color palettes and ‘thropologie

In this post, I’m going to assume you know about the following things, at least in a cursory sort of way: Pinterest and Anthropologie. No need to explain the enigmatic allure of either right? Good.

One thing that I’ve latched on to lately on Pinterest is color palettes. They’re aesthetically pleasing, and helpful for the color-challenged to pick out winning combinations for decorating, fashion, etc. One of the boards I follow is this one: it’s got bold and muted colors, nothing too crazy, and it’s right up my alley.

I decided to use this palette as a jumping off point for yesterday’s outfit. Not exactly the same colors, but the purple/beige element was there…what do you think?

Sidenote: Remember how I said I wanted to take better pictures? Obviously that’s going really terribly…I think I need a new camera. And I need to make sure I take more than one picture where I don’t look bowlegged so I have some choices. Sorry it looks like my elbow blends into my door.

Also, I have a major dilemma (no, it’s not serious, it’s fashion related). The world decided to act in my favor and open an Anthropologie right on the corner near my job. Seriously, this is only the second one in Manhattan.  It opens tomorrow, and I’m hoping to score some good opening-day deals. This is not good for my wallet, guys! I only have $20 left in my budget for February (darn you, pink blazer!). For $20 I can get an apron. Or a bowl. I refuse to raise my budget for the month but I am afraid my resistance will fail me when I’m actually in the store and not online-window-shopping.

Help!

february budget – spring prep w/pantone

January was a lean month, clothes wise. After receiving a few great pieces for Christmas, I didn’t need to spend a lot of money on clothes, and clocked in at just over $80. Sweet! In a moment of extreme sensibility, I’m not going to increase my February budget of $100 to compensate for the money I saved in January….because then I didn’t actually save it, right? I’m making mature financial decisions, people.

I find myself doing smarter shopping when I had a to-do list. This goes for groceries, clothes, everything. While I like window shopping, or online browsing, in general I’m much better at tasks that have a clear focus. In addition, throw the word “challenge” in there, and I’m all over it. I’m still waiting for the day where the stars align and I can participate in the EverybodyEverywear challenge one of these months, but until then, my own personal challenges will have to do.

So for February, my challenge to myself (in addition to keeping my budget), is to buy only clothes or accessories that are in the color palette that Pantone featured in their “Spring 2012” fashion color report. They’re fun colors, and a good variety, so I don’t anticipate it being too difficult.

Spring Color Report Results

I’m especially loving Margarita and Cockatoo, they’re a little subtle but still seem to be good colors to do some blocking with. If you’re wondering, I do feel silly calling them by those names, but I guess it’s no different than crayon colors, right?

I’m in desperate need of a bright blazer, I think pink (I’m sorry, “cabaret”) is the way to go. Other than that, I’m keeping my options open…except where tangerine is concerned. My skin tone just doesn’t like that color, so I’ll be keeping it away from direct contact. Maybe an accessory or two, but certainly no pants or tops.

That’s close enough, right? Any suggestions? Cockatoo pants? That just sounds fun…I may have to get on that.