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!

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!

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

High-flying chic

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 andjumpsuits, but I do remember playing dress-up in my mom’soverstuffed closet of platform shoes, beaded jewelry and longflowery dresses. Some of it definitely still holds up. But if thethought of sporting bell-bottoms and halter tops this summer makesyou sweat like John Travolta on the dance floor, have no fear. Hereare a few ways to ease yourself into fashion’s new favoriteera.

  • 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.

What would Mary Tyler Moore do?

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

It’s an easy trend to embrace and if you stick with themore stable and comfortable wedge versions, rather than theankle-twisting stiletto numbers, you’ll be able to leap your waythrough the grocery store, PTA function, business meeting andcarpool lane in a single bound. Here are a few pairs I think areperfect for trend-setting moms from the city tosuburbia:

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

Uncork a little

Remember when you were 8 and you plucked those silky whitepetals from their seats around that big yellow table, waiting tosee if you’d land on “love” or “loves me not”? The daisy is one ofthe happiest and most humble flowers around, and this spring it ismaking its debut as a design trend to embrace.

Fill your home with a fresh bouquet of their inexpensivesmiling faces, or visit The Paper Source, where you’ll find a funnew line of daisy-inspired décor to create yourself. Attach a fewgorgeous sheets of daisy wrapping paper to the back of a bulletinboard with spray adhesive to create a high-end and happy backdropfor 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 asa no-kill arrangement, or hole-punch one petal on each flower andstring them on a long piece of raffia or twine to create a sweetgarland for your mantel or your daughter’s headboard.

He loves me, he loves me not

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