The Inbetweeny Bit.

If I had to pick a particular time of year where I feel the most uninspired by my wardrobe and when shopping seems like a bit of a drip I'd have to say around mid January to end of February. It's a tough time for shopping. It's the time when Christmas sales are still in full swing but all the best finds have already long since been snatched up and your left with an awkward shaped dress, in a awkward colour best worn by no one and most likely customised somewhere along the way with an awkward orange foundation mark in an awkward place after its many trips to and from the fitting room. It's that funny time when spring/summer clothing starts gradually appearing in shops but we are just not quite ready to part with our chunky knits and winter coats. Mainly because it's still absolutely freezing, it's dark, it's a little gloomy and the colder I get the grumpier I get, therefore dressing prematurely for summer is a definite no thank you. January to February is a grey area. It's that in betweeny bit of the year. You're still regretting that second (tenth) Christmas left over sandwich, your skin hasn't seen sun in about 6 months (yes it feels like 6 years) and you used up all your jolly between 23rd December to 1st January. 

Never one to be deterred by a challenge, I've managed within this difficult time to do some pretty successful shopping and I thought I'd share it with you. It's a mix and match of, Spring clothes yet to come with the clothes of Christmas past...   

Sale Buried Treasure
This year we've not done too shabby with the seasonal sales and it seems there's a hell of a lot more hidden gems still waiting to be bought, even now! I'm not big of shopping sale for impulse buys, I like to stick with my guns. If I didn't want it before it was a fiver well then, I don't want it now (shopping with integrity). I try to buy from my ever growing, ever unachievable wish list or I tend to buy pieces I know are still going to be wearable in a years time. 

My hidden gems from last week include; THAT Bella Freud "Rockers" tee which was very high on my totally unrealistic, unachievable wish list. AC for AG Jeans high waisted, cropped kick flares in black because I'm addicted to this shape of jean at the minute and would have happily paid full price for these babies. Next up there was a wardrobe staple! An a-like indigo denim mini from Urban Outfitters I will wear to death because it goes with everything. 
"Rockers" Tee- Bella Freud
Jeans- AC for AG Jeans
Skirt- Urban Outfitters
Jeans- Topshop Mom jeans
Jumper- Zara (similar designs found currently in Urban Outfitters)
Other last minute finds include this denim button down midi from Topshop which I can not wait to sport with tanned legs and Birkenstocks over summertime and this seventies inspired Zara blouse. The blouse was another wish list item I am pleased to now have in my possession.
Blouse- Zara
Skirt- Topshop
Joys of Spring
Although it's pretty difficult shopping new season Spring/Summer when it's still so miserable outside, I've managed to find a few pieces which can work easy for any season and are just so lovely I couldn't not buy them! My two favourite picks are these two Topshop blouses.

Both Blouses- Topshop
Both high necked with long sleeves so they're not too "on show" for February/March weather. I'm a little obsessed with this seventies inspired blouse shape at the minute, so easy to style and VERY wearable. Mustard is a hero colour of mine all year round and works for every season. It's autumnal yet vibrant enough for summer and looks great with a tan or a more pastey skin tone (ie. my skin tone). The printed blouse although floral isn't too "Spring flowers", it reminded me of a Mary Quant style sixties print which of course immediately struck a cord with me.

Below is how I chose to style them both. Ok, yes the first outfit has maybe a bit too much leg out for February but for drinks at the weekend, for me this was a winning look.

Blouse- Topshop
Skirt- Topshop
Shoes- Orla Kiely for Clarks
Blouse- Topshop
Jeans- Monki at ASOS
Shoes- Orla Kiely for Clarks

Sophia x 

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