Spice Up Your Life

First of all, I’d just like to start out by saying, “All hail Queen Victoria!”

Listen, when it comes to reading my mind, Target is approaching Carnac the Magnificent levels of greatness. Dinosaur cookie jars, cute AF doormats, adorable stationary, a shoe section that won’t quit (taking money out of my bank account)? I mean come, on. Let me tell you, the number of times a friend has texted me from the aisles of Bullseye land and said, “I saw this and thought of you” is not small (and I am not mad about it). So when I heard that the keepers of my pocketbook were *finally* teaming up with the one and only Posh Spice, I said, “Stop right there, thank you very much” (and they were like, “Hey you, always on the run – gotta slow it down baby, gotta have some fun” obviously). I’ve been a fan of Victoria Beckham’s fashion line for years. Her collection’s smart sophistication and clean graphic lines always speak to my soul, and I’ve gotta say her collaboration with Target is all I hoped it would be and then some. Between the beautiful brights and the stark black and whites, it’s a collection that feels tailor-made for little ol’ me and I knew that if I only managed to snag one piece it absolutely had to be this one. I mean, it’s basically me in dress form, guys. Quite frankly, it’s creepy and it’s cutesy and all together spooky how this dress makes all of my Wednesday Addams dreams come true (with wasically wabbits on the collar? UGH. SO FRIGGING CUTE). Sure, it also comes in a charming millennial blush pink, but for me? It’s go Bunnicula or go home.

Dress: Victoria Beckham x Target

 

Primary School

Close your eyes and picture your closet. It’s probably a sea of neutrals with a few splashes of color, right? It makes plenty of sense; neutrals are the strong foundation of any complete wardrobe. But when your closet is 50 shades of gray, black, white, and brown, even thinking about introducing color can be overwhelming (let’s be honest even when we wear color we distill it down to its most neutral tone. Blush? Yeah, that’s beige pink). And introducing more than one color? Phew, woah buddy, hope you like standing in front of your closet for an hour…  But color doesn’t have to be that scary! All you have to do is remember the color wheel:

Primary colors (that’ll be red, blue, yellow) are great for creating a graphic, pop-art feel. Secondary colors are made from mixing the primary colors and can be great for creating a cute, warm vibe (a burnt orange, forest green, and eggplant? Yes. Please). Complementary colors? Those are the ones across from each other on the color wheel (so, yellow and purple, red and green, orange and blue) and they’re great for creating a pop of contrast (but be careful – if the shades are too close in tone, they begin to vibrate). Analogous colors are the ones that are all close and cozy on the wheel (like blue, blue green, green blue, green) and they can be great for impactful color-blocking. When all else fails, remember that active colors (these’ll be your warmer shades like red, yellow, and orange) will almost always push passive shades (your cooler hues like blue, green, and purple) into the background.

So armed with this knowledge, it’s actually not too terribly difficult to introduce a little color here and there. Wearing mustard? Try pairing it a plum for some sophisticated color mixing or with navy and burgundy for a subdued Disney princess vibe. Pink is perfect for pairing with kelly green and tangerine? Try a bright pop of teal. See? It’s not so scary after all.

Denim jacket: Old Navy

Striped T: Old Navy

Skirt: Ann Taylor (similar)

Agate tassel necklace: Rachel’s Grove boutique (similar)

Tassel flats: J Crew Factory (similar)

Sunglasses: Charming Charlie