awash of color // artwork by Malissa Ryder

Sometimes with art it’s more about the subtle nuances of a piece than about intricate fine art details. For example, this work by Malissa Ryder is extremely impactful, but also astoundingly uncomplicated and refined. They remind me of a current favorite ‘hobby’ of mine, watching the sunset. And just in the way that the sky illuminates in technicolor and unexpected hues, so do these pieces.

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Her watercolor pieces are totally one of a kind, created with painstakingly applied layers of color… and I want them all.

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images via Malissa Ryder.

get the look // textural black

When I’m in a hurry, or just feeling uninspired, I tend to pull together my go to look: an all black look, rich with textural fabrics and special details. So as not to look like a somber, gothic blob, I focus on proportions, interesting shapes, and loads of cool texture. Key details like sheer lace, chunky knits, and delicate embroideries make all black ensembles pop, too.

get the look // textural black

When shopping for pieces to add to my all black arsenal, I always look at the details, even when it comes to accessories. Oh, and don’t forget the pretty little underthings (my favorite part).

get the look // textural black

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get the look // moody pastels

Fall is truly upon us, muting colors and encouraging general coziness. Right now I’m especially loving what I call ‘moody pastels.’ This palette can range from tones of pale rose, ivory and sand, even bleached out shades of coral. It’s romantic and feminine in feel, but still very autumnal and cozy. When I look at this moodboard, I think of flickering candles, cashmere sweaters, and sumptuously lacy undergarments.

get the look // moody pastelsTouches of gold and white are a great way to round out moody pastels. Also, don’t be afraid of drama like these incredible palazzo pants.

I’m definitely planning to stock up on a few new coats this fall and I think this pale rose coat is at the top of the list. I love how the shape is similar to a blazer.
get the look // moody pastels

get the look // moody pastelsSo what do you think of this color palette and moodboard?

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links for moodboard: thigh hi socks from Free People, flowers and lingerie (if anyone knows the actual sources, please let me know!)

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all pink everything

It actually rained here in San Francisco, something that hasn’t happened in the entirely 8 months since I moved here. Ordinarily, the city is brightly hued and massively vibrant, but as I was walking Noodle this morning, I realized how the rain had affected the cityscape. In the absence of color, I realized just how much a part of my life it’s become. Here are a few finds from Pinterest to help me get my groove back this morning.

collage artI often forget about collage art, not sure why, but this pin from Sidney Ann Field is textural and gorgeous.

raw indigoRaw indigo is one of my favorite hues of all time. This pin from Simone LeBlanc speaks to me.

Marc Johns, aside from being an amazing artist, is one of my favorite people to follow on Pinterest. Pins like this (titled Dependable Chaps by artist Kelly Puissegur) are priceless.

dependable chaps.the selfie pillowI’m on the fence about selfies these days, but this selfie pillow pin from Sara Roberts is pure genius.

top image via Tiny Atlas

I’m sort of dwelling on yesterday’s color of the month interiors post. That hot pink Thonet chair is haunting me. I keep seeing interiors shots with the perfect balance of pop chair and it feels so right. I’m totally one of those all-white-and-serene interiors people, but this mood board really gives me the inspiration to mix in a touch of color. Maybe one day…

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Picking color is one of the best parts of my job. I love mixing hues and seeing what unexpected tones sit together. Also, as a kid I wanted to be the person who names crayons. See, my love of color goes waaay back!

I’d like to kick off a monthly series based on a color of the month. The first post in the series will be a moodboard to set the atmosphere. Then I’ll do a series of round ups based on the moodboard!

It might be fairly obvious, but hot pink is one of my favorites lately. From my new pink silk shoes to my blog, I can’t seem to get enough. I love the way it pops with all white, but also how it can be mixed with warm wood tones, persimmon orange, and even cream.

images (clockwise from top left): Freshome / Kimberly Pesch / Garima Dhawan / Eric Trine / Bernard Lorjuo / Marie Claire Maison

I could write about what these ladies are doing… or it could be a story of sun-warmed pinks, peachy-fleshy tones, and hits of goldenrod. I think what I love best about these images is that they share bad-habit-behavior (why is she facepalm-ing? why is she smoking?), but look damn good while doing it.

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