Hello LDV readers. It’s Karima from A Note on Style with my monthly guest post on the things shaping my February Style Moodboard.
This month is all about texture, warmth and organic influences from nature. The pale palette from January continues this month but with a warmer undertone. Blush and nude tones are grounded with deep, rich neutrals like chocolate brown and charcoal gray. Texture runs throughout my picks of what to wear – seen in the quiet shine of smooth, polished patent or stamped leather, chunky knits, and the organic irregularities of a natural pearl. Soft, wavy hair left undone or secured with a barrette, (the seasons “it” item), and skin enhanced with the subtlest glow from body oil signal winter’s un-winding and the anticipation of spring’s relaxed vibe. Even details in the home reflect this mood with natural stone and terrazzo palettes setting the direction for interior paint colors and fresh texture. Floral arrangements and art further the case for the warm, organic moment I’m feeling for February. Read further for specifics…
Complementing the deep neutrals worn from fall and winter, introducing blush and nude tones now hints at the early signs of a new season. Often paired with white throughout summer, they look unexpected and fresh when worn with grays, browns and khakis…colors I’ll continuing wearing for at least the next month. What I like best in this color family are the textural pieces. Think chunky knits, brushed camel hair, patent leather and matte suede. Play with contrasts by mixing a soft sweater with a crocodile stamped bag, or a patent leather with a marled cashmere. A little shine goes a long way, so keeping it simple is best. Even if it’s the soft iridescence from a pearl or the sleek reflective surface of a sculptural frame, I like to keep it low key.
When considering beauty this month, I think of transformative fixes. Ones that are a reminder of what’s to come. Loose, natural curls and a neutral, peachy lip can be carried right through summer but add warmth now. The blue undertone in pink hues can look cold and those cosmetics can be shelved for now while transitioning to complementary yellow undertones, like Tom Ford’s Edita lipstick, that hint of a subtle tan. If a flowing mane needs to be contained, reach for a statement barrette. It’s the hero piece of the season. No matter how bold you choose to go, wear one or more for an instant dose of chic. And it’s never too late to prep skin for its debut with a hydrating body oil. Applying Campo Relax Hydration Body Oil before going to bed is a new habit justifying its place on my nightstand.
This vibe translates so beautifully to the home, it’s hard to pass up. From neutral paint colors taking cues from nature, specifically pale stone to the sharper contrast of terrazzo flooring, the theme makes itself present. Feeling bold? Move past the color inspiration and go for the real thing. Add a stone wall with heavy grout (a little of the outdoors in) or install terrazzo floors or countertops. Perhaps transform an old piece of furniture with a terrazzo slab for a touch of truly chic italian style. I love that idea and have a piece in mind in my home that will get that exact treatment.
For less of a commitment, introducing art, collectables, a throw or simply flowers can have the same effect without the permanence of new floors or paint. If you’re not in love with the art on your walls, switch it out. Research and learn about new artists you’d like to invest in and seek them out. William McClure is one of my current favorites. Imagine the impact of one of his large scale paintings on a blank wall. Or if you collect, assemble a gallery wall with similar colors in the art, frame or matte board. Even easier is gathering books or objects from around the home into a vignette to make a quiet statement. All that’s needed is a common thread to create a beautiful story.