Spring Look Book 2019 with Primark, Fosse Park | AD

I love Spring. I love Spring fashion. I love Spring weather. It’s that reminder that summer is on its way and new beginnings are on the horizon.


If there’s one thing I love about the switch of the seasons, it’s the ditching of the jeans and the jumper and stepping out in floaty dresses, jumpsuits and mini-skirts. I love Spring. I love Spring fashion. I love Spring weather. It’s that reminder that summer is on its way and new beginnings are on the horizon. Flashback to around February time, I was scrolling through Instagram saving all of these beautiful Spring inspired outfits and I noticed one thing that stood out more than anything else: neutrals.

Whilst last year I was all about the flash of colour, leaning towards yellows and greens, this year, I’ve stripped it all back and opted for the once-boring hue. Spring 2019 is all about neutrals. The absolute key to making neutrals work is to switch it up with textures and accessories to bring the outfit to life. Neutrals can and will look sophisticated, chic and expensive.

This Spring 2019, I was challenged to create a Spring Look Book using a £100 gift card at Primark, kindly given to me by Fosse. Here is your Spring Styles for your looks this 2019:

Polka Dot Dress

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The polka dot dress was one that I was unsure about in the shop. I loved it off, but I just wasn’t sure that it would suit me. However, I’m so glad I went for it. The polka dot pattern is one that continues to roll back in and out of fashion, and vogue for the matter. Last year the revival of polka dots came back around and it doesn’t appear to be exiting any time soon. The once-outdated polka dot trend has been given a new life and it’s definitely filling up my Instagram inspiration board more and more.

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A polka dot dress, like this one from Primark, requires little styling which is why it’s such a staple piece for 2019. It’s an easy to wear dress that you can throw on, whilst looking like you’ve made such a big effort, it’s such a winner. I paired it with the battered straw bag, brown sandals and cream cardigan, all from Primark. This entire outfit was less than £30. I love that I feel like a neutral Minnie Mouse in this dress, it’s almost like a subtle way to add the Disney fashion trend whilst still ticking the neutral trend box.

Palm Print Jumpsuit

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I think it’s safe to say that there is a jumpsuit now that works for everybody. With a range of styles, patterns and fits, the jumpsuit has really come into its own recently. So much so, that even I am able to find one that works for me.

Stepping into Spring 2019, the jumpsuit is even more on trend than it was just a few years ago. Walking down the high street, the jumpsuits are everywhere to be seen, no longer restrained to vintage stores, it’s a staple piece that requires little effort. There’s no need to worry about pairing or matching, it’s a ready made solid outfit.

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The palm print jumpsuit would be a great festival outfit, paired with a battered straw hat, brown sandals or wedges and the battered straw bag. The palm print jumpsuit, priced at £15, goes really well with the sandals and straw bag, topped off with the ombre oversized sunglasses priced at just £3.  It comes with a chic palm print pattern tie up belt too which is perfect for sculpting the waist line.

Denim Belted Skirt

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I wanted to pick up a piece that I knew would be timeless, one that I can take photos of in America and still think it looks acceptable in ten, fifteen, twenty years. Although looks can be bang on trend for this season, I know that turning the corner into Summer 2019, or Spring 2020 the trend may have long gone. I may be wearing my polka dot dress now and loving it, but will I feel the same in a decade? I adore wearing bits and pieces that are in fashion, but I’m also very conscious to always pick up something that will weather the fashion storm, and that’s exactly what a denim skirt and a white shirt will do.

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The last time I went to America, I stocked up on clothes that were in fashion for that summer, but now I look back and cringe. I cringe uploading a photo by the Hollywood sign with a print vest top that has frills at the bottom paired with shoes with a silver chain, (where even more tragically one of them had fell off somewhere in San Francisco). But, I know that a white shirt and a denim skirt paired with my own Tommy Hilfiger trainers will always be a look. I’ll be wearing the denim skirt long after spring/summer 2019 has come to an end. I’m aware that in Summer 2029, I might be cringing at the white shirt tucked in or wondering why I’m wearing the skirt so high, but it’s a safer option! 

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outside in altea spain 2019 spring primark and tommy hilfiger

The white shirt with a tie up bottom is priced at £8 and the denim skirt priced at £12 is a classic ensemble for spring 2019. I’m a big advocate for boosting up high street clothes by pairing it with a staple designer piece, so I’m pairing my denim skirt and white shirt from Primark with my Tommy Hilfiger Chunky Mixed Textile Trainers (£115).

Green Linen Trousers

Linen trousers spring look book 2019

Apparently, there was still that pull towards green for me, perhaps it’s the fact that I’ll definitely still be wearing my green trousers from Spring Styles 2018 or perhaps it’s because I know that linen trousers are just so comfortable and breezy as the weather turns up a notch.

Green linen trousers spring styles 2019

I remember vaguely having a pair of black linen trousers that I used to wear for work at Tesco about nine years ago, wow let me take one moment, doesn’t that sound old?! and I absolutely loved them. They always looked nice with the white shirt and more importantly, they were comfortable and practical. I’m sounding even older. But, ever since then I’ve never really took much notice to linen. I either never found any that suited me or there just wasn’t much of it around, and I’m sure it’s the latter.

When I found these green linen trousers from Primark priced at £10, I knew I had to have them. The combination of my much loved old work linen trousers and the Spring Styles 2018 colour preference, whilst being toned down to a shade of neutral, it seemed a no brainer for Spring 2019.

Matching up with the same white shirt, sandals and straw bag, it’s a perfect outfit for a day exploring the city or wandering along the beach front before stopping off for a café con leche. It’s a comfortable yet effortlessly chic look that is perfect for spring time both in England and abroad.

I also picked up a few little bits and pieces like a Minnie Mouse luggage tag for America, a Stitch yellow t-shirt and a few basic vest tops to swap in and out with my denim skirt or a pair of Tommy Hilfiger shorts I have my eye on.

Hasta luego,

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I was provided with a £100 Primark gift card to share my Spring Styles 2019. I was not paid any extra or asked to post photos on social media.

Manners, Photoshoots and a Spanish Sunset

Manners…for something that is free, they hold so much value. 

“Gracias por todo”

Before speaking Spanish, the first sentence I ever learnt was “gracias por todo”.

Manners are important and when they say they cost nothing, they’re right. But, for something that is free, they hold so much value.

I’ve been fortunate to stay with friends in Madrid, Valencia, Alicante and Albacete. I have made such amazing friends in Spain and they are all friends that I keep in contact with.

Without speaking Spanish, I knew that my basics would get me by, but I wasn’t great. I didn’t really understand a word.

But, when a family opens their home to you, a simple thank you goes a long way.

More and more, I’m seeing “please” and “thank you” disappearing. People asking for information, without a manner in sight. People in the street. People hiding on their phone.

Then, I think about the Spanish language. How “please” is more of an order than a courtesy.  It’s funny when you think about cultures and how they differ. I definitely still haven’t learnt to not over-use “gracias” yet. 

This weekend, I finally had the chance to meet up with another one of my friends here in Spain, Gohar. Gohar is a photographer who lives in Alicante, so if you’re a business or somebody looking for some professional photos, hit her up! 

We finally arranged to meet in Benidorm, with her travelling by tram.

After an awful nights sleep, did anybody else get woken up at 4:00am by the worst crack of thunder on Saturday?! But, as they say, the show must go on!

We started by going for a drink to our local favourite bar, Fuxion, where the Instagram content is pretty strong. Ruben and Diego create a wonderful atmosphere in Fuxion and Ruben really works hard front of house to create the best experience for their customers.

Gohar is from Armenia and all that I have to compare to Armenia is the Kardashian’s, close enough, right?! 

Sunday was hot, about time, so we were able to head back to the pool, even though the water was freezing.

Now, for another slice of culture, or should I say a mouthful? Gohar came stocked up with some Armenian cuisine, Bulgur wheat. 

If you’ve ever heard of Bulgur wheat then I 100% salute you. This whole-wheat grain delicacy is high-fibre, low-fat and vegan-friendly. Strange is my only adjective. I mean, it’s okay. But, it definitely tastes healthy.

So, if you’re looking to spruce up your summer bod meal plans, why not incorporate some Armenian goodness?

Anyway, June 3rd, the first dip of 2018. Normally, it’s so much earlier in the year, where has summer been hiding this year?!

Rio had a little cameo before he was banished by somebody moaning. This is something I’m struggling to get to terms with. There is only a sense of community when it suits.

Everybody says hello to everybody. But, nobody looks out for each other. So far, we’ve been moaned at for having our curtains open in the day and our dog for being held in the garden. My friend says she has the police called for her baby crying briefly in the night?

At what point does this over-excessive moaning just become exasperating?

Next, we wanted to introduce Gohar to La Cala, she had never been to Benidorm!

The rocks make for a great photo spot. Getting Alex to take photos can be near enough impossible. But, Gohar managed it?!

Is it okay for me to say that we look cute? Alex has been growing his hair recently, obviously trying to fit in with the surfers around here. I’m not sure if he needs a guitar to turn into Cody Simpson or a skateboard (thanks for the inspiration, Mum).

La Cala has always been one of my favourite places in the area. Quiet, calm and tranquil. It’s that piece of paradise away from Benidorm.

We had planned to go to the fair at Villajoyosa, if you have children, it’s a great place to go, however, the rides were definitely targeted for younger children, so it wasn’t exactly the best photo opportunities, oops.

Instead, we made use of the Instagram’able’ locations of La Vila.

Further down from the beach, ten minutes walk from Creueta tram stop, there is a beautiful promenade that juts out.

From there, looking towards the sea, you can see Benidorm to your left and Alicante to your right. It’s also a perfect sunset spot.

I guess you could call this a pretty good Sunday! Gohar is going to be visiting a lot more often and taking the majority of the photos for my blog now, which is super exciting because she takes gorgeous photos. She just seems to capture moments so well. 

“Isn’t that what life is about? Capturing the moments. Not counting down for the big stuff, but appreciating the little things that happen too. They’re just as important.”

There are some pretty big changes coming soon, and I’m excited to share them with you all.

So, from me to you, the reader. Gracias for being part of my journey and making this possible.

To Alex, looks like you’re going to have to be in a lot more photos now!

Hasta luego,


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