It was a gorgeous sunny June day and I’d got all excited that the sun was out which meant I could finally wear a summer’s outfit. So I went riffling through my wardrobe and found just what I was looking for.
I was going for a day out at The Swiss Gardens in Bedfordshire and I just knew this was also going to make the perfect setting for taking a few photos for my next outfit post.
The Swiss Cottage is a beautiful rustic cottage which is a focal point right in the centre of the gardens.
There are lots of walks to explore and each one has something different to look at along the way with a story behind each feature. The gardens have a huge verity of beautiful flowers, plants, trees and wildlife and whatever time of year you visit the gardens they can look completely different with an array of seasonal colours. The style of the Swiss Gardens makes it perfect for wedding venues and ideal for photographers. It’s so peaceful and relaxing that I could visit time and time again.
The gardens have seen many changes over the years with the most recent restoration in 2014 to make it more accessible for everyone. There;s also a tea room, although it was such gorgeous weather on the day I went that I chose to take a picnic with me and sit in the lovely picnic area so that I could take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy the fresh air.
Even the peacock wanted to get in on the action!
I chose to wear a white skirt and top which seemed just perfect for a summers day and where we were going. The cotton top has short frill capped sleeves, it features two lines of crochet detail down the front and a tasselled tie around the neck. The midi length cotton skirt has stitched panels making it loose and flowy, ideal for keeping cool in hot weather. I also wore one of my favourite straw hats, not just because it was hot but because I thought it looked good too! I popped on a pair of camel strappy heels and added a camel bag. I absolutely loved wearing this outfit as it had a real vintage feel to it. The top is such an easy piece to wear and I’ve also worn it with some cropped jeans and a pair of diamante flipflops for a more casual look.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed visiting there. Have you visited some lovely places recently? I’d love to hear about them. What’s your favourite summer outfit?
Top New Look
Shoes TK Maxx
You may have seen in a previous blog post that I enjoy taking a stroll in the countryside as often as I can, and that’s exactly what I did over the May Bank Holiday weekend. We went to Hitchwood in Hertfordshire and the bluebells were out in full colour. It was so peaceful and great to get out in the fresh air just listening to the sounds of nature. The day wasn’t quite warm enough for me to go bare legged as there was still a spring chill in the air and my feet were going nowhere near a pair of open toe shoes until I’d had a pedicure, or at least stuck some nail varnish on my toes!
I fished out my denim knee length skirt as I thought this would make a nice change to wearing jeans for a casual weekend outfit.
A denim knee length skirt has to be one of my favourite all year round pieces to have in my wardrobe and with summer on it’s way the skirt will probably get a lot of use over the coming months. For this outfit though I chose to wear it with a brown jacket and striped top as we were out taking photographs so I didn’t want to wear anything too bright in case I frightened away any wildlife. I’ve added a pair of black boots and my favourite black box bag to carry those few essentials a girl might need whilst out in the middle of the woods.
Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have any key items in your wardrobe that see you all year round?
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Skirt – New Look
Top – Topshop
Boots – Clarks
Bag – La Redoute
Jacket – Vintage Shop
You probably already know that I wear a lot of neutral colours. My wardrobe is full of blacks, creams, beiges, browns and greys, so occasionally I love to introduce some colour to make it look a bit fresher for whatever season we’re in. Sometimes I can be a bit of an impulse shopper and go right ahead and buy something without thinking what do I already have that it will go with, but when I came across this beautiful blue floral skirt I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I just had to have it. As I held it in my hand I could visualise outfits I’d be able to style using the skirt and items that I already owned. The skirt is really versatile and would be great for any occasion.
The knee length skirt is a soft flowing satiny material with a few large pleats from the hips down. I wanted to look smart for a day of appointments so I’ve worn it with an ivory ribbed long sleeve jumper and a camel blazer. I’ve used the blue in the skirt for the colour choice of my accessories and added a pair of blue heels and a blue tote bag. I can see I’m going to get quite a lot of use out of this skirt over the coming months as it would equally look lovely paired with a pretty cream top and strappy flats for a day time look or a blue top, heels and a clutch bag to wear to a wedding.
This wasn’t exactly the perfect outfit to wear to stop off on my way home to take photographs of the wildlife but it was a lovely place to take the photos of the outfit!
Thank you for reading. Are you an impulse shopper or do you plan what you can wear with an item before you buy it?
Skirt TK MAXX
Jumper Blue Banana
Jacket A local Vintage shop
Bag Local Boutique
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Over the last few weeks I’ve been packing up my winter clothes, sorting through anything that I can still use while we’re mid season and to make room for a few cheeky purchases I’ve made. I’m really into denim at the moment especially with so many great pieces in the shops to choose from and a pair of jeans will always be on my list of wardrobe staples. I would normally go for a pair of stretch skinny jeans but I came across these ones which are slightly flared and when I tried them on I absolutely loved them.
I’ve kept it quite simple and styled them with a black ribbed jumper and my favourite wide brimmed hat. To add a touch of colour I’ve added a printed scarf and a pair of plum coloured heels. It was the perfect outfit to wear when I met up with a few friends for coffee just before Easter.
Spring is my favourite time of year and I’ve written a post about it which you’ll be able to find HERE
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it. Are you a fan of denim? What are your favourite pieces and what’s your favourite way to style a pair of jeans?
Jumper – New Look
Bag – La Redoute
Hat – River Island
Shoes – Dorothy Perkins
Jeans – Local vintage shop
Scarf – Local Boutique
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1970s fever is hitting fashion again and will be staying well into Autumn Winter 2016. The Seventies gave us Hippie Chic, Glam Rock and even Punk and eventually becoming an iconic decade for fashion. Charlie’s Angels, big lapels, flares and the “Farrah” flick, not forgetting corduroy, suede, denim and velvet were all big in the Seventies. People were inspired by what they saw in Jackie magazine or on Top of The Pops, then shopped at Camden Market to buy their own version or made it themselves at home whilst listening to vinyl on their record players. Designers are still inspired by some of the original icons of the time, Stevie Nicks, Farrah Fawcett and Bianca Jagger to name a few.
Now I love wearing vintage inspired outfits and I’ll try not to wear all the pieces at once as I don’t want to look like a reject from Pans People!
The Seventies were so diverse that I’ve only added a few pieces to my wardrobe and put together a 1970s inspired look. I like the accuracy of the era portrayed in the TV show Life On Mars, so I’ve used the character Annie as inspiration for my outfit to make it more wearable for everyday. I’ve worn my faux fur coat quite a lot during the winter so I thought I’d try a cord blazer instead, which is perfect as we move into Spring. I’ve styled it with a plain black long sleeve top and chiffon floral maxi skirt. I’ve accessorized with a pair of tan calf length high heeled boots and a tan bag. My hubby even found an Olympus film camera from 1979 hidden away in the loft to complete the overall look!
I hope you like my version of a Seventies inspired outfit. Are you wearing the trend this season? What pieces from the decade are your favourite?
Top – la Redoute
Boots – Dune
Bag – Skyravenwolf
Jacket and skirt both from local vintage shops
Why not have a look at what things I loved using during Feberuary in my February Favourites