Springtime Crushes

We had a little taste of Springtime here in the Atlanta area here recently, and it really got me to thinking about spring trends and my spring wardrobe and what updates I might like to make.

Some of these are not new or original, but are patterns, trends, and accessories that I am crushing on this springtime!


Florals for spring isn’t exactly ground-breaking information, but rather sort of a given, but I am not normally a florals kind of gal.

Crushing on more abstract and super vibrant versions of springs hottest, and most timeless, trend.

Daphne Wrap Dress by Tracy Reese

Daphne Wrap Dress

And pairing a gorgeous floral embroidered Tee with some sneaks and some jeans?

Rebecca Embroidered Top

Stunning and fresh!

The Rebecca Embroidered Top by Eva Franco. And I love the black piping and the back is solid black as well. A very slimming and classic silhouette.

And finally, the Terrarium Pleated Maxi Skirt? So lust-worthy and absolutely beautiful!

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And who doesn’t love a good maxi skirt? One of my favorite spring and summer staples. Slap on a fitted tank or tee, an easy denim jacket, and a great pair of sandals are you are off for an afternoon of fun in the sun!

Jade Hued Jewelry 

Ever heard of “spring green?” Make everyone “green with envy” with these spring-hued fun accessories!

Malechite Hoop Drop Earrings 

Malachite Hoop Drop Earrings

Simple & perfect elegance is encapsulated in the Elys Necklace from one of my favorite jewelry designers, Judith Bright.

The stone proudly on display is a Serpentine. (Comes in a variety of stones) Think this would look just lovely layered with other gold necklaces.


Embroidery is everywhere this season! And it’s all about the extra details on spring and summertime classics.

A beautiful, classic Embroidered Top in Cotton Voile just perfect for springtime!

Embroidered top in cotton voile

Even jeans are getting in on the action…

Pilcro Embroidered Mid-Rise Straight Jeans 

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Spring Garden Embroidered Clutch 

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Perfect accessory for that springtime wedding you plan to attend or even Easter Sunday!

Neckerchiefs & Bandannas 


How the scarf makes a grand transition to springtime…

Mabel Kerchief Square Scarf 

Mabel Kerchief Scarf

Who could resist a classic leopard print bandanna?

women's leopard bandana - women's accessories

Lightweight Kimonos 

In spring & summertime, I practically live in jeans, chinos, tanks, and a lightweight cardigan or kimono. Dress them up, dress them down, they are practically perfect in every way!

Mia Floral Kimono 

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Marbella Kimono 

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Marbella Kimono

There’s just something about the soft knit of that one that I just love… so dainty and ladylike!

Dolores Chevron Kimono 

Slide View: 1: Dolores Chevron KimonoHope this gives you a little inspiration for this upcoming season!



Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Green Olives

Y’all. I am a believer in this piece of kitchen equipment.

Mom and I took an Instant Pot class (part of her Christmas from me this year) at Sur La Table recently and we made 3 delicious recipes, but more importantly, it gave us confidence in how to use and alter recipes to suit this piece of machinery. So far, since the class, I have made baked sweet potatoes and this ultra delicious, restaurant-quality Tuscan Lemon Chicken with Green Olives.

It utilizes some pantry and refrigerator staples, some you may already have on hand right now, along with a few fresh ingredients, and ultra-easy to cook & eat chicken thighs.

So, let’s get started!

Tuscan Lemon Chicken with Olives 


  • 8 medium chicken thighs, skinless
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 medium onion, small diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or white wine, used for deglazing the pan & adds much needed moisture for pressure cooking later
  • 4 sprigs of fresh Thyme, leaves removed from the stems
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced in rounds or small wedges and the seeds removed
  • 1 cup of green olives, whole or sliced in half (be sure the pimentos are removed)
  • Parsley for finishing, optional


Generously salt and pepper both sides of the chicken thighs.

*This is the only time you are seasoning the chicken itself, so be generous!

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Brown both sides of the chicken in the Instant Pot set to “Saute” function in just a few tablespoons of your favorite cooking oil so the chicken doesn’t stick to the pan.

Don’t worry about cooking the chicken through at this point, that comes later. Just focus on reaching a nice golden color. Remove chicken from the pan and allow to rest on a plate or platter. Set aside.

Add the diced onion and garlic to the pan and saute until translucent and fragrant. Then, add the chicken broth or dry white wine and scrape up all the brown bits on the bottom of the pan from browning the chicken and the veggies.

Add the lemon sliced, thyme, and green olives and stir to combine. This is the base for the luscious sauce the chicken will cook in.

Arrange the chicken thighs on top of the onion, lemon, olive mixture and secure the lid. Turn the Instant Pot to “Pressure Cook” and cook for 15 minutes.

At the end of the 15 minutes, release the steam at the end of cooking time, unlock the lid, and serve the chicken thighs covered in the sauce.

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This dish is amazing served over rice, couscous, potatoes, or even served alongside a tossed green salad.

The chicken thighs are so tender and incredibly moist and provide the perfect amount of richness to the dish that probably couldn’t be achieved with boneless breasts. However, should you want to use chicken breasts, adjust the cooking time accordingly.

It’s so quick and so easy, and is one of those recipes I make and think “this could easily be served in  a restaurant!” It really is that good!