Posts Tagged ‘spring’

I was getting a little excited that spring weather was around the corner, but after the cold, damp weather we have had this week, it looks like I need to be patient.

 

 

While my big sweaters will stay in my closet a few more days,  in anticipation for the warmer weather, I thought I would share a few of my Favorite Spring Items found on the web. 

 

 

The price points vary from $19 to $365, so there is something for everyone’s budget.   

 

 

 

 

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1. Robert Rodriguez Ruffle Silk Cold Shoulder Blouse $365  A big trend on the runway are ruffles and cold shoulder tops, and this ivory silk blouse has both.  I like how this one can be dressed up or down, making it a versatile piece.  Buy  here.

 

 

2. Rag&bone ‘Dre’ Slim Boyfriend Jeans $250 Boyfriend and distressed jeans are “must-haves” and this pair fits any age with the slight distress and streamlined silhouette. I like how they can be worn by a 20 or 40 year old.  Buy here.

 

 

3. & 4. Karen Walker Helter Skelter $250 and Number One Sunglasses $250   Karen Walker’s chic style shows in her large collection of sunglasses.   I couldn’t pick just one,  so here are my top two.  Buy here and here.

 

 

5. Andrew Marc Oakley Oversized Quilted Jacket $150  This lightweight bomber jacket has a lot of look and is the perfect piece to add to your wardrobe for those chilly nights. Buy here.

 

 

6. Halogen Skinny Scarf $19  My oldest is the one that put the skinny scarf on my radar.   I love how this one adds a little extra touch in a subtle way.   Buy here.

 

 

7. L* Space Ridin’ High Serina Rib Bikini Top $99  Do I even want to open the discussion on bathing suit shopping?!  It has to be done, and if you like a bikini style, this top is sleek and gives great coverage.    Buy here.

 

 

8. Marc Fisher ‘Adalyn’ Espadrille Wedge Sandal $159.95   Everyone needs an Espadrille in her closet, and this wedge comes in three neutral colors.  Buy here.

 

 

9. Fraiche by J Off the Shoulder Jumpsuit $113   You’ve seen jumpsuits on my favorite lists before because I like how they are versatile, flattering, and a little different.   Need I say more, except that the price point on this one is great?!   Buy here.

 

 

10. Vix Deva Cloe Cover-Up Caftan $178   This short and ‘swingy’ cover-up is ready to hit the beach, poolside and everything in between. Buy here.

 

 

11. Joie ‘Mariner B.’ Track Pants $168   Track pants are another big trend that has stayed around and this refined blousy pair can be dressed up or down.  I own these and can tell you they are extremely comfortable.   Buy here.

 

 

12. Vince Shirred Back Split Neck Blouse $285  Vince is one of my “go-to” brands because they have basic, well made pieces that have a little edge to them.  This striped, shirred-back blouse is great for the beach or out on the town. Buy here.

 

 

13. Trina Turk Off the Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit $128   The “off-the-shoulder” look is a trend that has been around for a couple seasons and I love how Trina Turk incorporated it into this age appropriate and chic suit.   Buy here.

 

14. Eileen Fisher Sport Platform Sandal $195  This sandal is known for its comfort and is a great pair you can wear everyday. Comes in six colors.    Buy here.

 

15. Halogen ‘Clarette’ Wedge Sandal $99.95 Looking for a shoe you can dress up and down? One you can pair with pants, shorts or dresses? Here is a good one-    Buy here.

 

16. Shiraleah Veronica Metallic Woven Tote $62  A woven tote bag is perfect for vacations or day at the pool.  This one is at a great price point and is durable for the beach or for shopping.   Buy here.

 

 

Let me know what you like and what appeals to you, as I am ready to make the switch over to spring myself.   Here’s to a new season-

 

Dana

 

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With spring right around the corner, I am ready for my garden to be filled with color and fragrance.

 

Before I go any further, let me assure you that I am no expert when it comes to gardening. I have been doing my homework, though, as I am trying to learn more about what I can do now to make it as pretty as it can be.

 

Below is a picture of my garden last spring.   It’s this time of year mine looks the best, and while I love it, life gets in the way so I do not always nurture it as I should.

 

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My garden last year. Image from Dana Wolter Interiors

 

I am trying to do better, hence the reading and researching.   Here are a few tips that stood out to me that I thought might be helpful to you as well:

 

1. Create a composting area

This is something I really want to begin doing.    The compost can be a ready-made compost bin or we can build a compost bin using spare bits of wood. Not only will we have somewhere to put  garden waste, but the plants will benefit from the rich compost created when it all breaks down! Make sure you have a good mixture of grass clippings, vegetable peelings, paper and woody prunings. To help the process along, we will have to turn the compost with a garden fork each month to keep it aerated.

 

How To Start a Compost Heap ~ it's really easy, affordable, useful, and sustainable.  Composting recycles kitchen and yard waste, diverting up to 30% from the trash and consequently reducing landfill waste. Compost adds nutrients and introduces beneficial organisms to the soil, and helps promote plant growth.

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2. Prep the beds.
Remove winter mulch, leaves and any other debris from your beds. Cut back the old dead growth of deciduous grasses and perennials to make room for the new growth. Any weeds that appear in your garden will be easiest to pull now, as the roots are shallow.  I have done this and am making one more go around this weekend.

 

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3. Fertilize the soil

Now’s the time to make sure your soil is properly balanced and ready for new plants. Once the beds are all cleaned out, it’s time to till the ground. This will help aerate and loosen up soil that has compacted over the winter, which will encourage the soil to absorb nutrients better. It will also make it easier to plant.

 

4. Prune

It’s time to prune back tree or shrub branches have been damaged by the cold, snow, and wind. Make sure to do so before buds begin to break into bloom or you’ll stress the tree and get a tiny crop, if any. Use a handsaw for any tree or hedge larger than ½ inch in diameter. Shaping hedges with hand pruners, rather than electric shears, prevents a thick outer layer of growth that keeps sunlight and air from reaching the shrub’s center.

 

veggie garden with formal hedge edges

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5. Order bulbs and seeds

Decide now what flowers and plants you want in your summer garden. Order the seeds or the bulbs from a local plant shop like my local favorite Leaf and Petal or online. Hold onto the seeds and bulbs until the warmer weather arrives, but make sure that the seeds and bulbs will not deteriorate or lose quality if they sit for some time.

 

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Image from howardrice.co.uk

 

 

Let me know how it goes for you, and if my efforts pay off, I will share my progress as well.

 

Happy Gardening,

dana

 

PS If anyone feels extra inspired and wants to come to use these tips on my garden, I will happily welcome you, and I know my garden will too.

 

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I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring. This past weekend was beautiful and I am ready for every day to be filled with sunshine and warmth.  There is a reason this southern girl lives in the South!

 

While traveling to a warmer climate for the extended winter isn’t in the plan for me, I am trying a few things to cure the winter blues.  Here goes:

 

1. Exercise

I exercise on a regular basis, but I have been trying to be a little more consistent these days.   Even a brief workout makes me feel better and gives me a positive, energized feeling. Lately I’ve been doing yoga at The Yoga Circle, and I am loving it.  It makes me breathe, really breathe, which is something that is instantly calming to me.

 

2. Eat Healthy

Nothing makes me feel better than when I am taking care of myself.  Along with exercising, I try to eat well most of the time. I recently read that omega-3s affect the brain chemicals that are linked with stabilizing mood, particularly dopamine and serotonin, so I have been trying to eats lots of salmon and flax and chia seeds. Another thing I have added to my diet recently are the juices from Whole Foods, Sprout and Pour, and The Pantry. I highly recommend them, as they are an easy way to add vegetables, and they are delicious and refreshing.

 

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3.  Brighten up your space

The winter months can feel like they drag on since the sun sets early and the days are much shorter. While the sun may not be shining outside, you can bring some of those warm hues into your home by incorporating them into your décor. Add a bright throw over a chair, or a rug with some color or maybe a pillow that adds a pop to your sofa or bed. You’ll be surprised how much these small changes can really affect your mood.

 

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4.  Buy some fresh flowers

My garden looks a little “blah” this time of year, but I try to bring the garden indoors by purchasing some fresh flowers.   It’s not expensive and not only does it brighten my mood, I swear flowers make my house look a little cleaner.

Parrot tulips are some of my favorite. (Will someone let my husband know?!)

 

Stunningly Simple Parrot Tulips

Image from Gabriela Wakeham

 

 5. Read

I shared on Instagram earlier this week that I am reading The 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth. It is a great book that not only discusses how to grow your business, but how to do it in a way that upholds your character, morals, and values.  My only regret in reading it is that I have not underlined as I have gone through it.

Getting cozy under a blanket in my bed or next to a roaring fire and unwinding by reading a book or magazine helps me pass the season time.

 

 

How do you cure the winter blues? I would love to hear from you,

 

dana

 

 

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Here’s Looking to Spring and Its Trends

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With the warmer weather we had last week and the colder, dreary past couple of days, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring!

Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite trends forecasted for spring 2014.

 

Radiant Orchid

Living Room by Alexander Doherty.

image from House Beautiful

Lela Rose F/W 2014

image from Lela Rose

You recognize this color?  It’s become one of my favorite!

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes this color as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones…… It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

It is popping up more and more in my interiors, and I have even adopted it into my own home of late.

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Jumpsuits

I don’t know why I have always been drawn to the jumpsuit, but I have.  I’ve owned a couple over my lifetime, once when I was a teenager (friends called it my pajamas),  when I was pregnant, and I recently bought the one below.

image from Vince

The jumpsuit is making its way into stores, and I have seen an array of styles that will flatter and suit many figures and budget.

Here’s a short one I love for a summery, daywear style.

Theory Cadiz Hadrine Romper

image from Theory

 Sheers

Who doesn’t want light and airy when it comes to spring?

Sheers are ideal for a space where you want privacy but don’t want to rob the room of the natural light. They are also great for layering.

We’ve seen how sheer curtains can create an airy and light appearance when used as a stand alone.

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Light and Refreshing Cocktails

As winter turns to spring, my tastes tend to reflect the change in seasons. When it comes to drinks, I like lighter cocktails with fresh ingredients, including herbs and fruits.

Five Spring Cocktails

image from Your Southern Peach

lavender champagne

image from Martha Stewart

 

What spring trend are you most excited to embrace? Leave a comment and let me know.

Here’s to the coming days being sunny and bright.

Have a good one,

dana

 

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