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Butterflies, the Biennale, and More Signs of Spring

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Budding fruit trees and warm breezes aren’t beholden to a calendar date, but the spring equinox is an astronomical certainty. With it come a sense of newness, freshness, and hopefulness, plus a host of get-out-there opportunities that feel like—and are particularly well suited for—a breath of fresh air.

Where Art Thou?

Take a gentle stroll through the luscious sculpture gardens of the Getty Villa. Its Pacific-facing location right on the PCH makes it a worthy detour on your way to or from Malibu—though we’d argue the trove of Greek and Roman antiquities merits a dedicated visit. Further abroad, the Venice Biennale is back for its 59th edition starting April 23 and running through November 27. After being postponed a year, 2022’s show, The Milk of Dreams, promises to make up for lost time in the most spectacular way.

Can you take part in these art-rich activities without wearing painterly florals? Of course you can. But why would you want to?

And for anyone looking to bring home a beloved harbinger of spring, two suggestions: one in the form of wearable art and the other, hangable. Both, needless to say, are stunning.

la Biennale

Photo courtesy of Francesco Galli
Artwork: Damien Hirst, Butterfly | Portfolio, 2009

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    The Two Butterfly collection has been setting hearts aflutter since 2001. Yet somehow, the winged motif—here, in a pendant that marries yellow gold and gleaming diamonds—is as current as ever.

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Celestial Objects

While we’re no strangers to meals enjoyed outside the confines of a dining room, the seasonal shift allows us to plan from a place of intention rather than necessity. And if your intention is to make the most of a starry night, Malibu Farm’s dinner series is a fantastic place to start.

Gleaming white accessories—sandals, a bag, a cashmere shrug that feels like a warm embrace—are a wink and a nod to the sparkling sky above. Even the jewelry is on point, with a ring of midnight-blue lapis and diamond butterflies.

If you’re keeping the party closer to home—say, to the backyard—the easiest hostess dress, an iconic dessert, and a drink that tastes like bottled sunshine do most of the work for you (let the guests do the rest).

people in chairs

Photo courtesy of Susannah Jennings

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    Is this brass-metal-and-wood construction furniture art or artful furniture? Our guess is it depends on where you’re sitting. What we know for sure is that it’s just right for hosting a dozen or so of your nearest and dearest for a dinner alfresco.

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Out in Bloom

Poppies on the West Coast, cherry blossoms on the East, and all manner of budding beauties in between: Nothing says spring as definitively (or fragrantly) as swaths of wild blooms. For a more immersive experience, plan a day trip to your local botanical garden; many are hosting special exhibitions, like the orchid show at the New York Botanical Garden.

A spectacular floral explosion is worth driving for, and if you’re going to make a day of it, why not keep your driving shoes and driving coat on theme? As for the dress—just picture the crisp cotton billowing against a background of petals.

Thanks to the booming popularity of premade graze boxes, businesses like Lady & Larder in LA and Murray’s Cheese in NYC make packing a picnic as easy as adding to cart. (Whether you’re picnicking or posing, just make sure to follow the signs: Stay on the path and out of the fields.)

flower installation
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    This woven leather-and-raffia tote can do so much more than transport picnic essentials and farmers’ market hauls.

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