One thing that gets me really excited about the warmer, brighter days arriving is that we start to see more and more colour re-emerge all around us. This can be seen just about everywhere – from the cherry blossoms on the trees, yellow daffodils popping up from the ground and of course, injections of sunny shades in our wardrobes!
It got me thinking about the powerful impact that colour has – it can trigger memories, make us feel empowered and even affect our mood. My favourite colour is pink – from flamingo to fuchsia – and I always feel more like myself if I’m wearing it (too good to be saved just for Wednesdays, right?!). It is without a doubt, my power colour!
I’ve been reading a little bit about colour psychology and learned that, pink is a sign of hope. It is a positive colour, inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay. I’m definitely a glass-half-full kinda gal, maybe that’s why I feel such a strong connection to this shade?
Recently, Buchanan Galleries got in touch to see if I would like join them in celebrating all things colourful in a project called Blog Your Colour. At the moment, the shopping centre is jumping into Spring with a big, bright bang – and helping people get ready for a new season! I am a huge believer in living life in full technicolour, so this invitation was right up my street.
I was challenged to create an outfit around my own favourite colour, using pieces from Buchanan Galleries’ range of over 90 stores. And with each retailer bursting with vivid, sunny collections, it was certainly a challenge that I was excited to get cracking on!
By now you can probably guess that it didn’t take me too long to decide on a colour to build my outfit around! Being a huge fan of a fancy frock, I set out to find the perfect pink dress to be the foundation of my Blog Your Colour ensemble. I INSTANTLY fell in love with this pink lace trim skater dress from Oasis (psst, it comes in blue too…)! With its sweetheart shape and layers of tulle underneath, it fits like a dream and it’s great for twirling in – I do think all dresses need to pass the ‘twirl test’, don’t you?
Although Springtime calls for less layers, I think a light jacket is a still must-have item at this time of year. A cute denim jacket is versatile and can be thrown over just about anything. I picked up this distressed-effect one from H&M, and love the rose-gold hardware. I’ve already started to customise it a little – because I always reckon denim jackets practically scream for patches and pins, and can be switched up in a matter of a few simple steps.
So, with the dress and jacket nailed, I was ready to find accessories to complete my colourful Spring look! Being a huge fan of headpieces, I couldn’t resist this floral crown from Claire’s. As well as having beautiful tones of pink and blue, it also has a tiny green bird nestled in it! How Portlandia!! I immediately knew it was the one for me.
While in Claire’s I spied an OTT pink ring pop-style ring. It was the most awesomely kitsch item I’d seen all day (and much more practical than wearing a real candy ring!), and that was really all the persuading I needed…
I tracked down a pair of shoes that were made for a Spring stroll! These silver ballet flats from Next are super comfortable and will complement just about any power colour you decide to dress in this season. I finished with a bold pink lip stain from Bourjois at Boots.
At the weekend, the sun was shining and I couldn’t wait to take a trip to the park with Gary in my new colourful get-up! Wearing pink always makes me feel amazing, and this outfit was no exception! We joined many other people who had decided to spend the morning at the park, enjoying the first weekend of Spring. Bliss!
If you fancy adding a splash of your favourite colour into your wardrobe this Spring, Buchanan Galleries are offering a £5 gift card when you spend £50 between the 23rd of March (that’s TODAY, you guys!) and the 27th of March – see here for the full scoop on how to Shop In Colour!
Are you embracing bright shades in your wardrobe this Spring? What’s YOUR power colour?
Pink, ’cause you are so very…
Miss West End Girl x
All Photography by Gary at Trouble With Film