Hello, Yellow!

I love the big chunky necklaces that everyone is wearing these days. The obvious obsession are those Kate Spade statement necklaces, which cost a whopping $428.

Kate Spade Treasure Chest Statement Necklace

Kate Spade Treasure Chest Statement Necklace. $428. Treasure Chest, Indeed.

I love the sunny yellow color – it’s exactly what I need to brighten up the doldrums of February while I wait for Spring. I may not be in the market for a statement necklace that is quite so spendy, but I am definitely in the market for a pop of yellow.

So I decided to make my own, and I think it does the trick.

You know what they say about dogs that look like their owners...

You can make one too – here’s how I did it!

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Power Pants in Action

In response to last week’s post about colored jeans, I thought I would show you my power pants in action.

Power Pants Action Shot

Gap red corduroys (I’ve been rocking these for about a year) with a Jcrew cardigan, Old Navy scarf, and cream sweater of unknown origins. Not sure if it’s clear in the pic, but it’s red, white, and navy working together. Because I love America!

If that’s not enough inspiration for you, you can always check out my Pinterest Board, dedicated to Bright Pants.

I received several texts this weekend from Jessica, who was sorely tempted to buy some bright denim (it was on sale!) but she passed because the fit Just Wasn’t Right – which was absolutely the right decision.

Have you rocked some color on your lower half lately? How’d it work out?

The skinny on bright jeans

Do not fear color, my friends. Make room for it in your closet. Exploit the visual bounty afforded by color blocking and the trend for neon. Mix red and pink. Upgrade your neutrals from grey to green. You are an exotic flower. Dress like one! Let’s talk pants!

I recently got this question via Facebook from Nicole:

What do you think about bright yellow jeans…are they really hot?

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My Caped Crusade (this one’s for Lisa B!)

I recently got a terrific comment from Lisa (who runs a fantastic blog that you should totally check out) in response to the post about investing in trends:

I have been seeing a lot of commercials that show women in capes. I have always been a little unsure about this. While I appreciate the body forgiveness of a cape, I also can’t help but think of Ugly Betty when I see one. Are there good capes/bad capes? Sweater-style capes vs. coat-style? Belted? So confused! Please help, Deb! :)

Lisa captured my thoughts perfectly. The idea of wearing what is essentially a blanket with a neck hole is extremely appealing. We (the universal We of Women) spend so much time talking about Spanx and skinny jeans, that the prospect of wearing something that guarantees that we won’t have to suck in our gut all day, AND can be considered in style and on trend is pretty hard to ignore. I’ve imagined the perfect cape in my mind’s eye, which is cropped at the hip, camel colored, with a Burberry lining and one of those belts that you can only see from the front. I went to the Burberry website to see if they had read my mind, and they had not.

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Should I spendy for trendy?

When should you invest in a trend? Wait until it stays another season? Or hop on that band wagon asap? Like the summer scarves we saw this year… (which have to be the dumbest thing everrrr)

If there was only one difference between me and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, it would be that I’m totally cheap when I am shopping for clothes. Here are some important tips to consider before you invest in a trend:

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