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Bright colors, big city

It’s barely even snowed properly, but I’m already feeling the warm-weather energy. And with the chicness factor at an all-time high in New York during Fashion Week, my springspiration is… (drum roll, please)… bright, bright colors.

I know, am I Captain Obvious or what? But for me, any brightness is not a given. Typically in the warmer months, I go for the Double N (Nautical and Neutrals), but lately I’ve been a seeing a lot of blondes who are expanding my fashion tastes. It’s hard to become a color daredevil overnight though, so here are the two ways I’m going to bring brights to my life when springtime arrives for real (not this weird half season we’ve got going on right now).

1. Strong, tangerine lip The inspiration for this comes from my coworker Jess. She’s a pale blonde comme moi and rocks the strong lip every frickin’ day of the week and I love it. This particular shade of tangerine (an orange/red/coral combo like Nars Heat Wave), so I’m going to give it a whirl. She gave me her secret for long wear, but I don’t think I can share her secrets just yet! [Photo is from Milly’s runway show]

2. Bright building blocks My newest favorite blogging fashionista, Bee at Atlantic-Pacific, who gives me a severe case of fashion lebensneid, recently made brights more achievable for me by pairing them with other neutral colors and classic accessories. My lesson: brights don’t have to be done together in massive statements, just used as a building blocks, and toned down for colorphobes like myself with what I’ve already got going on in my closet. [And that Céline bag is to die for. Sigh.]

So bring on the brights! And Spring! This colorphobe is ready for the challenge.

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