Spring Inspiration: Topshop, Glossier, Alex Monroe, Dior & more…

After last weeks mini heatwave, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s set their sights on spring. Warmer evenings, fewer layers and crisp but sunny mornings. I always like to pin together some of my favourite clothing items from the new releases on a ‘capsule wardrobe’ Pinterest board, but this season I thought I’d try something different. It’s no secret I love Pinterest and Tumblr and love nothing more than a quick scroll to pick up some new ideas, but I rarely go back and look at what I’ve pinned unless I’m trying to find a particular thing. This time I decided to go back through my Pinterest and Tumblr and pick out the images that truly stood out, not just the ones I thought I quite liked, the very best ones that I couldn’t stop looking at, you know the ones that normally end up saved onto your phone?

Below is that mood board, I tried to cover all aspects, so not just clothes, but hair, beauty and habits too. During my busy season at work, my two favourite hobbies (reading and baking) have slipped away so I wanted to make sure they were included, but in a way that the rest of the image also said good things and matched what I’m going for.

So as you can see from the above, I accidentally hit on a colour theme, all the images have a blonde theme, not just in the sense of hair colour but in that I’ve focused on a lot of wearable neutrals, warm browns, yellows and whites, with a little pink and blue mixed in for good measure. In terms of clothing, my spring focus is finding a really good pair of straight leg blue jeans that’ll take me through till autumn, perfecting my beachy lived in waves but keeping my makeup fresh, pink and glowy.

I’ve been obsessed with midi skirts this winter and luckily I thought ahead and only bought skirts I knew I could and would wear with bare legs in the summer, love the look of pairing them with white trainers, but those blocky sandals in the top centre photo are too perfect both in colour and height. My style in the summer is definitely more boho that the winter, more lace and florals, but also more cotton tops and shirts, I love the look of the white cotton jumper with the midi skirt in the top left corner, I have a skirt that’s very similar so I think a white top like that is going straight into my ASOS saved section. Also, the navy blazer in the centre photo looks like the perfect addition to any outfit an great for dressing up a casual t-shirt and jeans combo.

So after putting together this mood board, I wanted to try and bring it to life, so pulling pieces out of the mood board that I thought would compliment what I already own. This was really fun, researching, pinning, scrolling through so many web pages my thumbs hurt, but, I think I found some really amazing items that I’m going to invest in over the next three months. When I buy new clothes, I do look at trends and what everyone else is wearing but more often than not I stick to classic colours and pieces that I know I’ll wear straight through spring, into summer and for things like the jeans potentially even pick them up again in Autumn.

Topshop Straight Leg Jeans – £35

The fit and colour of these are exactly what I’ve been looking for, although…having tried them on in store they don’t fit my body shape as as well as I’d like. They’re either too tight on the thigh or massive on the waist. I’m going to do an entire post on my search for the perfect straight leg jean, order in a bunch of differnet brands and see how they compare. I know these will be a staple in my wardrobe and I’m excited about the idea of moving away from my beloved skinny jeans

Jack Wills Cotton Lace Tank – £13

Ok so I’ve actually already bought this and am impatiently waiting for my click and collect email to say its ready to collect, but at £13 who can blame me! This is the perfect summer staple for me, pop a cardigan over for cooler spring days or pair it with denim shorts on the beach. I love the peplum detail, I find tops like this really work with my body type, because I’ve got a fuller bust it’s important for me to highlight my waist so I don’t end up looking boxy. *side note* I think this would look adorable over a bikini for a poolside lunch, but it could also be paired with some navy tailored trousers and a nude heeled sandal for a work appropriate look, are you starting to see why I bought this straight away?

H&M Double Breasted Blazer – £35

This blazer will break my heart. After hours of combing the internet for a blazer like the one in the photo, and one that meets my very specific requirements ie. the material can’t be too thin and definitely not crepe material, it has to be tailored at the back so it’s not shapeless but absolutely no shoulder pads otherwise it’s more of a suit blazer. Try finding something that fits all those requirements without being £200+…it’s a mission. I’d almost given up looking when I did a quick check of the H&M whats new page and stumbled on this beauty, if you’re a 6 or an 8 then you’re in luck, in all other sizes however it’s been completely sold out for the past week. I’m not giving up yet but at £35 this is the blazer that will break my heart.

New Look Lilac Heeled Sandal – £25

I did actually find those stunning cornflower blue heels that are in my mood board but they were over £300 so yeah…not happening. Never fear because every spring I turn to New Look for the best mid heeled sandals, I’ve done it for the past two years because the heel is always enough to feel like a heel without breaking your feet in them on long days. Super comfy, super affordable. I normally go for nude but I love these lilac ones, and the square toe is very on trend for SS19.

Basket Bag – £20

This bag is from none other than, Amazon! Plot twist I know but it’s the best one I’ve found and I’ll definitely be making use of my amazon prime (thanks mum) and buying this before my holiday at the end of the month. A lot of the other basket bags I’ve seen online are just the rattan and I worry about things falling out, this one, however, is only £20 and is lined with cotton and has a zippy pocket on the inside as well as having a subtle drawstring close. Much more practical for the summer months where let’s face it, this bag will end up on a pub garden floor many many times and having it open to the world probably isn’t the best idea in central London.

Alex Monroe Floral L Necklace – £110

I’ve been lusting after this ever since the collection was launched, I already have the mini daisy necklace which I love and get so so many compliments on and I think this would look so beautiful layered together. All of Alex Monroe’s jewellery is handmade and always so intricate, this necklace is just over £100 so definitely a splurge and something I’d need a reason to buy for myself but I’m going to go to the store in Tower Bridge and try it on for size…watch this space.

Dior Lip Glow – £25

Ok so onto beauty products, I like to keep things much more stripped back in the summer and any kind of lipstick or liquid lip is an immediate no from me unless I’ve got a full day event. You may remember I bought the dior rosy glow blush last summer, and as pricey as it was it’s been a year-round staple and a glow I really haven’t been able to replicate from any other product. In some cases I do think you get what you pay for, I don’t mind spending a little more on a powder product or something I know will last and who can honestly say they knew the last time they finished a lip balm. Personally, it takes me months upon months to get through a balm so if this is anything like the blush I’m sure it’ll be making its way into my makeup bag before too long.

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray – £15 (travel sized)

I bought a mini of this from Space NK in the boxing day sales and can’t wait to start using it properly, I’ll be honest in the winter because its so cold I tend to just stick to my routine of wash blow straighten when it comes to my hair just to keep things easy, but as the weather warms up I’ll try and lay off the heat styling a little and embrace my natural curls. This has won so many awards and has be heralded as a bestseller for so many years I’m sure I’m going to love this.

Roger & Gallet Bois D’Orange Gold Body Cream – £10/12

Having heard the world and their mother talk about this body cream for years, I think this is the season I need to try it. This is supposed to be a magical illuminating body cream that makes your skin glow like you’ve bathed in the sweat of a victorias secret model. The secret behind it? It’s packed full of gorgeous essential oils and has subtle gold flecks through it that act as an all over highlighter. Think lotion with a little highlighter, from what I’ve heard this is not one of those disco ball illuminating creams we used to roll ourselves in. Priced at £10/12 depending on where you buy it, I will definitely be trying this out on my holiday later this month and will report back.

Glossier LidStar in Slip – £15

I’ll hold my hands up and admit I was wrong about glossier, at first I thought it’s just make up for really pretty people and the idea of buying makeup online with no way of knowing what it’s going to be like in person? I was not a fan. During their 20% black Friday deal last year I took the plunge and ordered the stretch concealer and two of the cloud paints. Well, just call me a covert. Their makeup is so beautifully made, the simplistic packaging is a dream and the formulas are so flattering and easy to use. The next thing on my list to try from them are the lid stars, I love a liquid shadow, I think they’re so much more youthful looking and fresh compared to powder shadow. I’m torn between the colour slip, which is a pale pink with a golden undertone and cub which is rose gold with a more bronze undertone. If any of you have ever tried them please let me know what you think?

Phew. So there we have it, my Spring mood board and my plan for translating that mood board straight into my wardrobe. I’m really excited about the pieces I’ve picked out. Apart from the necklace which is a little over £100 the rest of the items on this edit all together are less than £200 which for a season refresh is pretty affordable I think. The only thing missing from this is some white leather supergas which are going to be a must for me this spring and summer, I’m still not sure how I feel about wearing open-toed sandals into the office and a pair of smarter trainers would work with most outfits whilst still looking put together.

I’m hoping to do this each season, I personally would find reading something like this quite interesting but it also allows me to look at the styles I’m clearly liking by what I’m pinning and resharing and then reflect that in my own wardrobe by doing a refresh instead of just picking out new pieces here and there, at least this was it all works together and I can picture what it would go with that I already own.

 

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