LUCKY RED

Red will bring in good luck this 2014, at least according to feng shui experts.

I’ve always felt that red isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s such a bold color that calls attention to itself wherever it is. But New Year is all about change. Since I’ve been wanting to wear red shoes for quite some time, maybe (just maybe!) I’ll take the plunge this 2014. It’s a real test of bravery. And hey, maybe they will indeed turn out to be lucky!
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If they don’t, then at least I can pretend to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I can always find my way home just by closing my eyes and tapping my heels three times :)

My second option: a red lipstick that goes well with a comfy, casual outfit. (But *gulp* it’s still too daring for me. The red lips, that is.)

red lipsOr I can invest in a red shoulder bag which, as Mandy Moore demonstrates, is gorgeous when paired with a gray jumper. Now that’s something that a novice like me can handle.

Mandy Moore red Proenza Schouler bag

Finally, taking it from Famke Janssen aka Jean Grey, I can consider wearing a red scarf that breaks the monotony of a black-and-white ensemble. This is definitely the least scary of all four.

Famke Janssen red scarf

Lucky or not, red is a lovely color that instantly adds a special touch to any look. A friend of mine also believes that wearing something red makes a woman feel (more) beautiful and confident. (Trust me, she always looks both!) Let’s see if I can conquer my fear of red in 2014.

Are you afraid of wearing red, too?

Images:

1. via Pinterest, 2. justjared.com, 3. vanessajackman.blogspot.com, 4. wheretoget.it , 5. internationalstreetstyle.com, 6. justjared.com, 7. posh24.com

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ESPRIT WINTER: BLUE, WHITE AND PINK

With Christmas already over, I’m sure that everyone’s eyes are now on the next big occasion: New Year. The coming year not only signifies the end of an old calendar but for most, it also marks the beginning of a new chapter in their lives: getting a different haircut for a new look or starting a new business venture or making a fresh set of resolutions, which I hope are not just this year’s resolutions unresolved :D

If you’re aiming for more style this 2014 but not at the expense of comfort, then Esprit’s trend guide is what you need.

First stop, blue jeans and winter white for that elegant, casual or sporty look.

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But don’t limit yourself to blue jeans. Blue’s many shades give you a whole gamut of wchoices – from tops to dresses, trousers to accessories. Go ahead, experiment!

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Do you like blue and pink in the winter too?

P.S. This post is not sponsored in any way by Esprit. I just happen to be a big fan of the brand :) Click on “Esprit” on the tag cloud to read some of its previous campaigns and trend guides.

RANDOM STYLE IDEAS

It was somewhat cold and dreary early this week, which made me believe that autumn has finally arrived in Barcelona. I was wrong. This morning, I was greeted by warmth and lots of sunshine; I guess the coats and jumpers will be spending more time in storage!

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(1) collagevintage.com, (2) modedamour.com, (3) stylelovely.com/mydailystyle, (4) selected.com

LAYERED NECKLACES

Have you tried layering necklaces? I haven’t (shame on me) though I would like to give it a shot one of these days. Layered necklaces can instantly turn an average outfit into something extraordinary. They can be made to look elegant and chic, or trendy and edgy. Layering is also a great way to rock your favorite necklaces, including heirloom articles and unique vintage finds. I’m no pro but I think it’s safe to say that there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to layering necklaces. So long as the pieces look good together, go ahead, create your own string party!

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PORCELAIN PRINT AND DELFT BLUE

The latest trend among high-end fashion brands reminds me so much of my two-year stay in the Netherlands. I’m not sure if you know this but the Netherlands also has its own type of blue and white pottery called Delftware or Delft Blue. Though inspired by Chinese porcelain, much of its design depicts traditional Dutch scenes that include windmills and sailboats. Anyway, if you like the porcelain print trend, come back tomorrow. I’m preparing a shopping list with items that are more affordable than the ones below.

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BRIGHT PINK, BRIGHT ORANGE, AND SOME LIEF LOVING

Pink and orange. J.Crew calls them sunset shades. I call them wake-me-up tints, especially in hues as bold as the ones I’m featuring here. They’re the perfect colors to make a statement. Just don’t forget to inject neutral tones like camel or brown, lest you’d be mistaken for my bright pink and orange doll named Lief.

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