This week’s Friend Friday, Katy has asked us to list our top 5 Spring trends that we are looking forward to seeing/sporting this season. As regular readers will know, I’m not much for trends, I don’t follow them and usually don’t notice anything is a trend until everyone wears it, but which point it is pretty much in its last death throes. But I do have a few things I know I’m going to be wearing and trying out over the next few months.
1. My beautiful new United Nude shoes
I got these United Nude Fold mid height shoes in Amsterdam. Aren’t the amazing? I had seen them on people’s feel before but never in a shop until then. They were ludicrously expensive by my standards (165 Euros), but I had some cash left over from my birthday and Christmas (my parents always give me Euros as a present, and I never convert them into pounds, so I saved up a bit) so I went for it. They’re made from a sort of woven plastic fabric, all one piece wrapped around the shoe. And the company was co founded by architect Rem Koolhaas, how cool is that! I love them, though they’re not my usual style, so I’ll have to have a think about how to build them into my wardrobe.
2. A navy Cambridge Satchel Company bag
I’ve been wanting Cambridge Satchel Company bag for ages, and have asked for a navy from my girlies for my birthday in June. I was also considering getting the smallest size in yellow. Maybe at some point!
3. Cropped trousers.
I was just saying to Dave at the weekend, how I never liked cropped trousers for ages, but suddenly I’ve come to covet them. It’s funny how that happens sometimes. I was the same with skinny jeans. Anyway, I really want a pair now! Not sure if a classic dark colour or a summery yellow like the River Island ones shown or some pinkish red Zara ones I’ve seen in a magazine. Or these royal blue capri trousers from Vivien of Holloway?
4. A 1940s style tea dress
I’be been all 150s ahoy in my vintage style pilfering recently, but I am keen on 1940s shapes too. I love the dress shown from Tara Starlet – that whole shop is just too tempting for words! Anyone know of any other good sources of repro 1940s dresses?
5. A wedding reception dress
As you probably know, I’m getting married in September. Our celebrations will be over two days. I have my outfit for the ceremony day all ready, it involved this 1950s dress, a 1930s clutch bag and a 1950s hat/headpiece donated by the lovely Sarah of Misfits Vintage. But I still need a dress for the reception. My initial plan was to get a white satin Vivien of Holloway one, but then I decided I don’t want anything even remotely wedding dressy (I want to wear it again!), so then we picked a floral VoH one, which then turned out to be sold out (it is the third one along on this page). I also liked one at Tara Startlet, but the size I need was gone. I then bought the pale blue dress shown in the picture above from Penny Dreadful Vintage on a whim on Monday. It’s probably a little too similar to the Friday one, so I’ll probably just wear it as a wedding guest dress. So the search continues! My criteria are dressy, with a big 1950s skirt (preferably big enough to wear a crinoline underneath) and ideally a colour that goes with red.
Plus, I’m adding on a sixth thing, which isn’t a spring trend, but something i will have most definitely have to buy!
My foundation is about to run out, and my powder has lost its lid and crumbled all over my makeup bag, so I’ve decided to splurge on some posh stuff. I was always going to go to a make up counter in a department store for advice and a trial in preparation for the wedding, but it makes sense to bring it forward rather than buy some cheaper make up that I wouldn’t use. I’m thinking I may try Clinique and MAC.
What would people recommend? I am looking for something with a medium amount of coverage, and something matte not dewy. I am not opposed to powder. My skin is very awkward, its spotty, lots of open pores and gets oily quickly, but anything especially for spotty skin tends to dry it out too much and it gets all tight feeling. I’d rather be shiny, at least that’s just the way I look and not the way my skin feels. My current foundation is Max Factor Age Renew, which is ok, though a little too covering, and the shade is not quite right (though the best I could find in the cheaper high street brands).
Anyway, if you have any fave brands, tell me!
Wowee, that was a very shopping heavy post today! Please excuse the lo-fi approach to the pictures, I’ve spent far too much time editing Amsterdam pics this week and have briefly fallen out of love with photoshop. Pictures 1, 2 4 and 5 are from the respective shops, 3 is from the guardian and 6 from the Life magazine google archives.
Happy Friday all!