Saturday Style

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{ INC International Concepts shorts; Forever 21 tee; Kohl’s denim jacket }

It’s the first Saturday of spring! The weather is a sunny 70 degrees and orange blossoms are in the air. It’s a perfectly lovely sixth day of the week, and I’m so happy to see it.

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Making : room in my schedule for more “me time.”
Cooking : lots of salmon lately.
Drinking : home-brewed Tazo iced green tea with lemon.
Reading: Emma by Jane Austen. I just finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn after half a dozen starts-and-stops, and loved it!
Wanting: a weekend beach getaway.
Looking: for the perfect pair of overalls.
Playing: my old John Legend Get Lifted CD.
Wasting: hours watching House of Cards on Netflix.
Wishing: I had an Anthropologie designer to help with my spring window displays at the flower shop.
Enjoying: daylight savings, now that I’m adjusted to the time change.
Waiting: for a nice neighbor to move into the empty space next to the shop, so I can stop sweating a possible relocation for a while.
Liking: clean, manicured nails with a coat of clear polish.
Wondering: if I should give my hair a good healthy chop.
Loving: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate. I read about the paraben-free multitasking moisturizer on Emily Weiss’ Top Shelf, and found it on Hautelook a week later.
Hoping: for some good quality time with my  girlfriends soon. We’re seriously overdue, ladies.
Marvelling: at the loveliness of spring —  the weather, the flowers, the fresh starts…
Needing: to start or join a book swapping club; I’m nearing hoarder territory and need some fresh reads.
Smelling: the first blooms of spring (achoo!).
Wearing: my Brian Atwood flats, like, errday.
Noticing: more gray eyebrow hairs, which is troubling.
Knowing: that change is the only constant in life, and trying to learn to roll with it.
Thinking: this HuffPo list of 16 Habits of Highly Sensitive People sums me up to a T.
Bookmarkinghttp://www.polienne.com.
Opening: all the doors and windows at home to let the spring air in.
Giggling: at this cupcake-loving future debate club president.
Feeling: content.

Inspired by Sydney, who was inspired by Pip!

every girl needs a chambray shirt dress

A Pretty Penny | Chambray Shirt Dress

 

When I bought this little chambray number on sale at Kohl’s last year, I had no idea it would become one of my all-time favorite basics.

This comfy dress is easily transformed from weekday to weekend with belts, shoes, and accessories. I’ve thrown it on with flats countless times for busy days at the flower shop, but I’ve also worn it as cover-up at the beach, with heels and a statement necklace for casual business meetings, and over tights and boots on chilly days. It’s one of the most versatile — and comfortable! —  pieces in my closet, and it just keeps getting softer and better with each wash and wear.

 

 

the bucket {bag} list

Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag
{source: Steven Alan}
Style Imported Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag Illustration
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If I had a handful of extra Benjamins lying around, I would happily throw them at a Mansur Gavriel leather bucket bag. In Cammello with Antico lining, please and thank you.

It was love at first sight when I spied this beauty on Pinterest a few months ago. It’s perfectly simple and elegant; one of those bags you can carry for decades that only gets better with age.

The women behind the up-and-coming brand, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, came together in 2012 to create a line of high quality, timeless bags for ‘real women’ at mid-range pricing. Their vegetable tanned leather creations are an investment, with prices ranging from $350-600, but they’re made to last with leather that patinas to well-worn perfection over time.

It’s pretty tough to get your hands on one — they’re selling out as soon as they hit retailers’ shelves and there are waiting lists involved — so I have plenty of time to sell some extra flowers to save up for it. ;-)

In the meantime, here are some great leather bucket bags you can add to your spring wardrobe right now!

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{Left to Right}: Elizabeth and James Cynnie (Topshop, several colors available, $545); Joie Mabel (Joie, $388); Topshop Embossed Check Duffle Bag ($130); Calvin Klein Drawstring Bucket Bag

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