A few weeks ago I took out my spring and summer clothes that had been packed away over winter to first of all remind myself what I've got already, and then I guess see if I possibly "needed" to get a few complimentary things this season. In truth I quickly established that I didn't NEED to get anything - I have enough clothes to be able to follow most of the trends this season a few times over, but as we all know that need and WANT are two completely different things. So while I was on the shopping ban wagon while I was in Sweden and managed very well to only try things on and then put them back again, which isn't nearly as much fun as actually buying - not to mention slightly masochistic, I spectacularly fell off the wagon in H&M a few weeks ago.
You might think that this was a bit of a lapse in self discipline, but if you think about it there are some clothes that are staple items in a wardrobe and therefore they really are "must have's", e.g. blazers. I don't think there's anything more timeless and classic than a tuxedo style jacket, which you can wear both for work and for play, and since I didn't have one in a nice neutral shade I had a gap in my jacket section that needed to be filled, which I happily did with this lined figure hugging Tuxedo Jacket in cognac brown (£29.99). I think it'll be really useful not only as a transition jacket into summer, but it'll be chic in the autumn and winter too - in short we have a jacket for all seasons, and who can say no to that!
Sleeveless Dress (£29.99) in dark turquoise is just perfect with it's slim top and pretty flaring skirt. I like the simplicity of it and with different statement necklaces and shoes, you can reinvent it over and over again - so it's definitely an investment, not a reckless spend! Breton stripes are all the rave this spring and summer season and although I did have one from last year it was looking a bit tired, depressed and lonely and since I'm a caring person I thought I would try and cheer it up by giving it some company in the shape of this white and red long sleeved Striped Top (£12.99). It's a fresh and casual top with little gold buttons on the shoulder, and it'll be nice for a nautical look says she who gets seasick in a rocking chair...
If you follow me on Instagram you may recognise these Sneakers (£29.99) that I picked up before I went to Sweden actually, and this purchase was entirely because of the weather. Here in the UK we've had the most amazing lovely spring days, but since they are about a month and a half behind us in terms of weather and temperature over there, I didn't quite know what to bring in terms of shoes - and these were a happy medium that would work in all weathers. These aren't really my style at all, but having worn them quite a lot now I have to say that not only are the very comfortable - not a word I can normally use about the shoes I tend to wear, but they're also quite chic and trendy with the quilted material and the metal chain at the back, they're a poor possums option to Chanel sneakers. I have a vivid imagination and can spin a yarn, but not even I can come up with a good reason why I had to get the studded snake imitation Bracelet (£5.99), try as I might. Fact is I just plain wanted it, guilty as charged! There you have it and as you can now tell I had some very good reasons why in the end I really needed to pick up most of these things that I initially first thought that I just wanted... for once wants turned into needs - isn't that fortunate!