Lady in Red and Teal: An Artful Mash-up

As we transition into autumn there’s always a few things that are constantly on my mind: wonderful colour contrasts, the use of leather, and comfortable knitwear. It might be a tad early to don your chunky scarves, but it’s certainly never too early or late to take risks with combining colour and texture. 

In the past, I shared with you a few of my favourite independent accessories designers. In collaboration with Boticca, this time we're giving the spotlight to another progressive designer to have on your radar, Luciana Ellington.

The Los Angeles based designer has an eye for the bold and expresses it beautifully in her handbag brand Costella. She creates high quality leather bags with a focus on texture that's united with strong details. 

Much of the collection’s inspiration also comes from her Brazilian culture. Throughout the line you will see the joining of daring and edgy elements, such as unique handbag shapes, colourful contrasts, and eye-catching hardware.

These are bags with personality and only a selected quantity is made in each style! Of course, the exact style that I selected from her collection had to have both edginess and a striking colour palette. This "Mini Erin" bag is of triangular shape, but I found it to actually hold quite a lot. It’s made of cowhide turquoise and red python cowhide, and has a lively colour combination, (see detailed images below).

Boticca Handbags - streetstyle blogger
The Look:
Since, I love to wear bold and bright colours (not just in the summertime) I have been gravitating toward incorporating more red and pink tones. So, I decided to play with abstract patterns. I had to attend a conference with other creative types and wore a blazer with this outfit initially. Afterward, I ditched the blazer to go to an art show later that evening.  

I called this ensemble, “paint spatters and volcanic eruptions.” I know ... I was in a visual mode as I created this look. The grey stone colour in the blouse reminded me of melted rock with the pink interpreting lava from a volcano. 

I layered a dress underneath, which has a gradated floral print giving off a random effect much similar to paint splashes. In the end though, smart accessories matched with bold colour and texture spoke to me the most!


To view other styles from the line click here. What do you think of Ellington’s (Costella) handbag collection? 
 
The goods:  Costella "Mini Erin" leather handbag-c/o Boticca, Retro blouse-charity shop, Heels-Charles David, Dress-F21, Jewellery-Nordstrom, Maylee's Jewelry, Leather belt-Urban Outfitters. 
Boticca - Costello Handbags Designer press collaboration
 
   (Above) Bright contrasts and inside details: a combination of orange, teal, red, and silver. 



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  1. MISPAPELICOS27 August, 2013

    Great choice, Madiso.
    Love the pink and ble, and sutil clash or patterns.
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  2. The skirt is super, and I really love the colors in this outfit. Really well put together :)
    Have a great day ^^ x

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  3. Your bag is a gorgeous and the quality looks great. I love love love the colours you have combined in this look, as well as the pretty prints. Wonderful outfit Madison :)


    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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  4. Great combo, beautiful colours !

    & I love the shirt !

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  5. The bag you have chosen is perfect with your outfit. The bags look good quality too with interesting colour combinations.

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  6. Super stunning outfit doll, love the combination, the skirt is gorgeous :)) Have a wonderful day xxx

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  7. Painter spatters and volcanic eruptions... yup, I totally see that, and I totally dig it. That skirt kind of does lend itself to a volcanic shape, too ehehehe. :D What a pretty combination of teal and red! Those two colors are so bold together, wowow <3

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  8. Love the way you styled that F21 dress and the cute bag matches perfectly. I have checked out the Costella collection and I'm really impressed. So many wonderful bags and I can never have enough bags anyway. The Double Bias Onyx is my favorite but I love them all. Wish you a happy Wednesday Madison.

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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  9. What a great outfit, Madison. Everything just worked well together. And I love the bags:) I clicked on the link, and just fell for that Taylor Onyx Gold!

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  10. Sam @ Frills &amp; Thrills27 August, 2013

    This beautifully colorful look brought such a vibrance to my day. I like the mix and terrific styling, thats such a stunning bag. Thanks for sharing your style perspective on the VMA's with me.

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  11. francesca r27 August, 2013

    Great outfit, i love this layering and the dress is amazing!

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  12. Vix Brearley27 August, 2013

    I adore colour, you look fabulous! x

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  13. The bag is nice. I like the color play!

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  14. Sweetie, i am loving your color combo, you rock so great. ''eyes popping''

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  15. Great outfit! I adore the skirt, so fun!

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  16. Will die Tasche.... und den Rock auch :) total schöner, runder Look!

    LG aus der

    EDELFABRIK
    Chrissie

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  17. Paint splatters and volcanic eruptions = awesomeness! Haha, I just love this entire ensemble :)

    The
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  18. Couture Carrie27 August, 2013

    Gorgeous look, darling!
    Love that skirt!


    xoxox,
    CC

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  19. Ali Mackin27 August, 2013

    I love how styled this whole and the details on the bag are just great this is what makes it so appealing.

    Ali of
    Dressing Ken

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  20. Ivana Džidić27 August, 2013

    great dress, you look so lovely!

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  21. These colours look so great on you! Love the style!
    Love from Munich,
    Vanessa <3
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  22. What a cute bag! I love the shape of it. For a person like me that doesn't like huge or really small bags it's definitely the right size. Also love the strap on it. Pretty outfit Madison. I love your skirt! The print reminds me of confetti. Beautiful colors in it and the bag is a great accent.

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  23. Thechilicool27 August, 2013

    Love this outfit, the dress is soo cool!

    Alessia
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  24. Adeola Naomi Aderemi27 August, 2013

    You look fabulous and the hand bag collection is fabulous doll!
    Have a lovely day!

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  25. Great bag!! And I always love reading your reasoning behind your looks because there is so much authenticity and creativeness in it :) Hope you had a nice time at the conference and art show!
    XOXO

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  26. Absolutely love this look. The colours are amazing. That bag is so pretty too.

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  27. Ahhh i LOVE that color combo! And your dress is so pretty- that full skirt is so lady like and feminine!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  28. fifth n sixth28 August, 2013

    Its great learning how you came to put your outfits together..I really like how you mixed the prints its really great, you look very chic & effortless...

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  29. What an amazing outfit. And superb bag.

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  30. This looks is absolutely stunning, Madison! While I'm not a colour girl myself, I can certainly appreciate a beautifully bright ensemble on someone else and this one is a winner for sure. The combination of your skirt and bag is just lovely :)
    xox,
    Cee

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  31. Erika Sorocco28 August, 2013

    I never would have thought to couple these colors with each other, but the result is beautiful! I'm especially loving that bag!! :)

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  32. AlexisGrace28 August, 2013

    Serious color and lots of fun!

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  33. Love the fun combination of colors and prints! You always rock such fabulous looks Madison!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  34. Oh to Be a Muse28 August, 2013

    Volcanic eruption is a great description for this look, and I love the colors. Cool angle on that first shot too.

    Oh to Be a Muse
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  35. You look so beautiful! I love the colors in this outfit. The clutch is so pretty too!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  36. Aaawh Boticca! :)) I agree with you - these bright bold colours are so gorgeous and you look really nice with this outfit :)

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  37. I love this colourful combination! It works great from head to toe and very much complements your style.

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  38. Thank you so much dear. I had fun wearing these colours!

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  39. Haha, Liebe Chrissie,
    Vielen Dank! :) xoxo Liebe Grüße, Madison

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  40. Thank you Daniella. Yes, her bags are of excellent quality. I'm very happy with the bag. Enjoy the rest of the week. xx

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  41. Aww, I'm so happy Sam. Thanks for your lovely comment. :-)

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  42. Hi Madison! Have just checked out the collection and I really like it, the designer is great and so talented, I like yours and also the Taylor Onyx gold model. You look so pretty, you layered the dress very well dear, the bright colors fits you! Have a nice evening dear, kisses! xo

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  43. Dressed with soul28 August, 2013

    Liebe Madision, mir gefällt Dein Look sehr gut, die kräftigen Farben stehen Dir hervorragend <3 Und auch die Tasche der Designern ist sehr hübsch und etwas ganz Besonderes, so wie Du!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  44. Thanks very much Linda! :-) So glad that you liked my inspiration./Madison

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  45. What a nice compliment, Thanks Martha, I really appreciate that and so glad that you enjoy your posts. xx/Madison

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  46. *blushes* Thank you dear. xx

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  47. Thanks for your comment Anouka! The colour combo was one of my favourites indeed! x/Madison

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  48. Liebe Rena,
    Hi! Oh, wow! Danke für die wirklich süss kommentar. Auch, Ich liebe diese Kombi! Haben Sie eine gute abend. xxoo lg/Madison :-)

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  49. Excellent Lilli,
    Thanks for your comment. So very glad that you checked out the site as well. You can also get additional 15% off from now until Sept 30th on anything in the online shop! So hope you can find something nice. xx/Madison

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  50. Thanks dear! I did have loads of fun putting this look together. x

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  51. Hehe, Thanks very much Cheryl! :-)

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  52. :) Happy to be of inspiration. You know, I adore COLOUR! haha. xo/Mads

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  53. Thank you ladies so much. Always appreciate your visit.

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  54. Thanks! Liebe Grüsse, Madison :-)

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  55. Hi Ali,
    Thank you for your lovely comment. The colours and accessories definitely helped with this look Have a good evening. /Madison

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  56. Ha! You're the best, love! xxoo

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  57. Yes, handbags are a favourite of mine as well. There's great slections on the site. Be sure to grab the extra 15% off with my coupon code if you like, "LADYF15" . Good until the end of September. Have a geat night! xx/Madison

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  58. :-) Wonderful Ali. So glad that my visual interpretaions translated well. Thank you! /Madison

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  59. Thechilicool29 August, 2013

    Have you a nice day!

    Alessia
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    Kiss

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  60. PopChampagne29 August, 2013

    this outfit is adorable, I love the print of the skirt and all the colors go so well together!

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  61. Beautiful transition into fall! I love the colors and of course that bag is fantastic! The whole collection rocks!



    Rebecca
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  62. Thank you so much Cee! I do love bold colour, but then again I love it all, classic, eclectic, and colourful.Enjoy your week. x/Madison

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  63. Code Overdressed29 August, 2013

    What a lovely print, the colors are really pretty! Great bag!

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

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  64. Lady à la Mode30 August, 2013

    I'm in love with that skirt... it's so colorful and cheerful!

    xxx
    Lady à la Mode

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  65. Ooh I like it a lot! Fab accessories and great use of colour xo

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  66. Veshoevius30 August, 2013

    Very pretty look! Love the skirt, the print on the blouse, the colours reflected in your accessories and the way you've rolled the sleeves up on the blouse to play with the proportion. It's those little details that make an outfit that extra bit special.

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  67. I love everything about this outfit...particularly the skirt. Such a happy ensemble.

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  68. Great post! the bag is so nice and the skirt so cute :D













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  69. Thanks so much dear! I agree, sometimes the smallest of details makes all of the difference in an outfit. Enjoy your week. /M :)

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  70. Thank you Johanna! I really loved the vibrancy of thse colours, so glad that you loved it as well. /Madison :)

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  71. Thanks Rebecca! She does have a great collection. Check out the coupon if you can, additional 15% off with code: LADYF15

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  72. Margaret Cruzemark08 September, 2013

    Do wear color. You look divine. And do wear dresses. I love this one Madison.
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
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