Fashion and Pantone 2017

Another year is approaching us and it’s time to focus on what’s important: Pantone’s new Color of the Year. Last year saw two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity, chosen to enhance the feelings of tranquility and peace. This year’s color, Greenery, is all about revival and energy from nature. As a lover of nature and a supporter of making more sustainable choices, I’m instantly a fan of this color, and it’s not just the meaning behind it. This shade of green isn’t dark and heavy like forest green or bright like the yellow-green of an apple, but it still seems vibrant and deep. Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, says it best: “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose.” A few selections I’ve found from Braintree Clothing, Passion Lilie, Fashion ComPassion, and Fortress of Inca show just how much fashion is committing to this color and its purpose. Continue Reading ›

My Fashion Love Stories

It’s official: this may be one of the best weeks ever!  Why is that?  Because this week has both Earth Day and Fashion Revolution Day!  To start out Fashion Revolution Week, I’m not only encouraging my readers to post pictures of themselves wearing their clothes inside out with the hashtag #whomademyclothes, but I’m also finding a way to show my closet some much deserved appreciation.  Certain clothing and accessory pieces in my wardrobe have become essential to my style throughout the years and to show how much I treasure them, I’m sharing some love letters and poems written to them.  Want to join in?  Then let me inspire you with some examples of my own and show you how to participate in Fashion Revolution Week’s love stories. Continue Reading ›

Pantone Spring 2016 Jewelry

Since digging into my interests in graphic designs, Pantone, the color dictionary has become more than a series of monochromatic and complementary colors.  So far this year, the colors have become my discoveries from favorite fashion companies as well as symbols for my journey in life.  Last spring, the Pantone colors symbolized something different for me as I determined my next steps after leaving my job as a costumer in Denver.  This year, they hold entirely different meanings and lessons.  For the first time in a while, I have a focus and am eager to pursue a specific career path as a member of a Master of Fine Arts program for Arts Administration during the next couple of years and my recent Costa Rica travels opened me up to possibilities and provided me seashells for the perfect pendants in my latest jewelry collections inspired by Pantone colors.  Join me on my latest colorful journey to see exactly where I’ll be heading next. Continue Reading ›

Looking for Locally Made in Costa Rica

My recent travel adventure to Costa Rica had me pumped, not just for the opportunity to venture into the jungle, but to visit a destination known for ecotourism.  In the past I’ve set goals for myself to live and travel more sustainably as well as reflect on how I can balance sustainability with my shopping habits, and I anticipated putting these ideas into action in Costa Rica.  Although it was inspiring to see numerous places recycling all kinds of materials including paper, aluminum and plastic, there was one lingering disappointment in the back of my mind.  Scouring the souvenir shops in Monteverde and Tamarindo left me feeling at a loss for something else.  Continue Reading ›

What I Would Wear to the Oscars

For as long as I can remember, it’s been a family tradition to watch the Academy Awards.  Before the iconic movie awards show, my dad does everything to be certain he sees as many of, if not all of, the nominated movies.  Any top-rated films my mom and dad make sure to see and sometimes make the occasional drive out-of-town to see independent and foreign movies.  And, if a movie they enjoy doesn’t make it into the nominations, my parents add it in their opinionated suggestions, telling the TV they’re missing an important underrated performance.  Their passion for movies is what has driven my own interest in film and performing arts, and my mom still remarks when Best Screenplay or Best Costume Designer is announced, “That could be you!”  I have to admit that her comment makes me wonder what I would wear if I was invited, although I’m far from any sort of celebrity or renowned filmmaker status.  Still, a girl can dream and to celebrate this year’s upcoming Oscars, here are a few designers I would chose to attend this award ceremony: Continue Reading ›