Life has been tough these days, as many of you in America can attest to. The current political climate, future of our nation & personal woes has us walking on glass. It has been difficult dealing with the tension of it all.
It is healthy to take a break from the action, the stress & look for a bit of comedic relief from all the uncertainty happening in the States & world today. It is high time we had a little fun with something, ANYTHING & why can’t the comedic relief be through our fashion?
We need a little light-heartedness in our lives at the moment, so the Pop Art theme chosen by our very own Samantha of Fake Fabulous couldn’t have come at a better time.
Originally, Pop Art was a movement in the 50s “against the elitist value”. Like then, I think we are in a place in society where we are challenging the norm. We are rebelling & striving for the masses to finally have the opportunity to experience the “consumer paradise” that was only once allowed for the super rich & privileged.
Pop Art might be a little gimmicky to some, but it is all about having fun through fashion & making it accessible for all, so this theme is so appropriate & the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
I think every single one of us went bug-eyed when Samantha threw out this month’s theme. We all went to town with our research & nailed it again with hyper-bright colors, bold, catchy accents & repeating vibrant patterns.
Lisa of http://thesequinist.com
And pop she does!!! Lisa, our Guest Blogger for this month is the Master of bling, sequins & the theory that more is better! I think all of her looks are so relatable, & if you haven’t, heading over to her blog is a MUST! Her outfit is a perfect example of how to take something that is generally thought of as youthful & playful & transform it into 100% chic. Lisa’s look is so vibrant, yet classy & streamline. Yes, she pops from her top to her toes…. I needs those heels!
- Sunglasses – ZeroUV
- Sweater – Crew
- Sequin Patch – Etsy
- Skirt – J.W. Anderson
- Ring – The Sequinist
- Shoes – Kurt Geiger
Samantha of http://www.fakefabulous.com
Fun fun fun, rainbows, rainbows, rainbows! That’s what comes to mind when I first saw Samantha’s look. If you are in a rotten mood, all you need to do is check out her outfit & all you will want to do is SMILE! Not only can she teach a course on layering, she can teach a course on pulling colors together flawlessly.
- Boots – Vagabond
- Socks – Burlington
- Trousers – Topshop
- Coat – Primark
- Shirt – ASOS
- Necklace – Online
- Brooches – Various
- Gloves – John Lewis
- Bag – Linea
- Charm – Tkmax
- Lips – MAC
Patches of perfection! First, let me say that I need a fun-filled weekend of DIY with Ann. She could totally open a store that was DIY & with so many fashion forward pieces. My DIY looks more like a 3rd grader did it, but she looks uber street cool. Then, I need to steal her tennies, what a fun color! I love how Ann used red, blue & pop of yellow to bring her outfit together, but the best part is her strength with DIY! The patches are so fun & I have no idea how she added the WOW to clutch; that’s just so WOW! She is playful, whimsical & just having so much fun.
- Sunnies, skirt & socks – Forever 41 … yes it should be Forever 41!
- Denim Patch Shirt & Clutch – Kremb de la Kremb DIY
- Tee – Shein
- Tennies – Asics
Jennie of http://www.apocketfulofpolkadots.com
I remember the very rare opportunity when I was able to attend a carnival or circus as a child, but I will never forget the vibrant colors, the energy & how happy all of it made me feel. There wasn’t one specific thing, it all encompassing. Jennie’s look transported me back to those super, happy moments. By far, the best color combo. Isn’t it weird how such a bold, printed skirt grounded her look…. genius to choose black to balance the entire outfit. Jennie has showcased printed tights previously; I loved them before & love these EVEN MORE with this ensemble!!! How she made Pop Art fun, yet also perfect for an office look, I have no idea!!!
- Cardigan – NY&Co.
- Cami – Worthington, JCPenney
- Skirt – c/o YoShop
- Tights – Isadora Paccini
- Sunnies – NY&Co.
- Necklace, Ring & Bag – Charming Charlie
- Pumps – Nine West “Martina”
How can anyone take a fashion movement/theme/style that is generally considered kitschy & cheeky & turn it into ultra feminine & gorgeous? Well, the obvious answer is Mary! The duster coat is such a bold statement, but it doesn’t overwhelm her overall look. She pulls the rest of her look together with bold colors & vibrant prints. WAIT! Kids department, 3 bucks!!! This is the ultimate find & ultimate way to finish her outfit with such a playful cube bag.
- Jacket – Shein
- Skirt & Top – The Limited
- Shoes – JCPenney
- Purse – Target, Kids Dept. $3
- Necklace – T&J Designs
Sheela of www.sheelagoh.com
If anyone can make Mickey Mouse, a little gorilla man & robots cool it would be Sheela hands down! I learned through her posts & since becoming a member of the The Fab 40s, she has been on a health kick journey. The results show & her legs look ridiculously sexy in her mini skirt. And those gams are showing off quite possibly the coolest, most colorful ankle booties EVER! I’ve said it before, I say it again, I would love to be a fly on the wall & have a bird’s eye view of the reaction of people when sexy, super cool Sheela walked into a venue. Whoa!
- Candy Hoodie – Harajuku Lovers
- Mickey Tee – Disney
- Riley Print Mini Skirt – Alice & Olivia
- Rainbow Bead Bracelets – WhatWouldWear.com
- Red Glass Ring & Sunnies – borrowed from Eve
- Lipstick – Rose from Peak Cosmetics
With another goal within my sights & not having my full closet at my disposal, I felt a sweat coming on when thinking of ideas on how to fulfill this theme. One night when making some DIY cards, it struck to apply my creativity utilizing fabric versus paper. So off to Hobby Lobby I went to see what I could find. In researching Pop Art, I remembered there was mention (& images) of mundane objects, repetitive patterns. I knew I wanted to do iron-ons versus patches. I also wanted to find a color I liked & object that spoke to me. I found lips, but thought I was just copying what I found in google images. Then I found a die cut with the @ symbol & # symbol. Done!!! And, so current for today! I ended up just using the # symbol to stay consistent.
- Sweatshirt & Sneakers – Forever 21
- Sunnies – Red Pineapple in St. Augustine, FL.
- Earrings & Clutch – Express
- Bracelet – Boho Betty
- Glitter Heat Transfer, # Die Cut Punch – Hobby Lobby
Are you timid towards Pop Art? Ready to dive in head first? Love to read your thoughts.
Thanks so much for stopping by, it means so much! ♥♥♥