I'm not sure where you are, sweet readers, or where you may be currently reading from, but here in Louisville, Kentucky, Spring has either arrived, else it's taunting us in the worst possible way! The last several days have offered sunny skies and temperatures in the high 60's to 70's. My sunroof has been open, the daffodils are blooming, and I swear I saw a few mosquitos Monday night.
The arrival of bright weather (no matter how eminent the dreaded late-season snowstorm will be) has me looking forward to greener days, to fresh pedicures and farmer's markets. I always wait anxiously for the first local honey of the season from my favorite farmer, as well as the crazy burst of color that I know the dogwoods and tulip trees will soon offer.
Aside from the surprising bloom of florals and the farm-fresh goodies I know I'll be consuming, I find myself itching to add a little more Spring to my life:
** Essie Polish **
Essie's Fiji nail polish is my first go-to pedicure come warm weather. Pale pink, but not too Barbie-ish, it stands out well against the March-trip-to-Cancun tan, and can make the tucked-into-boots-all-winter fair skin look bright and healthy.
** Les Bonbons **
Last year, I made the mistake of not buying a pair of Rebecca De Ravenel's incredible Les Bonbon earrings. Maybe it's because I rarely buy jewelry, or because I really only have one pair of earrings I wear at all, but I was scared to take the plunge on these girly baubles... This year, it'll happen, and if I'm still too scared to make the investment, these are another more affordable (and customizable!) option.
** Linen Bedding **
While I just LOVE the new faux fur blanket for our bed, as well as the incredible softness and warmth it has provided this winter, I can't see myself leaving it on in the crazy Derby-season heat. Enter Target to save the day (when does Target ever not save the day?). The new Threshold linen bedding is soft, light, and remniscent of a happy, lightling-bug-lit Spring Kentucky night.
** J. Crew **
I'm not usually one for overly-feminine colors or ruffles in my wardrobe, but EVERYTHING in J. Crew's Spring collection has me swooning. Are you kidding me with that khaki/ruffle/pleating/collared shirt/ballgown number?!? I'm sure I could sell a house in that thing.
** Smith's Rosebud Salve **
When the sun comes out, forcing me out of my Winter hibernation, and my skin finally gets a little color, I find that I wear little makeup other than mascara and lip balm- namely, Smith's Rosebud Salve. The formula is rich, and keeps my lips almost as hydrated as good ol' Chapstick, but the sheer pinky-red tint gives me just a hint of color. While the tin doesn't offer the most conveinent means of application, the flat, metal container makes itself easy to find when I'm digging through my bag in the middle of the day.
** Coconut Cake **
Without fail, as Easter would approach, my grandma would turn out these layered coconut cakes that were light, fluffy, and covered-covered!- in shredded, sweetened coconut. More often than not, she'd get creative and present a bunny-shaped coconut cake, complete with green-dyed coconut flake grass and jelly bean features. While I won't be getting that themed, I might be trying out this meringue-like option from Martha Stewart.
Happy Spring-ing, friends!