Thursday, 5 September 2013

Pantone Presents: The Colors of Spring 2014!

Hello my dear blog readers!

I am so sorry it has taken me so long to write a new blog post! Things have been busy and even though that is no excuse, it is often the reason why the blog is on hold for a bit as I like to properly sit down for this. You are going to like this one though, because the new fashion color trends have arrived!!

I am going to dive straight into it! The summer of 2014 is all about the strong, artistic person. As seen in the summer collections of this season, pastels are all around us. 2014 However, combines this with a few spicy touches!

The first three colors I want to highlight are part of the pastel range and on the cold end of the colors.

Firstly there is Placid Blue, a very soft sky blue that stands for tranquility and calmness. Naturally, this color is easily combined with white and darker blue varieties, but should you want something more daring, why not try combining it with Cayenne red and some grey?

The second color in this pastel trio is one that reminds me a bit of the blue-ish purple color of Yardley Lavender soap. Violet Tulip is a somewhat soft light purple, described by Pantone as vintage. As it is such a soft and quiet color, I would suggest combining this with its brighter sister Radiant Orchid which I will explain later on. Shades of green and orange also work well.

The third and final color in the cooler shades is called Hemlock, a light soft shade of green. In previous color reports, Pantone has shown us some brighter and harder greens, so this is a nice change for the summer. Again, as this is a soft color it is best in combination with a bold statement color like Radiant Orchid, Celosia Orange or Freesia yellow.

Going slowly towards the warmer shades, the next color is one of my favorites. It is a very neutral color named Sand. The name says it all really. This color reminds you of a very obvious thing: sand! And most of all, beaches where you can find the most of it. According to Pantone, this color emphasizes the carefree moments in life. When it comes to fashion and jewelry, I love combining this color with Radiant Orchid and Cayenne, but also Freesia or Dazzling Blue and Paloma grey for its calmer variety.

Paloma grey is a silvery color that goes well with most colors. It is a very neutral color, but sophisticated enough to be worn by itself as well. Grey usually makes me think of an office straight away. A nice suit or a silk scarf. Maybe in this case, to make it more exciting, a pencil skirt with a bright bold blouse on top. Basically a color that can be combined with almost everything and therefor a must-have!

Going over to brighter things, lets start with Cayenne, a vibrant red that is spicy and adds that extra kick to the more neutral shades. This shade works well in particular with purples and greys, but becomes a proper flavor bomb when mixed with Freesia.

As I have just mentioned it in combination with Cayenne red, I think it is time to highlight this bright, sunny shade called Freesia! It reminds me of a top I have just bought in mustard, a lovely deep vibrant shade of yellow. I personally love combining this color with neutrals like Sand and blues like Dazzling Blue. Pantone offers a really interesting different combination with Hemlock and Celosia Orange, something I can't wait to try!

The last color in this warm bunch of brights, is a warm orange with the name Celosia Orange. It is described as spontaneous and optimistic, definitely something we can all use after the dark winter days! I mentioned it before with Freesia yellow, but this color is also a great combination with purples like Violet Tulip and Radiant Orchid, or a bit more neutral with Paloma and Cayenne if you don't want to make it too bold.

From the bold, warm colors we move on to the last two of the bunch. Not so much less bold, but in the cooler ranges of the color palette. The first of the two is a wonderful bright purple with the name of Radiant Orchid. I have mentioned it earlier in this post in combination with the other colors, but I would like to stress that this strong color can perfectly hold its ground on its own.

Finally, the last color of this set is a bold blue called Dazzling Blue. As I mentioned earlier with Sand, the name of this color says it all as well. It is dazzling and wonderful! Pantone mentions that it is the complete opposite to Placid Blue and these two can therefor easily be combined. I love combining this color in my jewelry with Freesia and golden metals. Are you looking to go even bolder? Try combining this shade of blue with Celosia Orange and Cayenne red.

This brings me to the end of a wonderful set of spring 2014 colors. Brilliantly chosen by Pantone and I hope you are looking forward to seeing the new JbA ideas that will come up soon! ©

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Feedback needed on this bracelet!

My dear readers, today I decided to dive into my bead box and create some new items as I've got a new charity event coming up in May (more information on that will follow soon).

As I wanted to do something that is completely new to me but also something I can make variations on, I went for a faux suede wrap bracelet. Because this is such a new thing, I would like to ask all of you to please let me know what you think!

Don't forget that this is just the first one. I can make many more in different colors and with various beads. ©

Here is the second one:

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2013

The New York Fashion Week is hot and going which means that Pantone has come up with a new, amazing color report! Fresh from the press and I must say that my first impression is very positive. The colors show sophistication, class and elegance but are also vivid enough for the darker seasons of the year.

Now, I know we are just about to enter spring, however I couldn't wait to share the latest with you so here are the new fashion color trends for Fall 2013!

I am starting off with a very popular color which we saw earlier in the spring color report: Emerald. This rich green shade is named color of the year 2013 and I think we can all understand why! During spring, when plants are showing off their wonderful green foliage, this color really comes to life. But even in autumn, when leaves change their color, emerald fits the smooth transition from green to a more yellow hue which later turns into deep orange.

 That change from deep green to a more yellowish green brings me to the second color called Linden Green. This color is part of the color report according to Pantone 'to offer some lightness and brightness to the darker shades of fall'. To me, Linden Green looks like the light shade in the army camouflage suits. As boring as this color might seem on its own, try combining it with purple Acai and red Samba and it might surprise you! If you are more into the cooler colors, try this color with Mykonos Blue.

The next color is a type of blue with the name Mykonos Blue, the lighter sister of Sodalite Blue which was mentioned in earlier Color Reports. Mykonos Blue might look bold but having this shade of blue in your wardrobe will definitely add class and elegance to the mix! A classic combination is formed with golden accessories, but when it comes to other colors, try combining Mykonos Blue with shades of gray like Turbulence and Copper metals or go for an autumn look with Carafe brown and orange like Koi.

From blue we move on to the warmer colors, starting with a deep purple called Acai. This purple is not quite as bold as Phlox, seen in earlier fashion color reports, but absolutely fits the fall color trend with its elegance and richness. Pantone describes this color in her report as exotic and mysterious and I see where they are coming from. To me that is exactly what purple does. As mentioned before Acai is beautiful together with Linden Green and Samba but if you happen to love the classic combinations better, Acai will always look amazing with gray like Turbulence. For bold, bright options, go for Acai with Vivacious, a deep shade of fuchsia.

Samba is the next color in line and I must say I love it! The best way to describe this color is simply red. Maybe not as bright red as its brothers and sisters but Samba definitely brings the good old dramatic effect to every outfit! Using Samba red in combination with neutrals reminds me of wearing all natural make-up with bold red lipstick. Something I must admit, I have not yet dared to try but looks amazing on tv and in magazine! Perhaps this will be something for the future ;-)

Next to neutral colors, Samba red likes to be worn with Koi orange and purples but also forms a nice office-combination with the black pencil skirt or Turbulence gray.

Moving from red to a color that is always close to my heart in a way even though I do not really wear it much. Orange, the national color of my home country The Netherlands. This particular shade of orange carries the name Koi, probably because it resembles the color of the Koi carp. A beautiful soft orange that definitely needs to come out of the wardrobe every once in a while! Orange is by some of us seen as a difficult color that does not fit everyone. However, if it does suit you, it is so easy to combine in the shape of a top with a simple deep blue pair of jeans. When it comes to the colors in this report, Mykonos Blue is not the only one Koi can be combined with. Try a elegant combination with Turbulence or Vivacious for a bold statement.

Vivacious pink is a darker Fuchsia that completely fits the fall range of 2013. Every woman loves a shade of girly pink in their life right? Well, this one is definitely that! It offers sensuality as well as brightness. In office attire Vivacious attracts blacks and grays, even a natural green like Deep Lichen Green but also the glamorous browns like Carafe.

From the proper lively colors we move to the natural shades. I must say that they are absolutely gorgeous! The first of three natural hues is a brown one with the name Carafe. Pantone describes this brown as glamorous and I agree! Personally I love brown and wear it quite often. Carafe shows a true warm brown that will take you through the cold seasons of the year in no time! Classic combinations involve Mykonos Blue and Koi, as well as Samba and Acai, but to be honest I think this shade will go with almost anything! A good replacement for the more formal black that we all tend to grab during the dark winter months.

The next color I would like to share with you is an army-green called Deep Lichen Green. This pale gray-green shows serenity and rest. What a great way to compliment those bright colors described earlier in this blogpost. To me, this color is the richest of all rich natural colors and I can't wait to get my hands on a nice pair of trousers and a good pair of leather boots.

Finally we move from green-gray to a proper deep gray with the name Turbulence. Again a very rich color and a perfect alternative to black. Wear Turbulence with Deep Lichen Green and Emerald for a beautiful natural green fall outfit or step into the light with Koi and Vivacious.

As we can see, Pantone have once again done a great job defining the more prominent hues for Fall 2013 and I hope that all of you, like me, can't wait to try out new things! I hope this review helps to inspire you. Remember, love your neutrals but don't be afraid to wear your colors during those dark days of the year! ©

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Spring is almost here!

After the big winter depression and dark weather, I have finally seen the first very little signs of spring today! Blue skies, full of sun and even though the temperatures are still watery cold, I couldn't help but dreaming about the flowers and the birds. This meant: inspiration all over! So I decided to do the old dig in my beadbox and went for a necklace today!

The result? Sorry guys, you'll have to wait until tomorrow for that one! ;)

What inspires you when spring is on its way? Leave a comment and let me know! ©

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Christmas Fair and News

My dear readers!
I has been over 2 months since my last post so I think it's time for an update! As you may have noticed, JbA hasn't done much online recently because unfortunately my old laptop decided to die.. It took me quite a while to get a new one, but now we are up and running again!

JbA might not have been online much, but we have definitely not been sitting still! On December 1st, JbA had a stall at the Brockmoor Community Centre in Brierly Hill (Dudley area). One of the ladies I met at previous events invited JbA to have a stall at their Christmas Fair in aid of Leukaemia Care UK and of course we could not say no to that! It ended up only to be for a couple of hours, but we had a great time!

You might have already seen the pictures on the JbA Facebook site, but for those who have missed it, here are some shots taken during the Christmas Fair:

I hope these pictures can give you a little bit of an idea of what are little stall looked like!
Other than the fair, I am very busy designing new items for Spring 2013 of which I gave you a little preview in my earlier posts. Hopefully I will be able to finish some items tomorrow and of course they will be on the blog soon after that! In the meantime please keep an eye on the blog! ©

Monday, 8 October 2012

Longing for Egyptian sands

A new day with new jewelry. In my last post I gave all of you a little sneak preview of what my next jewelry plans were. This time I went a bit outside of my own box and decided to create a piece with golden elements, a color I myself do not really wear. 

For the next two items, I have used the colors Monaco Blue and Lemon Zest as the base of my inspiration. By combining the yellow of the gold with dark blue, a royal combination comes to my mind that takes me back to tales and stories about Egyptian Farao's. With it's deep blue waters and golden deserts, I think this jewelry fits the Middle East very well. See for yourself and let me know what you think! ©




Both the bracelet and the earrings are made with large Blue Stripe Agate semi-precious stones, combined with dark blue glass pearls and golden color metal elements. These items will soon be added to the Etsy Shop.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

A new collection is born!

Well, the start of a new collection rather, as I have been designing some pieces for Spring/Summer 2013 today! I am so excited to share the first two items with you on this lovely Sunday! 

The first piece I would like to share with you is a necklace. I have started off a bit safe by using colors I love to work with: Emerald, Grayed Jade and African Violet. These colors look absolutely amazing together and fit a variety of outfits. For the main part in the new collection, I have chosen to work with metal rings. By having one key element, the collection becomes a whole rather than a mix of loose items.

The main elements of the necklace consist of Malachite semi-precious beads, combined with Jade, Amethyst and Fluorite. Next to the stone beads, I have used a variety of Tibetan Silver elements to finish things off. I hope you like the outcome!



The second jewelry item I have created today was made in order to match the first one, as I like designing jewelry sets. In order to prevent overdoing things, I have created a simple pair of earrings. Please note that these do not have to be worn with the necklace.


So that's it, the first new pieces are out there! I hope you like what you see so far. I promise you that more will be coming up soon and to give you a little heads-up: The next colors I will be showing are Monaco Blue and Lemon Zest so keep an eye out for that! ©