Thursday, April 9, 2015

5 Under $25: Accessories That I'm Loving for Spring

Spring is [supposedly] officially here, but here in the Northeast the weather still has been quite chilly. Every day this week I've been looking at gray skies and I'm still using my winter coat. Sigh. While I can't control what's going on outside, I'm certainly trying to have spring in full swing inside the house. It's a good thing that Whole Foods has been stocked with fresh tulips, they're my favorite flower to have in the house every spring and they bring such wonderful color and life into the home.

Updating your accessories is a great way to update your wardrobe or home for a new season; it's the small touches that often make a huge impact. Here are five accessories that I'm loving right now and they're all fast, affordable, and effective ways to take you into spring!

1. Lemon Zip Top Clutch (ASOS, $23)
This little clutch just simply makes me smile :) I love lemons! This pop of citrus livens up any outfit. The playful shape and design is perfect for a fun and casual weekend.

2. Yellow Wire Bin (Crate & Barrel, $16.95)
As much as I'm loving lemon yellows this season, I'm also loving wire bins. So, this one's pretty much everything I could ask for. Wire bins are perfect for organizing and storing anything, without the bulky appearance of solid and opaque containers. I especially love using them for storing bathroom accessories and also fruits and veggies. The see-through wire structure allows me to see everything at once (no more lost or forgotten items at the bottom of a bin) while still neatly corrals otherwise loose things, big and small.

3. Raspberry Dish Towel (IKEA, $4.99/Set of 2)
One of the quickest ways to bring a home into a new season is by updating the textiles. Bedding, curtains, pillows, towels... just introduce a pop of color or a fun pattern and your home will immediately feel as fresh as spring. Updating your dish towels is an easy and affordable way to do this. These raspberry prints from IKEA are adorable and--if you spend as much time in the kitchen as I do--they'll keep you happy with the thoughts of warmer and sunnier days to come.

4. Mini Bud Vases (CB2, $1.95 and up)
While bud vases are nothing new, I'm particularly fond of miniature ones. I also love the ones with shapes that feel organic, like the low glass bud vase pictured above that reminds me of a river stone. These tiny vessels are understated and elegant; a sprig of anything (even leafy herbs from the kitchen!) will appear elevated and precious. And at such an affordable price, I would scatter these all around the house--on a nightstand, in the bathroom, on my desk, next to the kitchen sink, the list goes on!

5. Kastor Vase (CB2, $16.95)
I often have fresh cut flowers in the home, but after they fade away, I usually have to put away the vase as well. What I love about this multi-faceted vase from CB2 is that its sculptural shape allows it to stand on its own as a decorative piece even without flowers. I find its shape equally geometric and organic, and the small opening essentially makes it a large bud vase. A few stems of your favorite blooms or simply a single leafy branch in this vase makes just as a strong statement as a full bouquet.

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