Emerald: Color Of The Year

Emerald - Color of the Year

Let’s talk green.

This year we’re celebrating Pantone’s color of the year, Emerald, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. This lush color is popping up everywhere and adding a little life and a burst of color to homes, offices and wardrobes. Update your favorite room in your house with new pillows or throws. Make a statement with a sassy pair of emerald jeans, a bright scarf or fabulous emerald colored jewelry to liven up any ensemble. Don’t forget about the office. Calendars, pens and correspondence is super chic with new stationery and desk accessories for a bright and oh, so fabulous 2013.

Most importantly, have fun with it! After all, it’s the color of the year and it’s so very YOU!

Fall 2012 Trends

Top Trends for Fall 2012

Top Trends for Fall 2012

The thermometer reads over 100 degrees here in beautiful New Braunfels, Texas, and you’d better believe that the gals on the Expressionery team are dreaming of cool, crisp Autumn weather these days. We’ve gathered a handful of hot (ha!) fall trends and ideas about incorporating them into your personal style!

Sophisticated textures are replacing summery linen, cotton and seersucker in the form of leather, fur and velvet. Designers are also adding a little sparkle to the darker colors winter brings with ornate gold brocade embroidery this season.

2012 Fall Fashion Textures

Adding these same rich textures into your wardrobe is easy and you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it! Wrap a new leather belt around your favorite sweater or add a pair of velvet flats to your shoe collection. Modernize your winter coat from last season with a fur (faux or real) collar or add some of the designer-inspired golden glow to your basic black suit or dress with a statement necklace or beaded evening bag.

2012 Fall Fashion Accessories

Whether its suit pieces for work or playful prints for every day wear, pairing black and white is a classic combination and a popular fall trend this year.

2012 Fall Black and White Combinations

Adding the black and white trend into your personal style is simple. Mix the basics you already own and create this look without spending a dime. Dress up your little black dress with a white jacket for work or add a white cardi over your favorite black maxi dress from this summer! Layer a white statement necklace over your black basics and consider yourself a fall trend fashionista!

2012 Fall Fashion Black and White Accessories

Cooler temps mean bundling up and the trend for this season’s coat comes in many forms. From capes to military-inspired jackets to oversized silhouettes, you can find your favorite way to stay warm this winter.

2012 Fall Fashion Jackets

Typically, coats and outwear can be pricey, but incorporating a trendy style can be more affordable than you think. Look to your favorite clothing brands or even take a peek at the clothing aisles at your big box retail stores to find a signature coat that suits your personal style without spending a fortune.

Affordable Fall Jackets

The styles this fall are all about textured textiles, black and white contrasts and new inspiration and silhouettes for outerwear. Take notes from the runway and make them work for your personal style and budget. By simply pairing your basics in a new way or incorporating new textures to your ensemble with accessories, you can infuse the latest fall trends to your existing wardrobe. Try a trendy coat this season and shop a discount retailer to find designer-inspired styles without the high price tags. The dog days of summer are sure to cool off soon, and we can’t wait to showcase our favorite fall fashions. What fall trends inspire you?

Summer Styles for 2012

Summer 2012 Trends

Put away your sweaters, coats and boots! Summer is almost here, and it’s time to celebrate with new fashions for your wardrobe, home and office. This summer has a lot to offer with bold colors and fun & funky patterns. Here are our top picks for hot summer trends.

Summer Style – Flowers

This year’s fashions prove that flowers aren’t only for your dining room table. Fashion accessories are blooming everywhere, from your personal wardrobe to your stationery wardrobe.

Floral summer styles for 2012

Floral summer styles for 2012

This summer’s breezy floral styles are highlighted with bright pops of color.

Summer style – Hint of the Sea

Cool off from the summer sun with nautical themed trends. Sail through the summer in style with color blocked stripes and fresh from the sea icons.

Nautical summer styles

Nautical summer styles

Summer style – Chandeliers

From interior design to your own personal style, chandeliers in every shape and size give a fresh new look to any décor. Accessorize your home, office or outfit with these iconic pieces.

Chandelier summer styles

Chandelier summer styles

Where have you spotted these emerging summer style trends?

Summer wedding themes

Summer wedding themes

Summer wedding themes

This year’s summer weddings are about small, intimate gatherings of your closest friends and family. Whether the wedding is set in a quiet park in your hometown or far away on a remote beach, nature is the perfect backdrop for your big day.

So what’s the theme? Brides are looking to a more eco-friendly wedding experience, no matter the destination. They are focusing on vintage, repurposed and home-grown decorations in natural, elegant surroundings.

Vintage wedding themes

Vintage wedding themes

Vintage wedding themes

From a beautiful back yard to an old barn, there’s no wrong place to serve up a vintage-inspired wedding. Picnic tables at the reception and wooden benches during the ceremony add a rustic look to vintage décor. Choose neutral wedding colors like champagne and khaki for a warm, inviting look. Add in dusty pink or aqua blue flowers, candles, cakes and sashes to add a splash of color.

Engagement photos in sepia or black and white are great additions to the tables at your reception. You can print them on the back of the menu, or use them as favors for all the guests who are attending your big celebration. Shop in antique stores to find unique, vintage centerpieces like vases and candleholders to fit your wedding theme. Monogram embossed napkins and ivory tones can help you achieve a vintage look for the reception.

When it comes to your wedding gown, browse thrift stores and online boutiques, or check with your friends and family. Your ideal gown may be stored in an antique hope chest in a friend’s attic!

For the bridal party, parasols and lacy gloves can add those extra special vintage touches to otherwise ordinary attire. For the groomsmen, classics like a black suit and tie or a tuxedo can be easily transformed with simple touches like handkerchiefs or pocket watches – it’s all about the details.

Beach wedding themes

Beach wedding themes

Beach wedding themes

Brighten your summer with an oceanfront wedding! Start with the fresh, cool colors of the ocean and sand, then add a splash of color like coral pink. Or go bright with the hottest color of 2012, Tangerine Tango, offset by bright blues that really pop. There’s no better way to have fun and be comfortable than with super cute flip-flops for the bridesmaids (and even yourself), paired with light fabrics for the men in fresh khaki colors.

Use sand in the bottom of vases and bright flowers to decorate the reception tables. Place cards shaped like starfish, seahorses or shells can add a touch of whimsy to the reception décor. A little brown sugar on the cake or the cake table and on dinner plates makes sweet, edible “sand” for dinner and dessert.

Flowing, breezy gowns with mists of tulle are perfect against an ocean backdrop. Or go extra casual with a shorter dress and flip-flops for super comfortable style. Tropical flowers and small details like umbrellas in drinks can lend a fun beachy feel to your wedding reception without costing a small fortune.

Garden wedding themes

Garden wedding themes

Garden wedding themes

If your wedding is going to be a day at the park, think bright! Hot pink with bright purple, green or dark blue makes for a romantic and elegant outdoor wedding. Something as simple as a hot pink napkin or a bright purple flower arrangement set against bright white linens can add a chic look to your reception décor.

A large clear vase filled with limes can add a splash of green to your food or dessert tables. Set up your reception like a picnic – use mason jars for your drinks with bright, colorful straws and fruit on the edge of the glass to match your wedding colors.

A crisp, bright white wedding gown with lots of lace can set an elegant, romantic tone to your wedding by contrasting with your bright highlight colors. Or choose a soft ivory for a warm, romantic glow. If the garden terrain is uneven, you may want to pick a long dress that covers your shoes and go with comfortable flats rather than heels that might trip you up.

Garden wedding colors

Garden wedding colors: soft ivory with bright purple and green accents

There are endless possibilities for a sophisticated, elegant and fun wedding without exceeding your spending limit. The most important thing to remember is that this day is yours. Have fun with the décor, and your guests will too.

Spring color trends 2012

2012 Spring color trend Tangerine Tango

2012 Spring color trend: Tangerine Tango

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your closet, punch up your home décor or add some “wow” to your stationery wardrobe, we are excited to share our favorite trends for Spring with you! Fresh colors and whimsical imagery are bringing new life to the trends of 2012.

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango

One of the easiest ways to infuse the warmth of spring into your lifestyle is with Pantone’s color of the year, Tangerine Tango. This “hot” new color is an invigorating hue of reddish orange that exudes energy and vivacity. Add a burst of Tangerine Tango to your spring wardrobe with a statement necklace, handbag or pair of red-hot pumps. Perk up your pout or touch up your nails and toes in this exotic shade of Tangerine with a new lipstick or nail color!

Energize your home with throw pillows, frames, vases or paint in this eye-catching color, or brighten the day for your friends and family with a touch of Tangerine Tango on your envelopes. These are just a few easy and affordable ways to find yourself wrapped in 2012′s newest color trend.

Spring-Inspired Imagery

Spring Stationery 2012

Spring Stationery

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The warmer days of spring bring the return of blooming flowers, sweet bird songs and sunny afternoons spent outdoors. Spring is the time to resurface from under the blankets and start to move, explore and travel! It’s no surprise that is exactly what the new spring trends are showcasing!

Add a blouse in a bright floral print, send a sweet hello to a friend on a note card featuring a bike ride through Paris, or toss a new throw pillow onto the couch embellished with the ever-popular bird-themed accent and the trends of spring will put some pep in your step and a twinkle in your eye.

What is your favorite way to infuse a little spring into your life?