Saying Goodbye To Summer

By Carolyn Henderson on September 12, 2016


Sadly we are edging towards the end of the Summer season with the imminent arrival of dark, autumnal days filled with fallen leaves, cooler temperatures and brisk, strong winds.

Although I will miss the summer sunshine, I am eagerly anticipating the new season. Perhaps this is because I can now stock up on winter woollens, ankle boots and cosy throws without a glimmer of guilt. Or maybe it’s because I’m excited for a spooktacular Halloween or I’m feeling ready for the Christmas rush, picking out and decorating a real tree and sharing good grub and drinks with loved ones.

Whatever it is, I am looking forward to the last quarter of the year, to hopefully spend more time with friends and family and to refresh my home with the all the joys and snuggle features of an autumnal/winter season.


Whilst the weather is still pretty warmish, I have taken the opportunity to purchase a chic white shirt from Zara, beautifully embroidered with flowers and leaves. Due to the length of the sleeves, it’s an item that will only suit in warmer weather, so I’d say I’ll get another 3 weeks out of it before I have to stow it away in favour of an oversized sweatshirt or a high neck jumper.

The situ for today’s post is Gosford Park, a fair jaunt for us but a lovely place to visit on a sunny Sunday. My boyfriend and I had a stroll around the grounds before heading back to watch Pete’s Dragon with his sister. An absolute must see film if you want a good cry and a heartwarming tale of an unlikely friendship.

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Outfit: Zara white embroidered shirt, Vero Moda cropped jeans, New Look sandals, ASOS scalloped satchel bag, Rayban clubmaster sunglasses

Are you ready to let go of the summer sun for amber shades of autumn and cool winter walks?

Maybe Im speaking too soon. When the snow falls, we run out of oil and it’s baltic outside, I will be wishing that it was summer all over again….

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My Trip To Australia, Part 2; Cairns & The Great Barrier Reef

By Carolyn Henderson on July 31, 2016

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Oops, this has been a very long time coming!

I’ll be honest, I just didn’t have the patience or the motivation to sift through the vast amount of videos and pictures from our holiday, so I just kept procrastinating. However, seeing as it’s coming up to nearly a year since I actually went to Australia, I knew that I couldn’t put it off any longer!

Cairns was my boyfriend’s favourite spot. We went snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, took a trip into the Daintree Rainforest and took in the sights around the beautiful marina that was right on our doorstep.

Hope you enjoy! Melbourne and Hong Kong will be coming soon…I promise.

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City Style Culottes

By Carolyn Henderson on July 12, 2016

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Outfit: River Island cars cropped shirt, Boohoo culottes, Primark sandals, Rayban sunglasses, Boohoo earrings, studded clutch (gift), Lime Crime lipstick in Salem

I honestly never thought that culottes would ever grace my wardrobe at 30 years of age. As an 80s/90s child, they were big back in the day, but as so with many other fashion fads they quickly fell out of favour. My culottes were eventually turfed off to the charity shop with printed lycra cycling shorts, white frilly socks, velvet hairbands and cord waistcoats.

This year, culottes are back but with an entirely new and more sophisticated look. It’s taken some time to warm to them, but now I feel very comfortable donning a pair of sleek, black culottes with a killer pair of heels and a cute crop top.

I was very fortunate to collaborate with Boohoo for this post, who kindly sent me this pair of culottes as part of their Style Squad campaign. If you don’t know anything about the recent upsurge in girl squads, then you must have been hiding under a rock or successfully ignoring all celebrity news and media trash of late. If you are amongst the latter, then I envy you, I simply don’t have the willpower.

After taking a short quiz, my style squad was revealed as ‘Sophisticated’. Boohoo dictates this as, ‘all about being a girlboss. Independent women who know what they like and wear it with confidence, they’re not afraid to try a midi dress or on-trend culottes. Matchy-matchy isn’t a faux pas; it’s a commandment with co-ords. Forget chiffon – this squad are slick in strapless dresses, and even their sandals have killer heels.’ I identify with elements of this definition, but I feel that my style can also be casual, glam and girly all at the same time. My style has evolved over the years and recently I’ve noticed that I’m reaching for more minimalist and grown up looks. From time to time, I still mix in a cute print or kitsch accessory here and there as I’m not quite ready to let go of those just yet.

I took these pics in the grounds of City Hall Belfast before dining out with my other half at the Cheeky Cherub italian restaurant. I think the whole look has a touch of Sex and the City about it and although Belfast isn’t exactly New York, it did serve as a nice little cosmopolitan backdrop to my photos.

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