Spring Style Must-Haves
Just when a girl finally gets a little time to herself, it seems that Mother Nature and the Powers That Be conspire to throw a wrench in the works. I've been working like a mad woman the past few months, burning the candle at both ends to keep up with my ever increasing workload. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. I'm thrilled to have a job right now when so many of my chic and stylish friends are wearing out the soles on their Jimmy Choo's trying to find gainful employment in this puhlease-let-it-end-soon recession. And I'm also thrilled that said job allows me (via my Über-Chic Mentor/Boss and her fabulous connections) to rub shoulders on occasion with the haute monde of the fashionisti. And I am positively ecstatic that aforementioned job also brings with it the occasional cast-off freebie, like this vibrant hobo bag that Ü-CM/B received from one of her PR connections, but which she felt didn't work with her coloring (but works perfectly with mine!) But even with all these fabulous perks, sometimes a girl just needs a little time to kick back, relax and renew her spirits. Which is why Girly and I headed to Squaw Valley last weekend for a few days of post-winter/early-spring spiritual and physical renewal at a highly recommended spa retreat. Which Ü-CM/B just happened to have a soon-to-expire gift certificate for, and it would be a crime to let it go to waste, right?
When I left, the weather was glorious and sunny, the sky was blue, the air was crisp and clear and the drive up through the Sierras was breathtaking. I arrived at the resort and checked into my room (which was gorgeous, by the way) and decided to get a head-start on a few of the spa treatments. Girly had been in New York all week attending a conference and was flying in later in the evening, and I had a few hours to kill before picking her up at the airport, so a nice facial, a steam and a massage were just the ticket, with a mani/pedi thrown in if I had the time. Turns out that there were apparently a lot of soon-to-expire spa gift certificates being redeemed this weekend, and there were no available slots for facials, massages or even mani/pedis, so I had to content myself with a few laps in the pool, a soak in the hot tub and a little snooze in my room before I was jolted awake by my Blackberry reminding me of Girly's flight.
I hastily threw on a pair of yoga pants, a comfy top and my new driving mocs, grabbed my bag and dashed to the car for the quick trip down the mountain to the airport. In the few hours that I had been inside the luxurious spa the outside weather had rapidly deteriorated. In fact, it had gone from clear and sunny to windy to snowy to absolute blizzard conditions by the time I made it to the airport and picked up a partially frozen (but stylishly attired) Girly from the curb. At which point we found out from an airport security officer that the road back up the mountain to the resort was now closed, due to the blizzard! CLOSED??? AARRGGHHH!!! All my luggage was still there! And I didn't even have a coat — just the sweater I had grabbed as I ran out the door. Just my luck. A free weekend at an upscale spa with all the amenities and perks a frazzled girl could possibly desire, not to mention all meals included at the four star restaurant, and the bleeping road is CLOSED! And to add insult to injury, the only accommodation we could find (since everyone in the area was also stranded) was a glitzy fritzy high-rise casino filled to the brim with bowling tournament attendees.
Oh well, at least I had Girly to keep me company (read: suffer along) and since we are both a couple of glass-is-half-full kind of girls, we decided to make the most of our situation. We hit the newsstand in the lobby, loaded up on Diet Pepsi and glossy mags and took over the abandoned indoor pool area, where we donned her new swimsuits and settled in for some much deserved fashion recon, and we came up with our Must-Have Styles for Spring 2010:
White Nights : I just adore the look of a crisp white dress or blouse! So fabulously feminine. Like this sleeveless shirtdress with cutout hem detail which will look fabulous paired with these creamsicle espadrille wedges. Add some funky accessories, like this fun bangle set and earrings and finish with a roomy straw bag.
This scallop-edged peasant blouse will look amazing with a pair of skinny jeans or jeggings — the perfect pairing of girly and glam. Add a casual khaki jacket or an edgy leather jacket and accessorize with retro dangles. Finally, slip into a pair of supple suede boots for the finishing touch. And be sure to keep those skinny jeans in place with Stiruppz — guaranteed to keep your jeans comfortably inside your boots without all that bunching.
Nautical News: You just can't go wrong with a nautical look this spring. Whether you opt for a great knit dress and this season's hotter-than-haute lace-up sandals, or a pair of comfy crops and a tissue tee with an eco-friendly pair of skimmers, you will sail away in style with this season's great selection of navy and white separates. Even travel bags, handbags and swimwear are getting on board!
Tan and Tailored: Think Lauren (as in Bacall and Hutton). But Ralph's got a handle on it too. Chicly tailored menswear-style separates — blazers, wide-leg trousers, skirts and shorts — paired with crisp white blouses and washed skinny tees project a casual charm this spring, especially with neutral tones being all the rage. Add a pop of color with a sleek handbag or knotted scarf. As for footwear, oxfords with trousers, spectators with skirts and chunky sandals with shorts. Accessorize with a sleek menswear style leather band watch, skinny belts and if you're feeling brave, a chic fedora. You've got the look!
Well darlings, that about covers it. The weather finally cleared and we were able to make it back up the mountain and to the resort just in time to check out. At least my luggage had a good time!
Happy Spring shopping darling girls!
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