By Jesse L. Brooks


After the small hint of warmth and sunshine last week, we couldn't help but get Springtime on our minds. The chirping of birds and the blooming of flowers aren't too far off, so this week we wanted a look that wouldn't throw us into Spring too early, but will showcase that we are more than ready for it. Valentino infuses its collections with a timeless elegance and artisanal craftsmanship inspired by its haute couture heritage – and this ivory midi dress adorned with floral decorative piping is a particularly striking example. It is made in Italy from double-faced crepe and conceived with a feminine collar and a gathered waist, then finished with circular eyelets and scalloped edges for a rich display of texture. Keeping shoes chic and neutral, we opted for a no frills design that can easily be paired with many other looks in your closet. Gianvito Rossi's 'Portofino' 100 sandals are quietly accented with a rounded buckle on the ankle strap and set on a fine stiletto heel that continues the streamlined two-tone pattern. Just like the heels, we wanted to go understated with accessories, especially when it came to the perfect bag. The Bienen-Davis' Max clutch is composed in Italy of beige calf hair trimmed with cream grained leather.This luxurious style is designed with a sleek round disk zip pull and a delicate chain strap, hand-dipped in 24k gold. Since we kept everything else so subdued, it was time to add a fantasy piece via the jewelry. While this beauty might not be practical in price, it sure is great for some glamorous inspiration.  This stunning 18 karat rose gold ring showcases sparkling pavé leaves, made with a combination of 224 champagne diamonds and 73 white diamonds. How's that for a little added shine?! For our last finishing touch, it was all about incorporating a soft, bronzey hued lip. Remote private islands where warm weather lasts all year and one day blends into the next, inspire the Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Collection. This lip formula creates a beautiful, foil finish perfect for day or evening wear. We can't think of a better way to kick start a pre-spring wardrobe than with this stylish display of 'Petal Power'.