Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fashion forward!

After a long and generally miserable winter, spring is officially here.

We no longer have to dress ourselves—and our children—in layers upon layers of winter clothes for short five minute outdoor excursions.

We no longer have to step in snowy wetness as soon as we take off our boots.

We no longer have to hold three coats, three hats, three scarves, and three pairs of mittens while we're chasing the children through the aisles of the grocery store.

We no longer have to re-apply hand moisturiser a dozen times a day to heal our damaged skin.

Yes, spring is here and we can kiss the snow good riddance good-bye.

Spring means warmer, brighter, happier days. A few days ago, I opened up the shed doors in the backyard, and I watched my children discover their favourite summer toys again—the ride-on cars, the shovels and pails, and the sidewalk chalk. They were so happy on their play structure, swinging on the swings, and going down the slide over and over again. I served my boys their lunch in the tree house, and sat down to watch them play.

Spring is awesome for many reasons:

Sunshine lasting past 4 p.m.
The sound of motorcycles revving their engines in the distance.
Windows open more than a crack, all day long.
Flip flops and little dresses.
Bike rides around the neighbourhood.
Clean cars, flowers in bloom and trees blowing in the wind.
Soccer games and street hockey.
Sitting on the front porch watching the sunset.
Drinks with friends on patios, and pool parties.
Planning summer family vacations.

My favourite thing about spring, though? It is the perfect time to go shopping. That's right— it's out with the SAD, in with a new LBD! Last year's must-haves are so... well.... last year!

Before I hit the stores, I make a mental note of the things I need, and the places I'll be wearing them. I picture family vacations, summer days lounging by the pool, work days, patio nights, summer weddings, and BlogHer, of course.

Right away, I know I'm going to be needing a few new party dresses. In Style magazine says that this season, it's all about the LBD—little blue dress. A few months ago, I saw the most beautiful cobalt dress in Holt Renfrew, but when I went back to buy it, it was was no longer there. Lesson learned—if you see something you love, buy it right away! Now, I'm a woman on a mission, determined to get what my heart desires. I'm not giving up on my quest to find the perfect blue dress!

Before you go shopping, make sure you have your staple pieces already—for me, that's a great pair of sunglasses, my Speedy Louis Vuitton, a few great pairs of jeans (I love the sexy boot from GAP) a classic trench coat, and my Tory Burch Reva flats—they're comfortable and cute!

I'm also loving my new skinny jeans from Banana Republic and my classic black heels from Nine West.

What's next on my must-have list? COLOUR! Although I love the swim wear from J.Crew and even Victoria's Secret, you can buy a different bikini top and bottom for every day of the week from Old Navy, and still have money left over in your wallet.

I'm all over this adorable peach ruffled bikini top and hot pink bottom—I love the colours! I'm also adding a few new tank tops in bright colours to my wardrobe—a few new tops paired with your favourite pair of jeans or skirt is almost all you need!

In the shoe department this season, it's all about the wedge heel. These wedge heels are by Gucci, and a little out of my price range, but you can find similar shoes almost anywhere you look—Michael Kors has some gorgeous and totally affordable wedge heels, too.

Dresses from Old Navy are perfect to wear during the day, on weekends, and to throw over your bathing suit while on vacation. And they come in all sorts of fun colours! I recently bought one in black and one in orange to bring to Florida with me.

I'm also loving this adorable romper from Old Navy, and this 1950's style dress from Anthropologie. The best part? Totally within my price range!

Next? A few fun t-shirts to throw over your capris (I love this bright Florida tshirt from Old Navy)and, yes, more shoes! I'm in love with this strappy pair from DKNY and these classic wedge heels from Tory Burch. (And don't forget that blue dress!)

I love to shop at J.Crew, Club Monaco, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, Gap and Old Navy. I could also spend an eternity in Nordstrom, too. If you need more style inspiration, just flip through your latest fashion magazine or head to the nearest mall—but make sure you're wearing your comfortable shopping shoes!

What is your favourite part about spring? What's on your must-have list this season?


Avitable said...

I don't know what you're talking about with cold weather. Down here, it's shorts weather year round, so there is no SAD and always LBD (lounging bare derrieres).

Jill said...

Seychelles brand sandals. A MUST have! Love them ... I bought them in black (because I needed black), but might go back and get them in yellow too! Oh and Me Too has some amazing espadrille wedges - at Nordstrom. So so cute!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

and a new suit! wait, I need abs too.

Tonya said...

After reading your blog, I suddenly have the urge to go shopping (again!). Here's hoping that Mother Nature gives us an early dose of summer-like weather so we can rock the LBDs (black for me) and wedges asap!

A Mommy in the City said...

I can't wait for the Spring weather to hit NYC! Wedges, wide leg flares and colors are my must haves this season. Love the DKNY wedges!

Make Mommy Chic said...

Fantastic post loukia! I can't wait to strip off the turtlenecks and slip into that nice dress from anthropology and I am loving the Dkny wedges. I too, have learned to buy something if I absolutely love it! Regarding your blue dress from jolts did you ask if it was available at other locations? Perhaps they can ship? The color would be stunning on you. Thanks for sharing!

Brittany {Mommy Words} said...

My must have list is always full of Anthropologie. It's just so me! I love my flip flops too and alwasy end up with a bunch. I actually have small enough feet to get the glitter flops from Gap Kids for like $10 and I love them! Sophia thinks it is great that we match too. I'm all about dresses and not so much about shorts and since I'm always freezing indoors - I dig cardigans!

ModernMom said...

Okay...so we had snow here yesterday!! This will not stop me from shopping. I love all your ideas and am in desperate need of some new wedge sandals! Shoe shopping:)

Nenette AM said...

Winnipeg sucks when it comes to weather, so I have to wait a tad longer before I can wear my sarong and flip-flops. But just a tad. :)

ps - LOVE those dresses. Sigh.

Elaine A. said...

Love the romper! I may feel good enough about my body to buy one of those. And the wedges - can't go wrong with those! Love your fashion post L! :D

Lady Mama said...

Ooh this post just made me very happy. I become especially good at shopping at this time of year - I love all the summer colours in the stores. I like the sound of the little blue dress. And I need a few summer dresses too - I like the look of those ones from Old Navy (love Old Navy). Okay now I'm in a better mood, thanks for that!

Chandra said...

I know Spring is offically here but apparently nobody bothered to tell Mother Nature...cause she won't quit making it snow in Kansas!

I'm ready for some flip flops and tank tops and frilly little dresses!

Sarah Gunn said...

Love that anthropologie dress!

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

ah, a gal after my own heart! How to pick my favorite part of spring? I love it all!
The days that are getting longer, but still dark early enough that you can send the kids to bed :-)
The sunshine and bright green grass, and the trees and flower beds in bloom.
The fact that we can shed those nasty (even when they are kind of cute) winter jackets and instead wear cute cardis and lighter trench coats.
And flats! The fact that I can wear my Revas without getting them wet and without my feet freezing.

LOVE Spring :-)

Mommyfriend Lori said...

Funnest post ever Loukia, I love your style! Welcome spring!

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