The March Edit With Caroline

Spring has officially sprung, and no matter what your current weather conditions are, it’s a time to celebrate warmer, light-filled days ahead. I’ve been stocking the stores with all of my spring staples, from dresses and blazers to sandals and handbags. And with Easter celebrations just around the corner, we have all the seasonal gifts, like candles, decorative bunnies and gardening essentials for sprucing after the winter hibernation. So, for this month’s edition of The Edit, I’m sharing my curated collection of spring favorites for your wardrobe, garden and Easter gifting. 

When the first day of spring arrives, I’m more than ready to shed a layer or two. But despite wanting to trade in my coat and boots for a dress and sandals, I like to keep a few light layers around when the weather's fickle. The wool Tyra Jacket from Mackage is perfect for light, yet cozy layering over blouses and dresses. It’s handmade and tailored for a relaxed, draped fit and features a leather and wool sash belt detail and is a great staple for day or night.

A wrap dress is flattering for every body type and the Vanessa Bruno Wrap Dress is my current favorite. The feminine floral print and sarong-like silhouette makes it versatile enough to wear with sandals or sneakers. And speaking of sandals, my go-to are these simple, yet elegant Jackie Mid Heel Sandals from Loeffler Randall. The nude color goes with anything and the minimalist style elevates denim, dresses and even shorts. For a more casual look, I love these organic cotton canvas Veja V-10 Sneakers. They're made from sustainable materials and the pops of orange and red add a hint of spring to your look.

I'm a denim lover year round, and right now I’m loving the relaxed fit of the Courtney Slim Jeans from R13. Made from rigid Italian indigo denim in a washed black wash, this slim straight style can be dressed up or down. I’m pairing mine with a feminine blouse, like the Rosita Print Flutter Sleeve Top from Sea NY or this terracotta eyelet blouse from Soeur.

I love accessories for their functionality and ability to quickly and easily freshen up a look. The Yenky Bag from Isabel Marant Étoile has a roomy silhouette, and the everyday shopper style makes it a must for work, running errands and weekends away. With sunnier days ahead, the TK-3 Sunglasses from Oliver Peoples are my current go-to style.

I'm excited to refreshen up our kitchen garden, so I’m pulling out all of my essentials, starting with these gardening gloves. The extra long cuffs protect my arms from scratches, bites and sun exposure and I love the pretty floral print. And I don’t leave the house without my Gardener Lattice Hat. It’s handcrafted in Mexico from palm straw and the wide brim offers great sun protection.

Last year we planted many of our herbs and vegetables from seed using seeds from Hudson Valley Seed Company and had some great results. So this year, we're doing the same and I’m loading up on the Ragged Jack Kale and Arugula, which I like to toss into salads and smoothies in the warmer months. This Seed Chute and these Wooden Seed Labels are also super handy when starting seeds and keeping track of what you’ve planted.

For trimming and pruning, I just started using this new Pruner with Sheath and love the durable steel construction and old-world Japanese design. I also just picked up these popular Garden Scissors, which were featured in Magnolia Magazine and Dwell. They have an ambidextrous grip and the wide handles provide a comfortable fit.

For those looking to start an indoor herb garden, the Cilantro Garden Jar is a must. It features a self-watering herb kit that fits inside a mason jar and is outfitted with a hydroponic “wicking” system that brings water and nutrients up to the plant’s roots. So just add water and set in a sunny window.

With the Easter holiday upon us, I have put together some favorite seasonal gifts for friends and loved ones. Our bestselling hand-poured Heirloom Tomato Candle is back, and the scent is getting me ready for warmer weather. As a bonus, the dust cover on the candle is plantable with basil, parsley and chive seeds. This set of handmade Sumac Wax Candles is a lovely hostess gift, as it has the perfect burn time for dinners and beautiful aesthetic. Pair them with these Nest & Egg Matches.

Embrace the charm and whimsy of spring with this Doe Rabbit Statue, a sweet gift or decorative addition to your home. A personal favorite of mine, the Dandelion Paperweight will delight garden lovers and spring enthusiasts alike. And for the cook, this set of floral reusable Beeswax Wraps is a great sustainable alternative to plastic and aluminum foil. Use it in the office, at school or on the road to cover bowls, leftovers, sandwiches and so much more.

Learn all about garden fragrances in our newest book The Scentual Garden. It's organized by both familiar and unusual plants, shrubs and trees, and includes examples of garden designs that will delight the senses. The artful botanical images and award-winning garden photography make this lovely to read and thumb through.

Adding a pop of floral print to your wardrobe is a fun way to celebrate the spring season. I love this scarf from Jane Carr, which features an eclectic mix of prints and colors in a super soft modal and cashmere blend. Wear it as an accent piece or for added warmth. And to lounge in, the Thistle Kimono is lightweight and can be worn around the house, by the pool or with jeans and a tank – the options are endless.

When I think of this season, the expression "out with the old" comes to mind. For me this is a time to reflect on what's working and what isn't, and ignite those creative plans that have been hibernating all winter. I hope my curated collection of spring favorites inspires you as we enter into this new chapter.

Sending lots of love,

 

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