innocent brilliance

Celebrating moms with glassybaby has become quite a trend,
a trend that we are very fortunate to be a part of.

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 Year after year we see the same top sellers with names like ‘mom’, ‘angel’, ‘gratitude’ and ‘courage’. But during a visit to our Bellevue store this week, Mrs. Pam Jenness, our fabulous Bellevue store manager and Rentals Coordinator, shared some interesting information with me that made me think that these trends might be changing. We have a natural tendency to gravitate towards gifts that say something about the qualities that make our moms so special to us; their courage, their strength, their unconditional love. But what about the people and things that inspire these qualities? The children, the husbands, the family pets. Children make great shopping companions when shopping for a glassybaby. Instead of typical colors, they go for unexpected colors with names that say something about the people and things that make our moms so wonderful, the people and things that allow our moms to demonstrate these unique qualities that they possess. They gravitate towards names like ‘wet dog’, ‘sister’, ‘brother’, and ‘dad’. You might say it’s a backwards way of thinking about Mother’s Day gifting, but I believe that anything from a child’s mind, in its most pure form, is the best way to tell her thank you. I’d like to call it ‘innocent brilliance’. These colors are not only brilliant in their unique names, they also happen to look fabulous together (see below). So for next time around, I will be sure to note these new and unexpected colors as a part of our Mother’s Day gift suggestions.

To all mother’s, happy belated mother’s day from the entire glassybaby family.

xoxo

Marissa

the perfect pink

ballet [ba-ley, bal-ey] 

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The word ballet comes from the French and was borrowed into English around 1630. The French word in turn has its origin in Italian balletto, a diminutive of ballo (dance) which comes from Latin ballo, ballare, meaning “to dance”,[1][2] which in turn comes from the Greek “βαλλίζω” (ballizo), “to dance, to jump about”.[3][4]

“Dancing and jumping about” is exactly what I was doing when I heard the news that my hands-down favorite, go-to color was gracefully making a comeback onto our shelves. This beautiful, pale pink with just the right grey undertones  makes me want to pirouette all the way to my madrona store to my get my hands on one.* ‘ballet’ has been out of production for years; a result of limited access to the color bar.  Let’s just say that the wait was well worth it! It’s back and more beautifully elegant than ever. Not too orange, not too red, this graceful and expressive, gentle beauty is in my opinion, the perfect pink.

xoxo

Marissa

*due to limited inventory, ‘ballet’ is available in glassybaby retail stores only.  If you are interested, and do not live in the greater Seattle/Bellevue area, please call customer service at 1-877-299-3591 and we would love to hand-pick the perfect ‘ballet’ for you. xo

muted moderns

bark, ankle deep, shade 51, chatham, devil dog

the perfect palette for a warm modern space

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One of the many reasons I love my job at glassybaby is the simple fact that I get to play with color all day. It’s become one of the easier parts of my job, but nothing that I take lightly. Every now and then I come across a task that puts up a good fight, something that really challenges the way I see and use color. This happened just the other week when I was asked to help put together a modern palette for a new condo. I almost didn’t know where to start; I was at a bit of a loss. Do I go green and get a clean, fresh and modern feel or do I go grey and achieve that ultra-modern, industrial look? Neither of these spoke to me. I understand the simplicity of modern design, but I don’t think you have to lose the warmth that color can bring to a space, modern or not.  And then one night at a dinner party I was totally inspired by the random colors in a centerpiece of frosted, ceramic votives. This was it! The perfect muted moderns for the condo. As anyone at glassybaby knows, you start to wear what I think of as “glassybaby goggles” where you see everything in glassybaby color. I was seeing my perfect muted moderns in a most unexpected place.

My glassybaby goggles never really come off, but I’m okay with that :)

Above is the modern mix I came up with, I like to call it ‘muted moderns’.  I think it’s the perfect palette for a modern space that gives you the warmth of glassybaby color that we all look for at the end of the day.

Enjoy.
xoxo
marissa

natural wonders

in colorful corals

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Lately, I can’t seem to get enough of the nature-inspired documentaries that are just a click away on my online movie rental service (thanks Netflix!).  So far, I’ve followed a loggerhead turtle on its journey across thousands of miles of ocean, and I’ve watched in awe as a shoal of sardines puts on a choreographed show far better than anything we humans are capable of. But, it was a show highlighting the Great Barrier Reef that really captivated me as its raw and vibrant colors were instantly streamed across my TV screen.

This incredible natural wonder features color combinations that I have never even thought about before. How magnificent! A living, breathing work of art made by nature itself.  Sea shells and corals in every shade of the color spectrum, each one just as beautiful as the last.  From deep ‘devil dog’ reds and soft blushing ‘lace’ colored corals, to ‘peaceful’ greens and rich ‘eggplant’ purples.  These colors dance across the ocean floor and come together in a most beautiful and unexpected way; just like a sea of glassybaby.  I won’t even get started on the colors of the sea life that this reef houses.  That deserves a blog all to itself.

Needless to say, I was inspired. It’s no wonder the Great Barrier Reef has been labeled one of the seven natural wonders of the world. If I were a loggerhead turtle, I think I know where I’d head for retirement :)

 xoxo

marissa

Oh, how I love you, neon!

Can you really refer to something as “just a trend” if it makes a fabulous comeback?

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From bellbottoms to Keds and blunt bangs to wingtip sunglasses, these trends have all come back from their once doomed fates and are looking better than ever. And much to my delight, so has neon! I’m in love with the bright pops of color I see everywhere, on skinny jeans, nails, and even the tips of our favorite ballet flats. It’s the perfect little pick-me-up in a city often back-dropped in gray.

When customers are looking for a great grouping of brights, it’s no wonder that I always circle back to my favorite “neon” colors like ‘chartreuse’, ‘sorry’, and ‘canary’. Oh, how I love you, neon! You are one trend that I don’t mind seeing again and again.

xo,
marissa