Spring 2011 Favorite Things

Things I’m loving right now…

Brightly-colored bikinis. See, I’m not always in black!

Bling for my bikinis. Jersey Shore ain’t got nothin’ on me!

My Juicy Couture pool tote. Fits towels, sunscreen, magazines,  hats, and then some.

Juicy Couture flippies. You know I don’t do even flip-flops the regular way.

My tan American Apparel zip clutch and gold-based statement rings and bracelets. But you knew that, right?

Freshly-painted grey bedroom walls. Thank you Hubby!

Catching up on blog reading and shopping via iPad, in bed. Love my iPad 2!

Figurines of Hubby and me. ♥  Wink, wink.

What are you loving right now?

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V is the founding editor of GRIT & GLAMOUR, a professional content developer by day, and a die-hard Southerner. When she's not writing or trolling Instagram, she's spending time with her other loves: her Aussie husband and dog Macy.

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  1. June 7, 2011 at 9:49 am — Reply

    Opposite season here but loving my iPad2 – in bed commenting in your post with it!

  2. June 7, 2011 at 10:03 am — Reply

    “Juicy Couture flippies. You know I don’t do even flip-flops the regular way.”

    LOL! Great list.

  3. June 7, 2011 at 10:08 am — Reply

    Ok.. no. 1 – start packing coz Bronte waits for you during summer time
    and no.2 I want an Ipad so bad.
    lee x

    • June 13, 2011 at 7:43 am — Reply

      Bronte, Bronte, Bronte! When the time comes, I’ll be there with bells on + my bikini! It must happen this Christmas. MUST! xo

  4. June 7, 2011 at 10:31 am — Reply

    Love the colorful bikinis!! HAHA…jersey shore has nothing on you! Ipad2 is totally on my 2011 wishlist, and your bling is gorgeous!

  5. June 7, 2011 at 11:13 am — Reply

    my my, you’ve got an awfully long neck 🙂 and i dont know why i find “smells like couture” so amusing heeehehe

  6. June 7, 2011 at 11:28 am — Reply

    I am loving you!!!

    • June 13, 2011 at 7:56 am — Reply


  7. June 7, 2011 at 11:43 am — Reply

    Oooh so many lovely things in this post! I just love your bikinis and wish I had the confidence to wear one!

  8. June 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    I’m loving your 8 things!! The bathing suits are great. Love the colors!! I really need to just buy that clutch already. I’ve been dying to get one!


  9. June 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm — Reply

    I was getting more and more palpitations as the photos went on! I’ll have one of each please 🙂

  10. June 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    I do indeed think all bikinis are improved by this kind of bling. Get thee to Ibiza 🙂

    Great Spring things! (I love that you have these figurines, I have a Cylon and Captain Apollo in my apartment!)

    • June 13, 2011 at 7:46 am — Reply

      Agreed. Bring the bikini bling!

  11. June 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    Love all the jewelry and the American Apparel clutch!

  12. June 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    Jersey shore go hide! I love that you wear fab flip flops, as it happens, I don`t do regular ones either. HA! Beautifully painted walls too, I am also painting my living room french grey. Lovely. The figurines are lovely, I loved that post of you both channeling Cruella de Ville et husbond. Do you really miss him sweetheart? I am thinking about you every day, as I always do. Hugs to you.

  13. June 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm — Reply

    FRESH OUT: Spring 2011 Favorite Things

  14. June 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    So many goodies!! “@gritandglamour: FRESH OUT: Spring 2011 Favorite Things”

  15. June 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    You’re just all set for the season aren’t you? I like the Juicy Couture tote, your AA clutch and your new walls! The color looks so good! I don’t think I’ve ever seen grey walls before!

  16. June 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm — Reply

    I’m loving my new sunglasses and a ring I’m about to complete!

  17. June 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm — Reply

    Haha! I love your humour V, those figurines are so cool, what’s even better are those infamous V-fabulous statement rings! Just bought two new bikinis that I cannot wait to wear (as soon as The boy & I get a holiday). Love all of these! 🙂

  18. June 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    Thanks love! RT @considermeluvly: So many goodies!! “@gritandglamour: FRESH OUT: Spring 2011 Favorite Things”

  19. June 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    Those bikini’s are gorge…Love the bright colors and the chevron/Missoni print! I’m loving all things maxi and my plaid shirt! xo

    • June 13, 2011 at 7:58 am — Reply

      And you do both so very well!

  20. June 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm — Reply

    Makes me wish I were by the sea! Never tried wearing jewellery at the beach but now I’m very very tempted to. 🙂
    Thank you for posting your faves!

    • June 13, 2011 at 7:59 am — Reply

      Go for it! And thank YOU for commenting!

  21. June 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm — Reply

    Thank you Nikki! RT @stylingyou: Love this list – especially ipad! RT @gritandglamour: Spring 2011 Favorite Things

  22. June 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm — Reply

    Spring? What’s that? We didn’t have one of those seasons in NY this year — went straight into blistering summer, boo! I’m about to paint our MBR dark grey — it’s too bright to be relaxing — although your wall shade is tempting! Heehee, love the Jack and Sally as that’s how the Punk Glam King and I refer to ourselves — we were married on Halloween! Off to cool this sweaty bod in the pool!

    • June 13, 2011 at 8:05 am — Reply

      Hi Suzanne, thanks! Jack and Sally…cute. Hubby and I haven’t renamed ourselves, but I can tell how he feels about me by looking at the figurines. If he’s mad, I’ll find Sally on the other side of the dresser, or bloody face down!

      RE: The paint. My BR is light grey, and bathroom is medium-to-dark grey gloss. Love it!

  23. June 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm — Reply

    @gritandglamour puts Jersey Shore to shame and shares her fave things for spring.

  24. June 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm — Reply

    Jack and Sally/you and the hubs are too cute. Those Juicy Couture flip-flops are gorgeous, and I’m usually not much of a Juicy fan (love Viva la Juicy, though) or a flip-flop fan for that matter. I take my whole laptop to bed for late-night blog surfing, but I wouldn’t mind having an iPad!

  25. June 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm — Reply

    @gritandglamour puts Jersey Shore to shame and shares her fave things for spring.

  26. June 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm — Reply

    What am I loving right now?? YOU!! And this post! All of the things you show just absolutely scream V-style! Your comment about the Jersey Shore cracked me up!! I love the Nightmare Before Christmas too.

    • June 13, 2011 at 8:06 am — Reply

      Aw, thanks Yvonne!

  27. June 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm — Reply

    Okay, maybe three is the charm… “feedler” keeps shutting down on me while trying to leave a comment! Here goes again…

    Spring? That season seemed to have bypassed us here in NY this year. We skipped right into sweltering heat! (Just got back from a cool swim, but tomorrow its supposed to top out at nearly 100, ugh!) Love my iPad too, and of course I wish I could upgrade to iPad 2, but honestly can’t complain as it’s served me well for almost a year. Travel with it is a dream! Love the shade you chose for your bedroom — I’m about to paint our MBR grey as well! (Dark grey though, as it’s too glaring for the room to be relaxing.) Heehee I say Jack and Sally (or Morticia and Gomez) are my husband and me too — we were even married on Halloween!

  28. June 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm — Reply

    Is it OK to be green with evny after reading this post? Because I’m lusting after not just the material things in it but after the lovely sunshine you must be having there as well. Thanks for suggesting I enter my blog post on the Links at IFB. I’ll take a stab at that.

  29. June 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm — Reply

    Eeeeep! I want me an iPad 2! I love all of these things. Those figurines are seriously too perfect, V.
    I am loving my neon bikinis (much like yours), summer fruit and my pattern dresses.

    Gasp* I need me an arty ring!


    • June 13, 2011 at 8:12 am — Reply

      I knew you’d love the bikinis! Although I wear mine on the shady side of the pool! ; )

      Thanks, Princess!

  30. June 8, 2011 at 12:23 am — Reply

    Awww! xoxo RT @anikabyanika: @gritandglamour puts Jersey Shore to shame and shares her fave things for spring.

  31. June 8, 2011 at 1:24 am — Reply

    I’m looking at my bookshelf and thinking about how it needs an upgrade 🙂 Any books you’d suggest? Or shoes, haha, those are on my shelf, too!

    • June 13, 2011 at 8:17 am — Reply

      Now shoes…I could suggest a gazillion of them! Books, not so much. Haven’t read one in a year! I’m a magazine/Internet girl. 🙂

  32. June 8, 2011 at 6:33 am — Reply

    lovely post on some really lovely possessions, especially those Juicy Couture flip-flops, I love the charm detail. This post has also reminded me how I need to do some bikini shopping 😉

  33. June 8, 2011 at 8:33 am — Reply

    Love the last picture especially, since I am a Tim Burton fan. I was just at the YSL Rive Gauche boutique in Manhattan on Sunday, lusting after bags, and saw some of their rings. I thought of you instantly!

  34. June 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm — Reply

    My new caramel leather BCBG Girls boots. Some dude in Seattle. Anchor Steam Beer. Ice Cream. The Fruit Bats. YOU.

    • June 13, 2011 at 8:39 am — Reply


      I happen to think you’re pretty great too, Bella! Thanks!

  35. June 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm — Reply

    Love the last picture! I’m a HUGE Tim Burton/Nightmare before Christmas fan. Good to know that you are too!

  36. June 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm — Reply

    I’m loving your things too! Especially those pimped up flip flops!

  37. June 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm — Reply

    Can you just beam your baubles and clutch on over to me? Haha! Come across any fabulous bright colored maillots? My bikini days are over.

    • June 13, 2011 at 8:43 am — Reply

      Thanks Kristin!

      You know, I see so many one-pieces I LOVE, but I’m long-waisted, so they’re always too short on me. I’m sure you’ll find one soon. Swimwear has come such a long way in the last several years!

  38. June 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm — Reply

    AWWWWH V darling your imagery is amazeballs (I am obsessed with this word as you see!) Great post! I think I will share some of my favorite things!!

  39. June 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm — Reply

    These photos are eye candy. You’re too fabulous for words!

  40. June 9, 2011 at 1:14 am — Reply

    Inexpensive potted orchids from Trader Joes (a local grocery chain), my new black short-sleeved rain coat (which I’ve found is perfect to wear drawing because the sleeves are short and the long length keeps my lower back warm) and my new gel mani which has made my nails so strong!

    I love your poolside look!


  41. June 9, 2011 at 5:59 am — Reply

    I just love the bikinis and the flip flops!!!

  42. June 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm — Reply

    Love the figurines. LOVE the bikinis. Love the bikini jewellery. I want everything in this post, including that ipad! :)SarahD x

  43. June 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm — Reply

    Great post! I am loving your iPad. And your bling (as always!) And everything else too. Love the flip-flops and bikini tops are super cute.

    Right now I am falling in love with my camera again. I was on a photo hiatus but have started shooting nature-related pics again (along w/the occasional ring!).

    Also in love with my WendyB ring, and my Gucci heels and bag! I feel like life is finally complete.

    • June 13, 2011 at 9:14 am — Reply

      I’M in love with your Gucci heels and bag too!

  44. June 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    What I’m loving right now:

    1. My new twitter account (Yay! Took you up on your offer!) (!/FashionableESQ)
    2. MY new Ipad2 (we rock!)
    3. That my little blog has grown enough to host its first giveaway!
    4. Your JEWELRY!!! (YSL LOVE!)
    5. YSL Tribute pumps.
    6. SUMMER TIME = Vacations.
    7. Your blog! <3

    • June 13, 2011 at 7:37 am — Reply


      1. WOOT! Fantastic!
      2. Yes we do. And so does Apple.
      3. Yay! Going over to visit you in a moment.
      4. Thank you, doll!
      5. Amen to that. Now if I could just get a pair into my closet.
      6. I need one.
      7. And yours too!. xoxo

  45. June 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm — Reply

    hhhmmmmmm gold based statement rings and gold jewellrey, a weakness of mine! Excellent taste.

    ps. I’ve been reading through your blog over the last week or so and I have to say not only do you have a lovely, classy style I find your perspective interesting and refreshing. Keep on keep’in it real!

    ~Em K

    • June 13, 2011 at 9:15 am — Reply

      Wow, thank you so much, Em! I appreciate your kind comment and readership!

  46. June 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm — Reply

    I mean…..the jewelry are my favorite of your favorites….divine!


  47. June 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm — Reply

    Oh boy! LOVE your bikini tops…I have a problem with too many tops and not enough bottoms, I would like to also borrow all the jewelry in this post 🙂 and while we’re talking borrowing Ipad2! Gawsh I have ipad envy like a crazy person!

    I’m loving discovering my summer favorites as I switch out my wardrobe.

  48. June 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm — Reply

    I WANT those necklaces! I’m a long way from wearing bikini’s but I vowed that I wasn’t going to put on a bathing suit until I could fit the one that i wanted! I love the rings too. i’m accessory crazy this summer!

    • June 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm — Reply

      I forgot to put my favorite summer things

      1. My H&M Maxi Dresses, one ina Blue and White Print, and an ALL Black one.
      2. MY Prada color block wedges from the Spring 2011 Line.
      3. I have these two Necklaces that I got from H&M while in Rome.
      4. a Pair of Curvy friendly cut offs that I’ve had for 3 summers, I wear them all the time, and with time they gather more personality.

      • June 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm — Reply

        #2. I want!

  49. June 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm — Reply

    My birthday is coming up, so hopeful someone will be getting me that iPad 2 (please, please, please Jay)

    • June 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm — Reply

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  50. Luke
    June 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm — Reply

    Wow what a coincidence ! I like the same things ! (now)

  51. June 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm — Reply

    i’m catching up on your blog and saw this and had to comment! i love favorite things posts, they are so much fun. =) i used to have juicy couture flip flops and they were unbelievable. soo comfortable and beyond adorable. my only complaint is that they broke way faster than they should have. =( i hope the same does not happen to yours!!

  52. Michaela Lewis
    June 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm — Reply

    I envy you so much for that Ipad2 ! Gotta get one as soon as possible ! grrrrrrr

  53. June 23, 2011 at 7:34 am — Reply

    Hi darlings…thanks for commenting and sharing your favorite things with me too!

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