I’m going to start this post by declaring my love for London during spring. Except y’know, the real spring we’d been having, not this cold snap of snow, hail and bitter winds that’s jumped out of nowhere.
Like, can we have a standing ovation because London, you jolly old chap, you have nailed it.
I wrote a post last year (here) about how Instagram had made me appreciate the beautiful little details in every day, about how it had made me seek out beauty, to notice it in otherwise mundane places, all so that I could snap away for the sake of nailing that Insta grid.
And I stand by what I said then, I don’t think it’s a bad thing. We live such busy lives that ordinarily we wouldn’t make time to look at the way a beautiful building juts out against a brilliant blue sky or the way a tree has sprouted the most enchanting pale pink blossom, y’know?
And now we do, now we’re like cor spring, when did you get so buff looking? Lemme take 472385678 photos of you, to remember you just like this.
So yeah, first up I just wanted to declare my love for spring in London because it feels like there’s so much optimism in the air, this excitement at the promise of warmer months and lazy, light evenings and cocktails and bare legs and ice cream.
And I like that feeling, that mutual feeling in the air that we’re on the cusp of something really blinkin’ good.
And secondly, well secondly I wanted to share two of my favourite spring outfits with you. Shot the other week on a happy little mild spring day in the capital.
And yes there’s a neckerchief involved, I’m not really that sorry.
I’m all about teaming trainers with dresses with trainers right now, because who needs blisters and achey feet? Not me, nope.
I’ve teamed this denim smock dress with classic pastel accessories – a pink cross body bag and an effortless grey-strap Armani Exchange watch because hey it’s spring.
I like the soft colour of this watch and the minimal design that means it goes with everything in my wardrobe without being fussy or boring.
It makes me feel like the queen of chic and polished even when the reality is ahem, a little different.
SHOP THE OUTFIT
I feel a *bit* like I should be in Paris eating croissants and posing in front of the Eiffel tower in this combo and I like it a lot.
I’m not one for an all monochrome outfit, so I’ve jazzed this print dress up with a neckerchief and the most practical handbag I own – a reversible tote bag that has a pouch inside attached to the strap. An absolute dream if you’re forever rummaging around at the bottom of your bag for your damn debit card.
I’m wearing a different watch from the Armani Exchange spring 2016 collection for this look – something much more feminine and dainty, something that’ll still look bang on point in a decade to come.
I love the clash of rose gold and silver because I tend to mix jewellery metals so it slots in perfectly with my every day jewellery collection.
Plus, have you met a blogger yet who doesn’t have a magpie eye for rose gold? Thought not. Nope.
SHOP THE OUTFIT (bag from Armani Exchange here)
Which of these outfits were your favourite? And which watch style are you adding to you hurry-up-please-pay-day wish list?
The Armani Exchange Spring 2016 watch collection is now available at selected retailers including H Samuel and online at www.hsamuel.co.uk
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