That Was The Week That Was: Spring In The City

It's still too cold to be able to wear jackets without coats but hey I will KEEP. TRYING. DAMNIT. Even if I look ridiculous/like a robot wearing a very tight coat over a denim jacket I have a tonne of the damn things and I'm gonna wear them!

(Jacket, bag and shoes: Zara; Top: Topshop; Trousers: ASOS; Collar pins: Black Heart Creatives)

I watched the episode of Girls where Shoshanna goes to Japan and came over all adorable like with my little collar pins and my bomber jacket and my much-loved pointy shoes. This bomber is reversible with a nice deep maroon lining so will look great layered over my maroon suede dress in a bit...

(Jacket, shirt and trousers: Topshop; Shoes: Zara; Bag: The Cambridge Satchel Company; Collar pins and brooch: Black Heart Creatives; Ring: Tessa Metcalfe; Watch: Michael Kors)

How I wish the trousers that came with this jacket were decent enough...I'm working up to it, bear with me. But for now I love salmon pink and this deeper light blue bag and grey generally, so yet another smart trouser and fancy jacket combo!

Jumper and skirt: Topshop; Belt: old; Bag: The Cambridge Satchel Company; Trainers: Adidas; Watch: Michael Kors; Necklace: Bendels; Ring: Thomas Sabo)

And finally back to the old classic - a stripey jumper and my red skirt. I've wanted this jumper for a good while but could never justify it, so when I found it for a tenner in the Topshop sale it came home with me. I got told I look very 'patriotic' by both an American and a Brit, so...good I guess? 


That Was The Week That Was - Come Out On Top

A tops week! Interesting prints, patterns, cuts and cutouts (and a new very popular new bag, clearly). As it gets warmer and jackets get lighter the top underneath suddenly becomes more interesting...so here's the best of last week. 

(Top: Topshop; Trousers and shoes: Zara; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Jacket: Leather seller on Oxford Street; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Bendels)

A clownish ice-cream-van vibes shirt in blue and white with red trousers? It's a classic colour combination for a reason! God bless the Topshop sale for alighting me on this shirt I'd never have selected otherwise. Perfect with a leather jacket. 

(Top and shoes: Zara; Skirt: Topshop; Cardigan; Dorothy Perkins; Belt: old; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Jacket: Leather seller on Oxford Street; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Bendels)

I loudly decried shoulder cutouts a few weeks ago but now I'm solidly converted thanks (as per usual) to Zara and this charming little number. A sure-fire way to make even a hardy outfit somehow whimsical. 

(Jacket: Zara; Top: Petit Bateau; Skirt: Topshop; Shoes: New Look; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Necklace: Eclectric Eccentricities; Belt: old; Watch: Michael Kors; Ring: Thomas Sabo)

Zara is such a goldmine when it comes to prints and alongside its divine selection of silk bomber jackets there's this very fun number with an ice-cream and alphabet pattern made for making summer denim more fun.


That Was The Week That Was Part 2 - Go Print Or Go Home

Well HELLO there! And welcome to what can quite easily be classed as a print explosion!

Oh no. I wasn't done.
So it's been a bit of a print-fest around there of late. Take a look at some of the best bits...

(Dress: Monki; Trainers: Adidas; Bag: Alexander Wang; Watch: Michael Kors)

Right, ok, so I clearly caved on this dress that SO many bloggers have posted pictures in. I actually - sneakily - broke my Lenten shopping fast for it (Lent was LONG ok) after I got sick of all the pics and needed in. And I was not disappointed. It is pure Man Repeller - a shapeless sack of a dress that's covered in a deeply weird print of disinterested-looking girls. But despite this, naturally, I bloody love it. It gives one such attitude, it is SO comfortable (as you might expect) and it's definitely a head turner. 

(Jacket: Topshop; Top: Monki; Skirt: ASOS; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Trainers: Adidas; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Bendels)

A similarly OTT print but a slightly more traditional shape and style (and with POCKETS), I adore this skirt. I do wish that the high-waist waistband was a teeny bit looser (it doesn't go well with large lunches or dinners) but it helps nail the Gucci girl eccentricity AND normcore 90s in one, so how can I complain too much?

(Top and trousers: Zara; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Boots: Topshop; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

A double whammy of Zara prints - this top is a very strange one in that you kind of wish they'd not wimped out and had thrown a red print (lips, sunglasses, just something) in there as well. But it'll look great with jeans and of course my trusty red skirt...

(Gilet: ASOS; Top: Urban Outfitters; Dress: Warehouse; Shoes: Zara; Bag: Alexander Wang; Watch: Michael Kors)

It me - the queen of subtlety! It was April Fool's Day so I got into the spirit and dressed...like a fool? Would anyone sensible wear star print and two types of stripes? Whatever the answer is, I don't need to know. I just knew I was in a VERY good (outfit) mood as a result. 


That Was The Week That Was Part 1 - Simply Red

Yep we're staying with this way or doing things for a while - and I've now realised quite how much red I wear! Red lipsticks, red trousers, red skirts, red lipsticks, red stripes...it's just too good! Happy to have it as one of my many trademarks. 

(Jacket: Boohoo; Trousers: Zara; Top: Monki; Trainers: Adidas; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs)

If only all Zara trousers were cut like this. Screw it; if only ALL high street trousers were like this! No more of the horror that is 'skinny cigarette' cut aka the Kryptonite for long-torsoed women. But I digress. The perfect trousers, basically - bright and comfortable and with a side-zip and POCKETS. Chuck on last year's hero fringed jacket and you're good to go, I say. 

(Jumper and skirt: Topshop; coat and shoes: Zara; Bag: Alexander Wang; Belt: old; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

SO I have this skirt in tooooo many colours but I do think the red one may just pip the green to the post as the best of the bunch. It just goes with everything, makes me feel great and makes me feel like me. As the spring days getting warmer I'm running out of time to wear coats as nice chic top layers, so I'll use this one to say a fond farewell to the Eva Green awesomeness of this coat. It's three years old but it continues to stand the test of time. 

(Jumper: Urban Outfitters; Skirt: Topshop; Trainers: Adidas; Bag: Alexander Wang; Belt: old; Jewellery: John Lewis)

I'm sure we'll have another month of jumpers left (just fewer coats) and I'm glad because I love love LOVE this one. I could never do the 'classic' grey jumper that seems to be the thing that the more traditional polished fashion bloggers do, but I can do this.