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
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?