Shades of Neoprene Blue

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” – Pablo Picasso

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There’s something palpably enticing about a nature-inspired artwork. Think of the inherent beauty spun from commonplace visuals we see around. The captivating light effects cast from the vast horizon of mere abyss. Or the iridescent glow from lush contrasts between water, boulders, and edifice. Simple bearings of nature can oftentimes inspire and motivate us to ponder, to visualize, and to creative wonders.

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In essence art has no restrictions nor bound by any absolute definition. A painter with an eye for precision and a desire to elicit a concept, a mood, or emotion with a vast array of colors is as remarkable a tastemaker as a designer with an eye for seamlessly executed textural stripes and crafty color coordination.

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Thus art and fashion have had a long relationship in fusing illustrative designs into ready-to-wear attires, with major glossies from Miuccia Prada’s illustrative murals of models’ faces to confetti-themed Miu Miu coats at Paris Fashion Week. So when dressing up becomes a work of art, it’s nonetheless the designing, the curating, and ultimately the pairing that makes fashion a creative playground that brings life to artistic designs.

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In my outfit today I wanted to relay the impact of art on fashion by choosing a stretchy neoprene sheath from Kenzo that boasts a vibrant, watercolor-inspired print throughout. I love the off-kilter stripes of yellow and blue and the clash of opposite wavelengths that create a shocking effect. A cult favorite moto jacket was in high demand for fending off the chills, and these lace up heels brought ultra back to chic.

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Every ensemble needs a wild card, no? So I took this avant-garde design up a notch by keeping my essentials in a tribal-infused trapezoid clutch. Take it from Picasso who believed the purpose of art was to wash the dust of daily life off our souls. So relax, have fun, and add that extra pep to your ensemble with a wild card pairing 🙂

Xo~ Lena

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Dress: Kenzo// Jacket: Hinge// Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target// Accessories: Topshop// Clutch: Boutique in Kenya// Shades: Prada

Photos: Jason J Photography

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62 thoughts on “Shades of Neoprene Blue

    • Happy Monday to you too Kristin!! I hope you’ve had a great weekend especially with the half marathon on Sunday :). Yes that is my absolute favorite dress at the moment; I’ve never imagined how comfortable neoprene sheaths are until I tried this one on and now it’s a definite keeper! Thank you dear for stopping by, and have a great day and week ahead!! 🙂

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    • Thanks Elle!! Yes I have to say those heels really stole the look! I’ve just recently discovered how chic and versatile lace stilettos can be, and these Prabal Gurung x Target ones are actually really comfy! Give it to the megastore for some awesome collaborations with haute couture designers 😉

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    • Thank you Vanessa!! Can you believe how empty it was at 31st street beach? It’s so calm there on the weekends compared to Montrose or Fullerton Beach! Anyhow, hope you’re having a marvelous Monday dear!

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    • Thank you Nout! And how well put! Yes fashion is a great way to express ourselves and a creative outlet to portray our thoughts and emotions. I suppose with the bright yellow and blue I was feeling very energetic on a chilly Sunday afternoon! The colors remind me of nature’s bearings and I’m very touched to know that it reminds you of a beautiful canvas. Thanks for your sweet words dear and may you have an awesome day!

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  1. No way! I biked through this path every morning to go to school. I bet we crossed roads some time! Beautiful outfit by the way, the pictures are gorgeous!

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    • Wow what a small world! What do study Virginia? And isn’t it such a calm and beautiful beach compared to other ones up North? I just love going there and taking in the beautiful scenery, not to mention a breath of fresh air!! Thanks for dropping by dear! 🙂

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    • Thanks Maria! Yes D-Anna really put the outfit into perspective with the word “whimsical”. The off-kilter stripes and contrasting yet vibrant hues make it an amusing piece that sparks thoughts and inspirations, much like a 4×4 artistic creation we mount on the walls! Thanks for your lovely comment Maria! Have a wonderful day!

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    • Hi Naeun! So nice to see you drop by 🙂 I wasn’t into stilettos before given how many of them have high heels and arches that make them impossible to walk in but what I’ve learned recently is that it’s all about proportions. So if the arch is high, choose ones that either have thicker, sturdier heels or more padded support at the toes. I also put gel inserts to keep my toes happy 🙂 Does that help? Also thank you for your lovely comment dear, I do appreciate all your kind words!! 🙂

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  2. these are some really amazing photos! totally agree, we all should just relax and have fun when putting together an outfit without thinking too much… but mine never seems to turn out as nice and fun as yours! hehe, always love your style lena!

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    • Thanks Annie!! Yes definitely I’m with you on the putting together an outfit without thinking too much! Back in college I was more concerned about following trends but I think there’s more fun experimenting with new and classic designs to find what fits you best! And by that I mean you nailed it girl! I love your style!! 🙂

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  3. Hi Lena! I feel so far behind in my post comments on your blog. Wow, what a great outfit! Such a surprising mix of patterns and colors-very creative and stylish! Those shoes are amazing-I can’t believe they are Prabul Gurung for Target – they look exactly like the highly coveted Altuzarra shoes! You have a talent for finding items that look expensive and high end but are actually a much more budget friendly price. ~ Lauren http://www.ginnysclosetblog.com

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    • Thanks Lauren!! Yes aren’t these awesome? I believe it was the last pair in my size at the store when it came out a few years ago and I was psyched to get my hands on them! Love a good pair of lace up booties that would go with any outfit 🙂 And so sweet of you to comment on my shopping skills haha~ I would say it takes time to know your style, but once you get it you’ll go through thrift stores and luxury retail stores in a jiffy to find what suits you best; and thank god for me (and my wallet) I’m glad I’m able to find my style somewhere in between 😉

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    • Thanks sweetie! Yes it’s fun to add a pop of color to an outfit to beat the cold weather blues 🙂 And it really keeps an outfit interesting too (great conversational starter so I’ve learned). Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!! 🙂

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    • Thanks Silvia, you’re such a sweat heart! Yes it’s a wonderful cut that’s optimal paired with ankle boots and stilettos, and I love how comfortable the material is! Thanks for stopping by and have a great one!

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