Random snow storms aside, it's well and truly Summer here in Denver. Personally I struggle to rock neon in the colder months, but now that it's warming up, neon pops are making their appearances again.
I got this little yellow number a couple of years back at a wicked good J. Crew sale. It's a very simple, flattering cut, which lets the neon really stand out.
I paired it with this light flowy top from H&M; the monochrome doesn't clash with the neon, but the print adds interest.
Classic black stripy heels finish off the look! These Stuart Weitzman ones are pricey, but totally worth the splurge since they'll be your go-to black heels for the warm months. Pro-tip: I opted for the NudistSong over the Nudist. It's an inch shorter and much more comfortable to wear, but still sexy as hell.
By the way, I moved! At the beginning of March, my roomie & I moved house to the North Side of town. I love the street art, the fact that I never struggle to park outside of my place, that there's an old school Mexican ice cream truck driven by a lovely woman, that I live near families and not just other people my age.
I'm in the Cole neighborhood, which is being grouped with a lot of different neighborhoods in this area, and being repackaged as "RiNo". When I tell friends where I've moved, I have a choice. I can say "RiNo", which automatically calls to mind a trendy artistic area with industrial, repurposed buildings. Or I can say "Five Points", which people associate with crime, low standard of living, and quite frankly, brown people.
As someone who grew up in Aurora, Denver's racially and economically diverse sister, this pisses me off. When I tell people I live near Five Points, I can see the look on people's face change, the same way it did when I said I'm from Aurora growing up.
My neighborhood does not have a bespoke cupcake eatery or wide manicured sidewalks. It does not have many new buildings, and it is not concerned with co-op outdoor start-up meet-up cocktail mixers. Unfortunately, I have to go outside of my neighborhood to find reliably good produce.
It does have people who walk their dogs, send their kids to school, and a rich history of music and culture. Known as the "Harlem of the West", Five Points became a predominantly African American neighborhood in Denver because laws in other neighborhoods discriminated against black people and barred them from homeownership. It has since been home to a large Jewish population, and many Japanese-Amereicans moved here after horrible treatment from the US government after WWII.
I am excited to be living in this community, and to find ways to be a part of it. I look forward to showing it to you all, and hope I can give this neighborhood and the people here the respect they deserve. Even if I'm just a brown girl prancing around in a little yellow skirt.
Fun fact: I'm obsessed with podcasts, and one of my favorites called "99% Invisible" did a great episode about gentrification that actually mentions RiNo. Give it a listen, and check out their other amazing pieces about how design and architecture shape our world, without us even noticing it.