Color Blocking


I’ve been dying to try my hand at the color block trend. Pairing bright, solid colors that either complement or clash to herald the onset of spring? Yes please!

I admit this challenge did have some roadblocks. The first was that I realized I didn’t own a single solid bright colored bottom–nary a skirt, short or pant in sight. So off I trudged to Zara which I knew had all the brights going on this season, where I met my next roadblock: money. Why, why are you so expensive Z?! But oh, how I love you. And so I bought this skirt. I quite love it, actually, and can see myself pairing it with a white polka dot top or a creamy nude short sleeved sweater in the fall. I can’t wait to look through all of your wonderful color-blocking submissions–and believe me, I’ll go through them all, and so should you!

Tomorrow there will be a Bloggers Do It Better linkup post, where you can enter your link (including a spiffy thumbnail generator) to your color blocking assignment post! Can’t wait to check them all out!

Also, as a reminder, you will need to have the button on your blog to have your link eligible – if not, your link will unfortunately have to be removed. So make sure you have it up! Als0, feel free to link in your post to Bloggers Do It Better so people can enjoy everyone’s takes on the challenge, (use this link).

Peep the back of this top – it’s completely sheer lace, so I opted to go with a bra color that matches my skirt. That, combined with fuschia lips & coral polish on my nails means I was color-blocking my theoretical socks off!

Post your links on tomorrow’s Bloggers Do It Better: Colorblocking post! The linkup will be there!!

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  • sm

    So pretty! Love the colors and the lace-back of the shirt!



  • LOVE this! I may be a little biased since I sported pink + red for my color blocking post. : )

  • great color-blocking!! i actually will be linking up a very similar color blocking outfit that i wore a couple weeks ago, lol. i love the lacy back of the shirt!

  • These colors are the best! Love pink with coral! Thank you for starting this series!! Can't wait til the kickoff tomorrow!!

  • Amy

    This outfit is beyond gorgeous! I absolutely die over those two colors paired together. So bright and cheerful! The gold jewelry is a great accent!

    amy day to day

  • I really like the way you approached this trend. The top is so pretty, and the back is amazing.

  • Oh man I *love* this outfit! I love thealmoat but not quite clashing hot pink and bright coral. I might need to own that skirt llike, now.

  • oh.em.geezy!!! you look FAB!!! you ROCKED the color block!!! =) i did read that we can do bold stripes too right??? can't wait to see everyone's looks!

    ~xo, jenn

    the stylish housewife

  • Katie Mac

    Great idea for the bloggers do it better challenge! This outfit is the perfect color combination and is vibrant perfect for spring.

  • everything's beautiful …really cool ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Such a great look love! You really pull off these bright colors well. So sorry I couldn't be a part of this one but I found out my roommate here in vancouver is not only awesome but she's got a great camera! So I should be able to contribute!


  • Love your outfit! Great job on color blocking. Love your shoes too!


  • Perfect. This is certainly one of the best outfits I have ever seen. You are amazing at colour blocking and I love the skirt so much. The top is great too. I adore the colour blocking trend at the moment too. I tried it for the first time last week and I'm going to submit it to you tomorrow.

  • Greet look! The first image is one of he bests I´ve ever seen of you!

  • looking so good, hot stuff!!!

  • Just found your blog. I'm in love.

    This is so gorgeous. I love colour blocking so much and you are so right about Zara, I wish they'd just lower their pricers a tad.

    C x

    Have you guys entered my giveaway?

  • GAHHHH! I have to get a DSLR camera. Your pictures are insanely good. You just nailed this outfit! Brights work great on you. LOVE LOVE LOVE THE SHOES!! I know I really shouldn't ask, but does that skirt come in black?

  • This is just a PERFECT example of color it! And your legs look rockin girl!

  • I can't wait to participate tomorrow! oxo, Jill

  • Ooh, this is definitely one of my favorites of yours, ever! So pretty & fun! I am totally swooning over that skirt, I keep seeing it pop up around the blogosphere and every time I am hit wth a "whhhhhy don't we have a zaraaaaa?" feeling. Gorgeous, lady!

  • I have the exact same problem…I don't think I own any actual color!! I might have to sit this round out and wait for the next one. Or maybe run to do some shopping on my lunch break ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • You look FANTASTIC! This is my favourite ever outfit of yours.

    I've been eyeing up that skirt too ^_^


  • Ashley Nicole

    Long time lurker, first time commenter. I am OBSESSED with your shoes. Not just in this post…in EVERY post!

    I've been thinking about starting my own blog for so long (literally, years), but always hold myself back for some reason. I think Bloggers Do It Better is just the kick-start I need!

  • The skirt is gorgeous. It looks nowhere near that bright online! Can't wait to see everyone's linked up post.

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  • I think this is my favorite PSS look so far! I love the colors you chose and the tawny colored clutch and shoes for a neutral are perfect!

  • You nailed it! I love that you pair it with the nude/brown shoe and bag!

  • i love the back of your shirt. it totally makes the outfit.

  • You did an amazing job! I haven't tried it yet either, but this was very inspiring. I love the colors you chose! Mmmm that pink!

  • PrettyShinySparkly> Color Blocking: Iโ€™ve been dying to try my hand at the color block trend. Pairing … (#fashion)

  • Love the red & pink combo! RTโ€œ@PrttyShnySprkly: Color Blocking #outfits

  • love love LOVE it K!

    I am so excited about this venture – bravo. <3 thanks for supporting the bloggessess


  • Interesting look, bright colors suit you so well ~

  • Awwww, you look adorable! Well done. Color blocking can be tough but you pulled it off beautifully. The back of that shirt is super cool. Also, I JUST did a post where I talked about how expensive Zara is…sigh! At least I know it's not in my own head ๐Ÿ™‚


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  • I love this! I really need to try this trend!

  • love it – stunning.

    I am so happy to be apart of such an amazing community <3 thanks K for all your hard work.

    You. are. appreciated.


  • OH I also participated! lol I did BIG BOLD COLORFUL STRIPES

  • Gorgeous doll!! Perfect outfit, and you totally captured the colorblocking look!!

    You should post some of your outfits on The Wear to go Girls' facebook for a chance to be featured Best Look of the Week!!



  • Color Blocking: Iโ€™ve been dying to try my hand at the color block trend. Pairing bright, solid colors that eithe…

  • I love the surprise lace that is the back of your top and all these colors look fantastic together! It was a challenge for me too, but I think I pulled it out! =)

  • Gorgeous outfit!

    I was having the same problem with color blocking (yes, I've decided to participate in this week's challenge) – I don't have any bright colored bottom. I didn't go out and buy a new piece (though I would love to), so my color-blocking outfit might look a bit tame… but we'll see! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Kritina, this is my most favorite outfit on you! You can teach a thing or two about color blocking to people who are desperately trying but failing. Hard. Including me! Loving it. Loving everything about you! You look so chic, so beautiful. Amazing.

  • Lovin' your color blocking! You look sooo gorgeous! And the neon pink with coral is amazzzzing—soo summery and happy!!!

    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  • That skirt is lovely! How could you not get it even with the price tag? Well I'd totally understand actually, considering my college budget! The back of the shirt give such character, too.
    Excited for this new project, K! I'm off to take my shots sooon ๐Ÿ™‚



  • Meg

    OH GOSH, GIRL! LOVING this!!! I just did red & pink in my Miami recap post! I love how bright both of your pieces are though! I've gotta do this some more ๐Ÿ˜‰



  • You color-blocked beautifully! ๐Ÿ™‚ I bought a vintage fuchsia pencil skirt at a thrift store a couple of weeks ago, so I was SO excited that the first BDIB challenge was color blocking! I'll be sending my link tomorrow!!

  • oh Kristina, this is how to color block hands down! i want every part of this outfit, for a first timer you absolutely nailed it! Gorgeous and Fabulous!!

  • Gorgeous outfit!



  • Can't wait to post mine! >> RT @PrttyShnySprkly: My take on color blocking: linkup (cont)

  • CUTE!! I'm not always the biggest fan of color blocking but you pull it off and then some. Gorgeous!

  • RT @PrttyShnySprkly: My take on color blocking: linkup post "airs" at midnight cst tonight! #BloggersDoItBetter

  • i love your color blocking!!! the back of your shirt is such a cute unexpected detail! looking forward to tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

  • i love these colors! so feminine & fun & spring worthy ๐Ÿ™‚



  • @eLZee4: trend: #colorblocking see @courtandhudson ( + @PrttyShnySprkly ( #BloggersDoItBetter

  • Tx! Kristina we swapped colors! RT @eLZee4 #colorblocking + @PrttyShnySprkly #BloggersDoItBetter

  • LOVE this. I just bought that H&M dress too and I can't wait to style it. I've been dying to do color blocking and love everything at Zara as well! You styled this beautifully.

  • You look amazing! I would love that skirt too, but it's too short for me to wear to work so I can't justify buying it, boohoo. Love the matching bra, and the lipstick is beautiful on you!

  • I must admit it is a daring combination you did, but the colours match perfectly!! I also like the fact that the back of your top is lace (and the colour of the top is to die for)!
    Thank you for organizing this event! can't wait for more!

  • RT @PrttyShnySprkly: Color Blocking #outfits

  • […] they are so unlike me but i think i may have pulled it off without anyone knowing =) big thanks to kristina of pretty shiny sparkly for putting this project together and inspiring me to add more color to my […]

  • ohhhh i love this clutch of Marc Jacobs!!is so gorgeous!!!

  • Wow- you really did a great job with the color blocking! I like the mix of textures (the woven skirt with the lace top). I also like how you chose a brown shoe instead of a nude one. Truly, a beautiful outfit!

    ♥ Gina Michele


  • Great post! Love the colors!



  • You definitely nailed it with this look! love the vibrant colors. And I love that beautiful clutch and your shoes. Great look!

  • Ahhhh this outfit took my breathe away i love those colors and the way you combined them, you have an amazing sense of style i love it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thank you katou! Much appreciate ya!

  • I. LOVE. YOUR. OUTFIT. PERIOD. The colors are so vibrant… I try to avoid going to Zara because I always end up buying at least one item… I spent way too much there last month… and thanks to you I now have to go pay them a visit! again ๐Ÿ™‚

    Just found your blog this morning… following you now… ๐Ÿ™‚ By the way, do you take your own photos?

    • Thanks hun! Most of the time my lovable boyfriend HB takes my outfit photos. Other times I will take them myself using a tripod and remote. Other photography including food & interiors etc is also my handiwork. I was a pro photographer in college so this has rekindled my love for it! xoxo

      • Awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ My love for photography has grown in the last year… sure is an expensive hobby! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Super Haute! I really wish Zara sold plus sizes! I love their collection.

  • obsessed. you look stunning. if you get a free second I'd love if you would stop by to see multiple post a day on all the latest celebrity fashion news and check out pictures from the fall/winter preview I attended yesterday in Beverly Hills. Would love your support. xoxo

  • You look gorgeous! I love the whole look, especially your shirt, it is so unexpected and fabulous!!!!

    I can't wait to see what next week's assigment is!!!



  • I have so much respect for women who can wear pieces like this. I agree with everyone above – you look incredible! I love that this outfit is so bold but you make it look feminine and pretty rather than harsh. I'm in awe again of your styling ability.


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  • This is a great outfit! Love the see-through back!

  • I've been eyeing that clutch! It's the perfect color!

  • Natalie

    Dying over this color combo. Thumbs up, girl.

  • Lorena

    too fabulous not to comment !
    I adore it and think you did a wonderful job.

    I am also glad i am not the only one who realized i was missing bold colors in my closet in order to nail this trend.

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  • Holy, God bless America, I thought your photo was an example from a magazine as I looked to see who the blogger of this site was. You look gorgeous! Sign me up, I want to get in on the fun. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo Drop in for a visit sometime.

  • Your outfit AND those colors look gorgeous on you!

  • m

    Hey. Just wanted you to see just how close you are to "matching" this outfit on the ELLE website. WAY TO BE AHEAD OF THE FASHION CURVE, Kristina!!

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  • Wow ! I love the color combination.Really nice outfit

  • hi kristina, we’ve got the same name, spelled the same way too! hey, i just love your choice of colors here, two of my favorites actually!!xoxo

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