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Spring Color Palette: Pastels

Spring is finally here! If you’re like me, you likely couldn’t wait to break out your warm weather clothes—some fun and flirty spring fashions to celebrate the end of winter. I absolutely love spring colors and I’m far from alone—many luxury designers began introducing their spring 2017 collections as early as fall of last year!

With this pastel palette (featuring Pantone hues), you’ll be ready to slay with hues that celebrate the season, bring out your natural colors, and complement the spring blooms, whether you’re at home or on the go.

Island Paradise

Living in LA, I feel like I wake up in paradise every morning! Yet, even I have fun bringing the wonder and tranquility of the islands into my home as the weather warms up during the spring. For me, island paradise flawlessly captures the color of the Caribbean sky, evoking an idyllic, dreamy feeling.

Popularized this spring by designers such as Escada and Barbara Bui, island paradise is perfect for handbags, flowy dresses of wispy fabrics, and making a home feel both welcoming and tropical. A deeply relaxing color, I love bringing island paradise into my restrooms to create a restful home spa experience. Make this space even more serene by incorporating the tropical grapefruit and passionfruit-scented Beverly Hills luxury candle from the Estate Collection.

 Orchid Smoke

For a fresh and feminine hue, consider the gorgeous orchid smoke, widely featured in Zac Posen and Balenciaga’s 2017 collections. This muted pinkish-purple shade offers a flirty and romantic alternative to lilac or violet, drawing upon the natural marvel of this equally beautiful blossom. Plus, as a darker pastel, this tone can be great for those who may have trouble finding spring shades that work with their coloring.

I usually wear orchid smoke as an accent color, especially for strappy shoes, sweaters, and even eye shadow. To bring the splendor of a floral garden into your home, use this shade in your sitting room or bedroom—orchid smoke is a great color for accent pillows! Then, add the equally breathtaking fragrance of orchids to your experience of the season by burning the lemon, bergamot, and orchid-scented Manhattan luxury candle.

 Fresh Salmon

I’ll admit, I used to think that I hated salmon. But that was before I learned of its many variations. Fresh salmon, as a slightly more pink salmon hue, just makes this shade feel so much more romantic! There’s something deeply sophisticated, almost Parisian about the color. It reminds me of the soft roses that line the Jardin des Plantes, just a short walk away from a small zoo in the 5th arrondissement.

Brought to the attention of the fashion world this spring by Maison Margiela and Givenchy, fresh salmon can add some femininity to your work wardrobe without making it feel too girly. This color makes for a chic blouse or skirt, perfect for the career woman eager to climb the corporate ladder! I also love this color in my dining room and office, offering a feminine touch that won’t make the guy in your life feel too overwhelmed. Bring an extra hint of French elegance to your space with the fig, cypress, and eucalyptus blend of St. Tropez.

 Double Cream

As with any season, no spring wardrobe would be complete without a muted but attractive neutral, a great accompaniment to any of these other colors. For spring 2017, the color seems to be the delightful and buttery hue of double cream. Think of it as the sprig of edelweiss complementing a fabulously vibrant bouquet.

Making a splash in Prada and Ralph Lauren’s spring 2017 collections, double cream works well with brighter colors—if you’re wearing a dazzling skirt or dress, try accenting it with a double cream belt or top. While this color works anywhere in the home, I absolutely adore double cream linens, such as sheets, table cloths, and towels. Add an additional element of sweetness and freshness to complement your crisp double cream linens with the peach, edelweiss, and bellflower scent of Swiss Alps.

Enjoy the Warmer Weather With Spring’s Hottest Colors

While some of us may want to redecorate our home with each passing season, just by incorporating a few elements with these fresh and verdant colors, you can celebrate change without wearing yourself out. Make the arrival of spring your excuse to add a few fun elements to your home and your wardrobe. It is the season of rebirth, after all!

Note: To make it easy for readers to find the right color, Pantone names were used throughout this article.

 

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Setting the Mood

There’s nothing like some lovely company over a sweet delicacy to cap off the perfect Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart. With the right china, a perfect dessert combination, and a few glasses of chilled champagne, your table can set the mood for a wonderful evening rich in romance. I’m excited to share the perfect love-themed dessert setting to enjoy with your beloved this February 14th—all it takes is a few treats and some luxe table elements!

Start off with some classic flavor combinations—the light sweetness of colorful macarons leads into a luscious chocolate cheesecake, finished off with chocolate-dipped strawberries, the perfect aphrodisiac! Don’t forget to toast to your romance with a few glasses of champagne and some gorgeous flowers that scent the air between you, dressed in an elegant vase.

While the company and the dessert will make the night special, the right décor helps set the perfect intimate ambiance. That’s why I chose to complement these delectable sweets with gorgeous dinner plates from the fabulous Lionel Richie Home Collection—the LOVE theme is the perfect embodiment of the everlasting flame that burns between you and your beloved. If you’re an L.A. local, you’re in luck—Geary’s Beverly Hills just happens to carry this ornate plate set, along with the entire Lionel Richie Home Collection!

This sweet, playful “love” plating conjures up memories of countless moments spent together, evocative of Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE statues the world over. Looking at these plates, I’m reminded of stopping to admire Indiana’s iconic statue at 55th and 6th Ave in Midtown Manhattan. If you’re like me and you love to travel, these lovely dishes might even spark a memory from a romantic trip to Tokyo, London, or any number of destinations across the globe.

Indulge in some sweetness this February 14th by re-creating this exquisite dessert setting for your lover—it has all the makings of an unforgettable Valentine’s Day!

 

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

While Valentine’s Day tends to put more pressure on men in relationships, the truth is our gents like to be pampered just as much as we do! After all, if Valentine’s Day is the one day a year when we really go out of our way to make our lovers feel special, then valentine gift-giving should go both ways in a relationship.

This year, make the man in your life feel like a sophisticated and tech-savvy gentleman with these gifts inspired by five different guy types. Whether he’s channeling his inner international man of mystery, working hard to get that muscled physique, or flaunting his modern style, these gifts will ensure that your partner feels sexy and adored.

The Jetsetter

For the mysterious and worldly gentleman, try a gift that exudes internationalism, intelligence, and style. The Estate Collection’s St. Tropez luxury candle will make him feel like he’s in the middle of a speedboat chase in the South of France with you at his side. With notes of cypress, eucalyptus, and patchouli, St. Tropez offers the manliest of scents. Pair it with Tom Ford’s Marko sunglasses and your man will be poised to take you jet-setting across the globe!

The Debonair Gent

Smooth, charming, and talented, the debonair gent loves only one thing more than the dame at his side: a smooth pour of whiskey in a cool, solid glass. A set of iconic crooner Lionel Richie’s Home Collection Black Onyx Rocks glasses and a bottle of top-shelf whiskey is the perfect gift to show your man how much he lights your fire. Snuggle up on the couch, pour him a tumbler of his favorite libation, and enjoy a romantic evening together!

The Outdoorsman

Tech-savvy and not afraid of getting his hands dirty, the outdoorsman is the rugged survivalist we wouldn’t mind being stranded on a desert island with! While your guy may not be a professional adventurer, he’s sure to appreciate techy gadgets he can play with in the great outdoors. Celebrate his adventurous streak with a recreational hobby drone, perfect for taking aerial videos, whether he’s close to home or trekking through the Australian outback.

The Metropolitan Metrosexual

If your man sports a classy, metro style and is constantly on the move, choose a gift that complements his busy lifestyle. Chances are your metro man simply doesn’t have the time to spare when it comes to finding his wallet and keys. For a sleek techy solution that will keep him on trend, try Tile with the Bellroy Leather Note Sleeve Wallet, which can easily fit in the pocket of even the tightest pair of pants. Tile offers small Bluetooth trackers that attach to one’s keys, wallet, remote control, and other easily lost items. Simply download the app on a smartphone and computer, and your guy will never be slowed down by misplaced items again!

The Fit Guy

A true fitness aficionado, the fit guy works hard to make sure he looks good just for you! Whether a weight trainer, martial arts enthusiast, or runner, this guy loves staying active and keeping it tight. With so much time spent working out, a signature scent will enhance the allure of his amazing bod even more. Make him feel sexy all day long with the iconic Givenchy π (Pi) Cologne. This deeply masculine, sensual fragrance will make your man feel as irresistible as you find him, even while he’s completing a triathlon!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Make this Valentine’s Day an unforgettable one with these fun, sexy, and sophisticated gifts for him. Whether your lover is more of the athletic type, a man of mystery, a debonair gentleman, or just plain sexy, these gifts will let him know that you appreciate him just as he is.

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Tea Time Traditions Explained

With our fascination with the British Royal Family and the welcoming of Prince William and Kate’s baby, Princess Charlotte, I have noticed aspects of British culture making its way across the pond. In particular, I frequently hear the term “high tea” by friends and see it on menus offered by five star establishments.

I decided to take a deeper look into the origin of high tea and other tea traditions.

High tea originated in the UK as the British working class’ meal before dinner. Typically the meal was enjoyed on a high table and stool, hence the name, “high tea”. The meal would usually consist of meats, custard, and tea.

On the other hand, afternoon tea became popular about one hundred and fifty years ago, when ladies invited their friends to their houses for an afternoon cup of tea. This tradition included light sandwiches, sweets, cakes and of course, tea.

Our modern tea tradition is more closely related to afternoon tea. When serving afternoon tea, light sandwiches, like watercress or fish paste or butter, are popular offerings. Scones and clotted cream are also common, and cakes, pastries, petit fours, and other assorted pastries satisfy sweet tooths. When scones and clotted cream are served, the meal might also be called cream tea.

Even in England, where the tradition of afternoon tea still remains a part of daily life, an elaborate cream tea is typically reserved for special events only. Sometimes, afternoon tea is a weekend meal, or one might attend an afternoon tea at a restaurant, teashop, or hotel. When restaurants outside of the UK feature high tea, they are usually referring to afternoon or cream tea.

One casual teatime tradition is a cup of tea at 4pm as a restorative. When children arrive home from school at about this time, an afternoon snack is usually fairly desirable.

Attending afternoon tea? Be sure to brush up on these teatime etiquette tips.

What teatime traditions do you enjoy? Leave a comment below.

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