Winter can be a very stressful season, with all the shopping, wrapping, baking & running around. Combined with the cold weather & wanting to do nothing but sit inside & stay warm, winter can leave you feeling in a bit of a rut. But I have a solution! It’s a well known fact that certain colors can effect you both physically & emotionally. Shades of pink & red can stimulate energy & encourage action, they can make you feel confident & even increase blood pressure, respiration & heart rate. While orange can stimulate activity & encourages socialization. Even Frank Sinatra once quoted –
“Orange is the happiest color”

So when I came across these pink, red & orange hued images in W & ELLE magazine I had to share them! Not only are they beautiful but the bright colors are sure to instantly make you feel happier & maybe even encourage you to add a little orange, pink, or red to your winter wardrobe.

The first image is a Marc Jacobs ad from the January 2011 issue of W magazine. I LOVE the feather collar & HUGE sunglasses, I think I will have to find an extra large bright pink straw hat for my upcoming winter vacation!!

The next 3 images are from the December issue of ELLE, from their article THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT featuring the always beautiful Jessica Alba, who is also featured on the cover. The AMAZING photography was done by Carter Smith. I love the soft, sunny 70’s feel of all the photos, I don’t think Jessica has ever looked more beautiful. Joe Zee did a fantastic job of styling the shoot, with super flirty colorful dresses (my fave being the Yves Saint Laurent top & skirt featured in the first image), tonnes of of juicy colored bangles & the SPECTACULAR green Prada sunglasses in the last shot are the icing on the cake!!

Tom Fords’ organza shrug silk crepe dress (below) shot for the article MAJOR TOM in the January 2011 issue of W in the below image is breathtaking. Combined with the abundance of poppy red/orange feathers & fiery landscape background this image is 110% sexy. If this combination of color, frills & feathers doesn’t increase your heart rate I don’t know what will!

Poppy oranges or reds & pale shades of pink compliment each other perfectly. Here are a couple of ways these colors can be combined to create some fresh looks to get you out of that winter rut.

GAP Always Skinny Cords, Club Monaco Devon Cardigan, Banana Republic Mischa T, Opening Ceremony Corset Suede Wedge Booties (available at

Club Monaco Olga Tulle Skirt, Dolce Vita Baby Alpaca Cropped Sweater (available at, Steven Denah Elastic Strap Booties (available at

Keep in mind that if you don’t want your outfit to look to blocky you should stick to silhouettes that are soft & flowy. Mixing textures when sticking to a monotone color palette also helps add depth to your outfit & topping everything off with a neutral shoe will bring it together perfectly.

If you haven’t noticed yet I wanted to add a little holiday spirit to my blog, so I’ve added some snow :)
Have a great weekend everyone, I hope you get all your presents bought soon!



About country girl city world

I'm a small town country girl from rural Manitoba. Recently married and building my nest with my amazing husband in Winnipeg.
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4 Responses to WINTER BRIGHTS

  1. Orange really is a great color, love the alternative to all the red this holiday season!

  2. Kate says:

    What a refreshing post! You have fabulous taste.


  3. Antonia says:

    I loved this shoot with Jessica Alba! But of course I’m obsessed with anything ELLE ;)
    P.S: Love the SNOW on your page! That’s amazing!!!

    x Nia

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