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Valentine’s Day Color Blocking

red-and-hot-pink-color-blocking Clockwise from top left: Atlantic-Pacific, Courtney Kerr, Emma Stone, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Adams, Glamour

Ok, so we still have a few weeks until Valentine’s Day, but the candy hearts are already on the shelves, so I figure that means I can talk about what to wear on the loveliest day of the year. I know a lot of people hate on V-Day, but I’ve always had a special place in my heart for it. Yes, it’s become a commercial circus and yes, I can understand why some people aren’t crazy about it, but I think a day that reminds you to be thankful for those you love, and who love you, should be celebrated.

And what better way to celebrate—other than consuming copious amounts of aforementioned candy hearts—than wearing a heart-skipping mix of hot pink and fiery red. This specific color-blocked combination has been around for awhile, it’s true, but I still find it fresh and fun every time I see it. Blair from Atlantic-Pacific frequently rocks this color combo, and Amy Adams’ Valentino Golden Globes dress proved that this trend is still alive and well. I also love the way white accessories pop against the bright colors, adding an equally bright neutral to the mix.

So while I sit here planning my Valentine’s Day ensemble, I’ll leave you with this little poem:

Roses are red, Valentinos are too
I’d like to pair them with a hot pink hue. 

 

Accessories, Clothing

Black and Yellow Gold

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Sometimes I have to hunt for weeks to find items on my wish list, and sometimes they just fall right into my shopping cart. Such was the case with these pretty rings and plated belt. Rings have always been my favorite form of jewelry, and I couldn’t wait to try the multi-finger trend. So when I saw this ASOS set for a tiny fraction of the price of the original Balenciaga babies, I had to order them.

As for the belt, I had been wanting a metal-plated option ever since I saw this one around Jennifer Lawrence’s teensy-tiny waist at the Golden Globes this year. Since I don’t count Raf Simons among my close personal friends and therefore don’t exactly have access to the Dior closet, I was thrilled to find the below option at my local Forever 21. It’s not currently available online, but here‘s an exact duplicate.

Put it all together and you get an outfit that fully satisfies my tendency to wear all black and gold all the time.

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Clothing

Vive La France!

Happy Bastille Day!

We share the official colors of red, white and blue with our French friends, but red, white and black seemed a more appropriate color palette to wear when celebrating La Fête Nationale.

Black and white stripes embellished with a bright red pout has always seemed to be the unofficial uniform of the Parisian woman, at least in my  imagination.

So in honor of France’s big day, I raided my closet for a look that would pass on the Champs-Élysées. Without further adieu, my attempt at a très chic Parisian look (crème brûlée not pictured).

bastille15bastille5bastille3bastille1bastille11bastille4Dress (worn as a top): Forever 21 – similar here, Skirt: Frenchi – similar here, Shoes: Sole Society – similar here, Sunglasses: Prada