50 Shades of….Blue.

File Sep 28, 4 07 32 PMIt is undoubtedly the most often asked question from customers and friends alike.  What is THE color of the season?  The usual answer is somewhat vague and lends more to an idea or theme than an actual, specific color.  “Oh, you know.  A lot of pastels”. Or, “anything jewel toned”.  But this season has a very defined answer.  I have purchased more shades of blue this season for accessories than I have in the last 15 years combined as an accessories buyer, and it can even be broken into three specific shades: the tried and true traditional navy, bold cobalt, and vivid royal.  This season, it can be very safely stated; you NEED blue.  In fact, I never knew just how much you needed it until my latest buying trip.  I became obsessed.File Sep 28, 4 11 57 PM

Here is the great thing about this season, it is not bound by traditional fall hues, and that makes things very exciting.  So feel free to ditch the traditional natural colors of fall that, while beautiful, are so very expected.  The first decision?  Which blue is right for you?  Personally, I lean more towards cobalt and royal, which I love to mix with basic black and white.  I love the twist of the brighter blues that are a bit more exciting and edgy than traditional navy but are still just a versatile. More of a traditionalist?  Then navy is an amazing and dignified classic that pairs just as beautifully with black and brown as it does with denim.  That is what I love about these fall blues.  They go with anything and everything!  Dress them up, play them down

The easiest and most affordable way to add this essential hue to your existing wardrobe and to be on trend without being trendy is to add these ideas through accessories.  No need to walk around looking like the big blue berry Violet Beauregard from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!  I like starting small and going from there.  My first blue that I added to my wardrobe came in the form of some pretty fabulous sunglasses…and the then obsession began!

Christmas Pleasures….It’s time.

Swell3Please don’t hate me, but it is time.  Yep.  Time to start thinking about the perfect gift for your fabulous friends.  Now I know it is only September, but great gifts take thought and time. And pushing it to December 24 is, well, pushing it.  So, I thought I would introduce you to the S’Well bottle….THE BEST THING EVER.  And I promise it will make all of your fabulous friends fabulously happy this holiday season!

So, why S’Well?  Let me count the ways….

The basics: Made out of double insulated stainless steal, keeps cold beverages cold for 24 hours, keeps hot beverages hot for 12 hours.  And kids, I have tested these theories!  I’ve had hot coffee still hot hours later and ice cubes still floating in my water the next day.  They work. They really do.  File Sep 16, 5 16 50 PM


Now for the not so basics:  These bottles are hot, on trend, and super stylish.  They come in 3 sizes and all have valuable uses.  The smallest, at 9 ounces, is the perfect flask!  Yep. I said it.  I’m sure there are other great uses, but this is the best that comes to mind.  The next size is 17 ounces and is perfectly portable.  Best gift ever for the fashionista on the go! Now here’s my most favorite….The large bottle is 25 ounces.  AKA 750ML.  AKA….get this….AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF WINE.  Mind blown.  What a great way to keep your whites chilled at the dinner table or your reds at cellar temp. without messy ice buckets.  I love this bottle!!!

So, there you have it.  My pick for the best gift ever.  Whether toting hot coffee, water, or chilled wine, stay stylish and stay hydrated with S’Well!