Color Collective

As I was thinking about what to wear to dinner (here) last night with my girlfriends, the only thing I knew for sure was that I was going to wear my new red Kenneth Jay Lane earrings.  Trying to picture what to wear with them, I thought, black? No. White? Too pale.  And then, aha!  I remembered, Color Collective.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, get involved!  It is an extremely creative and unique blog (the only I have come across) strictly devoted to color pairings seen in fashion, art and the like.  It’s not only a place where you can go for a little daily eye candy, it’s also a place to find inspiration for your style, interiors and beyond.  Here are just a few of my favorite images from the site:

Now, like I said I had picked out earrings and was not willing to give those up.  So after looking at this pairing with my earring red (and some chilly weather):

I thought about what items in my closet I had in the paired colors… and here’s the outfit I came up with!

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(Zara jeans, Enzo shoes, Leather jacket from Italy, Forever21 scarf, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, Rebecca Minkoff Nikki bag, Forever21 shirt)

See?  Inspiration right at your finger tips!  I am learning about color in my interior design course as we speak (remember ROY G BIV?), and it’s been very interesting to hear about the effects of color on mood and self-confidence, and how much culture affects perception of color.  I tend to be very drawn towards vibrant colors, which may be because of the positive effect it has on my mood.  And there are certain color combos that really repel me.  Black and red?  YUCK!  I don’t know why, but I just can’t do it!  What colors are you drawn towards?  What colors to you tend to avoid?

Hope everyone is enjoying the week!  Is it me or has every day felt like Friday this week?

XOXO

Moving on up…

…to the 40th floor!  In a deluxe apartment, in the skyyyyy!

Yes, you heard right!  We’re moving!  Ever since our dear roomie got married, my other bestie and I have been on the hunt for a 2 bedroom apartment.  As we stressed for months about where we would go, how we would ever get as great of an apartment, not have to pay a broker fee, etc., we felt hopeless, because as anyone living in NYC knows, apartments come and go in the blink of an eye.  Thus, we had to wait until a month before our move out date to even start looking and miraculously after speaking to the leasing department in our beloved building, were told “we’ll take care of you, don’t worry”.  (I guess giving her wine and cookies a few years back paid off)  So, long story short, we ended up finding an apartment just 6 stories above where we live now!  No broker fees, no movers, no hassle!  Am I dreaming?  Well it turns out not EVERYTHING was perfect, and we are going to have to put up a fake wall (very common in NYC) to divide the living room and make it into a second bedroom.  While we had this in our last apartment, you wouldn’t have ever noticed because in those days we were allowed “pressurized” walls.  Now we are faced with the dilemma of not only an unpressurized wall, but the latest surprise, we can’t have a DOOR.  UGH.  SO, we have a little bit of an obstacle when deciding how to decorate the new casa.  On our list of projects? #1. Figuring out how to mask the wall or at least make it looks its best, #2.  Rearranging and disposing of furniture because of the downsize and #3. Revamping the living room.  To get some inspiration on how to beautify the unfortunate slab in the middle of our new apartment, I gathered some photos from Pinterest

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One thought we had, was to put temporary wallpaper on the fake wall facing the living room.  Since we have fairly basic decor and plan to simplify it even more, I think incorporating a little “flava” could add a nice touch.  Here are some ideas for the wallpaper.

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What do you think?  Would you put up wallpaper on just one wall or do you think it’s too much?  There isn’t a lot of “fake wall” inspiration out there, so it will definitely take some imagination!  But I will make sure to fill you all in with photo updates of how it’s coming along, as well as the living room makeover.  We’re thinking of moving away from our current floral/French country look to a more boho chic – can’t wait to share our ideas with you all!

What’s on tap for the weekend?  I am going out to dinner to celebrate a friends engagement tonight at this amazing restaurant and then heading to the ‘burbs tomorrow with the BF for a weekend of R&R (and hopefully checking ‘beach in a sweatshirt’ off my fall bucket list)!

Happy Friday!

XOXO