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What to Wear Wednesday: Spring Florals

Spring Floral 2017 Runway

If the runways are any indication of what’s to be hot this spring, we’ll continue to see a lot of stripes and graphic prints and metallic, but what’s back with a vengeance? Yup, spring florals!  And it couldn’t happen at a better time.  Nothing says spring like a feminine floral print.  The 2017 runways had all kinds of spring florals this year, both bold and daring ones and pretty and delicate ones.

Spring 2017 Runway Floral Prints

 

Lord knows nobody but celebrities can get away with wearing the whacky stuff straight off the runway, so here’s a few of my picks for how to do floral right this spring all of which are VERY accessible and all under $100.

Floral Tops

2017 spring floral tops

 

  1.  J Crew Silk Top in Vintage Floral     $60
  2.  Old Navy Floral Pintuck Swing Blouse      $24
  3.   Banana Republic Easy Care Off the Shoulder Floral Top   $88
  4.  Guess Dylan Blouse     $69 
  5.  ASOS Blouse in Floral Print with Ruffle Front        $55  

Floral Bottoms

spring 2017 floral pants and skirts

 

  1. Closet London Prom Satin Midi-Skirt     $91
  2.  Avery-Fit Bold Floral Crop      $59
  3.  Samara Floral Print Maxi Skirt       $54
  4.  White House Black Market Floral Wide-Leg Pants      $70
  5.  Who What Wear Pleat Back Pencil Skirt       $28

And I’m not sure we all need 5 pairs of floral shoes, but I saw these and had to share – one pair in our closet is ok, right?  Okay, maybe two, one for dressy one for casual.

Floral Shoes

spring 2017 floral shoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1.  Nicole Miller Artelier Bardot Sandal    $90
  2.  Volley Australia Mid Cut    $70
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25 Gorgeous Spring Wreaths to Welcome the Warm Weather

I’m not sure about the weather where you live, but here on the Mid-Atlantic coast it’s been feeling like spring for the last week or so. This rush of warm weather has got me on a mission to get seedlings started (inside still) and skip right over the St. Patrick’s Day wreath in exchange for a fun and bright Spring wreath. While looking for inspiration I found so many great ideas. Here’s the 25 best and most gorgeous spring wreaths, I’m definitely going to duplicate one and maybe even a second one for the back door.

The Best of Spring Wreaths

the best spring wreaths

 

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Window Wreath How-To

In keeping with my love of classic colonial design, I have for years admired the timeless look of putting a wreath hung by ribbon in each window.  I also am a fan of a candle in each window during the holidays and have been sporting this look for some time now.  This was the year I decided to make the investment in wreaths for each of my 8 front windows, and it was neither as difficult nor as expensive as I thought it would have been.  Here’s how it’s done.  First, a before shot of my house, boring!

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You’ll need:

  • One evergreen or faux evergreen wreath for each window (most people only do the front of their home). I used 24” diameter wreaths for my windows.
  • Wired ribbon, I used 4 spools that were 10 yards each and at least 2.5” wide
  • Floral wire
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Stapler and staples

The first thing I did (and I bribed my kids to help which made it go SOOO much faster) was remove the screens from my windows and cleaned the glass.  This will allow you to hang the wreaths from the inside and will overall look very neat and clean.

Next, before you hang the wreaths you probably want to put a bow on them.  A bow can either be placed at the top or the bottom of the wreath.  I opted to put my bows at the top.  Making the bow is the most time consuming part of the whole process and I’ll be honest, it can take some practice to get them right.

Cut a length of wire about 5 inches long and place it nearby.  Take a length of ribbon of about 18 inches but don’t cut it off the spool, but pinch it at the 18” mark.  This will leave one of the 2 “tails” of the bow.  Take about 3 to 4 inches (depending on how large you want your bow to be and how big your ribbon is) make a loop and repinch it.

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There’s going to be a lot of pinching going on for the next few minutes – warning – your fingers will probably cramp up.  Turn the ribbon about a quarter turn and make and pinch another loop.

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Repeat this process several times until you have 5 or 6 loops, just until it looks right.  Brilliantly descriptive, eh?  Take your pre-cut length of wire and wrap it around the area where you are pinching and twist it very tight so that the loops stay intact and are held together.

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Pull the ribbon another 18” from the spool and cut it free from the spool.  Angle cut the end of each tail.  Ta-da! You made a bow.  Once you get the hang of this technique it is such a great skill to have in your repertoire for gift wrapping, floral arranging, it really comes in handy!

Next, it’s on to attaching the ribbon that will actually hang the wreath.  Pull several feet of ribbon from the spool (will depend on the size of your window and the size of the wreath).  I like to hang mine about halfway down the window so about 3.5 feet of ribbon was enough for me.  Again, leave this length of ribbon attached to the spool and wrap it around the “top” of the wreath leaving an overlap of about 4 to 6 inches in the back.  Staple the ribbon where it overlaps.

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I also like to add a few dots of hot glue between the 2 lengths of ribbon to really hold it.

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Next attach your premade bow.  You could hot glue it on, but over time, especially if you live in a warm climate, this could come free, so I prefer to wire mine on.

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Take a length of about 5 inches and wire the bow to the wreath.  Since I put my bow at the top of the wreath I wired mine around both the wreath and the top ribbon for extra security.

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Now it’s time to hang your wreath!  You could measure out exactly how long you want to hang them but I used the grids on my window and just eyeballed it.  Open the top of your window and dangle the wreath out, holding onto the spool end of the ribbon.  Lower the wreath to the place you want it and close the top window.  Cut your ribbon from the spool with about 5 inches to spare.  Use this excess to tie a knot (depending on how substantial your ribbon is you may want to do this several times over so your wreath stays secure in the window).  If you have wood windows you could also thumbtack them to the frame, but the knot method works for vinyl or wood windows.

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Cut off any excess ribbon hanging inside the window.

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Repeat for all of your windows, and once complete be sure to take a trip outside to make sure they all look even and if necessary just pop inside and reknot if a wreath needs to go up or down!

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I got both the wreaths and ribbon on sale and spent under $40 for the project.  Besides cleaning the windows it took me about 2 hours to complete and hang all 8 wreaths, though I did have this little helper.

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Window wreaths: Follow this simple tutorial to add classic holiday charm to your home exterior with window wreaths!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get to decking those halls!