What colour do you wear the most? If you’re like a lot of us, your mind probably went straight to black, white, grey or neutrals. Easy, flattering tones that don’t stand out in a crowd and won’t go out of fashion anytime soon.
But we do we shy away from colour? Why don’t we make a point of brightening things up or experimenting with different shades?
Adding more colour to your day doesn’t mean you have to change up your whole wardrobe. The colour in your life could be something as simple as a bright lipstick, the green smoothie you made for breakfast or your favourite accessory.
This month we’ve teamed up with STABILO to bring more colour into our world. They’ve just launched STABILO NEON, the first fashionable highlighter that looks great in your bag or on your desk. When we first laid eyes on it we actually thought it was a beauty product, because the packaging is like nothing we’ve seen before!
In honour of this collab we asked some of the bellabox and STABILO team to share how they inject colour into their day. These stylish ladies are definitely all fans of a neutral and black wardrobe, but they manage to always have a little piece of colour on them!
Job: bellabox Graphic Designer
I’m Never Without: Incredible Nail Art
Can you remember how or when you first got interested in nail art?
Yes! My nail obsession began when I first swatched OPI Who The Shrek Are You? From then on, my nail collection grew, and I was always on the lookout for different ways I could mix up colours.
What was it about Who The Shrek Are You that got you excited?
It was such a fun, weird colour, and it made me feel different! Nail art was the next big thing I stumbled upon and have never looked back. It's the rush!
What do people say when they see your nails?
How much they like the design and haven't seen anything like it before.
How does it make you feel when you get a glimpse of your nails throughout the day?
Happy that I have pretty nails and stressed that I have to be careful with my hands!
Do you have a particular style that you like the most?
I love a mixture of glittered nail polish and jewels.
Job: bellabox Marketing Manager
I’m Never Without: An Amazing Handbag or Clutch
Can you remember how or when you first got interested in handbags?
I love vintage shopping and always make an effort to visit markets and bazaars when I’m abroad on holidays. For some reason I’m always drawn to leather bags and purses in all shapes and sizes and I enjoy imagining what kind of person owned it before me. Every woman owns at least 5 bags (right?) and I love how each one tells a different story.
What draws you to this particular clutch?
This clutch was given to me by a close friend and I love how it instantly brightens my mood and my outfit. I feel like I can be wearing almost anything and it lifts my outfit instantly. I wear a lot of neutrals and black so it creates a great contrast and stands out immediately. And… you can’t possibly be in a bad mood with a bright pink clutch in your hand!
Do other people comment on your clutch?
Yes I always get really nice comments on this clutch and how bright it is!
How does it make you feel when you get a glimpse of your bag throughout the day?
My first thought is usually “Would Mary Poppins be proud of how much stuff I’ve squeezed in my bag today?”
Do you have a particular style that you like best?
I love leather backpacks because deep down I’m obsessed with practical accessories.
Job: bellabox Finance Assistant
I’m Never Without: Lipstick and Lip Gloss
Can you remember how or when you first got interested in lipstick?
As a kid watching my mum put it on!
What do you love about wearing lipstick?
I love having the choice of so many different colours and looks and it makes me feel sexy.
Do other people comment on it?
Yes because I don't wear it all the time - just when I'm dressed up/going out - just the usual sort of compliments "you look great/stunning etc".
How does it make you feel when you get a glimpse of your lipstick throughout the day?
I don't wear it to work but I when I am wearing it I'm probably more focused on "is it neat and tidy/does it need a top up" more so than what feelings it creates.
Do you have a particular shade that you like the most?
Dark intense red (which is hard to find in department stores!) Lime Crime do an amazing range of matte and shiny colours.
Job: bellabox Global Brand Director
I’m Never Without: Bright And Colourful Heels
Can you remember how or when you first got interested in shoes?
My Mum always wore great shoes, and I used to walk around in her heels as soon as I could walk. When I was 11, I was desperate for a pair of pointy black shoes with studs on them, and my Dad dared me to eat a dog biscuit, if I did he would buy them for me. I did and the shoes were mine!
What draws you to this particular pair of shoes?
I am not really one to wear colour, but when I do I like the colour to pop so I am drawn to bright colours. As I live in black clothes, the fluro pink is a great contrast.
Do people comment on your shoes?
Lots of people comment on the colour of the shoes, it really stands out.
How does it make you feel when you get a glimpse of your shoes throughout the day?
Happy! And they are one of the few pairs of shoes that I own that are comfortable, so I tend to wear them when I don’ t feel like tottering around on heels or I have a lot of running around to do.
Are there any other styles of shoes that you wear a lot?
I love killer heels. My favourite style is by the designer is Christian Louboutan, his shoes are stylish and edgy.
Job: STABILO Marketing Assistant
I’m Never Without: A Statement Colour Piece
Can you remember how or when you first got interested in wearing bright colours?
I first got interested in wearing colours as I started working full time. In a corporate world that is dominated by black/grey pallets I like to exude my personality through my clothes.
What draws you to this item and how does it make you feel?
My body shape is pear, so I like to make sure I dress according to my body shape as this is how I feel the most comfortable. The bright colours make it a statement item when pairing it with either a white or black shirt and a chunky bright necklace.
Do other people comment on it, and if so what sorts of things do they say?
Its definitely more the colour that people comment on. A lot of people have a perception that they are unable to pull off bright colours – I don’t think that’s true. Its about having the confidence to wear orange pants, or a blue skirt.
How does it make you feel when you get a glimpse of your skirt throughout the day?
The colour pink is associated with calmness, so in the corporate environment its nice to have a colour that is encouraging calm in a stressful world.
Do you have a particular style/design that you like the most?
My ultimate style icon is Lauren Conrad. She has a new collection for the upcoming Cinderella movie – it is jaw dropping!
And just as we were putting this article together we noticed that our intern Paige had the best collection of stationery on her desk – so we had to take a photo!
Job: bellabox Brand/Marketing Intern
What do you love about stationery?
Sometimes work and study can be a little dull, so it's always a bit of fun to have stationery and accessories that are colourful and bright to make things a little more interesting and fun.
What item/accessory can you not live without?
I’d say my coloured drink bottle & lip balm.
This month in your bellaboxes we’re including a STABILO NEON highlighter as a bonus item to help you highlight your favourite feature and brighten up a selfie for the chance to WIN! All the entry details will be inside your March box but here’s a clue – you and a friend could be off to Melbourne for the ultimate bellabox weekend including flights, accommodation, tickets to see Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage and an exclusive one on one makeup tutorial! Shipping starts this week so keep an eye on your email for tracking information.
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