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Brighten Up

Originally Posted: June 14, 2010

Kimberly Garrett

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From Matthew Williamson Spring 2010 Collection. (MW.com)

East Hampton - I recently read an article in the June issue of Elle called "Find Your Bliss," which essentially said we have the ability to think ourselves happy. In other words, many psychologists believe that "pleasure is as irrational as it is abstract - something shaped more by our minds than our bodies." I, for one, strongly believe in this theory and find that if we focus on healthy, smart choices we can ultimately find them more rewarding than those guilty pleasures we once adored. With that being said, what better way to think ourselves happy than to dress the part. It's hard to be in a terrible mood when you're wearing bright pink lipstick, and I can't imagine feeling bad for myself while wearing a neon yellow dress. Speaking of neon, some of the best-dressed celebs, socialites, and models have been spotted wearing an array of them lately, and looking cheery and refreshed while doing it. Diane Kruger wore Jason Wu at the Cannes Film Festival, and Gwyneth Paltrow glowed in Prada at the National Movie Awards in London.

I'm not sure whether the new theories in Elle will be proven to be true or not, but what a fun experiment to test.

Christian Louboutin 2010 collection.

Here are a few of my favorite bright dresses this season
 • Versace floral-print stretch satin dress, $1,775
 • Emilio Pucci printed cotton- jersey minidress, $540
 • Tucker printed silk-satin mini dress, $210
 • TIBI daisy mini romper suit, $335, (works for day and night)
 • T Bags t-neck long dress in turquoise (best on taller girls)

Show off your faux-tan at the beach with these pieces:
 • Emilio Pucci zigzag printed swimsuit, $420
 • 3.1 Phillip Lim marigold-yellow pintucked triangle bikini, $250
 • Angela Adams and Sea Bags for J.Crew pocket sail bag, $198
 • Topshop pink cotton caftan, $40

What better place to be in a good mood than...uh...the bedroom. Slip into some colorful lingerie for just another reason to smile...Carine Gilson venise silk-charmeuse chemise, $930.

If you're not quite up to bright floral dresses and caftans, stick to what you're comfortable with and add a few colorful accessories and beauty products to your look:
 • Kenneth Jay Lane turquoise pyramid ring, $66
 • Citrine by the Stones samba carnaval necklace, $390
 • Michael Kors Watches sport watch, $195
 • Proenzer Schouler stitched leather sandals, $805
 • Charlotte Olympia margo python pumps, $1,170
 • Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Super, $30
 • Essie Bright Tights Nailpolish, $8

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Guest (Kimberly) from New York, NY says::
Hey Michelle, Thanks for the question. I would pair them with a solid color dress. Minimal pattern is OK too, as long as it compliments the color of the shoes. A skirt and top combo is another option, but again, keep the colors complimentary. My pick would be a deep purple/navy dress to pull out the color in the heel. Red may become too patriotic so I wouldnt suggest it. Nude, brown, black, and white always work as well. Thanks!
Jun 16, 2010 1:38 pm

Guest (Michelle Lyric) from New York, New York says::
Kimberly those shoes are fabulous and I am wondering what colors they would match best with? Thanks!
Jun 15, 2010 2:40 pm

Guest (Tracy Davis) from east Hampton, NY11937 says::
Kimberly, I loved this article, because just the thought of all those bright colors and the summer automatically put me in a good mood! You offer choices for women of all ages, which is extremely helpful since most fashion experts seem to be targetting 21 year old models. The longer dresses and cover-ups could enhance the mood and look of a woman of any age. I also love the accessory advice -- just in case a full-fledge bright color might seem too much. Thank you again for doing my homeowrk for me and the chanel rouge allure lipstick in super will be mine tomorrow!
Jun 15, 2010 12:57 am

Guest (Kimberly) from New York, NY says::
Hi Katrina, Thanks for your question. To wear bright pink lipstick without looking tacky, make sure to keep the eye and cheek color minimal. For day: I like bronzer, neutral eyeshadow, and black mascara- not much else. For night: Add black eyeliner with mascara and maybe a little shimmer on your cheekbones. Again, neutral eyeshadow works best. Yes, I am fairly new to Hamptons.com...but I have many more articles to follow! Kimberly
Jun 14, 2010 8:44 pm

Guest (katrina b) from new york new york says::
Since Im usually tanned in the summer I love the idea of a bright pink lipstick, how should i compliment the lipstick without making it look tacky? Thanks Kimberly are you new to Hamptons.com?
Jun 14, 2010 5:22 pm

Guest (he) from new york city says::
great article! those heels are awesome!! come follow He http://fashionbyhe.blogspot.com
Jun 14, 2010 4:27 pm

Guest (Celia) from NYC says::
So true!! I love this theory - I'm going to use pink lipstick therapy from now on when I'm in a bad mood..
Jun 14, 2010 4:22 pm


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