Wednesday, February 22, 2012

pretty things -- pastels.

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COVETING: Steve Madden Noahh boot in Stone Leather (also in Black Leather, Black Suede, Cognac Leather, and Taupe Suede)
www.stevemadden.com; $129.95
I'm desperate for a pair of darling short boots for spring -- and these Steve Maddens fit the bill perfectly. I love the chic shape and perfect gray color; it would be fantastic paired with anything from a pair of dark skinny jeans to a short, flirty sundress. I think I need a pair in every single shade.

The idea of pastels for spring is one which seems like such a no-brainer: they're light, flirty, and everything that spring fashion should be. However, I find that I often grow distracted in a sea of bright florals and bold neon shades, forgetting about their pale counterparts completely (especially as most pastels tend to wash me out anyhow). With these tones all over the runways for spring, though, they're at the forefront of my mind -- and I'm desperate to find as many ways to wear them as possible, from my nails to my shoes and everything in between.

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Essie Nail Polish in Sugar Daddy
www.beauty.com; $8
When it comes to a quick, easy, incredibly nonpermanent way to try out a trend, nail polish is the greatest way to do it. I adore this pretty Essie shade -- in the softest pink, it's perfect for spring and a way to try the pastel trend that won't make even the palest of us look anemic.

J Brand 811 Mid Rise Skinny JeansJ Brand 811 Mid Rise Skinny Jeans in Coral (also in Nude)
www.shopbop.com; $170
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of colored jeans; however, these pretty coral ones have a special place in my heart right now. I love that I could still pair them with knee-high boots when it's chilly, but they'd be so chic with a pair of flat sandals as days grow warmer. And with a pair of fantastic pumps and a pretty chiffon shirt, these would be perfection for evening.

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Gap Pleated Trench Coat in Praslin Green (also in Pink Light, Active Blue, and Blue Galaxy)
www.gap.com; $98
I love a trench coat. I love a colored coat. A colored trench? Sounds like an instant winner to me. This Gap one is absolutely darling -- it would be perfect over a dress or so chic with a pair of wide-leg trouser jeans and heels. Such a perfect statement piece for everyday.

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Lulu's Cloudburst Light Blue Striped Dress
www.lulus.com; $39
Another way to introduce the light-hues trend into your wardrobe is in a print -- and these stripes are brilliant. I love the alternating shades in this dress, and the shape is absolutely darling: so fun and flirty for spring.

How are YOU wearing pastels this spring?
xo Josie
Thanks to Steve Madden, beauty.com, J Brand, Gap, and Lulu's for the photos.

37 comments:

Vanilla - Notes from my closet said...

I bought a cute lemon and white striped tee the other day but apart from that I've been on a bit of a Bright's buying spree with a bright green and a bright orange dress! ha ha :)

Love, Vanilla

Beth Kondrick said...

I love that green trench coat! I have wanted a trench coat for ages and have never found one that I've liked the fit or even the color of. I think I'll be watching for one this spring, especially in a fun color like that!

Hazel☺ said...

love that pastel color of nail polish! :)

http://dressmeupbuttercup.tumblr.com

Grace said...

i love these spring colors. I can't really do too much pastel so i'll stick with my neons and brights!

Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

You have such amazing taste, love all of these! I'm especially lusting after the leather boots and the Jbrands! Perfection.

xRachel

Katie said...

I want that dress!

TheChambrayCountess said...

I am so pale that pastels usually wash me out, but I am totally for wearing them on my nails or in pants. Love those SM booties, too!

meg said...

Really want those pants! Beautiful spring jacket, too.

Alexa said...

Am loving the J. Brand jeans. And such a great color!

Meg {henninglove} said...

thanks for commenting on my post over at join the gossip. i love those steve maddens and sugar daddy is going to be added to my essie collection for sure!

C said...

The dress and the nail polish are absolutely delicious!
Im gonna go check the website right away!
Sooooo cute!

Cate said...

Love that polish - and I need those pink pants!!
cate @ wildruffle.com

Ashley said...

yes yes yes to that essie polish and the coral pants!

Kristin said...

Those melon skinnies are the bomb! Do people still say that? Hahaha!

Molliee said...

oh my gosh those jeans are too cute! I need some more color denim in my life!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I am all about pastels right now. Loving them!

Style, She Wrote said...

A pastel pop of color is always fun! Love your picks, especially the green trench. xo style, she wrote

Jennifer Fabulous said...

That cotton candy nail polish. Those bubblegum jeans. Josie, there is only so much fabulousness I can take. And it seems every time I come here, there is an explosion. I just can't handle it!!!!!!

kirstyb said...

love that dres s

Erika said...

Those Coral jeans need to be mine! Love, love, love! :)

STYLE'N said...

I am on board! Love the pastels and the colored trench too.

MosaMuse said...

i like the last dress! im loving pastels and floral prints
xo
MosaMuse

joanne hegarty said...

Love your picks Josie - those boots are fab !

Joanne

http://www.balletpumpsandroses.com

Heaven said...

Great post :)

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Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

aaw great minds! pink jeans :)

beancakes said...

josie - loving those pastel pants! and i definitely plan to play out the pastels this spring! mostly w. pretty tops!!
xoxo

Jenna Hughes said...

i need those JBrands! in both colors please :)

http://underthefluorescents.blogspot.com/

Taj Acosta said...

This post makes me want to go shopping! xx

underthewillowtrees said...

Love the boots and bright jeans and am now coveting too! xx

Alexa said...

Loving the colors right now. Those jeans are fantastic.

jas said...

love that green trench - old navy has one for even less!

http://forallthatjas.blogspot.com/

this free bird said...

Josie. I WANT THOSE BOOTS. What a find!

Jen @ redsolesandredwine said...

I'm loving pastels too. . . but waiting until after the pregnancy to buy more. Definite buy is a pair of pastel denim (as you have shown) and hopefully a pretty flowy dress!

Red Soles and Red Wine

Dasha said...

I have got a very similar pair of peachy jeans, they are the best!

xx
Dasha Gold
www.thetrendspotter.net

Fashion Tales.... said...

I love J Brand jeans and have been really into coloured denim. Nice selections!

Honey said...

oooh.. i love that essie polish and gap trench. great choices.

Nnenna said...

I love these pastels- especially the nail polish and the pants!

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