…And taking a moment to press pause.
I’ve always been a city girl. Living somewhere with 3 buses a week or having to jump in the car to get to the nearest shop does not appeal to me at all, and I’ve always been confused when people say they enjoy going for a walk in the countryside, or they feel ‘at one’ with nature. I’m not sure I’m capable of that feeling, it’s been 25 years and I’ll always choose city centre shopping over a country side stroll without fail.
I love being able to nip in to Norwich, walk to the pub and go out for food without having to think about parking or whose going to drive. I love that I can hear people walk down the street in the evenings and it’s not eerily quiet, and I don’t even mind that we can hear our neighbours in the terrace next door (this is a weird one I know, but I just like knowing that other people are around). If I could pick up and move a fancy pants mansion – complete with driveway, garage and garden big enough for two big dogs (life goals) – to Norwich I would live in the city centre my whole life for sure!
But by far my favourite thing about being a ‘city girl’ is the daily style inspiration you get just by leaving your front door, from the hundreds of fashion forward gals who have clearly been doing their fashion homework (and by fashion homework I mean reading the latest ASOS mag and spending a bit too long scrolling through insta – I’m so guilty of this!) to the rows of shop fronts displaying the latest ‘it’ pieces and styling trends.
If you’re looking for your fashion creative flair, the city is the place to be (ideally London or Paris, but Norwich isn’t short of inspiration either!)
I’m not quite sure what counts as ‘street style’, just clothes you wear on the street or…? Whatever you define it as, I definitely get most of my style inspiration from the people I pass when out and about. The term street style always reminds me of those features in magazines where they snap cool looks worn by people they have quite literally found on the street and ask them where they get their inspiration for the look from, and spoiler alert the answer always seems to be something about their mum or grandma’s love for clothes and how they’ve passed down their fashion wisdom.
It also reminds of the more grungy side to fashion I guess, the oversized everything and fashion week combos which not many people would dare even try to pull off any other time of the year. I’m very much a plain jane compared to that type of fashion but my god would I love to be a part of it one day, the influencers and fashion moguls you see getting papped left right and centre radiate creativity and spark up styling ideas which I guess is what street style is all about. So whenever I fee like I’ve lost my fashion mojo it just takes a trip to town to find it again (LOL at comparing Norwich to LFW but you get the point…).
Despite the good clothes and the interesting people, the fact you can walk everywhere and you’re never more than five mins from a pub or trendy bar, there is one thing about city living which I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with: everyone is always in a rush (me included). Actually not just ‘(me included)’, I’m the worst culprit for it.
The inspiration behind this post of course came from my lovely new Ice-Watch which has been glued to my wrist since I received it. When the lovelies at Ice-Watch got in touch I let out a little squeal of excitement since my Insta feed has been littered with influencers and bloggers alike showing off their shiny new watches, and truth be told I was in dire need of a new watch – anyone else want to be one of those girls that has a watch to go with every outfit?
I’ve always been a leather watch strap kind of girl as opposed to jewellery or metal or silicone, so picking my favourite collection was easy – the City collection is a bit of me! I love the minimalist, classic design which is so me when it comes to my personal style. Until now however I’ve tended to stick to my comfort zone of all-black-everything, but (as you may have noticed) pink is my current obsession and so the City Tanner in Pink Rose-Gold was the obvious choice.
Watches can make such a impact when it comes to dressing, and for me having one which is crisp and clean and statement is the best kind of sophistication.
If there’s one thing I’ve taken from city style this season it’s polka dots, so I’ve paired the watch here with my new polka dot skirt which is so flattering and A-line, perfect for adding to the contemporary and elegant vibe. And of course a jumper because it’s nearly March in the UK which apparently means minus degrees and the chance of snow, not that Spring is just around the corner or anything. Roll on the warmer weather when my wrist it not covered by numerous layers and coats so I can show this off for all to see!
*Watch – Ice-Watch
Skirt – Topshop / Jumper – H&M / Boots – New Look
*An asterisk denotes an item which has been gifted to me. All imagery, styling and opinions are my own.