I don’t know about you, but I have absolutely loved this season of life so far. Everything in my life seems to be aligned quite well, from my work to my personal life. With Scott and I moving into our first home, I’m feeling excited and liberated – and with the longer hours of daylight that we’re blessed with through Summer, I’m feeling pretty grateful for everything right now. With this beautiful season, I wanted to share five Summer trends that I’ve been indulging in the past few months. These are stereotypical trends that crop up every year, but during this one in particular they have resonated with me in different ways, and today I wanted to share for some Summer inspiration of your own.
If you caught this post that went live a couple weeks back, you’ll know of my obsession with Summer hats. The older I get, the more progressively I embrace hats and this year in particular I’ve loved them. They’re a great distraction if you’re not feeling on-top of your hair game any particular day, and I’ve loved throwing on certain styles to match where we’re going. A dad hat for running errands, a fedora for a Summer stroll in the country, or a wide-brimmed hat for a beach day.
Fresh Baking and Cooking
I’m just going to say it: I love cooking. Cooking, baking, the whole shebang. When Scott and I first got together (9 long years ago!) while we were still ‘in the closet’, we would bake desserts together as an incognito way of celebrating every occasion. One month together, six months, then by one year we were all out in the open but we never stopped our love for baking together.
I’m actually considering bringing some recipes / cooking content to the blog more, as it’s something that I love so much. (In fact, when buying homeware the first place I bought the most stuff for was the kitchen! I’m a sucker for a great-looking cookware item).
English Summers are not overtly warm. In fact, heatwaves are few and far between, and you’re much more likely to see overcast grey clouds than bright blue sunshine. It’s great for gardening and flowers, as everything gets enough water to bloom, but it’s not so great for your Summer wardrobe.
Something I love (every season) has to be oversized jumpers. In fact, if you looked in my wardrobe, you’d see that the majority of jumpers in my collection are oversized and perfect for layering.
I’d say that I probably wear jumpers 80% of the time, so I’m definitely no stranger to a comfy one. I love ones that I can pop over shirts, or wear them with either a loungewear tee underneath or nothing. The ease of throwing on an oversized jumper for an evening dog walk, back-up layer or just for running errands on a colder day is the best.
This is something that I’ve been dreaming of since Scott and I reserved our home. I was spoilt, and grew up with a garden that is full of beautiful flowers that my Mum pours her heart into. Over years of sitting in the garden while my Mum pruned and watered has rubbed off on me and I’m dreaming of ways to step into gardening to bring my new home to life.
From designing and planting in the beds at the front, or bringing some vegetable patches and different flower species into our back garden. Eating what you grow is something I’ve always admired, and there’s definitely a special sense of pride that you get when you know the veggies you’re using are ones that have been grown in your own garden. I always love growing chillies and then cutting them up for pastas, pizzas, curries or salads once they’ve reached their best.
About three months ago, I decided enough was enough and that I wanted to upgrade my trouser collection. I had fallen into the monotonous routine or pairing jeans with everything, and although that can be great, I was ready to introduce some new styles and cuts to my wardrobe.
I’ve always loved the look of patterned trousers, from houndstooth, Prince of Wales check and plaid beyond, but never actually invested in any of them. Then, I stumbled across Moss Bros. I had always passed Moss Bros when out and about, but never actually gone in store or tried on any of their clothes. I’m not sure if they’re available internationally, but they are also on ASOS in England and have a great selection of pants to look into.
They also have some fantastic styles and patterns, from linen looks to chinos, smart trousers and cropped alternatives. The pairs that I was drawn to immediately were the cream linen-look, the blue linen-look, the grey and white plaid and the Prince of Wales check.
Since I have short legs, I picked them all up cropped and they’re the first trousers that perfectly hit in just above my ankle without any tailoring.