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shades of coral.

4 March 2009

Perhaps you remember Susie Bubble’s period of obsession with the color coral. Revisiting these posts of hers has revived my love for that color – after all, coral is the grown-up, sophisticated version of pink. A dash of orange, a bit of red, a touch of pink. Perfection, I think. And perhaps I love it so because it looks quite good on me (if I may say so myself!). 


Oh Marni. Why must you tempt me with your delectably colored shoes? Already I’ve fallen in love with a number of your wedges, and now you mock me with these crossed slingbacks. With a deliciously high, wooden platform juxtaposed with pinky-coral and light brown patent, finished with touches of silver hardware, Marni, you are so cruel. (, $735). Oh, and my dear Alber Elbaz, you must know of my ridiculous, OCD-like (or sans the -like?) habit/obsession of matching my bags perfectly with my ensembles. Lanvin’s Mini pop bag (, $850) in a coordinating pinky-coral satin shoulder bag, complete with a delicate set of silver chains, would indeed finish off any outfit with the aforementioned Marni’s. 


From left to right: Willow, Kylie2, Elodie, Heidi, Kara ($6 ea.)

And I would love to have shades of coral grace my nails. Mm, imagine how fun! Grapefruit-like colors under the spring sun. From pinker corals to orange-y corals, the possibilities are endless, really. Would it be too much if I wore Kylie2 with the aforementioned ensemble consisting of the Marni platforms and Lanvin bag? 


I remember stumbling upon this ad in a magazine a year or so ago and desperately longing to be able to wear orange-y coral on my lips like the model. The lips pop against barely-there makeup, drawing all eyes and attention to lusciously plump lips. Coral lips are easier to wear than lipsticks; the matte texture of the latter, if applied too thickly/unevenly or if it is just not the color for your skintone, can look as if you’ve kissed a little pot of paint. The more I stare at this Chanel ad, the more I tell myself that I need – not want – the Aqualumiere gloss in that fabulous color, Candy Gloss. The gloss looks pinker in some lights, and orange in others! Faaabulous!


xoxo & sealed with a coral-colored kiss,

La C.


57 Comments leave one →
  1. 4 March 2009 9:43 am

    I love coral nail varnish… it’s been ages!!!! I love the Zoya, first time I come across them.
    Thank you

  2. 4 March 2009 9:47 am

    Oh, those shoes are inspiring lust in me!

  3. 4 March 2009 9:50 am

    could have been me, writing this post.
    unfortunately not as elaborate as you, but topic-wise 😉

    just like you i love the color coral (this is only the natural consecution of my former love, until i was 16, for the color pink)

    and my bag always has to harmonize with my outfit

    and in order to make my wardrobe look more like some kind of spring/summer-wardrobe i just bought a coral shirt a few days ago which i am wearing while i am typing this…

    hopefully spring will feel attracted by your “ode to coral” and my new shirt!
    love, sugarpumpkin

  4. 4 March 2009 11:11 am

    those marni heels are so perfect that it almost pains me to check the price.

  5. 4 March 2009 11:33 am

    I’ve got a female friend who is obsessed with coral.

  6. 4 March 2009 11:35 am

    I love coral! And those shoes are so fabulous!!

  7. rossovelvet permalink
    4 March 2009 11:56 am

    Those Marni are marvellous !
    I like coral, it’s a subtle mix between nude and fun-summerish color… It can also be really delicate !
    Besides the chanel ad is UAO !

  8. 4 March 2009 12:46 pm

    I adore coral colour. It is really brilliant colour. The happiness is it colour!

    xoxo: Janet

  9. 4 March 2009 1:00 pm

    Hi there-such gorgeous picks, I really love the bag!!

  10. 4 March 2009 1:05 pm

    more fodder for the shoe fund! you really have a knack for picking out swoon-worthy shoes – i’m usually super-picky about them.

  11. 4 March 2009 1:47 pm

    Wow love those shoes! And the nail polishes are perfect for spring. Before I was a little skeptical about coral as I’ve always associated with old ladies (hey, you have to admit it’s a pretty dominant color in “older women” clothing stores) but now you’ve convinced me that it’s hot!

    I do have a question for you: What sort of corals would suit different skin tones?

  12. 4 March 2009 1:49 pm

    Kylie2 and Kara from the zoyas are the shades I think would look good on me 🙂

    I like coral, but I don’t own a lot of it.
    I recently purchased a coral eye shadow from Aromaleigh.
    Hot Stuff – vivid coral-red frost with violet sparks.
    It’s a gorgeous color!
    I used it in an orange, coral and fuschia eye look.

    I’m not always sure when I’ve selected the right shade, but I tend to stick towards the more red corals, because I find them safest.

    I’m so happy to see you devote an entry to coral, because I don’t hear about it very often!

  13. 4 March 2009 1:56 pm

    Those Marnis, WOW.

  14. 4 March 2009 2:38 pm

    Is it just coincidence that everything you picked has a high gloss to it? These colors bring the shiny, new promise of Spring.

    When I was a little girl, my mother had red hair fashioned into a bubble cut, and she wore orange lipstick. She looked just like my barbie, it was one of my all time favorite looks for her. xo

  15. 4 March 2009 2:48 pm

    Ooh I just adore coral colored things – from makeup to accessories to clothes 🙂 It makes me long for spring and summer – coral is my favoriteeee color to wear during the summer! And now I’m lusting over that Marni bag!

  16. 4 March 2009 3:02 pm

    You may have just inspired me to try coral nail polish and lip gloss this spring!

  17. 4 March 2009 3:16 pm

    Oh nooo I stumbled upon those Marnis earlier today and managed to ignore them and pretend they weren’t there but aaaah they’re so gorgeous!

    Also I am now painfully aware of how lacking in coral I am – must go fix this asap !

    Cute post 🙂 xxxxxxx

  18. 4 March 2009 3:34 pm

    Ohhhh my…I love that shoes!!

  19. 4 March 2009 3:40 pm

    i was just drooling all over that pair of Marni in blue/purple on net-a-porter 5 mins ago! the coral is even more stunning!


  20. 4 March 2009 4:40 pm

    I think coral is my new favourite colour now lol

    That bag is just perfect!

  21. 4 March 2009 5:08 pm

    Oh, coral! What a brilliant color, that I usually don’t wear. Well, that’s going to change. I love the Marnis, and the nail polish, and well, the lipgloss too. I just bought that lipgloss in Party Red, I might just have to get it in that shade as well :]

    – laur @ neonmango

  22. 4 March 2009 5:09 pm

    I really love those colors. Especially the nail polishes<333 They are so much love:D I do think I have to order some coral lovelies soon~

    Awesome post~ totally made my day!

    Kiss Kiss

  23. abdcforever permalink
    4 March 2009 6:20 pm

    coral is a sick color! i have an amazin pair of nike dunk in coral & black. i always wear it with that chanel lipgloss (it’s seriously the most amazing color ever lc).

  24. thebaglady permalink
    4 March 2009 6:23 pm

    Ahhh, I always adore your posts to no end! Each one has a wonderful idea/theme!! This coral one is no different; it’s so adorable! I love how you gathered everything coral. Sooo cuute. You should do more color themed posts!

    I must get those Marni shoes. And that Chanel gloss…

  25. 4 March 2009 6:44 pm

    This post is soo inspiring for spring! That Chanel gloss looks divine <3.

    Btw.. I design jewelry & apparel, but mostly jewelry :).

    – Jei

  26. 4 March 2009 6:56 pm

    I remember that chanel ad. I wanted that lip color so much afterwards. I forgot about it but now I want it again! Coral is one of those spring trends that never goes away and will never deserve to.
    Thanks for the comment!


  27. 4 March 2009 7:01 pm

    I love that ad! The color is amazing also 🙂

  28. 4 March 2009 7:29 pm

    im a huge fan of coral as well; such a pretty summery color. it makes you look tanner and has a nice palm beach feel to it.

  29. 4 March 2009 8:07 pm

    coral is such a great color for spring!

  30. 4 March 2009 9:19 pm

    Sorry La Lovely for having been so MIA!

    But you know, this post of yours got me so excited, because I think you’re right – we are some kind of long-lost twins on two separate spots on the planet. I had been surfing net-a-porter recently and I had been repeatedly looking at those exact 2 items: the salmon marni wedges and the lanvin satin bag. In particular the wedges. I was thinking, “how about a spot of colour on the feet this time eh?”

    Oh me oh my I like that we click this way. I am somehow praying that no matter how ridiculously it happens, I meet you in Paris. Someday. (:

    Lots of love,

  31. 4 March 2009 9:41 pm

    coral is my favorite forever and ever. 🙂
    where can i pick up those nail polishes? i want them!

    • 4 March 2009 9:53 pm

      Hui: Yes. This is the sign that we are indeed long lost twins separated by continents + an ocean. (Oh gosh, aren’t those Marni’s beautiful?!). I’m praying too! How amazing would that be!!!! =] It must happen!

      Bri: You can buy them here!

      La C.

  32. kristine permalink
    4 March 2009 9:56 pm

    i really do love every topic of your little articles. so perfect! i never really cared too much about color, but wow. coral is HOT!

  33. 4 March 2009 10:48 pm

    I am addicted to this color too! My nails are freshly painted the palest orange and I got the Coralista from Benefit. They have such a sweet scent too, I love sweeping them on my cheeks, it perks me up in the morning!

    great post, luv!

    ♥ R

  34. 4 March 2009 11:43 pm

    wow peach is becoming a very popular shade…this girl in my school says shes in love with it

  35. 5 March 2009 2:05 am

    I’m going to grow up and marry those shoes someday. I swear.

  36. 5 March 2009 2:09 am

    ahhhhh, i love it i love it i love ittt!!

    i need to load up on coral for spring, it is def. my favorite member of the pink family! I want those shoes and that lip gloss!! – i think i can only afford the latter – if anything. lol.

  37. 5 March 2009 2:33 am

    Love the glossy coral of the Marni’s! Such a gorgeous shade! Not quite ‘coral’ but NARS Torrid is a gorgeous peachy blush I love

  38. 5 March 2009 4:09 am

    Coral really is a nice color, but right now I think I´m to pale to pull it of 😛 I need some sun!
    The Marni heels are amazing, they´re really good at making shoes to crave…:)

  39. 5 March 2009 5:26 am

    Such a beautiful colour ♥
    Ohhh i adore this chanel lipgloss! I must get my hands on some soon xx

  40. 5 March 2009 6:43 am

    I D.I.E. All the coral coloured items in this post are amazing. So beautiful… The Marni shoes and the Alber bag are so far from completing my dreams – especially with our weak Australian currency at the moment. Boo Hoo.

    Will sleep well tonight dreaming of coral coloured goodness…

  41. 5 March 2009 11:33 am

    Love love LOVE! Those Marnis neeeeeeed to be in my closet asap! Gorgeous post, darling La C!


  42. 5 March 2009 12:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures and coral is a lovely color. It’s so soft and it reminds me of summer!

  43. 5 March 2009 1:30 pm

    I adore the marni shoes, although I must admit I have become attracted to them in a different color-I just can’t get away from the dark side! But that ad with Natalia Vodinova is stunning.

  44. 5 March 2009 4:33 pm

    I love tangerine and coral; It looks great on dark skin.

  45. Alexis permalink
    5 March 2009 4:34 pm

    I love love love your blog!!

    I know this has nothing to do with the latest post, but I remember you recommending Barack Obama’s first autobiography. And was wondering do you know the exact title of it, there are just so many of his books.

    • 5 March 2009 7:31 pm

      Alexis: Aww, thank you darling! The book is called Dreams from my Father, by Mr. Obama himself! =]

      La C.

  46. 5 March 2009 4:38 pm

    As a lip gloss addict, I can honestly say that I want that gloss. Stat!

  47. 5 March 2009 4:54 pm

    Oh coral is such a nice colour, and I love those shoes!!!


  48. 5 March 2009 8:10 pm

    ahhh i’m in heaven–all of these picks are truly divine!! great choices, my dear!

  49. 5 March 2009 9:27 pm

    Coral is one of the most perfect colors out there!
    Oh, and I want everything you featured on this post. Gotta have my coral fix!

  50. 6 March 2009 8:42 pm

    i love coral! it’s everywhere these days seriously!

  51. 7 March 2009 2:55 pm

    omfg – those Marnis are to die for.

  52. 7 March 2009 3:46 pm

    This is so funny… I consider myself very un-girly, but the walls of my room are coral and I JUST painted my nails this color. Haha!

  53. 7 March 2009 4:08 pm

    I am lusting after coral for spring, the color is just gorgeous!


  54. 13 March 2009 6:09 pm

    lovely spring color


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