Shopping, Style and Beauty

5 Promising Spring Trends

Well! Spring is only about 72 days or something like that away, and for those of us mired in the freezing misery of the East Coast, looking forward to springtime and the clothes and accessories that come with it-are one of the few things that make wintertime bearable at all.

Plenty of the trends of ’09 will be sticking around into the springtime but there are a few new looks to anticipate that I think we’ll be seeing a lot of, come the first crocus blooms.  Take a look.

Purple Lip Gloss

It seems like the kind of thing that could only work on women of color or on Gwen Stefani but, like red, there is a purple hue and intensity for every skin tone.  The one that I love the most being pale and pink skin-toned is the Lipstick Queen Draw On Lip Gloss in “Mystery. It’s a really nice, light sheer gloss that goes on smooth and doesn’t make me look like I’m in a Portishead video.

Low Heels

Finally! You don’t have to worry about broken femurs or anything else.  Everyone, myself included, loves how high heels make you feel and look, but if you live in a city where you do a lot of walking its just not an option. I’ve always felt that there was something cheesy about wearing sneakers to work and then changing into heels, so unless you have a car and driver or incredibly strong ankles vertiginous heels are a headache better saved for special occasions.  Low heels, flats, oxfords and even -ugh-kitten heels are back for spring so revel in them while the trend lasts.


I have a feeling I’m gonna stay away from this one because of a bad experience I had with Lucite and clear plastic in general,  this one time in 7th grade. I was a super horrible trendy fashion victim and bought a clear plastic raincoat from some terrible store on like 8th Street, which I thought was fabulous and paired it with a mini Lucite handbag that looked like a small trunk. Remember those ones?  The kids in my school were not so fashion forward I’m afraid and teased me about it until I abandoned it altogether. So none of that for me. Unless I can find a cool bracelet….

Thick Braids

For those of you who can do it now’s the time.  Make a low braid, sling it over your shoulder and call it a day. Bonus points if its a little messy.  Work some product into damp hair, kinda muss it up around the crown and braid it up.  Then you’re done and when you finally unbraid your hair at night you’ll have really pretty waves. This is an especially nice style in hot weather.

Aqua Everything

Aqua or Turquoise, has been declared by Pantone to be the Color of 2010.  See you in hell, mimosa. If you can’t or don’t want to wear it in a dress or a top form, choose a little accessory, a ring, or nail polish. It can wake up a basic ensemble. Just avoid pairing it with yellow.

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Ashley Friedman - Cornerstore Correspondent

Ashley Friedman - Cornerstore Correspondent

Like most kids, Ashley grew up in New Jersey. Unlike most kids the Friedman's televison set acted as a third parent, imbuing young Ashley with the stern moral values of Claire Huxtable, the dramatic tendencies of Brenda Walsh and the earnest hopefulness of the blond kid on Silver Spoons. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence Ashley made her way to the Park Slope area of Brooklyn where she can currently be found reading foreign fashion magazines, scouring ebay for vintage heels, eating out in restaurants and otherwise stretching her meager income as far as it will go in NYC.


  1. Anna G - Caliburg Contributor
    January 8, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I also had a bad experience with clear plastics. In elementary school, I once crazily advised my BFF to get clear doc martens. She was teased mercilessly about it for the whole year, mostly because our private day school was filled with a bunch of the biggest group of asshole kids I’ve ever encountered, but still…I felt bad.

  2. Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe
    January 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Lucite just reminds me of stripper heels.

  3. Alexi Lawless
    January 13, 2010 at 5:11 am

    I’ve convinced myself that wearing sneakers with your work clothes to commute is totally okay if you’re pairing them with leg warmers. That’s my delusion and I’m sticking to it!