Before there was a Christian Louboutin next to the deli on my block (before a bag of chips cost $10), there used to be an art gallery with big glass windows. Inside this gallery was a huge neon sign, a beacon of glowing red ligt in the night, that said, “Love Me.” I wished so badly I had the wall space and cash to acquire this piece of art that’s basically my life’s motto. Little did I know, this was from the same street artist who has made his mark all over New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo with his signature, “Love Me” campaign. You may have seen it scribbled on everything from the side of a building to the side of a meat truck. The man behind this beautiful mantra? Curtis Kulig. Not only is his message beautiful, he’s not too bad to look at, ladies.
But alas, as all artists know, these bills won’t pay themselves. His “Love Me” logo gained so much momentum that everyone from Vans to Urban Outfitters has tapped him to add a little love to their products. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, he’s also teamed up with Smashbox, which may seem like an odd collaboration, but might be the most fitting as makeup application is actually a form of art. These are the perfect little items to treat yourself or a friend to for Valentine’s Day and, of course, to spread a little love.
Love Me Paint Pen Eyeliner, $24, Love Me Eyeshadow Palette, $34, Love Me Be Legendary Lipstick, $19, Love Me Blush, $28,
You know you love me.
Well, in case you were wondering, neon is a HUGE trend for summer. So huge, in fact, that I’m already over it. Having arrived back in New York, I could not believe how much neon I saw on the gorgeous girls of Manhattan. It wasn’t just a matter of a bright sighting here and there… It was more like packs of girls who looked like a pack of highlighters. Each lovely lady clad in a dayglow shade. Well, I knew I’d had enough when I, myself, was sporting a tank top as bright as the highlighted passages in my summer reading. Everywhere I looked, someone else was wearing a similar style. I wanted to hide, but it’s awfully difficult to be inconspicuous when sunglasses are needed just to take a gander in my direction.
So what better antidote to neon than the muted shades of a summer sky? For once, being subdued will be what makes you stand out.
J Brand Twisted Tie Dye Mid Rise Skinny Jeans, $200, Victoria Beckham Crepe Tank, $175, Illesteva Round Frame Matte Acetate Sunglasses, $165, Diane von Furstenberg Niabi Crepe Maxi Dress, $485
Bright idea, eh?
One way to get through the grey winter is to add some pops of bright to your typical all black uniform. Everywhere you look from blazers to brassieres, it’s fluorescent. You name it, it’s neon. If you’re more the subtle type, accessorize with a neon belt or bright watch. Feeling a bit more bold? Colorblock with different shades of highlighter hues.
1. girl. by Band of Outsiders Slub Cotton Blend Jacket, $555, 2. Christopher Kane Neon Jersey Tank, $145, 3. Preen Razor Wool Blend Pants, $1,050, 4. Giuseppe Zanotti Neon Colorblock d’Orsay, $750, 5. Tibi Silk Crepe Racerback Tank, $160, 6. Deborah Marquit Giardino di Fiori Italian Lace Underwire Bra, $195, 7. M Missoni Colorblock Pants, $425, 8. NuDell Neon Look Cocktails Window Sign, $246, 9. La Mer Neon Wrap Watch, $98, 10. POP Beauty Lid Neon Set, $22, 11. Rebecca Minkoff Neon Lizard Little Louie Key Pouch, $65, 12. Manolo Blahnik Patent Point Toe Pump, $595
Aren’t you bright?
Mark Twain once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Well, he certainly wasn’t kidding. One would think living in California is all palm trees and sunshine… well, not so much.
After returning from the east coast this week, I realized how much I miss a real summer. You know, the almost unbearable heat that lingers long past sunset and the humidity that can curl even the most perfectly coifed ‘do. While it rarely dips below forty in California, the summers are never as warm as those of the east coast. It never, ever feels like summer. “They” tell me it gets warm starting in September, but I don’t buy it.
These bright brights are just going to have to get me through the mild California summer. Perhaps wearing something bright will radiate its own heat.
Lingerie: Deobrah Marquit
Bracelet: Tom Binns
Shoes: Miu Miu