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Current by Susan Martin

Adventure dressing

Safari is one of those trends that resurfaces from time to time and, for some fans, never really goes away. This spring, the muted tones so often associated with the look appear on everything from casual pants to dressy dresses. And what would the safari look be without some animal prints – and actual animal motifs?

As InStyle magazine’s fashion director Cindy Weber Cleary writes in the May issue: “The mix of utilitarian details and animal prints lends itself to the urban (or suburban) jungle effortlessly.”

Mix it up

Whether it’s a capped-toe shoe or more of a color-blocking effect, two-tone footwear keeps you walking in style this spring. You’ll see solids mixed with familiar animal prints (more safari!) or snakeskin-inspired patterns, as well as classic solid combinations such as black and camel.

If it’s color you’re after, seek out casual flats, sandals, moccasins or boat shoes in fun color combinations as well as two-tone oxford-styled flats.

Green day

Readers of popular home and garden magazines may have noticed that green is having a moment. The cover of the May issue of Real Simple features walls splashed with Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Pear Green. And the cover of the May issue of Better Homes and Gardens features a kitchen with a sliding door in a very similar shade of green – Sherwin-Williams’ Garden Spot.

And finally ...

“Don’t scrub the soul out of your home.”

– Author Mary Randolph Carter