Colour Of The Year Goes To…..Greenery!

Good Morning to you fair reader! I have had this post in the back of my mind since January, every year the colour experts at Pantone decide on a colour of the year. Last year two colours made the grade…….


Ah the beauty that is rose quartz and serenity! This year however Pantone have chosen this……


It’s green, very green not mint or emerald …..just green. As you can probably gather green is not my favourite but I was ready to do my usual round up of products that will bring you bang up to date, I was ready to hunt out all the greenery goodies for you. 

However it turns out that the high street aren’t feeling it either, I found mint and pistachio and sage but greenery was thin on the ground. Just in case it is a wild success for you here is what I found…….


This lovely bag comes from Boden, not cheap at £140 but bang on the greenery trend. Too much money? Or too green? Try this…..

This mini beauty with its cute bag charm comes in at a mini price of £17.99, head over to Zara for this.

How about some shoes? ………..

These sandals are from Clarks and are £55.I can testify to their comfort as I have some from a previous season.

Still not convinced? How about just a pop of green in your cosmetics? First up…….

A tiny bit bright but would look fab close to the lashes for a flash of colour. This is from Beauty bay, made by Sugar Pill and £11.00.

Nails next…..


My personal favourite is this Illmasqua nail varnish in Radium, £14.50 and available widely on line.

Finally, this one is a bit of a cheat…..

This Barry M lipstick is green in the bullet but turns pink on your lips! A bargainous £4 and available widely.

And a bit of a PS: Butter London have done a collaboration with Pantone, there is a set including Greenery and some of the other colours for 2017…..


but as far as I can make out only available in the US currently where it’s retails for $39.

So there you have it, I might just go and get that Illmasqua polish to break myself into this trend. What’s your thoughts on Greenery? I’d love to hear from you!

Kisses

Karen  xxx

The Colour Of The Year Award Goes To….

Morning Kitty Cats! I always used to wonder how certain colours would dominate the high streets for a few months, only to be replaced by completely different ones (about half of an hour after you have replaced your wardrobe with the previous ones). Part of the process is the company Pantone, used by everyone from interior designers to car manufacturers, they publish a palette of colours each season and choose a colour of the year, this is 2016’s….

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Thats right, the crazy fools have given us two! I love both but the rose quartz is my favourite as its my favourite crystal, it releases harmful emotions, it calms and improves self image – whats not to love? so I have gathered some of my favourite rose quartz pieces for your delight ( and don’t worry the bluebells are from my garden). First, my new favourite trainers…..

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

These are from ASOS and are super comfortable, whilst bringing a much needed touch of feminity. They are a total snip at £28,find yours at http://www.asos.com.

Now for an actual piece of rose quartz loveliness….

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This gorgeous bracelet was made by the super talented Deb at Debonair Creations, find more gorgeousness at http://www.facebook.com/DebonairCreationsCoventry.

Now for the inevitable handbag, you must have one to match the shoes, am I right?

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

This is a geniune, 24 carat bargain! Ted Baker from about three seasons ago for £20!! oh Ebay how much do I love you? let me count the ways.

Finally, all this rosey goodness needs new eyeshadow, or is that just me? I finally relented and succumbed to the perfection that is Urban Decays Naked range, I had a Naked basics palette for the winter and have worn it everyday, it is the only eyeshadow that does not aggravate my tearless eyes. The onset of summer made this Naked Three palette, which is all rose toned a no brainer…….

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

It really is as lovely as it looks, yours from all good beauty stores for £38.

I’m sorry I didn’t manage to find any Serenity products to show you but I’m working on it, I haven’t worn blue since my ill fated Benefits Agency uniform….its time to forgive and forget and move on!

Have a great week

Kisses

 

Karen xxx

This Week I’ve Mainly Been….

Hiya kitty cats! who here remembers the Fast Show? there was that character that used to emerge from his shed all scruffy and say something daft like “this week I have mainly been modelling in Milan”. Well, heres my “this week I have mainly been” …..

I have been wearing Autograph by Marks and Spencer all in one nail varnish……….

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It has been an absolute miracle, formulated with argan oil and vitamin E, it is base coat colour and top coat all in one! perfect for straight from work glamour or when the perfect mum invites you for coffee after school run! heres a picture of my nails 3 days in…..

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Try and ignore the Arthritic fingers, the nails are just losing a little colour on the edge, but for a dark colour I think its great!

I have also been reading this……..

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I was transfixed by the television series and thought I would give it another go after failing to finish it the first time. I’m pleased to say that I’m finding it great the second time around.

I have been enjoying Hyacinths……

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

The smell that fills the house , their delicate blue colour and its just happy coincidence that these plus my lump of rose quartz are the Pantone colours of the year- Serenity and Rose Quartz.

On the subject of quartz, I’ve also been reading this……….

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As conventional medicine is not exactly my friend at the moment, I thought this would be a harmless bit of research. Besides crystals are nice to have around the house!

I have been also deliriously happy with this foundation…….

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This is Tarte foundation (no sniggering), not routinely available in the UK I picked this up at QVC, it is marvellous, non drying for my sahara like skin and not aggravating to its Methotrexate sensitivity. Its not cheap, the set above-foundation,concealer and dual brush cost around £30 but you use such a little amount I’m hoping its going to prove economic.

Its my avowed intention to get the sewing machine out this week so wish me luck!

Have a great week

Kisses

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi! I Am Karen And I Am A Languid Lavender!

 

Colour, really that’s what this whole blog is about, whether it is the pastel delight of macarons or the frosted purity of our frozen wood. So while we are on the subject, have you ever wondered why some years everything in the high street is pastel? The couture runway shows filter ideas and colours to the high street but almost more importantly its down to a company called Pantone. Used by anyone who has to use colour in their work they define a palette for each season and a colour of the year. So drumroll please, here is Spring/Summer 2015…..

 

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As you can see we are still in the grip of pastel but these have a strength, an edge that isn’t sugary or girly in any way. You are now armed with the knowledge! If you want to update a little you can choose a bag or shoes in one of the above, or go the whole way with a complete new look. Or, ignore completely…..more of that later.

Last year I bought a book, claiming that we are influenced by colour according to our astrological star signimage

, load of rubbish right? this is my astrological colour….

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Its nice I thought to myself but not what I would normally choose, except when I looked in the handbag wardrobe, (yes wardrobe, its a problem!) I saw this..

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Colour influences us more than we would think!

Back to what’s hot and what’s not for summer, you can totally ignore the pastel trend and do black and white, khaki is a big trend again mixed with gold and other metallics and finally florals, or wear what you like! maybe I will be languid in lavender all summer!

And if you now can’t get enough of colour prediction, here’s AW 2015…..

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Kisses

Karen

If It’s Macarong, I don’t want to be right!

I am OBSESSED by macarons! Obviously they are an absolute joy to eat, crisp outer shells, slight chewiness and luscious cream centres, but they are so much more to me, the cute chubbiness of their shape and the myriad of pastel colours.  Pantone have predicted pastels colours again for fashion this year ( more of that next week) so let’s embrace the pale hued wonders that are macarons!

My obsession started with my kitchen, and in particular these worktop protectors.

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This lead to my entire kitchen taking on a full on patisserie theme, here is the top cupboards, the base ones are violet.

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So that led to a whole bunch of macaron craftiness, these little macarons are a free pattern from http://www.craft-seller.com

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These feltie ones are from Mollie Makes

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This little keyring I made myself, inspired by the gorgeous ones that they sell at Laduree, the best macaron shop in my humble opinion! I might do a tutorial for this, if you want!

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Finally, and before we suffer a sugar overdose, here is Nina Ricci’s perfume La Tentation de Nina which smells of …..a macaron shop! Laduree again to be precise.

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So there we are my sweeties, now tell me what consumes you, what your passion is.

kisses

 

Karen xxxxx