PANTONE NOT PANETTONE

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Happy Friday!  Today, I was feeling some inspo from the Pantone Color(s) of the Year: Serenity and Rose Quartz! No, not panettone, the dry Italian sweet bread they always have in the gourmet foods section at Marshall’s. Pantone is the international authority on color and forecasts color trends. All the maroons and oxbloods you’ve seen this year? 2015’s color was Marsala. This is the first time there’s been two colors, that’s why it’ll be so interesting to see how designers and consumers alike adopt them. Personally, I love Rose Quartz because I view blushy pinks as neutrals. The same can’t be said for Serenity, it’s just not my fave. It reminds me of the dentist or a bad bathroom remodel in 1983. However, I saw a serenity-hued KitchenAid mixer yesterday, so maybe it’ll take off and I’ll be shocked. Pantone took a unique stance this year, stating the two colors represent social issues and changes. Some say they just want to shill more licensed lipstick at Sephora. Regardless, if you’re looking to take these tints for a test drive, do it with accessories and shoes. Less commitment, y’all (well I guess that Valentino is commitment, but we can make an exception).

Also, hop on over to my Instagram! I’m celebrating the holidays (and hitting 2,000 insta followers! what!) by giving away a pair of Kendra Scott drusy studs. Give me a follow and like this picture to enter! For extra entries, tag a friend in the comments on Instagram and/or subscribe for 10th and James updates (look at the column on the right!). Contest closes Monday at midnight, winner announced Tuesday! Good luck!

Emily

GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE BEAUTY LOVER

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Happy Friday! Here’s a lil gift idea selection for the beauty guru in your life. Whether it be a coworker or your best friend, there’s definitely something for everyone (and every price range). Most of the products work for all skin types, as I tried to feature universally flattering colors/formulas. Don’t go trying to gift someone with foundation y’all. When it comes to beauty, it’s always nice to give someone something they wouldn’t otherwise buy for themselves. This explains the over-the-top Peter Thomas Roth gold face masks. I hope this guide provides some gift inspiration even if you just treat yourself!

Emily

HOLIDAY OUTFIT INSPO

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Hi friends! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! So, recently, I’ve been gravitating towards a certain aesthetic when planning several outfits for Christmas/holiday get-togethers this month. I’ve featured this plaid midi skirt from Kate Spade before, and I just can’t get enough. I also love it in cream, as seen on that precious little secretary-style shift dress. One of these pieces just has to make in into my holiday wardrobe, and the odds are certainly in my favor as they’re both currently on sale! Using the inspiration from these pieces, I put together a little image map of items that fit the look. If you live closer to the North Pole, like me, you’ll also need a great pair of tights, so go for the mat opaque 80 from Wolford. They are the Cadillac of tights and you have to just bite the bullet and invest. I like the idea of having a few key pieces and then mixing and matching with classic black basics and gold jewelry. That’s my holiday outfit approach. I know, what a concept, groundbreaking. Anyway, I hope you can draw some inspo for your holiday looks too! Tomorrow I’ll be back with another gift guide, have a great Thursday y’all!

Emily