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The end of 2023 was really kind to me in allowing me to find not one, but two pieces from my wishlist. Meta’s Vintage Fruit OP popped up on Closet Child and I cannot remember the last time I snatched something up so fast. It is a little disheartening to know that it will be too cold to actually wear this still for a good while to come, so putting these together is one way of releasing all of that excited energy in anticipation of warmer months.

Look 1: Grape Vines

| offbrand top and shoes | Violet Fane Enchanted Ivy tights | Cutie Creator Maiden’s Prayer headbow | vintage earrings | Violet Fane Violet’s Tea Room brooch | Le Petit Four ring |

Although I think this idea would look bomb with a deep purple to emulate the grapes better, in the absence of that colour from my wardrobe entirely I've gone with green for the vines. Somehow the mix of lighter and darker tones ends up working pretty well here. I'm probably more likely to do this with the light green Innocent World bolero, but this version gives me options.

Look 2: Lemon

| Pinky Girls cardigan | Roji Roji OTKs | Irregular Choice Ariel's Treasure shoes | Cutie Creator boater hat | The Seamstress of Bloomsbury headband | Two Days Slow hair clips | offbrand brooch | handmade necklace | Cat Tea Party brooch |

As I was putting this together, doubts kept trying to settle and tell me that I down own enough yellow things to pull this off. But I persevered and the more I added, the more this gave me a summer holiday in Italy kind of a vibe. Very Isle of Capri sipping a limoncello and eating gelato. That wire headband that I got as a freebie with one of the blouses was a little moment of genius, if I say so myself.

Look 3: Apple Pie

| offbrand socks | Bodyline shoes | Beholder Fashions Apple Pie headpiece | Angelic Pretty Twinkle Sky headbow | Innocent World Strawberry Fields wrist cuffs | Disney handbag |

Yes, it's a rehash of what I did in 2018, but the idea still works. There's no point in being too harsh with oneself when it comes to OPs because the ease of just throwing them on is precisely the point. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Look 4: Pink Berries

| Dear Celine Polka Dot Waltz blouse | Angelic Pretty Airy Dot socks | Bodyline shoes | Chrysanthemum’s Concerto Lost in the Garden of Eden headbow | Tea and Paintwater brooch | Twinkle Kitty Boutique ring | Star Glazed Delights Brandwhore ring | handmade bracelets | Angelic Pretty Logo Ribbon Charm wrist cuffs | Banned Retro Bella belt |

It's me, hi, I'm the problem mixing patterns, it's me. Although there are enough polka dots here on the various laces that I feel justified. How could I not try a red x pink combo, it's too iconic not to. Even though I'm not entirely sure how the double short sleeves would layer in real life, I'm actually really excited to try this out, I think it could end up being really cute.

Let me tell you, taking these summery photographs in winter (because I got onto these early), whilst in my very warm onesie and with the heating on, really hit different. And I'm not usually a fan of summer, I like the idea of it, but I am not built for temperatures over 25°C. But seeing these outfit just makes me yearn for that idealised summer with picnics and sunshine. And when we get there, I will be ready.

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