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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Deck the Halls!

For me the sounds of Christmas from my childhood are my sister Kate excitedly clapping because she can’t sleep or the sound of my Little Nanny whispering to both of us as we cuddled up on the sofa and she told us how Christmas would begin; who would arrive, what they would bring. The clapping isn’t something my sister does anymore – as she’s a full grown woman with two kids. But I do. I love Christmas so much that I can’t help but clap spontaneously at the thought of it and every Christmas starts with decorating. I love nothing more than getting up when it’s still dark and gazing at the magic and beauty of the twinkling lights.

One of the most exciting things about spending my first holiday season here in the US is how many people but up their decorations right after Thanksgiving. I usually wait until the 1st of December – mainly because I like a real tree and I want it to still look good come New Year’s Eve (we used to have some epic parties in London!) but as any of my former flatmates would attest, I continue to decorate and add more every day until then. It’s basically like living with Buddy from the movie Elf.

This year is my first year alone at Christmas time. Usually I get to trim my tree with my flatmates and then my family. We ice gingerbread cookies with our names on them and trim the tree together. I once went full Elf and made popcorn garlands – it took me all night to make one that only went once around the tree and then the whole house smelled like a stale cinema – #christmasfail.

The last real tree we had was called Eric. My flatmate Rowls and I got up early to go and get the best tree in the whole of London. As we stepped out of our apartment building we were greeted by two rather worse-for-wear elves selling Christmas trees right outside the pub at the end of our street. We got the best tree we’ve ever had for a steal of a price but the Elves insisted we name him, so he became Eric. If you’ve ever had a real tree you’ll know, some don’t drop down, or they’re too wide at the bottom or too tall and skinny at the top. One dark night I bought a tree that was so lopsided I had to decorate every night because it would always fall over whilst we were out at work. Eric was, and will for ever be, the best Christmas tree ever. In fact, I’ve just realised I haven’t had a real tree since then.

He was perfection!

My Mum and Dad always wait for me to come home for Christmas for me to trim their tree.

We put on Johnny Mathis ‘When A Child is Born’ which has been THE Christmas album all our lives and it’s like I’m five years old again. Last year was really emotional because I knew that I wouldn’t get to spend Christmas with them next year. I decorated the dining room but made it my mission to use every single decoration in the box. It was an awesome Christmas grotto by the time I’d finished. Christmas is the one time of year when more is more!

When I moved to Minnesota at the end of January this year every house was covered in snow and still had their decorations and lights up. It was like touching down in the North Pole! So this year I’ve decided to keep my theme generic and seasonal (so I can keep it up for as long as possible!;) I’ve decorated my balcony with a swag and Mother nature herself has gifted me icicles.

Inside I’ve kept my theme festive but versatile so I can keep it up for New Year and beyond into 2017.  I’m off to the UK in January and I’ll be too excited to spend a belated Christmas with my family to be putting the decorations away. I’ll be listening to Johnny Mathis and looking forward to eating mince pies!


Here’s my quick guide to creating a seasonal theme that will last all winter:

The message of the season

Peace, love and joy. Signs that capture the spirit of the season work all year and remind you what’s it all about!

img_0707Be bold!

If you want to create a contemporary theme that extends beyond December 25th step away from the red and green. I LOVE pink! Think outside the box and embrace your favourite colours. I just used some spare glass jars I had in the kitchen to create this look.


Stars & snowflakes

They are an easy way to create a theme that gives a Winter Wonderland feel for the whole season and that you can add to easily.



Metallics & holographics

Metallics maximise your lighting to create more magic and are perfect for parties.



Poundshop, dollar stores and party stores

Some of the most effective decorations are the cheapest. Ikea are great for fun pieces that won’t break the bank and party stores for ceiling decorations you can re-use every year.

img_0701Fruits of the season

Pine cones, cinnamon sticks, oranges slices and berries are a feast for the eyes and fill your home with a wonderful, welcoming smell. This is an easy how-to guide I found online that I used to make these orange slices.


Lights and candles

Twinkling lights look magical all year-round. I have a timer on my balcony lights so I don’t have to brave the cold and it’s lovely to come home to.

Keep it safe with battery operated candles. These are great value at 6 for less than $20 and are remote controlled!

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