the power of orange and blue

top <fei>, skirt <yoana baraschi>, clutch <banana republic>, shoes <bcbg>, necklaces and ring <vintage and ann taylor>

major 2012 summer trends include bright neon colors and lace proving this is the perfect summer skirt.  this lace skirt, is absolutely lovely, fits perfectly and adds that extra “wow” factor. when “lace” is mentioned, we often envision white, ivory or black lace.  the unexpected neon orange is a pleasant, unexpected surprise.  yoana baraschi has also created a party dress with this material.  it’s a hard-to-find piece as it’s been a popular buy, but you can still find it here.  places to wear this skirt include summer weddings, and, if you find yourself in Oklahoma City, why not a Thunder game?!  with the Thunder bound and determined to win a championship, this look wouldn’t be questioned! this certainly proves the power of the orange and the blue!

clean lines and stripes

blazer <willow and clay>, top <ann taylor>, skirt <cythnia steffe>, shoes <l.a.m.b.>, bag <antik batik>, necklace <amrita singh>, belt <target>

architecture and clothing can have similar elements of design.  here, clean lines dominate and recur. the roof line, windows and curb parallel the shoe straps, skirt and belt. i love the cohesiveness of this outfit coupled with the construction of the scene. with the mustard top and bold necklace, there’s something perfect, yet unexpected about this look.

sparkling jewel tones

top <french connection>, skirt <bordeaux los angeles>, booties <dolce vita>, clutch <target>, belt <anthropologie>, clear bangle <the limited>, gold bangle and necklace <vintage>

my favorite colors to combine coexist in jewel tone family.  each color on its own is so rich and vibrant: yet when combined, they can be quite striking.  this fuchsia sequin top radiates when paired with the muted color of the skirt.  to offset the top and skirt, i added a rich cobalt blue clutch and turquoise blue necklace.  the multicolored belt brings the entire look together. with the length of the skirt and the shine of the top, this is a perfectly sophisticated urban look.