Colors and Confusion

I found that I have recently been mixing up my colors based purely on the moment’s convenience. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and there is no greater satisfaction than avoiding confusion by finding the most accurate and poetic word to describe one’s subject. Am I the only one who thinks diction can be glorious, even when discussing a cardigan? Probably.

The Caribbean Blues:

The Caribbean blues

The Caribbean blues

Peach to Coral to Salmon:

There’s such potential for specificity here, but I doubt many people would envision exactly the right color if you described a cardigan with some of the more obscure names. It is interesting to see the difference between coral, salmon and peach.

Peach to Coral to Salmon

Peach to Coral to Salmon

Pale Shades of Cyan:

This was actually hard to pin down, so if anyone else can find an accurate chart I would very much appreciate it.

Courtesy of Pinterest's P.S. I made this

Courtesy of Pinterest’s P.S. I made this

Oxblood

This deeper shade of reddish brown is hard to define, but here is is:

Oxblood

Oxblood

And here are all of its deep red cousins:

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Fun Fact: Corals and teals, as well as peaches and mints, are complementary colors! Which is why this is so lovely that it makes my heart pitter-patter:

Coral and Seafoam

Which colors confuse you? Did this clarify anything, or does it even matter? Weigh in on the supremely important issue of color!

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Brand Spotlight: The Talbots Friends and Family Sale

I’ve mentioned before that Talbots is one of my favorite brands, they have a great mixture of fun and classic pieces. Their Friends and Family Sale started last week and will continue until May 6th. That means 30% off everything!

The storefront of the original Talbots in Hingham, MA - still in operation today.

The storefront of the original Talbots in Hingham, MA – still in operation today.

I may have gone a little crazy on my last shopping trip- but they honed in on my girliest weaknesses: lace, coral, mint, bows, sparkle… they have it all. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from their most recent collection:

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As shown above:

Pia Lace and Metallic Leather Peep-toe flats $119

Pineapple Basket Wrap $59.50

Cabochon Teardrop Earrings in celery $29.50

Vine-Lace Sheath in ivory $199

Rhinestone Bow necklace $59.50

Polka-Dot Wrap in cherry sorbet $59.50

Paisley Lace Top in cherry sorbet $79.50

There are so many perfect stand-out pieces for summer! I also love these little scottie-dog socks

Will you be visiting the Talbots Friends and Family Sale? Do you agree with my picks? Which of the items is your favorite?

Cosmetics: Making-it-up as I go

Makeup! I love it, I use it every day, but I would not consider it my area of expertise.

Before college I rarely wore anything other than mascara and gloss, but I was lucky enough to be thrown into the same orbit as a girl who became one of my closest friends. She is what I would comfortably classify as a cosmetics expert. Every Friday when classes were over the girls in my dorm would begin to get ready to go out. They would turn up the speakers, turn on their flat irons, and line up at her door to beg her to do their makeup. Some people have a talent and a passion for cosmetics which elevates what they do to a plane beyond simply striving to look their best, and allows them to create a new work of art every day.

I do not have that passion and talent, but I benefited from being in the vicinity of someone who does. My friend taught me few tricks (she gently instructed me to contour before I knew what contouring was), and whatever holes were left in my basic cosmetics education have generally been filled by the steady tutelage of pinterest.

Through every other experiment I have conducted, two things have remained the same: my basic daily foundation (BareMinerals, which I really can’t ever imagine forsaking), and my blush. My attitude toward blush was basically that if it wasn’t broken, why fix it? Then,  a few weeks ago I was inspired by an article I read about coral, and I examined my makeup ritual more critically. I’ve been using the same Covergirl blush since high school, and though I once attempted to make the switch to a BareMinerals product, the result was essentially the same… and Covergirl was less expensive (in my experience Covergirl is an incredible value for the price).

Still a great buy for around $5 at any drugstore!

Still a great buy for around $5 at any drugstore!

Covergirl’s Iced Plum, a shade I have happily used for years

Well no more! I stopped by Sephora the other day and snagged a fabulous blush from NARS, a brand many of my friends swear by. To be honest, at $29 I consider it a splurge for a blush, but it’s high-quality product that I know I’ll use every day. “Torrid” is much brighter than my previous blushes, and perfect for summer! Sephora calls it “coral with shimmer.” They appear to be out, but it’s still available at Lord & Taylor.

NARS Torrid: My favorite new product!

NARS Torrid: My favorite new product!

I LOVE IT! I would highly recommend this color, but even if you are not on the market for a new blush, break out of your comfort zone and experiment with something new. Even if that something is small, you have to start somewhere!

Personally, I’m ready for suggestions. What’s your favorite blush or cosmetic product?

What I wore: One of those days

Yesterday was just one of those days. I had to wake up very early; I was tired, I was grumpy, and I anticipated doing some mild manual labor. I just wanted to wear something comfortable. So I wore this!

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Outfit: Tea n’ Rose Cardigan (similar: Nordstrom, The Outnet, Loft, Charlotte Russe),  Michael Kors Jeans, Calvin Klein infinity scarf (similar: Target), White v-neck tee, and Jessica Simpson metallic snakeskin flats (easily substituted with gold flats, leopard flats, or these).

It’s about as basic as you can get, but I liked the trendy spring pop of sherbert, and though you might not be able to make it out in the shot, my earrings were mint. It was very soft and easy to move in, which fit my purposes perfectly.

I love the popular spring and summer colors this year; turquoise and coral have been everywhere, along with their more subdued mint and peach cousins. I already have mint jeans (more about that later) but I’m still trying to find other ways to work these splendid hues into my wardrobe. Any suggestions?

I especially love this look, found on pinterest:

Courtesy of Lilly's Style

Courtesy of Lilly’s Style

What an easy way to work this spring trend into a classic wardrobe! The eponymous Lilly is one of my favorite bloggers because of her creative ensembles. If you’re on pinterest, it’s likely you’ve been pinning quite a few of her photos without even realizing where they came from. This outfit is grand because it works with pieces that you probably have hanging in your closet already. My favorite items are always the staples you can recycle in a hundred completely different looks.

Her coral cardigan was purchased some time ago, so here are a few options other than what she lists on her site: The Tippi Cardi in light nectar at J. Crew, The Charming Cardi in pink flamingo at Talbots.