Fab finds for Chicago moms this spring


I don't know about you, but I am beyond ready for all things April. It's that glorious month when you begin to embrace color again and the first peeks of your perennials can bring tears of joy to your eyes. (OK, so maybe it's just your allergies, but stick with me here.) This month, I've unearthed some of the hottest spring trends in order to help you welcome the new season in style. Here's your green light, girls, now GO!


High-flying chic

Bring a bit of L.A. style to your subdivision. Aviator sunglasses are the definition of cool. Slap a pair of these pilot-inspired shades on your over-tired eyes and you're instantly jettisoned into the "I could be a celebrity if I wanted to" stratosphere. If you feel like treating yourself, go for the original Ray-Bans. If you just don't trust yourself in first class, pick these up at Target. I like the Xhilaration Wayfarer sunglasses in purple, $12.99, target.com.


What would Mary Tyler Moore do?

They're baaaaack. Yes, the '70s have returned and I have to say, I'm kind of loving it. I was a wee girl in the era of disco and jumpsuits, but I do remember playing dress-up in my mom's overstuffed closet of platform shoes, beaded jewelry and long flowery dresses. Some of it definitely still holds up. But if the thought of sporting bell-bottoms and halter tops this summer makes you sweat like John Travolta on the dance floor, have no fear. Here are a few ways to ease yourself into fashion's new favorite era.

  • Jack by BB Dakota fiore chiffon with lace blouse, $49, Piperlime.gap.com.
  • Tinley Road embroidered vintage tee, $34, Piperlime.gap.com.
  • Printed maxi dress, $59.99, gap.com.

Uncork a little

Cork isn't just fabulous for your kids' bulletin boards and as a stopper for your favorite fermented libation. This year you'll be seeing it on many girls' feet. Cork is getting a little sole.

It's an easy trend to embrace and if you stick with the more stable and comfortable wedge versions, rather than the ankle-twisting stiletto numbers, you'll be able to leap your way through the grocery store, PTA function, business meeting and carpool lane in a single bound. Here are a few pairs I think are perfect for trend-setting moms from the city to suburbia:

  • Chinese Laundry Dare wedge sandal, $49.95, dsw.com.
  • Madden Girl Klenn printed wedge sandal, $36.95, dsw.com.

He loves me, he loves me not

Remember when you were 8 and you plucked those silky white petals from their seats around that big yellow table, waiting to see if you'd land on "love" or "loves me not"? The daisy is one of the happiest and most humble flowers around, and this spring it is making its debut as a design trend to embrace.

Fill your home with a fresh bouquet of their inexpensive smiling faces, or visit The Paper Source, where you'll find a fun new line of daisy-inspired décor to create yourself. Attach a few gorgeous sheets of daisy wrapping paper to the back of a bulletin board with spray adhesive to create a high-end and happy backdrop for all those notes and photos.

Pool daisy and persimmon daisy wrapping papers are both $2.50 per flat sheet at paper-source.com.

The pre-cut and ready-to-roll daisy-making kits, $16.95, paper-source.com, are my kind of craft project. Use the flowers as a no-kill arrangement, or hole-punch one petal on each flower and string them on a long piece of raffia or twine to create a sweet garland for your mantel or your daughter's headboard.


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