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March 29, 2013

{Party Palette}: Pretty Pastels

March 29, 2013
Happy Friday, loves! So if you're anything like I am, then you're super happy that Spring is officially here. And with Easter coming this weekend, I thought it would be fun to put together a pretty palette of Spring pastels. Soft blues really do look lovely with peach and yellow. I'm absolutely loving the looks of these colored eggs and these gorgeous soft florals! 

Pastels just have a way of taking me somewhere else. Somewhere dreamy. Somewhere beautiful. So tell me, what do you love about Spring? And if you celebrate Easter, tell me all about the plans you have going on this weekend? My girls will celebrate their first Easter on Sunday so we're definitely looking forward to taking part in all of our family traditions with our newest additions! I hope whatever you do that you have a lovely weekend! Make it a good one, friends!

March 28, 2013

{Wedding Wardrobe}: Spring Inspired!

March 28, 2013
Hi loves! Guess what time it is? Yep it's time for another wedding wardrobe! So for today's look I decided to feature one of my favorite Spring colors. It's one part aqua, one part gold and a whole lot of lovely! Oh, and it's totally reminding me of Easter y'all! I don't know about you, but I've always really liked girly details when it comes to fashion. Lovely lace? Yes, please! Beautiful bows? So my style! And for accessories? I'm all about incorporating statement pieces that will enhance the overall look. Still on the hunt for the perfect bridesmaid look? 

When it comes to dressing your bridal party, I like this look because I think it's just so sweet and charming. Yes, it's definitely on the overly feminine side, but what's not to love about that? The dress that I featured here really is the sort of dress that just screams Spring! I can also see this dress looking perfect with pearls! Throw in some gorgeous accessories like these preppy bow heels and you'll have the perfect look for Spring! So what do you think? Is this color giving you a smidge of Spring fever maybe?


March 27, 2013

Wedding Colors I Love | Shades of Yellow + Gray

March 27, 2013
Today my color obsession continues with this playful palette of yellow and gray. So, guys, if you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, I think it's safe to say that this little color palette is one of my all time favorite picks. Seriously. I mean if I had to pick a top 5, this palette would surely be in it. Because what's not to love? Yellow is my all-time favorite ''fun color'' and gray is simply the most perfect neutral ever. Yes, ever. I guess it's safe to say that I'm a huge, huge, fan. It's modern, it's bold and I just love all the pretty ideas you can use to bring these colors to life!

It's pure sunshine if you ask me. I just love the idea of dressing your bridesmaids in shades of gray. Oh, and if high contrast is what you're looking for... why not opt for bright yellow bouquets? Total eye candy. Looking for a way to add a bit of fun to your bridal party attire? I love the idea of gifting handmade clutches. Pretty patterns like polka dots and chevron really add a super fun playful feel. Plus your girlfriends would love a gift like that! I know I would. Want your girlfriends to really love you? Why not save them the pain and misery of standing in high heels all day and just have them wear flats! But not just any flats, ladies. Pretty flats! Like these. They're super cute and comfy too. So what do you think? Are you in the yellow and gray fan club too?

March 25, 2013

Color Story | Pink Loves Mint

March 25, 2013
Good morning and happy Monday! So today I just wanted to pop in and share a color palette that has completely captured my heart! So much so that it actually inspired the new look here on the Perfect Palette. Anyone notice the changes I've made? A new look was definitely overdue. Because sometimes it's just fun to change things up. Wouldn't you agree? And get excited because this is just the beginning! Yep, there are more changes on the horizon! And I can't tell you how excited I am for all that's to come. Shades of pink and mint with pinches of pretty gold really are gorgeous together. Wouldn't you agree?

If you follow me on Pinterest, then you already know about my little love affair with chevron. There is just something so sophisticated and chic about it. Also I don't know about you, but this cake has completely stolen my heart. It's just so perfect. It's seriously the kind of cake that could inspire an entire wedding. Add in some pretty accessories and some gorgeous florals and you've got yourself a party that's just waiting to happen. So what do you think? Could you get behind a color palette like this? And tell me what you think of the new look? Oh, and since Spring is officially here I hope you don't mind if I start sharing a few palettes that are on the softer side like this?

March 21, 2013

{Wedding Wardrobe}: Navy Blue + Kelly Green

March 21, 2013
Happy Thursdays, loves! Want to know what happens when blue meets green? All kinds of preppy goodness! That's what! Looking for a new color combination to wear in your wardrobe? Or maybe you're getting married and want to put together a look for your bridal party that's not the same old cookie cutter look we see every day? How do you feel about blue and green? Want to know what I think? It's pretty simple, really. When it comes to bridal fashion, I totally urge you to make bold fashion statements, go for multi-color and above all... when it comes to your bridesmaids, I say give your girlfriends a look they can wear again well after your wedding day has come and gone. Believe me, your friends will love you for it! First up, I can't go without mentioning my love for this two-tone dress

I love the idea of wearing this dress as a bridesmaid dress because you can totally dress it up or down depending on the look you're trying to go for. Here I've paired it with some fabulous accessories perfect for pulling off the perfect preppy party! I don't know about you, but I'm totally loving the looks of these plaid ties for the groomsmen and what's not to love about these floral flats for your bridesmaids? Throw in some super cute jewelry and you'll have a look that your friends can surely wear again! So what do you think? Anyone else smitten with these shades? 


March 20, 2013

{Party Palette}: Shades of Peach, Soft Yellow + Green

March 20, 2013
Happy first day of Spring, y'all! I don't know about you, but I'm super excited about the fact that Spring is officially here. And so today I thought it would be fun to pop in and share a Spring inspired palette filled with some seriously romantic ideas. Here I've mixed shades of peach, soft yellow, and a pinch of antique gold with the softest and most subtle shades of green. I really like how soft this one turned out. And I hope I'm not alone?

Want to make a sweet statement? I absolutely love the idea of tucking flowers in your hair. Plus  that gown is all kinds of pretty if you ask me! And nothing says romance like lace. Looking for bridal party attire that takes the cake? I love the idea of coordinating different styles and shades to come up with a look that's entirely unique and different! Oh, and I can't go without mentioning my love with these handmade table numbers. It's heartfelt details like this that always stand out to me. So what do you think about this peachy palette? Oh, and is anyone else feeling like this year is going by really, really fast? It's Spring already? Where has the year gone?

March 19, 2013

{Sponsored Post}: The Wedding Outlet!

March 19, 2013
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March 18, 2013

{Pantone Color Report}: Fall 2013!

March 18, 2013

Did you hear? Pantone came out with their top colors picks for Fall, 2013! And I can't begin to share my excitement! It's definitely fun to see Pantone's tops picks for the season. And with an array of happy hues as pretty as these, I'm instantly seeing the party planning potential in each of their choices. And well, I couldn't be more thrilled to weigh in with my thoughts and opinions. Especially when it comes to how this will translate in the world of wedding color palettes.
First up, we have this beautiful, berry infused shade that goes by the name, Vivacious. Elegant,  enchanting, and surely the sort of color perfect for your upcoming soiree, this wildly deep fuchsia is all about adding a touch of sensuality to the palette. I suggest pairing Vivacious with anchoring Deep Lichen Green, a naturally lush shade of green, and you'll have a palette that captures both ends of the seasonal spectrum. Or why not keep things simple and pair it with a touch of antique gold like I've done here?

Next up on this year's ''it'' color list for Fall is this spicy shade of red that Pantone is calling Samba! Praised for it's intensity, I'm loving this powerful color and I hope you can see why! I suggest pairing fiery hues like this with understated neutrals. And I'm especially loving the way it looks with burlap! 

Looking for a color that will add richness and a beautiful glow that would be difficult to ignore? Why not consider Koi? This shade absolutely captures the spirit of Fall with it's shimmering qualities and can be combined with many of these colors to create pretty and powerful Fall combinations. Feeling as though your palette is lacking oomph? I suggest adding a pop of Koi to make a statement both in your wardrobe and in your wedding! 

Next up, we have this soft shade of green that Pantone is calling, Linden Green! Soft, sultry and surely the sort of palette that embodies the idea of growth and new life, Linden Green is a breath of fresh air and definitely the kind of color that I love for weddings and parties. I suggest keeping it simple by pairing it with a crisp, clean white like I've done here.

Love green, but looking for a color with a bit more depth? Why not consider a color like Deep Lichen Green? Praised for it's richness and earthy flair, I love this shade because I find it to be unexpectedly pretty and not entirely overused. I love the idea of using shades of green in a garden setting or even an outdoor Fall affair! Perhaps a vineyard even?

With the changing season, as you might expect, the greens from Spring will evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette. I suggest pairing this year's color of the year with Mykonos Blue, a bold, meditative blue, for a classic and preppy look.

Have a passion for all things purple? Well, then I invite you to take a quick peek at this pretty shade that Pantone is calling Acai! Rich, gorgeous, and surely the sort of color that exudes a royal flair, I suggest pairing this elegant shade of purple with Emerald for a regal disposition, or spirited Samba red for an expressive and dramatic look.

Looking for a color that exudes a sense of calm and relaxation? Mykonos Blue is a color that I'm really loving and I'm so glad it made Pantone's list for Fall! Anchoring Mykonos 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. Combine Mykonos Blue with basic white to achieve a nautical inspired look. Or consider mixing it with Emerald for a palette that will surely wow!

{top row}: striped dress, save the datesshells via rebecca thuss,{bottom row}: boattented receptionnautical table numbers.

Rounding out this season's cornerstone colors, Turbulence, a dark mercurial gray, and Carafe, a rich, glamorous brown, provide more interesting and sophisticated alternatives to the black basics usually worn in colder months. Both staple neutrals pair effortlessly with more expressive colors within the palette, such as SambaKoi and Vivacious. I personally have always been a fan of shades of gray.

And what's not to love about a palette of rich browns like this one? Carafe is surely a color that's big in the world of weddings and from the looks of these gorgeous details, I can surely see why! Although I love to see brown used in a rustic way, I also think there's something to be said about using it in a very elegant way like this. Here, I've paired it with antique gold and a touch of ivory. It's a rustic, yet elegant affair! 

So what do you think? How are you liking this parade of Pantone colors? Any favorites that stand out for you? Any colors you might not have considered before? So tell me... how might you use these colors? In your upcoming wedding? In your wardrobe, perhaps? Or maybe these colors have inspired something else? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

March 14, 2013

{Happily Ever After}: A Palette of Mustard, Black + White

March 14, 2013
{Mustard, Black + White}

Okay, guys so I know I've sort of been consumed with all things Spring here lately. But can you blame me? Spring colors are a breath of fresh air to me especially after a long chilly winter! But today I thought I'd change it up a bit and put together a palette perfect for the end of Summer or better yet... for Fall! (only my most favorite season of them all). So settle in lovelies because your morning is about to go to the next level of pretty thanks to this make-your-heart-happy board! Today, I bring you mustard. Mustard paired with a pinch of ivory and black. So what do you think? First impressions? I for one am really loving this look! Want to know why?

Details I Love
Happily Ever After Pillow and Bride with Balloons

Well, that's because mustard is the kind of color that is often passed over when it comes to weddings and parties. Perhaps it's feared for it's intensity or maybe some don't see all the party planning potential that this happy, yet oh-so rich and elegant hue has? I think it's an easily misunderstood color. And definitely one that is underestimated. In any case, I'm a huge fan. Because who isn't loving these gigantic happy balloons and this gorgeous table display? Oh, and that slice of butterscotch cake? Yeah, that cake looks pretty decadent. Anyone with me?

March 13, 2013

{Sponsored Post}: Martha Stewart Weddings!

March 13, 2013
I don't know about you, but when I was engaged I definitely remember feeling as if I wanted to do everything I could to look and feel my very best on our wedding day! So for months I did everything from eating healthy to getting regular pedicures and admittedly, I even did a little teeth whitening! Because I don't know about you, but I've always felt that a girl's smile is her best accessory! But what if you're not completely happy about the way your teeth look? Maybe you've always wanted them a bit straighter?

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March 12, 2013

{Sail Away with Me}: Shades of Blue + Brown

March 12, 2013
So you remember yesterday when I briefly mentioned that I was in a Summer state of mind due to the fact that we were in the midst of planning our beach vacation for this year? Well, it's all settled, and we went ahead and booked the beach house for a whole week, guys! Wahoo! Can you sense my excitement? Yep, someone's happy. Little known fact: Nautical weddings have always been one of my favorite kind of wedding! Because what's not to love? There really is something so special about a seaside wedding. Today, I'm loving this groomsmen look with their blue blazers, khakis, bow ties and Sperry Top-Siders

Plus what's not to love about these nautical stripes and these sailboat save the dates? Throw in some other nautical nods like these anchor cuff links and you'll have the makings of the perfect nautical nuptials. So what do you think? Is anyone else liking this ode to the ocean? I for one am instantly transported to a seaside affair that's full of pretty possibilities! Oh, and of course I'm still dreaming of my trip to the beach in a couple of months. Can. not. wait!

March 11, 2013

{Party Palette}: Shades of Coral + Aqua!

March 11, 2013
Happy Monday, friends! So here’s the thing. Working on color palette posts is one of my favorite things to do. Truly. It’s just plain old fun for me. But every once in a while, I just fall head over heels in love for a color palette and this is one of those. This pretty pairing of coral and shades of aqua really has me feeling inspired. Plus I don't think it helps that I'm already in a Summer state of mind! I know, I know... it's not even officially Spring time yet. But I can't help it! Planning our upcoming trip to the beach in May is probably not helping! In any case, I hope you will see what I mean when it comes to these colors...

Coral and shades of aqua really do go hand in hand! I'm loving how bright and tropical and beachy these colors feel. Plus I'm already starting to imagine all of the pretty ideas one could use to bring a Summer wedding by the beach to life! Or why not a beachy inspired party with chic chevron touches? Bright, bold and oh so beautiful, this is the sort of palette that grabs my attention and inspires me to think creatively. So what do you think? Are you seeing the party planning potential with these colors? Or perhaps this is inspiring an upcoming wardrobe choice? Whatever the case may be, I hope you find some inspiration in this pretty palette!

March 7, 2013

{Sponsored Post}: Invitations by Dawn!

March 7, 2013
When it comes to selecting your wedding invitations, I for one love invitation styles that allow for the option of including a photo or two. Because as they say, ''a picture is worth a thousand words!'' Historically, photos have been reserved for save the dates only. But times they are a changing! Nowadays, I'm seeing more and more couples infuse more of their own personalities into their big day. And incorporating a photo of yourselves into your invitation is the perfect way to do just that!

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{Ballerinas + Bow Ties}: Shades of Coral, Peach + Gray!

{Shades of Coral, Peach + Gray}

Spring is around the corner! And I for one could not be happier! Because for me, nothing beats the feeling of transitioning into warmer temperatures after a chilly Winter. Spring is such a beautiful time of year and there's no mistaking that there are plenty of pretty Spring hues worth mentioning. If you follow me on Pinterest, I don't think it's any secret that I'm a huge fan of the color coral. Because what's not to love? Pair it with some pretty pinches of peach and a few shades of gorgeous gray and you'll have a party that's perfect for Spring!

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Details I Love!
Name Initials on Chairs + Sweet Flower Girl Tutus

Doesn't this have such a sweet feel to it? I for one simply cannot get over how darling these little tutus are for the flower girls. Oh, and take a peek at those handmade chair initials! I don't know how about you, but it's charming details like this that always catch my eye! Oh, and gorgeous florals. Can't forget those. I'm loving the parade of pretty blooms seen on these tabletops! So what do you think? Is this a color palette you'd consider?

March 6, 2013

{Party Palette}: Plum, Shades of Lavender + Antique Gold!

March 6, 2013
Happy mid-week, little lovelies! And how are all of my color loving friends today? Very well, I hope! Want to know the palette I'm seriously eyeing at the moment? Pretty plum and shades of lavender are looking mighty gorgeous when paired with a pinch of pretty gold, if you ask me. Romantic, bold and all kinds of pretty, this darling little palette sure does make a statement. Plus I don't know about you, but I'm totally loving all these happy florals.

Finding yourself gravitating toward lovely lavenders this season? Goodness, I don't blame you! Just look at all of these sweet shades. Want to know what I love most? That would surely be the fact that you can use these colors all year round! Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter...whenever the occasion may be, this palette is a pretty one indeed. So what are you thinking? Are you loving lavender? Or passionate for purple, maybe? Just maybe? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

March 5, 2013

{Wedding Wardrobe}: Dusty Blue

March 5, 2013
Good morning, loves. And happy Tuesday to you! Just wanted to pop in to share with you a new addition to the wedding wardrobe series I started here recently. I think a lot of you fell in love with this gorgeous shade when I first shared it with you back in October of last year. Go ahead and refresh your memory here in case you forgot. Don't worry I'll be here when you get back! So as you can see, a lot of you gushed over this silvery blue hue for it's uniqueness. And most of you recognized it as a color that just hasn't been used a lot in weddings. So today I thought I'd have some fun and explore some pretty wedding wardrobe options! First up, I can't tell you how much I'm loving this beautiful lace dress. Sweet and feminine, it's dresses like this one that I can surely imagine for bridesmaids! 

Add in some girly accessories and some ties fit for the fellas, and you'll be ready to celebrate in style! I happen to really like the idea of incorporating a subtle floral theme within the accessories you choose - as seen on these ballet flats, these earrings and these bobby pins. Plus who isn't loving these adorable heels and their fun and frilly accents? Now, you may notice a slight variation in color here. And honestly, I say that's perfectly fine! Not everything has to be the exact. same. color. Trust me, if something doesn't match exactly, it's not the end of the world. It actually adds depth and character if you ask me. So what do you think? Are you thinking this color might be the one for you? Oh, and don't forget to shop this look below!


March 4, 2013

{Wedding Colors I love}: Navy Blue, Coral + Antique Gold!

March 4, 2013
Here recently I received a request from a lovely reader who explained to me that she was dreaming of a nautical inspired wedding with elegant touches. She said she appreciated both modern and vintage styles, but that she was at a loss on how to pull all of her ideas together. Could I bring it to life, she asked? Of course! I said. I don't know about you, but I'm finding myself falling more and more in love with the color navy blue! Add in some vibrant coral, and some pretty pinches of gold and you've got yourself a look that's super pretty. Want to add modern flair to your wedding styling? I suggest incorporating bold prints as seen here on these table numbers and clutches. I even chose a necklace with stripes just for good measure! To me, these prints and patterns feel nautical without going to overboard.

I like the way that navy blue contrasts with coral because they truly do pop when paired together. And just to keep things interesting, I suggest incorporating a little bit of antique gold. This little bit of gold adds a vintage feel as seen here in the gold vessels used as centerpieces. Plus they perfectly incorporate the colors I've featured here which is quite a treat to see. So what do you think? Are you feeling inspired by my take on nautical meets modern meets vintage?

March 1, 2013

{Giveaway Winner Announced!}: Wedding Paper Divas!

March 1, 2013

A big thanks goes out to everyone who entered the recent giveaway we hosted for Wedding Paper Divas! It sure was exciting to see all of your comments and pins! As you can see, their collection sure is a pretty one! And that's why I'm so excited to be giving away a $300 credit to one lucky winner! So without further ado, the winnner is Lindsey Turner! Congrats, Lindsey we'll be in contact with you shortly!

{Party Palette}: Aqua + Emerald

What happens when Emerald is paired with lovely shades of aqua and turquoise? Something pretty spectacular. That's what! Perfect for Summer or Spring, this pretty palette had me at hello. I'm loving all the variations in color. The brightness of the emerald has a way of instantly capturing the eye, while the softness of the aqua hues keeps this palette feeling sophisticated and sweet. Looking for a color palette that is bursting with beauty? Why not consider this palette for your upcoming soiree?

Vibrant, beautiful and all kinds of pretty, I love emerald with shades of aqua because it's just a color palette you simply don't see every day! Plus there's just so many ideas that you can use to bring these colors to life! For instance, why not dress up your signature drinks by accenting them with colorful flags? As a reminder, Pantone's color of the year for 2013 is Emerald. And after looking at it paired like this, I can surely see why. A fun twist on a colorful classic, this palette really makes me happy! So tell me... what kind of colors do you like to see paired with Emerald?