Top picksMegan Blenkarne

Top picks for Spring

Top picksMegan Blenkarne
Top picks for Spring

Despite what the pessimists might be saying here in Wellington, the joyous truth is that Spring is upon us.  With every new season comes the same question - what did I wear last year?  Because, you guys, I don't own any clothes for Spring.  Okay, maybe I in fact own lots of clothes for Spring, but what I want is a few new bits to put some pep in my step, now that I can go outside without full length outerwear.  

With that in mind, I've put together a few pics of things that I am digging for Spring this year, a couple of which I've invested in and a couple of which provide inspiration to wear my current wardrobe differently - the latter thrifty approach balancing out the "unnecessary" purchase of bright yellow pants. 

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My love for KeepSake is strong, and this top particularly appeals because it's cropped and ruffly - a doubly flattering look if, like me, your body proportions can best be described as "concentrated in the hip to knee area".  I also love the colour combo, but beware those strap lines - go heavy on the SPF50 when you're rocking this guy.  It's super trend-led so at $169.95 I might wait for a sale, or let this percolate in my brain and inform other outfit combos. 

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Sometimes you go into a shop with a very specific list of potential purchases (literally, a list written on a yellow post it note) and you leave with a completely different item altogether.  That is the story of the Wilson Trollope Porcelain Jacket and me.  It also comes in an incredible option with pinky/salmon coloured sleeves, which floats my boat so much (but wasn't available in my size).  I wore mine in a totally different way to this model's look and I enjoyed it very much.  I did spill coffee on it on my first outing, but it came up beautifully clean.  This is the perfect weight for a Spring day in Wellington, when the sun is out but there's a teensy bit of a sea breeze. 

P.S. Look at the highlight on that model's cheekbone.  That's my Summer beauty goals, right there. 

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I love my existing pair of Quay Australia sunglasses (featured on the blog previously), and this Spring I'm feeling the super graphic, mirrored, colourful stylings of these, the Sorority Princess.  At $55 they're a cheaper way to update the look for another year, and if the quality is anything like the pair I own, they won't be easily broken when you drop them (just me? Surely not).  These are a definite Spring purchase. 

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Girl, can we talk about the power of a nude, stacked heel sandal?  Leg lengthening, still comfy enough for a day hitting the shops with my Mum, and in this neutral grey a total winner with countless skirts, dresses and pants.   The tie up detail makes them modern enough for the next season without making them too trendy.  I LOVE these, and hope to win Andrea Biani's Instagram competition so I can win a $50 voucher towards them.  Side note: the customer service is on point at this online retailer! 

Lucy's Mum recommended this shirt to me - well, I'd seen it in store and then she told that she had bought it and described how she planned to wear it, and I was sold - but it was only a few days ago that I saw this picture on Pinterest and realised it was also ripe for layering.  I'm looking forward to wearing this with my denim dress, or potentially these overalls (which I'm still kind of torn about - excellent weekend outfit option or totally tragic? Time will tell). 

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I love a good one piece swimsuit, and I'm sad to say that my last one died the lycra death where it goes all thin and sort of...corroded?  Yeah, I'd had it for a long, long time.  Since it's time to replace that trusty friend, I've decided to go Major Glam and pick up a new suit from Jets Australia.  Honestly, the options are so plentiful that it will take a while to narrow it down to just one, but this guy is a front-runner.  All I need now is a spray tan (stay sun smart team!) and a holiday destination...

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Okay, okay, this is totally trend-driven.  Embroidered jeans are huge, and while I wouldn't wear them quite like this, I think this pair would be a great Spring option.  The variety of colours in the embroidery gives you lots of options for mixing and matching from your existing wardrobe, and the slightly tough-girl vibe of the blackened denim and retro waist line means it doesn't get too girly girl.  I have an awesome pair of Levis 501CTs that will probably do the trick in place of these, but these are staying in the Saved Items basket for now.

Not all Spring purchases are wearable! To know me is to know that I consider a bouquet of flowers to be a necessity, rather than an indulgence and while I've definitely purchased my share of cheapo supermarket flowers, this Spring I'm all about the beautiful bouquets at Woodstock.  Walking past their shop front every day this year has really worked as subliminal marketing!  I love the riot of colours and textures that comes with Spring flowers, and I'm looking forward to the bright colours giving my home a bit of a pop. 

So, that's it.  A few things to fill in some missing gaps (like the swimsuit) and a few things just for fun (um, the entire rest of the list). I gotta go order those sunnies, but pop over to see me on Facebook and tell me what else I should spend my precious Spring budget on!