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Colour crush

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It hasn’t happened for a long time, but I am having a massive colour crush at the moment. Everything I want to buy seems to be in this colour – my mother would call it ‘eau de Nile’ (how very 80s), but essentially it’s a very delicate aquamarine.

To my delight and my credit card’s eternal shame, I’ve gone and bought a couple of bits in this colour already. I realise that pastels are big this spring summer, but there is a destinct risk that I could end up just owning clothes in this colour alone. So to stop me from doing so, I felt I would share some of the lovely bits I’ve seen with you.

Firstly, I actually have bought this, but it’s super cute and I love the bird print on it (kooky animal prints are all over the hangers like a grandma on a gin bottle, so I advise you to get involved.)

This baby is £28 from Dorothy Perkins (who have had a surprisingly awesome spring drop, it has to be said) and I think it will see me through summer very well. I realise that there are many opportunities to make jokes about the fact that the birds are blue tits, but believe me I have made pretty much all of them in my head already, and none of them merit sharing.

Here comes Zara again, doing the pastel-y business with these lovely patent aqua heels for £69.99.

Now, I know that pastel shoes can look very wedding-y, but I would rock these with some black ankle grazers, a metallic top and a tux jacket to mix things up a wee bit to make you more ‘hot mama’ and less ‘mother of the bride’.

Next up is this nostalgia-enducing ballet wrap from Topshop (£36). It quite simply is one of the cutest things I have seen in 2012 (except that pig that has to wear wellies) and I want want want it! ARGH! It takes me back to circa 1992 when I pestered my mother for a ballet wrap cardigan (even though I did tap dancing, but whatever, I wanted one!)

The influx of pastels and prints in the shops means that we’re in for a girlie time in fashion, so make the most of it by teaming it with a floaty dress and some delicate heels (yep, time to ditch the platforms for this baby!)

Last up is this crop shirt from Miss Selfridge. It says ‘hello holiday’ – which is ideal, as I shall buy it for my holiday. Hurrah.

I would avoid the urge to put it with dark denim shorts – you can be too blue, you know. I’d opt for black or beigey tailored shorts and some sandals. Keep it simple peeps.

But what if pastels don’t suit you? You can always add accents with some cool accessories, and if you’re a bit short on cash they can be mighty purse friendly too. Try some of these for your pleasure:

L-R: Barry M nail varnish in Aqua Moon; Blue polka dot studs, £4.50, ASOS; patent pumps, £15.99, New Look; waist belt, £8.00, ASOS.

Blue bliss. x

A love in – with Zara

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Well, I wasn’t expecting to have another love in so soon, but then Zara goes and gets their spring drop! And it’s amazing!

I have already bought not one but two summer dresses from there and it’s not even summer! Whooooooops!

But they are awesome. First up it was this floral lovely for £49.99. This pic on the Zara website really doesn’t do it much justice – the pansy print on it is so vibrant, and it has a wrap top (great for the larger chested lady) that nips the waist in and it’s made from a lovely floaty chiffon fabric. I don’t think it needs that much accessorising because the pattern on the dress is enough. A pair of neutral heels and a gold necklace. Bob is your mother’s brother.

The next one up was this little vibrant sundress for £25.99 (which will be ideal for both a 30th birthday I’m going to in March AND my holiday. Double whammy, nice!) Yet again, Zara’s website pic of the dress does it no justice at all (have a word with yourself, Zara) – I’ve tried it on with a gold belt and shoes and it looks ace (30th birthday) but will dress down with a few nice tan accesorries and a satchel  for holibob. Oh, we like ’em versatile, we do.

These were the two things that I bought (and the only two, as I’ve just had to spend an eye-watering amount of cash getting some new specs) but there are plenty of other beauties on the lust list. In the coming months I will also be keeping my peepers on these…

I’ll be wanting to pair up this cute openwork sweater (£25.99) with this lovely swishy skirt (£29.99) and sashaying along the beach in bare feet. I’ll be popping one of the numerous free tan woven belts that I’ve accumulated from various other purchases around the sweater and going on my merry way.

These pinkie jeans (£35.99) nail the pastels trend that will be all over your spring wardrobe like a fat kid on a Smartie. They’ll also be ideal for the outfit that I mentioned in my H&M love in post the other week. The juicier pear shapes would be well advised to avoid these and stick to darker colours to slim the bottom half. Either that, or make sure you emphasise your shoulders to balance.

Finally, these nude shoes are awesome. That Mary-Jane strap is very useful when you’ve had a few G&Ts I can tell you. They are £39.99 and would work pretty well with the first dress I bought, actually… x