Ever since the album came out, I have been nurturing a newfound adoration of Norah Jones. "Little Broken Hearts" was released on April 27 and features the standout plaintive tune "Happy Pills," an ode to to making light out of trying to shut out a negative influence.
With you gone, I'm alive,
Makes me feel like I took happy pills,
And time stood still.
If you haven't quite mastered the skills to rein in your emotions - and we all experience this at times - I find that fashion is a good solution. Perhaps this means wearing your favorite outfit, but sometimes all it takes is a few inspiring images to give that much-needed boost.
This is my guide to the best and brightest of fashion, visual stimulation that provides that daily dose.
Fashion editorials are one of the most creative aspects of the industry. There are many magazines that never cease to amaze with their awe-inspiring photography combined with ingenious styling. A tremendous effort must be made to produce quality editorials, but the result is rewarding. For the best of the best, turn to the more alternative publications, such as NYLON, Dazed & Confused, Wonderland, and many lesser-known international magazines (Vogue Nippon has wonderful examples).
Dazed & Confused, July 2011
Dazed & Confused, January 2012
Dazed & Confused, February 2012
Harper's Bazaar Mexico, May 2012
"On the Ropes"
Go Girl! Indonesia, March 2012
"A Diamond in the Roughage"
T Magazine, April 2011 (a New York Times supplement)
If you have never seen this editorial, for your sake and mine please view it here.
This is literally the best thing ever.
The runway has received an abundance of color in the past few seasons, to the happiness of many color fanatics like me. Here's for hoping that runway color palettes remain brightly diverse.
Roberto Cavalli, Spring 2012
Jil Sander, Spring 2011
Altuzarra Spring 2012
Manish Arora Fall 2012
The Best of Baubles
Jewelry has became an increasingly exotic art form in the fashion world, as evidenced by the rise of high-end designers willing to experiment with the limits of such designs. With a rich variety of gemstones and materials available for use, it's natural that color plays a significant part in the creation of avant-garde jewels.
Dannijo Spring/Summer 2012 lookbook
Ettika bracelet stacks (sold as sets)
Shop the fantastic selection here
Ali Galgano, founder of Charm & Chain
It's basically love at first sight. There's nothing better in the entire world than a Mary Katrantzou garment. If I was forced to choose between a wardrobe of Katrantzou or anything else, I would go with the former. The only exception would be if I was promised a successful career that would enable me to acquire said wardrobe.
At least in my case, any dull mood can be vanquished with a lengthy drooling session over anything by this fabulous Greek, London-based fashion goddess.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these images
All images found via Fashion Gone Rogue, Tumblr, Google Images, or images' respective sources
There are many more images that regrettably could not be included in this post for length's sake, but if this collection was not sufficient you can probably satiate yourself by visiting my endless Tumblr, which is a fantastic catalogue of all things colorfully fashionable.
Please do let me know which of these images you like most, as well as your opinions on my Tumblr.
In addition, I'd love to know what are some of your favorite fashion images that you never tire of. What are some of your favorite fashion editorials, runway shows, and designers? Where do you look for fashion inspiration?
Leave a comment below!