Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Unisex Palette for Spring 2016

As with Fall 2015, colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette. For Spring 2016 there are truly no perceivable distinctions in color choices between the men’s and women’s collections, both of which focus on a desire to breathe and reflect, then play.

The soothing, calming nature of colors in the Spring collections are led by Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.

The fashion and design communities, and consequently, consumers, have been in love with orange for several seasons. Coming to the fore this Spring is, Peach Echo, a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family.

Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.

A maritime-inspired blue, Snorkel Blue plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context. The name alone implies a relaxing vacation and encourages escape. It is striking yet still, with lots of activity bursting from its undertones.

While the majority of the Spring/Summer palette trends toward calmness, a few diversions from the theme emerge that offer a contrast. With Buttercup designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place.

A shade of aqua that leans toward the green family, Limpet Shell is clear, clean and defined. Suggestive of clarity and freshness, its crisp and modern influences evoke a deliberate, mindful tranquility.

As in most any season, the need for neutrals arises. Essentially a basic, the subtlety of the lilac undertone in, Lilac Gray, adds a distinctive edge to this classic gray shade.

The high energy Fiesta is a harbinger of excitement, encouraging free-spirited exploration to unknown but welcoming locales. A strong and fiery, yellow-based red, the vivid Fiesta provides a stark contrast to the calming, softer nature of this season’s palette.
A transitional color that will take us through the seasons, Iced Coffee manifests as another strong neutral for the season. With its natural earthy quality, the softness and subtlety of Iced Coffee creates a stable foundation when combined with the rest of this season’s palette.

Green Flash calls on its wearer to explore, push the envelope and escape the mundane, radiating an openness that combines with the rest of the palette in unexpected but serendipitous ways. The popularity of this brilliant hue is representative of nature’s persistent influence even in urban environments, a trend continuing to inspire designers.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Pantone's Palette for SPRING 2016. We are excited.

Influenced by the world of art and the desire to disconnect from technology and unwind, designers this season have gravitated toward a very calming palette. Designers were also inspired by the contrast of urban design and lush vegetation, leading to unexpected color combinations and collections reminiscent of architecture, travel and nostalgia. By creating looks that truly represent the world we live in, both constructed and organic, designers sought to awaken a sense of reflection, followed by playful escapism. Artists, many of whom are known for bold color usage and strong shapes and lines, played an influential role in this season's styles – from Matisse, Picasso and Frank Stella to Esther Stewart and Sam Falls. With Cuba and other destinations south of the border top of mind, designers are playing with courageous color statements that aren't afraid to be vibrant but at the same time are combined with quieting, classic and more natural tones. "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."

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Glitz and Glamour

New Year's Eve is a chance to get all dolled up. 
Grab your gold or silver or sequins or velvet! 
It's THE time for glitz and glamour! 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

More Last Minute Tips

Be sure to Accessorize! Wear BIG fabulous earrings. Add glitz and glamour with a bangle or two! Make sure your headband or headpiece is festive for the occasion. And, don't forget about adding just the right bag and shoes. It's all about the little details!

And plan ahead! Grab a little wrap to keep with you - especially if you're opting for a strapless, one-shoulder, sleeveless outfit. You don't want to be cold...but you still need to look fabulous!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Let's Talk Neckline

Choose an interesting neckline. Feeling a little flirtatious or sexy? Why not choose a strapless top or dress? Or, if strapless is out of your comfort zone, go for the flattering v-neck or sweetheart neckline! Or, if you like something more modest in front, perphaps a backless dress would be perfect!  There are so many options and so many ways to look special!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

When Choosing Your Outfit for New Years Eve (or ANY OTHER Occasion) It's Important to Be Comfortable!

If you're wearing a skirt, choose a length that works for you. Short skirts are really popular for New Year’s Eve, but if you're not comfortable showing that much skin, stick with a skirt that hits closer to the knee. Bottom line, you need to select the length that makes you look and feel your best, regardless of tradition. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Are You Ready for New Years Eve?

Do you have plans for New Years Eve? Does your celebration include a house party or something larger? Or does your tradition include a romantic dinner at a great restaurant? Regardless of how you spend your night, you need to know how to dress for the occasion, right? Most parties, even those at the homes of friends, are quite festive and give folks a chance to dress up. The type and location of your party will dictate how you dress. Should you choose a daring, glitzy outfit, or will you be more casual?  Do you need a little inspiration about what you should wear on New Year’s Eve? Well, some of the tips over the next days might help...and the Willow Tree associates are always available to help you out!

Friday, December 11, 2015

There IS an Art to Gift Giving

What is a thoughtful gift? Well, the first and most important step in choosing a truly thoughtful gift for someone special is that you make it PERSONAL. Show them that you really know who they are. Make sure it “speaks to them”. Then, make sure it’s meaningful to that person. (It could even mean a used item.....such as re-gifting of a family heirloom.)

Sometimes our customers tell us it’s hard to choose a meaningful and personal gift. We always help them and show them just how easy it is by just asking questions.

We tell them to really stop and think about the person they're buying for. What makes them unique? Is it a relative, a co-worker or a close friend? A child? A new romantic partner? What stage of life are they in right now? What do they need? What do they do for fun? What makes them happy? What are their hobbies? These are just some of the simple questions that will lead that “A-Ha” moment.  From there, it's easy. We might even know that person, her favorite brands, colors and items from her wish list!  We're here to make sure that she's thrilled with your thoughtful and meaningful gift!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Holiday Survival Skills Number 2

A huge tip in surviving the holiday season is to take care of yourself! How can you do that? A good place to start is to make sure that you “don’t sweat the small stuff”. Don’t create your own stress.  Believe me, no one is going to care if your gifts are wrapped as perfect as a professional would wrap them. No one is going to be upset if you didn’t make all of your cookies from scratch. They really won’t! 

Another skill that you need to have or develop is time management! It’s such a busy time of year – so make lists…by day or week or category. Plan ahead and break your tasks down into smaller manageable chunks. Start early enough in the season so you have plenty of time to enjoy the process!

Finally, remember to pamper yourself! Take a nice long bubble bath with a cup of tea or glass of wine. Listen to some music. Get enough sleep! Grab a few moments of alone time before everyone else gets up in the morning. Sitting at the window watching the sun come up while enjoying a cup of coffee and some peace and quiet can be a perfect way to start a hectic day.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Holiday Survival Guide - Part I

The most important "survival skill" for the holiday season is to avoid stress. The holiday season is supposed to be a time to enjoy and appreciate your family and friends. Storming the doors, grabbing the last door buster (or having it grabbed from you), waiting in long lines, experiencing cranky people -- and all the hassle are just not necessary. There are alternatives to the madness...and we're happy to be one of them! 

Willow Tree offers a civilied, relaxed and personal place to shop. We'll give you a sip of wine...wrap your gifts and even help you get your packages to the car!

Come in and experience the warm and wonderful Willow Tree