Friday, July 8, 2011

Would You Like Some Color Blocking with Those Stats?

Hello Gorgeous! Every Friday I have to teach an undergraduate course (statistics), so I'm always looking for something fun to wear that is also teacher appropriate (so much for casual Fridays). This morning was so absolutely perfect and sunny out that I really wanted to brighten up my look with some bold color blocking! I've had discussions with several other bloggers about how much we like this trend, but don't have the solid brights to really pull it off. Luckily, the Banana Republic Factory Store had a big 4th of July sale, so I was able to pick up a couple new bright pieces to add to my collection. Here I'm wearing one of the purchases, along with some pieces I picked up last summer.

Cardigan - Banana Republic Factory Store - Summer 2011
Tube Top - United Colors of Benetton - Summer 2010
Skirt - United Colors of Benetton - Summer 2010
Sandals - Old Navy - Summer 2009
Tote - Donna Dixon - Spring 2011 (from this post)
Watch - Swiss Legend - Spring 2009
Bracelet - DIY - Last Week :)
Blue Ring - From a Cruise! - Spring 2008
Engagement Ring - From K. via C.A. Jewelers - Spring 2011
As for my makeup, I try to keep things more toned down on teaching days, so I used a lot of neutrals. I also added a little bronzer and some light colored lip gloss for a summery look.
What are my neighbors doing??? Anyway...
Eyes - Benefit Eyeshadow, Lancome Definicils Mascara, Estee Lauder Eye Liner in Gray
Cheeks - Laura Geller Baked Blush 'N Brighten in Honey Dipped (from June Birchbox)
Lips - Unknown brand from the swag bag seen in this post
Overall I was pretty pleased with this look. I have been in love with coral for at least a couple years now, so I was happy to break out this tube top and pair it with another bright! I have yet to do a full color blocked look as I don't really have any bright colored pants or skirts, but I do have a pair of turquoise shorts that I might try to do something with soon. Have you tried creating an entire outfit out of bright, bold colors yet, or are you like me and only have a few suitable pieces to work with?

By the way, Banana Republic Factory Stores are currently having a BOGO sale on all their clearance items, so if you have one near you, check it out before July 13th! They seem to have a lot of bright, solid color pieces right now, so it might be just the place to put together your own color blocked ensemble! While I think I paid a whopping $12 for this cardigan, I also picked up a bright green t-shirt for just $2 and a cute skirt for $6! While I wouldn't say that my absolute favorite items are from Banana Republic, I definitely love their wardrobe staples (plus the prices at the Factory Stores are amazing)! 

For now, I must be off to bake a Cubs cake for my nephew's 1st birthday (yay), but I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and are enjoying the same, beautiful weather we are having here in Chicago!


  1. So pretty Tara!! And teaching stats, wow!! I didn't think you were a math nerd too!!! And I'm sooooo proud of your DIY bracelet!!!!

  2. Thanks, Lia! I'm pretty proud of my bracelet, too! I've made a couple now, and it turns out I'm not too bad at making things- ha! And yes, math is one of my subcategories of nerd-dome. :)

  3. Oooh, I really need to try this color-blocking trend. You look too cute! xo

  4. Your DIY bracelet turned out awesome!!!

  5. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Welcome back btw.... Love your DIY .. outfit and pretty make up! :)

    ♡ from ©

  6. Wow ... you teach a statistics class, I think I need to sign up for it {I struggled through my college stats class :)} ... that is so cool!

    Love your color blocking ... yea for banana republic and the sale {your closet is thanking you!}

  7. Awesome DIY on that bracelet! I love the outfit, its perfect for summer :) Tampa has been rainy this week... Its made me not feel like blogging, but hopefully I will get a little bit of sunshine this weekend. Fingers are crossed.

    xo T

  8. Yay for DIY color blocking. Sucha cute outfit and love BR Factory; wish we had one closer. Love your look and have been missing you!

    ps: the mention of stats has me terrified!

  9. oh meant to say that i am in love with your bag; even cuter in your outfit than in the original post... if that's possible. :)

  10. Great deals and blue and coral are perfect on you!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  11. Great take on the colorblocking trend! Love that pretty purse, too. xo style, she wrote

  12. love that skirt! You look gorgeous :D


  13. Hi Tara. You look absolutely adorable!!! I love color blocking. I too am in desperate need of some new bright colors to add to my wardrobe. I love your necklace. Where is that from? I've been missin' you friend.

    P.S. I envy you're knowledge of math! I swear math is foreign to me!

  14. Tara you look so lovely hun. you have beautiful eyes and i want your watch! :)

  15. Thanks for all the sweet comments! I really liked this color combination, and definitely want to experiment with a little more color blocking this summer!

  16. Tara, gorgeous look on you! Cobalt blue is definitely your best friend; it looks fab. By the way, that picture of you sitting down is beyond awesome. Very nice


  17. Great color blocking! And that's so awesome that you're baking a cubs cake for your nephew! aww!

  18. cute color blocking and kudos on the DIY bracelet...very fun.