In honour of International Women’s Day, last week I was lucky enough to be invited to an incredible event at Surrey Business School to celebrate the successful careers of five very unique and individual women. Personally, I am an advocate of the idea that both amazing women and men should be commemorated every day, but sometimes it’s necessary to have that reminder of how special we really are, and this was the ideal event to do so.
I think I’m speaking on behalf of the whole UK when I say spring has never been more needed. If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that snow is only exciting over the festive season or if you’re still in school and actually benefit from a snow day! Other than that it’s just pretty annoying, bitterly cold and disruptive to any kind of productivity (I realise I sound super boring and harsh, but it really isn’t my idea of fun). It’s pretty to observe when you’re curled up by a window swamped in jumpers reading a good book, but not so fun when you have things to do and places to go. Plus, in true Brit style, we can’t seem to cope with sub-zero temperatures despite being such a developed country, and so boiler problems take priority over uni work and we risk ending up head over heels on the non-gritted pavement during an expedition into town to stock up on essentials (wine).
I’m lucky that when everything gets a little too much in life, I can escape back to the rural peace that comes with the Welsh countryside. While these past few weeks have been pretty tough, it always makes me especially grateful to have the amazing friends and family around me that I do – and for living in such a beautiful environment around plenty of fresh air and footpaths for thinking things through and clearing my head.
Style icons to me aren’t always necessarily derived from cool celebrities, films or musicians; sometimes inspiration comes from somewhere a lot closer to home. My mum has always dressed amazingly (even if I didn’t appreciate it at a younger age) and I think that definitely plays a part in my fashion taste today.
For me an outfit isn’t completed without some pretty little accessories to make it really pop, and with my largely vintage inspired wardrobe I think a couple of vintage touches really work to make a look my own and help me feel completely myself.
‘Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.’ I have to agree with Miranda Priestly and her blunt sarcasm there (The Devil Wears Prada is a favourite film of mine). I wouldn’t really call myself a floral lover apart from the odd exception – although I could quite happily purchase all of & Other Stories’ long, floaty tea dresses.
The first day of February comes as a relief after what’s felt like a January of thirty one weeks, rather than thirty one days. I’m not one to wish my life away, but the New Year has dragged so much and it’s a little victory to have pushed through the return to the routine and made it that bit closer to spring!