I can’t shop for the next 284 days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t! One of my absolute favorite places to buy pretty frocks, ASOS, is currently having a 20% off dresses sale, so I spent last night combing through all 35 pages of marked-down styles so you don’t have to. Mark my words: now is the time to stock up on dresses you’ll need for the vacations and weddings that are sure to populate your calendar come summer.
Top: Old Navy (similar) // Jeans: Nordstrom // Belt: J.Crew (old) // Purse: Therapy // Shoes: Nine West // Necklace: Julie Vos // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelets: Kate Spade, J.Crew, Julie Vos, Forever 21
We took these pictures a few weeks ago, when there was still a chill to the air and the dirt path behind our house was still mostly dirt and naked trees. I wanted to wear something bright and cheerful in hopes of bringing about warmer weather—and I think it worked! Since these photos were taken, spring has officially sprung.
Cardinals are building their nests in the flowering trees in our backyard, peonies are growing (and falling over from the weight of their beautiful blossoms) along the sidewalks and the Midwestern humidity appears to be here to stay. Now I just have to remember: next winter, when I’m sick of the cold and longing for warm weather, all I have to do is wear orange.
On the first weekend in May, in a very small town in Iowa, tens of thousands of people converge in a town square lined with rows of Dutch-style buildings for a little something called Tulip Time. It’s a festival of Dutch heritage, complete with a parade, delicious Dutch pastries, wooden clogs and of course, lots of tulips.
Having heard all about the tulips as well as the Vermeer Mill (the country’s tallest working windmill) on Iowa Public Radio, I was determined to make the drive to Pella to take in the sights, and I’m so glad we did. With spring in full effect here in Iowa, the tulips were out in force—and they were stunning.
There were several large plots of blooming buds in the “downtown” area, but it seemed like everywhere you looked there were different varieties in a range of vibrant shades. I especially loved the super-saturated dark purple variety pictured at the beginning of this post—so exotic!
Long story short, I can’t wait to go back to Pella, and next time, I’m going to eat some stroopwafel.
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A few weeks ago, I was combing through my favorite local antique shop and came across a bag full of miniature Erlenmeyer flasks. I picked them up thinking I would use them as bud vases around the house. But then, inspiration struck after seeing these wall-mounted bed vases at West Elm and Pottery Barn, and I decided to create a little installation to hang above my couch. I’d been itching for an excuse to use some copper/rose gold spray paint, and figured this would be the perfect opportunity. I love the way these vases turned out, and I can’t wait to see how they look with different flowers as the seasons change.
For this project, you’ll need the following:
• butcher’s twine
• small nails
• a collection of small flasks
• painter’s tape
• two kinds of spray paint
1. Assemble a collection of small flasks in varying sizes (I used 14 of them). Using painter’s tape, tape off the tops of your flasks, leaving whatever you want to be painted exposed.
2. Find a clean area outside and spray paint to your heart’s content. I wanted to use matte and mirrored finishes to play with texture in the same color family, so I sprayed half of my vases with this paint and half with this more glossy one.
3. While the flasks dry, you can start planning where you will hang your vases. I used a piece of masking tape to mark a straight line and measured 1 1/2″ inches between each nail.
4. Now, all that’s left to do is hang the vases! I used unbleached butcher’s twine to hang mine because I liked the natural look of it, but you could really use any type of string or rope you like. Simply cut the twine to twice the length you want and knot it so you have a loop. Then, use a lark’s head knot to slip the twine around the necks of the flasks.
5. Hang the vases from the nails, varying the length for each one so they are nicely staggered. Fill the vases with water and flowers and step back and enjoy!
Something about Spring makes me want to dress in as much white as possible. I keep thinking of Daisy Buchanan, lounging in gauzy white dresses while linen curtains billow over her. So when I wandered into Gap over the weekend and saw this drapey v-neck sweater in a perfect, creamy shade of white, I snapped it up.
It was the last one left, it was my size, and it was on sale! Plus, it’s about 10% silk, so it’s super soft and lightweight—perfect for San Francisco. Since I’ve been hoarding white items as of late, I decided to wear them all together for a fresh and clean look. I balanced the casual style of boyfriend jeans with these sparkly new earrings and ladylike white d’orsay pumps. Something tells me I’ll be wearing a lot of white this season.