DailyBuzz Style 9x9: Neon & Neutrals

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

When DailyBuzz Style sent out the March 9x9, I was beyond excited because I saw the topic was neon and neutrals. Neon has been one of my favorite trends this season; whether it's the main component of an outfit or an accent, I absolutely adore it! My last post featured highlighter jeans used as the main part of my outfit and I added neutrals to soften it. 

I decided I needed a neon accented look. I've been inspired by all the pretty neon clutches and I didn't have many neon items, so I figured a DIY project was in order.

DIY Neon Clutch
Spray paint
Painter's tape
Clutch bag (I used a pleated clutch, but you can use whatever your heart desires!)

Slide the tape (sticky side up) under each flap

Then fold over and crease on each fold

Repeat until the bag is to your desired pattern.

Spray even light mists until covered

est a little piece to make sure it's dry before you peel the tape off.

Done! A simple way to transform an ordinary clutch with a touch of neon.

Neon Accent Top: Forever 21
Paige Jeans: Plato's
Pumps: Steve Madden
Clutch: Thrifted and Restyled (inspired by this)
Bracelet: DIY

My DIY bracelet is a brooch and bathing suit strap! Sneaky :)

I love the neon accents paired with soft neutrals because the bright color really pops! Instead of being softened like the first outfit, your eye is drawn to the fluorescent shades. It's a fun look that, in my opinion, is perfect for any season. I can't wait to add some more neon into my wardrobe!

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Highlighter Pants

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Highlighter Pants: TJMaxx ($7!) similar style here
Lace Top: TJMaxx ($12!) similar style here
Gold Flats: Target
Bracelet: Forever 21

How amazing are these pants for spring?! I found them on the clearance rack at the local TJMaxx for only $7. The brand is Hurley and the fit is really nice; I was pleasantly surprised! I decided to add this feminine nude lace top and gold flats to contrast with the bright highlighter jeans. I've been trying to wear more colors lately and these pants are perfect for branching out into brights!

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Zig Zag Blouse

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sanctuary Blouse: Platos ($9!) (also here)
Taverniti Jeans: Platos
Heels: Marshalls (similar style here)
Bracelets: c/o Oia Jules (here) Target/Forever 21


I celebrated the first day of spring by wearing this lovely chiffon blouse and drinking a gigantic iced vanilla latte. I saw this blouse a few weeks back at Ross for $30 and passed. I went to Plato's Closet this weekend and found it on a rack for only $9! How awesome is that?! My little brother Gino thinks this top is "groovy" and I totally agree. I added my gorgeous Oia Jules bracelet to play off the coral and blue in the blouse and high heeled sandals because spring is here!

Have you had any awesome shopping scores lately?!

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Sparkly Flats

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tank: Forever 21
Blazer: Nordstrom
Paige Jeans: Platos ($25!)
Metallic Flats: Platos ($9!)
Watch: Macys

I opted for a casual outfit today because I was running errands for the house. I wore a simple tank with a blazer, my comfy Paige skinny jeans and to dress it up a bit, I added some gorgeous metallic flats. I found the flats this weekend and was beyond excited to plan some outfits with them!

Sorry for the sporadic posting; I can't tell you all how much I appreciate the recent follows and comments. 
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Instagram Lovin'

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Some snapshots of my life lately

You can follow me on Instagram @ FrancescaPenko

Shorts in March!

Cashmere sweater, tie-dye leggings, and a big latte. Cozy

Costco is getting fancy

21 years apart and besties

Shamrock bingo insanity

decisions decisions 

I wore these boots all week.

Finally the ceiling fan is gone!


Audrianna loves her leg-warmers

Lace t-shirt and highlighter pants from TjMaxx. Under $20!