ON THE RADAR | July 2016

I'm sorry for the light posting schedule last week, but I've got a really good reason: WE ARE MOVING! You may remember when I worked wardrobe on the film Tiger this past winter in Cincinnati. Well, the work itself was a dream but the commuting and staying out of town was tricky, to say the least. Ever since we've been talking about moving from Columbus to Cincinnati for a while and we've decided to take the leap! Zach is smack dab in the middle of interviewing and making a career change so it's all really exciting... and stressful. We'll be moving to our hometown of Dayton for a few months while we solidify jobs and look for our new home. There are SO MANY things I'll miss about Columbus, but at the same time both of us our really excited to be back around family. Lots of positive change is brewing!

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1  NEEDING  //  Area rugs.  New home equals new decor! I've been shopping for area rugs for a while now and am really loving the finds at Hesby. The colors and patterns are total knockouts and the prices are better than many other places I've been looking.

2  COVETING  //  These blue suede shoes.  The pale blue on these No.6 stacked heel loafers sets my heart aflutter. I think they're a perfect combination of pretty and practical, polished but fun. They're out of my price range, but a girl can dream, right? I'll be keeping an eye out for a pair that fits better in my budget.

3  PINNING  //  Colorful collections.  I'm often inspired by the color palettes of found objects, like this pretty spectrum of gummy bears. It can be anything really - pastel pieces of gum, brightly colored soaps, and on and on. My Color Wheel board on Pinterest holds all my favorite sources of color inspiration.

 4  WANTING  //  A pretty wax seal.  I love paper mail and, with blogging and design projects, the opportunity to send a thank you card comes up quite often. I'd love to up my stationery game with a classically cool, personalized wax seal. Backtozero on Etsy has some great affordable kits.

5  APPLAUDING  //  @alliepal's #the100dayproject.  Local creative boss lady, Allie, has challenged herself with the impressive task of creating a painting every day for 100 days. I'm a big fan of the series and her fresh color choices. They're really unlike anything else I've seen. You can check out her paintings for #the100dayproject on Instagram or sign up for news of when they become available for sale.

6  PLANNING  //  Our photo shoot for The Columbus Book Project.  I've been working on creating looks for an upcoming photo shoot as part of The Columbus Book Project, which will eventually become a Columbus-based coffee table book featuring high-fashion spreads to celebrate local creatives and landmarks. Our shoot is this week and I've been going crazy over the sneak peeks they've been leaking on Instagram. The photos are so impressive and I feel really honored to be a part of this project.

7  REMINISCING  //  With Marissa and Summer.  I've been re-watching seasons of The OC while I work and it's been hilarious and amazing. The main attraction has definitely been the early aughts fashion time warp of pretty much every ridiculous thing I wore in my teen years. Plus it poses the ancient philosophical question: who is the true sartorial queen of the OC, Marissa or Summer?

Are you Team Marissa or Team Summer?

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Eye It/Buy It/DIY It: Neon Brights

Nothing says summer like a jolt of neon! Whether it's a bright pop of color in a neutral outfit or bold head-to-toe color-blocking, everyone can wear this trend. To find out how to incorporate neon into your wardrobe, check out the inspiration collage, the ultra-bright shopping guide, and the DIY paint-splattered earrings below!

Eye It

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It may seem wild, but the neon trend can actually be worn day or night. Shocking colors can be office-appropriate when used as a focal pop of color, for example, a neon yellow belt over a gray dress or a hot pink blouse with a tan skirt. For evening, mix-and-match brights to make a bold statement. Not sure how to mix such shocking colors? My current favorite color combos are neon blue with electric yellow and hot pink with orange and red. But don't overthink it- all of these colors work great together.

Buy It

Shop the neon trend with these 50 hot pieces under $50!

DIY It

Want to wear this trend your own way? Try these super-easy DIY neon-splattered earrings, inspired by Tom Binns, and give it your own spin.

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How you do it:

1. Lay your earrings as flat as possible on a protected surface.

2. Take one of the nail polishes and get the brush very wet. Holding the brush over the earrings, flick the cap so the paint splatters.

3. Continue splattering all of the colors.

4. Go back and brush polish on any bare areas, keeping the look messy.

5. Let dry and wear!

I hope you liked this neon edition of Eye It/Buy It/DIY It! Come back every Monday for a new trend!

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