Dressing Colourfully: Embrace the Brights!

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Dressing colourfully for work

Hey I’m Lucy and I love colour. Particularly when it’s bright and in the form of nice clothing. Any of you who’ve read ShinyThoughts for a while will already know that I’m pretty partial to a bit colour clash (or full on jousting match) when it comes to clothing. Afterall, there’s nothing better to perk you up when the sky is grey than a dash of dye.

That’s why the folks at Boden ‘challenged’ me (I mean, it’s hardly hard now) to come up with three looks for the Spring incorporating colour. My natural reaction was ‘ALL THE COLOUR! ORDER THE RAINBOW!’ Luckily, I did manage to calm down a little and curate three different bright-embracing looks for work, a wedding and to chill out in at the weekend that you can try too. There’s no excuse to mooch about in monochrome with my little tips, so pop over and celebrate Spring arriving at last!


what to wear to work boden

what to wear to work boden


Dressing colourfully for a wedding

what to wear to a wedding

what to wear to a wedding

what to wear to a wedding

Dressing colourfully at the weekend

how to dress colourfully

how to dress colourfully

how to dress colourfully

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Mothers Day Trip

Eep! Anyone else not notice that Mothers Day is this Sunday? (Note to self: get that card written on my lunch break tomorrow.) Just me then. For those of you far too organised for your own good, you’ve got the trip booked, tickets tucked in the diary and flowers ordered. If you’re like me then you’ll need to come up with a good idea quick!

Last year I treated my Mum to what sounds like an extravagant trip to Belgium (don’t worry, it was a Birthday present too!) after a tip off from an in-the-know-about-that-eurostar-deal colleague. We stayed in a hotel in Brussels and took day trips to Bruges, Ghent and of course the centre of the capital. I’m absolutely cursing myself for loosing shots from Bruges, one of the most gorgeous and unique cities I’ve visited but am suppressing the thought by looking at these snaps from Ghent.

Visit Ghent

If you’re thinking of visiting, you can get there by train from Brussels Zuid but don’t do what we did and go to Genk, which is in fact located in the opposite direction. I know, this trip comes with it’s curses apparently. Be sure to take one of popular boat tours around the canals for a new perspective on the city.

Next, watch an impromptu musical dance performance under the architecturally impressive Market Hall which mirrors the neighbouring belfry, church and cathedral. We didn’t get time, but if we did, we would have climbed the bell tower and looked over the city. We made up for it though by returning to Brussels, hiring bikes and climbing up to the top of a car park to marvel over the rooftops instead. Mum loved it, so did I. Now, how to beat that this year…?!


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Blue and Orange

When my housemate squeaked upon spying a pair of MiH jeans with 90% off in our size, I rushed over and pressed the ‘Buy Now’ button for her. Not only were the ‘Breathless’ rather breathlessly priced at £21 but they looked pretty rad with their two-tone paneling and they fit in 100% with next season’s big ‘clean denim’ come-back. Whilst they may technically belong to her (she did type in the PayPal password after all) I think they work just as well in my wardrobe and seeing as she nabs my flares whenever she wants, it’s only fair that I get to have a play with them, right?!

Worn with a workwear friendly colour-pop top and matching heels, you could easily pull them on for a jaunt around the water cooler just as much as a jolly around your local brick walls, as I did last weekend. Now if I could just borrow that orange car too then I’d be sorted!


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What I Wore

Top – Louche at Joy / Jeans – MiH / Heels – ASOS (similar) / Scarf – ASOS / Sleeveless trench – (similar) / Necklace – Boden / Bag – ASOS


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Forest Green Fedora

“Don’t you just love it when your hat matches your coat?”

“Yeah, I’m sure it happens all the time *sarcastic face*…”

Now that we can’t escape the seventies trend and that fedoras are ‘in’, this may well be a phrase you’ll be saying to yourself more. Catarzi are perfect for occasional hat wearers like me who fancy a shade a little different from your standard black or brown. Try blue or burgundy and you never know what co-ords you could create. Exciting stuff!

Mine matches my forest green cocoon coat like they were meant to be and it helps make the burgundy skirt pop. If you haven’t heard already, button ups (button downs?!) are big news for the new season too so get your seventies feet down to the vintage shops, asos marketplace or have a look around the shops as the stock drops.

Soon i’ll be posting about my perfect Mothers Day trip away and bunch more London based reviews. In the meantime, come join me on Instagram as I prep for a trip to somewhere sunny next week – yay warmth!


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What I Wore

Coat – Fashion Union / Fedora Hat – Catarzi at ASOS / Skirt – Urban Outfitters (similar here) / Shirt – Topshop / Necklace – (similar) / Boots – Tamaris / iPhone case – Aura & Aura / Bag – Next / Glasses – Kite


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A Chelsea Brunch

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11. Pimlico Road

You know a restaurant is going to be good when you spot a good font on their website that highlights a photo of a perfectly instagram-friendly tiled floor. Yes that’s possibly the w**kiest thing I’ve ever typed but you know it’s true! The website told me that my camera would be pretty satisfied at 11 Pimlico Road and after a look down the ShinyThoughts-friendly menu (think burgers, flashy salads and sourdough bread) my tummy was going to be pretty chuffed too.

Spotting the ‘casual dining pub’ from across the road is like spotting your date from the other side of the room – the walk towards it feels twice as long and you can’t wait to just get there. The restaurant is just as swanky looking on the inside as out with it’s light-flooding windows, open plan room and that statement bar.

Enough perving on the marble tables and arty fashion book clad bookcases, let’s talk food. We went for the house dishes – the No.11 burger (obvs) and No.11 club sandwich with some cheeky sides. Don’t think of not ordering the truffled macaroni cheese by the way, it’s an absolute essential! The burger was just so flavoursome that I feel it may have knocked some of it’s sloppy rivals off of the top burger spots. It’s made me realise that as long as you have a brioche bun and fillings like those, who needs the that messy sauce? Yes, I went there.

We squeezed in desert of seasonal apple pie but didn’t realise this would be easily sharable. Oh well, we just had to scoff-i mean daintily nibble-the panna cotta too. Shame.

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Getting There

They’ve won awards, are packed out on a Saturday and just LOOK at that website. So sophis’! Plus, a leisurely Chelsea brunch here is really quite affordable. Purse win! It’s just a short walk from Victoria station or an amble down from the legendary Kings Road, so the location isn’t half bad either. The short story? Take your mum, that friend that you play ‘grown ups’ with, or a date you want to impress and you’re guaranteed to feel pretty good about yourself.

Where Next?

In need of places to go in Chelsea after lunch? We headed down to the famous King’s Road, popping into The Saatchi Gallery (it’s free!) to ponder the works of pop art. We then ambled in and out of my favourite shops. Don’t miss Anthropologie, Bluebird, Kate Spade and if you’re hungry for dinner, there’s Big Easy too!

Thanks 11 Pimlico Road for the review opportunity!


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