The Spring 2011 runways were showcased with a number of colorblock and brightly hued garments, shoes, accessories, and even make-up. To name a few, Haider Ackermann presented us with teal and electric blue pigments; Aquilano Rimondi combined flashy citrus hues; and Raf Simons cleverly taught us that brights look fantastic with black and other neutrals.
These looks make me me want a cold dessert really bad - sherbert to be exact! Since it's not officially summer, I'll be sharing a rainbow sherbert ice-cream cake recipe, followed by a brightly colored look to wear while you eat the treat (;
This treat is SUPER easy to make but will have your friends & family thinking you spent hours upon hours creating a delicious and fancy dessert. It's a perfectly refreshing summer delight featuring orange, raspberry, and lime sherbert layered with angel food cake - yummy!
Ingredients (10 servings)
- 1 (9 in) angel food cake
- 1 pint orange sherbert, softened
- 1 pint raspberry sherbert, softened
- 1 pint lime sherbert, softened
- 1 (12 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1-2 cups sliced fresh fruit (optional)
- Slice angel food cake crosswise to make four layers.
- Place the bottom layer on a serving plate, then spread orange sherbet evenly on top.
- Repeat with the remaining cake layers and spread the raspberry and lime sherbets. Finish with final layer of cake.
- Frost the sides and top with whipped topping, and place in freezer for 1 hour, or until firm.
- Add small slices of fresh fruit on top for an even greater splash of refreshing flavors!
For an equally colorful outfit, I've put together two looks - one for day and one for night - to prep you for an even brighter spring and summer. Even if your wardrobe palette is neutral or dark, adding a splash of color is easy - whether it be with jewelry, shoes, hair accessories, or as simple as a handbag - and instantly transforms your entire look, while still showcasing your personal style.
Looks #1: Day
Sunkissed by abcDanah
Sweet and sunny colors like reds, yellow, and oranges are an instant pick-me-up for any occasion. Yellow is known to be a happy color after all, and with these outfits, you're bound to put a smile on someone's face.
The first is a modern twist on the typical sailor look - instead of using colors like navy, white, and red, I chose a deep coral and bright yellow. The classic striped button-down paired with high-waisted double-breasted shorts gives an edgy, yet sophisticated twist on the typical captain look.
Next, if you're in the mood to be flirty and feminine, try a yellow burnout skirt like this one from Topshop. The skirt already adds flair in your look with the attached bow belt. Adding a simple top and a sun hat as a finishing touch is all you need to perfect your super sunny style!
For those casual days where you still want bursts of color, try the bold move of skinny red pants. A La Balmain (who I'm totally obsessed with) and Isabel Marant, the piece hit runways hard for this spring and summer. Not your ordinary colored bottoms, you're already standing out from the crowd; when pairing with an equally bright and bold top, you're seriously ready to stomp the streets in confidence. Why wouldn't you be?! Red is hot.
Looks #2: Night
sweet summer by abcDanah
No one said you have to be dark on a dark night; widen your spectrum of colors by adding these flashy hues for a lively look!
I love color-blocking right now, which is sort of obvious with the looks above. The first look is fun and flirty, with a mini floral print bandeau dress in a bright yellow. I paired it with a patent leather pink belt to spice it up just a bit, and finally kicked it off with pink and yellow peep-toe pumps. Adding a lightweight cardigan in a pink similar to the belt is a perfect way to keep cool in those summer nights, while still looking sweet.
Next is for those ladies who love bending the rules a bit when it comes to classic looks. Satin shorts already scream sexy and in a lime green, you know you're ready to have fun! Pair it with a brightly hued silk top for even more lush appeal. Sleek bronze pumps are an excellent choice for a shoe - muted and neutral, yet still making a statement.
For those of us who love bandage skirts and anything rocker-chic, we probably tend to stick to just one hot color in our look, and use a neutral color as the base. Flavor it up a notch or two by color-blocking your skirt and top. Here, I paired a bright teal one-shoulder top with a hot fuchsia bandage skirt! You want to accentuate your waist even more as well as completing the separation of the two pieces by adding a belt. Simple black pumps finish off this edgy look.
Well now I'm hungry for some ice-cream and want
to go paint the town (even though its blazing hot out)
in streaks of bright colors.
What are your favorite color-blocking combos?
Are these looks too crazy for you or exactly what
you've been wanting to experiment with?!
Share in the comments!
Go play in the sun and have a fun day ladies!
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