Coming up over the next three days (unless I decide I've got something that I simply have to write about - which is a high possibility), I've got three B's.
All perfect for Spring and all three you will either love or hate. I have to say, thinking about it now, I'm not a massive adopter of any of them but they're definitely things I do flirt with. I do find that an item of which there aren't many in your wardrobe - just the addition of one new thing can be the ideal injection of interest to transform outfits that you're bored of wearing.
I'm pretty sure I'm not alone at this time of year (when blimey, we all need a bit of cheering up) when you look at your wardrobe, that you've been wearing since way back before Christmas (and doesn't that seem like a lifetime ago already?) and think, ugh.
So one of these might be exactly what you need to transform your outfits.
First up. Blush.
We're talking a colour today. A colour I own nothing in. Oh actually I do - I have a dress. A wonderful, impossibly impractical, maxi dress from H&M that I bought at the tail end of the Summer and have worn once. But I absolutely will be wearing it in the Summer. Which therefore makes the purchase of this dress, which I tried on a month ago and can't stop thinking about, completely ridiculous. Not withstanding the fact that a) it's very expensive and b) it's dry clean only and whilst we're here, c) because it's dry clean only I wouldn't wear it every day. Were I able to fling it in the machine, I would happily throw a denim jacket and trainers on with this.
See by Chloe Ruffle trimmed crepon maxi dress £345
And here I am in it. LOVE. Can someone I know please have a big occasion this year so I can wear it? I have diddly squat of this level of importance dress wise in the diary. I even have the perfect shoes to go with it (the pom pom suede strappy Zara sandals that also are perfect with the other blush H&M maxi dress but I'm trying not to remember that).
I showed the husband. "Why are you dressed like a Pierrot?" (he had four sisters growing up in the 70s/80s...). I don't know why I bother.
So whilst one would be forgiven for thinking this blog is merely a (pathetic) attempt at the justification of aforementioned dress (and you would be right), I seem to be coming across nothing but blush.
This yesterday in Warehouse, for example.
Frill Sweat £39 from Warehouse
I found similar at H&M.
Sweatshirt with frills £29,99 from H&M
And if you think you can't get away from the blush, you definitely can't get away from the frills. Frills are everywhere. Kill two trends with one stone with these in a frilly blush combo. (try saying that after a couple of glasses of wine).
Frilled Merino Wool Knit from & Other Stories £55
Turning down the frill volume now at M&S and just a bit of sleeve action (not a jumper for washing up in).
Funnel Neck Flute Sleeve Jumper £35
And slightly more in my comfort zone.
Boucle Crew Jumper from Warehouse £32
This looks so much better on. I sized up to a 12 (I don't know why I keep saying that. I basically am a 12. Except that sometimes I'm a 10. Anyone else different sizes in different shops? And even different sizes in the same shop?).
On proof reading this article, I really, really, REALLY like this. And I like it with the skirt (that I obviously did purchase). Black biker (there's a black border around the bottom of the skirt) and black ankle boots? Warehouse are having a storming season by the looks of things. I need to explore in more detail..
Moving on to blouse territory. This is THE blouse from the lace blog the other day. The one I have in black.
Blush Victoriana Lacey Blouse from Monsoon £59
New season at Me+Em. And this just cements how amazing it looks paired with black.
Pleat Cuff Detail Shirt from Me+Em £165
Final reductions in the Me+Em sale (go forth and lose an hour of your evening over there...)
Lace Bib Jersey Shirt from Me+Em was £99 now £29
Lace bib front again, this time at M&S £25
Silk Box Blouse in blush and white was £165 now £66
But don't think you can get away from the frills in blouse form - oh no. This one. All the Chloe, none of the M&S. Absolutely divine. I saw it in Marble Arch when I was charging through last week and didn't have time to try it on. But on the upside, my white one arrived and I absolutely rooting, tooting LOVE it. Will be wearing out for dinner tomorrow night.
Long Sleeve Ruffle Blouse from M&S £25
Silk frill blouse at H&M £49.99
Or ease yourself in gently. Obviously with this weather, the most sensible purchase.
Wool Scarf from Warehouse £39
And finishing with footwear. The joys of spending way too long on Instagram. Scrolling through this morning, stumbled upon a Clarks ad (I don't even think I follow Clarks - pretty sure it was a sponsored ad which I never think works but what do you know - this time it did) with a pair of pretty darn gorgeous nude (blush to you and me) shoes.
In true Clarks reliable and practical style, these come in two different heel heights. Perfect. So they don't look *that* special in these photos but I promise you, they looked completely divine on their glossy ad shot. Definitely worth hunting down if they float your boat.
Grace Isabella Leather Shoes £70
Or higher with the Grace Eva £70
Finishing with something that is simply divine. I also think I'm going to have to try these jeans. I've tried them before but they're slightly altered the cut and this is a new wash. They look beyond perfect for Spring. I could also easily make excellent use of this jacket but I'm just going to throw it in here that I have spied, in their Spring lookbook, a tan suede biker jacket. Just leaving that there...
We are trying to persuade Mandy, the owner of hush, to make this in a grey or navy for next season. How epic would that be? Absolutely adore this shape (and colour).
Austen Leather Jacket from hush £280 I do know that they aren't many of these, so if you are thinking about it - don't hang around as they will sell out.
And here I am. In my usual uniform of black and navy. Embracing all the colour. Not. Except for a hint of red on my leopard print boots (which count as a neutral).
Black and white stripe jumper - Me+Em
Black Coated skinnies - New Look
Navy Shearling gilet - Helmut Lang
Leopard print boots - Isabel Marant
Half moon bag - APC
Lovely treat today, with the husband being at home, I took him to lunch. His first outing for a whole week, bless him. I could happily have stayed there all afternoon but no rest for the wicked with picking up the children and the supermarket. Oh all the glamour...
Tomorrow night though, off out for the first time this year (I think.. can't be? Think it is though). Slightly more excited than I should be... Will I be wearing my blush dress? Tempted but I think I'm going to go for the frills instead. In white though. One step at a time for me and all the new fashions. Interestingly (and I probably should have brought this up earlier as opposed to just flinging it in at the end as an after thought), when it comes to embracing new trends, I definitely find it easier to add just one at a time. So yes, I'm dipping my toe in the water with frills. But I'm sticking to white. Not that blush pink is reinventing the wheel by any stretch of the imagination but if it's a colour that's out of your comfort zone, personally, I stick to either a new trend or a new colour. Just slightly less scary than trying both at once. Baby steps. In my experience, the rule of thumb is that I'm more like to wear it that way.
But then rules are made to be broken...