SPRING TREND: Rainbow Brights

A model on the runway at Chanel's Spring 2014 show at the Grand Palais. Credit: Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild Photo Service.

In about 15 hours, I'll be cruising among the clouds en route to a little place called Cuba. I know, I know, poor me. So why am I taking off in April you ask? My oldest, dearest friend, who I've known since I was 4, is getting married and luckily, she decided to say 'I do' on a beach. #yay

So, I'm packing up my husband, kids and suitcases full of beach-ready finds to spend a week celebrating my friend's love story. While I was packing my brightest things, it made me wonder why we don't dress like we're on vacation all the time? So many of us choose the most practical things on the racks, the things we'll get the 'most wear out of' which is not only terrible sentence structure but is also incredibly depressing. Getting the most 'wear out of something' is a sentence that should be promptly abolished.  

My head might already be in the clouds but in my pre-vacay state of mind, I say let's start only buying things that make us happy. The rainbow bright looks that Karl Lagerfeld sent down the Chanel Spring '14 runway are a perfect example of fashion joy. Why choose one fav colour? Every-hued pieces let us have our rainbow cake and eat it, too, and while you might not have worn so much colour since grade 1, spring is the perfect season to get insanely colourful. To feel appropriately adult-like, I've toned down these rainbow-hued finds with stark black & white which has an instant grounding effect on every look, keeping you looking modern and grown-up without taking away any of the fun.

With wedding season top of mind, I've shown 4 looks that would be perfect for any bride or wedding guest, but would be just lovely for loads of other occasions, too...

ps - Off to pour myself a mojito while I pack. Practice makes perfect, right?

Knit Floral Jumper, $60, H&M; Striped Ottoman Skirt, $39, Smart Set; BCBG Duchess Bootie, $135, Hudson's Bay; Statement Earrings, $15, ALDO; Formula X Polish in Hot Coral, $13, Sephora.

Jones NY Blouse, $60, Hudson's Bay; Classic Long Trench, $498, Coach; Floral Scuba Skirt, $60, H&M; Laser-Cut Clutch, $25, ALDO; Studded D'Orsay Pump, $150, French Connection at Town Shoes. 

 Anne Klein Striped Shirt, $67, Hudson's Bay; Geometric Infinity Scarf, $30, Roots; Perforated Boots, $56, American Eagle; Distressed Skinny Jeans, $56, American Eagle; Short Trench, $108, GAP.

Marci Striped Heel, $198, Coach; Ralph Lauren Cat-Eyes, $250, Sunglass Hut; Ruffle Dress, $25, H&M; Ponte Moto Jacket, $40, Smart Set; Zip-Top Clutch, $7.95, H&M.