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Colour me renewed

This year saw Radiant Orchid arrive on the scene as the colour of the year, although it really wasn’t embraced by fashion designers, manufacturers, or anyone. Radiant orchid

There was rampant agreement that Radiant Orchid is not an easy colour to wear or incorporate into your wardrobe. It made an ok nailpolish colour, but other than that, most people were lukewarm to it.

Marsala, 2015 Colour of the Year

Pantone Marsala editWhat will be a far easier colour, in my opinion, is the 2015 colour of the year, Marsala. Reminiscent of Oxblood of a few years ago, Marsala is a warm, rich tone that will work well as either a main colour or accent. It also makes a great lipstick and nailpolish shade!

This red-brown tone also works in multiple seasons. It pairs nicely with light turquoise as a spring accent. Marsala works dreamily with pink and red florals for summer. In the fall, Marsala would be great in corduroy or denim in jackets and sweaters. Fall looks will roll nicely into winter’s cozy layers and accessories.

So, designers and brands, over to you. We look forward to enjoying the 2015 colour of the year all year long!

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Gifts for Mom: Gift Guide 2014

Time for the annual Christmas gift guide for moms and grandmas. Face it. You love your mom and grandma, but you haven’t got a clue what to get them for Christmas. It’s hard to buy for people as they get older: they simply have everything they need. What to do? Here are some top picks for 2014

Monogrammed scarf – Give mom or grandma a gorgeous monogrammed scarf from Land’s EnLands End scarf editd. These luxurious scarves feel like cashmere but are easy to wear and easy to care for. Allow an additional two business days to the delivery of your item to accommodate the time needed to embroider. About $35 including embroidery.

CND Nailpolish – These upscale polishes are sensational and come in a full range of colours. The fall collection includes stunning metallic as well as fall colours rich in reds and oranges. About $10 each at Chatters or online.

Alex and Ani bracelets – I love Alex and Ani jewelry for its total package: beautiful design, use of recycled materials, and inspirational messages with each design. In Edmonton from Arti’s Designer Fashions in Edmonton or online. Bracelets range from about $30 and up.

Alex and Ani lotus peace bracelet

Pandora bracelets and charms – If mom or grandmas already has a Pandora bracelet, this is easy. Suggest that each child or grandchild pick out a different charm to reflect something special. This is a wonderfully personalized gift.

This post would not be complete without a plug for Style on Purpose. Give your mom or grandma a gift certificate for an individual style consultation, $75/hour, or a full two-hour workshop, $149. Both offer a focus on mom or grandma to help her rediscover her personal style and tips on making the most of her wardrobe. Click here to order a gift card.

Happy shopping!