If you've seen this post, you guys know just how much I love pops of color. Specifically, there's a special place in my heart reserved for bright and pretty pinks (as if you couldn't figure that out from Insta). That being said, I don't think that neutrals should be left in the dust when spring arrives, especially not for super overdone pastels. I am a sucker for a lilac blouse or light pink bag, just like any other girl this time of year, but why succumb solely to this one trend?
It's boring, and so predictable!
There's so many styles that get forgotten about during the spring, but today let's talk about...*drumroll*...neutrals.
What? You thought neutrals were only for the fall? Guess again, girl. Here's five reasons you should totally consider implementing them into your spring wardrobe right now:
1. it's Classy AF
You guys may or may not know this, but I am HUGE into binge watching. It's kind of like an addiction, but everyone does it right? Well, lately I can't get enough of Scandal. I mean, I actually googled "How to be Olivia Pope" the other night. And for those of you who are just as obsessed, you already know how amazing white can look, because Olivia Pope practically lives in it (ex. here). I'm telling you, neutrals are your go-to when it comes to looking like a boss.
2. it's an easy way to highlight accessories
One of my favorite things about rocking neutrals is the opportunity to bring out fun accessories. For example, I had just received the tote in these photos right before the shoot (small version here, and regular size here) and knew I wanted to incorporate it into a look. However, I also knew that the busy pattern meant it couldn't be worn with just anything. Developing a neutral outfit around the new bag was a great idea, because it helped to highlight the specific item that I was excited about. This works not only with patterned items like the Vera Bradley tote, but also with bold/statement accessories.
Ex. This necklace would be perfect with an all-white outfit.
3. It's different
Like I said, everyone's into pastels lately...just like every spring. Instead, I like experimenting and standing out from the crowd a bit. It's not to say I don't ever follow trends, but it's fun to mix it up. And neutrals are a great way to still look bright and cheerful without being overly trendy.
4. It's not snowing
There's a lot of white going on during the winter (at least in NY), so people tend to get pretty washed out, especially if they're rocking neutrals. Since there's not really any color outside during the winter, that's when I most like to bring it into my wardrobe. Now that things are coming back to life though, this is a great opportunity to complement it with an all-white or beige look.
What do you guys think? Would you ever rock neutrals in the spring, or are you just too head over heels for pastels?
I'm off to make some avocado toast and visit my horse now that finals are officially over.
Happy Friday babes!
"Care what other people think, and you will always be their prisoner." - Lao Tzu
If I could tell all women everywhere just one thing, it would be this:
F*ck what other people think of you.
I wrote a Motivational Monday post a few weeks ago on why fear is SO boring, but I never really got down to the nitty gritty on what I think scares people the most.
It's funny, because there are so many things to worry about in life, and yet almost all of us subconsciously choose to stress over what other people have to think/say about us.
As the saying goes, worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere. I feel the same way about fear, which remains at the top of my shit list indefinitely. After all, there's really nothing remarkable about fear. No excitement, and certainly no enjoyment.
And did I mention that it's f*cking boring?
In lieu of a typical #MotivationalMonday edit this week, let's talk about something a bit different — something that just so happens to be most creative entrepreneurs' biggest frenemy.
Whaaaat? Isn't inspiration supposed to be my BFFL, you ask? Well, the funny thing about inspiration is that, when it's there for you, it's on freaking point. When it's not though? That's another story...
If I could go back in time and give my 15-year-old self one piece of advice, it would be this:
Love yourself. Always.
I recently read the book You Are a Badass, and every single chapter ended with that reminder. The message was that important.
Though it's taken me many years to "master" this concept, I still feel like I'm ahead of the curve. In a world that's dominated by social media, getting trapped in a never-ending cycle of comparison is seemingly inevitable (though, I wrote about why it doesn't have to be here). Not to mention the fact that virtually everything nowadays is photoshopped to death. I love, love, love that raw, real life is slowly but surely becoming the new "it" thing (thank u Snapchat & Insta stories).
What better way to jump into February than with a classic Valentine's Day post? For those of ya who aren't so much of a fan of the heart-themed holiday, I'll warn you now — get on board. I've got lots of fun holiday-inspired content planned for the upcoming week, and I absolutely can't wait to share.
I won't go too much into my Valentine's Day motto here (though I'll cover it soon, promise), but please remember, as cliche as it sounds, it's a day to treat yo' self! It doesn't matter if you don't have an S.O. to buy you flowers & chocolate. It's 2017, and I say buy 'em for your damn self — boyfriend or no boyfriend (because multiple boxes of chocolate never hurt a fly, right?).
Wow, it feels like it's been literal ages since I've shared a post under the tag 'Motivational Monday'. This series was one of the first that I created on The Blonde Chiffon, yet somehow it gradually faded away. I'm still working on my New Year's resolutions (yes, I'm aware that January is almost over), but I know that one thing I want to do is to start writing more raw, inspirational content.
So, here's this series' revival. I figure, it's 2017. Why the hell not? There's certainly much crazier things going on in the world today. This series also gives me the chance to write more off the cuff, instead of my typical listicles & how-to posts.
Lately, I've been very into the color black. Shoes, jackets, sweaters, you name it. All black everything, except for a bit of gray here and there. Overall though, I'm really digging the neutral colors.
But what I don't love? Expensive, break the bank clothing. I read some popular fashion blogs and I'm always like, that's $50 for a t-shirt.
Thanks, but no thanks.
Christmas is here, and the holiday sweaters are out. Did you guys catch this sequined reindeer look last week? Yeah, I'm in love. Honestly though, I think I like this sparkly red sweater (another T.J. Maxx find) even better. And don't get me started on my latest phone case. No, it's not X-mas themed. However, it's sassy enough that it doesn't have to be. It's that amazing...
If you've read this post where I list 5 podcasts you need in your life, you know that I love Gretchen Rubin's show Happier. For those of you don't know, Gretchen is a happiness expert, and she's most widely recognized for her #1 New York Times Best Seller, The Happiness Project. In the book, Gretchen details her research on what exactly makes people happy and she recounts her year "trying to sing in the morning, clean [her] closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun."...