearest friend who has looked out for me since I was five years old. She knows me better than nearly anyone and has been by my side for all the highs and lows my life has experienced so far.  She loves me unconditionally and I love her the same.  From a young age, she instilled within me a discipline and work ethic that was well beyond my years.  She taught me the importance of chasing your dreams, even though sometimes it was hard to keep the dreams in your sight through the fog of the “failures” along the way.  She taught me poise, grace, manners and respect.  She opened up doors of opportunity and helped me to not be afraid to walk through them.  She taught me humility and to always remember where I came from.  She was my comfort as I was losing my mom and reminded me that she was my “second mom” and will always be there for me.  Her name is Judy.  She doesn’t live close to me anymore, so I am committed to calling, texting, and sending her little gifts more just because she is “My Judy.” There really are no words to describe what a force she has been in my life and how I know, without a doubt, that my life would have turned out very differently if not for her.

So there it is, my goal for 2017:

To tell and show my friends that I love and cherish them with my whole heart.

Judy is just the beginning. Gratefully, I am blessed with many more friends who I will show my love and gratitude to as we journey through 2017 together.

It’s going to be an incredible year.

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