color! featured photo

COLOR!

color! featured photo

If you’re quiet, you’re not living. You’ve got to be noisy and colorful and lively.
Mel Brooks

Two thirds of the way through Winter, one could scream from all the black. Two thirds of the way through Summer, it’s the same with beige and white. Add pizzaz to that monochromatic closet. Speak up! Whether you wrap yourself in joyful exuberance or add an accent or two, a giggle or grin…a wink? Make someone else smile.

“I Love/Hate Bleeding Hearts” Supercharm Waterfall Necklace- Sassy and decorous. Wear it with jeans or a little black dress. Sure to start conversations. 20”, adjustable (2” extender.) A mix of oversized lucite, crystal and embroidered pop charms. Worn by Avril Lavigne! $245.00 www.tarinatarantino.com

Biba Rose Print Pencil Skirt- Sexy length, timeless print. Will fill your date with anticipation. Easily dressed up or down. Rather cinematic. Silk Satin. Machine wash. Lining polyester/elastane. $72.00 www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Citrine and Goldtone Pom Pom Earrings- For the illusion of a long neck. Bunched red tassels wrapped in 18k yellow-gold plated chains with a regal, Asian feel. A grand and glorious 5” long allowing graceful movement. Add gold sandals and purse. Luxurious. (Below left). $250.00 www.maxandchloe.com

Hoffman Colorblock Suede Bag- For those nights when you need only a comb, compact, lipstick, cell phone, and keys. Well, maybe reading glasses-the kind in those narrow, little tubes. Red lipstick. Pumps? 3.5” x 5” with a 24” drop. Front flap closure. (Above right).  $55.00 www.revolveclothing.com

Red Satin Open-toed Slide- Cross your legs in these and you’ll have them dropping in the aisles. I’d get a nosebleed up there, but you probably swan across a floor with the best of them. Adjustable ankle strap with buckle closure. Lightly padded footbed. Satin covered heel and platform, leather sole. Heel 4”. Platform ¾”. $85.00 www.zappos.com

Parabal Gurung at J.Crew Exploding Bow Blouse- ‘Looks very French and very haute. Ladylike, but a tad excessive: “The captain’s lady and Rosey O’Grady are sisters under the skin.” Rudyard Kipling. Make ‘m wonder. Limited edition. $225.00 www.jcrew.com

Amrita Singh Jaana Bangle Set- How pretty are these? Powerful pink (they call it fuschia) in tandem with gold for that goddess look. Gold earrings. An ankle bracelet would be provocative with this outfit and a diaphanous wrap. 12 piece, 18k gold plated brass mixed bangle set embellished with silk thread. 1.7” wide when stacked. (Below left). $100.00 www.pinkmascara.com

Tarina Tarantino Rose Flower Sugar Skull Anywhere Clip- say that five times fast! Part of a skull collection. The dichotomy of feminine and edgy is intriguing here. 4” Satin rose decorated with skull frame and Swarovski crystals. Actually looks pretty fine with the bangles, though that’s an afterthought. (Above right). $50.00 www.zappos.com

Tom Binns Earrings- You can’t find anything more artfully colorful and distinctive than these. Wear your hair up or at least back. A Binns piece is not frippery-it’s ornamental art. Clashing color palette inspired by the Fauves. Neon yellow, orange and coral hand-painted Swarovski crystal; oxidized rhodium plated. 2” drop. Pierced. (Below left) $225.00

Yellow/lime, aqua, turquoise, clear and black hand-painted Swarovski crystal… 3” drop. Pierced.(Above right) $340.00 Both www.net-a-porter.com. Check out the necklaces and brooches.

Pareo Scarf- How great does this look on the model?! Use it as an evening wrap over a sundress, in the afternoon, as a sarong with a bathing suit, in the morning out to indigenous markets or shopping at Dean & Deluca. 100% cotton. Big enough to wrap around several times and show off the tropical colors. Spirited, cheerful, and useful. $78.00 www.revolveclothing.com

Faux Leather Bag- Trend right color in a sunshiney sack to carry it all, whether cosmetic, electronic, or…well, you were a Girl Scout once, you know.Long handles fit over your shoulder. Roomy main compartment zips shut. Three storage pockets inside, two outside. 11” x 18” x 5” with 10” handle drop. $64.90 www.yoox.com

Adam Silk-Chiffon Mini Skirt- Shimmy on by in this (you won’t have to try) and turn heads. Bright and brave. Wear it with a t-shirt or bustier; flats or high heels. Party! Party! Party! Layers and layers of intentionally raw-edged ruffles, crinkled waistband and lining. Concealed zipper at back. 100% silk. $210.00 www.theoutnet.com

Avant et Apres Yellow and Blue Torsade Necklace- Terrifically sophisticated combination. Easy to dress up or down. This piece has pith. “Inspired by 60’s modernist architecture and unkempt 90’s grunge”. Blue agate gunmetal chain, yellow beads; 22” long. $275.00 www.charmandchain.com

Suede Waist Belt- Gorgeous with white (or black, brown, or navy) now and into September. Slightly muted color keeping it from seeming Pollyanna-ish. An original embellishment. Super soft and lightweight. Features metal buckle and grommets. 3” wide. $44.90 www.thelimited.com

Trellis Woven High-Tops- Why pay hundreds of dollars for colored Nikes when you can lope around in these very cool sneaks you won’t see coming and going. Modestly priced, immodestly textured. Great soft color they call jade-I’d call aqua. 100% cotton, lace-up high-top “trainers” Also in purple! (and white) $50.00 www.topshop.com

Diane Von Furstenberg Agata Dress- Close the deal in this, then meet him for cocktails. Comes with its own finesse. Bright green sleeveless silk with small back neckline slit and top hook. Fan ruffle details on chest and hip. Hidden side zipper. $427.00 www.matchesfashion.com

Wayuu Taya Mochilla Bag- Singular design, exceptional color and politically correct. Can you ask any more of an accessory? It’s not, you remember, easy being green. Hand-sewn cross-body bag. Each is totally unique. Bright green knitted cotton, multi-colored diamond-weave strap, tasseled sides and drawstring. 13” x 12” x 8” Non-profit foundation supporting the Wayuu community. $200.00 www.net-a-porter.com

Marcus Green Suede Loafers- For this kind of money, you can afford to slip into a little Peter Pan. Really, how boring are the tan and brown ones?! Put some zip in your step. Act like you don’t know they’re zealously green. What these old things?! (Style simply comes naturally to you) Stitching detail around the toe. 100% leather. $56.00 www.topshop.com

Caribbean Sea Handbag- Evocative of blue skies and clear oceans. Big enough to hold the essentials with (hands-free) style. Classic design updated with stud detailing. Rich leather exterior, fabric lining. 6.5” x 7”, Shoulder strap has a 25” drop. Magnetic button closure. Interior pocket. $119.00 on sale www.revolveclothing.com

Kendra Scott Wren Earrings- Distinctive Arts & Crafts looking earrings. Simple but not simplistic. See the little “v” at the bottom of the flattering teardrop shape? Details make accessories. Silver framed blue quartz. 3” . Pierced. (Bottom left) $70.00 www.maxandchloe.com

Double Happiness Cobalt Dara Ring- Common’ you have to own a couple of cocktail rings! They’re a la mode, show off your manicure, and catch the eye as you gracefully, enthusiastically gesture. This one is more handsome than glitzy. But then, you’ve never been one of the pack. Druzy quartz wrapped in gold wire; adjustable. (Above right). $105.00 www.lespommettes.com

Betsy Johnson Azure Silk “Shake Your Groove Thing” Dress- The name says it all, of course. Adorable; young and coquette-ish. Stylish; not slutty with a whisper of edge. Definitely Gossip Girl. Lightweight silk. Optional, adjustable spaghetti straps. Fully lined; flexible boning and tulle. $ 274.00 www.bluefly.com

Maylen’s Fancy Peacock Bracelet- Clearly mermaid jewelry- you provide the siren call. Deep reflective colors, a feeling of movement and unique design. This piece will make an ensemble. Add diamond studs or crystal drops-really long, crystal drops. And a little blue eye shadow. Brass base metal silver tone finish, high quality crystal stones, Lucite stones, purple & blue stones teardrop shape; round hinged closure-inlaid setting $70.00 www.fantasyjewelrybox.com

Austique Studded Snakeskin Ballet Flats- There are lots of ballet flats around, but these are cut low towards the toe making them look more graceful. If I were you, I’d have them leather soled for a longer life. Simple, versatile, comfortable, but in the end-it’s the color! $195.00 www.austique.co.uk

Diane Von Furstenberg Issie Top- long, long line is rather 1920’s. Try it with an extra long necklace, knotted low like a lavalliere. Stretch silk/spandex v-neck wrap with smocked hem. This one feels lovely against the skin. $210.00 www.barneys.com

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