April? It feels like we may as well still be in the depths of winter with the rain and wind that insists on sticking around. If the sun won’t show itself, though, that’s just an excuse (as if I needed another one) to invest in some colourful and refreshing spring pieces to brighten up even the gloomiest of days.
My polka dot obsession is also getting out of hand – I’ve managed to ween myself of stripes only to be drawn to a different pattern! I’m feeling rich denim paired with browns and splashes of red, jute bags, off-white aaaand I’m still on a mission to find a yellow dress that suits me. Here are my picks to wash away those April showers.
1 – The Denim Jumpsuit. I drool over every Paloma Wool collection and question how much my bank account would suffer if I took the plunge and treated myself to one of the incredible designs (a lot). This amazing cream jumpsuit takes the cake though, and I’m having trouble stopping myself from splurging and ordering it. I love the funky buttoned front, the strappy crossover back, the flared legs and quirky shapes. I think it’d look dreamy thrown over a turtleneck until summer.
2 – The Denim Jacket. Bit of a denim theme going on here but there are so many cool styles on the high street at the mo. This fab belted jacket from & Other Stories caught my eye immediately – it’s super retro and ideal for layering. I’m imagining it paired with a striped tee, round wicker bag and some brown sandals (or trainers until it’s safe outside for bare feet).
3 – The Gold Hoops. These funky Mango earrings are a twist on traditional everyday hoops, and more in-fitting with the chunkier gold vibe I’m loving right now. They’re only a tenner and, although it’s slightly premature thinking, they’d be beaaaautiful worn on the beach with other gold jewellery and a stripy swimsuit. Is it obvious that summer is all that’s on my mind right now…
4 – The Yellow Dress. I failed miserably last year with my attempt at finding one, so I’m starting early this time around with plenty of time to spare. Mango has become one of my go-to stores, hence why I always feature them so much on this series – and it’s not hard to see why with gorgeous dresses like this! It’s technically orange, so maybe a bright yellow is where I’ve been going wrong.
5 – The Polka Dot Swimsuit. Here continues my polka pursuit. I spotted this gem in-store at Zara a few weeks ago and fell in love. Simple but bold, it’s pretty much my dream swimsuit. Just picture it with an oversized shirt thrown over the top and a floppy straw hat to finish off the perfect combo. I usually only invest in one extra piece of swimwear a year, as I already own so many pieces I love and will continue to wear (for me they’re also the least cost-effective purchases as I hardly use them) and this is ticking all the boxes for me.
6 – The Jute Bag. I’m a biiiig lover of tote bags: they’re so practical and easy to pack into a handbag when going shopping or for shoving all my gym stuff in. I have a huge collection, but they’re mostly freebies and it could do with some updating. This dreamy design is from Arket; the straw material and red colouring looks so chic and it would come with me everywhere.
7 – The Dotty Shoes. Back at it with the polkas, but how incredible are these M&S slingbacks?! A steal at £20, they’re spot on for spring (unintentional pun), stealing the spotlight (oops) from dresses and giving life to a casual jeans and tee look. Clashing colours and patterns look even better when it’s all spotty (although probably best to avoid becoming a walking optical illusion) and the kitten heel means they’d be especially great for weddings or day-to-night parties where dancing is essential.
8 – Vinyl of the month. During my intense stage of praise for Big Little Lies (if you haven’t seen it, you should, as my friends are sick of hearing) I got sucked into listening to the soundtrack on Spotify, which is almost as addictive as the show itself. There was one particular song I had on repeat and which made it to my starred playlist – ‘River’ by Leon Bridges. It’s not the kind of music I’d usually seek out, but something about the soothing vocals and bluesy beat had me hooked and now I have another genre to add to my eclectic taste! The rest of his 2015 album, Coming Home is pretty fab too. It’s mellow and full of soul if you’re wanting something sweet to chill out to. He’s released a couple of recent singles that sound groovy and set a great vibe for summer – ‘Bad Bad News’ being one, so hopefully a new album is on the horizon in time for road trips.