Monday, February 29, 2016

What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Wwhat is a capsule wardrobe?// graphic

 For a while now I've been seeing pins, blog posts, magazine articles, and more about capsule wardrobes. I kept wondering what is a capsule wardrobe ? In all the things I saw there were collages of a basic clothing pieces. But what is  it? 

A quick google search revealed the idea of capsule wardrobe started in the 1970s by Susie Faux and is meant to be a collection of a few essential pieces that never go out of style and are accented by seasonal pieces.  Sounds easy and simple right? 

In 2014 Un-Fancy  blogger, Caroline Rector, brought the capsule wardrobe idea to the forefront again along with taking it up a notch. She set out to pair her wardrobe down to 37 pieces for one season, challenging herself to not buy anything for 3-4 months until the next season. 

She describes it as:
  “a mini wardrobe made up of 37 really versatile pieces that you totally love to wear.” 

Her ideas took fire and soon readers and bloggers alike were coming up with their own ideas of what a capsule wardrobe is.

Be More With Less describes it in three ways:
1. a collection of clothes and accessories that includes only items considered essential

2. A person’s basic collection of coordinating clothes that can be used to form the basis of outfits for all occasionsa set of clothing, normally around 24 items, which can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of outfits.

3.  a set of clothing, normally around 24 items, which can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of outfits.

Project 333 defines a capsule wardrobe as:
A small collection of 33 items including clothing, shoes and accessories built for use during a 3 month period of time.

Simply put, it's a mini wardrobe filled with things you love and can mix and match till your hearts conent. It's supposed to save time, money, and sanity. But is it really that 

Perfect or not, it's an interesting idea. Wouldn't planning and buying a new wardrobe every 3 months take an awful lot of effort and shopping?  

The current capsule wardrobe trend seems to have a different purpose than Susie Faux's original idea of having a classic style on a limited budget. Something to be aware of in starting your own capsule wardrobe. 

Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? How did you approach it and what were the results? 
Next week, I'll look at how to start a capsule wardrobe. 

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pantone Spring 2016, Pt 2

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Panton Spring 2016, pt 2

Last week,  I talked about how  Pantone  names  ten colors every year that are to be the most popular and then started listing how to mix each of those colors with a basic watercolor palette .

1. Serenity Blue

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Panton Spring 2016, pt 2// Serenity Blue//Emilio Sousa

For the first time ever Pantone named two colors as color of the year. The first is Rose Quartz and thebsecond Serenity Blue.

Serenity Blue is light and calm almost baby blue with a hint of purple.  To make serenity blue take a cool blue and a drop of white till you find the level of blue you want. Then take the tiniest drop or swipe of red and mix to see how purple it becomes.  Red is something to add gingerly because equal parts red and blue will become purple but for serenity blue we want just the suggestion of purple secondary to the softness of the light blue.

2. Fiesta

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Pantone Spring 2016, pt 2// Fiesta//Pamela Roland

Fiesta is an efforvescant yellow-red.  To make Fiesta take mostly warm red mixed with a drop of touch warm yellow.

3. Limpet Shell

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Pantone Spring 2016 pt 2// Limped Shell// 0'2nd

Limpet Shell is an aqua-like blue green. To make Limpet shell mix mostly cool blue with a drop or two of cool yellow.

4. Lilac Grey


Lilac  grey is a warm neutral that'll go with anything. To make Lilac Grey we first have to create a grey base.  To make grey mix warm yellow, warm blue, and warm red. Then add a swipe each of warm blue and warm red checking where the tint is and adding water or red/blue till you achieve the amount of purple you want in your grey.

5. Buttercup

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Pantone Spring 2016 pt 2// Buttercup// Charles& Ron

Buttercup is a vivacious, spring-y yellow like a sunflower. Bittercup doesnt take a lot of mixing, you just need a heavily pigmented warm yellow.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Sketchworthy Reads: Southern Curls and Pearls

   Southern Curls and Pearls is  a fashion and lifestyle blog by Caitlin . She calls herself, "a Southern Belle with a heart for Jesus and a passion for great style.  She features styled outfits from her favorite designers that she prides herself on being a mix of high and low end fashion, hair tutorials  ,  lifestyle advice ,  and pictures from fun, frequent trips.  

Her style is classic and timeless with a pop of trends. Caitlin invests in feminine  pieces that stand the test of time like  this delicate  Chloe bag  and seasonal staples like her ever present Tory Burch "Kierman" riding boots

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Sketchworthy Reads- Southern Curls & Pearls// pale pink

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Sketch worthy Reads- Southern  Curls & Pearls//Chloe Drew Bag

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Sketchworthy Reads- Southern Curls& Pearls// Tory Burch Riding Boots
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Pantone Spring 2016, Pt. 1

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Pantone Spring 2016, Pt 1

Each year Pantone names what are to be the most popular colors of the year. They are really fun to look at but how can we take our basic paint colors and mix them  to create the colors of the year?  I'm going to show you!

The theme of the colors this year is meant to create a calm feeling.

"Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation."(1)

For the first time ever Pantone has chosen two colors to be the color of the year. They are Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.

You can mix tube watercolors or pan watercolors to make to make any color you like if you have the basics.  Mix water and the amount of pigment you'd like mixing and add a little  more of each till you're happy, dip your brush, and paint!

1. Rose Quartz

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Pantone Spring 2016, Pt 1// Rose Quartz//Houghton
Rose Quartz is a soft, warm pink. Create rose quartz by watering down your warm red and  adding a touch of white to lighten it.

2. Peach Echo

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Pantone Spring 2016, Pt 1// Peach Echo// Dennis Basso

Peach Echo is a bright, friendly orange color with a hint of coral. To make a peach echo shade mix equal parts of a warm red & warm yellow.

3. Snorkel Blue 

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Pantone Spring 2016, Pt 1// Snorkel Blue// Angelys Balek

Snorkel blue is bright, vibrant, & regal.  Snorkel Blue comes from deeply pigmented warm blues like ultramarine or Prussian blue.

4. Iced Coffee 

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Pantone Spring 2016, Pt 1// Iced Coffee// Noon By Noor

 Iced Coffee is a nuetral, earthy brown. To make ice coffee water down a brown like raw umber or burnt sienna.

5. Green Flash

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Panton Spring 2016, pt 1//  Green Flash// Nicole Miller

Green Flash is a neon green. To maje green flash mix warm yellow with  drop of warm blue .

Next week-  Part 2!
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Creating A Basic Watercolor Palette

Creating a watercolor palette is a highly personal thing. We all have different colors we like and different colors that we use more than others.  However, there  are a few basic colors that can be mixed to make almost any color.

All color explinations and pictures  are from artist Jane Blundell. She writes extensively on choosing colors and watercolor technique, her site is definitely worth checking out.

I am linking to Daniel Smith watercolors to keep consistentcy but feel free to use any brand you like or combine brands to get the exact shades you love.

This is by no means a hard and fast rule for what you need to paint with but a general collection many watercolorists keep as a foundation for their collection of paints. It keeps color choices limited and can always be returned to when brushing up on basics or you can only bring along a few colors.

Colors are divided into warm and cool. We need both types to create balance.
Warm and cool colors are a spectrum within each hue. Hue is a color or shade.

Warm colors are made with orange, red, and yellow. They are said to evoke feelings of heat and sunlight.

Cool colors are colors like blue, green, and gray known for having a calm sense about them.

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Basic Watercolor Palette//Anthropologie color wheel pendant

Looking at the color wheel, warm colors are on one side, cool on the other. Where the colors meet and  mix they form hybrids. Hybrid colors can be cool or warm depending on how they are mixed. For example,  a bright lime green  is considered warm because it has a yellow base while Kelly green tends towards the cool side with blue mixed in it.

Cool Yellows are  a brighter yellow like lemon yellow. Cool yellows tend to make green-ish colors when mixed.
Hansa Yellow Medium

Other names for cool yellows:
Cadmium yellow Light
Transparent Yellow
 Nickel Azo Yellow

Warm Yellows tend to look more orange.
Quinacridone Gold
Other warm yellows:
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Basic Watercolor Palette// Quinacridone Gold// Jane Blundell
Cadmium yellow medium
New gambouge
Hansa Yellow Deep

Cool Red is more purple than yellow.
Quinacridone Rose


Other cool reds:
Cadmium red medium
permanent rose
Permanent Rose

 Warm Red leans towards orange-red.
Pyrrol Crimson
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Basic Watercolor Palette// Pyrrol Crimson// Jane Blundell

Other Warm Reds:
Transparent pyrrol orange
Permanent red
Cadmium Red Scarlet
Naphthol Red

 Cool Blue has a green bias.
Cerulean Chromium
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Basic Watercolor Palette// Cerulean Chromium// Jane Blundell

Other cool blues:
Phthalo blue
Prussian Blue
 Manganese Blue

Warm Blue appear more purple.
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog // Basic Watercolor Palette// Ultramarine// Jane Blundell

Other warm blues:
French ultramarine
 Cobalt Blue

 Green comes in blue shades and yellow shades because that's how you make green! It is a rather neutral color and becomes warm or cool based on what you mix it with.
Phthlao Green
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//Basic Watercolor Palette//Phthalate Green // Jane Blundell

Other greens:
Sap Green
Hookers green

Earth Colors round put a palette and are colors you see in nature.
Burnt Sienna & Yellow Ochre

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Basic Watercolor Palette// Burnt Sienna// Jane Blundell

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Basic Watercolor Palette// Yellow Ochre// Jane Blundell

Other Earth Colors:
 Raw Sienna
 Indian Red
Raw Umber
Burnt Umber

Do you have a basic watercolor palette? What colors have you included?

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