Five Patterns To Wear This Spring

Move over winter solids, spring has sprung and it’s time give way to this year’s fresh and cheery patterns! Pull them from your closets or find them in stores — either way, here are the five patterns we think every fashionista should wear this spring.

Gingham

With popular designers like Diane von Furstenberg giving a nod to this ultra feminine pattern, gingham is back in a big way. However, don’t feel as though you have to buy designer to appreciate gingham. Places like TopShop and Forever 21 have reasonably priced and stylish gingham shorts, skirts, and dresses. Perfect for the office or a spring picnic.

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Tiny Polka Dots

Dots are universally stylish, but this year’s chicest dots are small and dainty. This pattern is particularly sweet on feminine blouses and skirts.

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Florals

Cue the Miranda Priestly reference: “Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.” But listen, there’s a reason why florals are so popular in spring. Simply put, they make us feel pretty. And there’s nothing shy about this year’s trendiest blooms: they’re large and vibrant!

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Stripes

Do stripes ever go out of style? We think not, but we’re loving the moment bold stripes are having this spring. They’re vertical, horizontal and in a variant of sizes and lengths. AND stripes just so happen to be perfect for mixing with florals!

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Snakeskin

Other animal prints are taking a breather because this season it’s all about snakeskin. This semi-neutral pattern is stylish for apparel, but especially great for shoes, belts, and handbags. Great for an office look or a girls night out!

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Feeling extra whimsical? Try mixing any one of these patterns together! Just be sure to keep the colors in a similar palette and accessories minimal. Cheers to a beautifully patterned spring!

 

Like A Sailboat

Last weekend, my girlfriends and I had our monthly articles club. We talked about relationships, hurts, triumphs, illness, dreams, and our current realities. It was raw. It was beautiful.

It was one of those nights that stayed with me. I’ve been thinking about what was said by me and others for several days and it got me thinking about one of my favorite songs.

Sailboat by Ben Rector

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I feel just like a sailboat

I don’t know where I’m headed

But you can’t make the wind blow

From a sailboat

Life after college can be difficult. Finding your place in the world away from the structure of home and school is a constant battle between what you thought you wanted to do and your changing goals.

I have seen the sun

Felt the rain on my skin

I’ve been lost and found

But mostly I’ve been waiting

In school it felt like after graduation we’d be these accomplished adults prepared to execute the lives we’d planned for ourselves with our childhood friends right next to us.

Oh I’m out in the waves

I’m hoping and praying

Please let this wind blow me home

Night after night there’s an empty horizon

And my God do I feel so alone

Sometimes life, most times I, feel just like a sailboat

But it’s not like that at all. Life is messy. Plans fail. Plans change. People change. Those you thought would carry you through anything aren’t there anymore. That’s okay. It’s just not what you planned. Feeling alone is scary. Feeling lost is worse. There are moments when the only thing left to do is close your eyes, say a prayer, and wait for the storm to pass.

I’m pretty sure I’m heard

At least I know I’m speaking

But I feel like a fool

Cause I can’t hear you listening

Sometimes it seems like those prayers are going unanswered. You pray and you plead. You work and you wait. Still nothing.

But I’m not giving up

Oh I will move on forward

I’m gonna raise my sail

God knows what I’m headed towards

Then you take a breath. You see that what you planned doesn’t even come close to how beautiful your life is now. You realize, you don’t have to know where you’re headed. Or who will be there for the journey. He does. And that’s more than enough.

Oh I’m out in the waves

I’m hoping and praying

Please let this wind blow me home

Night after night there’s an empty horizon

And my God do I feel so alone

Sometimes life, and most times I, feel just like a sailboat

The only change I see

Lost or found, let’s see

The only difference is believing I’ll make it in

Oh I’m out in the waves

I’m hoping and praying

Please let this wind blow me home

Night after night there’s an empty horizon

My God, do I feel so alone

Sometimes life, most times I, feel just like a sailboat

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Photo credit: Chely Ruvalcaba

Just Because Gift Ideas

Sometimes the best gifts are those we weren’t expecting! Sure, we love receiving birthday gifts, but an unexpected little something can break up daily monotony and make us excited for life again.

Here are a few gift ideas to send to those you love, “just because!”

Adorable Office Knick Knacks

Have a friend who has a desk job? Send her a cute frame with a picture of a good memory you share together. Anthropologie has adorable coffee mugs that will look oh-so-chic on her desk. Plus, she’ll think of you every time she’s happily caffeinated!

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Home Things

Did your little sister just move in to her first apartment? You could send her a set of vintage door knobs to spice up her drab kitchen. Or how about a jewel colored vase or a custom throw pillow? You can’t go wrong with a scented candle, either!

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Pamper Products

Mom have a rough day? Pamper that lady! Send her a bouquet of fresh flowers! Or a luxurious skin care mask she would never buy for herself. Spoil her with a bath bomb or two, and throw in a plush bathrobe because she’s lovely and deserves lovely things!

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What are your favorite “just because” gifts?

Weekend Plans

As we barrel towards the weekend, I thought I would share a few of the things I will be indulging in over the next two days.

A glass of wine on the porch with my honey.

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Click here to check out my eBay “All Things Vino” collection!

Catching up on my YouTube subscription box over a big pot of tea and a big breakfast.

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Discover my tea time essentials here!

An at home pamper session complete with epsom salts, a face mask, and maybe one or two coats of fresh nail polish.

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Click here to see all of my pamper night essentials!

What are your weekend plans?