Primrose Hill

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Jacket: French Connection. Dress: Asos. Boots: Dorothy Perkins (similar here). Bag: Accessorize (similar here).

You might have noticed that London’s been particularly sunny of late if you’re based this end of the country. For me, it’s been amazing – I love Scotland and I loved living there, but seven years of drizzly springs and disappointing summers is enough to drive anyone a little bit mad – so I’ve been loving being back in the land of the sun, basking in the warmth and joining the #notightsclub a whole three months earlier than last year.

But London is not perfect. By the time the day came around that we’d planned to head north of the river, typically, the wind was blowing and it was a little bit chillier than I would have liked – so away went the pretty sandals and back again came the tights and the ankle boots. Très décevant. So please do excuse the wintry look of this post; I’d planned to go for something a lot more springlike, but it wasn’t to be.

I spotted this dress on Asos last month and snapped it up as a replacement for my dearly departed Topshop breton tunic dress. It’s not exactly as it was in the picture but I still think it’s pretty cool; anything with a black-and-white stripe scores highly for me. It’s casual and comfortable, easy chic – perfect for throwing on when you just don’t know what to do with yourself. It looks fine paired with tights and boots like this, so I know it will be a year-round staple – I just would have preferred bare legs and ballerina pumps (can you tell I’m not over the disappointment yet?!). Worn with my new favourite leather jacket, I know it’s an outfit I’ll be returning to again and again this spring, and later again in the year.

Lewis and I took my dress for a spin in Primrose Hill; somewhere I’ve not visited for years and somewhere brand new to my other half. I’d forgotten just how mesmerising the views are atop the hill, so it was amazing to take it all in and just bathe in the love for my city. Soppy, yes – but you try spending years away from home and tell me you don’t appreciate it all the more when you return…

We wandered in the sun for a while and found so many beautiful spots that would be just perfect for this blog, but not quite right for this outfit. Watch this space – I can see me returning here in something suitably special very soon!

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