How to Wear Spring Trends at Work

We all want to look fashionable 24 hours a day, but adding a dose of style between 9 and 5 can be a challenge. Try our work-appropriate tips to incorporate spring’s trends into your office looks (without getting a call from HR.) Thanks to InStyle magazine for showing us how!

1. A Pattern Sheath

The Look: In the office or not, a well-fitting sheath is a wardrobe essential.
The Key: Two elements make this outfit double flattering: Vertical print panels give a slimming effect, while a wide belt gives an hourglass effect.

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2. Modern Suiting and a Graphic Tee

The Look: A jacket and blazer never looked so…chic.
The Key: A cropped trouser cut and emblazoned T-shirt give the traditional suit a whole new spin.

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3. Mixed Prints

The Look: Print-on-print can work from 9 to 5 if it’s in a more conservative silhouette.
The Key: Go for an outfit that’s busy in pattern but not in color. A uniform white or neutral background grounds multiple prints and gives them a cohesiveness.

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4. A Midi Skirt

The Look: A full skirt goes pro with the right pairings.
The Key: The mid-calf length is ideal for more conservative settings; add a slim blouse or blazer to balance out the volume down below.

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5. Layered Neutrals

The Look: A family of neutral knits is an excellent alternative to a traditional suit.
The Key: Play with varying lengths, but cinch those drapey fabrics with a belt!

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6. Black and White

The Look: Tried-and-true monochromatic always works, but a little detail offers a twist on the classic.
The Key: Add something: a brooch, a statement necklace, an accent detail on the shirt, to elevate the classic pairing.

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7. White on White

The Look: Head-to-toe white works for the beach and the office when armed with the right fit.
The Key: Keep the pieces polished, tailored, and crisp (anything too flowing will take on a Hamptons aesthetic), and either tuck or belt to keep fabric in line.

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8. Peplum

The Look: If there was ever a trend that worked for office, this flattering cut is it.
The Key: Look for a more subtle cut (anything too dramatic might be too fashion-forward for day), and add a slim skirt for a boardroom-ready pairing.

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9. Leather

The Look: The edgy material can make an appearance on the office floor when paired with the right pieces.
The Key: The clean lines of a bright button-down add just the right amount of polish to a full or pencil skirt.

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Springtime in the Kitchen

Spring brings along with it a new rotation of fresh seasonal fruits, veggies and herbs.  Martha Stewart shares some new recipes using the best of Spring’s ingredients.

Salmon Cakes with Sorrel Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound cooked or canned salmon, flaked
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups thinly sliced fresh sorrel leaves (4 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Mix salmon, potato, eggs, scallions, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the pepper in a bowl. Form into twelve 2 1/2-inch cakes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the cakes, and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining oil and cakes.
  3. Bring cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add sorrel and parsley, and cook for 2 minutes. Puree with lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender or a food processor until smooth.
  4. Spoon sauce over salmon cakes, and serve immediately.

Pasta with Spring Herbs

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound dried pasta, such as strozzapreti or fusilli
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped mixed herbs, such as parsley, chervil, tarragon, dill, and basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water according to package
directions. Drain pasta, then toss with mixed herbs, oil, lemon zest and juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, the pepper, and 1/4 cup Parmesan in a large serving bowl. Serve with remaining 1/4 cup cheese on the side.

Also take a look at Martha Stewart’s helpful Spring Produce Recipe Guide!

Spring Has Sprung

It’s officially Springtime!  Below are a few of our favorite Family Fun activities you and your family can do to welcome Spring!

Photo: kmdesign

Kick off your winter shoes and dress up your flip flops

Be fashionably ready for those April showers

Invite the birds with this quick and easy backyard bird feeder

Hang up a wind sock for the Spring breeze

Make Snow Globes for Spring, Without The Snow!

Spring No-Snow Globe

Here’s a twist on the traditional snow globe: fabric flowers, plastic figures, and a

Spring No-Snow Globepinch of glitter in a recycled jar celebrate the coming of the warmer season.
Materials
  • Clean jar with lid
  • Fabric flowers
  • Small plastic figures
  • Hot glue gun
  • Floral wire (optional)
  • Glitter and confetti
  • Teflon tape, also called plumber’s tape, found in hardware stores
  • Scissors
  • Green paper
Instructions
  1. Turn the lid upside down. Loosely arrange the flowers and figures on it, periodically placing the jar over the items to check for fit.
  2. Use the hot glue gun to adhere the flowers and figures to the lid. To attach the butterfly in our globe, we first hot-glued the figure to one end of a piece of floral wire, then hot-glued the wire’s other end to the lid.
  3. Fill the jar with water to within a half inch from the top and add the glitter and confetti.
  4. Dry the rim of the jar and wrap one layer of Teflon tape around the threads to ensure a leak-proof seal. Immerse the decorations in the jar and tighten the lid.
  5. Cut and fringe the green paper to make a decorative base and glue it around the lid.

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