‘Need This’ List for Spring

Warmer weather and sunshine gets me super pumped for springtime! Its time for some spring cleaning and some thoughtful spring shopping. I am loving the nude/blush hues, really soft palettes and peplum silouhettes. Of course, I always love navy stripes and cropped pants (classic take-me-to-the-beach attire!) and fun wedges.

I can’t quite get into all of the florals and mixed patterns but I might warm up to it as the weather does!

On my 'Need to Purchase' List for Spring

Link Love: Shopping

Wanted to share soome fun posts that caught my eye this week…enjoy!!

  • Completely agree with Sandra’s thoughts about Phillip Lim’s new ’31 hour bag’…love! here
  • Discovered my favorite new term for spring: turquoise & caicos here
  • Saw these great photos from Free People’s limited edition dresses here
  • Am now completely inspired to get a fun, bright pair of wedges here

On the Fringe with a Vintage Robe

How fun is this look from Thats Chic? It was taken in San Francisco and it just has that kind of bay area look to it. I really like the mix of a dressy fringe “coat” with the casual tee and skirt – plus the chunky belt. I’m pretty sure my grandmother might have one of these exact robe/sweaters in her closet. Hmmm I might need to borrow and experiment!

I would probably mix in a pair of big fun earrings and slouchy leather boots!

Hitting the town in Austin

I’m headed to Austin this weekend for SXSWi so have been super busy prepping and packing. Unfortunately, I will be attending back to back panels and won’t be able to relax and fully enjoy the city and some of my favorite spots like UchiManuels, The Belmont and of course, the Driskell Hotel. If I could I would be trying to purchase and pack a few of these fun pieces!

On the town

 

Spring Reading List

Reading is somewhere on my top 10 favorite things to do with my time when its the weekend/ when I am on a vacation but, I have to admit, flipping through picture-filled pages of a pretty book or magazine might be higher. And let me tell you: a fabulous coffee table book collection is wonderful until it comes moving time; they are SO heavy!!

But, that doesn’t keep me from lusting for more! Below are some new books that have recently caught my eye.

The Sartorialist II, Scott Schuman

I was so excited when Scott Schuman’s first book came out that I ran to the first local book signing and snagged a seat at his Q&A forum with a fashion editor. I love the chance to hear straight from an author about their inspirations, trials and favorite parts of putting a book together. It just makes the book so much more personal.

The Sartorialist was pretty successful and since Scott’s fame and following has only grown, I imagine I am not the only one waiting to see what the second volume includes. Word on the street says it won’t be out until September but we can anticipate the best of his street-style photography and tons of exclusives not released on the blog!

Paris versus New York, Vahram Muratyan

A completely new take, but nonetheless still a tale of two cities, except this time its from the perspective of an art director/ graphic designer. I love both cities so much that I can respect the fact that this book promises to be ‘friendly’.

By Invitation Only, Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Who doesn’t love Gilt Groupe? Years ago when I worked for a fashion publication, these women and their “online sample sales” came up in many editorial meetings as the next big thing. Now with more segments and markets than I care to count [Gilt City, Jetsetter, Taste, etc.] and new imitators popping up weekly, they have certainly proved that they are in it for the long game. Their book promises to share “straight talk” on how the women followed their passions and created a start-up with a behind the scenes look at the fashion industry. Kind of a mix of business and pleasure!

You can pre-order the book now but you will have to wait until April!

Diana Vreeland The Eye Has to Travel, Lisa Immordino Vreeland

I’m not sure how much this book weighs [maybe they should start listing that in the book descriptions?], but I’m sure its worth it. The book chronicles 50 years of this iconic fashion editor’s lavish life and international style. It promises tons of photos, original fashion magazine spreads and a glimpse into this visionary’s sense of fashion.

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”

-Diana Vreeland

Down by the Bay

The past weekend I had such a blast down at the bay near Galveston, Texas. The weather was perfect, food was amazing and had a great time with family! I’m daydreaming about the next time I can get down there and of course, what I will wear to go for a boat ride and walk along the beach.

Down by the bay

McQ by Alexander McQueen knit top, $104
MOTHER denim skinny jeans, $147
Tory Burch strap sandals, $225
J Crew straw handbag, $45
Emilio Pucci brass jewelry, $595
Love Quotes Scarves linen shawl, $95
House of Harlow 1960 round frame sunglasses, $115
Essie – Mint Candy Apple