Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge: Paloma

by Marissa B on April 15, 2014

Welcome to the 3rd Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge hosted by me and Heidi from Literate & Stylish! Join us by wearing the selected color each day this week. Submit your link below or tag me @themodernausten on Instagram with the hashtag #pantonechallenge. You can read more about the challenge here!

Pantone Inspired Color Challenge Paloma1 style outfits link parties inspiration Blouse: LOFT Outlet (Goodwill)
Tank: LOFT
Jeans: LOFT
Keds: Kohl’s

Thanks for stopping by Pantone week! We’re linking up over on Heidi’s blog, Literate & Stylish, today again and then back here Wednesday through Friday. Be sure to check out yesterday’s challenge, Radiant Orchid!

Today’s color is Paloma, a light, calming gray shade. I realized I didn’t own much of this shade in my wardrobe, at least in terms of “spring clothing,” so I made this striped tunic blouse work. I wear this top very frequently because it can be thrown on or layered so easily and its little details make it more interesting than a plain tee.

I think gray is one of my favorite neutrals because it’s fresh, light, and not as predictable or common as black or brown. It’s a great neutral for spring in particular, as it would be perfect paired with brights like coral, mint green, or teal.

I promise not all of my outfits will be this boring this week! I kept it simple because sometimes simplicity is best, but I’ll try to throw in some more interesting looks in the next three days! :) Heidi and I are having such a great time checking out your looks, so keep them coming!

Pantone Inspired Color Challenge Paloma2 style outfits link parties inspiration
Pantone Inspired Color Challenge Paloma3 style outfits link parties inspiration

Tomorrow we’re brightening things up with Dazzling Blue! Show us your best looks:

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**This link-up challenge is in no way sponsored by or affiliated with Pantone–we just love their colors.  For more information about Pantone LLC and PANTONE® products, visit www.pantone.com.**

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Welcome to the 3rd Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge hosted by me and Heidi from Literate & Stylish! Join us by wearing the selected color each day this week. Submit your link below or tag me @themodernausten on Instagram with the hashtag #pantonechallenge. You can read more about the challenge here!

Pantone Color Challenge Radiant Orchid1.png style outfits link parties inspiration

Tank: LOFT
Cardigan: H&M (similar)
Jeans: LOFT
Flats: Payless
Necklace: The Limited

Happy Pantone week! Heidi and I are so excited for our third Pantone challenge and we hope that you’ll feel inspired to join us throughout the week, even if you can’t commit to every day. We’re linking up over on Heidi’s blog, Literate & Stylish, today and tomorrow and then back here Wednesday through Friday.

Today’s color is Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Color of the Year. It’s a gorgeous purple/pink hue that I just adore. I decided to keep it simple by colorblocking with a deeper shade of purple and accenting with a bold statement necklace. I feel like Radiant Orchid is universally flattering on all skin tones and fitting for all personalities, so it’s no surprise that it was chosen for the whole year.

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Pantone Color Challenge Radiant Orchid4 style outfits link parties inspiration

Tomorrow’s color is Paloma, a pretty dove gray color. I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with! Here’s the button to add to your blog posts:

Spring Pantone Inspired Color Challenge Button 3 style outfits link parties inspiration

**This link-up challenge is in no way sponsored by or affiliated with Pantone–we just love their colors.  For more information about Pantone LLC and PANTONE® products, visit www.pantone.com.**

Linking up to: Funday MondayMonday BloomMonday Must Haves,Mix-It Mondays

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The Friday 5: v. 19

by Marissa B on April 11, 2014

The Friday 5 is a weekly feature highlighting interesting, controversial, heart-wrenching, inspirational, and/or creative content worth reading and sharing. I always find the best blog posts, articles, outfits, and inspiration from other bloggers, so I hope I can do the same for you. Here’s to hoping something will make a difference in your weekend!

The Friday 5 v 19 links 2 inspiration

  1. How to Fight–The Right Way (GREAT tips for handling those arguments with your significant other!)
  2. Every once in a while, I get a blogging “funk.” I know I’m not alone in this, as Erin eloquently shares in Quieting the Noise.
  3. Grilled Cheese Party. Enough said.
  4. “Create Less. Promote More.” 12 Ways to Extend the Life of Every Article You Write
  5. In love with this Behind the Scenes of a Fashion Post!

And on this side of the fence . . .

  1. In light of the upcoming Pantone Challenge (starts on MONDAY!), check out last fall’s round up!
  2. 5 Ways to Simplify
  3. As the weather improves, your Instagram feed explodes with pictures of flowers, sunshine, and colors. Try out some of My Top 5 Photo Editing Apps for your next shot.
  4. Teacher Appreciation Day is coming up next month. Who will you be thanking?
  5. Why not sew a simple elastic waist skirt to wear this spring?

Enjoy your weekends! I hope you’ve been preparing your outfits for next week! It’s going to be an AWESOME challenge and I look forward to meeting new friends!

Linking up to Oak & Oats!

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The Perfect Daytime Reading Nook

by Marissa B on April 10, 2014

If you’re a self-proclaimed bibliophile, you’ve probably dreamed up what your ideal reading location would look like. Maybe you imagine an old-fashioned library with dim lights, ladders that stretch high into the expanded ceiling, and oversized leather chairs. Maybe you prefer a window seat, snuggled up with a blanket and a cup of cocoa while the rain lightly taps the glass. Perhaps you think of your bed with crisp white sheets and lots of feathery pillows. In any case, it’s perfect and there’s no place better.

For me, my ideal reading spot changes depending on my mood, the time of day, and what kind book I’m reading. Recently, I’ve been craving fun and easy reads and imagine being curled up in a bright and comfortable space, tucked away in a corner.

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Most importantly, my reading nook needs to be comfortable. How perfect would this oversized bean bag chair from Bean Bag Boss be? It can be molded into different shapes depending on how you want to sit and it looks really comfortable.

Underneath the bean bag, I’d love a fun and soft carpet to sink my toes into, like this fun printed number from IKEA. Of course, I’d have snuggle up with this incredibly soft throw and fun chevron pillow from West Elm! I’d store all of my books in my IKEA Expedit shelf, artfully styled a la Pinterest, naturally. And for a wink to my favorite girl Jane, I’d hang her Persuasion litograph on the wall.

Simple, colorful, bright. Sigh.

What would your perfect daytime reading nook look like?

A Friendly Reminder: The Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge starts on MONDAY! Will you be joining us?

Disclosure: This post contains a few affiliate links to products and brands I love. As always, thank you for supporting the brands that make The Modern Austen possible!

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A Taste of Whole 30: Why I Quit After 5 Days

April 9, 2014

With the huge emphasis on health and fitness these days, especially on blogs and on social media (hello, #Fitspiration?), it’s no wonder that even I found myself contemplating which bandwagon I would jump on to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. I have been pretty decent about working out these days and have taken some yoga classes, […]

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Join us for the 3rd Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge

April 7, 2014

Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again! Heidi from Literate & Stylish and I are putting together our THIRD Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge this spring! We hosted a spring and fall challenge last year and are so excited to bring it back again this year. If you’re not familiar with the challenge, allow me to […]

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The Friday 5: v. 18 + GIVEAWAY

April 4, 2014

The Friday 5 is a weekly feature highlighting interesting, controversial, heart-wrenching, inspirational, and/or creative content worth reading and sharing. I always find the best blog posts, articles, outfits, and inspiration from other bloggers, so I hope I can do the same for you. Here’s to hoping something will make a difference in your weekend! More and […]

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10 Networking Tips for Recently Established Professionals

April 3, 2014

This post first appeared on Urban Cashmere, written by me. You can read more about that here! Every college graduate is given the secret to obtaining a job: network, network, network! But not every graduate is given the tools or resources to network effectively, especially for those who just moved to a new city, altered […]

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A Little Pop

April 2, 2014

Chambray: J. Crew Factory (c/o Justin + Kate) Jeans: LOFT Belt: Forever 21 Flats: Payless Adding that little pop of something is the key to completing an otherwise boring outfit. A little pop of color, a pop of pattern, a pop of unexpected–whatever it is, don’t forget to add it when putting together those basics. […]

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Ikat + March Budget

March 31, 2014

Blouse: Gap Factory Cardigan: H&M Jeans: LOFT Flats: Payless Earrings: Borrowed from Mom Bracelet: NY & Co. I am proud to announce that I have successfully made it through my no-shopping ban that I set for myself at the end of last month! Woot! I actually haven’t purchased any clothing since I went shopping with […]

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