Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Spring Essentials

If you wonder why I can't stop waxing poetic about Spring's lazy arrival, it's only because it feels like I'm greeting an old childhood friend, like that new girl from 5th grade who had the nerve to show up wearing eye shadow and didn't stay for long, but whose memory still makes me smile.

(I'd still set a place for you at my table, Stacy. I quite like nervy girls.)

These days, the weather is drippy and impetuous.
Coldish and breezyish.
I'm doing my best to enjoy April as-is.

Under her influence, I'm a wild optimist, a risky dreamer, a friend of the rainy day.

My Spring Essentials

~ Ratty jeans and cardi (we're lucky to crack 50 most days) 

~ Enough black and gray to remind myself it's not summer yet

~ Punchy umbrella

~ A fashionABLE  scarf, bearing a perfect pop of lilac

~ All-seasons jewelry

~ Traffic-stopping (optometrist-annoying) rain boots

** fashionABLE  recently released the best batch of springy scarves! This one is my new favorite, but I say that all the time. :) They're offering free shipping through Monday with the code "flowerpatch". Scoop some up for Mother's Day or for the most rad end-of-school teacher gift ever.

(I'm more inclined than ever to believe our teachers deserve the moon or a field of one thousand daisies or keys to all the cities or one of Duchess Kate's weirdest hats. Or, you know, a hand-made-in-Ethiopia scarf.)

Lastly, I offer to you a quick glimpse into my springtime state-of-mind, music ed.

Every season needs a play-list, and mine happens to be, uh, retro.

Off the top of my head, these are 5 of the happiest songs of my former, quickly retreating youthfulness:

Michael Franti - Say Hey
Jon Secada - Just Another Day
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
SheDaisy - Passenger Seat
Freedy Johnston - Bad Reputation

Am I missing anything? What's your must-have for Spring? What's the song that makes you happy no matter what? Tell me everything.

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  1. You are beautiful. I love your rain boots and your scarf. I love your ratty jeans. Most of all though, I love your million dollar smile!

  2. Jon Secada? SheDaisy? Wow! I haven't thought about them in forever and a day but I totally dig both of those songs. NICE.

    Man. Eye shadow in 5th grade. Definitely not me! I was still wearing champion t-shirts and Winnie the pooh hair scrunchies at that point in my life.

  3. Your rainy day spring pics totally reminded me: Wasn't Stacy's uncle a big shot weatherman or something? He had lots of different pointers that people would send to him that he used to point at the green screen? Am I making this up?

    1. Really????!!!
      Also, I had a dream about Mr. Short last night.
      Because I'm in OH, so naturally.

  4. It's no wonder that you're still talking SPRING - we NEVER thought it would arrive!!!!!! It surely was the never ending winter! I love your punchy umbrella and those bright yellow boots!! You're always a fashion star chickie!!!!! Thanks for the early morning smile :)

  5. Oh Be Joyful by Shovels and always makes me dance :)

  6. Bubbly by Colbie Caillet...the grass is green finally here in Kansas and this song always makes me want to walk through it barefooted!

  7. I'm older than most of you young 'uns but I LOVE Kokomo by the Beach Boys! It came out the summer we got married (1988) and I have such good memories of hearing that song that summer! Happy Friday, all!

    1. We just caught the Full House episode where the Beach Boys show up.
      My kids LOVED it. And I just kept thinking, Mary Kate? Or Ashley?

  8. Sheryl Crow "soak up the sun" who can't love a song that starts My friend the communist.......??????

    Punchy umbrella's always make me smile. Always!

  9. Breaking my streak of not commenting! All to say:
    I was definitely rocking out to Jon Secada yesterday, embracing the 90s, giggling at toys from my childhood that have finally moved to my house from my parents'. Good Spring vibes!

  10. SheDaisy? I have completely forgotten about that one. Mine is Huey Lewis-The Power of Love, Hip to be Square, I Want a New Drug. I love them all.

    Also, I love the rain boots but live in the desert, as such it's completely unreasonable to show up anywhere in rain boots. That's completely 'fashtarded" around here. So says my 16 year niece, and she seems to be an authority on all things fashion.

  11. Why people, why has no one asked where you bought your rain boots??

    1. J Crew, circa 5 years ago.
      And just to prove to you, me, and everyone we know, that I have officially blogged EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD, I give you this:

  12. Lovin' the boots! You wear them well. Short list of songs that me smile...
    Hey Mama- Mat Kearney
    Bubbly- Colbie Caillat
    I Got Love for You- Michael Franti
    Anything Jack Johnson :)

  13. A bright coloured raincoat, a new Mrs. Meyers dish soap by my sink and the Avett Brothers (my secret crush) playing in my iPod.

  14. I love my fashionable scarf - I don't see this one online ? Do you think they will restock it ??

    1. I just double-checked and you're right! Looks like Alem is only available in the light yellow. Not sure if they'll re-stock?? But there is the Frehiwot in orchid, kinda similar. (I had trouble deciding between the two when I bought mine!)

    2. Just talked to fashionABLE peeps and they are waiting on a shipment! There will be more soon. She said you could email them and then they can email you back when the shipment arrives. Or just check back!

  15. my favorite song right now is "All of me" by John Legend.
    Goodness. Listen to it. You'll be hooked.