Spring 2017 Favorites

After being sick most of winter, I am BEYOND ready for spring. Let’s get some fresh air in here and add a pop of color to our life! Here are my favorite things for spring.

Christian Siriano Kadence Slingback ($17.99)

I love getting a fun spring shoe. The only rule is that it must be colorful!

OPI Two Timing the Zones ($12.50)

I was pumped that OPI did a Fiji Collection for spring. Fiji is still on my bucket list and wearing these colors will make me think about it every time!

Lilly Pulitzer Short Sloane Dress ($178)

I love Lilly for spring! Every girl needs a go to sundress for the season and this is perfect.

Bath & Body Works Happy Easter – Sugared Candy Bunny Candle ($12.50)

I love a candle and this one combines Easter and vanilla and cinnamon. It would make your house smell great during Easter dinner.

Calvin Klein Saffiano Satchel ($228)

I walked by this bag in the store and LOVED it. I would carry this every day this season!

Yes to Shower Cocktail Body Wash ($5.99)

This body wash is in a cocktail shaker – how fun is that? There are three different versions for revitalizing, hydrating, and detoxifying.

Connected Floral-Print Faux-Wrap Dress ($54.99)

This is my pick for an Easter dress this year. I love that it is navy and combines florals.

Christian Siriano Marilyn Crossbody ($14.99)

I like to get a spring clutch every year which is a great addition to any plain colored outfit. You can grab it on the way out the door and instantly have a new look.

Make Lemonade Kitchen Towel ($10)

OMG I love this Kate Spade lemon series! I want to deck out the kitchen and dining room with them! The apron, tablecloth and placemats are just too cute! Honey if you’re reading this these would make awesome anniversary/birthday presents.

Tulle Ball Skirt ($198)

YES, YES, and YES.

Lilly Crystal Earrings ($58)

I needed to add an accessory to this list and I just love these earrings for all of the fun spring clothes!

Vince Camuto High/Low Top ($79)

I thought this was a great transition piece for spring because you could still pair it with leggings and booties or summer it up depending on the weather.

What are your Spring favorites this year?

I still love my previous lists which you can view here: Spring 2016, Spring 2015 and Spring 2014.



Spring Bucket List

Ahhh, spring in Michigan…looks a lot like winter unfortunately. I worked A LOT this winter, between my day job, teaching and blogging I didn’t spend much time having fun or working on my winter bucket list. I would like to change that this spring and spend a little more time enjoying life, so step one is to create some fun goals.

Spring Bucket List

  • Go to Opening Day

Opening Day 2016

  • Spring clean the house
  • Refresh my windowsill garden
  • Plan a picnic date
  • Visit the Toledo Zoo to see the elephants
  • Brunch on the patio
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Make homeade ice cream
  • Go to Flower Day at Eastern Market
  • Go to Michigan’s Spring Game – We didn’t go to the Spring Game, but we did go to the special practice at Ford Field

Michigan practice 2016

  • Shop at the Farmer’s Market
  • Go to Pewabic Pottery’s Garden Party
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Use the grill
  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
  • Take an outdoor yoga class
  • Take a Memorial Day weekend trip
  • Make limoncello
  • Pick berries from a local farm
  • Go to a Mother’s Day tea

What are your favorite spring bucket list activities?

I will add to this list throughout the season so let me know your favorites.



Spring 2016 Favorites

It’s time for spring (thank goodness)! I am beyond ready to say goodbye to old man winter this year. Here are a few of my favorite things to get you in the mood for spring:

Faux-Leather Zip Top Clutch ($19)

I LOVE this color and I am a sucker for anything ombre.

Ombre clutch

Vince Camuto Off the Shoulder Blouse ($89)

This off-the-shoulder look is HOT for spring. I also like that this has straps.

Vince Camuto

Jessica Simpson Claudette Pumps ($79)

I have been jonesing for a pair of hot pink pumps for a while now. I could have a lot of fun with these!

OPI You’re Such a BudaPest

I love this periwinkle lavender color for spring and can’t wait to get this on my nails ASAP. This also comes in the gel color.

You're Such a BudaPest

Modern Sprout Garden Jars ($54)

Spring means time for planting! So I thought it was the perfect time to refresh my window garden.

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Kate Spade Pretty Petals Ear Pin ($59)

I’ve wanted one of these earrings for a long time and I LOVE the flowers. These are SO perfect!

Ear Pin

Ralph Lauren Floral-Print Jersey Dress ($144)

I love that this is both springy and black, because black is my favorite color to wear. I also love pops of color. Ralph Lauren dresses are my spirit animal, they always look amazing.

Ralph Lauren

Nike Roshe Run Sneaker ($85)

These would have been perfect for my Pantone Color of the Year post. I need some new shoes and I love this pattern – so girly girl!

Nike

Very Sexy Now Eau de Parfum ($52)

I got this in a rollerball version and LOVED the smell of coconut water. It reminds me of the beach.

Very Sexy Now

Vanilla Beach Flower Candle ($24.50)

Speaking of coconuts, this candle takes the cake. It smells like vanilla flower petals, sheer coconut and soft beach musk.

Vanilla Beach Flower

What are your favorite things for spring?

You can also check out my Spring 2015 and Spring 2014 Favorites.



Tips for Wearing the Trendiest Spring Looks

Spring fashion is upon us, which usually means showing a little more skin in order to beat the heat. Shorts, rompers, crop tops, tank tops, and other styles are usually wildly popular during this time, and there’s no reason why curvy women can’t partake in the latest trends, too. Not only can plus size women rock these styles with a few helpful tips on accessorizing and flattering your figure, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to let your confidence shine. Below I’ve provided a few ideas on how to wear these trends that I hope you’ll enjoy and find useful as the temperatures begin to rise.

WomanWithin

A pair of nice shorts should be a staple in every woman’s spring wardrobe. Not only are they versatile, as they can be dressed up or dressed down, but they look sophisticated and classy, too. Choose a nautical-inspired pair, or opt for something loose and scalloped for a feminine look. Whatever you pick, wearing your shorts with a pair of wedges or even the slightest of heels doesn’t have to be awkward, according to BuzzFeed, and they will help elongate your legs.

Rompers, like shorts, can also be paired with heels, but they look just as great with lace-up sandals. The typical cut of a romper is usually loose and forgiving, no matter your size, and can be easily accessorized to flatter your figure. Pair with a statement necklace if you want to draw the eye up to your bust and face, or pair with a wide belt to accentuate your hourglass figure. Complement your romper with a cardigan for cool spring nights and continue to experiment with layers until you get the look just right.

Woman Within’s goal is to “make it easy for you to love what you wear,” and tank tops are definitely topping that list. It’s all about feeling comfortable, and there are many ways to achieve this thanks to layering techniques. If you’d rather not bare your arms, then look for a short sleeve shrug or cardigan to top your tank. Or maybe you’re concerned about your waist or tummy area, which can actually be solved by tucking tanks into high-waisted bottoms, like jeans, shorts, and one of our favorites—a billowing maxi skirt.

And let’s not forget about the crop top. StyleCaster shares how curvy chicks and any body shape can rock a crop top. High-waisted skirts, shorts, and pants are any crop-top wearer’s best friend because it’s just not cool to even show your navel anymore. Keep in mind that the tummy sliver is the latest trend and can be achieved with a crop top off the shelf, or by making your own by knotting a T-shirt you already own.

The important thing to remember is that the way many of these trends are actually worn has changed drastically since they first emerged. No longer does the crop top get paired with super-low rise jeans like we saw in the ’90s. Today, many of the most sought-after crop tops only show a hint of belly, making the look much more modest. Shorts no longer have to put your cheeks on display in order to be in style, and rompers are the best thing since sliced bread, as far as effortless chic is concerned, so why hesitate? I say wear what you love and enjoy the process, no matter your size!

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