Turquoise, coral, orange with a little brown and golden tan: these colors evoke clear skies, desert, sun and heat. Add a bit of turquoise jewelry and I feel an American southwestern vibe. This look wasn’t instant but fell together one element at a time.
The Rachel Kate lined chiffon dress is from a friend’s boutique (unfortunately the shop no longer exists). I’m not sure why I grabbed this off her last chance clearance rack. The dress is made in the USA and maybe that influenced me. Anyway, the chevron stripped purchase languished in the back of my closet for quite a while. Honestly, I think I forgot about it.
Ever so often I go window-shopping for Stella and Dot jewelry on eBay. While quickly scrolling offerings, this Cortez Turquoise necklace popped up on my feed. My mouse came to a screeching halt.
I’ve always admired turquoise jewelry from the American southwest. I know the Cortez is not genuine turquoise but its coloring paired with the suede lace ties and wooden rings created such a nice look. And I could see how the suede ties allows me decide how high or low my neckline can be. So the necklace hopped into my cart without much effort.
This is a versatile necklace but I didn’t think about teaming it with my chevron dress until last week. In the end, they make a great pairing.
Putting It Together
After figuring out that the Cortez and my dress looked fantastic together, things just came together. I had a pair of turquoise, fabric and cork sandals by Italian Shoemakers. Rachelle, my youngest had found them at DSW, but never never figured out a way to style them and was going to give them away. I begged her to let me play around with them for a bit.
They don’t match perfectly, but they are way down on my feet and my dress is a little above my knees so there’s enough space for it not to matter.
The Cool Sunnies
I have to throw in the sunglasses for show and tell. By Freyrs Eyewear, if you look closely, the lens are partially detached for the pink frames, such a creative approach.
I actually won my sunnies in a raffle at Lillian’s, a locally owned chic boutique in the Northland. That’s Kansas City speak for north of the Missouri River. Angie, the owner of Lillian’s graciously invited a few of Kansas City area bloggers and their friends to her boutique for a wonderful evening of socializing and networking.
The Chevron is an inverted triangle and has been around a few thousand years. The chevron first showed up around 1800 B.C. in cave paintings, made it way onto medieval heraldry and, of course, is an important indicator of military ranks.
Inspiring Color Moods
Color combinations can inspire different moods, cultures and regions. In the beginning, I mentioned how today’s color palette reminded of the American Southwest. During my research, these colors also popped up in the Eastern culture.
I found so many beautiful photos and objects, I was inspired to create two mood boards for turquoise, orange and brown.
That wraps it up for this week. Thank you for stopping by. I’ll have another blog bit next week. You are certainly welcome to leave a comment or two or three. I love to hear from you.
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Husband Michael gets credit for the photos of me. He also does some editing; if a male-type person can understand this stuff, then it may not completely be gibberish.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..
It’s time for the August 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup which stays open until August 31st.
Any post on a blog, Instagram, Facebook or the like can linkup to this style celebration. If you can copy and paste the URL in the Linky box, you are good to go!
One item is quite OK—a hat, skirt, pants, shoes, purse, or a piece of jewelry. That item (or items) can be from a thrift shop, eBay, consignment shop, vintage boutique, one of the online consignment shops such as RealReal–or even something a friend gave you because they didn’t want it anymore.
When you do post, I would appreciate a description about your 2nd Loved item (or items), what type of shop you found it and what drew you to it. Tell as much or as little as you want. To be featured in my collage, which I will put on Instagram along with your links, you have to say what item is second loved. That is a “have to”.
If you have never participated in a linkup before, no fear. Go to Linkup 101 guide that is found on my 2nd Loved 1st Friday linkup page (also found at the top in the tab section).
Just click the frog below to link up and join the fun!