Stylish Secret :: Radiant Orchid {2014 Pantone Color of the Year}

pantone radiant orchid color of the year 2014 swatch You may not have your finger on the pulse of the color trends, but Pantone sure does. Each year Pantone, known as the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards, picks a color of the year. While I was partial to last year's vibrant Emerald green, I know many people who adore purple (including my SIL) and I love using it for parties. Radiant Orchid (don't you just love the name?) gets me excited for warmer weather - I think of vibrant hued flowers, berry-stained hands and breezy spring dresses. So today's stylish secret is a little ode to the 2014 Pantone color of the year, showing you a few creative and non-committal ways to incorporate the trend without paining a whole room purple. Add a splash of Radiant Orchid to your table, food, wardrobe and makeup bag. After all, there will be new color of the year next year, and you don't want to have to repaint.

Radiant Orchid 2014 Pantone Color of the Year |

From top clockwise: Moroccan Tea Glasses in Purple, $40/set of 6; Makeup For Ever Matte Eye Shadow in Lavender #9, $21; vanilla cupcakes with blackberry frosting; Hunter Original Tall Gloss Rain Boots in Lipstick, $140; Anemone Silk Flowers, $1.99/stem; Butter London Nail Lacquer in Molly Coddled, $15; Mel Boteri Python Small Lola Bag in Radiant Orchid, $1,950. Stylish Tablescape: Make a statement with purple-tinted glass goblets, candle holders and/or napkins. It adds a subtle splash of color and is great for outdoor entertaining.

2014 Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid Table Decor

Photo via Pinterest

Colorful Eating: No dye needed for beautifully vibrant blackberry-based foods. Serve a simple blackberry ice cream garnished with fresh berries to incorporate the purple trend (and the antioxidants) into your dinner party menu.

Blackberry Ice Cream 2014 Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid  in Food |

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Wardrobe Reviver: Add a stylish pop of color to your otherwise basic wardrobe.

Radiant Orchid Leather Hobo MBaoBao |

Mbao Bao Leather Hobo Bag, $215.

Makeover: Radiant orchid eye shadow is modern and feminine; it looks especially great on green eyes.

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 Radiant Orchid Eye Shadow

Photo via Lady Diana's Pearls

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