Thursday, May 24, 2012

loving it lately: black, white, and bright all over

Recently it has come to my attention that I have a habit of being a bit... eh hem... long-winded on this blog of mine. (And by recently I actually mean not recently at all because this is something I have always known.) But while I'm certainly appreciative for the few of you that endure my meandering musings on life and love, I decided it's a bit of a skewed representation of myself if I keep this blog to strictly diatribes. I swear I don't just spend my days contemplating the meaning of life - sometimes I simply enjoy looking at pretty things! So instead I've decided to introduce something a bit different today and (hopefully) fun!

As many of you know, I'm an avid pinner and have been since about a year ago. I think it's funny how sometimes I notice myself pinning things that are often in the same vein or have the same aesthetic. In the same way that I tend to fixate on thoughts and see themes emerge in my life, I also sometimes fixate on things visually and can see similar patterns emerge in my taste. Thanks to Pinterest, it's much easier now to detect when I've stumbled upon a certain trend that I like. And I thought it might be fun to share some of my current obsessions with you guys in a more visual way. These are things that are currently giving me inspiration, and the "visual style" that I feel represents me right now.

So without further ado, in the first installment in the "loving it lately" series as I'm calling it, I bring you classic black and white mixed with bold colors. (Unless of course I never post anything like this again, in which case it's less of a series and more of a completely isolated incident that we shall never mention again... I'm also sure someone has thought of this post series before and used this alliterative little title but I was too afraid to Google it because I already decided I like the series name so I'm going to blindly pretend it's completely original. It's not stealing if I don't know it exists, right? Right.)

Anyway, I find myself constantly attracted to black and white for its modern yet timeless appeal, but I'm also a sucker for bright colors. I love the way color really pops off of a simple black and white backdrop, or how solid black details bring such drama to whimsical colors. I started noticing it mostly in graphic design, but soon I was seeing it in fashion, interior design, photography, even food! Below is a collage of some of my favorites (with links to all these pins below!)

Which of these do you like? What trends are you loving lately?

ps. If you're a fan of this type of post, please let me know in the comments below and I'll bring it back! I'm all about giving the people what they want. (Unless of course what the people want is for me to shut up. In that case I'll pretend my comment box is broken.)

pps. We all know I live and die by coral and teal but I had no idea my level of devotion until I looked at the scheme of these photos. Also, apparently bright yellow is making its way into my psyche. I see you, yellow. I've got my eye on you.

Click for links to these pins from top left to bottom right:
Black and white dresser with coral chairs
Coral porcelain lamp
Clean and modern web design
Kate Spade flats
Teal ottoman and chevron pillows
Beautiful yellow blooms in the street
Teal and coral wedding invites
Be brilliant.
Roasted Tomato Caprese Grilled Cheese
Funky business cards
Modern office space with teal wall
Striped napkin and menu
Bright yellow chairs against the city backdrop
Modern desk with orange accents
Yellow and black branding
Being happy is productive.
Teal headboard and bold accessories


  1. Carol, you are such a wonderful writer.  Please don't let the comment box be broken.  Love, Grama

  2. I have also become partial to yellow! Its funny how Pinterest brings these things to light because I was just reviewing my pins yesterday and everything was yellow!! 

  3. Thanks for the comment, Brittany! I love Pinterest for that very reason. I'm so bad at knowing "my taste" until I kind of see it all laid out before me. And yes, yellow is definitely catching my eye lately - especially yellow and gray!

  4. Thanks for always reading, Grama. You are the best!