Hooray, Summer has finally arrived in England! I was beginning to give up and attempt to emigrate if temperatures didn't improve, but luckily I've been able to experience some sun and stay put. The tricky thing when we're treated to a few days of nice weather, is knowing what to wear. Finally my reserve stock of summer outfits can be worn but where to start? Do I wear the blue spot dress, the white flamingo print dress or the neon skirt and stripy top? What if these are the only weather-worry-free days we get this year? I don't know if I just make this seem more complicated than it really is, but I can't help getting various ideas throughout the year and hoping that one day it'll be warm enough to carry them off. Eventually I managed to decide on some suitable summer attire for a Birmingham visit to see Winnie; she's been in Hong Kong for three months and we had a lot of catching-up to do!
Playsuit - Vintage via Beyond Retro
Necklace - Galibardy
Ring - V&A shop (yay you can buy it online)!
I do love a good vintage floral playsuit. They bring back memories of wandering around New York all those years ago (okay, two years ago) and feeling as free as a bird. I've noticed a lot of the vintage shops are starting to stock them now and after wandering into Beyond Retro and discovering a 'secret' sale, I was determined to find the perfect short-sleeved style. Cue a lot of trying on and dismay at the torso proportions and crazy shoulder pads of certain versions until finally finding this one in navy and purple. As it didn't have a price tag, I got it for the bargain sum of £8 and didn't think I'd be able to wear it so soon when I bought it on a drizzly Friday afternoon. The flatforms are one of my first River Island purchases in a while. I don't know if it's just me, but I find flatforms tricky to walk in due to their, well, flatness and I practically had to hobble to make my train as the left foot was determined to escape. Fortunately I laced them up as tight as I possibly could and adjusted my walking style (heel-toe) so that they would stay put. Panic over. The ring I bought during my recent visit to the V&A has been a firm finger-favourite and it's great to finally be able to wear these Polaroid sunglasses that I chose back in chilly February. What a difference a few months makes!
It was great to escape London for a few hours and take a peaceful journey to another city. The Custard Factory area was as colourful as ever and I even remembered the Bead Shop sign from my first visit in 2010. In true IWYTK fashion there was also plenty of food to be had and Winnie introduced me to a great all-you-can-eat sushi place which needs to be replicated in London (please say I'm wrong and there is one) at a reasonable price. Chatting and enjoying the sun was the order of the day so I didn't do too much shopping, though I did manage to locate some Essie nail polishes and a striper nail art pen to get tackling some of the designs from the Wah Nails book.
How have you been enjoying the sun?
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