2021 Pantone Color of the Year

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from: https://www.pantone.com/

I love this years pantone color combination of yellow and gray! And the message behind it, “rock solid yet optimistic”, is a perfect message for the year ahead. A good way to start the new year.

I agree that the vibrant yellow is an optimistic shade. I have a lovely, little bowl of white and yellow that I call my little bowl of sunshine. If I want to start my day out on a happy note, I will put my yogurt in my little bowl of sunshine. It is the perfect way to start the day.

Imagine adding other notes of yellow and gray around the house for a bit of cheeriness. Perhaps a bouquet of flowers, towels in the powder room, artwork, a rug, placemats, or pillows fluffed on the sofa. So many options.

This is also a nice color combo for adding to a spring or summer wardrobe. I can envision gray slacks with a cheery yellow top. Or what about a pop of color in your socks, a scarf, or jewelry? This, of course, is why yellow is so popular in rain gear. It brightens an otherwise dreary day. Come to think of it, maybe this is why those cute, little, yellow Minions bring me such joy.

So this year, I think Pantone is right on track with their color choice. And while I am having my yogurt in my little bowl of sunshine, I can think how I’m also in style this year. Heres to a Happy 2021!


The 2020 Pantone Color is…

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Classic Blue is the official Pantone color for 2020. Go Blue!

Classic Blue

The Spring/Summer color palette to pair with the color of the year is…

Flame Scarlet / Saffron / Biscay Green / Chive / Faded Denim / Orange Peel / Mosaic Blue / Sunlight / Coral Pink / Cinnamon Stick / Grape Compote

The Classic Spring/Summer 2020 colors are…

Lark / Navy Blazer / Brilliant White / Ash

Swatches of these Pantone colors can be viewed and purchased at http://www.pantone.com .

Keep in mind the Pantone Color Palettes when shopping for pieces to add to a current wardrobe. Many of these colors may already be in the closet. Remember, adding a small piece or accessory in the color palette is a great way to inexpensively update a wardrobe. Purchasing a new scarf, a pair of earrings, a handbag, a pair of shoes, a tie, a pocket square, or a hat in a new shade to add to an existing outfit is a great way to keep up-to-date without breaking the bank.

Getting married this year? Bridesmaid dresses in Classic Blue with flowers in the orange and yellow family would be quite stunning and in trend as well. It would be easy to coordinate an occassion such as this with a matching color palette.

Have fun with this year’s color palette. Remember, don’t forget to accessorize. It’s all in the details. Happy shopping!

My Take on the Best Dressed at the 2020 SAG Awards

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Even if I do not choose to watch award ceremonies, I do like to see what was worn to the events. I often wonder how the attire is chosen. A lot of the time the dresses just do not make the mark. A great dress needs to not only look good on the hanger but look terrific on the person wearing it. It has to be the perfect fit, style, and color. If there is any doubt about any aspect of the dress it should be put aside. The perfect dress should speak to the wearer the minute they look in the mirror.

Here is my best dressed list from the 2020 SAG Awards…

January 18, 2020 – Getty Images North America

Zuri Hall stunned in this ombre, textured, teal evening gown. Zuri’s hair, makeup, and earrings were all spot on perfection. This was my favorite look of the night.

And now for the runner’s up…

January 18. 2020 – Getty Images North America

Logan Browning looked like a princess in this “light as air” pink evening gown. Logan kept accessories and hair simple. Sweet!

January 18, 2020 – Getty Images North America

Erin Lim radiates in this sunshine yellow layered dress. Not everyone could pull-off this style, however, I think Erin looks fabulous in this look.

January 18, 2020 – Getty Images North America

America Ferrera looked elegant in her cinched waist black evening gown with side slit. Loved the pearl headband that is so in fashion right now. Black nails painted to match the dress. Very nice look!

So there it is, my take on the best dressed women at this year’s SAG awards.

Little Changes in Teeth Care Can Make a Big Difference

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Last time I visited the dentist I had a new dental hygienist. She seemed to love her job and liked talking about improvements that could be made as far as teeth care. She gave me the simplest tip that I did not think could possibly make a difference and yet it made all the difference in the world. She is now my go to hygienist.

I did not like that feeling of tartar build-up that develops between visits. I have an electric toothbrush and this helps but not completely. To solve this problem my hygienist recommended I brush my teeth with toothpaste as normal and then dry brush. Dry brushing, she explained, is when you rinse your toothbrush and mouth of all toothpaste and brush again for a minute or so. That’s it! That little tip has made my teeth feel just as clean as when I left the dentist’s office six months ago.

I had my six month appointment yesterday and told the hygienist I followed her advise with the dry brushing and loved the results. She checked my teeth and agreed that the difference was visible. Less build-up, which made for an easier cleaning.

So, for cleaner teeth, why not give dry brushing a try. Oh…and don’t forget to floss. Happy Smiling!

Wearing Scarves for Fashion

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Fancy Braided Scarf (www.scarves.net)

I love the idea of wearing scarves for fashion. However, I do not always feel chick when I put one on myself. One cannot just tie on a scarf and expect it to work out. Well not on me anyway. There appears to be a bit of skill involved.

I found the above technique on https://www.scarves.net/blogs/scarves/how-to-tie-a-fancy-braid and thought I would give it a try. There is even a how to video! Let’s see if I can get it to work…

Basically the tutorial tells me to place the scarf around my neck and tie a loop then with the end go over with one of the ends and then back up through the loop and keep repeating over and under through the loop and so on and tie a knot at the end to finish. Well here it goes…

my version
my version – no visible tie

Not bad for my first attempt. What do you think?

Hair Styles and Accessories – Fall 2019

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This fall the trending hair accessories are tortoise shell, pearls, headbands, and scarves. Do not think hair accessories are just for the young, they can also be for the young at heart. It is all about how it is styled and of course attitude. Bobs will again be in style, however, longer lengths. Also, Boho long hair with carefree waves will be rocking this fall. Layers, deep side parts, and fringe bangs are also on trend. Braids will be a great way to style hair as well.

A few of my fav on trend hair accessories for this fall…


A few hair styles I am loving this fall….


The women in the above picture have what I was talking about…style and attitude. They are rocking those headbands. I particularly love the style of the woman on the right. Her choice of slim headband is a perfect accessory for her outfit and is just the right touch. Love it!

There are so many options for hair this fall. Remember, hair does not have to be styled the same every day, change it up depending on the chosen wardrobe. Experiment and have some fun with the latest trends.

Vinegar Rinse to Refresh Hair

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Hair can get weighed down from shampoo and hair products. As the face benefits from a mask every now and then, the hair can benefit from a rinse. Take a few minutes to make a vinegar rinse to clean away the residue and leave the hair beautifully soft.

Things needed for the rinse:

  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with “mother” (Raw vinegar has the naturally occurring bacteria, nutrients, and living enzymes that are naturally beneficial. It will look cloudy.)
  • 8 ounces of room temperature water
  • Tablespoon
  • Squeeze Bottle (I made my own using a plastic water bottle. Hammer a nail in the lid to make a hole or two. Remove nail.)
  • Towel

With a tablespoon, measure 1/2 – 4 tablespoons of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and add to bottle. (Experimentation may be needed for exact vinegar needed for each individual. Dry hair types tend to use less vinegar than oily hair types. Start at 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon. Can use up to 4 tablespoons.) I found that 1 tablespoon worked fine for my hair type.

Next, add 8 ounces room temperature water. Shake gently to mix. Over a wash tub, bend head over and squirt the vinegar rinse over hair while rubbing and massaging it into hair. Use the whole bottle. Rinse head with water and shampoo and dry hair as normal.

This rinse really made my hair feel soft and clean. Totally loved the feel. Would recommend using this rinse maybe once a week or once every other week.

Source: https://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com/blog/posts/make-your-own-apple-cider-vinegar-rinse/

Colors to Wear for Fall/Winter 2019/2020

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The latest trend colors of the season are here. The Pantone Color Institute’s latest Fashion Color Trend Report is out. These colors are what designers will be using this fall and winter to design their lines. No doubt the stores will be favoring these “it” shades.

What to do if the latest trend colors are not the perfect shade for a person’s coloring? In this case, trend shades can be incorporated into accessories instead of being used as the main piece of the wardrobe. Not everyone looks good in every color. The key to looking good is to know what flatters and what does not. Same goes if the budget does not allow to make multiple purchases of the new trend colors of the season. Purchase a couple of statement pieces and then supplement the existing wardrobe with accessories in the new trend colors. Jewelry, scarves, shoes, belts, hair clips, purses, hats, etc… can add a nice pop of color and be less likely to break the bank.

Here are the fall/winter trend colors for 2019:

18-4217 Blue
19-1650 Biking Red
19-1557 Chili Pepper
12-1110 Creme de Peche
15-1150 Dark Cheddar
19-6050 Eden
17-1926 Fruit Dove
19-4055 Galaxy Blue
18-1155 Sugar Almond
19-1234 Rocky Road
15-1530 Peach Pink
16-1358 Orange Tiger

The following four shades are considered the classics of the season. They are core shades that can be meant as the underlying foundation of the outfit using other colors to enhance it. They are also capable of standing on their own.

16-0000 Paloma
17-0530 Guacamole
19-3815 Evening Blue
12-0815 Vanilla Custard

Now that the palette is set, it is up to the artist to create the masterpiece. Why not try a new color! Pick and choose from the palette and mix with existing wardrobe pieces to make the best individual statement. Happy shopping!

Source: https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/fashion-color-trend-report/fashion-color-trend-report-new-york-autumn-winter-2019-2020