Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Lavender and Lemon
Ever since I wrote about neon I've been endeavouring to work it subtly into my wardrobe. Well, that was a bit daft really as there's no real way of being subtle about neon! First I bought these shoes and then I started sneakily wearing them to work. Not really work appropriate I know, but it was hot and sunny and that's about all the excuse I needed really. It was funny getting into the elevators with people, first watching their chins drop and then their eyes bug out at my shoes.
Since then I graduated to a dress lined entirely in neon yellow. I took the plunge after a discussion with a very stylish girlfriend with similar undertones to her skin colour as mine, but who wears neon dresses with the utmost aplomb. Always concerned about neon looking just plain wrong against my skin colour, I asked her for her take on neon. Her opinion was that actually neon probably didn't suit anyone's skin tone. Neon, she told me, is a state of mind.
Neon is a state of mind. Now that my friends is an interesting take on neon. So I duly changed my state of mind and took the plunge with this dress which I found on the sale rack at Whistles. A confection of lavender lace overlaid over a lemon yellow lining which I thought was a lovely feminine take on neon. I then wore it to said girlfriend's birthday tea party a few weekends back. Yes, my life has been full of tea parties this year. No bad thing - except perhaps for my waistline!
Here's a sneak peak at what the birthday girl treated us too and which I chowed down with great enthusiasm. Petit fours, cupcakes, chocolate dipped strawberries, scones and clotted cream - all washed down with tea and champagne.
As mentioned in a previous post, I have been adding a few ladylike touches to my outfits of late and for good measure I accessorised with pearls here. You might only just be able to make them out but I'm wearing a necklace which is a fine smattering of tiny pink pearls that sits in a cloud of pearly fairy lights around my collar. I also covered up with a lavender cardigan when the evening turned cooler.
Overall I was surprised at how easy the shade was to wear after all. It helps that it's combined with one of my absolute favourite shades - lavender, and my absolute favourite fabric too - that being lace. My neon-is-a-state-of-mind girlfriend was well impressed! Just goes to show you - never say never!