I have a confession to make. When I was in first grade, I pilfered the lemon yellow crayon out of a classmate’s desk. I’d worn mine down to a nub and she hadn’t even reached the peeling-down-of-the-paper stage! In my six year old mind, she clearly didn’t love yellow as much as I did. I needed it. Alas, the guilt kept me up all night so I snuck it back into her crayon box, heart racing, when she was at the pencil sharpener the next day.
I’m as crazy over yellow now as I was then, especially in spring and summer when I’m craving color and sunshine. So many people think they can’t wear yellow, but there is a shade for everyone. My friend Stephanie, a fair skinned, flaxen haired beauty of Swedish descent, looks stunning in the pale, lemon yellow of my crayon stealing years. As a brunette, the golden, runny egg yolk version looks best on me and I love to wear it in both bold statement making pieces (my Alberto Moretti velvet day slippers – on huge sale here) and in smaller touches (my favorite Lem Lem scarf, similar here). The best part is, wearing it never fails to elicit a smile or two. And who wouldn’t want to be a ray of sunshine in someone’s day?
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Is anyone else desperate for color? Stepping into spring with colorful statement loafers and wear-with-everything blue basics will be an instant mood lifter. Topped with a neutral leather or military inspired jacket and a patterned scarf, you’ll have the perfect ensemble to combat April’s mercurial nature. For a more polished look, pair solid dark denim with a crisp oxford and your favorite gold accessories. Either way, your shoes will be the star!
Olivia Palermo’s loafers shown in above photo (via pinterest) are by Pretty Loafers and are currently unavailable, though you can leave your e-mail address on the site for notification of future availability. They have many great options in stock!
Who would’ve thought a little white skirt could be so versatile? This cameleon goes from spring to fall, weekend day to dinner party, in the blink of an eye. I’d wear it now with tall boots, a bomber jacket and a cable knit sweater!
Are you ready for spring break? Now is the time to hop online and order the suits you’ve been eyeing so you can try them on in the privacy (and more forgiving light) of your own home. With most companies offering free shipping and free returns, it’s worth it to order each suit not only in the size you think you wear but also one size up and one size down. If you are mailing one back, you might as well mail twenty back. I love all of the above, but my absolute favorites are the sweet, sophisticated bow embellished one-piece and the sexy, barely-there Basta Surf string bikini. Who says you have to stick to one poolside identity?
I am desperately craving everything spring. Crocuses. Tulips. Daffodils. Longer days. Cool breezes. Light layers. Skin-warming sunshine. Open windows. Digging in the dirt. Green. I want green.
Is anyone else sick to death of wearing heavy knits and of boots as the only option for your feet? Sadly, it is going to be awhile before we can pack them away here on the Third Coast (the Weather Channel is pushing a winter weather advisory as I type), but there are ways to bring elements of spring into our lives and wardrobes now.
A high impact/low cost must is to grab a bunch of spring flowers from the market. I bought the above bouquet at Trader Joe’s for a mere six dollars. The fragrance was amazing and they lasted for an entire week!
The next easy way to get a spring fix is to inject color into your wardrobe. Almost every shade of colored denim (above pair available here) looks fabulous with grey, black, or winter white, so wear your spring hued jeans with a chunky neutral sweater (don’t you think the above outfit is crying for an oversized grey cardigan?) and throw on a pair of ankle boots. Done. I’d add a messy updo and a thick chain link bracelet but that’s just me.
Bold black and white was a heavy hitter on the Spring 2013 runways. This body skimming number (here) is a great transitional piece. Wear it now with tights, booties and a jacket, then bare your arms and legs as the mercury rises.
This soft and flowy iris print blouse (available here) will look perfect peeking out from under a blazer and paired with rolled up boyfriend jeans.
I was thrilled to see ultra-feminine lace return as a spring trend. This dress (available here) would look chic with a loose blazer or a hip length jacket now.
Spring stripes and pastel button downs are a breath of fresh air for men and women. This cotton cashmere sweater (available here) will transition beautifully through the next three seasons.
I’m crazy over this silk tie with its pale pink back ground and graphic chain-link print (available here). Justify it as an Easter Sunday splurge and wear it all spring and summer.
Let’s ignore the fact that the above model looks like an extra from Less Than Zero and focus on the fabulous floral prints from the Prabal Gurung for Target collection. Run, don’t walk – it’s flying off the shelves (see the entire lookbook here). If you’re on the fence about investing in florals, this ultra-reasonable line would be a good place to start.
J. Crew’s spring collaboration with Liberty of London showcases the latter company’s famous floral prints on everything from the above collared shirt to shoes, pajamas, swimsuits and pocket mirrors.
A spring inspired pedicure will make you smile every time you glimpse your toes. Mint green polish (above available here) is on every beauty editor’s hit list for spring, but I say choose whatever cotton candy color makes you happiest.
My daughter has this light purple on her fingers right now and I am a little jealous. Must copy.
Uniqlo is finally available online, and this ultralight down jacket (available in several colors here) is a steal at $69.90.
Leather is another huge trend this spring, and this muted metallic cap-sleeved top from Skaist Taylor (available here), while definitely not a steal, would be a fabulous layering piece now and an absolute stand out when the weather breaks. It truly makes me weak in the knees.
So from now until sunshine coaxes the first crocuses through the snow, I will plan my gardens (finally getting to the landscaping this year), watch spring training games on mlb.tv (the Cubs, of course) and shop like it’s already here. You?
Do you always gravitate to the same color? This is it for me. Thank goodness it works on brunettes. I’m loving the above swimsuit from J Crew, though I’d rather cut off a small appendage than put it on after the holidays. Seriously.
Mulberry’s Petrol Snakeskin Printed Bayswater bag available at Stylebop. Sigh.
A cheeky little iPhone case from Tory Burch, on sale here.
I’ll admit it. I have a Lafco candle addiction. When you are done burning one completely, you can pop it in the freezer to get the remaining wax out and use the beautiful glass as a vase. How’s that for being green?
Crazy over Claus Porto’s Brise Marine shea butter soap, available here.
Dreamy suede pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti, on sale here.
I am traveling to New York soon for a great friend’s 40th birthday celebration, so I thought it would be fun to put together a virtual packing list for inspiration. This fantasy suitcase is filled with all things practical and fabulous. Not possible, you say? Read on.
When isn’t black cashmere appropriate?
Dark, undistressed skinnies go with just about everything.
Sleeveless outwear fends off chilly weather while preventing overheating when you are popping in and out of doors. The above Belstaff vest looks off-the-charts incredible.
A gold chain link necklace is substantial enough for heavier day pieces but it won’t compete for center stage in evening ensembles.
You need to travel with a cosmetics case, so why not choose this luxe version from Smythson?
Though I love a great heel, flat shoes are a must for walking the sidewalks, shops, and museum corridors of the city.
Dark polish on short nails is a fall/winter must, and this grey makes a perfect neutral.
The tweed peplum top with leather trim pairs beautifully with jeans and heels for a casual evening of drinks and dinner. And it provides a bit of warmth. (You could even wear it over a slim, long sleeved top for an alternate day look.)
Satin and lace underpinnings feel amazing under anything. Especially heavier fall layers.
The beauty of matte jersey is that it does not wrinkle, so this aubergine cocktail dress from Cut 25 is perfect for packing. Who wants to mess with ironing, steaming, or sending your dress out with the chance it may not return?
A cross-body bag with dressed up details blends seamlessly with all pieces here. During the day it allows for comfortable hands-free walking, and in the evening you can tuck away the strap for an over-sized clutch that will hold all of your essentials.
This Reed Krakoff leather cuff is sleek, sexy, and versatile. It dresses up a white tee, cardigan and jeans and brings a dose of cool to cocktail attire.
These Jimmy Choo leopard print heels are absolute perfection. Enough said.
My thoughts have turned to the ideal warm weather vacation wardrobe as our family has an oceanside trip on the horizon. I love this palette of sea green, mist grey, sunshine yellow, and ocean blue. White is the quintessential neutral for summer, so packing go-with-everything white denim is a must. The striped oxford does double duty as a sexy, bum grazing coverup and as a top for the cut-offs or the jeans. The straw bag easily transitions from beach to town, though a more elegant clutch is in order for a night out. Gold jewelry looks amazing against sun-kissed skin and it mixes and matches with all of the clothes, including the bikini. And what’s vacation without a little lingerie thrown in? It takes up very little room, after all.