When you think of summer, what colour comes to mind? Yellow for the sunny days? Hot pink or poppy red to signify fun times and juicy fruits? Due to the intense humidity and warm sticky days, I find myself being drawn to cool tropical blues.
Just the other day, while Min and I were browsing through Pantone's website for some colour inspiration, we were immediately attracted to the colour swatch of Blue Radiance. Something about it reminds us of the chill temperatures of swimming pools, the summery charm of the turquoise stone, and suspicious-looking but deliciously-tasting icy blue cocktails. Ahhh, all we wanted to do right there and then was to leap into a lagoon to cool down!
With temperatures soaring and us feeling like defeated slugs on a hot day, I turned to the glorious internet for some sparkling blue relief. Here are my curated picks for the best blues of the day.
1 // Curious Creatures Amazonite Bar Earstuds
The co-founders are dear friends of ours and we can’t stop wearing their delicate jewellery! Friendship aside, we adore the aesthetics of Curious Creatures and this bar earstuds are a simple but fun every day accessory.
2 // Moxi Leather Roller Skates
Ain’t it adorable? Throwback to yesteryears in this outrageously pretty pair of roller skates. Nothing says summer like an ice cream cone in hand while you skate around with your pals!
3 // Anthropologie Cactus Spirit Wallpaper
This wallpaper would look darling in a sitting room or as a feature wall in the kitchen. Spirits will be lifted at the sight of the white and blue tones along with the beautiful cacti illustration.
4 // honey&gazelle Beach Life iPhone Case
We designed this pattern with a pristine beach and an endless ocean in mind. Kaftans, cocktails, and this iPhone case will go hand-in-hand for a stylish day out.
5 // CiaraJCREATIONS Trinket Tray
Made from polymer clay, this marbled ring dish would look amazing and bring cool beach vibes to your entryway or bedside table. It is the perfect size for catching all your daily rings and accessories!
6 // Genuine People Blue Sky Sleeveless Cropped Knit Top
Yes, I know this blue lacks a punch of green for it to be similar to Pantone’s Blue Radiance colour but the shade’s dustiness caught my eye and calmed my heart. This cropped knit top is so versatile; pair it with a floral and flared midi-length skirt for an afternoon high tea party or with boyfriend jeans and sneakers for a casual weekend look.
7 // Barbarian Navy Like A Mermaid Pillow Sham
Inspire dreams of deep diving and swimming with the dolphins with this pillow sham that is exuding so much bohemian beach vibes. I loved seeing the artist’s brushstrokes on this intricate piece of artwork!
8 // Richer Poorer Latitude Sock
The minimalistic and often monochrome grid pattern takes on a fun and whimsical turn with this gorgeous shade of blue. It is unexpected and utterly chic!
Anything caught your eye?
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Hands up if you’re a fan of this year’s Pantone colour and its supporting palette! Anything that says nature and greenery sure has my attention though I admit that I was smitten and distracted by last year’s choices, Rose Quartz and Serenity. While I secretly wished for another pastel to rule 2017, I am glad that Pantone has decided on something better - Greenery. I love how Greenery reflects the calmness, vibrancy and vitality found in nature.
Being the dominant colour of nature, Greenery is easy on the eye and it brings much needed peace and tranquility to an otherwise hectic life. Perhaps that is one of the main reasons why Greenery was chosen. And since Greenery effortlessly complements muted and earthly tones, I foresee many of us drawing inspiration from nature. It seems like a Greenery theme is quickly gaining popularity with brides-to-be and event planners. Well… more on that later!
In the spirit of Greenery, I have chosen four products that I currently have a crush on.
1 // Avocado Iron On Patch
Avocados are possibly the best physical representation of the colour in focus - provided it has ripen beautifully. With this adorable iron on patch, you can casually incorporate this year’s hottest colour on a plain tote or breathe new life into an old denim. Easy peasy!
2 // Sarah's Bag 'The Adored' Clutch
Nothing says Greenery like green leaves. If you love sporting playful and arty bags, you will certainly love this minaudière that features intricately carved Monstera leaves and a pair of budgies as clasps.
3 // Sass & Belle Cactus Light
Cacti fans rejoice! Quirky and eye-catching, this cactus light with huge LED light bulbs will add a whole lot of cheer to any room or office desk space. All you need is two AA batteries and you’re all set.
4 // Stella McCartney Knuckle Sparklers iPhone Case
With this stylish and fun phone case, you get to accessorise your phone while decking your fingers with four Peridot blings! Unfortunately for Android users, this phone cover is currently available only for iPhone 6/6s. Boo.
What do you think of this year's Pantone colour? Yay or Nay? :)
Due to an upcoming wedding, we are now obsessed with the gorgeous shade of oxblood. For the past month or so, we have been searching high and low for decorative items, dresses, and accessories that boasts of its richness and boldness. You can say that we have been looking through life with oxblood-tinted glasses... or is that too cheesy? Haha, whatever it is, we are hooked.
Shades of burgundy, wine, and oxblood have always been a favourite of Jia's and beside for the colours blue and grey, these vampy shades are the only other colour-colours she wears - her clothes mainly consists of black, black, black, and the occasional white. Min, who also favours a monochrome wardrobe, is always up for oxblood-coloured accessories and wares. However, our love for oxblood is now at an all-time high! Why? Maybe because it is pretty difficult to find this shade in stores at the moment. As you may know, oxblood isn't the IT trendy colour this year which makes this a case of wanting what you can't get easily.
After browsing through countless of stores online and offline, here are our favourite oxblood picks for this season.
1 // ‘Maximus Silky’ Hair Clip
Yes! Finally a sleek and polished hair accessory in oxblood. I haven't been able to find a hair clip that I like ever since my favourite daisy clip died on me. Note to self, always stock up! Don't you agree that this hair clip embodies an effortless sophistication that can carry anyone of any age through the different seasons of life? Sigh, such big responsibilities for a tiny hair clip. Now, got to add this to my cart and check-out!
2 // Irismint Oxblood Super Chunky Scarf
There is no doubt in my mind. I really want to be nestled in this chunky knit scarf right now! Scarves are my go-to accessory and it took me many years to ease out of the scarf phase - I used to wear a scarf with every single outfit I owned. A scarf that can hold its shape is a winner for sure because I love to layer a heavy-bodied scarf around my neck instead of a thin and slinky one. Oh, how it keeps me safe and warm!
3 // KMMCO Oxblood Leather Tag
What a beauty. Aside from tagging my luggage, I am planning to tag a couple of my favourite leather bags with this tag. I have a couple of leather tassel bag charms and way-too-cute Disney key chains on a couple of bags but I will still gladly use this oxblood tag! Any old leather bag can be given a new lease of life with this classic colour and shape. I'll skip the personalisation and go straight to adorning my bags!
4 // Porselli All Leather Ballet Flats in Oxblood (Bordeaux)
My goodness. These Napa lambskin leather ballet flats look absolutely soft and comfortable! I am already thinking of pairing them with a million and one outfits. See, another perk of adoring a monochrome wardrobe - I can pair my outfit with any coloured shoes! Ballet flats with dainty bows are my absolute favourite choice of footwear and one of my biggest dream is to own a shoe closet filled with ballet flats. Did someone say oxblood ballet flats? You know I'll never say no!
5 // Everlane The Modern Oxford in Oxblood
I used to be in a symphonic band and black oxfords, while comfortable, remind me too much of my youth in band uniform. Thus, even when the oxford trend boomed, I couldn't bring myself to buy a pair. I changed my mind though, when I saw this pair of Everlane oxfords. This oxblood pair of oxfords are super chic and would look so great with a pair of cigarette pants and a simple loose tee. Would totally love to have this!
6 // Free People Clean & Minimal Jacket in Wine
Leather (real and faux) jackets are my weakness and this one really caught my attention with its gorgeous shade and fit. I have been looking around for new leather jackets as the ones in my closet are close to giving up on life. However, I soon realised that there are way too many leather jackets with way too many details on them recently. Those jackets end up looking very tacky and diminishes the quintessential cool essence of a leather jacket. I love that this Free People jacket has a minimalist shrunken feel to it. This is a pretty perfect jacket, especially with the unexpected oxblood shade!
7 // Utah Lounge Chair in Ruby and Walnut
Most recently, my mom threw away a chair in the living room because it was getting way too old and shabby looking. Not shabby in the good shabby chic way, but shabby in the omg-we-need-to-throw-this-away way. I was browsing around the interweb when I chanced upon this lounge chair and fell in love. It looks SO comfortable and I adore how modern yet classic it looks. I can just imagine my mom having her coffee and watching her TV shows or reading the newspapers on this lounge chair! Happy thoughts!
8 // Lacquer-painted Chopsticks in Pine Needle Shigure
I have a thing for amazing looking chopsticks, which is why I always scrutinise the chopsticks provided by Chinese restaurants. Most higher-end Chinese restaurants have really fantastic and ornate chopsticks that elevates the entire dining experience! Sounds strange, I know but chopsticks are part and parcel of daily life when you are a Chinese. These chopsticks look so luxe and royal with its oxblood hue and metallic gold design that I can feel all fancy even when I am eating a bowl of instant noodles. So much love!
Do you like the colour oxblood?
With Love, Min+Jia.
This month's Hot Hue is a personal favourite warm shade of mine. Cosily snuck between the red and orange lands is my happy shade of coral. One of my recent wedding suite design projects was heavily reliant on coral-coloured peonies as the main motif which led me to feel so cheery throughout the entire design process.
Coral is a great colour to use as part of a wedding colour palette as it adds femininity without ever veering too coy or girlish. There is just that little bit of sass and confidence in the colour that makes it stand out boldly amongst the crowd. It also pairs very well with many shades! Try matching coral with neutrals for that cheeky pop of colour or pairing it with cool tones for an unexpected twist. Also, you can bring yellow and coral together for the ultimate happy and cheery experience.
The aforementioned wedding suite project solidified my love for corals (and peonies) and I have been consciously picking up coral-hued things while shopping ever since. Here are some delightful items in this poppy colour that I am full-on lusting over.
1 // Stella McCartney 'Falabella-Caned' Faux Leather Crossbody Bag
Stella McCartney is one of my favourite designer brands because of its long-term commitment to environmental sustainability. The eco-friendly faux leather weave looks awesome with the metal hardware. To me, this bag is the perfect blend of fun and edginess and would totally work for both day and night outfits! Ah, another bag to add to my dream list!
2 // Ciate Olivia Palermo Nail Polish in Haute Vacation Coral
I love coral nail polishes and have actually way too many bottles lying around at home. It is my go-to toe nail colour. Min can attest to my love for coral nail polishes and would probably stop me from buying this Ciate polish! However, I love Ciate nail polishes (especially their top coat) and I do like Olivia Palermo's fashion and beauty style. This shall soon be mine!
3 // Puma X Careaux Blaze Of Glory Trainers in Coral Rose Print
This is such a pretty pair of suede sneakers! I was immediately drawn to it while browsing around ASOS during a late night window shopping session. I love the little rose motifs scattered around the shoes and the gold details makes everything look a wee bit fancier. Suede is always a good idea (to me) and I think this pair of sneakers would be mighty comfortable during a long work day at events!
4 // White Feather Rhodochrosite Gemstone Necklace
In the past month, Min and I got to know the good people behind White Feather and we adore them to bits. They are superbly well-versed in their field and all their jewellery reflects their classical elegant style. I really love this dainty Rhodochrosite necklace because of its versatility when it comes to coordinating with any outfit and it is so different from what I own currently. Swoon!
5 // Topshop MINDY Two-Part Swirly Heels
While shopping around for nude-coloured heels, I came across this gorgeous pair of coral skinny sandals in Topshop and was immediately struck by cupid. Isn't the back detailing of the shoe so very pretty? I am a huge believer in wearing fun colours on your feet and this just screams that. Super fun!
6 // Paul Smith No. 9 Coral Leather Credit Card Holder
I have been looking for a new name card holder for the past few months and this has been on the top of my consideration list because of the stunning salmony-coral shade. According to Paul Smith, the embossed pattern is inspired by the award-winning cast iron facade of London's flagship Paul Smith shop. I totally see the adaptation and I love it!
7 // Lojel Groove Luggage (Zipper Version)
So, here's the thing. I love buying luggages and I especially enjoy buying them in bright poppy colours. The general rule of thumb is the brighter the better. I get so bored looking at all the black luggages on the carousel after a flight, that when my luggage shows up on the belt, my mood perks up immediately. My current Lojel luggage is way too big for any trip that is less than 2 weeks long, so I think this medium-sized coral luggage is next on my to-buy list.
8 // Gama Bikes Women's Basic 26" 6-Speed Urban Hybrid Commuter in Coral
I need to get my biking game on. And, I say it in the sense that I really need to learn how to ride a bicycle in order to complete bucket-list-type things on vacations. I never learned because I was never taught. I didn't feel the need to learn how to cycle when I was young. I love rollerblading but it is pretty impossible to bring my rollerblades e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e I travel. So, learning to ride a bicycle it is. This bicycle is super stylish in a minimal and retro approach and I love it! This is exactly the type of bike that will keep me motivated on my cycling journey!
Do you like a little bit of coral in your life?
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A good friend of mine is getting married in a couple of months and I'll be helping out at the wedding. To make things a little easier on the wedding day, she requested her bridesmaids to be in blush dresses and helpers to be dressed in lighter shades of blue. Blue is such a popular colour choice at weddings thus, I am not surprised that she chose blush and blue to be her wedding colours. In fact during the earlier part of the year, Pantone paired Rose Quartz and Serenity together as the Pantone colours of the year. I really love the pairing and am excited whenever I see designs utilising these colours together.
As much as I am attracted to pastel colours, I don't exactly wear them. Pastel for kitchenware and paintings are fine but pastel clothes are way too feminine for my liking. And so, my hunt for a slightly edgier shade of blue began. When I finally matched the shade of Serenity to the actual colour, I didn't think I would be this attracted to it! I had a blast searching for Serenity coloured items that I think I should get back on track to hunt for that perfect Serenity dress for the wedding.
1 // WoonHung Circus/Small Disc Wood Adjustable Necklace
I love the look of this necklace! I especially love how it is made from natural and renewable materials and crafted by talented craftspeople in Cebu, Philippines. This necklace can take you through a formal work day and straight for some after work party! Versatile necklaces are the best!
2 // J.Crew Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit
Swimsuits are not the most flattering piece of garment so the best choice for me is definitely a one-piece rather than a bikini. J.Crew has the most swoon-worthy swimsuits that are so good to look at and functional at the same time. And by functional, I mean, a good support system - underwire is a must.
3 // Kitchen Element Patterned Wallpaper
Some people have a thing for vintage floor tiles and some are obsessed with wallpapers. I love how wallpapers can brighten and liven up a room instantaneously. Can you picture this wallpaper against a clean white kitchen with a bowl of freshly picked lemons on a countertop?
4 // Blue Lagoon, Iceland
I have always wanted to visit Iceland. I can just imagine myself standing in front of the clearest of blue waters and the purest white mountains. The Blue Lagoon sounds almost like a beautiful dream to me and I am terribly envious of my friends and family who have basked in all its beauty.
5 // Smeg Refrigerator
Would you choose a blue refrigerator for your kitchen? Black, white and stainless steel are the usual colour choices for most Singaporean households and I don't remember seeing any flaming red or sunshine yellow fridges. As for me, I would really like to have this blue beauty in my future kitchen!
6 // Rose Quartz and Serenity Textured Painting
I love love love how the strokes and texture complements the perfect blend of soft and dark colours on this painting. This picture was found on Pinterest but unfortunately, I can't find the artist or the name of this painting. If anyone reading this knows the creator behind this fabulous painting, do drop me a message so that I can give the artist the due credit!
7 // Kabinshop Round Ceramic Bowl
Handmade ceramic bowls are my weakness and especially when they are in a lovely shade of blue. I am a ceramic bowl hoarder/collector and would love to include this in my collection! Yay to more beautiful bowls and jewelry bowls!
8 // Salen Iron Pendant Light
I don't know how to appreciate lights and lamp shades but this pendant light has all my attention! While browsing the lights and dining section in Ikea, I noticed how pendant lights can add a touch of cosiness to the table without compromising on light quality during meal times. Perhaps it is time I observe how designers pair lights to enhance stunning interior designs!
How do you feel about Serenity blue? Yay or Nay? :)
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