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October 31, 2012

{all hallows eve}: a palette of orange, black, yellow + white!

October 31, 2012
Well, hello there friends! And a very Happy Halloween to you! Today has to be one of my favorite days of the year! Because what's not to love about dressing up in costumes and eating candy to your heart's content? And now that I have three kids in tow, I have to say that the day is even more exciting. Ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night, these are the sort of things I imagine when thinking of this spooky, spooky day. That and Halloween inspired parties!


Because who isn't loving these Halloween inspired colors? I'm absolutely in love with those little black crow cookies! Oh, and nothing warms my heart more than a front porch with a family of pumpkins. So tell me... what's on your agenda for this Halloween? Are you dressing up this year? And what about trick-or-treating? Anyone planning to go door to door? We will surely be making the rounds this year. If not only to a few houses... Because it just isn't Halloween if you don't go trick-or-treating! Whatever you end up getting into... Happy Halloween from the Perfect Palette! We hope everyone has a fun and safe day!

October 30, 2012

{sponsored post + giveaway}: wedding paper divas!

October 30, 2012
For your wedding, it's important that you choose stationery that reflects your style as a couple. Would you consider yourselves modern? Or perhaps you're a little more traditional? Whatever your style might be, what better way to communicate it than through your wedding stationery?

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Want a chance to win a $300 credit to use at Wedding Paper Divas? Well, you're in luck because they're giving away one $300 gift certificate to one lucky reader here on the Perfect Palette!


{The prize}: $300 Credit to Wedding Paper Divas

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October 26, 2012

{a sparkly soiree}: a palette of gold, black + white

October 26, 2012
Well, hello there lovelies! And happy Friday! I don't know about you, but here lately I'm loving anything that shimmers and shines! That's why today I was inspired to put together a collage full of glitz and glam. So break out your sparklers and pop open your best bottle of champagne because this fun little number will inspire you to celebrate! Upscale styling doesn't have to be boring or predictable. Mix in some unexpected prints and what do you get? A perfectly fabulous display of gorgeousness, that's what! Polka dots, gingham, and stripes... Oh my! Oh, and just for good measure why not throw in some chevron and sequins?


I'm loving these sparkly accessories. Oh, and what's not to love about this confetti filled invitation? Imagine your guests opening your invitation and being showered in sparkles. Talk about a fun way to kick off the festivities! Oh, and why not invite your guests to send you off sparkler style? Seems like a perfect way to capture the magic of the night! So if you’re think of having a upscale affair, but you fear it might be viewed as stuffy and dare I say it... ''boring.'' I encourage you to dust your day with glittery goodness! Oh, and mix in your favorite patterns and throw in a pinch of pizzazz just for good measure! I promise... you'll thank me later!

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October 23, 2012

{wedding wardrobe}: something blue

October 23, 2012
Deciding what my bridal party would wear had to be one of the most exciting parts of planning for me. Because let's face it... your bridal party's attire really is a great opportunity to make a big statement when it comes to your overall color palette and wedding style. What color dresses would my bridesmaids wear? And what about accessories? From jewelry to heels and everything in between, there really is no shortage of pretty ways to dress your bridal party. Try not to feel overwhelmed though! I promise it can be fun and easy!

{1. blue hees: zappos, 2. bib necklace: baublebar, 3. floral print dress: modcloth, 4. bowtie: elite solid 5. bib necklace: baublebar, 6. earrings: baublebar, 7. flame flats: kate spade, 8. sapphire ring: allurez, 9. necktie: ties.

Blue is such an amazing color! And I think it must be obvious that it's on my brain here lately because just a few days ago I devoted an entire post to the color. Personally, I'm really loving the idea of floral printed dresses for bridesmaids! Prints and patterns are all the rage nowadays and so why not spice things up a bit by mixing in an unexpected print? I also love the idea of pairing a printed dress with a solid heel. Plus what's not to love about these fun bib necklaces? Need a little something blue for yourself? Why not try these pearl embellished flats on for size? 

SHOP THE COLOR!



October 22, 2012

{pantone palette}: harvest pumpkin 16-1260

October 22, 2012
Well, hello there loves! And Happy Monday to you! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I'm not sure how the weather has been where you are? But down here in Georgia the weather has been just beautiful. Definitely what I would consider the perfect Fall weather. And so today I thought it would be fun to revisit a palette I shared earlier this year here and to also feature another Pantone favorite of mine! Harvest Pumpkin, 16-1260 really is the sort of color that you could fall in love with. And believe me, I already have!



From weddings, to fashion and everything in between, I find myself gravitating towards this color even more so during this time of year. Because what's not to love? It's the perfect color to incorporate into a Fall wedding for sure. But I even find myself wanting to wear this color more during this time of year. A rustic orange scarf? A pair of orange flats? A great orange hand bag? You better believe I have each of these in my wardrobe. I know, I know... I'm a tad obsessed with orange. Always have been and always will be. So what do you think? Are there any other orange lovers out there? And what do you think of this Pantone shade?

October 19, 2012

{giveaway winner announced}: shutterfly!

October 19, 2012
A big thanks goes out to everyone who entered the Shutterfly giveaway we hosted this week! We absolutely loved the response and it was really fun seeing your pins. As promised, today is the day that we announce the big winner! So without further ado, the winner of premium photo book from Shutterfly is Amy Fortenberry. Congrats, Amy! And stay tuned for more great giveaways because we have a lot of fun ones coming your way.

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{handpicked bridal favorites}: bridal fashion I love

The day you get married is one of the most special days of your life. And so it's only natural that we want to look our best! From the gown, to the jewelry, down to the very last accessory... your dream wedding could not be complete without the perfect attire. And so, today I thought it would be fun to share a few more bridal beauties that have captured my heart here lately. From sparkly earrings, to the prettiest of veils, these handpicked bridal accessories had me at hello.


So as you can see... I have a serious soft spot for bridal fashion! Because what's not to love about these seriously stunning earrings? I'm personally loving the looks of these gorgeous bridal heels by Nina and I don't know about you but I adore the idea of slipping into a more comfortable shoe after the ceremony is over! Believe me, you don't want to be uncomfortable at your own wedding. And these sparkly bridal flats by Vera Wang are as comfy as they are pretty. Oh, and no bridal look is ever complete without a without a beautiful and timeless veil like this one. Happy Friday and happy planning!

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October 18, 2012

{color study}: moody blues

October 18, 2012
Today I'm so excited because I've been just dying to share this color again with you for quite some time now. I typically call this color dusty blue, but I know there are other names out there for it too. In any case this moody blue-gray hue really is the sort of color that dreams are made of. Wouldn't you agree? Soft, subtle and definitely dreamy, my prediction is that this color will be making it's way into more weddings in the 2013 calender year. Because what's not to love?








I don't know about you, but this color has a way of transporting me to a different place and time. It sure does works beautifully with vintage inspired details. And I'm absolutely loving this belted slate blue dress. I'm not sure what it is, but that dress is totally reminding me of a 1950's flight attendant. Would surely make a fun bridesmaid dress! Plus it's definitely a dress you can wear way after the wedding is over. Pair it with these lovely coordinating floral earrings and your bridal party is sure to stand out as unique. So what do you think, my loves? Does your heart skip a beat for the moody blues?

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October 16, 2012

{sponsored post + giveaway}: shutterfly!

October 16, 2012
On your wedding day, your photographer captures so many beautiful moments. What could be more special than your cherished wedding photos? The moment he saw you walk down the aisle, the second you said ''I do,'' and who could forget that highly anticipated first kiss!

By now I'm sure you've heard of Shutterly? Perhaps you've even used their printing services and photo books for other special occasions? Well, get excited because the brand you've grown to love and trust is now offering the Shutterfly Premium Photo Book! The perfect option for showcasing your cherished wedding photos, Shutterfly Premium Photo Books are easily customized and are ideal for telling a wedding day story that is as unique as your special day!

Want a chance to win your very own Shutterfly Premium Photo Book? Well, you're in luck! Because in celebration of their new collection of premium books, they are giving away one Premium Photo Book to one lucky reader of the Perfect Palette!


With genuine leather covers, layflat pages, and double thick paper, the Shutterfly Premium Photo Book has everything a traditional wedding album has, but for way less money! Plus I can't go without mentioning the fact that you can easily upload photos from your computer, DVDs, Picasa, Facebook or Instagram! What's not to love about that? With a collection of vintage, classic and modern styles, Shutterfly's templates make designing an album simple! They truly do make it easy to tell the story of your wedding from ceremony to the last dance. Want a chance to win your very own photo book? See below for details.


{The prize}: 1 Premium 8×11 photo book ($119.99 value) with genuine leather cover and 20 layflat pages.

To enter, simply ''pin'' the image above on Pinterest! {Not familar with Pinterest? Simply click the little Pinterest button at the end of this post}. In your pin description, please be sure to include a link to this post! After you've pinned, simply leave us a comment letting us know you've done so and don't forget to include your email address!

Giveaway ends Friday, October 19 so don't miss your chance to win! 

October 14, 2012

{handpicked bridal favorites}: brought to you by the perfect palette

October 14, 2012

Still on the hunt for the perfect bridal jewelry and accessories? Still struggling to find the perfect bridesmaid dress for your friends? Well, get excited because I'm about to make it a whole lot easier for you. 

You see, I can't tell you how many emails I've received over the years from readers who were looking for the items I was using in my posts. Where could they buy it, they asked? Who was the designer? What store carried it? Looking for the perfect wedding gown? On the hunt for a coordinating veil? Searching for a pair of stunning earrings? Well, look no further ladies because where it gets exciting...

I'm so absolutely thrilled to announce that you can now shop and follow my favorite picks. Perhaps you've noticed that I've recently implemented a nifty 'Shop the Color' feature at the bottom of my most recent posts? This will surely make styling your bridal party a snap! No longer will you have to wonder where you can find a particular necktie or bridesmaid dress you fell in love with in one of my posts! Simply click on the item and get ready to shop, my dears.

{Shop the Color}

Want to see even more of my favorites? See that snazzy little tab at the top of this page that says 'Shop My Favorites?' Well, this my loves, is where I invite you to visit me daily to check out my latest finds. From weddings to parties and everything in between, I've scoured the internet to select the prettiest of picks.

In addition to being able to 'Shop the Color' I also plan to put together a series of posts that include my handpicked bridal favorites. For example, today I'm sharing some of my favorite pieces for the bride-to-be. From swarovski crystal earrings... to the gowns I love to gawk at... This collection consists of pieces I've personally chosen with the bride-to-be in mind! And what's best is that all of these items are available for purchase! Yep, that's right, ladies! Just click on the photo and get ready to shop... (not quite ready to make a purchase? Simply click the provided 'pin it' button so that you can easily reference it later)





Soooo... what do you think of this parade of pretties? I took the work right out of it, didn't I? No more pounding the pavement at the mall for you, my dear! Want a behind the scenes look at the items that have made their way or will be soon making their way into my inspiration boards? ''Stalk'' me here to discover even more of my fashion favorites!


Oh, and stay tuned because there are lots more of these posts to come. I'll be sure to share my favorite bridesmaid looks (by color naturally), not to mention a couple of other ideas I have up my sleeve. In the meantime, be sure to check out my favorite shops and wedding boutiques from around the web below. This is where you're sure to find the good stuff...

October 12, 2012

{giveaway winner announced}: seating chart boutique!

October 12, 2012
A big thanks goes out to everyone who entered our most recent giveaway with the Seating Chart Boutique. It sure was fun reading all about your favorite charts and the colors you'd select should you win. But unfortunately, only one can win! So without further ado, the winner of the free seating chart and 20 table numbers is Bethany! Congrats Bethany! Our friends over at the Seating Chart Boutique will be reaching out to you shortly!

{seriously smitten}: coral

Well, hello there color lovers! And happy end of the week! I hope you all have had a really great week! Today I bring you the second edition in my newest series. Want to hear all about the color I'm currently crushing on? Yep, you guessed it... I'm absolutely crazy for Coral! Ugh, okay so maybe my love for this color is a little out of control, guys. And I hope you can see why. It’s so perfectly fun and a breath of fresh air. This is the sort of color that pretty parties are made of. Please tell me...what's not to love about that adorable coral clutch? It's bursting with happiness and feel good vibes.


Plus, I don't know about you, but I'm really liking that sweet little coral dress! What a fun little frock! Those floral rosettes are just perfect! Sweet, delicate and radiating with love, this color instantly inspires me. Plus there's no shortage of pretty coral ideas. I'm definitely in love with those gorgeous centerpieces. And who could resist those pretty earrings and that gorgeous necklace? So what do you think? Are you slightly obsessed? Or perhaps you're seriously smitten like I am?

{Shop the Color}

October 11, 2012

{berry kissed}: a palette of berry, lavender, camel + white

October 11, 2012
  
{Berry, Lavender, Camel + White}

Want to know the color I'm secretly swooning over? That would  most definitely be this pretty shade of purple! Vibrant, beautiful and absolutely striking, this color just exudes elegance. Looking for a color that will work for any season? I'm loving this shade for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. A gorgeous hue that mixes well with understated neutrals, berry really is very pretty. Wouldn't you agree? I'm absolutely loving this sweetheart chiffon bridesmaid dress and it's flattering style. Plus the texture is just fabulous if you ask me. {continued...}

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Oh, and no look could be complete without a few accessories. I'm loving how these teardrop earrings pair so well with this gorgeous dress. Plus I just love how this woven clutch and that pair of heels coordinate so effortlessly. So what do you think? Are you a purple girl at heart? And would you consider using this color in your wedding? Or even simpler, in your wardrobe?

October 10, 2012

{sponsored post + giveaway}: the seating chart boutique!

October 10, 2012
On your wedding day, you dream that all of your planning will come together in a way that makes the day feel special and effortless. What's one of the biggest regrets I hear most from former brides, you ask? This might be surprising to you, but skipping a seating chart is definitely high up on the list! Maybe time got away from them... Maybe the task seemed too daunting... Perhaps they figured that assigned seating wasn't the way to go? Well, as a former bride, I'm here to tell you that this is not something you want to skip over! Let the Seating Chart Boutique create a seating chart for you! Want a chance to win your very own? Well, you're in luck... because the Seating Chart Boutique is giving one away to one lucky reader of the Perfect Palette!


{The prize}: 1 FREE Standard Seating Chart! Choose from 25 designs, 23 color options and 20 font choices ($150 value). In addition, the winner will receive a Set of 20 coordinating Folded Table Numbers. ($130 value).

To enter, first ''pin'' the image above on Pinterest! In your pin description, please be sure to include a link to this post! After you've pinned, simply leave us a comment letting us know you've done so. In addition, please leave us a separate comment telling us which design and color options you'd choose should you be chosen the winner! Click here to see the design and color options. (Oh, and don't forget to include your email address so we can get a hold of you should you win!)

Giveaway ends Friday, October 12 so don't miss your chance to win!

October 9, 2012

{bridal style}: equestrian style boots for fall!

October 9, 2012
Equestrian style boots with your wedding gown, you say? Yep, that's right! Getting married on a farm or in a rustic setting? Why not wear a pair of boots under your dress for a fun photo opportunity like this one? I don't know about you, but I love seeing a bride think out of the box when it comes to her personal bridal style. And this idea is no exception! I think this style works particularly great for brides who actually ride horses and/or love horses. But heck... I even love this idea for the bride who simply just wants to communicate that down on the farm kind of vibe!


Whether it be country western style cowboy boots or equestrian style boots like the ones I've featured above... one thing is for sure...This look is nothing short of fun. Plus, you can wear your boots long after the wedding is over! I've even seen entire wedding parties wearing boots! Talk about a great look! Plus this look just screams Fall. So tell me.. what do you think about brides wearing boots? And are you liking this unique spin on bridal attire? Gone are the days where every bride looks alike. And for that reason alone, I'm loving this!

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October 8, 2012

{fall favorites}: these are a few of my favorite fall things! part 2

October 8, 2012
Well, hello there friends! And happy Monday to you! This weekend the weather really started cooling off where I'm at. I don't know about you, but that always puts me in a really, really great mood. Because what's not to love about Fall? So today I thought it would be fun to put together a ''Part 2'' to my original Fall Favorites post I shared with you here. So grab a glass of delicious apple cider and get your Pinterest finger ready! Because there is a whole lot of pretty in this post!


Autumn colored leaves have got to be one of the things I look forward to most all year. As a color lover, I think it's safe to say that I truly appreciate the beautiful colors that we see during this time of year.


Also I married my sweetheart in October, so this time of year is even more special to me because of that reason. As you might imagine, my house is already fully decked out for the season. Festive Fall wreaths, leaf garlands, potted mums...yep, I definitely do it up big at our house!


Plus I can't go without mentioning my true love for Fall fashion. Chunky scarves, equestrian style boots, knitted sweaters and outfits that layer are all on my list of favorites for the season. I'm currently obsessed with chunky scarves and this one is no exception!


Oh, and speaking of layering, who else is loving this beautiful mustard colored coat? I don't know about you, but I'm definitely putting this on my wish list! That ruffle collar and those over sized buttons really did have me at hello.


What else is on my list of favorites for Fall, you ask? Well, that would definitely have to be trips to the pumpkin patch. Oh, and hot apple cider! Sounds heavenly to me. So tell me, what is on your list of Fall favorites? Are you craving a trip to the mountains? Are you planning an overnight stay in a cozy little cabin? Or maybe you're dreaming of apple picking? Yep, those are definitely some of my favorite Fall activities too. 

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October 6, 2012

{pantone fashion color report}: spring 2013

October 6, 2012
When you're a color fanatic like I am, it's only natural to feel a little excited when you see the Pantone Fashion Color Report for the upcoming season. And so that's why when I saw the report today I just knew I had to share it with you guys. Yep, that's right... PANTONE has unveiled their Fashion Color Report for Spring 2013! A comprehensive overview of designer's use of color in their upcoming collections, the report features 10 colors for women's and men's fashion for Spring 2013! And well, I could not be more thrilled to weigh in with my thoughts and opinions on their fabulous choices.


Plus I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you some of the wedding color palettes that I've personally created that feature these lovely PANTONE hues! This season, designers are interested in addressing consumer's desire for self expression, balance and the need to re-energize. With these needs in mind, PANTONE has chosen a palette that mixes dynamic brights with novel neutrals. This exciting mix of colors allows for unique combinations that offer both practicality and versitality. What does that mean for the wedding industry? Keep reading to hear my thoughts.




The presence of green this Spring is sure undeniable! Like the first signs of Spring, Tender Shoots, a vibrant yellow-green, is energized, cheerful and full of vibrant undertones. I think brides will love this color because it communicates a sense of happiness and liveliness.


While Grayed Jade offers a subtle approach with it's hushed gray undertones... It has a softness and quietness about it that makes it easy for it to communicate romance and elegance. Differing in their intensity, I think brides will be attracted to each of these greens for different reasons depending on the mood their hoping to achieve.

{top row}: newlywedslovely bouquetbeeswax candlesflorals{middle row}: yellow bunting{bottom row}: invitationsoap favorscenterpiecebride.

Lemon Zest is definitely a color that brides have long loved and this Spring will be no different. Cheerful yellows are definitely high on the list when it comes to party palettes. I love how this color has a way of communicating that ''kick your shoes off and dance'' kind of vibe. I suggest pairing Lemon Zest with more muted colors like soft browns or slate gray.


Monaco Blue is a color that I'm really loving and I'm so glad it made Pantone's list for Spring! Anchoring Monaco Blue is a classic shade that offers both depth and a richness to an entire palette. I personally love to see this color used in nautical themed weddings or even weddings near the ocean. Combine Monaco Blue with Dusk Blue to achieve more of a monochromatic look. Or consider mixing it with Grayed Jade for a palette that will surely wow!

{top row}: lovely bridal portraitred earringscupcakes {middle row}: homemade raspberry pie {bottom row}: cupcakebridesmaid dressflatwareheels.

Poppy Red is the sort of color that is full of amazing energy. Seductive, sensual and surely celebratory, Poppy Red is definitely the sort of color that creates a powerful visual impact. Add a little red to your wedding day and you're sure to add a little pizzazz. Whether it's red lipstick or a fierce pair of red high heels... Poppy Red will surely turn heads.

{top row}: bridal style, table skirtburlap ring pillow via whichgoose,{bottom row}: tablescape by cedarwood weddingscalligraphy by laurahooperfrancesca miranda bridal.

Linen on the other hand is the sort of color that is easy on the eyes. It's soft, it's subtle and Linen is surely the sort of warm neutral that we're seeing more often for weddings. I love the idea of incorporating burlap details or even lace. When it comes to wedding palettes, I suggest incorporating Linen into your palette to add a little warmth.


Signifying the time of day when everything starts to wind down, Dusk Blue offers a calming vibe that I just can't get enough of. Dusk Blue is very much like Grayed Jade in that it acts as this season's newest neutral in the Pantone palette. Although I love the idea of using this color for Spring, I have to admit that I'm loving it even more for Winter weddings!

{top row}: bridesmaid dresscenterpiece idea via martha stewartkisses,{bottom row}: earringsgreen dress + lightsornamentsdress.

Sophisticated Emerald is a lively and radiant rich green that is full of clarity. I love that Emerald green made the list for Spring because I think that it's the perfect shade to communicate all kinds of lovely ideas for the season. Definitely a color that I feel is underused in weddings, my hope is that brides will begin using this color more often. Again, it's also another shade that I think works for other seasons like Winter.

{top row}: dresslovely lacebarn,{middle row}: decadent desserts,{bottom row}: cupcakesrustic mantelpretty favorsbridesmaid dress.

Looking for a lovely shade of lavender for your upcoming wedding and/or party? Why not consider African Violet! This shade is surely one that effortlessly pairs with neutrals like brown and gray. I personally love that you can pair this color with so many different shades to create all kinds of unexpected pairings. Like Nectarine for instance...


Nectarine is a bright citrusy shade that communicates a burst of energy that is unmatched. Celebratory in nature, this is the sort of color you just really can't take too seriously. And because of this reason, I just love Nectarine for Spring! Try pairing Nectarine shades like Lemon Zest or even Monaco Blue for an unexpected look. So what do you think of Pantone's top 10 choices for their 2013 Fashion Color Report? Are any of these colors catching your eye? Any favorites that you might consider using for your upcoming wedding or event? Still on the hunt for the perfect color? Be sure to check out all of our palettes here!

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