A Toast to Punxatawni Phil

Ok, I’m a fan of winter and the beauty of snow, etc. etc. etc., but as I left for Pilates today it was 7 degrees Farenheit here in Princeton. I don’t care who you are, that’s nasty! As I bundled up, cursed silently and rounded a corner I got a blast of Arctic air so shocking that it sent me into a mental flash-back to…Ground Hog Day.

Toasting Groundhog
I’m well into middle age, and for the life of me, I can’t remember a single year that Punxatawney Phil hasn’t seen his shadow…but he didn’t this year and that means we’re going to have an early spring! It makes me want to take the little fella to dinner!

Seriously, I’m so on to Spring that I can’t wait to get our RUMMAGE SALE going next week. Sure, we’ll be selling cashmere sweaters at discounts that make me sweat, but you know what? It’s time for SPRING! Already colorful tops, skirts and dresses are nudging the woolens aside and starting to suggest warm summer afternoons, outdoor dining, lawn parties and the like.

I’m psyched about this year’s Spring Buy too. Ok, I’m not thrilled with the continued and inexplicable popularity of the “Baby Doll” or “Expecting Mother” look. My store manager and I were at the L.A. Market earlier in the month and honestly you really couldn’t tell who was pregnant and who wasn’t!

I’ll tell you what else I’m happy about – COLOR and PATTERN! Last year we were glutted with neutrals -khakis, sand, oatmeal, tan, and so on. Polka dots
I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing like a bold stripe or a pretty polka dot to make me think SPRING!

Here’s what’s cute and new and in the store now – from one of my favorite and most whimsical designers.

Sarah Campbell.

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