Freesia

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The last color in the Pantone-inspired Challenge is Freesia, which means bright yellow to us laymen (and women). We don’t have freesias here in Vietnam but I’ve seen them in LA, and aside from yellow, I remember they are also bright pink and purple and white, so “yellow” isn’t the first color that came to my mind when I heard “freesia”. As pretentious as “hemlock” or “cayenne” is, at least those things have consistent colors. But I’ve given up on trying to make sense of these names. I’d just bring out my yellow flats and call it a day.

And as silly as those names are, it’s been a super fun challenge. A big thank you to Heidi and Marissa. I needed that. Hopefully there will be one next fall too!

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A jumping shot because I haven’t done that in a while:

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Shirt: Zalora, Pants & Cuff: thrifted, Flats: Ebay

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Bug Fodder

mint dress black blazer black boots by 14 shades of grey

The weather is actually warm enough for bare legs now, but I’m not putting my boots away any time soon. This spring, the bugs in our garden seem hungrier than usual, and my ankles and calves are absolutely covered in bug bites. It’s… not pretty. So before those bites heal, it’s strictly pants and boots for me.

Anyway, today’s color for the Pantone challenge is hemlock. It looks kind of like a dusky mint to me, so this dress immediately comes to mind. It’s a hand-me-down from my sister, and I would love to be able to wear it more (it’s so twirly!) but I’m always stumped as to what color to pair it with, and often end up with black. Any ideas?

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Dress: hand-me-down, Blazer: thrifted, Boots: Journee, Brooch: vintage

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Paloma & Dazzling Blue

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The next two colors in the Pantone Color challenge is Paloma (Spanish for “dove”, really, I’m so tempted to do this right now) and Dazzling Blue. Paloma, which is a soft gray, is easy for me, but Dazzling Blue is a bit tougher. I have tons of navy clothes, but cobalt blue doesn’t go too well with my coloring, so in the end I decided to go with this brooch. Though I kept thinking a pair of blue heels would look pretty sweet with this outfit too. I don’t know, maybe I’ll keep an eye out at the shops. As long as I don’t wear the color in big dose or close to my face, I’d be fine.

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Top: Mango, Cardigan: Forever21, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Heels: hand-me-down, Brooch: vintage

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Colors With Silly Names

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I just spent the last four days giving the entire tag system of the blog an overhaul. My shoulders are screaming from too much computer, but at least it’s done. Now you can use the tag to see how I’ve worn a certain item, or find a look by colors. It was interesting to go back to the earlier posts (there is so much WTF in some of those early outfits, like seriously, what the fuck was I thinking?) and see how my style has changed. One thing I’ve noticed is that once I moved home, I don’t wear a lot of colors anymore, it’s mostly black and blue and gray. Of course the main reason for that is my changing style and taste, but ideally, I’d like to be able to put together grown-up outfits without sacrificing colors too.

And on that note, I’m taking part in Heidi and Marissa‘s semi-annual Pantone-inspired Color challenge, or as I like to call it, the Colors with Silly Names challenge. Yesterday’s color was Radian Orchid, which is kind of a soft purple, and my cardigan is perfect for it. The weather is warming up, but very slowly, so I resisted the temptation of dressing like it’s still winter by wearing white jeans, to make the outfit more spring-appropriate.

ETA: The white jeans might be my own decision but I can’t take credit for top half of the outfit, which is lifted directly from this pin.

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purple cardigan blue striped top polka dot scarf by 14 shades of grey

Cardigan: Forever21 (dyed by me), Top: Zara, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Sandals: Zalora, Scarf: hand-me-down

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SIA Inspiration: Erté

Delicate, glamorous, and oh-so-1920′s, that’s how you can describe the work of Russian-born French artist Erté. I didn’t know about him before, but I fancied something Art Deco for this week’s SIA, so I looked up Art Deco artists, stumbled across his gorgeous illustrations, and was immediately hooked. There are so many beautiful ones to choose from, but finally I decided on “Spring Rain” because, hey, it’s season-appropriate:

Plus this one just screams “pattern mixing”, so I thought it would be perfect to be translated into an outfit. Anyway, deadline is as usual, next Monday, April 21, and the round-up post will go up on Tuesday. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!