Ultra Violet ~ 2018 Color of the Year

Here we go….. Pantone Color Institute has announced Ultra Violet as the 2018 Color of the Year. From the vibrant shades of years past to this eye popping purple, Pantone’s signature shade symbolizes cultural evolution as we advance year to year.  Ultra Violet gives us the confidence to pursue our personal passions in this age of barrier breaking experimentation. It evokes lively expression and allows us to explore and experiment, as we redefine what makes us happy. Ultra Violet is intriguing, provocative, and communicates visionary thinking. The 2018 Color of the Year gifts meaningful direction and ushers us toward the future.

Inspiration from Pinterest.


What Gretchen Wore

Saturday night was our annual Realtor Party, and I love any excuse to dress up.  I found this dress at Steinmart for $39.99 a few weeks ago.  I was just waiting for the right event to wear it to.  I added my hot pink pumps for a pop of color.  This dress is so comfortable, as well as stylish.  I have to big a big shout out to Nora for doing my hair and makeup for the event.  thumbnail_20180120_221703

What Gretchen Wore

I am attempting to channel spring weather in this cute patterned shift dress.  I added a jacket (not pictured) this morning, since it is still cold down here in South Carolina.  I found this dress at Steinmart for $39.99.  I love dresses like this, because you can dress them up or dress them down.  You could add a belt, and change the whole look.


Choker Top Trend ~

There is a new shirt in town ~ meet the choker top.  This top is part-turtleneck, part-halter, and the shirt is everything you never knew you wanted. You can dress it up or dress it down, depending on what you wear with it.  Here are some of my favorite looks:


Inspiration from Pinterest.

Layers, Layers, Layers….Yes, it is Cold.

You do not have to look like the Michelin Man to stay warm this winter.  There is a misconception that layering your clothes can make you look bulky.  That is simply not true if you wear the layers in the right way.  A perfectly layered look can compliment your figure and highlight your curves.  It’s a pretty simple concept.  Layering properly will actually keep you more insulated then one large bulky coat.  First, start with a long sleeve lightweight shirt, then add sweater or cardigan.  Now it’s time to add your favorite coat or jacket.  Complete the outfit with a knit scarf.  The key is to keep the under layers fitted, so they keep you looking slim.  Experiment with mixing textures to make the look more stylish.  Try adding a leather jacket over a cotton plaid shirt for example.


My suggestion, like in these Pinterest pictures, would be to keep the jacket or coat in a neutral tone to create the slimmest look.