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2016 // top posts

Hello. Happy New Year’s Eve! You know I love my eves! 2016 was a really good year for me. I made transitions with my career and couldn’t be happier.  My business is doing very well and I love, love, love all the projects that I worked on this year.  I’m looking forward to what 2017 will bring.  Celebrate the last moments of the 2016! Thanks for allowing me to share my blog with you.  Here is a glimpse of the most popular Sparkle is the new Black posts for 2016…

Top post for 2016

 1. GK Krew //photoshoot

2. dom + elle Look Book

3. Save the Date Infographic

4. High Fashion Save The Date

5. graphics // Wedding invites

6. Pantone Fashion Forecast 2017

7. makeup monday // refined romance

8. Backstage at Rodarte

9. California Love

10. makeup monday // golden globes

Color, Fashion, Pantone

Pantone Fashion forecast 2017


Just as we are in midst of Black on Black monochromatic hues of winter fashion we see vibrant in our near future. Pantone released the top 10 colors for Spring 2017.  The colors are reminiscent of the hues of nature with a sense of earthiness to bright and vivid hues that exude bold emotion and feeling.  In conjunction with New York Fashion week, the color experts at Pantone featured these top 10 colors you will see this Spring. Here is a glimpse…


And this is what we saw on the runway…



Fashion, Pantone

1966 fashion

fashion 1966

Hello and happy Sunday sparkles.  It’s going to take me a moment to get used to saying “2016”.  I wanted to take a look at fashion 50 years ago – 1966. Surprisingly, we see this year’s Pantone color (Rose Quartz) in 60’s fashion. In 1966 fashion was all about the non-existent waistline and more box like, hemlines above the knee, the military look and mod fashion. Here is a glimpse of the fashion trends of 1966…

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Art, Color, Fashion, Interiors, Pantone

Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Color of the Year

Earlier this month, Pantone announced the Color of the Year for 2016. 2016 is a special year because two colors were announced – Rose Quartz {13-1520} and Serenity {15-3919}. Pantone explained that the combination echoed a growing trend of challenging traditional perceptions about color association in fashion, art, interior and all types avenues of design. The colors bring a sense of calm and relaxation which seems to be the overall tone for 2016. Pantone started the Color of the year in 2000. Here is a glimpse of the Pantone colors in the last 15 years…

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Color, Design, Graphics, Pantone, Seattle

50 Shades of Grey

50 Shades of Grey graphic

In honor of the movie 50 Shades of Grey debuting this week, I decided to share a graphic that I did with my friend {Savanna}. Back in 2012, Seattle’s Space Needle celebrated its 50th Anniversary.  An International design contest was held to design the look for the top of the Space Needle and celebrate its 50th birthday.  One day, on a rainy weekday, {Savanna} and I were sitting in a coffee shop and we were talking about the popular book at the time, 50 Shades of Grey.  We were contemplating on entering the contest. For some reason, through our silly discussion, we were talking about the Space Needle, the rainy  Seattle gray weather, the book that was set in Seattle, and other design talk that we came up with idea of doing a Pantone inspired 50 Shades of Grey color wheel as our design.  50 colors of Grey – and all named a unique name that ties in with Seattle. We were so excited about our design and thought we had a good chance of winning. We didn’t even make the top 6 and if you saw the top 6 you be like “huh?!!?!”. Serious, we were not bitter at all, but the winning design was seriously a head-scratcher.  Anyway, go see the movie and drool over Jamie Dornan. Happy Friday ! – xoxo SADV

ps. This print is available for purchase. Please contact me if you would like to order!

Fashion, Pantone, Photography

Emerald is the new BLACK

Pantone has recently announced the 2013 Color of the Year – Emerald Pantone 17-5641.

Emerald has been the IT color for this current Fall/Winter Season. Everyone in downtown Seattle is rocking the emerald. My friends are no exception. We heart emerald.


SADV rocking the Tory Burch Snake Reva clutch


 Kara has a little Emerald Sparkle bling


Sara with a pop of emerald