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Happy 5th Anniversary!

Time Hop tells me that today is the 5th anniversary of my little blog. That’s really hard to believe, but what a fun 5 years it has been!

In that spirit, here is a post from one of the early days – back when color-blocking was all the rage, and all my photos were mirror selfies. The fact that any of you read my blog when I had no head in any pictures is beyond me, but thank you for doing so, and for sticking with me all along. And for my new friends, consider yourself lucky that you were not around for these early days; thank you for reading now.

Happy 5th anniversary, friends! Here’s to many more, and to finding green pants like these again. I miss them!

I am not a hipster in any sense of the word. I listen to top 40 music, drive a Chevy, and wear glasses unironically. I like my men in Wranglers, not skinny jeans. But in one specific area of my life, I am just the teensy bit hipster in that I take pride in being ahead of the curve in fashion. You know, wearing a trend before it’s cool (i.e., before it’s a trend.)

Color blocking has been in for about three years now, but I’ve been mixing and matching my colors for at least five, mostly because I just really love color. This trend is a super simple one to imitate and a great way to look current, while easily staying situational and age appropriate.

The key to color blocking with separates is to stay in the same color family. For example, in my picture below, I have on a true blue blouse, with true green slacks. I call these crayon colors – the ones called “blue” and “green” in the box, not aqua, robin’s egg, or grass. I could easily mix in a true yellow or red with either of these colors, and they would coordinate well because they’re in the same family.

Another color family I love is the jewel tones. These are deeper versions of the crayon colors – your sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. All of the jewel tone colors blend well together, too – they’re in the same family.

I like to balance my colors with a good neutral so I don’t look like a rainbow. For this outfit, I chose gold as my neutral, reflected in my jewelry, which also coordinated well with my tortoise shell pumps.

And that, my friends, is how you color block.

80 Days of Shoes: Yellow Submarine

I love these yellow pumps.  I mean, they’re the absolute perfect shade – not too neon, not too pale.  And, you’d be surprised how often a good pair of yellow pumps comes in handy.
DSC_0851Yet, I’m toying with the idea of getting rid of them.  A friend gave these shoes to me because they hurt her feet.  I thought I had feet of steel, so naturally, I accepted them.  Turns out, I do not.  The shoes kill me, too – not to mention they’re too big.  I’ve learned that 9West is just not a good brand for me, which is a shame, because they’re cute and readily available at stores like Marshalls and Ross.

Every time I think of getting rid of these cuties, though, I see how perfectly they accent whatever outfit I’m wearing, and I can’t bring myself to do it.  Case in point:
1 - Duck sweater, green jeansThis look is entirely too Fall for my tastes…but it’s pretty much the cutest outfit ever, so I’m over the weather issue.  Usually, I don’t wear coral and green together, but for some reason, with this sweater, green is my go-to accent (the alternative was my lime green shorts, but they were a little inappro for the office).

Do you have shoes – or another piece of clothing or jewelry – that you cling to, even though it is uncomfortable/doesn’t fit/lost its shape long ago? What do you love about it?

Indian Summer

The days of wearing my pretty yellow dress this year are numbered.  I can add a brown cardigan or blazer and extend it’s life a little later into the fall, but not much.  Soon, it will have to be retired until next year.

So, I wanted to get one more summer wear out of it.  The weather right now is sunny and mid-70s; the kind of weather that makes me want to wear color.  I went with one of my go-to palettes – the crayon box  – and came up with the outfit you see below.  I love the electric blue and yellow combination and the white belt gives it a very crisp, polished feel.

I don’t ever really put my summer clothes away, but it still makes me sad when some of my favorites have to lie dormant for a few months.  Do you have any pieces you hate to put aside for the changing seasons?  Any you’re really excited to bring back out?

Dress and heels: JCPenney

My Two Cents: Wedges and Lilly Pulitzer

Recently, I’ve been asked my opinion on a couple different topics, so I’m going to combine them into one post.   Because you know I do have opinions!

First up, wedges.  Wedges have been back for several years now, and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere (yay!).  I really had to warm up to the style, as I was convinced wedges were always clunky and un-feminine.  And they certainly sometimes can be.  But, they are also a perfect summer shoe, as they highlight those calf muscles like a heel, but are much easier to wear to backyard picnics – no sinking into the grass.  Espadrilles, the hemp rope look, are my favorite type of wedge and probably the least likely to be too heavy.  While wedges can be worn with pants, as in my outfit below, they really look best with a flowy skirt or dress.

I also heard a rumor that clogs were making a comeback.  My opinion on that?  No.

Next up is Lilly Pulitzer, favorite of sorority girls and Boca Raton retirees.  One of my longest running friends, Beth, lives in Florida and asked what I thought.  Honestly, I never had thought much about Lilly.  She’s not really in my price bracket, and I’m in neither of the aforementioned demographic groups.  However, after looking over her website a little bit more, I do really like the clothes.  They’re bright and colorful and feminine (so, pretty much everything I love in clothing).  If I were a bit wealthier, maybe I would indulge.  In the meantime, I just try to emulate her style by putting on every color in the rainbow at one time.  

Sweater: Old Navy
Pants: JCrew (and they’re too big, as you can maybe tell…but I’m not ready to let go yet)
Shoes: Hamricks
Belt: JCPenney

All at once, one day, it’s Spring!

It’s the first day of Spring! If that doesn’t make you very happy, we might need to reevaluate our friendship.

I know it doesn’t feel or look like spring in many parts of the country. But, the calendar says it is, so I’m going to celebrate with bright colors! 

I told you last week about how I struggle with season changes, particularly when it comes to my leg wear.  Eventually, I just give up the battle and embrace my white legs, which is what happened here.  Fortunately, the weather was a little warmer, so at least I didn’t freeze, even if other people were blinded. 

The skirt was a hand-me-down from a friend, and I love it.  It’s very professionally cut, but the unconventional color keeps me from feeling bored.  I paired it with a black t-shirt that I tucked in, but thanks to the detailing on the skirt, didn’t need a belt.  The jacket was a Christmas gift, and it’s from Rue 21 – I know, who still shops there? (Actually, I do for cheap accessories, but that’s another post.)  But, from a juniors store or not, this jacket is very cute and has withstood several years of wear, so I’d say I got a good deal.  

My shoes are an unusual color to wear with blue and green, but their blue detailing tied everything together nicely, and my jewelry also completed the look with a gold base and reflections of the green and turquoise in my clothing.

The art of color blocking

I am not a hipster in any sense of the word. I listen to top 40 music, drive a Chevy, and wear glasses unironically. I like my men in Wranglers, not skinny jeans. But in one specific area of my life, I am just the teensy bit hipster in that I take pride in being ahead of the curve in fashion. You know, wearing a trend before it’s cool (i.e., before it’s a trend.)

Color blocking has been in for about three years now, but I’ve been mixing and matching my colors for at least five, mostly because I just really love color.  This trend is a super simple one to imitate and a great way to look current, while easily staying situational and age appropriate.

The key to color blocking with separates is to stay in the same color family. For example, in my picture below, I have on a true blue blouse, with true green slacks. I call these crayon colors – the ones called “blue” and “green” in the box, not aqua, robin’s egg, or grass. I could easily mix in a true yellow or red with either of these colors, and they would coordinate well because they’re in the same family.

Another color family I love is the jewel tones. These are deeper versions of the crayon colors – your sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. All of the jewel tone colors blend well together, too – they’re in the same family.

I like to balance my colors with a good neutral so I don’t look like a rainbow. For this outfit, I chose gold as my neutral, reflected in my jewelry, which also coordinated well with my tortoise shell pumps.

And that, my friends, is how you color block.

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