Burgundy and Blush and an Ann Taylor Addiction

No, this isn’t exactly a Wine Wednesday post; it’s the colors I’ve chosen for this week’s What To Wear To Work.  I absolutely love how popular blush/light pink has been this year, not only in clothing, but also in home décor.  As I plan out the design of our new home, I’ve already decided to incorporate a light pink color into my new office.  And, my girls have each selected items for their apartments in this and other coordinating colors.  As far as home décor goes, blush looks great with gold, ivory, and even bold prints.

And, as far as WINE goes, we all know how crazy-popular blush has been lately.  Blush?  Yeah, that’s another name for Rose’.  I have an entire Wine Wednesday post dedicated to this topic if you are interested.  But #blushallday just doesn’t have the same ring as #roseallday.

When it comes to clothing, I love how feminine and how versatile blush is.  What exactly is the difference between blush and light pink?  Personally, I think what people call certain colors and how they describe them is subjective unless you are referring specifically referring to a Pantone color (you can read more about the Pantone color matching system here if you are interested).  When I think of “blush,” I think of a more pale pink, a “not-so-pink” pink.  I also think of it as closer to nude than regular pink.  It’s subtlety makes it a good choice for women because it seems sort of more “grown-up” than traditional pink and it goes with a lot of other colors and prints.  Don’t get me wrong, I also love the traditional light pink color; in fact my favorite Michael Kors purse is pink.  It’s girly and pretty and perfect for spring and summer.
img_2641Burgundy, while also a lovely type of wine and beautiful region in France, is one of my favorite colors for transitioning to fall (and not because of the wine connection).  I love how you can mix it with both lighter, summery colors as well as darker fall colors.  One of my favorite tops pictured below mixes burgundy with light pink in a pretty print.  I picked this up at the Ann Taylor Factory Store at the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta in Woodstock.  I love the feminine fluttery sleeves on this lightweight summer blouse.  It matches perfectly with the blush Ann Taylor ankle pants that are stretchy, comfortable and figure flattering.  I paired this outfit with brown pumps to balance the dark colors in the top, and grabbed this cute Kate Spade cross body my girls gave me for Mother’s Day this year.
I definitely spend too much time at the Ann Taylor outlet.  I also picked up this cute pink floral on black pencil skirt as well as this fitted short sleeve white top (the top was on clearance!).  I decided my previously mentioned MK bag was perfect for this ensemble that I wore with black woven fabric Charles by Charles David Pacey pumps from Off Broadway:
img_0199I featured my white skinnies in a previous post (Casual Summer Evenings), and here they are again with a blush/nude patterned top with a ruffle down the side, from, you guessed it, Ann Taylor outlet.  The white jeggings are from Kohl’s and those cute wedges are my favorite pair of black Michael by Michael Shannon sandals that I picked up from Off Broadway Shoes.
img_0204And finally, another stretch pencil skirt, this time in solid black that I paired with a sleeveless Ann Taylor polka dot shell and a burgundy open front shrug from Kohl’s.  Small, light weight cardigans like this one are great for layering during the summer if you work in an office with frigid AC temps, while it’s blazing hot outside!

Next Wednesday, I’ll post a “real” Wine Wednesday post, featuring the Italian bubbly – Prosecco!

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