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Trending: Emerald Green + Leopard

trending this fall 2013: emerald green, leopard and cats - by delphineThis fall we’re loving everything emerald green, leopard, and cats. Lytle spotted the cat flats in the window of a shoe store on King Street in Charleston and Erika is now obsessed. And that green leather tote bag with handy dandy pockets and pen holders … Santa? Saaaantaaaaa????

SOURCES: 1. Nail Polish in Stylenomics  |  2. Emerald Leather Tote  |  3. Black Kitty Cat Flats  |  4.  Delphine Meow is the Time green tablet cover  |  5. Leopard pumps  |  6.  Emerald Leopard and Classic Leopard phone case by Delphine for Keka  |  7. Cat ring  |  8. Green juice   |  9.  Leopard Clutch  |  10. Delphine Yellow Meow is the Time iPhone case

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Summer Roundup | Accessories are Everything

Summer Roundup | 4 Ways to Change 1 Uniform Outfit via DelphineThe flirty skirt with a simple tank tucked in seems to be the easiest, but also the most popular go to of trends this season. It’s cool in the hot summer heat, chic for any occasion and the options for accessorizing it are endless. We came up with four different outfits that cater to whatever style you’re going for that day. Despite the heat, no need to sweat trying to mix it up, we got it covered!

“UNIFORM” SOURCES || Tank: Smocked Bottom Cami from Target | Skirt: Factory Wide-Striped Mini from J.Crew Factory

Outfit 1: Whether it’s with the girls or with your someone special, this outfit is the perfect dinner date outfit. The accessories are pretty, simple and neutral so together with the navy and pink it’s the perfect amount of class and sass. SOURCES || Necklace: Bellaire Circle Drop Necklace from Francesca’s | Belt: Sandpoint Stitched Belt from Francesca’s | Bag: Calvin Klein Modena Leather Tote from 6PM | Shoes: Periphery Wedge Sandals from Asos

Outfit 2: Since we already did a dinner date outfit, it is only right to come up with a lunch date outfit as well. Flats are perfect because they are comfortable and cute but they keep the ensemble sharp and not too casual. Pair it with a bright purse and some gold jewelry and you’re good to go! SOURCES || Sunglasses: Ray Ban Aviators | Necklace: Triple Gold Chunky Chain Collar from Bauble Bar | Purse: Snake Embossed Crossbody Clutch from Nordstrom | Shoes: Merona Madge Cap Toe Ballet Flat from Target

Outfit 3: This may be our most casual look but it is still nothing short of fabulous. Perfect for the weekend! Mixing and matching many colors is all the rage this season so don’t be shy to pair a colorful belt, earrings, and bag, especially if you have neutral sandals.  SOURCES  || Sunglasses: With Love from CA Half Frame Tortoise Sunglasses from PacSun | Earrings: 2 Stone Drop Earrings from Target | Belt: BCBGMAXAZRIA Double Wrap Waist Belt from Lord & Taylor | Purse: Cole Haan Zoe Izzie Clutch from 6PM | Shoes: Steven Madden Cuff Leather Sandals from Lord & Taylor

Outfit 4: So obviously this last look is the office look. It’s important to be excited to go to work everyday and we believe the outfit has a lot to do with it! Keep it professional with a jacket and closed toed shoes. Add a bold statement necklace for a little edge, and don’t forget a roomy tote to stash your files. SOURCES || Jacket: Topshop Textured Blazer from Nordstrom | Necklace: Laura Necklace from Mimi Boutique | Bag: Ivanka Trump Crystal Bag from 6PM | Shoes: Arturo Chiang Avia Pointy Toe Pump from Lord & Taylor

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Emerald Green Weddings

Emerald Green Wedding Inspiration via Delphine

Emerald’s elegance and romance are forever entangled. The beautiful gemstone is said to be the sacred stone of the goddess Venus, and that its divine powers help to sustain and preserve love. It’s no wonder this exquisite color, Pantone’s color of the year for 2013 (and a Delphine perennial favorite), is the foundation of some of this year’s most fabulously chic weddings. It’s a color as old as time, direct from the wonders of nature, so no worries about emerald green being a passing trend! It’s a timeless, classic color, perfect for weddings. When Pantone named it color of the year for 2013 Erika clapped out loud! 

Ponderosa emerald green wedding invitation by Delphine. Other Items: 1. The Cake Whisperer 2. Christi Falls Photography of cookies from Sky’s the Limit Cakes 3. Bow-Topped Slingbacks from BHLDN 4. Champagne and Emerald Wedding Ideas from Sugar Branch Events 5. Fiedler Bow Tie by Beau Ties LTD 6. Swarovski Emerald Wedding Earrings via Etsy 7. Emerald Green and Gold Engagement Party Setting via Every Last Detail

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Trend | Art Deco

art deco trend via delphine


The Great Gatsby metallic book coverThe Art Deco trend is big on our radar here at the Delphine studio. We’re all just dying to see the new Gatsby movie.

Word is the release was pushed to Spring 2013 —boooo— so we’ll have to make due with re-reading (again) the book until then, and watching the 1974 film (again).

Top collage photos// Jenny Packham gown | roaring 20s wedding | 20s inspired wedding | vintage gramophone | shoulder necklace | 1920s headband | art deco inspired place setting | champagne | The Great Gatsby book

art deco trend via delphineTo get in the 1920s party mood, I rounded up a few key pieces to throw your own Art Deco inspired soirée:

1. Party Like It’s 1919 Earrings  2. Rosy-Cheeked Champagne Coupes  3. Moét & Chandon Champagne  4. The Dorothea Ring  5. Dustin Tumbler  6. Draped Swag Necklace  7. Alena Heels by Chrissie Morris  8. Embellished Pipali Dress  9. St. Germain Liqueur  10. Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Colour in Passion  11. Antique Engagement Ring  12. Gold Iron Mirror Tray


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Trend Spot: Neon at the Farmer’s Market

trend spotting neon colorsEverywhere I go these days I see neon, even at the Farmer’s Market. It’s a trend that I think has been trying to poke its way in for several years now. A little goes a long way: a neutral outfit with a single pop of neon is the way to go, I think. When I was a kid fluorescent was all the rage — I remember wearing neon green socks with my black stirrup pants and black Reebok high tops and an off the shoulder sweatshirt (ripped at the collar, of course). I recently bought myself some neon pink nail polish for my toes but haven’t had 5 minutes to sit down and try it out yet. Have you incorporated any neon into your life lately?

watermelon strawberry juice at Rancho Santa Fe Farmer's Market Delicious watermelon and strawberry juice at the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. Don’t you love those neon drinking straws? And the cups of fruit sticks — perfect finger food for hot summer days. Replace the red “go cups” with simple glass ones, and I think it would be a pretty and perfect cocktail hour nibbles for a wedding.

french baskets in neon colors For my wishlist: the neon green French basket. I think it would make a stylish beach bag.

squash blossomsEven the squash blossoms were neon at the market. They were so crazy bright they seemed fake and I will admit I poked them to be sure they were real (they were).

//photos: Erika Firm

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trend i love: chevrons

I just can’t get enough of the zig-zag o-riffic CHEVRON trend. I am counting down the days and saving my pennies for the Missoni for Target collection next month. I call dibs on any tote bags at the Encinitas store!

DETAILS: //1//Blue Chevron wedding invitation by Delphine for Wedding Paper Divas    //2//Gray chevron bedding from Urban Outfitters    //3//Blue herringbone glass from Artedona    //4//M Missoni chrochet knit dress    //5//”This Side of Paradise,” by Fitzgerald    //6//Missoni tote bag    //7// Customizable yellow chevron iPhone case    //8// Yellow herringbone glass from Artedona    //9// Yellow Chevron wedding invitation by Delphine for Wedding Paper Divas.

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inspired by lovely lace + big partnership news!

Lately I’ve been exploring softer, more romantic designs. A random paper doily found in the bottom of a kitchen drawer inspired the new romantic lace doily wedding invitation I designed for Wedding Paper Divas.

That’s right! In addition to all the new designs we’re releasing this month in our new Delphine wedding album, we’re also launching a partnership with Tiny Prints and Wedding Paper Divas! I’m super excited about this new partnership. We worked with the Tiny Prints folks to help design a new hybrid letterpress-digital wedding invitation.

What does that mean? Well, the design-y part (in this case, the doily motif) is letterpressed on pretty cotton paper, and the text (the part you customize) is printed flat/digitally. My collection of Delphine for Wedding Paper Divas wedding invitations launched with a few designs last month. Check back often, as the collection will be filling out soon.

DETAILS: //1// California rustic wedding, photo by Wildflower Photography via Style Me Pretty   //2// Lace doily “Soothing Crcles” wedding invitation by yours truly, Delphine, for Wedding Paper Divas   //3// Stunning lace dress by Lela Rose   //4// Cotton and antique lace dress by Sestra Moja  //5// Picture perfect lace wedding cake by Sweet and Saucy   //6// Rustic salvaged wood tiered serving tray from Restoration Hardware   //7// Queen Anne’s Lace necklace from BHLDN   //8// Lace dancing shoes by Badgley Mischka from Nordstrom

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NSS 2011 recap

I’ve returned from a whirlwind trip to New York for the National Stationery Show (NSS). Although I didn’t exhibit, I still managed to run myself ragged … running to meetings, parties, dinners, impromptu conferences, snapping photos, taking notes, making friends, planning future projects & events. I had a great time, except for the part where I was sick and the part where I was stuck on a loooong flight home, ill, on my birthday : ( 

It will take me a few more days to decompress (and catch up on actual work), but meanwhile if you’d like to read about the show, I highly recommend these sources:

Oh So Beautiful Paper: Nole has the very best roundups on all the new stuff! It’s like going to the show without having to step foot in the Javits Center yourself. 

Brooklyn Bride and Mom Inc. Daily have fun recaps of the 7th annual NSS meetup. 

I am also working on a series of graphic design trend report posts from NSS (think Ikat, overprinting, neon, gold, watercolor) and the first one went live today on Creative-SoCal.

Thanks for understanding as posts are sporadic the next week or so as I recover from the show and my illness. Special hugs to all of you whom I met at the show who mentioned to me that you read my blog. I truly appreciate your support!

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trendspotting: overprinting

Overprinting, one of the trends I noticed last year at the National Stationery Show (NSS) and New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) is really starting to hit mainstream. I think the overprinting trend was influenced a lot by, ahem, letterpress (okay, okay, and screen printing).

Because every color you print costs money (additional plates, additional passes through the press, more wasted paper), a lot of printers use the less is more approach, and overlap two inks to create a third (i.e. yellow and blue make green).

It’s a technique that can be simulated in flat printed artwork by utilizing the transparency filter in Illustrator, and I’m seeing A LOT of it lately (including in my own work … look for Delphine Christmas cards this year using overprinted text and artwork). 

John even used this technique last weekend while coloring Easter Eggs! He has a lot more patience than I do. I like to color on the eggs with white crayon then let them sit in a single color. Boring, huh? 

I’m excited to head off to NSS next month. I predict a lot more overprinting at the show this year, as well as nautical stripes, anchors, ikat and other patterns pulled from textiles, yellow, yellow, yellow, dark teal, metallics and pennants/flags. 

<<<IMAGES>>> Alphabet print by Ryan Beshar via OhDeeOh   GAP Sale eblast     Overprinted wedding invitations by Erin Jang     Elum thank you card on the cover of Stationery Trends magazine     Easter eggs by John at Delphine

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invitation color palette: mimosa yellow and sky blue

Early 2011 wedding invitation color combination trend report: blue and yellow! Yay!

In 2010 we printed purple wedding invitation after lavender wedding invitation after aubergine wedding invitation after lilac wedding invitation … I am the first to admit that purple is not my favorite color, so I have to say that I am thrilled to see this purple color trend starting to die down.

Last year we printed a ton of purple for wedding, like this Meeting Street invitation.

So what is replacing it, you may ask? Well, I think it’s a little too early to identify a sure wedding color trend, but we getting more than a few sample kit requests for yellow and blue combos. I love this combination — it’s just so HAPPY and perfect for a summer wedding.

Our HIBISCUS wedding invitation, letterpressed in blue and mimosa inks.

Yellow also looks great paired with charcoal grey, doesn’t it? This is our Etienne save the date with a freesia yellow background.

We’re also seeing lots of light pink and muted metallic sample requests, which I think is just the dreamiest, most romantic color combo for a wedding. We’re working on getting a photo shoot together, so I promise more photos of these new trends in wedding invitation color combos very soon!

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