Surround yourself in beauty. Hanging up art work, images from a favorite magazine or an old book is a great way to be inspired. You're not necessarily creating a vision board or mood board, these are just images you find to be beautiful, which then become subtle reminders that you can create beauty, too.
Lately, I've been inspired by neon brights and unexpected electric hues combined with the exotic plant-life a tropical forest. I like to call it electric jungle. Here are a few items that speak to that funky aesthetic.
clockwise: Bantu Wax for J.Crew; Reina Muerte Wedge; Multicolor Brooch; Printed Leather Clutch; River Island Tropical Print Wedges; Painted Pineapple Pouch; Under Sun Melamine Dinner Plates; Superga Jungle Out There Sneakers; Cool Melons by Lynnie Zulu.
I'm seeing watermelon everywhere! Is it because of the pervasiveness of Beyonce's "wadamelon" in 'Drunk in Love?' Is it because we're on the heels of summer, or the mere fact that watermelon is just delicious? I don't know, but the highly recognizable combo of green, pink and black in a circle or triangle is a fun palette and print to play with — especially this time of year. Here are a few items inspired by the refreshing summery fruit.
I'm usually drawn to bright hues and bold patterns but lately I've been looking at pale pinks and grays as a "pop" of color. Nude nail colors, like Sheer Petal and Gray Suede from Revlon have been my regular go-to colors lately; and I'm in need of a fall bag to carry my binders and books for teaching and love the idea of a pale pink tote bag. Last fall/winter I was rocking some pale lavender booties that I still love but I'm thinking about getting a lower heeled alternative. These light grey booties from Aldo are really might fit the bill. And finally, opting for subdued color palettes in my new prints has been something I've been exploring.
What colors have you been eyeing for fall?
I love love love this song and video "Q.U.E.E.N." by Janelle Monáe featuring the awesome Erykah Badu. The message is dope and the styling throughout the video is fabulous.
Stripes on stripes on stripes with pops of red and gold all on white makes for wonderful creative inspiration for fashion and home.
clockwise, Black Horizontal Stripe Giclee Kiss Table Lamp; Half Circle Leather Bag; Fontana Vase; Linked-In Stripe Necklace; Sunglass Pouch; Red Lacquer Wastebasket; Hammer-Split Brass Cuff; Giuseppe Zanotti + Anja Rubik Cutout Suede Pumps; Ecote Carpet Fringe Hobo Bag;
Do you dig the video?
I love when all the things I love come together in one place to make a beautiful piece of art. Like the styling and art direction in Solange's music video for "Losing You." Because of the pattern mixes and color, barbershop signs and tailored looks inspired by The Gentlemen of Bacongo, this video makes me happy.
And then I totally fell in love with the mint green boom-box and the man in the monotone green suit. He's my favorite, I think I need that suit.
What about you, is there anything you're diggin' about the video?
Admiring the beautiful textiles of Walter G, a brand named after the grandfathers of Australian duo Lauren and Genevieve.
Loving the the warm crimsons and magentas...
All I can say is I love No Doubt and I love this new single "Settle Down" off their new album Push & Shove (title reminiscent of the pop grundge era, maybe?). Hearing from them again takes me back to my high school days when my homegirls and I jammed to "Don't Speak." This new single definitely captures the energy that No Doubt once mesmerized me with back then, but doesn't feel repetitive or stale like we're stuck in the 90's.
And the video is fun to watch, like video-watching used to be back in the day — oh no am I now speaking like a grown adult with the "back in my day" talk?
Take a listen and let me know what you think. (I love how the music plays out at the end.)
1. Neonray Slouchpants 2. Turquoise Blue Fold Over Clutch 3. Neon Green Leather iPad 2 Case 4. Mini M.A.C. Clutch - Neon Yellow 5. Neon Pink Faux Feather Earrings Dipped in Gold Glitter 6. Neon Yellow Nail Color 7. Neon Green Triangle Earring Studs 8. Elizabeth Pointy Flats
Parque Guell is a botanical garden with dope views overlooking the city, and elaborate walls and seating covered in mosaics of random tiles. I loved the mix of patterns and designs simply grouped together because of similar styles or palettes.
If you're an America's Next Top Model fan, this is the park where they shot the finale of Cycle 7 (Melrose and Caridee) — where the final contestants were dressed as brides running through what looked like caves.