December 31, 2011

2012 Fashion Resolutions

Though some of us have already reached 2012, many of us are anxiously awaiting the New Year. This turning point represents a fresh start. I'm sure you're familiar with the idea of making New Year's Resolutions; it's a wonderful tradition that supports and motivates people to make new goals and stick to them and to make important changes in their lives. It's difficult to remember the list you made throughout the year, but these ideas will always be lurking in the back of your mind, pushing you to be a better and happier person.
I, like most others, will be making my own set of resolutions tonight, but in the meantime I thought I would also compile a list of Fashion Resolutions - the title is self-explanatory.

1. I will work hard on Girl Loves Color, improving my blogging skills and making the site even better. I want to continue blogging regularly throughout 2012, even more often than I have in 2011. I will continue to be innovative and true to myself on my blog.

2. I will limit my shopping ventures to items I really need and will wear often. I will save splurges for special occasions and for the rare item that really calls to me. I will continue to colorize my wardrobe.

3. I will put together my outfits with care, but I will not second-guess my instincts when walking out of the house. I will be confident in my clothing.

4. I will regularly go through my collection of garments, accessories, and shoes and determine what I rarely wear. I will donate these items or give them to friends.

5. I will be innovative in the use of my fashion-related possessions, wearing things in different ways to maximize my options, so I don't have to buy so many new things.

6. I will continue to add dashes of color into every outfit, and I will encourage others to do the same.

What are your New Year's resolutions? What are your Fashion Resolutions? If you have any of the latter - or even none at all - I encourage you to add my #6 to your list. After all, a little color always cheers up any outfit.

I wish you a happy and healthy New Year and all the best for you, your family, and your friends.

December 27, 2011

The Color Collector

Today I was browsing through the Stylecaster website, a lovely community where you can find insightful articles related to fashion, beauty, and lifestyle, as well as upload your outfits and ask for style advice. The site also has a number of fashion editorials created exclusively by and for Stylecaster. It was this section that I was most interested in; the editorials are beautifully done. Of course, I was most inspired by the brightness of "The Color Collector," an editorial that is quite true to its name. I thought today I would do a simple blog post as the holiday season is winding down, just a little something to keep you inspired. I hope you enjoy.

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Let me know what you think of this editorial and the Stylecaster website with a comment. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

December 22, 2011

Three Ways: The Little Black Dress

The holiday season has been upon us for a while, so I thought it would only be appropriate to do a helpful holiday-themed blog post. As I'm writing these words, I'm assuming that you have been invited to a number of holiday parties. Whether for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's, or whatever else you may be celebrating, I imagine that styling outfits for this variety of events can be stressful. If you're like me, you'll also want to add color to your respective ensembles, which can be a difficult task. Don't worry, I'm here to help. The solution is simple; every woman owns a little black dress (LBD). Work off of that, and you can create a stunning outfit that'll wow every pair of eyes in the room.
This is a different kind of three ways post, but I hope it proves just as useful.

By Malene Birger dress
By Malene Birger dress

ASOS envelope clutch, BCBG pumps, Erickson Beamon necklace.

1 by mayabett featuring an envelope clutch

Why this outfit works: A bright clutch adds the dash of color a black dress needs. A statement necklace is the perfect amount of jewelry required and the colors of the jewels complement the clutch. Neutral heels that aren't solid black keep the attention on the clutch and necklace.
ASOS clutch, Christian Louboutin pumps, BCBGeneration earrings.

Why this outfit works: Neutral accessories with some sparkle give the outfit some holiday cheer. Rose gold complements the rich magenta hue of the pumps.

Lulu Townsend clutch, Nicholas Kirkwood pumps, Assad Mounser necklace.

Why this outfit works: A bright necklace serves as the color source for the outfit, as well as inspiring the hue of the shoes. A gray clutch doesn't attract much attention but looks sophisticated with the blue-green palette.

Which of these outfits are your favorite? What are you wearing to your holiday parties? I'd love to see your comments.

December 19, 2011

Baby, It's Cold Outside

I was on the search for a winter coat for a long time. This is a struggle for petites like me, who often face the issues of coat sizing. Many of the coats I have tried on in my journey are way too long: they hit at right above the knee, which wouldn't be a problem except for the fact that it diminishes my height further by cutting off my legs. Nor do I want a coat that is so cropped it can barely keep my warm; this obviously defeats the purpose (though this form of outerwear is quite stylish and flattering on me). I also need a coat that is fitted without being too small to accommodate layers of knitwear. As you can see, I have many guidelines. I'm quite picky when it comes to outerwear (unless, of course, said outerwear is a fantastic leather jacket). I'm proud to say that I finally found the perfect specimen: a toggle coat that hits me a little above mid-thigh. The coat is lined with a beautiful blue-green plaid and consists of good quality materials. Only one problem: the coat is black.
Black? But, Maya, you love color!
Well, I usually get quite annoyed when I have to don my winter coat for an adventure outside, as often said coat is a puffy marshmallow of down. This coat is different; I enjoy wearing it. Yet I still felt incomplete when I put on my jeans and black combat boots, covering any trace of color with my black coat. I would go outside and not quite feel like myself.

The dilemma was resolved when I visited the fantastic consignment store Tokio 7 in the East Village on Sunday. The store sells high-end brands such as Marc Jacobs, Prada, Gucci, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. Though some fakes have been spotted at the store, the selection is overall quite fabulous. The shop has a fantastic selection of Louboutin shoes, tons of cashmere sweaters, and a variety of unique yet wearable designer dresses. Most appropriate for this weather, however, is the huge amount of outerwear available (both mens' and womens'). I was casually browsing this section when I stumbled upon a hidden gem: a bright purple DVF coat exactly my size. The price was probably 40-60% off of what it must have been originally. And the coat was brand new - the tags were still on and the pockets still sewn closed. I couldn't believe it when I tried it on and the coat fit me perfectly. I knew I had to get it.
Today was my first day taking my colorful new coat out for a spin. I was happy in a way that no piece of outerwear had ever made me feel before.

Diane von Furstenberg coat, Un Deux Trois top (worn underneath), American Apparel black leggings, Free People socks, combat boots from TJ Maxx, Coton Deux scarf, vintage bag.

The coat also comes with a matching purple belt, gold clips on the ends, but I chose not to wear it today. I think the coat looks pretty great on its own. 

What do you think of my new find? Tell me about your winter coat(s)! I'd love to read your comments.

December 01, 2011

Feeling Blue

It's been a long time since I did a post focused on a specific hue (for those who haven't seen it, I also have a post about emerald green) so I decided that it was time.

Blue is my favorite color, and I am particularly fascinated with shades such as the ultramarine above, which could also be identified as royal blue or indigo. If you are a color fanatic like I am, you probably enjoy targeting specific colors that you wish to add to your wardrobe, going from shade to shade. Blue is a popular color, but I find ultramarine to be such an exotic shade, lending an unusual vibe to a broad color spectrum often synonymous with jeans. If you love blue as much as I do, ultramarine is a great hue to add to your collection of clothing and accessories. It's elegant and sophisticated, and it would be difficult to find a color that doesn't pair well with such a color. 
Below are some of my favorite ultramarine/royal blue/indigo pieces along with outfit suggestions.

Rebecca Taylor wool-blend coat ($495), Rag & Bone shirt, Current/Elliott skinny jeans, Kurt Geiger platform heels, Suzanna Dai earrings.

Why this outfit works: Contrast classy elegance with a casual, laid-back appeal. Yellow heels are an unexpected touch but don't outshine the coat.

Equipment denim shirt, Vince striped sweater, Witchery jeans ($130), Zara booties, Mawi necklace.

Why this outfit works: Jeans of such a vibrant hue naturally lend themselves to the double denim trend. A striped pullover worn underneath the denim shirt feels casually chic with sleeves peeking out and the neckline just visible when a few buttons are undone. Rugged boots add a warm, cozy feel and a sophisticated chain necklace is a great finishing piece.

Helmut Lang blazer, Topshop sweater, MOTHER jeans, Suzanna Dai cuff, Steve Madden wedges ($100).

Why this outfit works: This outfit is built upon the contrast between casual and formal. Bright ultramarine shoes are an unexpected but fun touch. 

Which of these outfits is your favorite? Would you ever wear ultramarine or do you own a piece that color? Let me know with a comment!