Trendspotting for Spring 2011


Lots of new albums are dropping just in time for summer! Check out some of my favorite artists’ work:

Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math” – May 10th
Okkervil River – “I am Very Far” – May 10th
Lady Gaga – “Born This Way” - May 23rd
Death Cab For Cutie – “Codes and Keys” – May 31st
My Morning Jacket – “Circuital” – May 31st

And don’t for get Fleet Foxes new album came out early this May. Sample their work on my New York Morning Playlist. And download a free My Morning Jacket single here.

Disc cover from the new Fleet Foxes album, out May 3rd.


If you liked “The Devil in the White City,” then try Erik Larson’s new novel “In the Garden of Beasts.” If you enjoy funny women memoirs, check out Tina Fey’s “Bossy Pants” or Betty White’s “If You Ask Me.” And if you want another “Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo,” try this new Swedish crime fiction writer: Camilla Lackberg’s novels “The Ice Princess” and “The Preacher” have both scored notable reviews.

Meg Cabot fan? She just released “Abandon,” which is the retelling of a Greek myth in a more modern setting. Nonfiction kind of reader? Look for “Lost in Shangri-La” about three military men during the end of WWII.

And of course don’t forget that summer movies were first summer reads. Check out Sara Gruen’s “Water for Elephants” now available in mass market print or Emily Giffin’s “Something Borrowed.” I met her at a book signing and she was incredibly sweet – plus she said she liked my dress!

Emily Giffin at a book signing near 23rd street.


Floral prints, wedge shoes, and white – its what Bloomindales and other shopping outlets have been pushing as the “trends of the season.” And something I have loved my entire life is finally “stylish” – that’s right! FLOPPY HATS. Is it practical in the city? Not entirely. But maybe men will start wearing top hats again. Oh, could we also develop British accents? No? Okay… whatever. A girl can dream.

Also, if you are in the New York area, don’t forget to check out Alexander McQueen’s exhibit at the MET. Not only were all of the stories behind the avant-garde outfits fascinating, but the museum itself setup an astonishing display space.

One of McQueen's electric fashion pieces shown at the MET.