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Fashion fun: spring musts and lusts

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Yes, this is happening in my yard right now…

Spring has sprung over here on the golden coast, bringing back all of my favorite blooms and ushering in some fresh fashion inspiration. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some chunky knits, boots ‘n’ skinnies and patent Tory Burch Revas, but there’s something so freeing about the return of bare shoulders, flowy minis and maxis and pastel-polished toes in towering wedges (hello sexy calves!). And what I especially love about spring –or spring on the coast, at least – is the fact that its mild temperatures still allow for plenty of layering and a sexy-meets-modest mode of dress. Tucked-in button down with short shorts? Yes, please. Maxi dress with denim vest or cropped jacket? Def. Lace belted mini dress with oxfords? Drool. Okay, where’s the damn AMEX?

In the name of spring shopping fever and perhaps a small desire to live vicariously through O.P.C. (Other People’s Closets – yeah you know me!), I thought it would be fun to explore what some of my other California dollies – from NorCal to SoCal and between – were wearing and wanting this season. Like me, perhaps you’ll find some saucy spring pieces to add to your lust list…

I’ll go first.

#1 MOI (Morro Bay, CA — halfway between S.F. and L.A. on da coast)

MUST: WHITE DENIM

  • I adore the crisp, polished look of white denim, and how it can perfectly set off bold or pastel colors. This cute, cuffed AG pair can be dressy with a blazer and heels; preppy-chic with a chambray button-down, Ray-Bans and wedges; or casual cool with an oversized, half-tucked tee and flat, strappy sandals. http://www.anthropologie.com
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AG “The Stevie Roll-Up”

LUST: A BRIGHT CROSSBODY

  • I’m kind of a basics gal, so I’m dying to add hues like Citron, Electric Blue, Jungle Green and Lobster into my spring wardrobe mix via a small crossbody bag that brings big color. This little Rebecca Minkoff mini could seriously sass up a backdrop of denim, black or white, and it’s petite size makes it look appropriately effortless for the carefree nature of spring. http://www.nordstrom.com
Rebecca Minkoff 'Mini M.A.C.' Shoulder Bag

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mini M.A.C.’ Shoulder Bag in Sunny

#2 NICOLE (Redding, CA – my hometown and about as NorCal as it gets…rep-re-sent!)

MUST: SHEER, FLY-BACK TANK

  • I’m loving this pastel peek-a-boo tank right now because it can be dressed up with white skinnies and a pair of wedges or worn to a casual barbecue with flip-flops and cut-off shorts. Looks great with a basic tank underneath, or if I’m feeling a little more daring, a lace-back bandeau. http://www.forelyse.com
Nicole Sheer Fly-Back Tank

Lush Sheer Necessity Top

LUST: THE COLOR MINT

J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg

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Kate Spade Seaport Watch

#3 NAOMI (Fairfax, CA – just northwest of San Francisco in Marin County)

MUST: BOLD BIKINI

  • This crazy-patterned Mara Hoffman two-piece is my go-to for swimming this spring. The bustier top offers more coverage than my typical bikinis, so I can also think about wearing it out at festivals and under sheer tops. www.marahoffman.com
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Mara Hoffman Two-Piece

LUST: RETRO SUNNIES

  • Love my Burberry sunnies, but I’m ready to throw them over for these delectable Retro Keyhole Persols I’ve been lusting over for weeks. I love the caramel/toffee color and the unique shape. http://www.nordstrom.com
Persol Retro Keyhole Polarized 54mm Sunglasses

Persol Retro Keyhole Polarized 54mm Sunglasses

#4 EMILY (Menlo Park, CA – on “The Peninsula” between S.F. and San Jose)

MUST: WHITE, OPEN-KNIT SWEATER

  • I’m a little obsessed with the chic, easy nature of white right now, and I’ve been wearing this sweater on a near-daily basis. For my casual office, it’s easy breezy with cuffed boyfriend jeans, a cropped army jacket and spring wedges; at night, it’s instant glitz over a bright tank with black skinnies and sky-high heels. www.roweboutique.com
LnA Open-Knit Sweater

LnA Open-Knit Sweater

 LUST: FUNKY WEDGES

  • If you know me, you know I’m no stranger to ridiculous shoes. My motto: if they don’t go with anything, they go with everything. Lust is too tame a word for what I’ve got going with these uber funky, coral almost-wedges. With a black jersey tank dress and a little denim vest — perfection. Or cuffed shorts and a beachy button-down. Or, good lord, this chiffony maxi and a messy bun? Be still my beating heart. www.ninewest.com
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Boutique 9 by Nine West “Umberta”

#5 STEPHANIE (Monterey, CA)

MUST: THE COLOR ORANGE…AND STRAPPY WEDGES

  • I’m really into orange right now. I love adding a little pop of color to completely transform an otherwise ordinary outfit. And wedges are of course a must for spring. Loving these Sperry strappy ones in Burnt Ochre. http://www.sperrytopsider.com
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Sperry Harbordale Wedge Sandal

LUST: FLORAL DENIM

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Paige Denim Verdugo Ankle in Flea Market Coral

#6 SARAH (Redondo Beach, CA)

MUST: TAN SLINGBACKS

  • Love how this Nine West pair can work with a spring silk dress or skinny jeans and a yellow silk blouse to create a great day to night outfit. http://www.ninewest.com
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Nine West Slingbacks

LUST: PASTEL SKINNIES

Joe’s Jeans Straight Ankle in Coral Mist

Do tell. What are YOUR spring musts and lusts?

XO JJ

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