Avant Garb: Spring Zing

Avant Garb: Spring Zing

It’s finally spring time! And that means you can break out all of those whimsical colors, fun floral patterns, and flowy skirts. I love spring time fashion. There’s nothing better than that first day of the year when it’s finally warm enough to ditch the jacket and wear something nice, light and airy. Plus, you can really go wild with the color. It looks like Allie had that exact idea when I ran into her recently while on a stroll in Mount Vernon. Her look screams “It’s finally spring time, hurray!”

When asked about her style, Allie replied, “My style is a bit of a compilation of a bunch of different things. I can’t really put my thumb on any particular term because I just wear what I feel good in that day! I was a collegiate soccer player and then, immediately following, an assistant coach. So, my daily style for the previous 5 years was made up of athletic leggings, sneakers, and t-shirts in black, white and forest green. Any time I got to “play dress-up” was exciting for me. But now that I’m not as deep in the athletics world, I’ve been able to express myself through clothes on a regular basis which is so fun. I love bright colors and wear them throughout the year. I’m a big fan of mixing textures, patterns, and colors with my outfits. My style may be all over the place, but I just wear what make me happiest that day. And today finally felt like spring so I had to pull out a bright, happy outfit to celebrate!”
Her outfit is cute, and when you take an up-close look at the ridiculously adorable details, it’s even cuter.

First off, I love her cherry-patterned blouse from JC Penney. The red is dramatic, but the white feels light and airy, making it the perfect fun, colorful pattern for the first nice day of spring.

Her shoes are from White House, Black Market and blend perfectly with the yellow of her skirt (which she got off the Macy’s clearance rack for only $50. I love that she keeps the bold color trend going throughout her entire outfit, and somehow all of the different colors mesh together really well.

Her bumble bee dangle earrings are one of my favorite details about this ensemble! Maybe even more so than the cherries. What is more appropriate for spring time than a bumble bee? She said she borrowed these from her mom who got them from New York & Co. This is definitely a great spring time accessory, and I love that they have a little bit of sparkle to them.

Her sunglasses are also very stylish. And believe it or not, she got them from Old Navy for only $5! Allie said she followed her mom’s example as a huge sale shopper. Her mom taught her well!

Another gal who is ready for spring time! Alisha’s spring time look couldn’t be cuter. Her pastel pink pleated skirt from ASOS is so darling, and perfect for the season. She’s flawlessly balanced this skirt with a nice light and breezy tank from Mossimo by Target, making the overall look feel more casual and buoyant. This outfit works well for the office or for a lunch date with friends or family.
Here is what Alisha had to say about her personal style choices.
“I love PINK, if it’s cute and pink I HAVE to have it. I also love eye catching elements, like the bow on this skirt, that turn traditional and ordinary items into modern and extraordinary. I also can’t resist a deal, ASOS is great because they have tons of deals, and you don’t even have to leave your house. I LOVE shoes and can’t get enough, flats are a go to since I am tall anyway, and they are super comfortable. Target always sucks me in, I will go for a specific item and I find myself wondering through the clothing department; before you know it, I am buying two or three cute tops. What can I say, I am a girl who loves shopping!”

One of my favorite details about this skirt is the bow on the back of it. How cute! This bow really makes the look feel young, playful, and adds that extra interesting detail that will set this skirt apart from the next one.

Alisha has done a really great job of styling this outfit in a simple, youthful way. I kind of love the fact that she hasn’t weighed it down with any jewelry, making it feel more casual.
Alisha chose to pair this outfit with pearly ballet flats that are by TopShop from Nordstrom. The flats add a little glam to the outfit and helps maintain the delicateness of her look. Overall her outfit feel graceful, feminine, and soft, and is full of spring time vibes.

FOUND: As always, I can’t go more than a week without stopping into at least one of my favorite Baltimore vintage shops. This week I stopped into Milk & Ice Vintage in Hampden on The Avenue. While I was in there, I saw this super interesting patterned, light green rug bag in the window. I LOVE the cheetah print that is mixed into the print. Take a look!

This rug bag is so cool and totally one of a kind. I love pieces like this because you’re sure to stand out with it. It’ll be a conversation piece and before you know it you’ll be getting compliments left and right on how interesting and fun it is. And the price isn’t bad at all – only $40. This bag would be perfect for a day at the beach or pool. It’s roomy, feels durable, and could definitely handle a little bit of sand. Go grab it before it’s gone!

Elizabeth Massing

One look at Elizabeth Massing and you see her fabulous sense of style and artistic self-expression. She combines old and new, classic and trendy, luxurious items and vintage steals.  “Fashion and what you wear should be a statement of who you are and how you feel. You shouldn’t be scared to take risks. It should be fun and make you feel good, no matter your budget or fashion experience,” she says. For Elizabeth, fashion is a way to tell her story.  “I like my stories full of fun and excitement, history and romance, and - from time to time - a little drama. Bold fabrics give me a thrill. Couture makes me swoon. Daring pairings are a magnetic force I cannot overcome,” says this B-more native. Elizabeth also loves to see the “stories” other people tell, which may come from her work in publishing and media as HR Director for The Agora Companies, where - she says - creativity and originality is always encouraged. Now, she’ll be relaying some of those stories to us in her column, “The Haute Find.”  “It’s about finding style on the street, in homes, and out-and-about. It’s an adventure looking for textures, fabrics, and how people add layers of details and interest to their wardrobe.” So, ramp it up, Baltimore. Maybe Elizabeth will be “telling” your story!