Stephanie Granada is the Style Editor at Southern Living, the leading magazine for Southern culture. Stephanie oversees the fashion and beauty department, showcasing the best of emerging Southern designers, tastemakers, trends, and fashion and beauty news. Here Stephanie picks her favorite items that sum up “Spring Style.”
In honor of Southern Living’s first-ever fashion cover and 30-page spring style flip book (out this week in the March issue), I’m welcoming the season with this assortment of light, springy products . Good-bye cold, bleak winter.
Laboradite Solitaire Ring – I’m really into dainty jewelry right now. I would stack this ring with a couple other ones, maybe even some mismatched metals.
Lovers & Friends I Heart Floral Dress – Cicada in Oxford is one of my favorite boutiques in the South. Anne-Marie does a great job of curating trendy pieces that satisfy the taste of the town’s college gals, but also young professionals, and older women. Her shop for guys is super on-point as well. This sweet floral tunic (despite it being called a dress, I don’t think anyone can get away with this hemline) is the perfect transition into spring. Wear it now with black skinny jeans and on warmer days with worn-in, Raleigh Denim shorts.
Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray – As a Florida girl, I love the wavy, beach-hair look. With this spray, I just spritz on damp hair, tousle strands around a bit, and go.
Lyonstate White Popover Blouse – Lyonstate in Florence, Alabama, has the formula down on “borrowing from the boys.” I love that this button-down is updated with a trim fit and banded collar.
Jules Reid Floral Opera Coat -This Jules Reid coat is both elegant and daring. I can just see it floating dramatically as you walk along.
Loeffler Randall Snakeskin Pump – With bow details and snakeskin, these strike a nice balance between edgy and sweet.
Giorgio Armani Red Lipstick – I resolved to wear more red lipstick in 2014. It instantly glams up any look. For day, I soften the intensity by dabbing the red color with my finger and blending with a pinkish gloss.
Found Floor Lamp – I don’t think anyone loves the fluorescent lighting found in offices. I like that this lamp kind of looks like a telescope or a mic stand.
Chinese Teapot – I’m much more of a tea than coffee person. This 1840s teapot is pricey, but so gorgeous.
Handcrafted Serving Board – On pretty spring days my favorite lunch is a cheese-and-jam spread on a patio. These are so many great cheesemakers in the South. Some of my favorite are Belle Chevre, Sweet Grass Dairy, and Everona Dairy. Serve them with some crisp, hard cider from Foggy Ridge.
Peter Nappi Pocket Watch – I’ve always wanted a pocket watch. It feels so old-world and masculine.
Helen Gurley Brown’s Single Girl’s Cookbook – Arkansas native Helen Gurley Brown is one of my favorite characters in magazine history. In this book the former Cosmo editor dishes on her trusted recipes with chapter titles like “How to Feed the Lovelorn.”
Salemtown Board Co. Skateboard – This spring I want to pick up a new hobby like learning how to skateboard. At the very least, this Nashville-made board will make me look cool with my younger brother.
Filson Wheeled Carry-on Bag – I travel two or three times a month, I need a bag that is chic, roomy, and super durable. And wheels are always a plus—you don’t want to be running across an airport with 40-plus pounds on your shoulders.
Stephanie Granada is the Style Editor at Southern Living, the leading magazine for Southern culture. A member of the editorial staff since 2010, Stephanie was the associate travel editor before taking on her current role this year. During her time at Southern Living, Stephanie has traveled to every state in the South reporting on cocktail, food, art, and style across the region. Now, she oversees the fashion and beauty department, showcasing the best of emerging Southern designers, tastemakers, trends, and fashion and beauty news. Raised in Miami, Stephanie attended the University of Florida where she graduated with degrees in journalism and anthropology. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Sgranada.