As you'll know by now, I'm not very good at sticking to my own no-spend rules. So, when I went for a wander around town after work last week and spotted some bits in Zara, I couldn't help but try them on - and we all know there's no going back after that. I picked up some staple spring/summer items that I wanted to share them with you. Plus, I met up with a new photographer, Matt, and it was the perfect opportunity to shoot a little outfit post.
I've been lusting after these Zara shoes for a couple of months now so you can imagine how happy I was to see the last few pairs in the sale, and of course it was fate that there was a size 6. They were only £29.99 originally, which is completely reasonable for a nice pair of shoes, but at half price they were such a steal.
The platform is great for adding a bit of height. I'm 5'6 so definitely not a short person, however I do have really short legs so I try to add a few inches wherever it's possible. They are also mega comfy to walk in which I was surprised at, as flatforms can sometimes take a while to get used to. The Zara in Leeds had a few pairs of the black shoes left too but I've had my eye on the nude ones as they're a lovely colour for Spring.
I most definitely do not need another bomber/biker/lightweight jacket but there's just some kind of magnetic attraction that means I can't stay away. They're just so easy to wear with anything and with the choice of colours and materials on offer at the moment it's too hard not to succumb to the pressure and stock up.
This one is a personal favourite, you can't go wrong with black and because it's in between a silk and chiffon finish it's perfect to dress up or down. I also love the silver details on the arm as it makes the overall style a little bit less girly.
This floaty white number is not something I'd usually go for. I love the bohemian-festival style that lots of girls can pull off but I don't think it personally suits me. I always find loose summery tops catching my eye but I think they have the tendency to look shapeless when you actually try them on, especially the ones with long sleeves.
The reason I really liked this one was the neckline and the layers. The straps are only thin so it shows a lot of shoulder, and it works well with the layers to balance out the floaty bottom half. White is always a great choice for spring and summer as it looks amazing with a tan and it also has an open back - perfect for on holiday.
Bomber jacket - Zara
White top - Zara
Cigarette trousers - Topshop
Shoes - Zara
Bag - H&M
Watch - Shore Projects
Bangle - Pandora
Rings - Vintage and Pandora
I'm not usually a fan of mixing silver and gold, all my jewellery is silver so I tend to choose clothes and accessories with silver hardware. However, this little shoulder bag from H&M was such a bargain so I couldn't walk away from it. It was only £7 in the sale and I've worn it every day since I bought it. I normally lug a huge handbag around with a hundred unnecessary items in, so it's been a revelation finding out I can actually leave the house with just a tiny bag.
This week the sun seems to have disappeared again but hopefully it will make a reappearance soon as I'm so over winter coats and being cold. I love being able to chuck my flip flops on to nip out and saw so many nice summery bits whilst I was shopping! Where are your favourite places to shop for summer pieces?
Photo credit: Matt McCormick, visit his website here