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Limelac…

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I’ve always been a fan of slightly unexpected color combinations, and for some reason when I bought this super basic open back tank from Zara, I knew I wanted to contrast it with something different. It’s so easy to pair neon with neon, or balance it with metallic, but lately I’ve been loving the look of dull neutrals with brights (I sported this concept previously here), or pastels with brights. In this case, I incorporated both, and went one further with a tiny splash of modern leopard print in my shoes…so as not to keep everything too basic.

It was a hot day, and involved running back and forth between two studio lot campuses, being both inside and outside, so layering with the vest was essential. It gets pretty cold inside our buildings, and as we ALL know, this summer/fall has been brutal outdoors as well.

One of my favorite pieces to pair with bright colors is my utility vest, this one being from H&M. It’s pretty much a staple in my wardrobe, and I wear it over everything. Neutrals, brights, ikats, florals, polka dots, crotchet, long sleeves, short sleeves…you name it. The bright lime of this open back top needed a bralette for sure, so I tossed on my trusty black longline bustier from ASOS. I’m extremely lucky to work in an industry where I can literally wear almost anything I want to work! I added the lilac sunglasses to offset the lime, partly because my nails already happened to be painted my most favorite shade for these past few months (Essie in “Playdate”). Then I tossed on my standard layered necklaces, kept my hair product free (hey…it was a work day), and threw on the flats for some added comfort to all of the running around. I ended up really liking the subtle, yet eclectic mix of elements.

Vest: H&M
Pants: H&M
Top: Zara, similar
Bra: ASOS
Shades: F21, similar
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar here and here)
Necklaces: 2020ave, Baublebar

Nails: Essie “Playdate”

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Summer Floral.

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Photos by the lovely Miss Kelly Black.

So the weather in LA has been scorching hot lately, and it seems like everyone is trying to get as close to naked as publicly acceptable…or some cases, what is not publicly acceptable.  Such as that woman at the beach the other day in her thong, or the girl I saw this morning supporting her very large chest with a very small string bikini who was nowhere near the beach, and nowhere near a cover-up of any kind. And I’m sure the naked woman who frequently streaks through downtown is just having the time of her life today. (Welcome to wacky LA!)

I get it, we’re only 2 degrees off from having triple digit heat as I write this, so I understand the need to lose some layers, however, let’s keep it socially acceptable people! When I need to beat the heat I tend to go for sheer gauzy fabrics, flowy tops and dresses that provide some comfort and ventilation, a fun mani-pedi, and of course bright summer colors. I recently celebrated a friend’s birthday at one of my favorite places, Malibu Wines Tasting Room, deep in the hills of Malibu. It was an awesome afternoon sipping on chilled wine, snacking on cheese and crackers, and attempting to stay cool in that pre-summer sun that is just relentless in the open California air.

Being it was a semi-casual birthday vibe, I of course took the opportunity to wear one of my fun summer sundresses, keeping it casual with a breathable bralette as my choice undergarment, and flat sandals. My wonderful friend Kelly was kind enough to snap a couple of photos for me before the sweating got too intense! I absolutely love bright florals, and I jumped at the chance to wear this dress paired with a fun fuschia clutch and coordinating nail color. For those who don’t know, yellow, especially a golden/canary yellow, is my favorite color, and the bright colors in the floral of this dress means I have a lot of options for adding brightly colored heels or accents to the outfit. This print is about as easy as color mixing gets!

 

Dress: Urban Outfitters, available on clearance in stores, or similar options here, here, and here!
Bralette: Amazon, very affordable
Bangle: Nasty Gal
Clutch: Zara
Shoes: Target! (About 5 years old and I still love them! Similar here and here)
Shades: F21, recently back in stock!

 

 

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The Anti-Matching.

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I’m always a fan of color. Spring is just around the corner so I find myself gravitating toward it a little more lately. I’m a firm believer that in fashion you don’t need to match, you just need to compliment. This goes for prints, textures, and color itself. While I still plan on doing a full color-breakdown post soon (I know, I know, I’ve been talking about it for a while), but here is one of my more colorful first outfits of spring.

I love the look of an elegant long sleeve blouse with shorts, and although it was mid-70s, this outfit needed to be comfortable enough to handle a busy day on the go, as well as taking my work out with me, and good for a transition into evening when it cools down quite a bit. To put together this outfit, I started with the shorts. Then I went through the blouse section of my closet to find a color that would give a fun little contrast without being too far off the spectrum. My sleeved-blouse choices were a blush, black, white, taupe, coral, orange, hot pink, black floral, yellow floral, sky blue, multi-colored floral, or this yellow pin dot number. For me, white was too easy, black was too dark, and I knew I wanted a warmer color that wasn’t as shocking in it’s bright hue as the hot pink shorts. It came down to the yellow with green and blue floral, or this solid yellow with tiny pin dots. The deciding factor: what shoes? I needed to pick shoes that would handle all the busy aspects of my day with no fuss, then that would determine the top.

Sidenote: I’ve given up on steaming these shorts. I love them, but they are the devil. I also have them in red, and for some reason, that pair cooperates and looks flawlessly smooth at all times. I’ve been forced to embrace inevitable wrinkles when wearing these pink ones. WTF!! But I’m over it.

I’ve been loving little pops of leopard here and there lately, and its such a versatile print that, believe it or not, acts really well as a neutral. The warmer tones of classic leopard complimented the bright yellow and pink without matching at all, and offered a nice contrast to the lady-like print of the blouse. And there you have it. 3 key pieces that are completely different on the color/print spectrum that work nicely together! My only matching accent: my beloved MAC lipstick in “Impassioned.” Hello, spring!

Top: Target
Shorts: Akira Chicago (similar)
Flats: Cotton On (similar here and here)
Bag: Urban Expressions, via DSW (similar style)
Rings: Zara, Brandy Melville

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Dressed-Down Floral.

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I got this little floral dress for Christmas in 2012, and though it was a part of the Urban Outfitters fall collection, it transitions really nice year-round. That said, this particular color and print looks adorable with so many different add-ons to handle all sorts of occasions. My life is pretty casual as of lately, with the holidays being over, so a casual dark green military jacket gives the fuschia color an unexpected color match. Sometime soon I will do a post on color mixing, and using the opposite ends of the color wheel to create unique combinations that are still easy on the eyes. For now, this little cap-sleeve, button-front, floral dress has been paired with things like tights (all colors), boots, worn as a skirt with oversized sweaters, vests (of the faux fur, denim, and military variety), as well as leather jackets. Not to mention sandals and flats for spring and summer-time. This look kept with the California winter vibe, adding the jacket, wool scrunched socks and wedge lace-ups, with minimal accessories and a fresh coat on the fingernails.

Dress: Urban Outfitters (last season)
Jacket: Gibson, via Nordstrom
Belt: Target
Shoes: Target
Socks: H&M
Necklace: 2020Ave
Ring: Kate Spade

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