Also once the color of my nightmares — well, for six-year-old me anyway. 

shoes C/O BANANA REPUBLIC / top NEW LOOK (similar) / jeans AE / bag STREET LEVEL / hat WORLD MARKET (similar) / sunglasses MANGO

Believe it or not, young Kelsey was the complete antithesis of "fashion blogger" — in fact, of "fashion" itself. Skirts and dresses were met with resistance, floral print was absolutely out of question, and perhaps, most memorably, was the prejudice against the seemingly innocent color pink. In fact, anything remotely feminine went on the chopping block, and in place? Juvenile me preferred the tasteful slogan tees à la Limited Too and military green cargo shorts because, well, early 2000s.

Thankfully, we're now in a different decade — and fortunately, also beyond my short-lived Abercrombie/Juicy Couture era in junior high (back then, the mindset was: the more velour, the more mooses, the better). Nowadays, my style embraces all things free-spirited and California casual, which may or may not sometimes include a rose hue or two. In fact, give me pink over black anyday. And sandals and flats over boots. And the Pacific over the Atlantic — sorry, might be getting a little too carried away here. 

Part two of my collaboration with Banana Republic includes a lesson in styling a pop of pink. The key is to keep the rest of your ensemble neutral and fresh; think light denim and dreamy whites, mixes of lace and eyelet, silver chrome jewelry for modernity and simplicity. All I'm missing now is that sunkissed tan — who wants to generously donate a Bora Bora holiday for a kind soul in need? 

Photography: Areta Chen


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