Seasonal Staples: Spring

It's not often I get excited about Spring dressing but I think the onslaught of dusty pink items in the shops may have swayed me, because I've really enjoyed picking up new Spring pieces these past couple of months. 

Denim

It's no secret that I've always been a bit fan of denim, but I feel like Spring is the season for all things blue (or black, or white, I'm really not picky). It all started with the need to add a couple of new pairs of jeans to my collection, but it seems to have reached the point where I'm having to physically restrain myself from buying any more.

My absolute favourites have to be the Zara Jeans of Dreams – who can resist that embroidery? – and my Levi Wedgie Jeans which, I can confirm, don't actually give you a wedgie and are actually super comfy.

I'm also verging on Britney and Justin's 2001 look with my new found appreciation for double denim, which was only spurred on by the addition of my new favourite denim jacket.

I'm now on the hunt for the perfect pair of white jeans. Everyone who knows me has told me to steer clear, I'm a notorious spiller. I say that's what Vanish is for.

Pretty in Pink

Not the classic John Hughes film, but almost as good. I feel like I'd be doing the season a disservice if I didn't pay homage to the colour of the moment. Blush pink that is, if you haven't been keeping up. 

I used to think that pink was a no go for because, you know, ginger. I was wrong. Or maybe I just stopped caring. Either way these soft dusky tones have added some much needed colour to my otherwise black/white/grey wardrobe. 

New additions include my beloved Whistles Rivington clutch, just updated in this dreamy nude/pink colour, rose gold H&M sunglasses, and this beautiful Zara pleated coat

Kick Flare

We could argue that maybe I'm using this as an excuse to talk about denim even more. We wouldn't be wrong. 

Since the day 11-year-old Fern debated whether skinny jeans were going to make me look to 'emo' – I decided no – I've sworn by skinny jeans. There were days not too long ago where, if I didn't have to struggle for five minutes to get a pair of jeans on, they just weren't skinny enough.

But now, well I think I've seen the light. It started with mom jeans, and then straight leg and then I thought, hey why not try a kick flare. So try a kick flare I did, and I've not looked back. Noted, I will only buy ones marked cropped, thanks to my short legs and my need for jeans to be ankle length or above, but I think I'm in love.

Accessories 

I find myself struggling with footwear once Spring hits. I spend the entirety of Autumn and Winter in ankle boots that, when it starts to get a little too warm for them, I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to put on. I'm not usually big on trainers, but I picked up a pair of white ASOS plimsolls a few weeks back and they've hardly left my feet since!

I also treated myself to this rather colourful Kate Spade bag for my birthday. I opted for this super bright orange/red shade so that I can get away with monochrome forever more, without being judged for my lack of colour. 

Things from April

You know what? I really liked April. I kicked off the month with excessive listening to TSLP's new album (still haven't finished the excessive listening), a hair cut and a game of laser tag, which I didn't lose! The laser tag, not the hair cut. 

The Last Shadow Puppets

TLSP

As of this moment, my favourite tracks on the album are Miracle AlignerEverything you've come to expect and The Dream Synposis. There will undoubtedly be more to follow though, because my favourite tracks have a habit of changing drastically the more I listen to an album. I'm now even more excited to see them in July. Even better, I only have to travel twenty minutes because, in some miraculous twist of fate, they're playing Bournemouth.

Views of London

April also meant that I got another ride on the Emirates cable car thanks to a work trip to London. I'm not entirely sure why I enjoy it so much, something to do with heights maybe? I weirdly quite like them. Either way, it was a definite improvement on November's windy, rainy ride over the Thames.

Food

I feel like I visited a lot of restaurants in April. Most notably was The Skinny Kitchen, a new restaurant which opened up in Bournemouth. Don't be fooled by the name though. Whilst the menus might list a plethora of nutritional information, which actually means nothing to me, the portion size is pretty big. They also serve beetroot hummus which looks like ice cream. 

Fern Richardson and the trip to Warner Brothers Studio Tour – Part 3

It feels like only a few months back that I was writing about the Harry Potter Studio Tour and, well, that's because it was. This time I got to visit the studios with work colleagues. I even took it upon myself to ride a broom this time. As much as I adore Harry Potter, I think I may've reached my limit with three visits, and I probably won't be going back anytime soon. 

In other April news:

  • Cleo turned one and I used it as an excuse to post all the cat photos.
  • I saw Zootropolis. I was very impressed, especially with the not so underlying social commentary.
  • I also watched The Jungle Book and, despite my irrational fear of jungles/rainforest, I really enjoyed it.  
  • I feel like I finally made the time to sit down, read some blogs and watch some videos on youtube this month. I've really been enjoying style videos lately, most notably Olivia and Megan's, as well as Lily's April videos. 

It wasn't until condensing my whole month into one post, that I realised how much I managed to fit in to April. It might explain why I've been very tired, and am now sat in bed with a cold. 

One

You'd be forgiven for thinking that this post was celebrating a blog birthday (nope, I think I've entered year 5 of blogging now), or maybe even a child's birthday (no where near responsible enough for that) or even my birthday (not for another 9 days). The birthday I've chosen to talk about it my cat's birthday, because I'm just about responsible enough to look after one of those.

I'm definitely delving further into the realms of crazy cat lady here, but well, she's cute and I like any excuse to subject people to pictures of Cleo. So, without further ado: CAT PHOTOS

Things from March

Yes, we are into mid April now and this post is super late. In my defence though I spent the majority of last week avoiding technology due to really fun screen induced headaches. Good news, I now have new glasses, so hopefully no more headaches. 

March seemed to be quite a long month, one where I managed to get a lot done, yet I can't seem to pin point much of note. 

If I'm totally honest, I spent the first part of the month feeling quite down and really not myself. I wrote a lengthy post on the reason for my sadness, then deliberated on whether it was a good idea to publish it or not. I kind of didn't but also kind of did and it lives here.

The good news is that, a few weeks and a nice break over easter later, I'm feeling a lot happier. 

Good things about March included:

  • Picking up my new car – hello shiny new Fiat 500 this time with cream interior.
  • Extra long Easter weekend. I made my best looking cake to date, spent lots of time with my family and friends and a whole lot more time napping.
  • Thirteen. I decided to watch the entirety of this BBC series over the space of three days and I would 100% recommend. 
  • The Night Manager. Again. Watched all of this over Easter and, whilst it took me about two episodes to fully understand what was going on, I really enjoyed it.

I've got fun things planned over the next few months, which always seems to be the case once spring rolls around, so hopefully April's things will be a little more exciting. 

Personal Style: The Crisis

Almost two years ago I wrote a post, filled with immense smugness, about how I'd finally figured out my personal style. Now, nearly two years on, it would seem that I'm struggling. I'm not sure if it's the annoying in-between seasons season we're currently in. Not quite warm enough for my SS wardrobe, but suddenly too nice to revert to jumpers and jeans all the time. 

In some sort of attempt to reclaim my personal style again I've recently taken to Polyvore, inspired by Sophie of Oh My Clumsy Heart's #OMCHSTYLE (which I will definitely be getting involved with soon). Logging back into Polyvore after so long is definitely bringing back all the 2009 feels, as well as some questionable outfit choices. 

I'd forgotten how great it was, not only for putting together outfits you'd never be able to afford, but also for styling up items you already own, as well as potential purchases. I've been using it to give myself some much needed inspiration for my Spring wardrobe. Below are a few of the sets I've put together from my Spring '16 collection.

I opted for picking out items I already own, then spending forever on my favourite past-time, browsing online, to find different ways of styling said items. Not only is it super fun, it's also a really good technique of working out what items you really need in your wardrobe. There seems to be a distinct colour palette going on here. Denim and warm dusty pink/red hues, which is actually a big step for me. Two-years ago I wouldn't have dreamed of wearing a red top. Just goes to show what a teeny tiny bit of stepping outside your comfort zone can do.  

I also had one of my bi-monthly clear outs over Easter which, as always, was super therapeutic. I charity bagged/ebayed/recycled anything that hadn't been worn in over a year, and I think I was pretty ruthless. There's something very calming about only having a wardrobe full of things you're definitely going to wear  – a feeling I'm really not used to. 

Long story short, I think I'm finally crawling my way out of my sad little 'I don't know what to wear' bubble, just in time for Spring!