3/30/12

Friday Goings On...


in the late Bernie Mac voice....

  Happy Friday Everyone and wanted to Thank You All again for the Beautiful Compliments on my skirt.

I really like the fit of NL 6874 and want to make another one, this time trying my hand at a color block skirt.  Ok... I figured why not play with some bold colors that I have in the closet.  

Morning scenario in my house: Donned tailored denim trousers, tangerine tank, banana yellow cardigan and an animal print handbag...all was good.  Headed downstairs where everyone was having breakfast... literally everyone lifted their head and before saying Good morning.. said  What The Hell.... simultaneously....  and the jokes started.  My response was whateva...you don't know what's in style. Of course, my daughter quickly responded with if being a running target is your thing... work it mama duke.  Headed back upstairs and I looked in the mirror, then I started swaying... shook my head and stared in the mirror again... more swaying... then it hit me... my colors were blinding me... lol. I ended up taking off the cardigan and found a coordinating cardigan for the tank...lol

If anyone knows me, I am not a trendy person, my motto is get dressed based on me, and mostly incorporate a lil bit of this and a lil bit of that into my wardrobe.  However, I am really liking the color blocking trend.  So with time to kill this morning, I pulled out various fabrics to use for color blocking, but for the life of me couldn't decide on a trio of colors to put together... Umm yeah.. and to think I want to color block.  I had two sets of colors, seaform/apricot/peach and the other was eggplant/lavender/lilac... stood there cluless... before I headed out the door, I settled on a knit houndstooth, black stretch charmeuse & red stretch cotton... but my subsconscious really would like something bolder...


As I headed into the city, I wondered if there is a strategy to color blocking....

made it to the city and was still pondering the thought and decided I needed to clear my mind and engaged in some shoe porn.  Made a pit stop in 9West this morning and surprise, the sales clerk informed me that the shoes I wanted are now on sale.... wooo hooo.  Thoughts of color blocking... lost in a sea of shoe porn...lol



Also, purchased two rings from the street vendor... I love his costume jewelry



I Look to you... (in Whitney Houston voice) ... is there a strategy to color blocking?



18 comments:

Adelaide B said...

Um, my taste is questionable, so I will not be addressing the color aspect of color blocking. But, color blocking can create a lot of horizontal lines, so just make sure they hit at flattering places. Not the best advice, but it's all I've got. Have a great weekend!

Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth said...

Don't be scurried.....

Doobee said...

'Just go for it!' would be my advice. You seem to be able to pull-off lots of other design features effortlessly that I am sure this will be another winner for you...

alethia said...

The key is to find three colors that work well together, and that reflect you. Maybe adding a pop of color with shoes or pocketbook may be the way to go until you find your comfort zone.

Faye Lewis said...

I'm no help, just know I want to do it too - color block something that is. Alethia's advise sounds good to me too.

Minnie said...

The last thing you want is my helping pick out colors. I have to get assistance from my daughter when I dress up, the rest of the time it's what every is clean and goes with jeans.

Sewtellme said...

I don't know "nuthin bout" color blocking but I am loving those ankle strap wedges!!!

Opal said...

I agree with Alethia, find three colors that you like and works well together and go for it. There are some color combinations on the aerosoles shopping bag that I like and I think I am going to try something with them.

Sister said...

I get my 9-yr-old son to do it (he color blocked his own fleece jacket against my advice!). Love those Beige shoes!

Positively Necie said...

I want to try color blocking as well and always get stuck on which colors to use. I did however make a dress for someone else and used a pretty pinkish and tangerine fabrics...It is a cute dress. Will take a picture of it when I get my camera working..

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Nice post and I know nothing about color blocking. Sorry ! -- Luv, luv the black shoes and the beige ones too. Ankle straps are ALWAYS sexy. The strappy ones are nice too. How high are those heels ?

Sheila said...

Thanks for your helpful suggestions. To ease into the color block arena, I will follow Alethia's suggestion and color block with a top or accessories. I started on the skirt using the black & white houndstooth. Since I am participating in Faye's top challenge, it will allow me use a solid bold color to pair with the skirt.

@ Carolyn, the heels are 3".

@Neice, would love to see the dress.

Clio said...

Hmm, I'm not sure I had a strategy with my color blocked dress, beyond this (and I'm being blunt here): I often wear purple and green together and think they contrast well, and I wanted some black to make my bottom look smaller and white to make my bust look bigger (balance out my pear-ness). So I ended up with white on top, then kiwi, then purple in the middle and finally black on the bottom. I thought it all worked out well. So, I guess my point is 1 - colors that you like and that either go, or contrast and then 2 - think of how the placement of those colors in relation to your figure. Hope that helps!

del said...

LOL@your family! I'm not a trend-follower, either, but if I look in the mirror and it seems to gel, I go for it.

Rosie said...

I cannot offer any help with the color blocking but love the shoes. I am sure you will come up with something and it will look great as usual!

Andrea said...

Love the shoes and the rings.

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Adrienne said...

Love that first wedge!