Purple has continued to inspire me throughout the past few months.
With Radiant Orchid as Pantone’s Color pick for 2014 (see post here)
we have seen it invade homes and wardrobes everywhere.
Chihuly’s exhibit in Denver (see post here) and my recent vacation to Napa
(yes, wine is a shade of purple) shows how enticing the color can be.
After attending a Sherwin Williams’ ‘No Shrinking Violets’ presentation recently
I was ready for a follow-up post on the color of the year.

click on photos for source

Color trends commonly start on the runway.
http://modaoperandi.com/monique-lhuillier-ss15/look-40?view=looks&crlt.pid=camp.JycyNONcUBWR

http://www.leifshop.com/collections/jewelry/products/lavenderine-necklace

https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shoes/wedges/PRD~03630/03630.jsp?Nbrd=J&Nloc=en_US&Nrpp=48&Npge=1&Ntrm=purple&isSaleItem=false&color_name=ANTIQUE%20PURPLE&isFromSearch=true&isNewSearch=true&hash=row3

Burberry has been using purple in their iconic plaid for many years now.
http://us.burberry.com/check-merino-wool-scarf-p39323931?search=true

https://www.etsy.com/listing/173538165/plum-druzy-studs-in-yellow-gold-purple?ref=shop_home_active

It wouldn’t be a fashion post without including my favorite handbag designer, Clare Vivier.
http://www.clarev.com/products/flat-clutch#DarkPurple-Flat-Clutch

If deep shades aren’t your thing, try the pale tones.

https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/blazers/blazers/PRD~02469/02469.jsp?Nbrd=J&Nloc=en_US&Nrpp=48&Npge=1&Ntrm=purple&isSaleItem=false&color_name=SOFT%20ORCHID&isFromSearch=true&isNewSearch=true&hash=row1

One of the few stars that can get away with purple hair, Kelly Osbourne.
http://www.wewomen.ca/beauty/album920218/kelly-osbourne-hair-purple-haired-princess-22849005.html

 

A little glitter updates typical polish.

http://www.polishinsomniac.net/2014/07/opi-nordic-collection-fallwinter-2014.html

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hunter-original-high-gloss-boot-women/2945169?origin=fashionresultspreview

Not a bad compliment to bland colored food.
http://www.lecreuset.com

purple cauliflower


http://jaclynpaige.tumblr.com/post/83640932967

http://www.serenaandlily.com/Art/Mauve-Trees-Blue-Water-by-Kate-Blakeslee

http://jaclynpaige.tumblr.com/post/93892921188

http://www.leifshop.com/collections/art/products/swimming-place-original

Chihuly’s purple glass paired with seasonal purple flowers at the Denver Botanical Gardens were incredible.
Chihuly Denver

A Nickel and Nickel tour in Napa left us filling out order forms at the tasting.
Yes, purple does evoke good feelings.
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Maybe it was subconscious, but I did wear it in Napa.
joelle in purple

Kids love purple!
https://www.jcrew.com/girls_feature/LooksWeLove.jsp?intcmp=g1_lookswelove

http://www.landofnod.com/full-purple-with-white-dot-sheet-set-includes-fitted-sheet-flat-sheet-and-two-pillowcases/s215509

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mini-boden-stripe-stitch-sweater-toddler-girls-little-girls-big-girls/3854443?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=2375500&fashionColor=&resultback=13770&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_37_D

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mia-chica-jumpsuit-big-girls/3834227?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=2375500&fashionColor=&resultback=3379&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_10_D

https://www.jcrew.com/Girls.jsp

 

My daughter Ruby’s favorite color has been red for as long as I can remember,
and this year she announced it’s purple! (with no influence from me).
http://instagram.com/p/tnUShEoEU3/Her new purple metallic boots!
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peek-birch-leather-ankle-boot-toddler-little-kid-big-kid/3731632?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Purple+Shimmer&resultback=7048&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_19_A

It’s hard to do purple on an entire exterior, but it’s great as an accent.

http://www.today.com/home/colorful-front-doors-I529100

http://www.abchome.com/shop/umrao-purple-queen-blanket-1384481

http://www.bludot.com/clutch-dining-chair.html

http://www.abchome.com/shop/color-reform-spectrum-wool-rug-5-4-x7-10-1334724

If you like peanut butter – you’ll love this soup!
Serve over rice (and we added shrimp!)
http://cookieandkate.com/2013/west-african-peanut-soup/

West African Peanut Soup

Serves 4

Creamy and comforting, spicy vegan soup with West African origins.
Made with a simple combination of peanut butter, tomato paste and collard greens,
this soup comes together quickly and would be a great weeknight meal.
If you love spicy flavors like me, don’t hesitate to use liberal amounts of ginger and garlic.
INGREDIENTS

6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 bunch collard greens (or kale), ribs removed and leaves chopped into 1-inch strips
¾ cup unsalted peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
½ cup tomato paste*
Hot sauce, like sriracha (AKA rooster sauce)
¼ cup roughly chopped peanuts, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium Dutch oven or stock pot, bring the broth to a boil.
Add the onion, ginger, garlic and salt. Cook on medium-low heat for 20 minutes.

In a medium-sized, heat-safe mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and tomato paste,
then transfer 1 to 2 cups of the hot stock to the bowl.
Whisk the mixture together until smooth,
then pour the peanut mixture back into the soup and mix well.
Stir in the collard greens and season the soup with hot sauce to taste.
Simmer for about 15 more minutes on medium-low heat, stirring often.
Serve over cooked brown rice if you’d like, and top with a sprinkle of chopped peanuts.

full recipe here cookieandkate

Silver tones have dominated design for so long…but gold is making a comeback.
The new tones tend to have more of an aged or antique patina -
softening the shiny polished brass we used to know.
We’ve seen it make it’s way into interiors,
and now it’s easier than ever to add the warm metal in your home.
The popular oil rubbed bronze finish used so much today has brass undertones
making it a great compliment to shades of gold.

click on photo for source


http://www.potterybarn.com/products/pearson-bath-lighting-double-sconce/?pkey=e%7Cbrass%7C68%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C17&group=1&sku=8045189&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules

 

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/pearson-bath-fixture-towel-ring/?pkey=e%7Cbrass%7C68%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C4&group=1&sku=5174883&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules

http://www.westelm.com/products/martini-side-table-bronze-g962/?pkey=e%7Cbrass%7C47%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C7&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/29440138.jsp?cm_vc=SEARCH_RESULTS#/

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/29302262.jsp?cm_vc=SEARCH_RESULTS#/

http://www.circalighting.com/details.aspx?pid=1424

http://www.houzz.com/photos/2650029/Hinsdale-Greek-Revival-transitional-powder-room-chicago

http://www.dwellstudio.com

http://www.houzz.com/photos/1529435/Prospect-Heights-modern-kitchen-new-york

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/trend-spotting-gold-in-the-kitchen-186328

http://www.serenaandlily.com/New/New-Lighting-Whitman-Pendant-Bronze

http://www.jaysonhome.com/duke-buffet.html

To answer the brass-in-kitchen question – yes, when balanced with grays and the right finishes,
it looks good with stainless steel.

 

http://www.houzz.com/photos/2972777/Contemporary-Kitchen-contemporary-kitchen-other-metro
http://www.arteriorshome.com/shop/furniture/screen/product/3268?guilded-room-screen

http://www.houzz.com/photos/383614/Camilla-Molders-Design-contemporary-bedroom-melbourne

http://www.serenaandlily.com/Baby/Everett-Sconce_3

http://www.westelm.com/products/metal-cube-side-table-antique-brass-h882/?pkey=ccoffee-side-tables&cm_src=Quickbuy&sku=8350258&qty=1

http://www.niermannweeks.com/media/61-00611-QN70_300dpi-2048x2048.jpg

If you’re not ready for the big brass commitment,
a little hardware is perfect place to start.


http://www.crateandbarrel.com/dawson-grey-wash-6-drawer-dresser/s660005

https://www.etsy.com/listing/185021622/gold-vinyl-wall-decal-sticker-wall-art?ref=sr_gallery_31&ga_search_query=gold&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Leopard prints have always been in style.
Whether you wear the pattern or lounge on it – a little goes a long way.
Be bold in a long jacket or keep it minimal with a bag or shoes
Be courageous and cover a chair or keep it simple with pillows.
No matter how you use it, this natural, organic print can add a little panache
to your wardrobe and home.

click on photos for source

http://www.clarev.com/products/flat-clutch#Leopard-HairOn-Flat-ClutchOne of the most popular goes-with-eveything designs by Clare Vivier is her leopard print.

http://instagram.com/p/sIfrDdzTLk/?modal=true

http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/leopard-print-aviator-sunglasses

https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/SHOESANDBOOTS/boots/PRDOVR~B3010/B3010.jsp

I love this traditional wall covering print with the unexpected leopard.
http://theeverygirl.com/katherine-vos-orange-county-home-tour

A awesome jacket to dream about…
http://www.ysl.com/us/shop-product/women/ready-to-wear-blazer-jacket-single-breasted-jacket-in-black-and-gold-leopard-woven-lame_cod34436464ne.html#

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/25825397834839185/

http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/t-shirts/printed/animal-print-poncho-c498005p2180506.html

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/l-k-bennett-floret-leopard-print-patent-pointy-toe-pump-women/3750876?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=2375500&fashionColor=&resultback=10616&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_29_A

http://www.houzz.com/photos/2004577/Kalorama-town-house-traditional-bedroom-other-metro

http://sincerelyjules.com/2014/04/frenchie.html

http://www.target.com/p/merona-leopard-print-calf-hair-belt-brown-tan/-/A-14148896

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/cheetah-printed-pillow-cover/?pkey=e%7Cleopard%2Bpillow%7C6%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C5&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Pillows

https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shoes/weatherboot/PRD~B1329/B1329.jsp?Nbrd=J&Nloc=en_US&Nrpp=48&Npge=1&Ntrm=leopard&isSaleItem=false&color_name=CLASSIC%20LEOPARD&isFromSearch=true&isNewSearch=true&hash=row1

Leopard for the little ones.

http://www.zara.com/us/en/kids/girl-%25283-14-years%2529/khaki-collection/printed-tulle-skirt-c667006p2172512.html
https://www.jcrew.com/girls_special_sizes/Size16/everydaydresses/PRD~A9439/A9439.jsp?Nbrd=J&Nloc=en_US&Nrpp=48&Npge=1&Ntrm=leopard&isSaleItem=false&color_name=GREY%20LINX&isFromSearch=true&isNewSearch=true&hash=row0

We have had unusually cooler summer days here in Cleveland.
Along with all of the pre-sale deals (yeah, I’m talking about Nordstrom) it’s hard not to shop pre fall.
Gray is everywhere.  It’s still here.
It goes with everything.
(and we can’t avoid the trailer of the much anticipated ’50 Shades of Gray’)

We might as well get a head start.  After all, August is here. School starts this month.  That means fall.


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rag-bone-melinda-metallic-knit-biker-jacket/3739487?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=3069&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_7_B

http://www.stevenalan.com/F14_NA_F14_2034_47_SKD_PGY.html?dwvar_F14__NA__F14__2034__47__SKD__PGY_color=SMOKE#cgid=womens-whats-new-new-arrivals&frmt=ajax&view=all&start=0&hitcount=173

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/alexis-bittar-lucite-dust-bracelet-nordstrom-exclusive/3749953?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Chocolate&resultback=747&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_1_C

https://www.madewell.com/newarrivals/shirtstops/PRDOVR~B1019/B1019.jsp

I have this bag.  The leather they use is so soft and amazing!
I discovered them at a great art show in Denver this summer.
click here to check out more Stash

http://stashco.myshopify.com/products/cross-body-grey

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/burberry-new-classic-check-stamped-leather-strap-watch-38mm/3792615?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=1392&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_4_D


http://www.clarevivier.com/products/card-case#Navy-MatteGlossyBlack-Stripes-Card-Case

My favorite tote now comes in gray!

https://www.madewell.com/browse/multi_product_detail.jsp?externalProductCodes=53228%3A00000%3AB2427%3A00000%3AB1671%3A00000%3AB1768%3A00000%3AB2545%3A00000%3AB2135&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302028046&bmUID=ktKmhcd


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rag-bone-classic-newbury-nubuck-leather-boot-women/3759203?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=2375500&fashionColor=&resultback=147&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_1_D

…and maybe a little gray for the home


http://www.westelm.com/products/phoenix-dhurrie-iron-t1067/?pkey=e%7Cgray%7C631%7Cbest%7C0%7C3%7C24%7C%7C9&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules

http://www.roomandboard.com/catalog/dining/chairs/jake-chair

I’m hoping to use this in a client’s powder room.
It’s a stunning piece!
http://www.feiss.com/38300/1---Light-Marquise-Mini-Pendant-P1313SLV.html

http://bradfordavenue.com/2011/07/26/a-coat-of-paint-a-dash-of-nice/


http://www.olystudio.com/tuck-cocktail-table.html

I can’t get enough of these super soft sheep skin pillows and throws.


http://www.mgbwhome.com/TIBETAN-WOOL-WOLF-GRAY-PILLOWBR-available-online--P12145.aspx


http://www.abchome.com/shop/new-arrivals/tom-dixon-gray-fat-beat-light-1404068
http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod2920183&categoryId=cat2970135
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/31034184.jsp?cm_vc=SEARCH_RESULTS#/

Summer gardens are at their peak – loaded full of fresh vegetables and herbs.
The time couldn’t be better to make one of my favorite go-to pasta dishes
for the ultimate summer meal.
I love that you use less pasta by including zucchini ribbons -
and I often add squash ribbons and use the amazing local Ohio City Pasta Lemon Basil fettuccine.
If you don’t have your own garden, all of the ingredients for this dish can be bought
at the North Union Farmer’s Market in Chagrin Falls on Sundays.
Ohio City Pasta can be purchased all year round at the West Side Market in Cleveland.

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FARMERS’ MARKET PAPPARDELLE

SERVES 6

ACTIVE TIME: 25 MIN
TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN

INGREDIENTS:

garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons Sherry vinegar or white-wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 1/2 pounds multicolored and multisize cherry tomatoes, halved (quartered if large)
3 ears corn, shucked
1 1/2 pounds medium zucchini
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion (optional; halve onion lengthwise and thinly slice crosswise)
8 to 9 ounces dried egg pappardelle or (dried egg fettuccine
1/4 pound sugar snap peas, halved diagonally
1 cup small basil leaves, torn if large
1/2 cup mint leaves
1/3 cup snipped chives

EQUIPMENT:

good vegetable peeler, preferably a V- or U-shaped one

ACCOMPANIMENT:

shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano made with a vegetable peeler

INSTRUCTIONS:

Bring a 6- to 8-quart pot of well-salted water to a boil for corn and pasta.
While water is coming to a boil, mince and mash garlic to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt,
then stir together with vinegar, oil, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add tomatoes and stir gently, then set aside.
Cook corn in boiling water until tender, 4 to 6 minutes, then remove with tongs and cool.
While corn cools, peel lengthwise ribbons from 1 side of a zucchini with vegetable peeler into another bowl,
stopping when you come to seedy core.
Turn zucchini a quarter-turn, then peel more ribbons, stopping at core.
Repeat on remaining 2 sides of zucchini (you will end up with rectangular-shaped cores).
Cut corn from cobs; add corn to tomatoes.
Cook pappardelle according to package directions until al dente.
Just before pasta is done, stir in zucchini ribbons and snap peas, and cook 15 seconds.
Drain pasta and vegetables together in a large colander and add to tomato mixture with onion (if using), then toss gently.
Add herbs and toss gently again.

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