Spring in My Step and on My Sleeve

 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays

Outfit Details

Erdem x H&M Dress (sold out, but fresh picks below) and Tights (sold out, similar here) | The Cambridge Satchel Company Bag | Boden Shoes (on sale, heeled version here) | Quay Sunglasses

As I write this, it's 36 degrees here in London (that's 2 degrees for you Celsius folks). It's cold, like really cold. But last weekend, I saw there was some sun in the forecast, so my husband and I took full advantage and went for my favorite walk through Notting Hill. 

 Is It Spring Yet? | A camellia blooms in Kensington, West London | Sundays and Somedays
 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays
 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays

For the outing, I was inspired by the buds just starting to bloom and wore some spring on my sleeve. Now, the weather was still decidedly wintry, so I made sure to wear a long-sleeved dress paired with perfectly matching tights.

 Is It Spring Yet? | A mimosa tree blooming in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays

This is how I dress for those awkward months where it feels like winter, but looks like spring (or what others like to call 'transitional dressing'—which to me sounds like something you ought to put on a salad). 

 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays
 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays

Covered in blooms from head to toe, my outfit does quite literally look like spring, but with minimal skin exposed, I'm still at least somewhat protected against the elements. With the dress being mostly black, it also helps to keep me warmer in those rare sunshine moments. We definitely stopped a few times just to soak up the sun. 

 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays

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Deceptively roomy with a classic shape and easy push lock, this is my favorite design from The Cambridge Satchel Company. It's a style that won't go out of style anytime soon. Oh, and this French blue color is très dreamy, don't you think?

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 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays
 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays
 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays

For this outing, I brought along my newest bag—the Poppy from The Cambridge Satchel Company.

 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays
 Is It Spring Yet? | A tree blooming in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays

There are so many things I love about this bag, but mostly how roomy it is. I'm someone who likes to be prepared for just about anything and that usually means bringing a tote bag along with my handbag to keep my extras—no need with this one. It fits all my necessities and then some, but you wouldn't know it with the sleek and elegant shape.

 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays
 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays
 Is It Spring Yet? | A camellia flower blooms in Kensington, West London | Sundays and Somedays

Another thing I love? The top handle keeps it looking ladylike, but you can also attach a strap to keep things hands-free, a must when commuting around London (or just wandering like we were doing).

 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays
 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays
 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays

We walked from Portobello Road in Notting Hill all the way down to Kensington High Street. This is one of my favorite walks to take because it takes you past the colorful townhomes of Notting Hill (like this blue one), through Holland Park and then finally past the elegant stucco-fronted homes in Kensington.

 Is It Spring Yet? | White camellias blooming in front of a stucco townhouse in Kensington, West London | Sundays and Somedays
 Is It Spring Yet? | Wearing Spring on my sleeve in and Erdem x H&M dress, a Poppy bag from Cambridge Satchel Company and velvet flats from Boden while wandering around looking at blooms and colorful houses in Notting Hill, West London | Sundays and Somedays

And this time of year, you also get to see the very first signs of spring—for me that's the blooming mimosa trees and the camellias just starting to bloom. Just puts a little spring in your step, doesn't it?

Until next time, 

- B

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