3 Reasons You NEED Neon!

They say trends come full circle, and after working in a creative environment for the last ten years, I’ve come to realize it’s totally true- and in the case of neon, totally AWESOME! How can you not be drawn to the energy of these bright, brilliant hues? I’ll leave my big hair and headbands in the eighties, but neon is never going out of style!

1. Blossom and ikat were the perfect picks for the neon prints- against bold backgrounds, it makes for a fun twist on classic designs! The repeating patterns contrast against the lunar blue, lift off lemon, outrageous orchid, and plasma pink colorways are enough to get anyone’s pulse racing!

2. When we set out to design this collection, it was extra-important to me that we do justice to the vivid colors that set neon apart from its sister shades. That’s why we selected specially dyed paper to pump up the palette as much as possible! Furthermore, to make our patterns pop, we needed a special white ink to create contrast. This is not something that’s easy to find in the printing world – but we really wanted to nail it with neon, so that’s exactly what we did!

3. It’s amazing to see just how beautiful these designs are in person, especially when you mix and match them. We were so struck by how lovely they look, we knew we couldn’t stop at just books. Keep your eyes and ears open for matching neon elastic bands coming soon.. how radical is THAT?!

Need a closer look at neon? Shop the full collection here!

Color Guide to Your 2017 LifePlanner™

This year’s wash of watercolors in our colorful classic interior is arguably our prettiest palette ever! Not like I’m biased, or anything 😉 Seriously y’all, the monthly shades we selected coordinate perfectly with the seasons. Rich gemtones during the holidays, light & airy pastels for spring, & classic combos like Sapphire in July and Magenta in February round out a color scheme we’re crazy for!


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Now if these shades aren’t swoon-worthy, we don’t know what is! Shop 2017 LifePlanner™ and behold the beauty for yourself.

#VIPlanner Sneak Peek: Color

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It’s no secret that I’m wild about COLOR and I love embracing and celebrating that fact through all of our products. But over the years we’ve seen lots of feedback from shoppers wanting a more subtle color scheme. Sooooo, ask and ye shall receive! I am so excited to introduce a more monochromatic, stylish spin on the colorful LifePlanner™….we’ve saved a seat for NEUTRALS!

That’s right….this year we have a new option that is primarily black and shades of grey, with just subtle pops of color throughout the book. When I say neutral, I don’t mean boring, lackluster or missing any of the key design elements that make an #ECLifePlanner so special.

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This stylish colorway embraces the design elements of Midcentury Circles (inspired by the tile I chose for our remodel, see blog post here!) but has a more sophisticated vibe than our Colorful Classic. With Calligraphy back in fashion, we’ve felt it was appropriate to illustrate each month by hand, as well as the stunning inspirational quotes. Black and greys blended with ivory and an occasion pop of pastel make for a book that you can pare down or pile it on! Meaning if you’re a gal who likes simple sophistication, this is your book. However, it might also be the perfect “canvas” for the gal who wants to create her own weekly color scheme and can pile her personality on each page with stickers, washi tape and other accessories!

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For all my colorful enthusiasts, don’t worry…we still have you covered! Gorgeous gemstone hues are seen throughout the book in motivational quotes, pops of pattern and in the mulitcolored Midcentury Circles design. Colorful tabs and bright accessories further enhance this colorful classic. Decisions, decisions…which color scheme will you choose?

Outfit of the Day, the EC way! #ECootd

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I’ve always been obsessed with fashion and have been “collecting” clothes since high school. Yes, it’s true, I still have some faves from the 80’s and 90’s that I’m glad I hung on to (seeing my daughter in my Jake Ryan t-shirt after forcing her to watch 16 Candles with me was a highlight.)

 Someone on our Marketing team suggested that we photograph some of my work ensembles to show more of my personal style and personality and showcase just how fashion trends can influence the collection and designs seen on the website.

The result? An ongoing #ECootd series that will appear in our Design & Style section from time to time. For details on what I’m wearing in this picture, read on!

(blazer: H&M, denim shirt: JCrew, cuffed jeans: Mother, slip-on shoes: Stella McCartney)