Hot Days and Nights

 Old Navy tank top / J.Crew necklace via eBay / American Eagle skirt / Libby Edelman via T.J. Maxx sandals
The boy had a lacrosse tournament in Hudson, OH, so I had the chance to wander around the quaint historical town not far from Cleveland on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The town itself is quite old and was part of the Underground Railroad. You can still take a tour of the different sites. Besides it’s historical significance, it has a great Gap that I go to every time I am there, top-notch local cuisine and local businesses such as the Learned Owl, a bookstore I also have to stop in. For lunch, I tried One Red Door. I had the most amazing burger with brie and pomme frites served with a Bearnaise sauce and bacon dip. My indulgences included a Goose Island Matilda, a new favorite summer beer.

The weather predictions for the weekend were pretty hot and steamy so I outfitted myself in a breezy, no-thought required ensemble. My new statement necklace is getting a lot of play and I am absolutely loving it with this bright yellow top. The white skirt seemed like a natural compliment to these bright colors as well as these tan gladiators I picked up for $25 from T.J. Maxx. The necklace kept the outfit serious enough to wear it to a birthday party later that night. This might have to be my go-to transition from day to night outfit for summer.

Colored jeans: A nautical take

H&M jacket, pants and shirt / Candies shoes via Kohl’s / Riley necklace / Michael Kors watch
Generally your bottom half does not get a lot of love when it comes to exciting colors. It’s a life of boring blue jeans, black leggings and beige work pants. That is until you purchase a pair of colored jeans. I love them paired with polka dots, I love them paired with brights, I love them in a house and I love them with a mouse… Anyways, I was inspired by fellow Pittsburgh blogger, Stylish White Female, to get a little more nautical by pairing them with a striped t-shirt and a structured white blazer for a casual Friday look at work. How do you wear your colored jeans?

Adding Brights to Your Wardrobe: The Cheap and Easy Way

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.

Fiestaware

Forever 21 blouse / Target skirt / tights (?) / Nine West shoes / Michael Kors watch 

I wore this outfit to a party a couple of weekends ago. I’ll be honest, I feel like I am channeling the colorful dinnerware that has made its way into the hearts and homes of many. Why be plain and boring when you can wear as many colors as possible? This was my first attempt this season at making a bright statement. I mean, really bright. I kept my tights and shoes simple and didn’t over accessorize. I let the colors be the statement. I was a little gun shy at first, but I really love the way it turned out. Embrace the Fiestaware inside you! (fist pump)

Neon Resistance

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

A new colorblocking strategy

After my recent foray into color blocking using two of the brightest items in my closet, I thought I’d give your eyes a break and do some color pairings that were a little more my speed: navy blue, fuchsia, and green. One thing I wanted to do this time around was add something that would break up the colors such as this striped top. Also, the color blocking doesn’t have to be limited to just the clothes; you can achieve it just as well with accessories such as this bright green purse. I topped it all off with gold jewelry. These peacock earrings from Forever 21 were chump change but look like they are vintage. And I have to mention that I love how the delicate material of this skirt looks with the structure of this blazer. How do you colorblock?
Thrifted Evan Picone blazer; Gap skirt; Ralph Lauren outlet top; Nine West shoes and purse; Forever 21 earrings; Vintage bracelet (gift)