3 Reasons You NEED Neon!

They say trends come full circle, and after working in a creative environment for the last ten years, I’ve come to realize it’s totally true- and in the case of neon, totally AWESOME! How can you not be drawn to the energy of these bright, brilliant hues? I’ll leave my big hair and headbands in the eighties, but neon is never going out of style!

1. Blossom and ikat were the perfect picks for the neon prints- against bold backgrounds, it makes for a fun twist on classic designs! The repeating patterns contrast against the lunar blue, lift off lemon, outrageous orchid, and plasma pink colorways are enough to get anyone’s pulse racing!

2. When we set out to design this collection, it was extra-important to me that we do justice to the vivid colors that set neon apart from its sister shades. That’s why we selected specially dyed paper to pump up the palette as much as possible! Furthermore, to make our patterns pop, we needed a special white ink to create contrast. This is not something that’s easy to find in the printing world – but we really wanted to nail it with neon, so that’s exactly what we did!

3. It’s amazing to see just how beautiful these designs are in person, especially when you mix and match them. We were so struck by how lovely they look, we knew we couldn’t stop at just books. Keep your eyes and ears open for matching neon elastic bands coming soon.. how radical is THAT?!

Need a closer look at neon? Shop the full collection here!

Bangs or NO bangs? That is the question.

Bang Intervention 1

There are certainly more important decisions to be made in life, but I think most will agree that choosing whether or not to cut bangs is not an easy one. It’s no secret that I’m swayed by current fashion trends and get tired of the same look. I’ve had a zillion hair changes in just the past few years and I never really sweated the decisions. Bleach the tips platinum? Sure, why not? Cut it short? Yes, please! Try life as a blonde? Sure, let’s do it! But when it came to cutting bangs, I just couldn’t pull the trigger.

Bang Intervention 4

I actually bought “fake bangs” from VogueWigs.com just to try them out for a while. My family thought it was soooo creepy that I had bangs in my car, just in case I felt like clipping them in on my way to the office. I often asked other people to try them on to give me perspective and even went so far as putting them on my friend’s dog.

Bang Intervention 2

After what seemed like years of deliberating, I finally decided to go for it. It has taken months to get used to the “fringe” that hangs in my eyes and there are days that I feel like I have a hair helmut on! I’m not one to fuss over my hair during the day, but bangs need constant attention or they split, curl up and especially on rainy days, just stick to my forehead. I must say, I was happy to see Taylor Swift in her adorable bangs on The Grammys, but I’m still not sure this is the right look for me.

Bang Intervention 2

While at dinner with my “besties” recently, my friend came clean and said, “I’m just not loving this new look on you!” I really appreciate her honesty and she was not being rude or a mean girl, she just said she missed my eyebrows and expressions that are covered by my forehead fringe. SOOOOO, here I am again perplexed: Grow out my bangs? Or keep cutting them? My husband is really over the debate, so I thought I could just vent to y’all reading the blog!

Trend Alert: Printed Socks

crazy socks

It’s no secret I’m constantly following what’s new in fashion but I’ve really jumped in feet first (appropriate seeing it is LEAP day!) on this crazy printed sock trend! It really started more than a year ago when I saw my son and his teenage friends make a statement with their socks. My son is actually very conservative with his fashion style (unlike his mama!), so he started slow with neutral striped & spotted socks but his collection (and confidence) has grown and now my whole family is on board with this trend.

I stole these turqouise stripes from my husband’s drawer and I mixed and matched two pairs of Star Wars socks from my son’s closet to create this “force”-ful combo. I’m hoping this fashion statement continues for a while now that I have every theme from Valentine to Christmas covered (literally.)