Happy Thursday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
For those wondering what is going on in the photo above, that is the Chicago River dyed green for the holiday. It really must be seen in person to be fully appreciated, but it does give us an opportunity to say “hello” to several of our friends in that area, including Third Coast Prep, Daisy JD, Just Another Preppy Shopaholic (formerly Preppy Little Dress), Tippy L and many other friends.
Below left, a scene from the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Sydney, Australia, and on the right, a promotional event in Las Vegas that kicked off earlier this week.
Now you know why The Consort refers to it as the official start of what he calls Silly Season.
Next, quick looks at a few spring lines, beginning with these shots from Gap Outlet.
They are actually images going on posters at Gap Outlet stores this spring.
Regular Gap stores also have fresh new styles this spring for children, the navy jumper is cute as can be, as is the ruffled bathing suit.
More spring looks for children by upscale UK retailer Hackett.
These styles are from Hackett’s Little Briton collection.
Also new for spring, some of the boots at Sperry. Below we see the Pelican Rain Boot for girls.
But the new styles aren’t limited to the younger set, the women’s Bahama returns in multiple colors and patterns.
However… we thought about weddings we have attended where the bride slipped into her Topsiders after the ceremony, and knew these would have been a welcome alternative for at least one of the young ladies, she would have adored these for that one day.
The women’s Santa Rosa at Sperry remains appealing, especially for those more fashionable than your trusty scribe.
The women’s Bluefish is appealing.
But our heart will always be with the Original Boat Shoe.
Of course, the Cutest Shoe award has to go to the Baby Bluefish Prewalker.
With apologies to those who may have seen us mention this on our FB page, it seems we have no self-restraint whatsoever when it comes to “Knit Your Own ______” books. Behold, the Royal Wedding as envisioned by Fiona Goble.
As one might expect, Knit Your Own Royal Wedding provides the patterns and instructions to create your own royal wedding party. If all goes well, here is how the happy couple should look when you are done, along with William’s best man, Prince Harry.
The Queen looks happy, perhaps because of the presence of one of her beloved Corgis.
It looks like there are a number of fun projects in the book from what we have seen online, Knit Your Own Royal Wedding will be released on the 29th of this month.
bizarre obsession interest in that book comes on the heels of our fascination with Knit Your Own Dog, already available for purchase online and in some stores.
We thought the dachsund was so darling we
pestered alerted Muffy Martini.
We mentioned the cute bulldog to Tilly.
And need to tell La Belette Rouge about the Westie pattern, her darling Lily would want to know.
Do we knit? No. Never have, although The Queen Mother is quite the whiz with a knitting needle. We just find all of these to be irresistible.
We have a serious note from our friend Belle at the Beverly Hills Branche blog. She works at a divine jewelry emporium on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, Beladora, with the most incredible estate jewelry. That company, as well as Beladora II (carrying pieces at lower price points) are donating a portion of all sales in March to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund. We think the world of Belle and wanted to pass along this information.
Besides, we seize any excuse to go ogle some of the lovelies, like this vintage Clock & Compass charm.
We leave you with our favorite Irish Blessing.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Goodbye until next time!
ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:
- GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images
- David Becker/Getty Images