The rebirth of the seventies is dominating the spring and summer trends this year: flowing pant legs, tassels and fringes everywhere from purses to open-toe boots and platform sandals – even Birkenstocks are spreading love to eager feet all the way from California to North Carolina. But flowers, my child, are reigning supreme. Blooms abound this season with bold colors that can be mixed and matched with patterns of all sorts. For those of us who prefer the subtleties of the blossom more than flagrant or shocking flower power, below are some sneaky ways to add a little bloom to your life.
Everyone should have more than one pair of shades to complement all your wardrobe styles, and these UV-protective sunglasses with tinted lenses and plastic frames add flower power at an affordable price. I mean, we’re likely to lose them anyway, right? $8 Available at H & M stores.
Spray and play all day with this new fragrance from Kate Spade New York. Walk on Air has subtle floral notes of lily of the valley, magnolia and white iris. Remember to layer. 1.7 oz. $75. Available at Nordstrom’s
Wear these with EVERYTHING! Put some pep in your step with these YBuvia heels from Aldo. Wear them with rolled up overalls, capris, denim dresses or just listen to us and wear them with everything. Let everyone else watch where you’re going. $80 Available at Aldo stores.
We even found a way to add some flower power to your condiments. This whimsical Courtyard Flower Figurines salt & pepper set will splash the right amount of happy to any luncheon setting. $25 Avallable at Belk stores – online only.
The super bling of this Betsy Johnson watch adds just the right amount of bloom to your wardrobe without over doing it. We can’t think of a prettier way to watch time pass by. Betsy Johnson Floral Boyfriend watch .$69 Exclusively at Dillard’s.
Let the raindrops fall on your head with this adorable floral umbrella from Totes. We are especially fond of the hardwood handle. $13. Available at Target stores.
What more can you say? Its Parisienne. Who doesn’t dream of Paris in the Spring? If Paris isn’t on your To-Do list this Spring, you can enjoy this black and white striped ruled journal with floral accents from Ferai. If nothing else, you can write a short story about falling madly in love with a dark-haired someone when you finally make it to Paris. $15 Available in Papyrus stores
We never leave home without it, so you might as well trick it out with flowers too. We fell in love with this blue floral iPhone 6 case from designer Tina Turk. $35 Available at Best Buy
Forget bringing sexy back. We want to bring letter writing back. This Botanica Green Daylily Ballpoint pen from Cross makes writing sexy again with its three floral designs on a pearlescent ivory lacquer background. $95 Mori Luggage & Gifts
Add a little floral fragrance to your space with this Thai Lily Demi Lustre Jar from Illume. We love the look of the distressed glass on the demi jar. Savor the exotic hints of gardenia and Asiatic lily in this long-burning paraffin-soy wax blend with essential oils and all cotton-wick. $14 Available at Paperbuzz, Raleigh or http://www.illumecandles.com/store-locator
Lenox Chirp Floral Dinnerware Collection 9-inch accent plate is a sneaky – but not too subtle – way to add the season’s Spring floral motif to your kitchen. Call up some friends and listen to them “ooo and ahh” over these made-to-stand-out plates. $27 Available at Belk stores.
Take everything from our list, throw it in this bag and conquer the world with this PVC tote with gold accents from Diane von Furstenberg. $249 Available at Neiman Marcus