I don’t know about you, but I gravitate towards certain colours in everything from clothes and accessories to interior design. For me, it’s blue-greens; I love every shade from soft peppermint through to duck egg, aqua, turquoise and teal. I look at my wardrobe and these colours prevail. And it’s the same with my home, especially the kitchen in which these photos are taken. Although in the main it has a neutral background, (and apart my bedroom which has a touch of pink), all colour belongs to this palette. It’s my colour comfort-zone..
Colour Comfort Zone
My divine dress is “The Caribbean Dream Ruffle Maxi Dress”. Designer Sophia Alexia describes it as designed to be worn with love and treasured forever. And it will be. This is its third summer and I look forward to wearing it as much now as I did when it was new. It epitomises summer holiday dressing, although with that being said, I’ve worn it here in the UK many more times than I have abroad.
It’s surprisingly versatile because it be dressed up and down very easily. Not only that, the long sleeves make it wearable on cooler English evenings. I know the colour works for me because it uplifts and flatters in equal measure. Therefore, I always enjoy wearing it and when I do, I wear accessories from the same palette.
I layer my jewellery more in summer than I do in winter, just like I’m doing with this outfit. My necklace, with its divine rough-cut aquamarines, is clearly from the same collection as the rough-cut aquamarine bracelet. That in turn matches the cabochon aquamarine on the delicate birthstone bracelet. The shell bracelet was a holiday find last year in Calpe. And the earrings are from a gorgeous jewellery shop in Nerja. I knew that these pieces would work all together, or indeed in any combination, because they’re from a cohesive palette; they’re from my colour comfort zone.
I recently chose a new turquoise wallet. There was a selection of equally beautiful colours, but this one stood out. I know that every time I use it, it’ll make me happy. (I only wish there was a matching leather handbag).
The thing is, if we buy what we truly love, and what we’re naturally drawn too, it’s much easier to accessorise and pull together an outfit. During these strangest of times, I know many of us won’t be adding to our summer wardrobes. At least we can ring the changes with our existing, much-loved accessories.
Ruffle maxi dress: Caribbean Dream by Sophia Alexia, current
Aquamarine gemstone necklace: Poppy Jewellery, current.
Aquamarine bracelet: Poppy Jewellery, current.
Single aquamarine and silver bracelet: Hersey and Sons, gift, current.
Turquoise and shell bracelet: Gift shop in Calpe.
Aqua earrings: Gift shop in Nerja
Turquoise wallet: Belgravia by Vaultskin, (gift)
Rainbow wedge sandals: Boden SS19