PANTONE Color Fashion Report Spring 2015: It’s Marsala, Baby!


When PANTONE announced that the Color of the Year for 2015 was Marsala – this dark red, wine/burgundy/brown hybrid…the fashion/design/rest of the world was not quick to embrace. Unlike Radiant Orchid (2014) and Emerald (2013), this one left most people scratching their heads.

Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_Marsala_Color_Intelligence_BannerI have to admit this dark burgundy color has never been a favorite of mine [I feel it kinda had its heyday back in 1994 in the Grunge Era…yup, I went there]. That being said, it’s a sophisticated, quite underused color that can take on a different tone depending on what it’s paired with. And getting creative with those pairings is key…since the default is usually to go with a Fall palette when confronted with something like Marsala.marsalachip

Here are a few items that could be paired with this Fashion Challenge…if you want to take it on.
marsala-wishlist-itemsonlyLucite Green: Aztec Drops, $32  //  Aquamarine: Trapeze Coat in Brushed Wool, $161.08  //  Classic Blue: Breezy Night Stroll Dress  //  Tangerine: Rebecca Minkoff Cory Pouch, $35  //  Strawberry Ice: I Need a Heel-O Fuchsia Pointed Ankle Strap Heels, $34  //  Custard: Yellow Pleated Miniskirt, $16.90  //  Scuba Blue: Skyline Selfie Top, $24.99  //  Glacier Gray: Gray Lapel Long Sleeve Faux Fur Short Coat, $32.79  //  Marsala: Full Flower Crochet Skirt, $39.02

How do YOU feel about Marsala? Can you see working it into your wardrobe in anything besides makeup or accessories?

Come back tomorrow to see how I tried it in an outfit!


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Pantone Color Fashion Report for Spring 2014: Blues and Purples Are IN!


For Spring 2014 Pantone has released their Color Fashion Report for Women, using pastels with punchy brights inspired by blooming flowers and international travel.

This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations.

-Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

So to kick things off for this season I’ve put together a little wishlist inspired by these lovely hues. Which is your favorite? Will you go bold with Dazzling Blue and Freesia? Or pretty pastel with Placid Blue and Radiant Orchid?

pantoneitems_wishlistPlacid Blue:  Personal Cropped Light Blue Sweater, $65 / Violet Tulip: Chic of Nature Lavender Bodycon Dress, $40

Hemlock: Retro Rosie Earrings, $7.99 / Paloma: Arrows Infinity Scarf, $32

Sand: Leather Wedge Knee Boots, $151.99 / Freesia: Coast Kingston Stone Set Necklace, $64.82

Cayenne: Fringe Necklace, $65 / Celosia Orange: Across 14th Street Shoulder Bag, $48

Radiant Orchid: Dual Tone Purple Skirt Set, $12.99 / Dazzling Blue: A Wear Drop Waist Frill Hem Dress, $79.63

I can’t wait to start mixing these colors into my Spring wardrobe!

 How about you: what Pantone Spring 2014 color speaks to you ?


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7 New Color Combos from Summer 2013 and Beyond


Try pink and orange together for a funky sorbet pop!

Yesterday I had something completely different scheduled (my usual F.I.L.L. in which I share fun and inspiring links weekly), but apparently my host server had other plans, as BlueHost servers went down yesterday at 3 AM and took most of the day to get back on-line. As a result, I’m now going with something completely different today. F.I.L.L. should resume next week, so stay tuned!

Fashionising has put together some incredibly inspiration color combination mood boards – and I’m totally loving the bright pops and unexpected mixes! (It’s a total 80’s revival…coming at ya.)

Here are a couple of my new combinations I’m raring to try: OxfordblueSeagreenmoodboard

Oxford blue and emerald green are coolly sophisticated.


Yellow and turquoise make a refreshing Summer combo!

Check Out The Rest of the Newest Color Combinations for Summer 2013 at Fashionising



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The 8 Must-Have Makeup Colors For Spring

spring2013beautymusthavesSpring is just around the corner!  I am so excited to leave Winter’s grip once and for all…and hope that the rainy weather here in Portland will soon give rise to beautiful bursts of flowers (especially in my garden: my black tulips are beginning to show!!)

Along with a change in season comes a change in makeup colors: hues become softer and more pastel…or brighter and more neon.  The Pantone Color Report for Spring 2013 includes citrus hues of nectarine, lemon, and spring green, along with violet, emerald, cobalt blue, and robin’s egg.


In addition to these colors, old-school 1980’s holographic silvers, as well as clear and neon plastic, are all over the accessory collections this season.  Here are the 8 must-have colors to play with in your makeup for the coming season…


1. Nail Foil on a Roll in Ice-Blue Crush, $1 per 5 ft. roll  /  2.  CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast in Intense Blue, $6.94  /  3. Astrogirl Prismatic Eyeshadow Quad, $35  /  4.  BareMinerals Blush in Vintage Peach, $19  /  5. Makeup For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in 42, $19

6. Sephora + Pantone Universe Lightspeed Glitter Dust in Emerald, $14 /  7.  Sultra Hair Extensions in Cyprus Lilac Solid, $9  /  8. LimeCrime Opaque Lipstick in My Beautiful Rocket, $15.99

What do you guys think?  Is color something you’re going to play with in your makeup this season?



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Colors Trending for Fall 2012: A Colorful Wishlist of Must-Haves

According to the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2012, we’re seeing bright colors that pop set against darker, more traditional Fall Colors.

Interestingly, we also saw oxblood (a deep, dark maroon red), black and navy paired together, and winter white all over the Fall/Winter 2012 runways last Spring.  Here are a couple things that I’ve been eyeing for the coming season:

First Row: 1. Dolman Pullover in Teal, $36.90  /  2. Karen London Matal Earrings, $74   /  3. Mixed Media Master Dress, $52.99  /  4. Crooks and Castles Apache Box Tee in Navy, $48

Second Row: 5. ASOS Bow Gloves, $8.62  /  6. Shrunken Corduroy Jacket, $79.50  /  7. Kelly Pointed Wedge Shoes, $59.95 (and if you’re not a member of SoleSociety yet, here’s your invite!)

Third Row: 8. Split-Tone Layered Tights, $19  /  9. Bring Me Along Studded Orange Tote, $56   /  10. ASOS Little Miss Metallic Ballet Flats
icon, $43.12  /  11. Knit Mustard Dress, $43  /  12. Miss Me Floral Skinny Stretch Jean, $99

And I think I’m going to get back to resurrecting my DIY Fail Sweater, stat!
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