Most of the time I, Lee, am content to be surrounded by lots of white, black and neutrals. But it seems around this time every year (and just about ALL year around Sugar & Cloth!) I get bit by the bright color bug (which I’ll gladly take over a mosquito any day!). The grass is greening up, the trees are bursting with blossoms, the annual spring flowers have sprouted and I want to participate in this fantastic compendium of color, and these are 14 bold and bright products you need this Summer!
The good thing is that it’s really easy to do! Just by adding one standout piece to a room, such as an amazing red chair, a sculptural pendant or a few fresh art prints you can bring the whole space to life. The same goes for your summer wardrobe too. It could be a great dress, a bright bag or even a swimsuit in a show stopping color that gives your closet the color injection it needs.
Maybe you’re way ahead of me, and are already a connoisseur of all things bright and bold, but if not, this little roundup of all the colorful goodies will get you on track for a seriously super summer!
1. Paper Pendant via Etsy // 2. Gus Modern Chair // 3. Nasty Gal Turn Table // 4. J.Crew Tote // 5. Print 1 // 6. Print 2 // 7. Print 3 // 8. Madewell Dress // 9. J.Crew Sandals // 10. Smeg Toaster // 11. Urban Outfitters Bath Mat // 12. Nasty Gal Sunnies // 13. Zara Yellow Shorts // 14. J.Crew Swimsuit
— Post and image designs by Lee Vosburgh
Lee Vosburgh is an Art Director and editor of the blog Style Bee, a hive for honing personal style and learning to live well with less. When Lee isn’t buzzing about the internet she can be found playing fetch with her corgi Dobby, renovating a 125 year old house or snapping pictures in her hometown of Guelph, Ontario.
photos by Jared Smith
I’m not exactly what you’d call “fancy” when it comes to my closet staples. As it turns out glue guns and paint pallets are my biggest audience on a day-to-day basis, and they aren’t too impressed with designer duds. I’m more of a “How many different tasks is this outfit equipped for?” kind of gal. To give you a better visual, we’ve created a mini photo parade on how to stay versatile while keeping cool and budget friendly in my two summer uniforms with Gap Styld.by!
I’m actually not joking about the parade part. We’ve got everything here today folks: flamingos, pineapple cups, emails, sequin hearts, cotton candy… the list goes on.
For those of you that loved my DIY gold foil brushstroke pillow, you’re in luck! You can now buy the kit to make your own tote bag version (or just keep on making those pillows!) with our DIY gold foil brushstroke kit in collaboration with Brit + Co! Best news yet? It’s less than $20 so you can make all of your friends grab one too for a very shiny craft night or afternoon brunch plans.
You can shop your kit here with custom color tote bags and all! Once you finish your project, be sure to tag it with #mysugarandcloth so we can follow along!
photos by Jared Smith
Did you guys ever go through the super oversized bag trend that happened a few years ago that felt a little something like this after about an hour into shopping? Well, I really, really embraced that phase. It spoke to my inner hoarder tendencies in a way I can really only explain to people that love to watch a lot of the A&E channel. Alas, I’ve since toned down my “am I going camping, or am I going to grab coffee and not come back for three days?” look, and have since found other alternatives to feed the habit and I’m currently obsessed with this bucket bag from MZ Wallace.
Between it and the one Jared had made for me for Christmas by Jed Foronda, I’m pretty much golden. Of course I still have my token supplies I always tote around, and am happy to share what’s in my bag and my favorite things to hoard with anyone who will listen, BUT there’s also a really awesome giveaway to go along with that…