Sunday, July 30, 2017

Grand Style

Far from the ocean’s edge, there is a land of dirt, rock and heat. The hills rise to the heavens, rolling across the horizon as far as the eye can see. Centuries of history are hidden in this earth and only revealed with the help of the winding Colorado River that reveals the secrets in layers. This land is the Grand Canyon.

With cliffs, caves and a cool river, this place was called home by a variety of Native American groups thanks to the environment’s natural shelter and protection. It also attracted explorers as early as the 16th century who sought to conquer the challenging landscape.

Earth tones prevail in the absence of trees and foliage. A warm color palette of browns, reds, yellows and whites paint this world, as well as the Resort 2018 collection from Dior.

The fabric colors and prints speak to the history of the Grand Canyon and its people. Multicolored embroidery, denim, fringe and leather create an intertwining story of the Native Americans and western explorers.

Prints like these are reminiscent of tribal artwork found on cave walls.
Without the shade of trees, wide brimmed hats are a must to protect the face while riding horseback or walking across the vast and open land.

Ponchos provide protection against the wind and the seasonal monsoons that are apt to sweep through the canyon during the late summer months. 
Exploring the wilderness is made easier with a pair of sturdy, and fashionable, boots. 
From snow covered peaks, to steaming valley floors, this is a land of extreme weather and extreme beauty. Though it no longer contains all the mysteries of an unchartered territory as it once did, the Grand Canyon remains a landmark of adventure. So why not pack your saddlebags and head to the land of historic grandeur?   

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Ocean Blues

Dynamic yet calm. Powerful yet gentle. Her qualities are as diverse as the full spectrum of blues we can find her wearing. Not one to stay aloof, she rolls in each day with the high tide, beckoning us to dip our toes into her frothy edges.
Roberto Cavalli
For centuries, people around the world have had a love affair with the ocean. Walking the shores of the beach, she softly roars with each crashing wave, creating a soothing lullaby for any who pause to listen.  
Fishermen and sailors have answered the call of the ocean, setting sail across the vast blue waters. Surfers hear her whispered invite each morning laced with the promise of adventure in each wave. Cities are built on her beaches with the goal of capturing a fraction of the beauty and awe she presents each day. 
Using a needle and thread, designers try to communicate the natural movement and grace of the ocean's waters. Ruffles move like rolling waves of the ocean on the Molly Goddard and Badgley Mischka runways. 
"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul." 
-The Awakening
Alice + Olivia
There is a mystery to the ocean that we will likely never solve. Worlds and wonders beneath the depths of the surface are beyond human comprehension. Whether near or far to these great bodies of water, we can find cool blue inspiration from the ocean’s array of colors with designs from the Resort 2018 collections.

The shades of light blue are like the ocean’s surface on a bright sunny day. Cool and calm, there is an ease to wearing this color. 
Christian Siriano
With the appearance of storm clouds on the horizon, the ocean takes on a gray hue. The blue borders on gray, blending rain and ocean water.
Molly Goddard
“It was the color of ice and honey and sky and rain mixed together into a sheet of flawless glass with broken frothy edges that tickled my feet.”
-The Siren
Reem Acra 
As night falls, the ocean’s waters become dark and mysterious. The bright blues of daytime quickly become deeper and richer shades of navy. The blues nearly border on black with the absence of sunlight. 

Molly Goddard

The navy-blue sequins of Temperley London's dresses shimmer like the moonlight on the ocean’s surface. 

Like designers, authors also find inspiration in the blue waters of the ocean. Kate Chopin’s classic 19th century novel, The Awakening, is a story of discovery and rebirth on the shores of Louisiana. The clear blue Gulf waters featured in the story offer a shimmering reflection that is bright and hopeful like the designs from Tome, Christian Siriano and Balmain.



Christian Siriano

The Siren by Kiera Cass tells the story of a siren and her search for love and life beyond the ocean’s embrace. There are diverse emotions, like the blues and greens often found in the seaside waters and in the fabric of Anna Sui’s dresses.

The ocean's color palette proves that having the blues isn't always a bad thing. No matter the mood, there's a shade of blue to match. This season you can heed the ocean's call and wear your perfect shade.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

You've Got Mail

Temperatures are rising, which means it’s the perfect time to have a pool party. As the summer season hits its peak, it’s easy to start imagining the perfect partyfun floats, yummy treats, cool drinks and plenty of friends. 

But before you can put out the tiki torches and make the perfect playlist, you first have to send out the invitations.
Pineapple Cake Design
I like to think of the invitation as a way to set the tone before the party even starts. Days or weeks before the event, you can help your friends get in a luau state of mind before the actual 
kick-off of your epic pool party.
British Vogue
Invitations are even easier to send now with Paperless Post because their digital cards go straight to your guests without having to worry about finding a mailbox or stamps. And on top of how easy they are to send and receive, they’re also eco-friendly and super stylish with 
options from some of my favorite designers like

Pool parties aren’t the only hot ticket this season. Summer is also one of the most popular times to have a wedding thanks to beautiful weather and endless flowers in bloom. Weddings mean lots of celebrations with engagement parties, bridal showers, lingerie showers and bachelorette parties. 
Saigon Blooms Design
One great way to keep the theme of the wedding throughout each event is to use coordinating stationary. From the moment the invitation arrives to the moment the bride says I do, the spirit of the occasion can touch each guest by selecting save-the-dates, invitations and thank you notes that match the wedding theme.   

Kate Spade
Carnaby-Pink Design
Birthday parties are sprinkled throughout the year, giving us a chance to celebrate our favorite people. Have a birthday party for your bestie on the horizon? 
Kate Spade
You can think pink with a chichi dress, balloons, confetti…and of course the perfect invitation.

Eat Cake for Breakfast Design
Sometimes you don’t need a party or a holiday as a reason to send a card. In a world of spam emails, online payments and never ending to-do lists, our inboxes quickly overflow with the mundane. Why not take the chance to brighten someone’s day with a pretty emailed note? 
Kate Spade
It’s like a dash of sunshine on a cloudy day 
or getting flowers in your mailbox.

Meg Ryan’s character, Kathleen Kelly, said it best in 
the movie You’ve Got Mail:
I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You've got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you.

Hello Sunshine Design 
Kate Spade
Though we may not have the charming ding of AOL’s classic mail sound effect anymore, the power of knowing you've got mail can still ring loud and clear.
Kate Spade
What will you say today? Perhaps a little helloI’m thinking of youor I love you? No matter the words, there’s sure to be a card or invitation from Paperless Post to help you send the perfect message.

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