Summer to Autumn Wardrobe Transition

Transition

Considering that it is still August, the weather recently has started to turn more autumnal.  The mornings and evenings are both starting to feel more chilly and I’m starting to think about my Autumn wardrobe.

Dressing in Autumn can be a bit hit or miss, some days it can still get really warm and others may be cooler and rainy and in order to feel comfortable in what I am wearing I need to dress for all sorts of weather.  This is where layers come in really handy!

I like to layer long-sleeved tops under my summer dresses and add a thin cardigan over the top, and should the day warm up I can remove the long top or cardigan and still feel comfortable.

Another thing I like to do is utilise my leggings, wearing them under long skirts or dresses, or beneath thin trousers, or I will don a pair of tights under more summery clothing.

Footwear can be an awkward thing to figure out, it can still be warm enough for sandals but too wet to actually wear them.  I really love lace-up canvas shoes in this transitional period as they are comfy to wear, can be bought in a ton of different colours, are light enough that feet don’t get overly hot but offer some protection from the weather.  Another thing I am a huge fan of is wearing boots with summer dresses and bare legs though this is something that I end up doing when the rain is tipping down or it is particularly chilly.

I pack a small umbrella in my bag that then comes everywhere with me for those times when the rain appears from nowhere.  I have a light mac that I wear over an outfit if the weather is set to be rainy much of the day or I pack a poncho if the day is set to be warm and wet.

How do you dress for the transition between seasons?  I’d love to hear about your outfit choices in the comments!

Recipe of the Month – July

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Ice lollies are one of my all-time favorite summer treats and making your own is a brilliant way to use up fruit and juices that may otherwise go to waste.  It is an activity that can be fun for kids to take part in and a fab way to get more fruit into your day to day diet too.

Equipment

  • Ice lolly molds.  You can buy these from many supermarkets now, Asda and Tesco both stock them instore, Amazon has many different ones available too.  I bought mine from my local Lidl store.
  • Blender or liquidizer.
  • Fork, spoon.
  • Measuring jug.
  • Freezer.

Ingredients

  • Soft fruits such as peaches, nectarines, berries, melon, mango, kiwi, banana…
  • Alternatively, you could use frozen smoothie mix.
  • Fruit juice such as orange or apple, or lemonade.

Method

  • Work out the capacity of the molds by filling with water and then emptying into a measuring jug.  Mine hold around 250mls of liquid.
  • Clean and prepare the fruit, or if using frozen smoothie mix, remove from the freezer for around 20 mins to soften before using.
  • You can choose to either use the fruits in small chunks or blend with a little bit of juice or lemonade.
  • If using chunks of fruit, add to the molds and fill with your choice of liquid before placing the sticks into the mold.
  • If using liquidized fruits, carefully spoon the mixture into the molds and place the sticks in.
  • Place in the freezer for a few hours to solidify.
  • When removing, it may be easier to run the molds under a hot tap to ease the lollies out.
  • Sit back and enjoy your cooling creations.

In the picture, above, I used raspberries and lemonade for the clear lollies, and frozen smoothie mix and orange juice for the orange lolly.

Ideas to try…

  • Milkshakes.
  • Mint, strawberry, and lemonade.
  • Kiwi and pineapple chunks.
  • Grape and melon with apple juice.
  • Mashed banana and milk.
  • Tropical fruit smoothie and apple juice.

What sort of lollies would you make?  let me know in the comments!!!

Current Interior Trends – Summer

Current Interior Trends

Just like clothing trends change from season to season so do interior trends, today I am sharing a few trends that are set to become fairly big over the summer months.

  • Colour

Colours which are going to be popular in the summer are neons, the brighter the better!  These will pair well with colours such as grey, sand and lighter natural colours.

Another colour that is going to be fairly big this summer is sunset reds, pinks and oranges.  Again these tones will work well with neutrals and also neons.  One thing though, try not to clash your neons with any kind of pinky coloured walls, rather opt for pink and orange neons to mix and add pops of colour to give a more thoughtful effect.

  • Texture

Plain rustic wood which is left unfinished, added as furniture items (think tables and shelving) is perfect for a light, relaxed, casual summer vibe in the home.

Crochet texture is also something to consider adding through the addition of throws or cushion covers, think bohemian chic and you are well on the way to embracing this trend.

  • Shape

Spring was all abut geometric shapes with sharp edges but summer gives way to softer, more rounded shapes, think scallops on chairs, more natural forms and less sharp edges.

  • Fabric

Think tactile as far as fabrics go, whether it is curtains, rugs, cushion covers or upholstery, anything that looks or feels touchable.  Velvet is still a popular choice along with suede and other soft feel fabrics, however, rugs and mats can be made from seagrass or other natural fibres should be considered too.

  • Print

Tropical print is really having a moment right now, think accent walls with covered large green leafy printed wallpaper or windows accented with printed curtains.  Animal print has never really left us but is making big waves in the home this season, the easiest way to add this is with bedding, add a bit and see if it is something you like then add more.  Mixing animal prints can create a bold, statement area and is worth thinking about and experimenting with.

  • Accessories

Anything pearlescent or finished with a pearl effect will look lovely and add a summery, on-trend feel to the home.  Look for ornaments, vases,  picture frames, mirrors and other little accessories that you can easily incorporate into a room.  Silver, gold and rose gold, brass in the matte finish are also set to be big additions.

Anything that has an arts and crafts feels is also going to be pretty big this season, with vases, catch-all dishes, to homeware such as plates and mugs in ceramics with a hand made feel are perfect for this.

  • Look and feel

When thinking about pulling a room together take inspiration from 70’s Scandi style, the bohemian movement and anything that is light and airy.  Textures and fabrics can make a room, and having several different textures going on, in the same colour pallet is a simple way of creating a style.  Even if you don’t go full out on a style just switching things up here and there, adding elements that you like can bring about a different feel to space!

As with all trends, it is about finding things that you like and having fun with them!

Let me know what summer interior trends you are loving in the comments!!!

 

 

My Favourite Outfit – Summer

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It’s that time of year again, the one where we pack away our winter clothes and make way for all of our lighter summer clothes.  We get to retire the thick sweaters and long sleeve tops in favour of thinner knitted cardigans and vest tops, switch out tights and leggings for bare legs, and darker clothing for brighter coloured garments.  Summer clothing is by far my favourite kind of clothing and today I am sharing my favourite summer outfit!

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If you have been reading my blog for any length of time it will come as no secret that I love all things bright and colourful and this outfit totally embodies my love of colour.  I own an immense amount of harem pants (don’t ask, I counted once and really couldn’t believe how many pairs there were!), they are really comfy and can work for so many different occasions.  This pair I have teamed up with a deep orange ribbed vest top though black, pink, blue, yellow and white work really well too, a pair of flat thong sandals with an ankle strap and a pair of bright sunglasses.  As there is so much pattern on the pants you don’t really need any accessories although a simple bag in a neutral tone works really well.

I like that harem pants are an alternative to dresses and skirts, they still give you freedom of movement and are not restrictive like trousers can be, they look fantastic with flat sandals, barefoot, boots or heeled sandals.

What is your favourite summer outfit?  I’d love to see what you wear for the summer!

Things I Am Looking Forward To – Summer

Things I Am Looking Forward To

I can’t quite believe that we are nearly halfway through the year and with that, we are all set to welcome Summer into our lives.  I can’t wait for the arrival of Summer and this post is just a little list of all the things I am looking forward to!

  • Warmer days.
  • Lighter clothes.
  • Dresses and bare legs.
  • Sandals.
  • The scent of sunscreen.
  • Barbeques.
  • Time in the garden in the evenings.
  • Butterflies.
  • Bright flowers.
  • Blue skies.
  • Better weather.
  • Beach walks.
  • Warm nights.
  • Stargazing.
  • Ice lollies.
  • Fruit and salads.
  • Cool, refreshing drinks.
  • Fun.
  • Being outdoors.

There is so much more Summer has to offer us, what are you most looking forward to?  Let me know in the comments!