Summer’s Coming Up Roses


The Northern Irish summer can be fleeting, often with more rain, gale force winds and overcast skies than sunny spells. However, over the past couple of days we have been treated to unseasonably hot temperatures, calling for light clothing, oversized shades and summery hats. (Ok I know the rain is back once again, but fingers crossed it’s just a blip and we can return to summery conditions before the season is up!)

As a Lisburn native, I was delighted to be asked to pick my top summertime essentials from local shopping centre, Bow Street Mall. It has the perfect amount of shopping outlets to peruse the latest trends, whilst not being too large, intimidating and overwhelming. You can easily shop big high street names like Primark, H&M, New Look and TK Maxx, but still pick up quaint little finds from the independent stalls.

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Primark rose print dress, Primark gold sliders, Primark black mules, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess perfume, H&M sunglasses, Dunnes Stores straw hat

Win the above items by visiting the Bow Street Mall facebook page.

My top Summer must haves consist of a mix of fashion, accessories and beauty. My main item had to be Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess perfume, a cult blogger/vlogger favourite and the go-to scent for year long summery vibes. I personally love the rose gold bottle and although it is expensive, it’s the perfect mood enhancing accessory to keep you smelling sweetly fresh and fragrant all day long.

Mules are everywhere at the moment and this little pair from Primark is ideal for teaming with a cute summer outfit. Slider sandals are a necessity for summer hols whether I’m relaxing by the pool or sunbathing by the sea, so this Primark pair will be safely stowed in my beach bag for my Spain vacay.

No Summer wardrobe is complete without a sun hat and sunglasses. This Dunnes Stores straw hat has been spotted all over instagram and it really does make for the perfect summertime snap. Reflective sunglasses are my seasonal achilles heel and although they are a nuisance to photograph, the pair above from H&M look super funky and stylish.

Last but not least, I had spied this rose print dress before, but I neglected to pick it up. I came across it again on my shopping trip and thought it would be the perfect all in one outfit for a Summer eve. Floral, floaty and feminine, it’s giving me Spanish Senorita vibes. It will definitely be a suitcase essential for my holiday to Puerto De La Duquesa later this year.

How do you fancy winning my top Summer essentials?! Win the items featured in the last image above by clicking here to enter the Bow Street Mall facebook competition! Xo



  1. July 22, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    These pictures are absolutely stunning!!

    I can’t believe that dress is from Primark, if you would have give me a couple of guesses I definitely wouldn’t have picked there! Everything just works so well together and the scenery in the background just makes the outfit stand out even more. Also that flatlay is just <3

    Bow Street Mall is full of little hidden treasures, I need to get down there more often 🙂

  2. Carolyn
    August 14, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    Aww thank you Hayley! I know, I can’t believe that I picked up that dress in Primark! Bargain. Xo

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