Color of the Month
It is HOT.
Whether you live in Newark or New Orleans, if it’s August, the dog days of summer are upon you, and no color says sweltering heat quite like a bright, bold, dead red.
Not leaning toward orange.
Not too much blue.
Whereas blue is a color that helps you blend in, there’s no doubt, you’re going to stand out in red. If you’re on the shier, quieter side, red is probably not going to have a huge presence in your wardrobe.
It’s attention grabbing and loud. It’s aggressive and active. And though red is considered bold and even a bit on the wild side, it’s the color most often associated with the stoic and conservative Republican Party.
Red has always been one of my favorites, and though it better suited my personality of 10-15 years ago, I often still gravitate towards it when given an option. It even gives me a bit of sass, when my reserves are running low.
Aside from a lovely cocktail dress I got when I was in law school, I don’t usually do full-on red. A bit of bright accent here or there is enough for me. Luckily, there are plenty of options to fill that role.
As we say farewell to the last vestiges of the oppressive summer heat, here are some fun red punctuations.
storage stool – This cute storage stool puts the “fun” in functional! Ideal bonus seat that gives you extra storage space, as well. stool (US), $45. You can also search for “storage stool” or “red storage stool” and find additional options.
vase – A red vase with a modern, geometric flair can add an extra oomph to any bouquet. Here is something with a similar look to it: vase, $15.
purse – A true statement piece, pull out this darling Brighton handbag when you need a little something for your wallet, lipstick, sunglasses, tissues, and car keys. handbag, $95. You can usually find several on eBay by using the search term “Brighton red Corazon”.
nail polish – An absolutely gorgeous color, Butter London’s lovely metallic red, Knees Up, is the perfect holiday polish with a bit of ever so tasteful glitz and shine. nail polish, $15.
carabiner – Slip your shopping bag handles in this over-sized padded carabiner and get your purchases inside the house in convenient comfort without sacrificing your forearms for the cause. carabiner, $4.
bracelet – Pair this unique red bangle with several other silver bracelets to perk up a casual outfit. bracelet, $54. You can find similar options at etsy.
watch – Polka dots are always right, especially when found on the face of this cute watch that can be super casual, or dressed up. watch, $14.
makeup sponge – For a flawless foundation finish, nothing beats a Beauty Blender, the original makeup sponge that started all the hullaballoo. Beauty Blender, $20.
sparkling water – Can’t quit soda? Try Sparkling ICE, a zero calorie sparkling water that is naturally flavored and has vitamins and antioxidants. Refreshing Cherry Limeade is the bomb! Sparkling Ice, 12 for $10.
A bit more about the stool, the padded seat is removable to reveal the storage area.
This is not terribly heavy and can be moved around somewhat easily. The great thing about it is that you can tuck it almost anywhere and have extra seating and storage. This piece would be perfect for a dorm room, small apartment, or anywhere that space is at a premium.
Although it is not all that roomy, this Corazon bag from Brighton is just so cute.
It does not have a strap of any sort, so the silver metal handles are all you have to carry it. It has a bit of the evening bag vibe going on (lovely but limited in usefulness), but how darling would it be for a late, long lunch with the girls? It was a complete splurge and for no other reason than I loved it.
That will wrap it up for the reds of August. I hope you enjoyed a few of my beloved red luxuries. I must admit, I had a hard time choosing this month, there were so many striking options.
Is red a color you enjoy? Tell me about your favorite red things that add energy and sass to your life in the comments.