Green is the New Pop Color

Over the years I’ve discovered that I’m always attracted to a particular color combination in design. It’s when I see a mix of neutrals (like gray and beige) with a pop color — like orange or yellow.  If you start looking for it you’ll see it everywhere.

Here are some examples.
See — Black, White, Gray, and Orange.

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Black, White, and Gray with Acid Yellow // and Black, White, Gray, and Orange.

 

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These sources for these photos can be found through my Pinterest Boards.

I loved the No. 6 Store poster (below left) so much that I used it as the inspiration for the 2016 Clothing Swap Poster. Same ingredients.

 

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The thing that I noticed is that green was never a part of this equation — until recently.

I clearly remember when this book came out. That green! So good. I became obsessed.

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I started noticing green in decorating.

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FreundvonFreunden // Jen Langston Interiors

BTW – I could live in that apartment above on the left exactly as it is. Just the right amount of maximalism. See here. The silk curtains below are available on Etsy. Just in case you need crazy long emerald green dupioni silk curtains.

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I started noticing green in footwear, old and new.  Is it just me? This green feels so fresh.

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Vintage Green Shoes //  Alumnae

Somewhere along the way, I read a blog post on Double3xposure about how she was inspired by another blogger (Always Judging) to work a green vintage bag into her outfit. I like that it’s an unexpected accent color.

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Always Judging // Double3xposure

Honest to goodness, I wasn’t really looking to buy a green bag but I think I liked so many green things on Etsy that this appeared in my “Our Picks for Jennifer” feed. I think it will blend nicely with my otherwise neutral fall wardrobe.

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 1960s Miss America handbag by Smartaire from Etsy

 

I feel like every post I write now needs to come with a disclaimer. I realize that the world is full of bad news. I’ve been so depressed about it that my sister told me I should take a break or at least reduce my intake of news. I know we all have a responsibility to stay involved but I think she is right. I need to find joy in life too, and for the moment I am delighting in the color green.

xo jam

P.S. You might like this blog post I wrote years ago about how you can figure out how to decorate your house based on your wardrobe. 

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Sustainable Style Bras + Undies

It used to be that the only reason I would go to the Mall was for bras and underwear. I buy my clothes at thrift stores or consignment shops and I buy my shoes at local boutiques.

When I discovered Pansy at Folk in Kittery, Maine, I no longer had any reason to go to the Mall. Woo Hoo! Pansy products are made in California from 100% organic, USA-grown cotton. No padding, no underwire. Just cotton & elastic.

Now obvi, this kind of bra is not what you want to wear if you need serious lift but these are great if comfort is a priority for you and if you are okay with your boobs resting a little lower on your chest. Maybe we should just get over that whole push-up thing.

At some point in the last year, I started following Etain, a lingerie boutique in Portland, Maine, on Instagram. I love their body positive messaging. They recently had a fabulous looking fashion show. I missed it because of work. So bummed about that. #nextime

impersonating-a-bodyIt was through Etain that I learned about Brook There.  Brook There also offers organic cotton lingerie made in the USA. I especially love their blue marble set. You can learn more about the company through Brook’s blog.

bt-blue-marble-brabt-blue-marble-pantiesThe thing that prompted me to write this post was an email from a company out of Barcelona called Lov . On their website, Lov says they want to reshape what it means to be sexy. They want to offer products for women who define themselves through what they want and NOT how they look. They explicitly state that their images are not photoshopped.lov-three-ladies

It’s nice that there is a clear alternative message rising to the top in terms of women’s lingerie. It is brands like these that I want to support. Brands that promote body positivity, comfort, and empowerment.

xo jam

The Family Room Podcast

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Hey Locals, you should totally subscribe to this podcast by Peter Squires. It seriously is a great way to learn about your friends and neighbors. Peter interviewed me recently about blogging, Style Queue magazine, and random life stuff. Click on the image above to take a listen.

Speaking of interviews, Peter was just interviewed on the Five Spot on Seacoastonline. Follow the link to learn more about Peter, like his favorite color for instance. 🙂

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Peter Squires – 4077 Photography

I am currently enrolled in an Intro to Photography course at UNH. I am finally learning what all those buttons mean on my camera. I love this photo of Peter by 4077 Photography. So well done! What is the positive version of the word jealous? — That is how I feel about this photo.