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Fall Vintage Mood Board
 
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Ummm can we talk about this purple color? Not to mention the tea cups, bows, and peaches. I’m obsessed <3

This mood board was inspired by my eternal love for vintage vibes. I feel like I’ve recently really started to lean into my more Nancy Drew vintage style and am truly loving it. This mood board reflects that vibe with a little added fall flair. I hope you guys enjoy!

 
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Branding I love: Zulia & Huipa
 
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When I first started my blog, I used to write about the unique, interesting, and beautiful branding moments I found around New York City. Today, I want to share a brand & branding I found a few weeks back that I think is worth sharing.

A few weekends back, my mom was in town visiting and my older sister, a true New Yorker, was showing us around the cutest little market called Hester Street Fair. 

There are so many unique and amazing vendors that, but one in particular really stood out to me and that is Zulia & Huipa.

My family and I were first drawn in by the handbags she had on display. They were so unique looking and practical that we had to stop and take a closer look. While oo-ing and aww-ing, the store owner started to tell us a little more about her bags. 

She is originally from Mexico, and personally designs each bag, then works with women in Mexico to create each bag by hand. I loved her story and really loved how she had branded herself. Her logo was really on point, and you could see the thought and care that went into her bags, but in also her branding.

What I loved about her branding:

// I love how simple, yet detailed the font and emblem are on her logo. I feel like it really reflects the products she creates, which is a sign of great branding. 

// The tags and business cards are very high quality and I love that even though this is a small business, there is still no skimping on the quality.

// I love how unique the brand color is. It’s not your average maroon or dark red but is a color that really stands out.

I snapped a few photos of the things I loved from her stand and really encourage you all to go check out her Instagram and website! You won’t be disappointed.

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Color of the moment: Pistachio
 
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In the fashion scene, pistachio is the color of the fall season. I wanted to talk about how the color is used now and how it was used a long time ago.

I am seriously obsessed with the book The Secret Lives of Color which gives you the history of different colors throughout time. I wanted to give some of the major facts the book talks about for the color Celadon (a.k.a. Basically a slightly darker version of pistachio), but also talk about how the color is being used today!

Pistachio Then:

// Celadon was first named because it was the color of the cover of a play about a man named Celadon, a shepherd. 

// This color is also known for its use in Chinese ceramics named celadon. These have been seen around the world starting in 918, but originating in China.

// The color was referred to as “mi se” which means “mysterious color” for a period of time because people had rarely seen this color which made it hard for them to describe it.

Pistachio Now:

// Pistachio has been seen all over this seasons SS20 shows. I’ve seen it on so many runways and in all of the fast fashion stores.

// Pistachio is currently known for the nut it describes, but little does everyone know, pistachios used to be dyed red when imported into the US! 

// This color of green is also used to invoke a sense of calmness and a lot of higher-end brands love to use this color! Case and point, Lauderee.

Sarah

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Pre-Fall Fashion Mood Board
 
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Something about this year has me excited to embrace this season’s change. While I love summer (and hate winter) I’m excited to view fall as a fresh start and a time to get inspired. I feel like all of the green in this mood board represents a new start.

 
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I also love the dreamy air of this mood board with hazy photos, exploration of light and reflection, and the different textures that add warmth.

x,

Sarah

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History of Color: Violet & Seafoam
 
 

OooOO I am so excited to start sharing this! I started reading "The Secret Lives of Color" by Kassia St. Clair and knew I would have to start sharing her findings!

The book goes through the process of indexing the rainbow of colors and giving the historical context surrounding each color. I thought I would start by sharing your favorite colors! It was requested to write the history about deep purple and seafoam green!

That translates to violet and verdigris! See below for some cool & fun facts. 


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Famous artists and painter, Manet, describes the true color of the atmosphere as “violet”. He says “fresh air is violet. Three years from now, the whole works will work in violet”. 

Violet is also known as the color of the Impressionists. You might wonder why though, it's not exactly a prominent color in most of their paintings. 

The first reason it is named this is because of the way the Impressionists use violet in their paintings of shadows. They were the first group of artists to believe that shadows of objects were not just grey, but included color. They used violet because it was the complimentary color to yellow which was used in a majority of their paintings.

In addition, violet was the color of the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Print Makers like Degas, Monet, Cezanne, etc.

I mean it's so cool to think that violet has such deep roots in the history of art and how such principles carry over into today's art making! 


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To produce this color, manufacturers had to re-create the naturally re-ocurring that forms on copper + bronze when exposed to water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, or sulfur.

This is what what has turned the Statue of Liberty it’s famous green color ~ which took around 30 years!

They used to have to wait this long to get this amazing green color, but eventually learned that they could speed up the process to just two weeks!

Another cool fact is that Verdegris is french for "green from Greece" & in German it's name is "Grunspan" which means "Spanish green". 

Learning where all these colors are from brings new meaning to them in the context of how you use them in today's world! Hope this brings more thought to your work and gives you an inspiration boost today 

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Sarah


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How I Create The Perfect Color Palette
 

For this week's design installment, I wanted to talk about how I compose color palettes for the brand identities that I create. 

BUT, first, I wanted to talk about why your brand colors are so important!

They are one of the most important visual signifiers to your audience and tell them visually that they are looking at content you've created. Having a color (or color combination) that stands out against all other brands gives your brand a uniqueness.

There are different types of color palettes too and while these may not be the types I learned about in school, they are the ones being used in the real world! And they have all been proven successful, so let's take a look the types of color palettes you can make and successful examples.

 

Types of Color Palettes

 
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One Color {The Skinny Confidential Pink}

Iconic, am I right? Anything that is pink is on brand, and it works in helping create a community by using color. See a new pink face mask? You're going to tag Lauren in your post because you know she would love to see it! 

Her feed colors all incorporate "The Skinny Confidential Pink". Same with stories, web design, packaging, everything. She even talks about it in her captions, and it's a big deal.

 

 
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One Color + Supporting Colors {Summer Friday's Blue}

If you haven't heard of Summer Friday's before, you should go check them out! I'm going to be doing a full beauty review on their first (and only) product soon!

They have a very Millennial focused brand, and chose a color that is very different than any beauty brand on the market. Their dusty blue color is used in their packaging, on their Instagram feed, and throughout their stories. When you see anything with that color, you automatically think of their brand, which is exactly the point!

They also mix in cremes, white, and black to compliment the blue. This is where a good color pallete comes into play. Having a main color is important, but having supporting colors is also extremely important!

 
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Multicolor {Drunk Elephant}

If you know the brand Drunk Elephant you know how amazing A) their products are and B) how amazing and bright their packaging is. I love how all of their products relate to a specific color and that their website and Instagram page are both so bright and full of life. It's definitely not everyone's style, but I still think, if done right, it can be extremely chic.

NOW what you've been waiting for, how to do this for your own personal brand or small business!

 

How To Make Your Own Color Palette

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My first suggestion is to get everything that has inspired your brand all into one area, one mood board, somewhere that you can visually see everything together. 

For me this means a digital mood board with pictures I pull from Pinterest, Dribbble, Behance, etc. This way you can start to see patterns and really hone in on what colors represent your brand visually. Below is an example of a mood board I would create for a sunscreen company aimed at millennials. 

Then you can start to create one of the three types of color palettes I described above. But, there are some tips/tricks for each specific palette, so I will use this one mood board to pull colors for each different type of color palette.

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One Color

My tip/trick for this palette is to pick the color that shows the the absolute most in your color palette. When you are picking photos/symbols for a specific brand/business, you are picking photos with that brand/business in mind (obviously). So what you gravitate toward is most likely what you think best represents that brand, which in return means the color that shows up the most is what represents the brand the best!

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One Color + Supporting Colors

For this pallets, I would use the one color you chose above and pick a range of 3-4 supporting colors. You will want this range to include softer more neutrals colors that are darker and lighter, so they can cover a wide range of different scenarios. You also want the light-medium colors to be pretty similar to each other, so they aren't completing for the attention or you one main color. You will want:

  • 1 color similar to black (or black)

  • 1-2 light neutral color (to be used for background and that the main color layers well over top of)

  • 1-2 medium range colors that can be paired with all of the palette (these are more accent colors that call attention to specific items)

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Multi Color

Although multi color palettes can seem like you closed your eyes and pointed at the color wheel, they take a lot of thought. It is fairly difficult to find a tone of bright colors, pastel colors, jeweled colors, etc that go well together. So, when picking these brighter pops of colors, don't forget that they all need to work together even if they are all extremely different.

 

Hope you find this helpful when creating your own color palettes!! Let me know if you have any more questions

xoxo

Sarah

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