Summer Knits & Striped Culottes 

Can you tell I’m obsessed with this house and the pretty floral backdrop?! If I could build my dream home, this would be it. I’m a sucker for beautiful houses, incredible interior and vibrant gardens. I’m down in Kerry at the moment and I couldn’t resist shooting here. The weather hasn’t been too bad, it’s quite warm so I opted for something light with a lot of movement and a little drama. The netural tones are firm favourites for this typical Irish weather (we can get four seasons in one day) and I loved the combination of details. I was actually ill when I was shooting this and it was a disaster trying to look and smile for the camera. My eyes were watering so bad and I felt horrendous so if I look drunk in any of the photos you’ll know what the craic is!

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The Summer Edit

This is the first time I’ve featured a Summer Edition post and I’m excited to share my essential pieces that span across style and beauty for this season. You may have already spotted some of the pieces in previous posts, they’re my key styles and products that I’m loving at the minute. Without babbling on too much, I’ll just get right down to business.

Jigsaw kimono:

This is definitely my favourite purchase within the last few months. I featured my love for this fabulous kimono a few week’s ago, you can read it here. It is such a effortless piece to style and the luxurious silk fabric helps it hang beautifully. What I like most about it is the rich colours, they are a nice change from the typical vibrant summer shades and it is a little more understated.

Tarte palette:

Ahhhh. The pièce de résistance, my beloved Tarte palette! This all matte beauty is most definitely a firm favourite for creating some soft and subtle summer looks. The ‘less is more’ rule certainly applies during the brighter months, the full face does not work well with the heat. I only purchased this palette a few week’s and it’s already my ‘go to’ product.

Dune handbag:

Every so often, I’ll *tell myself* that I deserve something special for being me. I’ll go on a more expensive shopping spree and indulge in some shameless “I deserve a treat” activities. I have a pretty strong handbag collection but every so often I find myself wanting a new colour, size, or shape, hence the reverse physiology. This Dune bag is definitely a multi purpose piece, I’ve used it as an airport bag, shopping bag and even on nights out.

Victoria Beckham nails:

I tend to go through phases when it comes to mainting my nails. I’ll spend a few months of the year getting them manicured by a beauty professional, I’ll then give them a ‘rest’ but out of pure laziness, I’ll never maintain the gel style. This is when I’ll start painting my own and investing in some colour and brands. My gorgeous Victoria Beckham set is all kinds of amazing and I find myself reaching for it throughout the bright months. The colours are lovely and I’m really loving the Bamboo White shade.

Office sandals:

My addiction for all things rose gold continues in the form of my absolute favourite Office sandals. I’m not much of a heel girl unless I’m going out for the night or have an event to attend. During the day, you’ll always find me running around in flats and these gladiator beauties are a winner. Not only are they incredibly comfortable but they help dress up my look and break away from my usual tan style. I’ve even worn these on nights out when I’ve just been too lazy to make an effort.

It was hard narrowing the post down just five pieces. I’ll end up going on a shopping spree this weekend and adding more pieces and products to my list! Happy Friday, lovelies.

Nx

Inside Jigsaw 

I’ve always been a huge fan of the classic kimono. I find it to be incredibly chic and comfortable look to wear, styling them is effortless and I love how they help add a touch of drama to your outfit. I first spotted my new piece at a fashion show held by leading high street brand, Jigsaw. It was love at first sight and when I paid a visit to the store later that week, I was taking home a new friend. (Plus this fab fluffy pompom and delicious candle!)

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I was heading out for a family dinner on Saturday night so I wanted to wear something casual yet chic. I paired my kimono with another Jigsaw piece, a grey tee and my khaki green trousers from River Island. I usually wear quite bright looks so it’s a nice change to opt for more neutral tones.

I love the complimentary cocoon-shape, it falls so effortlessly with a relaxed fit and wide style sleeves. It is a beautiful pure silk fabric with an exotic statement floral print, the perfect ensemble. When wearing a piece like this, I would recommend pairing it with a simple outfit so that your kimono makes a bold statement.

When it came to my accessories, I decided to stick with the natural look so I wore my Tom & Eva tote and rose gold gladiator sandals from Office. I was designated driver and driving in heels is my idea of hell.

Happy Monday, lovelies. I’ve an exciting beauty post coming this week featuring a product that I have been dying to get my hands on for a while now so stay tuned!

Nx