Drake. Florence + The Machine. alt-J. This year? You need an ensemble as killer as the Coachella lineup. Below, we’ve pulled together the essentials for your weekend in the sun (whether you’ll be stage side or jamming in your hometown).

Coachella Trends

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April 8, 2015

Pair models in the hottest sandals with pups galore and what do you get? An utter treat. Vogue tapped photographer Bruce Weber for an April 2015 shoot entitled “3 Models, 16 Dogs, and Spring’s 12 Best Sandals.” And it’s safe to say that the mag knows the way to my (and everyone else’s) heart.

Vogue Puppies

Image via Vogue

The main focus here should be this season’s must-have gladiator sandal. But honestly, I can barely handle the cuteness. From Gigi Hadid and Jessica Hart in gilded knee-highs to a border collie named Diva rocking laced-up pairs of her own, this shoot is just too doggone great.

Vogue, please keep these high fashion pups coming. (Don’t make me beg.)

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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March 31, 2015

For your vintage haul: Nix that stale, old-clothing smell from your recent secondhand purchase. Grab some activated charcoal (try the fish section of the pet store), toss it in a large sealable bag with the garment, and let sit for 24 hours or up to a week.

For spring picnics: Prep for lunches in the park by transforming a basket tote into a backpack. Fasten two belts around the basket, top to bottom. Then loop your arms through to secure the tote on your back.

For a stubborn zipper: Chances are, your coats have worked overtime this winter. Encounter a stuck zipper? Dab petroleum jelly on it with a Q-tip to get it sliding smoothly again.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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March 9, 2015

We’ve been patiently waiting to trade in clunky boots and parkas for ankle-baring wedges and breezy dresses. The good news? Warmer weather is oh-so-close. While it’s not exactly time for a full-blown closet swap yet – keep the bikinis and beach towels tucked away for now – you can start making subtle switches.

Spring Style Swaps

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March 2, 2015

We’re beyond excited that spring is officially here. And even more excited that we can finally ditch our winter leathers in favor of a few bright and breezy seasonal items. But with warm-weather dressing comes a few delicate challenges – and that, friends, is why one should always have SPANX® on hand.

SPANX® on Rue La La

Our SPANX® Boutique opens Thursday, March 20, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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March 20, 2014

No matter how cold our iPhone® says it is, we can officially say it’s spring come March 20. 

1. Nothing makes us smile like a fresh bouquet of tulips.

2. Pull out the picnic baskets. We’re bringing the sandwiches (and the wine).

3. Biking to work is a lot more enjoyable once the ice disappears.

4. Relentless rainstorms are just another excuse to buy new Hunter boots.

5. More daylight hours? A reason to pick up some sunglasses.

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March 18, 2014

Guys, let’s be honest. We were over winter before it even started. Here’s to kicking cold weather to the curb and planning a killer spring.

1. Forget sweater investment. Put that money toward your shoe game. (Bright wing tips, anyone?)

2. Find a way to get your hands on these car keys. There are digits to be scored at stoplights.

3. Start polishing your clubs now. You’ll want to fit in as many golf courses as possible this season.

4. A round of craft beer always tastes good, and a view just makes it better. Rooftop bar it is.

5. Time means a little less this time of year, but a watch (cough, Rolex, cough) is always an eye-catching addition. 

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February 25, 2014

Pinboards
1. We’ve started planning for Memorial Day – and this board has our dessert table covered.

2. Are you as pumped for a coffee break as we are?

3. Color us crazy, but some of these vibrant combos are blowing us away.

4. Our sleep space could use a revamp. Cue the inspiration to get us there.

5. These luxe hair accessories have us rethinking our everyday ponytail.

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April 30, 2013

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1. It’s officially spring, and we couldn’t be happier.

2. Warmer weather means hosting a garden party, stat.

3. In honor of Lilly Pulitzer, we’re taking a look back at her best style moments.

4. We can’t help it – we’re already dreaming of the beach (and planning our new swimwear outfits).

5. These black and white photos are just the calming inspiration we need.

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April 9, 2013

Everyone loves a beautiful garden in spring – that’s a given. But the foresight to start planting seeds immediately after the last frost? If you’re like me, you don’t have it. But don’t be discouraged by getting a late start in the garden. That’s what flower bulbs are for!

If you’ve been perusing flower markets recently, you’ve surely noticed them. And here, a guide to the most common (and beloved) ones you’ll see in the coming weeks. Consider this your (semi-belated) gardening primer.

Spring Flowers

Early Spring (March – April) 
Daffodils, irises, and scilla are among the first to blossom. These flowers come in shades of yellow, blue, and more (irises can be practically every color of the rainbow), and make the garden instantly brighter. Though they all take a few months to reach their colorful best – irises in particular hit full stride in summer – these flowers are the first to kick off the spring season.

Mid-Spring (April – May)
Come the middle of spring, tulips – one of the most popular seasonal flowers in the world – begin to bloom. They’re so revered they inspire festivals all around the world, from Albany, New York, to India. And while primrose are traditionally thought to be the earliest spring flower – the name derives from the Latin word for “early” – they are joined by azaleas and magnolias when they bloom in mid-spring.

Late Spring (May – June)
In the last weeks of spring, look for lilies, lilacs, and peonies. The emergence of these flowers means the seasons are progressing from spring to summer, bringing with them a whole new range of flowers to ogle.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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April 8, 2013