Even though much of the country has been experiencing a burst of winter weather, spring is officially here! Read on to see what is inspiring me right now:
Quilted Details – Quilting is nothing new, but lately I have found myself drawn to garments and accessories with quilted detailing. Jackets and purses stitched with a design of numerous squares are seemingly the most common for now, but other designs could be in store for later. Since this is a trend revived from the 80s and 90s, I do recommend searching thrift stores for quilted garments.
Native American-Inspired Headwear – When I was a little girl, my sisters and I loved playing Indians. No playtime in our home was complete without costumes, so I crafted headwraps out of construction paper (one long skinny strip and a feather-shaped piece) and held everything together with staples. After playing Indians enough times, my daddy made me a fringed Indian dress out of some old polka dot material from my mom's scrap pile. Eventually, handmade moccasins were thrown into the mix from a school craft project. As you can imagine, my sisters and I were adorable! I was especially fond of this game because I declared myself to be an Indian princess and insisted on putting the "feather" on my headwrap right above my forehead. My older sister continually told me that the feather belonged in the back, but I refused to leave it there.
Anyway, all that to say that I will always have at special place in my heart for Indian-inspired accessories and garments, simply because of the memories playing Indian princess. Right now, I am loving a fabulous headwrap with feathers (similar to the one above by Natalo) designed and created by one of my friends.
High Waist Circle Skirts – While I was visiting New York City last summer, I came across this style nearly everywhere but especially at H&M. Our shopping day was a little rushed (tragic, I know!), so I never found the perfect circle skirt for myself. Since then, I have been on a mission to find or make one. Still searching…I DO love the skirt pictured above by Milly, a brand that has recently become one of my favorites.
'This is the New Year' by Ian Axel – Where has Ian Axel been all my life? Apparently, this singer-songwriter has been releasing musical projects since at least 2007. Thanks to Greg Holden's youtube channel, I was recently introduced to the captivating music of Ian Axel, and now I cannot get enough! With honest lyrics and lovely melodies, his music is sure to sweep you away. Check out his newest album, This is the New Year. I am especially fond of the title track and "Afterglow."
By the way, Ian Axel and Greg Holden are touring together right now, so check out the tour dates and definitely catch this duo on the road. Both guys are very talented, super attractive, and full of personality, which always makes for a great combination!
Folkie Hair – As of recently, I have decided that I want to join a hip, indie folk band. My haircut and style lean in the direction of a folk star anyway, and I am very musical if I do say so myself. As soon as my hair grows 4-5 more inches, I can rock the folk look even more because I already have blunt, straight-across bangs. My goal has been a hairstyle similar to that in the picture above (from Kala Patterson of Doris Anne). Isn't this a great look?
Hurache Sandals – Ever since discovering the vintage pair in my grandma's closet, hurache sandals have been my favorite spring and summer sandals. These shoes possess a bohemian, hippie feel and look fabulous with skirts, maxi dresses, and tops in earthy prints and colors. Check out the pair featured above from Rarae Aves!
What is inspiring your spring?