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5:43pm After a bit of a hike and more than a few thoughts like, “Clinton can’t be this far — can it?” I hit Lola Y Maria, named for the owner and her husband’s respective mothers, which sticks out like a silk-clad thumb on its block. The owners of the store have strong relations with Latin American designers, which is why they have things you won’t find anywhere else. One entire side of the room was a series of skirts, dresses, and shirts in cotton and silk with the same striking silk screen on them of what looked like birch trees ($150-$260). The rest of the store was more of a hodgepodge — I found a cream DKNY spring coat from two years ago and some great Alicea sheer blouses in bright colors for about $90. I was also quick to sign up for their mailing list, since they have parties some Saturdays!
6:08pm Weary and now a bit chilled, I faced the trek back home with the soft rustle of my myriad shopping bags to keep me warm. I had my heavy bangles, my long beaded necklaces, my low-cut Ts and bustier, my sheer blouse and my cropped white jacket. Everyone feels a bit more daring in the spring, which is what makes the season so wonderful. So what if you look back at photos and wonder why you thought looking bohemian was so great since you worked as a paralegal and frankly preferred Banana Republic? Spring is the season of possibilities. Maybe you’ll love Cardio Striptease and maybe the new jackass will make your rational friend happier, if only for the warm months. Who knows? Maybe orange is even your color.