Orange Pops of Color

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Dang! I was planning to order these Gap shoes when I had a coupon for 40% off (started yesterday), but then two things happened:

  1. I realized the coupon was for in-store purchases only, not online, and our local store does not sell shoes.
  2. The shoes are now backordered.

Sigh.

I ended up ordering them for full retail – which I hate to do at the Gap – and now they’re delayed. Double d’oh.

But that hasn’t stopped me from still being obsessed with all things orange.

Maybe it’s the subzero temps lately and the happy (and tropical) associations I have with the color orange, but it’s really been a magnet for me, even more than usual.

(Did I ever mention that I drive an orange Jeep? Fact).

Current Orange Obsession (COO) #1: This bag.

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I used to be squarely in the camp that a designer bag should be a classic, period. The thought of buying an investment piece that turned out to be a flash-in-the-pan trend seemed like a total waste, and that mindset carried over to color selection, too. (Hello, black!)

A few months ago I was traveling and saw a chic woman carrying the same classic Prada handbag that I own (in black), but hers was electric blue.

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The color really stood out, especially because in the winter most people tend to be so bundled up in heavy coats that you can’t really see much of what they’re wearing, and many winter coats tend to be dark colors.

COO #1.5: This bag. Ninety percent less than bag #1, and you may be able to get it in-store for 40% off at the Gap right now. (Grrr again on those loafers).

gap orange bag

COO #2: This scarf, a total burst of Vitamin C, was a recent birthday gift courtesy of our amazing babysitter (who, sadly, is leaving us soon. Sniff).

orange scarf

I’ve been wearing this non-stop with my blue Patagonia coat. Blue and orange look great together!

COO #3 and #4: Ok, I am dying over these socks from Woven Pear. I saw them online and immediately ordered four pairs.

orange socks

Also from Woven Pear:

fox socks

COO #5: Tory Burch York Multi-Task Smartphone Wallet. I still need to get my phone updated, and when I do, I’ll be carrying it in style.

orange wristlet

COO #6 and #7: If you want to smell like an orange, start here and here:

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 Just creating this post made me happy. It’s the Orange Effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crossbody Bags

Two weeks ago when I went to California to run in a half-marathon, I spent a day at Disneyland*** and found myself wishing I had a crossbody bag to hold my stuff and keep me hands-free when I tooled about the park.

Had I been better prepared, I may have selected one of these:

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Clare Vivier

Clare Vivier

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Fossil

Fossil

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

This one’s too glam for a day at the amusement park, but it’s still pretty awesome:

Gucci

Gucci

Finally, here are my two favorites. The leather one is more laid-back whereas the nylon one basically will inspire envy in the other moms checking each other out while waiting in line for two hours to ride on “It’s a Small World.”

Frye

Frye

Prada

Prada

*** Yes. I went to Disneyland alone. My kids were at home with Spouse. Awful. I know. One of my good friends found this situation to be incredibly weird. I didn’t! I was killing time before the race. And FYI, you can get on just about any ride with barely a wait when you’re a single rider, not to mention being able to freely people watch and walk about the park without stopping every ten paces to buy a souvenir or take one of a zillion potty breaks. I recommend it. But note: It’s much easier to go to Disneyland solo as a Midwestern-y adult single female, than, say, a mustachioed middle-aged man with a windowless van.