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Signs of Spring

Here in the 209 the signs of spring are all around with the blooming flowers, budding greenery, chirping birds and flitting butterflies. It’s a time of renewal, which makes it an ideal season to add in some new vitality to a wardrobe that’s awakening from a winter slumber. 

Photography instagram - koreebrughelliphotography

Model instagram - deissyespinosa_1


Prints inspired by the beauty of nature are ideal for springtime. A silky camisole with a black background makes for a perfect backdrop to play up the floral motif. Paired with black crops and a frayed denim jacket gives a sexy edge to the softness of the top.

Denim jacket by Lucky Brand; Camisole by Intimately Free People; Black jean crops by Parker Smith; Necklace by Joia.


Some of the trendiest colors this season draw inspiration from the sun shining overhead. A striped tie-front blouse is made all the more vibrant by using colors seen during a sunset, like marigold, fiesta orange, and lilac.

Blouse by Miss Me; Denim skirt by Mother Superior; Necklace and bracelet by Lucky Brand.


The new life unfurling and blooming in spring has a softness and delicacy to it that can be represented in fashion. This mini sundress expresses a simple elegance with small floral details and easy flowing ruffles.

Dress by Free People; Hat by DNY; Necklace by Joia.


Whether it’s bright, pale or golden, or in stripes like this shirt, yellow is the color of spring. “Yellow in all its various shades, is a very popular color for spring this year,” said Helen and Louise owner Jackie Goodwin. 

Shirt by Lucky Brand; Jeans by Mother; Necklace by Lucky Brand; Purse by Antik Kraft.


The clothing, accessories, and jewelry are all from Helen and Louise in downtown Merced. Opened in 1944, the women’s boutique is one of the oldest in the nation. The store has been at its current location at 1804 Canal Street for 19 years and is owned by Jackie Goodwin, who travels routinely to fashion shows to make sure the store has the latest styles.