So... t'is Spring, and in the same way that I freaked out in the Autumn because I had no Wintery clothes to wear, I now appear to have reversed the situation and am severely lacking in the floaty and the floral and also, as is the more considerable issue at hand - funds.
Hear my audible sigh of relief and slight hand clapping of glee when H&M continue to harrass me because I bought a pair of shorts from their website 2 years ago - and I receive the S/S 2012 catalogue through my door. I'm lying already, our letter box is an actual box on our garden wall, nothing comes through my door.
And so, as a one off (ok maybe not ONE off) I turn fashion blogger just to share, with you lovely people, my pick of H&M's cheap and cheerful Spring/Summer offerings which just might get me through my impending honeymoon looking cool and sexy and all those other newlywed adjectives that ought to be applied to me as I swan around in a big old haze of love and more love.
I don't like to declare myself a trend setter, but I was rocking paisley a long time ago with 2 silk komono style dresses I bought from a little boutique in Canterbury which has since closed down. Unfortunately both dresses have fallen to pieces though over-love so I got a bit excited to see this image on the front of the H&M catalogue. Want. I also intend to start sporting a headscarf, as someone who suffers immeasurably from greasy roots and fringe around 30 minutes after washing my hair, I feel this might be the answer to my bad hair day prayers! That and a big floppy hat for variation!
To address the orange issue, as some may know, some may not, my hair is a very similar colour to the main body of the dress above. That is to say, I would class myself as very ginger. I should add that I absolutely love love love my hair, it's probably my 2nd favourite "bit" of myself... maybe even first, it's a tough 'un. I am a very strong believer in the fact that redheads can, and should, infact must, wear orange. You will not look tango'd, you'll look fab. I have a couple of bright tangerine treasures in my wardrobe already. A scoop backed dress with I wore to a friends wedding in February being the perfect example (and yep, I wore orange heels too). Gingers are, really, the only people who can accessorise to match their hair in the Summer!
Grecian Goddess a la Temperley London Bridal:
I'm getting married in June, (have you heard?) as such I can't tell you about my wedding dress(es) but believe you me, I shall unleash them upon you one day this year! However, for fear of the Mr. sneaking a look at my H&M wish list I shall keep shtum, but be assured, if I had room for another dress, it would be from my 2nd or 3rd favourite wedding dress designer (depending on my mood!), Temperley London. In 2011 I was lucky enough to get myself a pair of tickets to The Designer Wedding Show (which I attended with good ol' Mother of the Bride) and The Luxury Wedding Show (which I attended with the ever delightful Maid of Honour), both of which featured Temperley on the catwalk and both of which featured one T of L dress in particular that made me well up a bit. I am alllll about a bit of Goddess and this Grecian dress couldn't be more honeymoon perfect. I intend to accessorise with some sort of "bangle" and bare feet. This is one for the days that we decide not to hire bicycles and explore the island!
I love snakeskin, there is not enough snakeskin going on in my wardrobe that's for sure, though I used to have a lovely pair of Kurt Geiger shoes in a similar print to these cute shorts, but alas, they went to shoe heaven at the hands (or should I saw jaws) of my labrador retriever, Ruby (she's got an eye for a good stilleto too!) They do a great chunky handbag to match which I might be tempted by, crisp white shirt and I'm done here!
Going for Gold:
What's not to love about this dress, the texture the colour, the length, it's £12.99 well spent when it's beach-worthy, romantic-dinner worthy, hitting-the-shops worthy, mooching around galleries worthy... in my suitcase worthy. And there just so happen to be a pair of gold Biba sky scrapers in my local "high end department store" which I 100% can not afford and that would 110% look amazing with this dress. *Sigh*
N.B. Gold Biba shoes are not available from H&M, funnily enough.
I'm not about to start posting my wedding night lingerie to the blog, there is only one person that needs to be seeing that. Ever. But at £12.99 this set is very much on my wish list for lazy mornings on the terrace with a giant mug of tea, dreaming about how lovely married life will be when I get home. Accessorise with a decent mani-pedi. Done.