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Weekend Vibes, Edition No. 211: Sunhats + The Shock of Daffodils.

*Image above via Sarah Bray.

My Latest Snag: Sarah Bray Sunhat.

I had been eyeing this gorgeous sunhat for some time, and then my girlfriends at Golden Edit offered it at a discount of 30% this week with code HELLOSPRING30 and I had to pounce. I am envisioning wearing it with all of the pretty spring dresses this season, and will probably wear it on Easter Sunday with this dress.

P.S. You can get the look for less with this $50 hat.

P.P.S. If I don’t wear the hat on Easter Sunday, I might wear this beautiful floral hair clip I just snagged.

P.P.P.S. If you’re still stuck on what to wear for the occasion, blue and white never fails and the dresses are suitable for so many other summer and spring occasions…

You’re Sooooo Popular: Acid Wash Denim + Gingham Phone Case.

The most popular items on le blog this week:

+Easy to wear everyday dress in on-trend acid wash denim.

+Gingham phone case.

+Pastel sip cup.

+Floaty pink dream. (Would work with bump, but even more maternity/nursing dresses here.)

+Cutest floral sandals for summer (under $130).

+My favorite towels for home — and to give as a housewarming gift.

+Get in on the patchwork trend with this $40 score!

+My Easter tablecloth.

+A great basic for your summer wardrobe: a white linen popover.

+Tiered cotton midi.

+Spring toddler pajamas for $17.

+Scalloped jute rug.

+Prep bowls with lids.

Weekend Musings: The Shock of Daffodils.

I caught sight of budless daffodil stalks on a small incline along my running route this past Monday, a surprise of green against dry roots and brittle twigs under one of the beautiful gray bridges arching over the bridle trail around Jackie O. Reservoir. Spring inchoate. Two days later, they’d bloomed yellow. I could see their sunny faces from a good eighth of a mile away. I felt profoundly hopeful as they came into focus. This particular spring — the spring of 2021 — runs metaphorical, emblematic, apotheosized: a spring for all time, or at least for my time, God willing. It is the thaw, the re-birth, the resumption of something. Of everything. We are not yet all the way through this pandemic but we are close to finding our way back into something less alien and isolated and dangerous.

I felt the same way, by the way, about Ash Wednesday — that it was an Ash Wednesday that represented more than it normally does, that seemed to play out against a broader theater — but hesitated to bring those sad thoughts to bear here. Every year, Ash Wednesday is reminder of our mortality, of the thin line between life and death: quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris. Dust thou art, and to dust thou shalt return. I did not need to think far or hard to apprehend that truth this year.

But the daffodils, their portentousness, our proximity to Easter — let us live here for a minute.


+Just the most darling earrings.

+This Mille-esque blockprint dress is $20 — run.

+Pam Munson bags are on sale for 25% off this weekend — I adore my Isla Bahia tote. Wore it all summer long last year!

+If you waited until the last minute to buy your little ones Easter jammies, you are in luck. Great options on sale here!

+Planting trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

+These new scalloped storage baskets are beyond cute.

+A bleached jute rug at a great price.

+This picnic blanket, in the red, white, and blue check, is perfect for summer adventures. Alternately, pack a blockprint quilt!

+One of my favorite stationery buys this year.

+Ready for cinco de mayo.

+Love bunny jammies!

+On having a backbone, and a wishbone.

+Strappy white sandals. More great spring and summer footwear here!

+If you’re still muscling through cold mornings.

+Love the color of this gingham button-down for boys.

+Warm weather wardrobe picks for little men and little women.

+Last-minute Easter finds here.

+Most comfortable granny panties.

+Cutest gingham shorts for a little boy.

+ICYMI: a cheery sweatshirt for spring.

+Angel of waters.


  1. Spring does seems to have sprung suddenly this year, right? It’s my favorite season, and it seems like I’m always waiting waiting for new leaves, flowers, etc, but this year they are already here! I’ve seen crocuses, snowdrops, hyacinths, daffodils, and forsythia blooming. And as a lifelong Midwesterner, I am skeptical, even though the long term forecast looks beautiful. I love that spring came early, but I don’t trust it!! I keep thinking of the year we got married (in April), when we had an absolutely gorgeous unseasonably warm wedding day…and then it snowed four days later. Ha. But I can choose to focus on new life and resurrection instead, like you said!

    1. Hi Stephanie – OH I so hear you. It’s not over until we’re safely ensconced in May. Although I will never forget the day I flew into Chicago on May 30th and it was snowing outside. Snowing. On May 30th. SNOW. So maybe June.

      Happy (tentative) spring!


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