Shoes for Spring

Is it just me or are there cute clothes for spring everywhere?  I've particularly noticed all of the great patterns and styles of flats for spring.  I am easily lured in by fun prints and bright colors... and, of course, polka dots and stripes. 

A Scalloped Edge

It is March 1st and I am optimistic that spring is just around the corner (nevermind that it is snowing as I write this).  My obsession with scallops started with the new J.Crew Scalloped Shorts (pictured below in red) and now I am seeing scallops everywhere!  Below are a few of my favorites for spring and beyond.

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Heart Prints for Valentine's Day

... or on your finger, shoulder, neck, or ear!  Valentine's Day is just around the corner, which means an abundance of heart prints and heart designs.  This year, I've noticed them not only on candy, cards, and store windows, but also on clothing and accessories.  J.Crew has a 'heart throb" print that they've used for a skirt and top (pictured below), as well as an umbrella, and swimsuit!  Hearts can be juvenile, but not if paired with the right thing or worn subtly (like the earrings below).  What do you think?

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#1 - J.Crew Pleated Jardin Skirt in Heart Throb (shown with the Heart Throb Shirt)     #2 - Jane Hollinger Teenie Tiny Heart Necklace     #3 -  Two-Sided Heart Tote from Fluffy Co. (note the flip side has a black heart!)     #4 - Rebecca Taylor Heart-Print Jersey Dress     #5 - Alder & Co. Astier de Villatte Heart Dish     #6 - Plush Love Scarf     #7 - Shadowy Hearts Posts from Anthropologie     #8 - Silver Little Heart Earrings from Sundance     #9 - Two Hearts Ring from Sundance     #10 - Kate Spade Heart on Your Sleeve Long Mittens     #11 - Tory Burch Mireille Pajamas     #12 - Heart Sweater from Barney's New York     #13 - J.Crew Happy Heart Sequin Tee

And one more super cute addition that I just found - the Heart Cardigan from Mango!

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Simple Stripes

This isn't the first time I have posted about my love of stripes, but I have seen many items since the New Year with stripes that I adore and couldn't resist sharing a few.  My favorite of these is the Topshop blue and white striped top in the upper-left corner.  The picture is actually the back of the top - the front looks like a classic shell.  What a fun touch to have an oversized bow in the back.  Clearly I'm dreaming of summer already...

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A Nod to Mod

I was introduced to Lisa Perry when I stumbled upon her store in Sag Harbor, which is located in the historic American Hotel.  I was drawn in by the bright colors and mod styling of her clothing - very Austin Powers, but in a classy, fun way.  Most of her items are out of my price range, but they certainly are fun to look at.  Lisa Perry recently launched a limited edition capsule collection using Roy Lichtenstein's images and while perusing the always-engrossing September issue of Vogue, I came across one of these dresses.

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Oroma Elewa, founder and editor of Pop'Africana, looks fantastic in the dress!  The collection includes two other dresses (shown below), as well as a few t-shirts and tanks.  If you want to learn more about Roy Lichtenstein, Artsy has a fantastic page with resources about his art, upcoming exhibits, his life, etc.  Check it out!

3/4 Circle Dress - not part of the Lichtenstein collection, but lovely!

3/4 Circle Dress - not part of the Lichtenstein collection, but lovely!

The Sag Harbor store

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Image credits to Vogue and Lisa Perry

Citrus

This weekend I enjoyed reading a stack of spring fashion magazines, which resulted in me ogling spring trends and wishing that I had an unlimited budget with which I could revamp my wardrobe.  One thing that struck me after reading through Vogue, W and Harper's Bazaar was the prevalence of citrus -- whether in the appearance of actual citrus fruits or just shades of vibrant yellow, lime green and orange.  Regardless of the form, I love it.  The colors make me think of spring... daffodils and tulips, asparagus and spring peas, sunshine and the return of green leaves.  Since I've officially packed away my skis for the season, I am ready for spring (nevermind that we had snow flurries this morning)!

The first place I noticed citrus was in Stella McCartney's Spring 2011 advertising campaign which seems to be in every magazine I pick up these days.  I can't say that I like these pieces, but I do love the bright colors and I'd love to actually see someone wearing one of these pieces (particularly in Denver where Patagonia reigns supreme).

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Stella McCartney Spring 2011 ad campaign shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott featuring model Malgosia Bela

Citrus Print Cotton Tunic Dress

Falabella Fruit Print Small Tote

Is it a bad sign that my husband just peered over my shoulder, saw the Falabella bag and asked me if I was shopping for his Grandmother? I think so.  So while I will not rush out to purchase any of those pieces, they did make me sit up and pay attention to all of the other spring items that have made their way into stores:

Grapefruit Sugar Bowl

Matthew Williamson Washed Parachute-Silk Gown

Gudli Tie-Dye Necklace in Lime

Vintage Rotary Phone (I don't even have a land line in my apartment but I love this phone)

Orange Tree Flat Stationery

Shady Side Magazine Tote

Ceramic Orange Pitcher (this also comes in a lemon shape... I envision roof deck parties in the summertime)

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Kate Spade Kellie Too Pumps

Zest Vest (not exactly my style but I love the idea of this as a scarf and the vest might look great with jeans)

Orla Kiely Multi Stem Printed Packaway Bag

Lela Rose Wrap-effect silk and tulle dress

Gingham Napkins

Dot to Dot Studs

Grovestand On the Go Bag (perfect for trips to the farmer's market for spring produce)

Williams-Sonoma Citrus Glasses

Stripe Straw Hat (to be worn at a Kentucky Derby Party while sipping a mint julep)

With a Twist Lemon Slice Tote from Kate Spade

D&G Lemon Print String Bikini

de Grisogono Orange Slice Earrings

Citrus Card from Rifle Paper Co.

Moschino Cheap & Chic Lemon Stretch Poplin Dress