It’s been a while. High time for another color inspiration piece post, right?
So I told you I finally tracked down a Saturn Sunhat. (They were gone online the second it hit sale). Saving the day, the glorious Anthro peeps in Mesa, AZ mailed me the hat, along with the Earl Grey Necklace. You should have seen the size of the box….it was HUGE! All so that the hat wouldn’t get crushed. MacGyver’s eyes were the size of Costco pies when he saw how big the box was….thinking it was filled to the brim with goodies that must have cost a bloody fortune. (I wish). However, he was relieved to discover the contents weighed a mere 2 lbs. Thank you buckets, Mesa AZ Anthro, for your attention to care and packaging.
The colors in the hat are so yummy to me…that’s what instantly drew me to it. Orange and blues….pair these two colors together and you have a smash hit. They are complimentary colors, meaning they’re opposite on the color wheel. Complimentary colors in bright hues can be alarming, like Florida Gators alarming. But when toned down, and used in muted or dusky tones, the colors become rich and interesting. I read in a design magazine once that for best results you shouldn’t use even amounts of each color in the palette/ensemble. Choose one or two dominant colors and use the rest for accents. You can see that the Saturn Sunhat has done exactly this. The swathes of dusky orange and dirty cornflower blue are cut with thinner slices of rich navy and swipes of grainy tannish/bone. Yummy.
The Inspiration Piece: Anthropologie Saturn Sun Hat
You’ll find that putting together color inspired outfits from inspiration pieces is easy when they are truly inspiring TO YOU. All of us respond differently to color. I happen to be very much attracted to muted and dusky tones. It’s much easier for me to work with them than bright or pale colors. So here’s how this one translated for me. Recognize I cannot wear 90% of my wardrobe at this point, so given what I am to work with, I kind of like the way this one turned out.
Wearing: Dress-Anthropologie Harrington Sound, Cardi-J.Crew Ethereal Ruffle, Belt-Banana Republic, Shoes-Target Wakana Wedge, Necklace-Anthropologie Earl Grey, Bag-Anthropologie Slate Saddlebag
Being in dire need of a re-polish on my toes, and dealing with the harsh reality that I can no longer reach them without squishing the little man on board, I grabbed my 10 year old daughter and we ladies had a salon polish. She got her fingernails done too, in a pattern of fuschia and orange. (What can I say? She’s ahead of her time). ;) I, on the other hand, was deeply and subconsciously effected by the Earl Grey Necklace and chose this gorgeous shade of O.P.I. called Mermaid’s Tears. As we were leaving the salon, my daughter (who’s a chatterbox, and attempted to chat it up with the kind Vietnamese man doing her nails the entire time), says, “You know, he was really really nice. It’s just too bad I couldn’t understand a thing he was saying.” I love that girl. She just says it like it is.
On the toes: O.P.I. Mermaid's Tears
What else do I love? This nail polish. Like can’t-stop-looking-at-my-toes- love it. It reads a bit more tealish on the toes than dirty green like it looks in the bottle. Just FYI.
In other headlines, what the dickens happened to my Lepidoptera Dress? They’ve changed the product shot completely. Look:
New Shot: What the....?!
So does it have a blue bow or not? I’m confused. The old product shot is still shown next to the new vibrant blue sash. Anyone care to chime in on this one? I can’t decide if I love the blue bow or hate it. I need to process. This is WAY too much stress for a Saturday.
P.S. I received a fabulous email suggestion from reader Gemma a few weeks ago while I was away. Hi Gemma! She was currently pregnant, though by the time I got back to her, her water had broken and she was in the hospital on bed rest! She suggested doing an Anthro-wearing Mothers-to-be reader outfit submission. I think it’s a great idea! I’d love to see all you other expecting mommies out there, getting your Anthro frockiness on. So start sending me your photos and I’ll put together a post the week of August 14-20. And just because I don’t believe in exclusivity, if any brave, non-prego ladies would like to send a photo of themselves with a faux bump wearing Anthro, you’re invited too! Just recognize the bumps not the only thing that grows when you’re with child…..(Enter music…..”Baby got back!)
P.S.S. Send all submissions to email@example.com. Thanks!