... I'm going to just have a quick reminder of one of my favourites. Good old trainers.
A pair of white trainers are the most versatile footwear I own. Yes I wear mine all year round - I'm the bold bugger who braves winter temperatures with my ankles on show - but now that the sunshine has come out and Spring has well and truly arrived, the white trainer can have its proper moment.
I wear these with everything. Literally everything. Including yesterday for the races at Ascot. Full on occasion dress, made that little less Royal Ascot and more Family Day at the races with the addition of my wonderful sneakers.
I can continue to wax lyrical about them but as it's the holidays and I have children to entertain (which is code for "I have more Line of Duty to catch up on" - OMG HOW have I not seen this before?! I stayed up till 1am last night and got up at 7am this morning to watch it. Seriously - it's the most addictive thing I have seen on tv for years. I've done series 1 and 2 and thanks to Instagram I have found series 3 on BBC iPlayer. I left the husband after the second episode of series 1 as he kept falling asleep. Oops. Will he just be able to catch up on series 3? I'm going to tell him he can....)
So what are my favourites?
I can't not start with the pair that I have worn most often since I got them at the beginning of last Summer - the Air & Grace Copelands. Now these have mostly sold out on the A&G website but they now stock them in John Lewis where, at the moment, there is a plethora of stock. But I'm not sure how long they'll be around for. Genuinely like walking on air.
Air & Grace Lace up Copeland Trainers £139
Similar shape but without the addition of bling (I'm an unapologetic fan of the glitter though, can I please point out).
Ayda 17 Leather Trainer from Jigsaw £98 If you don't fancy the white, there are a staggering 9 other colour to choose from.
Back to a subtle version of bling at Seven Boot Lane with a silver addition on the heel. 15% off all sneakers at Seven Boot Lane with the code HAPPYFEET till midnight this Wednesday 5th April.
Jemima White Leather Lace up Sneakers from Seven Boot Lane £125
And then my new pair for this season. These I love. I've worn them today for the first time and they are super comfortable. For me, just that perfect mix of classic white sneaker with a rock chick edge.
Ash Dazed White Stars Trainers from My Fashion Tribu £155 Size wise - if you're between sizes, go up. I took the same size that I do in Air & Grace, Golden Goose and adidas - a 40.
Staying slightly off piste at Loeffler Randall. These aren't cheap, but cost per wear if you live in these like I live in mine, they'll pay for themselves in no time.
Loeffler Randall Logan Tassel Trainers in White £245
Feeling the leopard love at La Redoute with their own brand. And there is currently 40% off with the code BIG40. This is off everything - brands included.
Trainers with leopard print detail from R Studio £55 (pre discount)
If you're concerned about white trainers making your feet look like boats, it doesn't matter how many times I tell you they won't, I know you will still think they do. So perhaps something that has a slightly softer, more delicate shape to it may ease you in gently.
These are perfect.
Nike Classic Cortez in Leather £65
Olivia Cross Strap Trainer from Jigsaw £98
And of course the classic Converse. Get 40% off at La Redoute with the code BIG40.
Chuck Taylor All Star Trainers £59 pre discount
Not forgetting the classic Stan Smiths - grab 40% off whilst you can.
Stan Smith low top trainers £89 from La Redoute (code BIG40)
Or in the red again £89 pre discount
And the navy.
And these amazing softer numbers from Le Coq Sportif.
Agate Lo Feminine Mesh Trainers £65 pre discount from La Redoute (my favourite out of all the other classic pairs).
And the proof in the pudding - this is me yesterday at Ascot Spring Family Day. I had no idea they even ran these days but there'll be no stopping us now. We all loved it. Ok so the weather helped but it was so lovely to do something so different. And anyone with a non neurotypical child will know - finding something that works for the whole family, is so rare that when it works, it's truly special.
Esme Dress - Rebecca Rhoades
Copeland Trainers - Air & Grace
Straw hat - Zara men
Leopard print bag - Tory Burch
Another day of gorgeous weather and another dress. With obligatory trainers.
Leopard print dress - Somerset by Temperley at John Lewis
Dazed White Star Trainers - Ash at My Fashion Tribu
Straw hat - Zara men
Straw bag - TKMaxx
First day of the holiday done. I have to say, it wasn't so difficult as the weather was amazing so the children were able to go swimming (no we don't have a pool but there is an outdoor pool near us that we use).
And tomorrow.. I'm on a camera course (TOO EXCITED) so the children have a sitter for the day. Dare I say I think I've pulled the long straw?!
Hope everyone else survived the first day. The least you deserve is a pair of new trainers to see you through the next couple of weeks... Would love to hear what your favourites are.