Spring Has Sprung! New Beginnings & My Style Obsessions for the Season

23 Mar

As of Sunday, Spring has officially sprung! That means Spring cleaning, a fresh start, and a whole new you! I recently finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which was a short but inspiring read. Basically, what I took from the book, and what I think is relevant for all of us, especially at this time of the year, is that we all have our own individual goals or dreams that we are working towards – the book refers to this as one’s “Personal Legend” – and that when we truly want something, all of the universe will conspire in our favor. In a sense, I believe this to be true. To some extent, we manifest our own realities. One of my favorite quotes on this topic is from the lovely Kelly Cutrone, from If You Have To Cry, Go Outside, and I’d like to share it with you:

“The universe constantly rearranges itself to support your idea of reality. If you’re always thinking, ‘Life sucks, and I suck’, you’re definitely going to see a lot of dismal shit out there.” – Kelly Cutrone

Considering current events in the world, it seems now, more than ever, each one of us needs to do everything we can to make this world a better place and help each other out. I am on a break between semesters at school this next week, so I plan to do some reflecting on the past year, and think about how I can make changes to help manifest the reality that I want. I want to help others and I want to follow and realize my own PERSONAL LEGEND! …and you should too! I am planning on taking some time to clear my life of clutter, re-focus, re-define my goals, and come up with realistic steps that I can take to achieve them, BUT, I digress. 

Before I start sounding like the Intrepid Preacher, I definitely recommend texting ASIA to 30333 to donate to the relief efforts in Japan, reading The Alchemist, and re-defining and setting your personal goals. Now let’s bring this back to clothes.


Like I said, Spring is about new beginnings and clearing your life of clutter. I can’t think of a better time to go through your wardrobe and clear out any pieces you no longer wear and donate them to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice. I just went through my closet the other day and I was surprised at how much I was able to donate. I suggest you all do the same – you’ll feel great because:

1) You are helping other people

2) You are creating less clutter in your life (which will probably equate to less stress and less distractions)

3) Now you can pat yourself on the back and reward yourself with some brand new Spring purchases!

See? Everybody wins! 🙂

Speaking of which… Now that Spring is here, I came up with a list of my current style obsessions for the season, and everything you need to be crowned the Spring King!

First on the list… CROCS! … just kidding.


Crocs a.k.a. The Enemy



While my current “covetables” are from a variety of labels, they share a common thread of Nautical or Military influence for the most part, which I tended to gravitate towards this season. I hope these selections will help inspire you when creating your own new looks for Spring!


Scott's Most-Wanted for Spring


A boy can dream right? 🙂 I’m just hoping that it is part of my Personal Legend to be surrounded by fabulous designer garments which I absolutely cannot afford. Maybe if I try hard enough, I can will it into reality? It could happen, right? 😉

I’m curious: What are your most coveted ‘Spring Things’ this year?

Until next time my faithful intrepids,

xx Scott


8 Responses to “Spring Has Sprung! New Beginnings & My Style Obsessions for the Season”

  1. Leta Landon 17/04/2011 at 11:51 PM #

    This book is a powerful force of common sense good thoughts.
    What a wonderful refuge from a negative world to read and breath in
    positive thoughts one page after another. After I read this I bought one for each adult family member “just because it is such a wonderful book.”

    One page each nice positive words strung together to make one ponder, and
    perhaps stand a bit taller after reading. Every day provides us with opportunites to make our portion of the world a bit happier for others. It all begins with a positive thought. As we think, so we are.
    Love and Laughter, Leta Landon

  2. Jennifer Avventura 26/03/2011 at 12:40 PM #

    Hello fellow Canuck!! Great blog. Found you through the forums. My furry crocs firmly planted on my feet. But they are my slippers and I don’t dare leave the house with them on.

    • intrepidtendency 26/03/2011 at 8:47 PM #

      Thanks a lot! 🙂

      Haha and don’t worry! I wear monkey slippers sometimes when I’m home on the computer! (shh… Don’t tell!)

  3. Jan Macklam 23/03/2011 at 8:16 PM #

    Hi Scott,

    Love your blog! I teach “The Alchemist” in ELA Honours 9, and the students usually really like it. (I’ll have to email you about it privately so we can discuss it without giving anything away.) Laura got it for Christmas — maybe now she’ll read it!

    Still winter here in Edmonton — wool or turtlenecks for me every day!


    • intrepidtendency 23/03/2011 at 8:55 PM #

      Hi Jan!
      Thanks! That is so great! I really wish I would have discovered that book back in Grade 9! It definitely made me think. I hope Laura decides to give it a read!

      Stay warm! 🙂

  4. kevinshipalesky 23/03/2011 at 7:15 PM #

    Love it. As always. The Alchemist is so inspiring…

    Any suggestions as to where I can find some Diva Deals on the cheap cheap?

    • intrepidtendency 23/03/2011 at 8:52 PM #

      Hahaha. Diva Deals on the cheap cheap, you say? My top recommendation would probably be the same place I mentioned in this post – Salvation Army. The location on West 4th is regularly picked over, so I wouldn’t recommend that particular location, but apparently locations that are farther away from downtown are gold mines.

      An instructor from school and local fashion designer whom I will leave anonymous regularly reported on gems she found at Salvation Army, including a $5 Chanel purse!

      Does anyone else have other suggestions?

  5. Miranda 23/03/2011 at 6:55 PM #

    Hey Scott!

    I love the universe conspiring bit (I believe in it too)! I love your sense of humor. And I love those Paul Smith shorts!

    Haven’t got any spring covets in particular, but would love to find a pair of shoes that’s not flats, not boots, that won’t be too cold to wear. I seem to always have this sort of dilemma with spring shoes and jackets.

    PS Joe’s current Spring 3 mens collection is all about nautical and military 😛

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