BATTERSEA, LONDON
June 20, 2017

ANIMAL INSTINCT

ANIMAL INSTINCT
ANIMAL INSTINCT
ANIMAL INSTINCT
ANIMAL INSTINCT
ANIMAL INSTINCT

They say that instinct gives sight to the things that your eyes cannot see, and if my life experiences are anything to go by, this couldn’t be more true.

I always follow my raw, gut instinct. Primal of me? Perhaps. But I can tell you that the few times I have ignored that squidgy, unsettling feeling in the pit of my stomach, disaster was always lurking close by. Call it stubborn superstition (no Caribbean household escapes it), but I like to think being in tune with my primal instincts has served me well over the years. Anytime I have ignored it, sure enough there is a day when I am forced to kick myself for knowing better.

There is nothing wrong with listening to that little voice in the back of your mind that says don’t trust them or “stay at home tonight.” Modern day culture is constantly telling us that logic led rationality trumps our natural, inbuilt instinct. But what if instinct was our subconscious trying to communicate with us? Before science, how did mankind navigate the worlds perils if not for an innate, guiding, instinctive compass?

Could our animal instinct possibly be the sixth sense that is often spoken of but never defined?

Similarly, intuition is defined as ‘the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning’ and, for the most part, this is how I live my life. Scientists have discovered that the human brain has two very different ways of operating. The limbic parts of the brain (basically the right side) is the quicker, reactive subconscious part which dates back to prehistoric times. This is what guides our instinct. Whereas the slower, practical, more analytical parts of the brain, known as the neocortex, is a lot newer and is powered by conscious reasoning. Given that life is ultimately a sum of choices we have made, good or bad, I refuse to make a decision that causes an internal conflict with my intuition… Or go against it altogether!

Perhaps my innate animal instinct being so acute is what attracts me to leopard print over and over again. That’s the only explanation I have for how leopard print items manage to smuggle their way into my wardrobe en mass. The latest addition to my little leopard print clan are these gorgeous pair of Hudson ankle boots. I have been on the hunt for a truly kick-ass pair of leopard print ankle boots that weren’t of the high vision yellow/ pony variety.

Thank you Hudson Shoes for rescuing the day with these sleek velvet beauts with comfy low stack heels that pair just as well with skirts as it does with jeans. I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to style them than donning all black with a little leather thrown in to the mix.

How do you guys style your ankle boots? And do any of you share my irrational leopard print obsession?

This post is in collaboration with Hudson Shoes