Sorry I missed my Friday post, but fear not! Your Friday Fall Color Forecast is here! Misted Yellow is a warm, buttery golden yellow. It’s not neon. It’s not mustard. What a great accent to energize any palette…

Fall Color Forecast - Misted Yellow | westofgrey.com
// Marilyn Monroe Art Print by Mamboo // Soneca Pendant Lamp // New School Curtain Panel // Locust Jagged Dot Quilt // New School Yellow Dot Sheet Set // Round Pintuck Pillow // RE Knit Geo Pillow // Broken Stripe Pillow Cover // Eyeball Sconce // Yellow Nira Flat-Woven Wool Rug // Cotton Rug // Large Strapped for Storage Bin // Layla Sofa // Ceramic Jar // Ceramic Plate // Room Essentials Tri-Band Dinnerware Set
Fall Color Forecast - Misted Yellow | westofgrey.com
// Fierce ‘N Tangy Color Show Nail Lacquer // Disco Playground Glam Lipgloss Aqua Luxe Gloss // Confetti Garden Scarf // New Horizons Colorblock Maxi Dress // Striped Yellow Tassel Scarf // Haircalf Skinny Belt // Easy Tee // Chiffon Paneled Top // Floral Bud Utility Blouse

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Many people have told me over the past three months how strong I am. While I have always prided myself on my independence and intelligence, I don’t think I’m particularly stronger than anyone else would be if stuck in the same circumstance. The truth is, no one pictures themselves being told their child will never have a normal life. No one prepares for that. But if it visits itself upon you, you have no choice but to respond. And your choices are limited: 1) close your door and go to bed forever or 2) put on your big girl panties and keep moving. Processed with VSCOcam with m6 presetI am realizing this last two weeks that I am definitely not as tough as I thought. It turns out that my early acceptance of my new reality was actually my denial phase in the grieving process. I wasn’t in denial of Oliver’s diagnosis, but of the fact that I hadn’t yet moved on. And now, with going back to work, ending breast feeding earlier than planned, and two really rough weeks, I am officially in the anger phase.

I’m not walking around looking for faces to punch (most days), but I am at the point where I have to constantly remind myself that other people having perfectly healthy children is not an affront to me. I have to remind myself that not everyone knows how to handle other people’s grief and that some friends will disappoint me without meaning to. I have to remind myself that the world is still a beautiful place even though there might be a treatment to stop my baby’s seizures naturally that I may never get to try because it offends some people’s personal politics. And finally, that my life now revolves around things that normal parents can’t even imagine – making us very, very alone, even while surrounded by love and support. So right now, I’m angry. And unfortunately for this new baby blog, anger robs creativity. So as you see in my bio to the right, I have no business running a blog right now and life is going to trump passion for a little while I work on coming out the other side of this particular chapter in the grieving process.

In the meantime, this is the next piece of art that I made for Ollie’s room, long before we knew what he would be facing. And now, it’s a daily reminder that courage and “strength” is in faking it well. I’ve always told people that having style in your home or in fashion is a lot about faking that you confidently made every decision on purpose. It turns out that’s true in life’s bigger trials, as well. And while I may feel like a little hobbit who has been asked to go on a big journey to save the world, I can be brave WHILE being terrified. It also turns out that being weak and vulnerable is exactly where God wants me according to 2 Cor. 12:9:

And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest on me.

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So if I seem a little more quiet online or in person, please don’t worry or take offense. I’m just getting myself saddled up for the journey to come.

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  • Jaclyn PruehsJuly 21, 2014 - 12:20 pm

    I love you. ReplyCancel

  • Niki KnowltonJuly 21, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Hugs… you have every right to feel any way you want. Continued prayers for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Joni Whitacre DarmodyJuly 21, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    You and Oliver and Alan and Margot are loved more than you can possibly know. You are NOT ALONE.ReplyCancel

Sorry I’ve been missing in action this week! As I wrote in last week’s post, this has been two weeks from hell for us…which finally ended today. It’s Friday night, it’s Alan’s birthday, and it’s fall color day! Pantone’s next fall color for 2014 is Aurora Red. This is a spunky, sparky red with orange undertones and is sure to brighten up any wardrobe or home. Here’s my take on the color.

Pantone Fall Color Forecast - Aurora Red | westofgrey.com
// The Wonder City Poster // Geo Mod Clock // Happy Chic Crescent Heights Console Table // Willa Red Side Chair // Room Essentials Striped Colorblock Duvet Set //  Threshold Indoor/Outdoor Fretwork Area Rug //
Pantone Fall Color Forecast - Aurora Red | westofgrey.com
Tigerlily Creme Lipstick // 1969 Legging Skimmer Jeans // Ballet Flats // Jess Mixed Stripe Mini // Brick Lane Belted Dress // Foxy Graphic Tee // Azealia Cutout Heels // Mediterranean Seas Maxi Skirt // Joe Fresh Linen Shorts //

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This week’s fall “it” color, according to Pantone, Overlord of all things Color, is Aluminum. This sophisticated, modern neutral is tinged with green and brown (think dollar bill) and is perfect for that splash of industrial design that every house needs. So go get the tin foil and have at it…or just check out some of these finds for a more comfy, less reflective approach.

Pantone Fall Color Forecast - Aluminum | westofgrey.com
// Cotton Cushion Cover // St. Laurent Mail Holder // Duvet Set // Herringbone Patterned Throw // Glass Vase // Threshold Wellsbridge Dining Set // Serving Plate // Zinc Jayden Wire Baskets // Design by Conran Side Chair // Fog Kendall Sofa // Threshold Medallion Area Rug // Safavieh Aziz Storage Unit
Pantone Fall Color Forecast - Aluminum | westofgrey.com
// Patterned Scarf // Long Gray Chandelier Earrings // Thick Strap Canvas Heels // V-neck Jersey Top // Overcast Grey Nail Polish //  Lyocell Shirt // Osini Crossbody Bag // Moe Oxfords by Dolce Vita // Easy Stripe Softened Shirt //

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