Vibrant, bright colors are joy. But vintage black and white can rev up my imagination in the same way reading a novel can be a more luxurious, emotional experience than watching the movie.
If it's true that what you wear is who you are then I'd say I'm a practical dreamer. I feel snug as a bug in black because it travels well, and I don't have to think when I throw on a slinky LBD with bold silver accessories, garlands of pearls, or a big hat. While my functional brain regards a black "base" dress or gown as one would consider spaghetti or rice for pairings with a wide range of toppings, sometimes just a bold lip is enough. My happiest highlight will always be saffron. A touch of sunshine can wake up a black ensemble with the exciting accent color of positivity, creativity, and intellect.
... They say that married couples who have been together a long time often begin to look like one another. That's become true for us too as my Hunk-O-Husband, Tommy, has lately taken to wearing the same splashy colors I do, with black and white as a base. He does, sadly, object to bright pink even though I have reminded him that my beloved same-birthday-celebrity Elvis Presley gloriously rocked silky pink shirts, and hot pink blazers.
We have a fast paced life and a need for speed. From a practical standpoint it just makes sense to share the same colors for our wardrobe, home decor, and Instagram feeds. Trust me when I say I know from experience that keeping mostly within a black and white color palette with bursts of power hues can rev up your energy level, help you save space and money, and feed your hungry passion for fashion.
Colorful tops in a small closet need to work at least five ways with pants or skirt (bottoms). Put another way, I basically want to wear things frequently because I'm strict about letting something go every time I purchase a new wardrobe piece. Each new buy must be an upgrade. The thrilling end result of this curation mind set is an impressive, wonderful wardrobe. Even more importantly, we live in only 649 shared square feet so space maximization is mandatory.
The linings of my clothing are the finest and softest fabrics I can afford. One trick to glam up your environment is to turn a coat with soft leopard print lining inside out and sling it across the back of a chair. Leopard print is, of course, the ultimate pattern to coordinate with anything. I wear leopard sneakers, a leopard coat, leopard scarves, and I have a leopard handbag.
Life is short. We want to visit the most fabulous tea houses, boutique hotels, resorts, restaurants, local markets, independent book stores, independent movie theaters, art exhibitions, and vintage clothing stores. It would be so helpful and appreciated if you could please let me know in the comments below what we need to visit in your town.
Suzana Barton is the the founder of www.happygreatday.com , a travel and fashion blog. She researches simple ideas to put a smile on your face. 👠💛🚐🧡✈️