Don't get me wrong, I've been really enjoying the hot weather and sunny days, but sometimes, it's great when the sky's a little overcast and a cool breeze kicks in.
I've been spending a lot of time in Kew (a part of South-West London belonging to the borough of Richmond) recently. It's the perfect leafy suburb to while away the time in on a Friday afternoon - there's lots of small independent boutiques, small cafe's and coffee shops, and of-course, the famous Royal Botanic Kew Gardens if you fancy a stroll and an agricultural day out.
The milder weather has meant that it's the perfect time for me to whip out my collection of white shirts and blouses and I could not be happier. On this particular day I was really inspired by the combination of this poet blouse from Topshop and my pale wash denim dungarees from Whistles - I love the mix of bohemian and city chic. I've also been really enjoying wearing my dungarees half done up and half loose for an even more casual look.
I also just got my first ever pair of classic black hi-top converse. These are an absolute staple of mine already as they are so easy to style and add such an effortlessly timeless yet retro feel to any outfit. I loved my two-tone hi-top converse to death (literally, they are tearing all over the place, I've been wearing them since I was twelve!) but it was time for a new pair. I bought these via Depop as I managed to find them for a much cheaper price - £55 RRP is very overpriced for Converse in my opinion, especially as you used to be able to pick up new pairs for a mere £20-£30 only a few years ago, but what can I say - it's just another sign of the times.
Blouse -Topshop (old) / Dungarees - Whistles / Bag - Topshop via Mary's Living & Giving (similar here) / Shoes - Converse / Sunglasses - Rayban (Round)
Closest transport links to Kew Gardens: Kew Gardens underground & overground station, Buses 65 & 391 stop closest to the station but bus route R68 stops near by too. Nearest rail station is Kew Bridge (south-west trains)
It's been a long time since I've blogged. I had so many elaborate blog posts planned - different clothing orientated posts, travel guides, London guides etc. But March & April both ended up being unsuspectedly difficult months for me. Therefore, I neglected a lot of creative things in my life that I wish I hadn't. So, I'm back (hopefully for a longer period of time now), and I've decided to go back to basics and do a few simpler posts, this one in particular focusing on one of my all time favourite wardrobe staples - the printed t-shirt.
Leather Jacket - All Saints (Wyatt discontinued, similar style here) / T-shirt - Ganni / Jeans - Vintage Levi's 501 (via Asos marketplace) / Trainers - Adidas (Superstars) (similar here) / Hat - eBay / Belt - Primark
I bought this t-shirt just over two months ago now - it had been on my wishlist for absolutely ages, so I finally took the plunge and purchased it. Ganni is one of my all time favourite brands, especially for wafer-thin soft cotton t-shirts, but the price-tag has always been eye-wateringly high. This t-shirt, however, had remained in the back of my mind for so long that I just couldn't help myself any longer, and I decided to overlook the price tag just this once. Frankly, it was worth the money, because I have barely taken it off since buying it, and it works so well with my wardrobe! I love a good white t-shirt, as most people do, but there was something about the simple slogan and water-colour bananas in this particular style that just had me at hello.
Denim Jacket - Vintage / T-shirt - Ganni (as above) / Trousers - Topshop (similar here) / Belt - Salvatore Ferragamo / Trainers - Adidas (Superstars) (similar here) / Sunglasses - Rayban (Round)
Printed t-shirts are such a fun way of updating your Spring/Summer wardrobe. They're easy to style, and great for making a somewhat boring outfit more fun. I love wearing them tucked into 501's, or with a pair of tapered trousers like the ones in the photo above (that dusty pink is huge for this season, and looks surprisingly flattering even on a ridiculously pale gal like me). They look great underneath a suit instead of a white shirt if you're looking to create a more casual take on a smart outfit, and they look ace underneath a denim or leather jacket. I will definitely be whipping out my printed t-shirt collection more for this Spring/Summer, so look out for a post dedicated solely to the humble cotton tee.
Thank you for reading, and hopefully there'll be more posts in the upcoming weeks, as I've got some great ideas that I'd love to share with you all!
(also if you clocked the title of this post and don't know where that song lyric is from, then you ain't no hollaback girl, just saying) x