Top of the morning to you, March! This month’s finds are geared toward getting your house and wardrobe ready for spring. I’ve added a little Irish green in for luck.
Eli the Good
Written by Kentucky author Silas House, Eli the Good is technically a “young adult” book. But Jay Schwandt at Carmichael’s says it is a wonderfully poignant read for any age, and he recommends anything by Silas House to all comers. This book is about a 10-year-old boy and the turmoil his family goes through with his Vietnam vet father in the summer of 1976. www.carmichaelsbookstore.com
This perfect, quilted, patent-leather flat comes in many shades. Consider this your workhorse flat for spring, summer and fall, and it’s comfortable, to boot! Available at Monkee’s of Louisville for $225. www.monkeesoflouisville.com
If I never see my warm scarf again, it will be too soon. Let’s transition to spring colors and fabrics! Lilly Pulitzer is a perfect place to start with this beautiful green and blue infinity scarf. Available at The Peppermint Palm, this is the Riley Infinity Loop Scarf in Shorely Blue and Sunnyside, for $78. www.peppermintpalm.com
This convertible crossbody hobo by Moda Luxe is the best of both worlds: You can hold it satchel-style with one of the handles or cross it over your cute outfit as a crossbody. Plus it’s a beautiful green, perfect for March. Available at Clodhoppers for $108. (You can find the cute dress and scarf there, too.) www.clodhoppers.com
I’m a lover of gingham for all seasons, but gingham in the spring really speaks to me. Here is a beautiful collection of Scott Barber gingham button-downs for your man from The Fashion Post, available for $145 each. www.thefashionpost.com
FOOD AND DRINK
The Nutty Irishman
The spring menu is out at Heine Brothers, hooray! In a nod to March, try this Nutty Irishman, a latte made with Irish cream and hazelnut, with Heine Brothers’ fair trade and organic espresso. heinebroscoffee.com
Training for the Triple Crown, the mini-marathon or the marathon? You’re going to need to be hydrated on your long runs, and these Nathan Sports hydration belts are perfect. They are lightweight, don’t chafe, have a small storage pocket and come with two water bottles. Sold at Ken Combs Running Store for $25 and up. kencombsrunningstore.com
These caught my eye at Digs because you could use them so many ways: To label food for a party. To write notes to your family. For reminders. You could buy one animal or buy the whole farm. $5 each. (They are sitting in front of a very nice birdhouse that is for sale there, as well.) digshomeandgarden.com
Another great gift idea, for yourself or someone else: a high-class scoop. It’s always good to stock your home in the spring for company, especially in advance of the Derby. These marble-handled scoops are $35 at Merridian Home Furnishings. www.merridian.com
These stone coasters at Robin’s Nest Interior Design cover two favorites: Derby and St. Patrick’s Day. Again, great for a gift or a little splurge for your own home. These are $45 for a set of four coasters. robinsnestky.com
Mini Mason Jar Shakers
These mini Mason jar shakers are perfect for your table, and there’s one in addition to the normal salt and pepper. Its wider holes are meant for shaking out red pepper flakes or Parmesan. Now, that’s genius. Available at Mary Katherine’s & Me for $27. marykatherinesandme
Decorative trays for your coffee table or ottoman come in small, medium and large in all styles of navy key graphics at Colonial Designs. Ranging in price from $46 to $74, buy one or all three for a quick spring update to your home. colonialdesigns.net
Tired of having to tell everyone what’s on your cheese tray? Here’s a quick fix: Decorative fork ends with cheese names on them. Just stick a fork in it — you’re done. (Sorry for the pun.) Available at Tassels for $52 for the set of six. www.tasselslouisville.com
Stick a fork in winter, too! It’s done!
Goodbye, Old Man Winter, and hello, Spring!