Thursday, January 12, 2012

neon sign

I have a love hate relationship with neon.  Having experienced the popularity of neon once already in my fashion life, I am always a bit hesitant--the in your face colors can sometimes come across as harsh to me.  That being said, I am ready to bring in a little pop of color to my grey and black January wardrobe, and I knew that I had just the man to help me with this.  Marc Jacob.  Need I say more?  Ok, I will.  He is a genius in every sense of the word, his spot on creativity and genuine talents never cease to impress.  And his bags, well, they are some of my favorites in my handbag collection (yes, that is what it has turned into....).
A big fan of the cross body bag, I completely love the Marc by Marc Jacobs Party Balls Bag (ok, best name ever!) because of its triple threat--colorblocking style, deep purple cowhide body, and neon accents.  Its perfect right down to its little neon "party ball" turn lock closure.   If you are feeling like going all out, the Turnlock Python Shine Messenger Bag will definitely deliver the message in style, or Rebecca Minkoff's Neon Lizard Mini MAC Bag has three sassy brights to choose from--the "Electric Pink" looks a little valentine.
Last spring I took the fab neon "favorite tank" & t-shirts from JCrew and layered them underneath my neutrals and greys with a nice effect.  The neon pink instantly gave my winter skin a bit of a glow without actually having seen any sun.  JCrew has incorporated neon in everything from accessories, to tights (love) to classic gingham shirts to shoes, adding a fun element to their collections.  Not sure neon is your thing? How about dipping your toe into neon land with a little CC Skye Natalie Bracelet--its like giving someone a bit of a wink.
This time of year, adding a bit of the unexpected to your daily ensemble can be an instant mood lifter--I mean who can feel down when you having a blinding pop of color peeking out from underneath your coat?  Consider it spring training.

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