I cracked open my windows and watched the glorious morning sky deepen into a cloudless blue. The frost underfoot dissipatated into mush and the gentle breeze of a distant beach stirred through the peach blossom trees. The world was waking up and the children were gathered to watch it take its first steps into spring. Like Bambi, its movements were hesitant, a small flower here and there and barely a murmur from the animals who had been hibernating all winter. Slowly spring found its destination and the world sprung into colour, coaxed by the vibrant rays of the sticky yellow sun, coated in a heated glaze. Like a glorious pagan ritual, we stripped ourselves naked, free from the faux furs and coats that we had been wrapped in all winter. Not quite summer and not quite winter, the wonderful transitional era had come into season and the world was a’watchin.
It was the first time my legs had (voluntarily) made contact with the outside world and the gentle whisper of the wind upon my skin is a feeling only matched by the caress of merino silk. In short, it was glorious, finally my favourite season was here and I was ready to face it head on. I am not a ‘winter girl’ by a long shot and one glimpse of the sun and I am there with my legs out, ready to be bronzed by the goddess I call the sun. And I wasn’t the only one, as I wandered outside the world had come to a standstill. The merry trill of a nearby ice cream van sent the children running and the adults watched on in a trance like gaze. There was no miserable bystanders cramming their way onto crowded tubes and each man, woman and child had a huge smile etched on their faces as they let go of winter, once and for all.
But why do I love spring so much? Well…
The Days Are Longer
You might sacrifice an hour of sleep but surely the sun peeking through your blinds at 6 AM is worth it? Think of it this way, 12 glorious hours of sunlight, meaning that even if you work until 7 PM at night, you will still be able to catch the last glorious rays of sun, before it departs and gives way to the moon. Sure summer is warmer and the slight chill in the air reminds you that its not as warm as you think, but the welcoming blossom of spring puts everything into perspective. Just think how much you can do when the days are longer? A late afternoon picnic in the park seems less creepy in the sun while drinking drinks on your neighbors terrace after work is a welcome relief from office work. For me personally, longer days mean that I have longer to shoot photos for my blog, while during the week I am no longer coming home from work in the dark.
International Day Of Happiness
Is it really a coincidence that the first day of spring (20th March) coincides with the ‘International Day of Happiness’? I think not, known as ‘happiness day’, the clue is in the name, it’s about embracing positivity and joining the movement for a more ‘happy world ‘ . We spend our lives often ‘focusing’ on the negatives and often failing to appreciate what we have in front of us. While Happiness Day was only founded in 2012, it spawned the ‘happiness project’ whose aim was to unite people across the globe- without labels- and focus on creating ideas and resources to make us all embrace a ‘happier’ life. Naturally the longer days and the warmer weather, made spring the ideal season to promote ‘happiness’. For me personally I know that spending more time outside instead of being cooped indoors makes me happy and gives me more motivation to work, thus increasing my ‘happiness levels’
Gone are the faux fur coats and the endless swathes of layers, instead spring allows you to break free from winter and burst into the sunlight. What I love about ‘spring fashion’ is the notion of embracing ‘colour’ and moving away from the berry, neutral and earth tones that dominate ‘winter fashion’. While I love burgundy, spring makes me reach for pastels, while prints like Apricot’s botanical florals are perfect for brightening up any spring outfit. Whether you embrace spring fashion through mixing prints, colours or textures, structural or bohemian layering is key. Our definition of ‘spring wear’ might differ to our friends interpretation of spring fashion, but wear what best represents you in the season. For me the best thing about spring is wearing skirts without wearing tights and since my legs are the one body feature that I am quite comfortable with, I like to showcase them, especially during spring. Layering in summer is minimal but because spring is caught on the cusp of two seasons, we are still able to layer.
Tieing neatly into the notion of ‘loving spring fashion’, the more balmy weather means that we can take more risks with our fashion choices. Not only does the warmer weather equal greater fashion versatility but it automatically makes us want to spend more time outdoors. Whether that be walking home from work or going swimming-although it might be a little cold to do that outdoors- the warmer weather is not cold enough to keep us indoors and not warm enough to make us de-motivated, meaning you have more motivation to be more active. You don’t even have to have any money to enjoy the weather, after all it is nature’s bountiful gift. Plus spring is ‘sunglasses weather’- I know I like to rock my shades all year round- but the welcome return of the sun means I can wear sunglasses without getting strange looks.
Coming from a Portuguese background , I have learnt to appreciate the beauty that is Mother Nature. Back home where my family is from-Madeira- spring is one of the most glorious seasons, where the flower parades dominate the streets and the beaches are filled with holidaygoers who crave some holiday sun. I have always loved flowers and that is something that unites Madeira and the UK together quite well and that is its love of flowers. I went back home to the countryside a couple of weekends ago and seeing the daffodils sprouting up was beautiful. In London, there is not as much greenery as I am used to and so breathing in the clean sweet air of the flowers back home reminded me of why I love spring so much. Naturally it is safe to assume that florals remain my favourite ‘print’ too.
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