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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.


Rain in Style

This time of year, I always feel like I am finally waking up from hibernation. You know, spring has me feeling all fresh and brand new. Or, like when you finally have your cup of coffee in the morning and the sleep clears from your head...feeling refreshed and ready to conquer.  When I was thinking about what to conquer this week for the blog, I thought about inspiration. A few weeks ago we were walking around downtown, during one of our date nights, and we were blessed with a spectacular view... no, not a happy hour special sign... although that is always a wonderous sight. Seriously though, we got to see this..

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Beautiful right? And it didn't need any magical was simply this beautiful naturally. Isn't a sunset something that inspires artists, poets, musicians and basically any human ever, to create something beautiful? Cliché maybe, but it got me thinking about the things that inspire and how color can be a beautiful breath of fresh air. 

Style inspiration can come from anywhere really. An item of clothing, a place, an event, a celebrity, a friend, something found in nature or even an animal (I'm talking to you, fellow animal print lovers). But looking at this image of downtown, and wanting to relate in a stylish way, I notice how the colors pop off the darker shadows. I love the way that bright colors pop when paired with black, like the red tones in the street lights next to black buildings, or how the colors in the sky pop next to the dark buildings. Even when two opposite colors are together they can pop too.  Contrast, friends...color pop.  

A pop of color is a great piece of style inspiration to use in everyday style. You can take a simple neutral colored outfit, and add a pop of color, and it becomes a bit more stylish and interesting. Similar to the idea behind this flower photo series that I worked on a while ago - color pops off black (or any other neutral).

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So, how do we use this idea of color pop, in an outfit? Here are a few examples. I loved the way my black jacket and booties really made the colors on this dress stand out. And, the red of the rock wall even pops against my black jacket. The colors in my dress are opposites too, so it's a win win. 

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Here's the same concept, again with black and red, except I added another color pop with my turquoise necklace. I love red, or an orangey red with turquoise!! They are opposites on the color wheel, and work well together.

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Looking through my outfit pictures, I did this color pop thing a lot last summer. I'm a big fan of color pops with black and also color opposites, like blue and yellow, or red with turquoise. But don't go overboard with it. We don't want to look like a new crayon color called “cray cray”. Consider doing a color pop with accessories, like a bag, jewelry or shoes.

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Adding a pop of color with your shoes, is always fun.  Always.  I have these pink ones, red and a cobalt blue.  Love them all.  I usually pair them with a black or navy outfit (be it a dress or jeans) for that extra bit of interest. Or use contrasting colors with a cute clutch or bag...see how it adds interest?


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Heck even my hair has a pop of color...and check out the red and green on the wall behind me, perfect complimentary colors! All the heart eyes!!

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So, what do you think? Are you ready to rock a color pop? And, no, I'm not expecting you to go and dye your hair. But the next time you are wearing a neutral/black outfit, think about adding that pop of color. Wearing a blue dress or shirt? Add a pop of yellow! Have fun with it! Experiment with color, even if you need to take baby steps first. Of course, let me know if you decide to go all in and dye your hair. 

As always, please head on over to for more color fun.


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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.