Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bubble Dreams...

I sat outside and watched as my boys blew their bubbles and allowed the wind to create huge spheres of bubble rainbows. Mesmerized and entranced by the beauty and mystery of the bubble, I found myself asking "Why?". Why are we so fascinated by bubbles and no matter what our age, why do they make us smile? Could it be how lightly they float- drifting slowly farther and farther away but never saddening us with their departure? Maybe it's the beautiful mixture of color we see swirling incessantly, even dreamily, along their surfaces...
Whatever the fascination, on this day I equated the beauty and fragility of the bubble to dreams. Yes, I'm a total dreamer. I believe in chasing after one's dreams and never losing hope. As I watched the bubbles flying out of the bubble wand, I noticed how sometimes huge bubbles were formed and how, from the same wand, lots of small ones. Metaphorically speaking, I am the bubble wand, producing the greatest of dreams both big and small. I have several choices. I can obsess over the beauty and potential of those dreams and never take action to make them come true, or I can chase those dreams, watch them rise and flourish and have fulfillment when the dream bubble bursts and becomes reality...
No, this blog is not specifically about fashion, but it is about passion...
Don't just be a dreamer. Follow your dreams, and make them come true...
passionately driven... ChristalNicole...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Spotted Vision...

I'm seeing spots everywhere, and I LIKE it! Anything different, spunky, and full of personality is totally in my sights, and right now, I'm loving polka dots. This look hit the runways this year with total fierceness, showing us new and innovative ways to wear this all but new pattern.

Polka dots were seen in collections, including Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and Dolce & Gabbana. Though I love these designers and their fashions, I'm here to talk about ways to incorporate this trend within your wardrobe without "breaking the bank". Of course, I will mention a couple of my fave discount stores, such as Dot's Fashions, Ross Stores and Marshalls (I saw the cutest polka-dot bubble shorts and skirt in Dot's today, fyi). Also, shop http://www.kmart.com/, or visit a local store, for affordable fashions, including an awesome polka-dot bikini! If you're still in need of a polka-dot fix, then check out http://www.target.com/ and http://www.599fashion.com/.
So get out there and shop those polka-dots! Add a cute pair of polka-dot shoes to your minimalist ensemble to show your style personality or a colorful polka-dot scarf to give that 1940s/50s vintage vibe. The options and possibilities are endless!
Until next time, I am your passionately driven... ChristalNicole...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Color My Emotion...



I've always loved the effect that clothing has on my mood and presentation, especially when I wear something bright and colorful on a rainy day! So many of us don't realize how our outfit has and can effect our mood, and in some cases, our performance in daily and work-related activities. Have you ever noticed a plethora of dull-blah garments on a rainy or cloudy day? What about the increase in motivation to do your hair and make-up, when you put on a cute/nice outfit and the decreased motivation, when you're dressed like a "bum"? Yes people, our clothes make a difference in so many ways, and believe it or not, so do the colors!
Wonder why you feel so sexy in that red dress (maybe even a little naughty, at times)? The color red is actually a strong emotional color. Different shades of red, including pink, evoke and emanate emotions ranging from joy, sexuality, passion, love, rage and anger. Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure and a thirst for action.
We see alot of orange and yellow in the color blocking trend of the season. These colors are very appealing, due to their connection with sunshine, joy and happiness. Try putting on a yellow top on a rainy day and feel the difference, when you walk outside. No more singing "rain, rain go away". Hello, Gene Kelly "singin' in the rain"!

The color blue is often associated with depth and stability. It is known to be calming to the mind and spirit. Blue is very acceptable to males. I am in a household where I am the only female, and guess what, so far their favorite color is blue (go figure). Blue is also associated with depth, stability and expertise. Now pull that blue "power suit" out of the back of the closet and regain that confidence in the office...
This blog came to me the other day, when I was sitting on the couch, feeling like I had been a "bum" all day. Sometimes, we all need a "pick me up", and I thought about how I could have changed the events of my whole day, simply by using something that I myself am passionate about...FASHION... There are so many ways that fashion effects our daily lives, and it doesn't have to be in a way that involves spending money. Just a simple act of choosing a bold color to brighten a gray day, wearing that "flowy" white top (because white is associated with purity, innocence and new beginnings) to motivate you toward a fresh start or choosing that powerful black dress (because black evokes feelings of power, elegance, depth and mystery) to your first date or to a dinner meeting with a prospective client, can be a life-changing experience.
Until next time, I am your passionately driven ChristalNicole...

For more information about color and emotion connections, research "color psychology" and check out sites, such as http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html