Spring is supposed to be a time of renewal – out with the old and in with the new, as they say. So it feels like time to shake things up a bit.
I don’t know about you, but round about now I start to feel a bit twitchy. Maybe it’s the itch of spring and the change of the clocks. After what feels like weeks/months lying dormant, I feel the sun on my face and smell the blossom and it’s like I’ve finally woken up. I’m sure I am one of those people who really should just sleep through winter but since that’s sadly not possible, I do celebrate the arrival of spring with real joy.
And yet it also makes me a bit eager, a bit giddy, like I want to be outside every second of the day, making the most of the sunlight. And I also want to be doing, changing, starting stuff all the time. I begin to run more frequently (I am a fair weather exerciser), plan more outings, become more sociable, feel more energetic. It makes me realise how quiet and perhaps even withdrawn I can be during winter time when I prefer to hunker down, stay home.
So, here’s what I’m looking forward to over the next few months:
A couple of trips to London (combining business and pleasure I hope)
Starting a new hobby (maybe more macrame / knitting or just dusting off my sewing machine)
Going to the park after picking up the kids from school
Volunteering (I’m thinking of doing a few hours at my local charity shop)
Learning a new skill. My brain needs rebooting after winter.
Picnics, picnics, picnics!
A trip to the seaside for an Easter egg hunt on the beach
Making new friends locally including a Harrogate bloggers meet-up
More books, less scrolling (as my learned friend Natasha would say).
A change of hair style (I’ve decided to chance a fringe after all these years) because life’s too short not to try new things.
Top: Boden / Skirt: H&M / Cardigan: Mint Velvet / Sunglasses: Topshop / Earrings: M&S / Basket: Bohemia / Shoes: Converse
Finally, in complete contradiction of all of the above, I thought I’d share a recycled outfit where everything was old rather than new. As a fashion blogger, there’s a temptation to buy and show new things all the time. I’ll admit, I do enjoy buying a couple of new pieces each month but the reality is that I also wear a lot of old stuff on rotation too, mixing in the new pieces with old favourites to reinvigorate things a bit. For me, that’s half the fun (and I’m a terrible hoarder).
Plus I thought it would be nice to show how I styled up a piece I bought in winter (namely this red skirt) now that Spring has sprung. This is how I wore it back in January in case you were wondering and I imagine that sweater will still come in handy for colder days. But it was a glorious day when these photos were taken – the first no-coat day this year for me, so last summer’s long-sleeved Breton top and a cardigan were all I needed.
Can’t tell you how good it feels to have the sun on my face again.
Photo credit: Greig Sharman