I love the Oscars! The boy and I watch every year, and we make an honest attempt to see at least all of the Best Picture Nominees — and sometimes even the shorts or some foreign language films. This weekend we will be playing catch up trying to fit in Life of Pi, Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild. I don’t think we’ve ever been so behind. To get caught up on all of the buzz, and hopefully give myself an edge in his family’s annual ballot race, I have been tuning into NPR’s coverage of the Oscars as well as some other sources. One of my favorite interviews was with comedian Dave Boone, who has written for the Academy Awards eight times. I also love seeing the different red carpet looks, and of course, reading about all of the carnage the next day. I am going to attempt to do some live tweeting while watching so make sure to follow my twitter handle: @cphillis07. And make sure to fill out your ballots!
I may not get much support on this one people, but I just love the floor-length, long-sleeve bright yellow Christian Dior dress worn by Julianne Moore at the Emmys tonight. I admit it is a little daring, but I think Moore has the poise and tenacity to pull it off. She did play Sarah Palin and win an Emmy for it after all.
H&M blazer (gift) / Old Navy tank top / J.Crew skirt / Ring (gift) / Thrifted Vintage Ann Taylor shoes
I love pairing bright colors with a great navy blue. A really great navy blue can handle just about any color and not have its effect diminished by it. This chartreuse blouse and white blazer were just what I needed to embrace the 70 degree temps we have been enjoying here in the burgh. When in Rome…
Brights are the new trump card for spring and summer. You can still wear your Parisian-inspired striped tee, but it will not give you as much street cred as being a walking, talking cornucopia of color. The only problem is, if you are like me, your closet may feel a little one-sided in the color department. As much as I like to imagine myself as a person who loves color, looking into my closet has proven otherwise. Clearly, I have not been embracing the Fiestaware inside me.
If you are in the same boat, do not go into panic mode. We will get through this together. Me and the Jackson Five are here for you. You do not have to replace your entire wardrobe to get with the trends this season. Here are some tips to help you add brights to your wardrobe, the cheap and easy way:
Buying basics is a lot cheaper than buying an expensive silk blouse or sweater. I got this bright tank from Old Navy on clearance for $13. It can be tucked into a skirt and worn with a blazer for a sharp look for work or with a bright pair of jeans or shorts for a more casual look.
Remember the 80s? They were not that long ago. Thrift stores have tons of brights from the 80s. I bought the tank from Old Navy during a buy one get one free sale, and the United Colors of Benetton skirt is consignment from Avalon.
Start building outfits by considering the brights you already have. With color blocking being at its peak right now, it’s much cheaper to accomplish this look if you already have one part of it. I already had this Loft skirt from last year. I purchased this pink blouse from Forever 21 for $15.
I was in Forever 21 the other day surrounded by all of its bright color offerings, and I felt like I might pass out, when I saw this killer combo of pink and orange. These two colors paired with a dash of gold are the perfect compliment to cerulean blue skies and azure ocean waves.
I’m slowly trying to incorporate the amazing bright spring styles I’ve been seeing into my wardrobe. It’s been hard to hold back. Some days I just want to paint myself neon pink. I’m not even making sense anymore! I foresee myself wearing this $10 top from Old Navy a lot. It’s casual but the dolman sleeves give it an extra something that elevates it above pajama level. If you are looking for bright clothes on the cheap, I would recommend heading over to Old Navy for reals.
Old Navy top / Sears belt (from pair of pants) / Forever 21 jeans / Candies via Kohl’s shoes /Michael Kors watch
As you can see I ended up wearing this classic buffalo plaid dress with a black blazer, black tights, heels, and a fabulous gold necklace from the boy. Once again, shopping my closet turned out to be successful and is already helping me with one of my New Year’s resolutions to save more money. Every new year I always have a laundry list of things I want to accomplish. It oftentimes feels unrealistic to set such lofty expectations, but it’s nice to keep this list in the back of my mind for times when inspiration runs out or I need help remembering what it is I want. If I can accomplish a couple of these things in 2012 I would be happy. Happy New Year! What are your resolutions for the new year?