Chic Summer Dining

With summer well and truly here making the most of the long, balmy evenings with a super stylish alfresco soiree with friends is a must.

To get a classic sophisticated look follow these simple styling tips below.

Step One- Linen

Simplicity is key, vintage washed linens or anything with a french feel is a must.

Henley Linen Napkins| The White Company

Natural Stipe Table Runner| Not On The High Street

Nautical Rope Knot Napkin Rings| Marks and Spencer

Step Two- Tableware

If you have a matching dinner set, great; mix and match? Even better.

Serve food on different sized wooden boards for a rustic feel.

 

French Blue Faustine Plates | Dibor

Jamie Oliver Serving Board | Dunelm

Step Three- Lighting 

Fairy lights, lanterns and candles for when the light fades but the party is only beginning.

Rope Handle Hurricane Lanterns | Laura Ashley

Pure Pillar Candle | The White Company

White Cotton Ball String Lights | Cotton Ball Lights 

Much Love,

Judy xo

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Patio Style

As a result of the sunshine this week I have spent a lot of time outside enjoying the weather while it lasts. Although I didn’t manage have any BBQs this week,  I did spend time outside sipping ice cold drinks, listening to good tunes and enjoying the sun right down to the last rays as it set below the hills and out of sight.

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Last Years Patio Details.

As such my attention was (like a lot of others I expect) drawn to my neglected, unloved and weather-beaten garden and patio. If any of you live in Northern Ireland you will fully understand how a little bit of sunshine totally diverted my attention from indoor styling to the outdoors.

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Images Via Pinterest

Seeking inspiration I have spent some time scouring the internet for ideas that could breathe some much needed life into the outside of my house.  I thought I’d share some of the favourite pieces I found that I think would jazz up any outdoor space no matter how big or small.

All from Matalan:

Reversible Seat Pads // LED Garden Sign // Insect Hut

John Lewis:

Pink Bistro set // Hurricane Lantern

Wayfair:

Copper Outdoor Light // Grey Wooden Planter

I’d love you hear what you have done to your gardens and patios this week and hope that the sunny weather will continue for a little while to come.

Much Love,

Judy xo

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New Bits and Pieces from…Asda!

From time to time, supermarkets really up their homeware game, and George at Asda is seriously on point at the moment!

 The details for each item are:

  1. Bed linen- King size in Blue stripe £14
  2. Rabbit in Bell jar- on sale at the moment for £5.00
  3. Grey classic table lamp- £20 

Sometimes you don’t need to spend a fortune to update your home!

Much Love,

Judy xo 

Gardening Between the Showers.

My garden expectations have been dashed with the poor weather of late,l. So much for the beginning of Summer!

I wouldn’t class myself as a gardener by any stretch of the imagination, but as I like my home in order I like my garden as such. 

With most of my ideas, this one came from Instagram/Pinterest and I figured that it was simple enough for me to master independently!

 My plan was to use a ladder to put my herbs on, so everything wasn’t sitting in a boring clump on the patio.

I initially planned on buying a ladder from the local garden centre to achieve this. Luckily I ran this idea past Mum in conversation and she knew of two ladders I could choose from which were in her garage! Result!

I opted for the small one, and I learned my Dad made it in wood work at school as one of his first projects, so immediately I abandoned the idea to paint it, and keep it as it was with its rustic charm. 
 Ta da! Here is the finished look. I have a feeling that I will change about the pots a few more times until I’m completely happy!!

On the steps I have chives, parsley, thyme, mint, lavender (more for sensory than to use) and Nasturtium.  I try to use fresh herbs when I’m cooking, and this will be super convenient. I am especially looking forward to using the nasturtium flowers in summer salads, I love their peppery taste. Also looking forward to making Mojitos with the fresh mint!

How have you displayed your herb garden? Or do you have any clever ideas to share? I would love to hear from you!

Much Love,

Judy xo 

Wardrobe Staples.

I’m not really a ‘throw away’ fashion type of person anymore, as I’ve got older I have realised the importance of the wardrobe staples.

Now coming into spring/summer I am beyond excited to be getting into my white jeans and Breton tops. I own so many breton I could probably open a store!

On an impromptu trip to Belfast yesterday, I picked up some great items in Primark which I know I will wear again and again, one being…

Ta da! The denim shirt, and only £8 to boot. Hardly a new concept or a ground breaking item but it’s really all about how you wear your wardrobe staples and how confident they make you feel!

So this is how I wore it today…

Excusing the catalogue pose…

Teamed with my staple white jeans (topshop) and nude pumps (topshop 2014) and of course the Michael Kors handbag which was a gift from the hubby.

I rolled the sleeves of the shirt up, and buttoned it up to the neck. But I can imagine it open with a white vest below too.

The aim of the game is versatility, choosing items that can and WILL be worn again.

What are your wardrobe staples? I’d love to hear from you!

Much love,

Judy xo