bold and bright for summer

if you love bold, bright colors with a splash of pattern, then you are gonna love today’s post! ‘cuz summer is all about FUN, and pops of color just brighten your mood. i know, i know, neutrals can’t be beaten when it comes to versatility or that chic factor. but i’ve always thought fashion should be fun. and what’s funner (okay that’s not a word) that a bold and bright outfit?

bold and bright fashion for the summer

today, i’m partnering with Nordstrom, the retailer extraordinaire that’s my go-to for everything from makeup to skincare to clothes, and let’s not forget about their shoes. and, yes, they will be holding their epic anniversary sale this year although it’s moved from July to August. can’t wait! but today’s post is all about a Nordstrom made brand Halogen that i’ve been a big fan of for years. it’s a brand that’s affordable, offers lots of basics like crew neck sweaters or tank tops, and they partner with super blogger Blair Eadie from Atlantic Pacific fame several times a year. Blair is known for her preppy aesthetic, which i’ve been keen on for decades. but she has her own particular spin that’s infused with fun and femininity with a twist on classic style. let’s just say this girl won me over long ago. and i am in LOVE with the Halogen x Atlantic Pacific collection.

love, love, love the matching blouse and pants from Halogen x Atlantic Pacific. can you say adorable? but the best part about separates is that you can mix and match the pieces with other items in your closet. the blouse will look fantastic with a white skirt. and the bold patterned pants will look terrific with a casual wrap cardigan and white camisole. the mixing and matching are endless.

my love for pink runs deep, so it was a no brainer to snag these darling pink kitten heel sandals from the Halogen x Atlantic Pacific collection.

add a belt to this little number, and it will look like a jumpsuit without the hassle.

blouse | pants | sandals

the blouse has covered front buttons, bracelet length, and back box pleat. the pants have a zip fly, breathable fabric and subtle pleats. it runs small so order one size up.

there were sooooo many cute items in the Halogen x Atlantic Pacific collection that i purchased several more items you’ll be seeing in future posts. but i’ve rounded up my favorites so you can see for yourself just how Blair hit this collection out of the park.

a big thank you to Nordstrom for this sponsored post. and thank you lovely readers for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you fresh ideas.


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  1. Maria N. wrote:

    That outfit is so fun! I am looking to incorporate more color into my wardrobe and that fits the bill. Can you comment on the fit? Especially the pants? Did you take your usual size?

    Posted 6.29.20
    • i did mention fit in the post. but size up one size for the pants as was recommended. i wear a size 8 but ordered the 10 and was happy! the blouse fit perfectly and was my normal size 8.

      Posted 6.29.20
  2. I just LOVE this outfit! Love it! You look amazing. Id wear it just as you have….perfection.

    Posted 6.29.20
    • this outfit just brings a smile to your face, Paulette! just love it.

      Posted 6.30.20
  3. Cathy wrote:

    That outfit looks great on you!

    Posted 6.29.20
    • thanks, cathy! it will be on summer repeat.

      Posted 6.30.20
  4. Julie Greene wrote:

    Absolutely love this outfit; beautiful colors. Thanks for introducing this collection. It is really beautiful and of course, it looks wonderful on you.

    Posted 6.29.20
    • i have loved blair eadie for the longest time. absolutely love, love, love her latest collection.

      Posted 6.30.20
  5. Mary wrote:

    Beth! First, I love your haircut and the bold color in today’s OOTD. Fantastic! Next, I watched your most recent video, and I’m amazed that you were able to go down a series of steps, wearing heels, without using a handrail. Your recovery from knee surgery seems to be going so well; much more rapid than my recovery…but I’m improving each week. I’m still reverting to one step at a time when going downstairs, though…not all of the time, but when I’m feeling lazy. And, I love the addition of Kelly’s Kitchen to your blog. We’re making the fried chicken sandwiches this week. Happy Independence Day to you and yours!

    Posted 6.29.20
    • thanks, mary! yes, i have worked very hard to get my vibrant life back. and i have. keep working on your recovery because surprisingly (at least it was a surprise to me) recovery lasts for 12 to 18 months!

      doesn’t kelly do a fantastic job with kelly’s kitchen?! she is a top notch chef in her own right. happy 4th!

      Posted 6.30.20
  6. Sheron Davis wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    Thank you for all our wonderful blogs and photos. Most of the time I pin you on Pinterest, however the last two blogs, I am not having any success. Just thought I would mention this in case there is a problem.
    Thank you again for everything that you do. Keep up the great blog please and keep safe.
    Sheron Davis
    Ontario, Canada

    Posted 6.29.20
    • thanks for sharing, sheron. we will check out the Pinterest pin and see what’s going on.
      take care!

      Posted 6.30.20
  7. Francesca B. wrote:

    So much fun! I love pink and red together especially in florals. Thank you for the inspiration Beth. Happy week:)

    Posted 6.29.20
    • absolutely love those two colors, but when they’re paired together it’s magical.

      Posted 6.30.20
  8. Kristin Gjertsen wrote:

    I love your outfit and your new hairstyle. We are on the same path in hairstyles by the way. I got a pixie cut in March, it has now grown out to a short bob with a side bang that resembles your new look. I will probably end up with a shoulder grazing bob by the time we get back to normal. I have followed your site for several years now. I don’t have your flair with style and color so I shamelessly copy your style. It is wonderful to have a role model near my age who gives such excellent guidance about what to wear, makeup, hair care, and exercise tips. Thank you!

    Posted 6.29.20
    • wow, your hair grows fast! i’ve been growing mine out since last summer when my stylist chopped it into a pixie cut. i can’t tell you how thrilled i was to finally sit in her chair again for a trim and new ‘style’ thanks so much for following along, Kristin! aging is a journey but why not look good while we’re on the path!

      Posted 6.30.20
  9. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Pretty colors! I love those sandals, too. They can go glam or casual. There really are a number of good sales going on right now–it’s a great time to pick up some excellent deals. That outfit’s a knockout, and I can definitely see those pants creating a ton of different looks.

    Posted 6.29.20
    • sales, sales everywhere! and for some reason i am loving everything i see…

      Posted 6.30.20
  10. Lisa wrote:

    I love color and I love your outfit. Great look!

    Posted 6.29.20
    • thanks so much, lisa! just love this happy print.

      Posted 6.30.20
  11. Love the toenail color that matches the outfit…so chic

    Posted 7.1.20
  12. Lorena wrote:

    Stunning set . You’re looking wonderful.

    Posted 7.5.20

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