01 May 2013

Fluro Yellow Gone Studious

neon + scallops  neon + scallops

It's pretty apparent that the majority of the copy on my blog posts have about nothing to do with my outfit pics, and today's post will probably be even more so. But it gives me a bit of a reminder that though I spent a most of my youth and teens wearing an awkward mish mash of boyish whatever, I think a colorful little fashionista always lived inside of me.

I was talking to my mom recently when we started reminiscing about “old times,” specifically when we were living on the Jersey Shore during my pre- and K years. I spent a lot of time on the beach during that period since we lived right across the street, and when it was summer I was usually found prancing around in some sort of swimsuit. I was a tan little child.

neon + scallops  neon + scallops

One suit in particular was a rainbow tie dyed masterpiece of a one-piece. Bright swirls of every color under the sun existed on that scoop-necked wonder. It was a complete take away from my usual tomboy self and neither of us could remember who decided to buy me that wonder, but I loved it. The colors. The swirls. Together. I wore it almost every chance I got. I ate meals wearing that swimsuit. I wanted to take baths in that swimsuit. I wore it under regular clothes during the times where normal garb was required.

There exists one sole picture of me in that beloved one-piece – I had both hands on my waist, one hip stuck out, trying to look “sassy” in that funny awkward way that five-year-olds can make anything look. And I would have scanned and shared that pic, but thankfully it lives securely - in physical copy only - in one of my family’s photo albums. Though I was pretty sure I rocked that suit as a kindergartner, I am equally sure I’d be mortified to see that picture surface again.

Are there any wardrobe faves from your youth that still stand out in your mind?

neon + scallops

Shirt: J.Crew neon perfect (worn here - sim, sim, solid)
Dress: J.Crew scalloped (worn here - simpler, deal, sim ivory or orange)
Necklace: J.Crew factory chandelier (worn here - sim, sim, simpler)
Bracelets: Glitterbox Jewelry via Etsy (sim, sim) & Asos (sim)
Ring: c/o JewelMint (sim, pricey)
Clutch: J.Crew factory dorset (worn here - sim, zip, luxe)
Shoes: Vince Camuto kira (worn here - sim, sim, buckled)

66 comments:

  1. Ah! So cute! First off I'm mega jealous that you got this dress. I had wanted to try it on in navy but only the red was available. And then I knew it was probably best not to try it cause I would definitely buy it. Love that you paired it with a button up under, I would have done the same!

    That being said. I had a denim vest that I loved so much. That and favorite workout pants for jazz dancing classes. haha! Both are pretty much closet staples for me now ;)

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    1. I am kind of glad this dress sold out, because then I was sorely tempted to get the red too.

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  2. I really like this Lisa! The neon with the blue is so pretty! I've always loved fashion, however being a child of the 80's I have some pretty sweet looks. Most recently I sister posted one of Facebook of us. I had on a ruffled skirt, turtle neck and bandana. The sweetest part of the look was probably my perm....
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh perms! Those were the days, huh? My last perm ever was in the 4th grade, I looked like a poodle because the stylist left me in my curlers and solution for too long.

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  3. I LOVE these two colors together! I remember one particular outfit that I INSISTED on wearing b/c for some odd reason I thought it was the bomb. I was 8 yrs old and the combo was absolutely heinous....I can't believe my mother let me wear it. It was an ugly dark colored 80s tribal-looking Cosby-style sweater (lol) paired with some pastel colored flower-printed jeans. Hideous. But I have pictures to prove it and they make me shudder :(

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    1. Kids ... we gotta wear what we love ... all at the same time apparently. ;o)

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  4. This is gorgeous- the way the brilliant blue scallops are highlighted by the...highlighter yellow! Thanks for making us think about those weird and delightful childhood clothing obsessions- I had a zip-up polyester bell-bottom jumpsuit in a shiny, swirly green paisley. I loved it to death! It must have been hideous...

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  5. I love love love this dress. Tried it on in the store but sadly it does not work for taller ladies like me (I'm 5'11") unless you're a fan of exposed buttcheek.

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    1. I know what you mean. I am 5'2" and it is barely long enough for me.

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  6. That dress is so cute with the scalloped hem and I love the contrast the neon gives it!

    When I was in nursery school, I had this pink dress with satin ballet slippers embroidered on it which I LOVED. I wore it for my picture day so my parents have the framed portrait of it somewhere in their house.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  7. You look amazing! I'm a sucker for color as well, though growing up I owned lots and lots of hot pink clothing that I managed to tomboy up, I have no idea how.

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    1. I am picturing you like Punky Brewster. She always wore bright colors but toughened them up - you were so fashion-forward then! ;o)

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  8. That scalloped dress is gorgeous !
    and yes, i recall a lavender skirt and shirt that mom got me for Easter once, i sometimes wonder where it went. I felt like a princess wearing it.

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  9. Love how you punctuated the outfit with neon yellow. As for wardrobe faves, I have an aunt who gets most of her clothes tailor-made while she was working back then. During one of the many trips that I tagged along, she had the tailor made me matching tops and skirts. I regret not keeping those two outfits!

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  10. Hi! As sad as this sounds I was a total tomboy and just wore jeans and tees growing up...and shorts in the summer. I still think I'm a boring dresser but blogging and reading other blogs (like yours) has helped put some inspiration in my styling. Two years ago I would not have approached anything pink or bright (LOL).

    ~Jane B.

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    1. I know what you mean. Before blogging, I literally had one pink thing in my closet. And now, I am still gathering together the pinks.

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  11. GAH! Lisa! I LOVE THIS OUTFIT DOLL! Omg'd, the colors. the scalloped edging. it all screams CUTE! i've got to pin this one. my mom bought me this matching yellow dress with coat set. it was really pretty on me. then there were some outfits, where i asked "mom, what were you thinking?" lol
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  12. Ok, you can just go ahead and pack this outfit up in a box and then send the box to me. I can email you my address :)

    And I had an AWESOME airbrushed unicorn short sleeve button up. With PINK buttons. That was the best shirt ever.

    Taylor

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    1. Ooh, your unicorn top sounds like da bomb! I wish you still had it. ;o)

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  13. And there it is...that beloved fashio0n strategy of button up under dress that is so you, Lisa! I don't know if it originated here or if you were paying homage to some other blogger/designer/fashion house, but I will always attribute this technique to you.

    Super fab as usual - the colors pop, the silhouette is stunning, the devil is in the details. You are always so thoughtful with your outfits and even more so with your text. You are by far my fave stop in my morning ride through the fashion blogosphere. :D

    P.S. I have no fave childhood outfits because I was a Catholic school girl and uniforms are nothing to write home about. :/

    www.myclosetcatalogue.com

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    1. Aw, thanks. I don't think I created the shirt-under-dress thing, but whoever did was a genius!

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  14. L.O.V.E. this combo

    My cousin is of similar age and we were dresses up in similar outfits when we were little - from PJs to pretty frocks - all of those are my favourite. I look forward to digging them up when I am at parent's next

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  15. Aw Lisa I love this combo of bright yellow and navy! I think of items from my youth A LOT actually and I wish I still had them/could fit in them! LOL

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  16. Absolutely crazy about this outfit! That dress!! I love all your details. And I swear you are the MASTER at a subtle contrasting shoe. I would have NEVER thought to pair this with a blush colored shoe, I probably would have gone with a straight nude one but this is so much better.

    I remember having the perfect pair of Maryjanes when I was younger & I'm still drawn to the style today (just with a heel!)

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    1. I missed out on the mary janes deal when I was little, I was way too tomboy to have nice shoes!

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  17. Girl you are rocking this dress!! I coveted the red version but the blue is beautiful as well. My dad dressed me in by clothes so he really wanted a boy I'm thinking...no dresses really until my sister in law got a hold of me. But I loved this one cowboy outfit he got me at the flea market.

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    1. We did an official family portrait way back when I was 3-4, and I had short curly hair, a striped long-sleeve polo, overalls and sneakers. Who else wanted a boy? ;o)

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  18. Cute outfit! Nice job "prepping up" the dress. The scalloped detailing on it is gorgeous and the stripes of the top complement it so nicely!
    FashionEdible Blog

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  19. I love everything about this, the dress (which I was drooling over last night in my J Crew catalog), the mix with neon, the story of the swim suit, everything.

    xox

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  20. I have that necklace! I love how it pops against the black but is accented by the yellow in the top! I love love love your dress. It is to die for!

    Kaitlin
    www.teaandsequins.com

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  21. LOVE this color combo and the cut of this dress - so cute on you :)

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  22. This really is a great color combination! Looks great!

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  23. My Old Navy overalls were a staple in high school. I rocked them with fitted shirts, belly shirts and layered with flannel. They were around $30 and worth every penny. They were light denim and were worn in perfectly. I should have kept them.

    I don't want to wear them now, just memorialize them. Ha!

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    1. Overalls are apparently back in style now, you should dig them out! ;o)

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  24. This is one of my most favorite outfits of yours! Those colors are so pretty together!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  25. I posted a navy and yellow look today too! I'm loving your take with the neon. Gorgeous!

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  26. Holy moly that dress is short. What were they thinking??? It looks great on you, but geez, not for anyone taller. I love it paired with the yellow. You look so put together!

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  27. I love that you layered under the dress...great idea!

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  28. Two words: stirrup pants. And I won't be sharing a pic either. Ha!

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    1. Stirrups! I had some pairs of those awesome pants - perfect to tuck into my sneakers, hehe.

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  29. i had this poncho my mother knit for me when i was a little girl. epic. awesomeness. i loved it! lol.

    you look fantastic. the colours are amazing.

    xo P

    phiphi's blog

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  30. Love this look! The neon is completely fab! You look great - as always!

    xo, Kenya

    www.kenyaldesigns.com

    Kenya L Fashion Blog

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  31. That bright yellow is so much fun paired with the scalloped navy dress! :) The bright lip is also beautiful.
    Sadly, I was totally uninterested in what I wore as a child, so nothing springs to mind. I guess I'm making up for my lack of interest now! :)

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  32. What a fun way to showcase the scallops on the arms of this dress by wearing a bright top underneath. I honestly can't remember anything that I wore as a child but I do remember having the have the "it" item that all my friends had at the moment (chic jeans, jelly shoes, you name it...I wanted it).

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Jelly shoes! Strangely comfy, but I hated the sucking sound it made when you walked - makes me shudder even now, hehe.

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  33. I have been craving this dress from J Crew for months now, I love how you styled it!

    xxoo - jessica
    www.foodwinefashion.com
    Check out our rose gold ring giveaway http://goo.gl/AlsZX

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  34. That's a very colorful memory of your childhood. I remember my mom bought me a pink shirt with a print cabbage patch kids, not sure tho lol. But I was obsessed and I always wear it. Oh, now I know why I'm so into graphic tees! Hehe

    Love the color combo of your outfit plus the red polish =)

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  35. Gosh that dress is gorgeous with the scalloped edging. I was always really tanned as a child as well but once I hit my teens and started being more self-conscious of my body and what I wore etc I've been pale ever since. It's nice to see Elodie with a little bit of colour from Dubai. We've been having some really nice weather in the UK lately (well in the south anyway!) and I put her in shorts and a tee at every opportunity to let her skin breathe!

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  36. Loving the scallop hem.. wonder how it might look by itself

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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  37. I love the scalloped dress. I've been coveting it in the chartreuse color. You're so cute :)
    xx
    The Fashionable ESQ., (Esquire)
    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

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  38. Oh, I had this T-shirt, it was striped with thick bands of orange, purple and green, but well, I was nine and I outgrew it. Then last year, Anthro did that striped Pilcro T-shirt and I finally found my replacement! :)

    Love the Navy-And-Neon combo btw! I wanna copy you - only with neon tights, hehe.uh this is Gwen btw - my phone will only let me post as Anonymous. Hello! *waves*

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    1. Hi Gwen! I was tempted to wear red shoes to match my lips, but then I thought the matchy-match gods would come down and be all like, "whoa! waaaay too much of that going on!"

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    2. Nah - I'm sure all they'd do would be to ordain you as their priestess or something! ;)

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  39. I love that necklace! Gorgeous! And the scalloped hemline. I'm falling for scallops lately. Plus, the pop of peach with your shoes is perfect! That is so funny that you remember that swimsuit so clearly because I can perfectly remember one I had at around the same age! It was purple which was my very favorite color and had a big bright pink strawberry on the front with black sequins for the seeds. I LOVED that thing. I wore it into the ground!
    Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  40. I had a crocheted yellow dress that my mom made for me. I think my mom still has it...I loved it when I was a kid. My mom made a lot of my clothes, but at a certain point I started rebelling against that and wanted "bought" clothes. I wish I had let her teach me to sew though. The neon yellow of your shirt reminded me of it! (It wasn't that neon though. :))

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    1. When I was a kid, our neighbor was a retired seamstress and she used to make me clothes all the time. Granted she dressed me up like I was a doll from the 1900s, but I wish I had been interested enough to learn a thing or two about sewing from her.

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  41. cute! love the neon yellow w/ the blue.. i love the scalloped hemline as well!

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  42. You wear neon so well. I'm a little scared of it. I like how you've paired it with navy blue. And the scalloped detail on this dress is beautiful!

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    1. I just got this neon pink sweater from the Gap. And while I love it, it is Bright. Like I'm a little hesitant to wear it out of the house Bright.

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  43. Again such a good outfit. Girl.. you are really good.
    The circles of the dress at the sleeves and the hem come back in the necklace. Very well done. See, if that would have been me, I would have worn boring blue shoes. You think differently and more creatively.
    I will follow you closely and try to learn.
    As for memories... I remember a swimsuit as well. From when I was 13/14 and it had built-in cups. Which was very nice as I desperately wanted to show some shape (and did not have any). What I never knew is that everybody probably found me out if I bent over a little. LOL

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  44. What a great idea, I had heard the arm holes are low on this dress so wearing a shirt under solves that. But it's too darned short for me. :(

    You look great in it, love with the yellow.

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