Summer Party Family Style

As my family lives far and wide across the U.K. it’s not often that we all manage to get together in the same place. But with my great Uncle’s 70th looming, him and my Aunt decided to celebrate with a big blow out to make the most of the sun with good food and good company, and boy they didn’t let us down.

We arrived and walked round the corner of the house into what must be as close as England is going to get to being a tropical paradise!

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While the children made the most of the pool the rest of us relaxed in the sun and had a good old fashioned catch up.

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For once in my life I forgot to photograph the food which should tell you just how good it was! They had laid on enough for a small army with everything from hams, salads, fresh bread, salmon, and anything else that you could possibly want.

But a special mention has to go to the wine which I did manage to photograph, which had been flown in all the way from the Alps! Crisp, fresh and fruity it was a perfect accompaniment to the delicious feast.

DSC03278DSC03281  DSC03286  After all that feasting we decided to wander around the tropical paradise (and take a few photos as well).  DSC03311 DSC03312

Hidden behind these Hydrangea’s which had me swooning they were so beautiful, I discovered a little hideaway from all the craziness, squirreled away in the tropical forest.
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What I wouldn’t give for one of these in my back garden as my own little office/ reading nook.

Swooning over, I couldn’t help but strike a pose against the beautiful flowers.DSC03361Dress: Zara (Similar here, here and here), Denim Jacket: Topshop (similar here), Bag: Kate Spade (similar here), Sunglasses: ASOS, Pumps: Topshop.

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Usually I am the type of person who dreads these sorts of ‘smart/casual’ occasions as I often end up either too smart or too casual, but this recent Zara purchase has saved me. The more eagle eyed of you will recognise this as the dress I graduated in which emphasises just how versatile it is, not to mention how obsessed I am with it! Paired with my favourite Topshop denim jacket and pumps and my Kate Spade Saturday bag which I picked up in New York shortly before they closed, I think I’ve finally nailed the smart casual brief.
DSC03408DSC03398 DSC03412  After all that ‘hard work’ there was nothing left to do but enjoy the rest of the day, which is already one of the highlights of my Summer. I’d love to know if any of you have any tips of how you strike the balance of that dreaded smart/casual dress code and your favourite ways to have fun with your family this summer!

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Taking New York: Museum Mile

So to kick of my series of New York posts I thought I’d focus on one of the most famous streets in the city, Museum Mile. I am a complete little museum nerd so this was very high on my … Continue reading

New York, I Love You

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So this year I turn the grand old age of 21 and as I am an extraordinarily lucky girl my parents have surprised me with a trip to my favourite city, New York!

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I was lucky enough to visit the city before as part of a school trip and since then, as well as a exposure to TV shows such as FRIENDS, Gossip Girl and Sex and the City, I became obsessed. Having experienced all the tourist sites last time, I can’t wait to visit again and make the most of the city by visiting all the best places that are slightly off the beaten track. Not to mention the makeup, food and clothing brands that I’ll be able to pick up that aren’t available over on this side of the pond. Also since I’m going to be there for New Year’s Eve, I am looking forward to hunting down the perfect place to wave in the New Year, as well as celebrating the holidays with my family.

Far be it from this post simply being a post of bragging, I would love to know if any of you have any recomendations or tips for me, and I can’t wait to share the multiple photos and posts that I will inevitably take while I’m out there!

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A Day At The Beach Irish Style

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One of my favourite things about living in the UK is the tradition that every Summer we flock to the seaside and indulge in every cliche. From buying rock, visiting the arcade, the pier or running out of the sea once you realise just how freezing cold it is, no summer is complete without a trip to the coast.

Having been based in Belfast for the past two years I find myself feeling incredibly guilty about having not really expanded my horizons past the city centre. So last week my two friends and I decided enough was enough, and jumped on the train to see what the Northern Irish coast had to offer.

Boy we weren’t disappointed, although there was a lack of cliche seaside attractions, the views more than made up for it. The place we visited was actually a park so there were a variety of walks and hiking trails that we could explore, as well as the physical coastline itself. Although there wasn’t a lot of sunshine we avoided the usual Irish showers, and the fragments of sunshine we did get were so potent that I ended up with a tiny bit of sunburn! We brought a picnic and plenty of supplies to keep us entertained, reading by the sea has to be one of my all time favourite activities to relax. As well as the obligatory ice cream van trip and an adorable welcome centre, it turned into one of the best (and cheapest!) days I’ve had in Northern Ireland so far!

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