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Spring Awakening!

Spring Awakening!

March 20th, 2012 - Posted by The Passionate Collector

Today marks the first day of spring.

I know this not because of chirping bluebirds, blooming flowers, and that certain scent that you just can’t put your finger on-just that “it smells like spring!”  No, it’s actually only 61 degrees here in Los Angeles, which for us is still quite cold, and making the whole spring thing harder to believe.

No, I know it’s spring because Google and Facebook tell me so.  All of my New York friends have been saying all week how warm and wonderful and spring-like it is…which is true, it’s 74 degrees there! (jealous) Plus the Google Doodle is all Marimekko and flowers and birds and such. Proof:

If the internet says it’s so, it must be true.  Anyhoo, the first day of spring means the onset of Spring wardrobe!  This is big folks.  Spring and Fall are my personal favorite seasons of style as layering is still possible without sweating, yet your super swanky outfits are also never hidden for sheer fear of losing fingers and toes to hypothermia.

Spring is also amplified by the fact that everyone is finally coming out of hibernation mode, so people are just a bit more cheery and dreamy and more apt to break into song, a la Glee.  Not to mention the re-introduction of maxi dresses, sandals and oxfords, blazers as a top-most layer, high-waisted shorts, sheer blouses, and yet, still not ready for bikinis.  All of these splendid things make me want to scream “ Black Tights-I banish you until at least October!” but that seems a bit premature as we in California are still on a slow-moving crawl towards 70 degrees.

With all of these wonderful wardrobe alternatives sprung (pun intended) upon us, we all need to do a bit of accessory updating as well…After all, the perfect maxi dress worn with Uggs and earmuffs is not only confusing, but a bit too hobo-chic for most of us.

So let’s talk some spring essentials here my loves:

1.  A Seriously Fabulous Pair of Sunnies.

As in something big enough to really protect from the sun but doesn’t swallow your face.  I’m always a true believer in the good ‘ol fashioned ray-ban wayfarer of any shape, size, or color but found two others that make the cut.

These Steve McQueen Persols are a unique aviator shape, which fold-up (HELLO!) making them wonderful for a small purse! Plus they come in a few colorways.

I am also loving these Dita’s which are a bit like an updated wayfarer and the gradated look  in the grey has wonderful vintage tendencies.

2. Flirty Hats.

Bad hair days, Good hair days-all are better with great hats! I am feeling particularly floppy this season.  I heart both of these options:

A perfectly floppy traditional straw version that vaguely reminds us of Venice gondoliers (Left) and (Right) floppy+fedora= floppy fedora (gasp!) which means you’ll never have to choose!

3. Two Fab Bags.

I have become a recent convert to the crossbody bag.  I’m unclear on why this has taken me so long, but it is sometimes true that I live under a rock. Seriously though, what’s not to like? Frees your hands, stays on your shoulder, sits at the hip—it’s never really in the way. The crossbody is a wardrobe essential for coming the music festivals and picnics of the coming warmer weather months.

I absolutely lurrrve this Monserat de Lucca version because it’s big enough to carry around on sunny days and have your essentials, but also small enough to carry as an evening bag.  It literally can be a wallet, a clutch with wristlet, or a crossbody.  Three ways for three days (of fun.)  If you get stuck at your boyfriend’s house for days on end (no judging) you’ll be covered from day to night.  Now you’ll just have to rework that same outfit for three days in a row!

The second must-have bag for lookin’ sexy in springtime is the leather tote. Yes, you heard me.  A Tote Bag.

But girl, this ain’t a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s lookin’ thing.  With spring’s sunny days come so many enjoyable outdoor activities: Flea Markets, Farmer’s Markets, Antique Markets…safe to say spring’s got your marketing options covered.  I tend to end up with my hands full, therefore I’m swearing by a finger-lickin’ good oversized tote this spring. Designers are finally starting to create some sexy leather versions that still act as a ladies’ batcave for sunblock, undies, lip gloss, water bottles, reading for park benches, etc. but allow a stylish gal to remain, well, stylish.  Check out this bad boy:ut girl, this ain’t a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s lookin’ thing.  With spring’s sunny days come so many enjoyable outdoor activities: Flea Markets, Farmer’s Markets, Antique Markets…safe to say spring’s got your marketing options covered.

Umm hi?! You had me at “glitter coated!”

4. Serious Baubles.

Fashion is loving bright vivid colors for spring which means that this season you can really wear anything.  Hello overalls! Not really, well, maybe?  I mean have you seen that slightly trippy Target commercial with little Target elves who make everything they touch turn into a slightly cooler and more colorful version of itself?  I actually have one captured in my living room, we’re going to do a bit of redecorating later…

Gals, this spring you get to do whatever you want. Think bold, bright, and blingy! Pull out those statement-making pieces gals, seriously.  If you’re needing some inspiration, or just wanting something new, here are a few of my current faves (aka on my Spring Wish List):

Spring Wardrobe MUST.  Pop of Color, Bit O’ Bling, and a sexy shade of Green.  Plus, you can wear it as a necklace or as a belt.

Honestly, if you buy one thing this spring, this baby will pay off as your go-to piece.

I’ve been pining for some jewels with pyrite for years now.  Pyrite can be dressed up or down and can somehow act as bold or subtle.  Pyrite is not quite black, not quite silver and not quite gold which means it miraculously can be worn with any metal and look stunning.  A perfect pairing for a simple sunny day dress, but also for date night at the LBD.  Plus they’re handmade!

A Wardrobe Staple!  Handmade locally in beautiful Los Angeles, it is great for the boho gal who wears a lot of layered pieces everyday, but also wonderful as a cocktail ring or to funk up a ballgown.  (hi, prom?!)  Yummy.

Oh, and for those gals engaged in blissful coupledom, if you’re buying something new for you, it seems only fair to buy something new for him as well (boys, I’ve got your back.)

My dad has one of these watches and has gotten more compliments than ever before.  No joke.  I’ve been giving them out as gifts to guy friends young and old, and they’re all raving about how girls can’t keep their hands off of them.  Seriously.  It’s a phenomenon.

Apparently, they also keep time well, but that seems beside the point.

Alright my lovelies.  Now go outside, rock your new shades and some notice-me jewels and enjoy your sunny warm weather east coasters!  Us best ,I mean west, coasters are hot on your heels…

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st 2012

Tags spring fashion spring fashion sunglasses jewelry rings necklaces shopping warm weather

I went to the LA Art Show at the Convention Center on Sunday.  (yay! am finally doing some of the things i moved to LA to do).  I’ll post a few pics of pieces that i loved.  
note: those of you in LA who like to look at cool/pretty/weird things made by other talented cool/pretty/weird people.  make sure you go next year.  but eat beforehand.  the food kind of sucked.

I went to the LA Art Show at the Convention Center on Sunday.  (yay! am finally doing some of the things i moved to LA to do).  I’ll post a few pics of pieces that i loved.  

note: those of you in LA who like to look at cool/pretty/weird things made by other talented cool/pretty/weird people.  make sure you go next year.  but eat beforehand.  the food kind of sucked.

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th 2012

Tags la art show art painting mixed media