Thursday, March 27, 2014

Florals for Spring

Happy weekend everyone!

Thanks everyone who followed on Facebook and Twitter and left kind comments about my Blog anniversary. I am grateful to you all and the kind words about this space.

Are you all digging the florals right now? I know I've written about my love of the flower before here  and here, but right now, with Spring in every little corner here in Northern California, I am feeling floral love more than ever.




I've been wearing this J Crew floral 'popover' shirt a lot. Probably too much. It goes with everything and it's comfy and feels fresh. It's a silk/cotton blend and is a lot more blue than it shows online. I think it's on sale and additional now too.

I've been planning a few strategic additions to the ole wardrobe for the warmer months and I am considering the addition of a few more flowery items.

They just make me happy!

Did you know if you Pin and item on Pinterest from another site, it will notify you if that item drops in price? Probably I'm the last to know about this, but it's kind of cool. It's especially nice if you've forgotten all about that piece. Very clever, actually sneaky, marketing

This notification thing happened to me twice this week. Once with a Pottery Barn item and yesterday with this Tory Burch sweater...

Tory sweater HERE 
 It's still a bit pricey for $195, but the print is gorgeous. Might be the one thing to splurge on.

 I'm really trying to buy less, and buy better. I'd rather have perfect pieces that I love than a big closet full of sales and seasonal impulse buys. Makes life simpler too.

I can see this sweater with khaki shorts, distressed jeans or a flowy white skirt, all items I own already.


Summerfield Design

Yesterday I found this beautiful space on Pinterest and I had visions of doing our tiny dining room all in floral paper.

I like that this isn't fussy and the bare woods, glass and white walls give it that California vibe.



Also, I was excited when I found this little lovely from Zara. More affordable and think how many ways this could be worn. It's longer and I could even see it as a beach cover-up.



I have to say blouses are now my go-to items daily. They cover a multitude of sins by skimming over you, not grabbing like a tee or sweater, and you always look more put together. Maybe this is an over 45 thing, but has anyone else rediscovered blouses lately?


But back to flowers, How adorable is this MZ Wallace Tote? It was in my Nordstrom catalog and I'm crazy about this. MZ Wallace totes are super lightweight and perfect for travel as well as your day bag to chuck everything in, like I do.

I like to get one good tote for the Spring/Summer season. Usually I'm quite rough on warm season bags as they go on travels, trips to the beach, pool, and park. They often need replacing by the next year. (I won't even mention that particular people around here felt a Jamba Juice could be carried in my tote last Summer!)



Even the inside is the print! LOVE.

No Jamba Juices will enter if I own this!

MZ at Nordstrom

  Lastly, I realized this week I have almost no cute skirts in my closet! I don't know how that is possible, but I need to fix that quick.

 Next week, Adrienne, from The Rich Life on a Budget and Jill from Everything Just So are having their How I Wear My for skirts, and I would love to find a floral one to wear.

I love the skirt Reese Witherspoon has on here.

She lets the skirt be the star with her simple accessories.

Reese's skirt by J Crew.

 If you don't know about How I Wear My, it is a spot for readers and bloggers to send in photos of how they wore or styled a particular item. It changes monthly. Very fun, so check it out and maybe even participate! Entries are due by March 31.


Just also wanted to add these darling floral pants worn by my friend Andrea, of A Della Dress's, daughter. Her name is Helene Yorke and she's one of the stars in a Broadway production of a Woody Allen's, 'Bullets Over Broadway' play right now. I can only imagine!! They interviewed her for Broadway.com and in her photo shoot she wore these pretty Tory Burch pants.


I love the juxtaposition of flowers with tough motorcycle jacket. Very modern!
Thanks for sharing with me Andrea. Wish I could see this show. Looks like it's getting some great reviews too. If you are in New York, and get a chance, check this show out.

Lastly, in flower chat, this is the scene here in California right now.

If you haven't seem my Instagram, I've been spotting California poppies all over the place this week.


I love how they give even the most cruddy little curb charm. . .

Clearly, these are volunteers, or seeds that blow about and find a home.



Also these trees in my neighborhood are this pretty pink for about 2 weeks.

I'm trying to take in all the beauty while it's here.


Our Wisteria has already started to drop blossoms!

 I'm hoping we get another week or so of this!


It was hard to get a photo of the whole thing.

Honestly, it's hard to drive the car in the garage right now.

(Don't look at our cracked driveway that is being lifted by the Giant Sequoia to the right.)

Are you enjoying Spring's little gifts? :)

Hope you all find a little flower today, wherever you are!


 Kim

P.S. There is still one day left to get your Savvy Sleeper Pillowcase is you missed, with a discount! I love these beautiful cases and Dale has generously offered a special 15% discount to Northern California Style readers now through March 28.Use the code 'NorCal' when checking out on Savvy Sleeper Site.




34 comments :

  1. Always love florals, the best part of spring! The Wisteria is gorgeous!!
    Xx, Tiffany { www.sunshinedaydreamphotography.com }

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    1. Tiffany I bet you are taking some amazing photos right now! xx

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  2. Kim … I have just forgotten all of my comments about your post …. I am in total awe over your wisteria!!! Truly stunning … here in SoCal … I have been very unsuccessful in my wisteria efforts …. never have I seen it done this magnificently!!!

    Oh so very excited for the 15th!!

    xoxo
    Tamera

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    1. Me too Tamera! Going to be so fun. :) You know it's funny we can grow Wisteria, but I have heard it's temperamental..Love to be able to grow Bougainvillea like so many do in So. Cal, but so far no luck!!

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  3. I am not a huge fan of wearing floral prints...but I really like the colors of the J.Crew shirt! Your wisteria is beautiful...we have pretty ones like this in South Texas as well.

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    1. I just saw a ton more blooming today up in Marin County, so I think each little area has it's different times for Wisteria..

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  4. I really love florals but don't buy them very often. Not sure why. That J Crew top is so gorgeous!
    Beautiful wisteria...my neighbors a few doors down have lots of it running across the fence in their front yard.
    Looking forward to the 15th!!
    xo, A

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    1. Thanks Adrienne I love it. I am so looking forward to our trip. xo

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  5. Your wisteria is outta control! I used to have it on my old house and was part of the reason I bought it! I would grow it if I could xx

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    1. Naomi, I think I am lucky that this was already here! It's over 40 years old I think. The main vines (trunks) are so twisted and beautiful.I do have people stop and take photos which is funny. Right now I drive out of the garage and it rains petals all over there top of the car and I leave a purple trail down the road! xx

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  6. Pretty florals! Love the flowers around your garage! Congratulations to the winners! Gosh darn it, I wanted that Cali necklace! ;)

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    1. Well, I might know where to get more. :) I maybe should sell them or something.

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  7. I love Reese's look! I don't wear florals and don't use them in my decor, anywhere. I'm not sure why because in the 80's I had a lot of floral in my decor. Flowers and floral prints are so happy...maybe I'll have a look around for a floral scarf. It would be a fun addition to my otherwise boring wardrobe! Echoing Tamera, really looking forward to our trip!! xoJennifer

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    1. I can't wait for the trip!!! Florals will be coming too. xo

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  8. Just love your blog Kim
    Started following you planning my trip to SF and Carmel
    I now look forward to every blog. Spring is my favorite time of year and beautiful in KY
    You and your friends need to don hats and come to the KY Derby!
    J from KY

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    1. Dear Ky girl, Thanks for being here and following! Kentucky holds a special place in my heart as my husband was born there and we have been many times to visit. Beautiful country!! I would love to see Kentucky right now. Last few times it was in Fall, which was lovely too.
      I have the Derby on my bucket list! Someday...I was actually thinking of throwing a Derby party this year at home.. We have tried before, but other people's parties like Cinco de Mayo always happen and well I hope this year! Thanks so much for your nice note J!

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  9. Hi Kim! You have two lucky winners there. What a fun giveaway! I'm loving that floral blouse on you-such a beautiful print. Your wisteria is fantastic-what gorgeous pics!
    Happy weekend and can hardly wait until our spring adventure.
    xx, Heath

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  10. Gosh that Zara top is lovely. Reece always gets it right doesn't she? I love the wisteria (every time I say that word I sing it, don't know why, think it calls for a tune)

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    1. Jody, whats's the tune? You say wisteria...I say bougainvillea...? Lol. xx

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  11. Wow! The wisteria is gorgeous Kim! We have it on the side of the house ~ trailing over a trelis and it's still dormant as there has not been much sunshine.

    I saw a floral shirt at JCrew and love it! As for Reese's skirt, I bought one that's similar from Zara last summer and I think I'l be wearing it again this season:)

    Have a nice weekend! xxleslie

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    1. Leslie, I bet your wisteria is coming in a month or so? Yes, love Reese's skirt.. Got to get out there and find one or splurge on that J Crew one...Zara's a good idea and option. I will check them out too! Thanks so much. xx

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  12. Just catching up on your posts after enjoying a holiday in the sun. As soon as I returned I was looking for some spring florals but haven't yet found the perfect shirt. The J Crew one is gorgeous and the colours would make it versatile. Your wisteria is amazing! We have one climbing over an archway but no sign of a flower yet - that's our climate I suppose! Have a great weekend Kim!

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    1. Oh can't wait to hear about your holiday Miss b! Thanks so much. I hope your Wisteria is blooming soon! xx

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  13. PS I meant to say that I'm also trying to buy items I love and resisting impulse buys!!

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    1. Hard isn't it? I am really trying and I think a lot of us are feeling the same.

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  14. I love those blouses. I don't have any blouses and I now think I need them. I love yours and the one you picked.

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    1. Thank you Leigh. I swear I am a blouse lover now and they are perfect for Spring. xx

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  15. Pretty! Pretty!! Pretty!!! Your wisteria is absolutely divine, Kim. It must be so fragrant. Have a great one. xo

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    1. Loi, Thank you!! Hope you had a good weekend! xxoo

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  16. I can't wait for the flowers to start blooming. I like that Tory floral sweeter. It is so pretty.

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    1. Pam, I really want it..and a lot of these florals!! I hope your blooms come soon. xx

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  17. I can see why the floral top is your go to blouse. It goes well with everything! I only have a handful of floral tops but they'll be in constant rotation this spring too.

    Your wisteria is beautiful. They're taking over your garage though but still the sight of those pretty flowers will probably make the day brighter everyday.

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  18. Oh my Kim, absolutely stunning wisteria, the scent must be gorgeous, I'd be joining the bees that must visit to take in that intoxicating aroma!
    Hope your week is sunny and full of fun!

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