Blue Days + Foggy Grays

“I wonder sometimes if fog is just the clouds that could not stand being away from
the earth any longer. Just the ones that were too tired to float any more, and wanted to feel soil once again.” Tyler Knott Gregson

This past Saturday, when a blanket of gloomy, misty fog covered the city of Grand Rapids, I made my way downtown to explore the city. Located in the area that is called Calder Plaza is a sculpture by American artist Alexander Calder. La Grande Vitesse is French for “the great swiftness” a reference to the river flowing through heart of the city. Painted in Calder’s signature bright red, it was constructed in Tours, France and assembled on the plaza in 1967. The steel sculpture is 54 feet long, 43 feet tall, 30 feet wide and weighs 42 tons. This was the first public art work to be funded by the Art in Public Places program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Calder Plaza Downtown Grand Rapids - Fall winter women's gray trench coat, light blue serenity blouse, dark flared jeans

Jessica BLOUSE: Jessica Swagman | JEANS: Macy’s (similar here) | COAT: Michael Kors (similar here) | PURSE: Aldo (similar here or here) | SHOES: DSW (similar here)

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Spring 2016

While I tend to blaze my own path when it comes to the design of my collections, it’s always key to have an eye on what is trending.

Last fall, Pantone announced the top 10 colors for Spring 2016. The palette is an awesome mix between calm and energetic, cool and warm, soft and vibrant.

“Influenced by the world of art, new global doors opening and the desire to disconnect from technology and unwind, designers this season have gravitated toward a palette that is first and foremost calming. Paying homage to the beauty of natural resources, colors emerging in the Spring collections serve as vehicles that transport wearers to more tranquil, mindful environs which encourage relaxation first, followed by curiosity and exploration.”

Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves… and I couldn’t agree more with Leatrice Eiseman.Grand Rapids Fashion Designer - Pantone's colors for Spring 2016
Grand Rapids Fashion Designer - Pantone colors for Spring 2016 - Fiesta 17-1564Grand Rapids Fashion Designer - Pantone colors for Spring 2016 - Serenity 15-3919Grand Rapids Fashion Designer - Pantone colors for Spring 2016 - Snorkel Blue 19-4049
Grand Rapids Fashion Designer - Pantone's colors for Spring 2016 - Buttercup 12-0752Grand Rapids Fashion Designer - Pantone colors for Spring 2016 - Limpet Shell 13-4810Grand Rapids Fashion Designer - Pantone colors for Spring 2016 - Lilac Gray 16-3905Grand Rapids Fashion Designer - Pantone colors for Spring 2016 - Fiesta 17-1564Grand Rapids Fashion Designer - Pantone colors for Spring 2016 - Iced Coffee 15-1040Grand Rapids Fashion Designer - Pantone colors for Spring 2016 - Green Flash 15-0146