summer of love

There’s something about the warm weather that seems to make everyone a little bit happier. A little bit more loving. Or maybe that’s just how it seems in the Pacific NW.

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 When you spend the majority of your year in grey weather, the slightest hint of summer sun seems to bring out the best in people. We rise earlier, we stay up later. It’s one of the best times of the year to visit a place like Seattle, it’s truly stunning. It’s like the long months of grey and rain are all worth it because the lush greens of the trees and bright pops of color in the flowers are at their best. At times I feel like I’m seeing things in some sort of Blue-ray vision because everything is so sharp and crisp.  
Summer is also the season of love; new love, old love, all love really :) It’s as if all of our worries are washed away by the magnetic and healing power of the summer warmth. A couple of years ago I created a set named ‘summer of love’.  I feel like it captured two of the best things about summer…love and bright colors. I hope you enjoy.

xoxo

marissa

See some of my other summer favorites here

ocean shores

People seem to be pretty relentless when it comes to talking about Seattle’s rainy, grey weather. Does it rain a lot? Of course. Is it grey a lot? Absolutely. But what we lose in the soggy grey, we gain the beauty of our own back yard.

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 Just a couple of hours southwest of Seattle lives a little seaside community known as Ocean Shores. I heard so much about this place growing up and this last weekend I finally got to see what the hype was all about.  We arrived to an unexpectedly hot and sunny afternoon.  As we pulled up to our hotel we followed a long and narrow road that lead us right up to the ocean shore, literally. I had never seen anything like this. Cars filled with families lined the entire beach. Some kids ducked and dodged chilly waves while others flew their kites high into the sky. It might not be the sandy beaches you typically think of, but this was one beach that people were certainly making the most of. It was Northwest beach bliss at its finest and I loved it!
Being a Seattle native, I know how quickly the weather can change and as the afternoon closed in, so did the clouds. Even though we missed what could have been an incredible sunset, we did get the calm close of night with an incredible pastel painted sky (please see above image). Simply beautiful. And a lovely matching palette of glassybaby I might add too :)

 xoxo

Marissa

I love gold

Just like neon and ombre are making big statements this year, so are metallics.

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Mike Meyer’s character Goldmember from the Austin Powers movies might hands down be one of my favorites. He was clearly ahead of his time with his love for gold.  Today, 11 years after the film’s release, it’s easy to spot sharp silvers and lustrous bronzes everywhere from skirts and handbags, to nail polishes and eye shadows.  We often get asked if we have glassybaby in gold, silver or even bronze tones.  Most metallic color bars tend to have an opaque quality that doesn’t give you that “glassybaby glow”, and what’s a glassybaby without color AND light? Fortunately we can work our color magic and create metallic palettes that would make the lovers of all-things-shiny happy :) I love this gold palette that lit the night at a recent award show party.

And check out these other metallic palettes in ‘silvers’ and ‘bronzes’

xoxo

Marissa

the full spectrum

 

Summertime = bright colors, summer nights lit by glassybaby, and of course travelling.

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Our uber-talented, free-spirited and always (I mean ALWAYS) fashionable roadshow manager Brittany is travelling to Sonoma, California next week for a little mini vacation. Never one to stop working, it was no surprise that she managed to work in some visits to the local wineries in hopes of bringing glassybaby light and color into some of their fabulous spaces. She asked me to provide a color palette that covered the “full spectrum” of our colors, something that captures “every aspect of our collection.” Seems easy enough, right? Well, here’s the catch…it needs to be no more than 16 colors to fit into one of our ever resilient and well-traveled 16-pack box. With upwards of 200+ colors in our current palette, this could be quite a challenge…but a challenge that I am happy to take on! After some careful thought, here is what I came up with (please see above image.)

 Safe travels Britt!

xoxo Marissa

blank slate

I often get asked to suggest colors for first-time gifts. How do you gift someone that you’ve maybe only met a handful of times?

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I love this challenge :) During the last holiday season I created the ‘starter kit,’ in my opinion, the perfect choice when you’re working with a blank slate. It has three of our best neutrals, ‘jane’s caramel,’ ‘friendship,’ and ‘hide and seek.’ There’s a universal appeal to these three colors that can give you peace of mind when sending a gift to someone you might know very little about. From the milky gradation of creams and purples in ‘friendship’ to the hypnotic glow of the red flame in ‘hide and seek;’ each one of these colors is unique, but as a whole, fit into so many different settings. That really can’t be said about many of our colors. So if you’re ever stuck at the moment of complete uncertainty, the ‘starter kit’ is a great jumping off point into the colorful (and sometimes daunting) world that is glassybaby. Enjoy :)

xoxo

Marissa

heat waves

I just had the pleasure of spending this Memorial Day
weekend in Palm Springs, California with my boyfriend.

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It was so nice and relaxing, but best of all, HOT! The days averaged at about 96 degrees, a whopping 30 degrees hotter than our Seattle forecast. Being from Seattle, there’s something so rejuvenating about the dry desert heat. Maybe that’s why we get so many requests from our community for desert-named colors. We often hear our customers say things like “this reminds me of the desert”. ‘seattle sunset’ is a good example of this.
While on our way to El Paseo (the Rodeo Drive of Palm Desert), let’s just say things didn’t work out quite as we had planned. There we were, in Cathedral City, 97 degrees, on the side of the road waiting 45 minutes…yes, 45 minutes for the Westbound 111 bus. I could go into greater detail about why we were on the side of the road at 4pm in the desert waiting for a bus, but I’d rather talk about the fun stuff, like color. As I sat at the bus stop, right shoulder slowly burning, I stared off into the distance at the heat waves and started putting together a palette of desert colors in my head. I started thinking of burnt reds and oranges mixed with the layered natural earth tones. Colors like ‘seattle sunset’, ‘love’, ‘crush’, ‘butterscotch’, and the neutral sand-colored ‘beach’ made me think of that time of the day when the sun sets and the rich and vibrant colors bounce off the earth’s surface and back into the sky. Such a natural beautiful palette, I hope you enjoy.
At the end of the day, we never did make it to El Paseo, but that’s okay because memories were made (and money was saved ;)
xoxo
Marissa

stripes

My favorite pattern, a classic, and something you can plan on seeing any given day at glassybaby headquarters.

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Be it a classic shirt, a closet full of shirts, or my grandma’s fabulous scarf (it must be genetic ;) let’s face it, stripes are IN and from the looks of it they aren’t going anywhere. I’ve been wearing striped shirts for as long as I can remember and by the looks of my closest I think it’s a look that won’t be changing anytime soon.

Also available in glassybaby colors ;)

xoxo Marissa