From a technicolour world to a grey one, my first day back on UK soil was dark. Literally. It was spent hibernating in a cocoon of duvets and blankets, mentally willing my flat to warm up. After some time, I came out of my torpor, dressed in ski thermals and a woolly hat, to investigate the persistent cold. It had taken me 8hrs to switch my boiler from holiday mode to holiday-is-definitely-over-please-don’t-let-me-freeze-to-death mode but I finally managed it. Brief victory aside, the memories of my final hike up Table Mountain were fading with the barely discernible sun light penetrating my bedroom window. But as the temperature on the thermostat rose, so did my mood. Time to embrace all of those things I had been looking forward to.
First things first. I hopped on a train to recover my beloved car from friends in Oxfordshire. How beautiful he was, waiting for me there, all shiny and mean-looking. My freedom, my friend – tick. We navigated the remaining snow, tail twitching nervously on the ice. A brief stop at a petrol station for the world’s best crisps, the red Tyrell’s – tick. Back to Mum’s, a hot bath – tick, and beautiful little Coco, our new Labrador puppy. Those rainy dog walks – tick. Only the lush, green landscape was missing; once the snow had melted it was more of a brownish palette.
The absence of colour in the environment, however, seemed less important once Zoe and I had clad ourselves in peacock-worthy colours. Bold brights were big over the winter and this trend continues into SS18. I’m wearing a bright purple, cropped sleeve coat by Escada (of tuxedo & jumpsuit fame), and Zo a lime green/acid yellow (depending on the light) blouse by Really Wild. We have a 10% discount code with Really Wild – just use code HOF10 at checkout – shop now. When styling bold colours, it’s a good idea to pare everything else back. We both opted for skinny black jeans, Zoe’s are £55 by Kin at John Lewis and mine are the high rise ankle crop by Re/Done from Trilogy, £250. I love the raw hem but I must admit I had chilly ankles for this shoot!
I layered my purple coat over this metallic star jersey from Long Tall Sally (similar here), which invited my Tod’s glittery loafers out of early retirement. Zoe styled her blouse with this striking bell sleeve coat, available for £199 from Jigsaw, and my ankle boots from L.K.Bennett. You can find a similar style here.
Purple and lime green may not be the easiest or most obvious colours to wear, but they’ve allowed me to see technicolour again in this grey world. So I’m in.
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