The Chic List

THE CHIC LIST: APRIL


Flowers are the universal symbol of beauty, which is why it's no surprise that they were the inspiration behind our newest spring collections. What is also not surprising is that, instead of simple floral graphics, you will find lots of bold, artistic blooms that are 100% exclusive to Chico's shoppers. Read on to learn more about what we else we are loving in this month's Chic List.

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.​” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder

THE LOOK

We’ve dressed up the classic utility jacket for summer style in a luxe satin fabric, brightened by our exclusive Gathered Floral artistic print. The elongated design is super flattering, shaped by adjustable cinching at the waist. This lightweight jacket is just right for warm weather.

THE DRINK

Lorenza Rosé – True Rosé

April is actually the perfect time to start drinking your favorite rosé wine. This is because rosé wines— from the motherland in Provence, across Italy, Spain and even in California and Oregon—are released every year in March and April, when a lot of the country is still thawing out. This elegant option, from Lorenza wines, is made in the sandy soil of the California Delta region. Lorenza Rosé was founded in 2008 by Melinda Kearney, a wine industry veteran from Napa Valley and her daughter Michèle Lorenza Ouellet, an international fashion model (fun fact, they are also the stars of our newest spring campaign). Sharing a love of the beautiful Provençal Rosé, they set out to make in California a wine of intention that was vineyard driven, delicate, dry, low alcohol and full of light. 

THE BOOKS

The Last Garden In England by Julia Kelly

From the author of the international bestseller The Light Over London and The Whispers of War comes a poignant and unforgettable tale of five women living across three different times whose lives are all connected by one very special place.

Present day: Emma Lovett, who has dedicated her career to breathing new life into long-neglected gardens, has just been given the opportunity of a lifetime: to restore the gardens of the famed Highbury House estate, designed in 1907 by her hero Venetia Smith. But as Emma dives deeper into the gardens’ past, she begins to uncover secrets that have long lain hidden.

1907: A talented artist with a growing reputation for her ambitious work, Venetia Smith has carved out a niche for herself as a garden designer to industrialists, solicitors, and bankers looking to show off their wealth with sumptuous country houses. When she is hired to design the gardens of Highbury House, she is determined to make them a triumph, but the gardens—and the people she meets—promise to change her life forever.

1944: When land girl Beth Pedley arrives at a farm on the outskirts of the village of Highbury, all she wants is to find a place she can call home. Cook Stella Adderton, on the other hand, is desperate to leave Highbury House to pursue her own dreams. And widow Diana Symonds, the mistress of the grand house, is anxiously trying to cling to her pre-war life now that her home has been requisitioned and transformed into a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers. But when war threatens Highbury House’s treasured gardens, these three very different women are drawn together by a secret that will last for decades.

In this sweeping novel reminiscent of Kate Morton’s The Lake House and Kristin Harmel’s The Room on Rue Amélie, Julia Kelly explores the unexpected connections that cross time and the special places that bring people together forever.

The English American by Alison Larkin

When Pippa Dunn,adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that “culture clash” has layers of meaning she’d never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Larkin’s autobiographical one-woman show of the same name. 

In many ways, Pippa Dunn is very English: she eats Marmite on toast, knows how to make a proper cup of tea, has attended a posh English boarding school, and finds it entirely familiar to discuss the crossword rather than exchange any cross words over dinner with her proper English family. Yet Pippa — creative, disheveled, and impulsive to the core — has always felt different from her perfectly poised, smartly coiffed sister and steady, practical parents, whose pastimes include Scottish dancing, gardening, and watching cricket. 

When Pippa learns at age twenty-eight that her birth parents are from the American South, she feels that lifelong questions have been answered. She meets her birth mother, an untidy, artistic, free-spirited redhead, and her birth father, a charismatic (and politically involved) businessman in Washington, D.C.; and she moves to America to be near them. At the same time, she relies on the guidance of a young man with whom she feels a mysterious connection; a man who discovered his own estranged father and who, like her birth parents, seems to understand her in a way that no one in her life has done before. Pippa feels she has found her “self” and everything she thought she wanted. But has she? 

THE GARDEN

Image c/o Photo by Philippe Gras on Unsplash

Our newest collection was inspired by the Royal Botanic Garden in London. It opened over 250 years ago and is now home to largest and most diverse botanical collection in the world.

To learn more about our newest collection please visit chicos.com.

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