I only have to hold out 'til this summer, and then I will hop over the channel for at least a weekend.
On a fashion note, I have been thrifting for some stripes and polka dots recently and found a great warm brown and white dotted skirt to take in. The tricky thing about patterns is finding ones that are subtle enough to wear with lots but still have personality . . . the quest continues. But here are some snaps from J. Crew the other weekend (just browsing -- budget challenge still intact) with loverly spots, dots, and dashes.