Brights and Neutrals + FBFF First Questions


Have to be honest, this is not one of my favorite outfits.  You ever have a day when you just feel uncomfortable with what you’re wearing?  I felt really conspicuous the entire day.  It’s because I don’t think the skirt is neutral (light) enough to go with the punchy red shirt.  I felt kind of garish or something.

This scarf is a recent addition.  It’s Oscar de la Renta via Etsy, and yes, scarves totally have something to do with Pay It Forward.  I actually have one more spot available for that, email me if you’d like the last thing handmade by me (but you also have to pay it forward to five people on your blog).

The questions this week are the original ones that FBFF launched with.  I wasn’t part of FBFF at its beginning so they’re new to me!

1. Which celebrity (celebrities) do you look to for fashion inspiration?
Does Carolina Engman count?  She’s totally a blogging celebrity, right?  Lately she’s inspired me to shop for neon colors when so many of the stores in the U.S. are showing very oatmeal neutrals.  And Rumi Neely, although I wouldn’t necessarily wear the same things she does.

2. When it comes to your own personal style, what inspires you?
My fellow style bloggers inspire me much more than celebrities or blogging celebrities, actually.  Most of us don’t get gifted things all the time or attend Fashion Week.  I like to see everyday fashion more than anything else.  However, runway trends do inspire me (hello, neon and bright colors).

Anna Betty Caitlin Garance Hanh Jane Jessica Katy Kendi Lydia Shenneth Stephanie Terra Yeri

3. How do you hope to inspire your readers?
It’s nice that I sometimes inspire my readers but I don’t think it’s really necessary to inspire other people with my blog.  I just hope they like what I’m doing.  I think among style bloggers it’s often the case that we appreciate each others’ personal styles even if they aren’t our own.  Essentially we just want to see what we’re all wearing.

4. Outside the realm of fashion who/what inspires you?
The weather.  No, seriously.  Whenever it rains I want to wear neon in protest.  Also photography, especially nature and wildlife.  Almost every day I go around and take photos constantly with my iPhone or Fred or my old Sony, whatever I have.  And I don’t know if they’re for inspiration or if the photographer in me just sees beauty everywhere.  Usually I just forget about them until I’m browsing the camera roll on the train or something.  All the photos in this post are iPhone photos taken in the past few months (bonus points if you can figure out exact locations).

5. And since Idol is ending… Which songs inspire you?
…I have no idea what’s going on with American Idol right now, I totally haven’t watched that since Kelly Clarkson.  Right now Queen, Adele, Lissie, and Florence And The Machine feature heavily on my playlist.  Along with some Stevie Wonder, Soft Cell, Steely Dan, and Gin Blossoms sprinkled in.

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  1. says

    I know the feeling about an outfit just not feeling quite right… I think maybe swap the tights and add a belt?

    I’ve never really watched Idol, just bits in passing, and happened to see a girl preform Rolling in the Deep the other night. I didn’t think she did a very good job, but none of the judges said anything mean. Disappointing.

    And yay for iphone photos! I totally feel like I’ve been neglecting my camera lately. I’ve been blaming the weather, but maybe I’m just lacking inspiration. I feel like I’ve photographed my yard and home to death. I need to get out with the camera more. iPhone is good way to do this, but I still wish I’d carry around the SLR more.

  2. says

    I absolutely get the conspicuous thing too. I hate days like that. Usually the only thing that pulls me out of it is an out-of-the-blue compliment. I know it’s after the fact, but I agree, I don’t think this looks garish at all. And I love the tights/shoes combo!

  3. says

    First – I understand what you mean about feeling uncomfy but these are all unnecessary fears. I think you did a great job (as always) with styling this! I really didn’t notice the skirt but was drawn more to the beautiful scarf, which leads me to believe the skirt is neutral enough. :O)

    Second – Thanks for the shout out!

    Thirdly – Happy Friday!