January 2018 archive

Pantone Color of the Year 2018

Ultra Violet Pantone’s 2018 color of the Year

Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. Do you know for about 30 years my favorite color was purple. My wedding was purple.  It was always easy when you played those games where you had to guess your teammate’s favorite color.  Mine never changed until about 3 years ago.  Now it is black, pitch black, dark black, light black, pastel black, midnight black etc….

ultra violet Pantone color of the year www.yourstrulyjenn.com


Fashion, florals, and interiors, are all linked to the color of the year.  The inspiration of all of these designers are intertwined together and used in collaboration with a lot more than we even know.  I can get inspiration from the craziest things.  Like I said at Christmas, my theme came from a scarf and a friend of mine used a rug design for her theme.

Pantone Ultra Violet 2018 www.yourstrulyjenn.com


This color actually has a blue base and compliments the already trendy grays used in many homes.  Many florists are fans of purple as it is a common and favorite spring/summer color for landscapes and floral arrangements.  I wonder if we will see this color back as a popular wedding color.

Wedding colors ultra violet Pantone color of the year 2018 www.yourstrulyjenn.com


2016’s Pantone colors of the year were Rose Quartz and Serenity, a shade of baby blue. This pink hue really took off and led the way.  The whole industry became pink obsessed and honestly still is.  To this day, pink is considered a neutral that goes with many other shades.  It is used frequently among fashionistas and interior designers bag of tricks to bring a feminine touch to an outfit or room.  If ultra violet is not your color then pink and soft blushes are still pretty popular so you could always choose that shade.  whatever your preference, use it with confidence to reflect your personality and you can’t go wrong.

Rose Quartz Pantone color of the year 2015 www.yourstrulyjenn.com

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What shades are you guys using in your homes this year?  Do you have any huge projects planned for 2018?  I have some things up my sleeve that I hope to get done this year, but you know how that goes. I’m having so much fun on my Instagram with some new editing techniques.  I would love for you to follow me over there. Check it out here.

Yours Truly,



What is Essentialism?

What is Essentialism and How Can It Help You In The New Year?

This is the time of year when we have received lots of new things and are also putting away our Christmas decorations. Lots of things need a home in your house.  I think it’s a great time to also clean out some of the older things that you may not be using in your closets, garage, or attics. You don’t have to be a minimalist, but learning how essentialism can help you organize your life may help you in the new year.

How essentialism can help you in the new year. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Greg McKeown wrote Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and was interviewed on the topic to cover the basics from the book.  The concept of essentialism is to take away the mentality that you can have it all and you have to do everything and replace it with:

The right thing

In the right way

At the right time

To live your best life

 Essentialist say no a lot more.  It is that time of year when most of us are coming up with resolutions, bucket lists or ways to improve our lives in some way. Investing in the right activities is so important.  Our plates are so full with activities.  Many are trivial leaving only a few that are vital. “Learning to filter through all those options and selecting only those that are truly essential,” Says Greg McKeown. Have you ever looked at a menu in a new restaurant and there are 4 pages of entrees and you are so overwhelmed because there are too many choices? This is the same concept.  Pare down the activities that you include in your weekly schedule so you can focus on the essential acitvities.  We are of the mentality that the busier we are the more successful we are.

So how do you choose what to say yes to?  Have you ever tried to do multiple things at the same time and it didn’t go so well? Juggling 5 balls at the same time only leaves you frustrated that you’re not giving anyone 100%.  Either your family suffers because you’re trying to work while spending time with your family or work stuff isn’t complete because you’re at the beach trying to finish a presentation while trying to spend time with the family.

Essentialism is not getting rid of everything like minimalism, but choosing what is most essential to you.  Reading Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, was helpful to understanding this concept as well.  I read that last year and cleaned out so much stuff. That allowed me to reorganize my Chrismtas décor in a brand new attic configuration.  This is a way to clear out your physical and mental clutter.  It can also help you balance your work and home life which for some people is very difficult.

Essentialism can help you clean out your mental and physical clutter. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Ask yourself so you’re not regretting your decisions, Does your schedule each week, month, year represent what you’re wanting to uphold?  (spending time with your family) Actually break your schedule up and write it out. Build a weekly routine that matches your ideal week that balances your work and family time. Seeing it in writing will help you see how much time you actually spend on stuff that is not essential to your goals.  It may be eye opening to see how much time you spend at work and how much time you actually spend with your family.

If you want to make a slight shift in the new year work through your schedule and put it in writing. You don’t have to make drastic changes.  Small steps in the right direction is still progress. Making changes that are too big too soon may leave you feeling burned out and falling back into your old ways and not making any changes.

Yours Truly,




How to Handle Putting Away Christmas the Right Way

How to clean up Christmas the right way

New Years has come and gone and you are probably in the middle of taking down your Christmas decor. The best way to tackle this chore is to do it in a way that will give you a smooth opening the following year. You want to make sure you know where everything is and you can get to it easily.  Here are some steps to help you tackle this chore to make it less painful and to keep your home as tidy as possible in the process.

How to tackle your Christmas clean up the right way. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Ten Tips to Help You Clean Up the Christmas Clutter

  1.  Don’t start unless you can devote a block of time to “UNDECORATING”.  You don’t have to finish the task, but try to set aside a decent amount of time to devote toward this and work on it until you find a good stopping point.
  2. You will want to organize well.  You don’t want to throw stuff in any old way because it will be a mess next year when you pull it out.
  3. Never go upstairs/downstairs without carrying something up. There are so many boxes, lanterns, tree pieces etc…. that you need to put in storage that every time you pass by you need to carry something up/down.  This will help in the long run when it’s actually time to put the boxes away.
  4. Store your decorations that are similar to each other in the same room.  They are easier to sort that way so you know which tubs to take to what room.  This will make the final packing go faster.
  5. Keep up with daily tasks like dishes, laundry etc… or you will become so overwhelmed and the house will start to look very untidy with all the extra clutter.
  6. Ask for help.  Your family can help you carry your trees and tubs back to your storage area.  I have a hard time asking for help so I could listen to my own advice on this one.
  7. Get rid of your trash from Christmas.  Any wrapping paper, boxes, or bags that you’re not going to keep need to be thrown away immediately.
  8. Sort items that need to be taken back to the store and put away gifts that you are going to keep.  This will drastically change the look of your house.  Once everything has its own place in your house then your home will start to look back to normal.
  9. Put your storage away with next year in mind.  If you know you’re not going to use your red and silver ornaments next year, then put those ornaments in the back and on the bottom.  This will help when you are getting out your ornaments and decor next year.  You will be able to get your front boxes off the top. WIN!
  10. BE PATIENT! It took me 3 weeks to finish my Christmas decorating so it will take me some time to take it down.  I need to remember that and give myself a little slack when trying to take down and organize everything.

I hope these tips were helpful.  I enjoy Christmas, but I do like getting everything back in order and getting back on a schedule.  Happy “undecorating” and Happy New Year.

Yours Truly,