Summer is the time to refresh and invigorate things, don’t you think? I find that, because the British summer is so brief and unpredictable, it always leads me to want to make everything in my life as ‘summery’ as possible- to really immerse myself in that summer feeling for as long it lasts.
Recently I’ve been preoccupied with ideas of brightening and lightening up my wardrobe, our home, what we eat, and even the music I listen to. I want it all (the aesthetic stuff, at least) to have a distinctly feminine feel (all light colour palettes and feminine shapes) and for there to be plenty of greenery both in our diet and in our home. Rachel Khoo’s latest cookery programmes have been on our TV a lot recently (I think she’s wonderful) and I’m keen to pick up her latest cookbook for some summer mealtime inspiration. We’ve tried a couple of her recipes lately (borrowed straight from the TV show) and have loved them all. And as for the ever delightful Lana- I adored her first album (it was the album I listened to non-stop whilst driving to and fro from university the summer before last) and so have a feeling Ultraviolence might be about to become the soundtrack of dancing-in-the-kitchen-whilst-making-dinner and driving-in-the-sunshine-to-the-lake-with-Teddy this summer.
Lastly- shall we talk about how perfect that gorgeous polka dot peplum blouse is? And those nude fringed loafers? And about how perfect they’d be paired together, with some worn-in denim and milkmaid braids?
I think I just talked myself into going shopping this weekend…
1 :: Rachel Khoo’s Little French Kitchen cookbook
2 :: Essie Mint Candy Apple
3 :: Pastel dip-dye mugs
4 :: White floral applique skater dress
5 :: Blush polka dot peplum blouse
6 :: Nude patent fringed loafers
7 :: Lana del Ray ‘Ultraviolence’
8 :: Handmade mini herringbone planters
It’s been a little while since I wish-listed here on Cider with Rosie!
It’s not that I’ve not been shopping. Hah. No, that is most definitely not the case. I’ve been on a self-imposed spending ban recently (wedding-saving and all) but have needed to break said ban on the odd occasion over the past few weeks to purchase ‘Spring-essentials’. You know, things like sleeveless chambray shirts (needed, or else I’d have not a stitch to wear), new photo frames (plain walls are just not Pinterest), and cute lamps to fancy up dull corners (light *is* essential, right?).
Those Birkenstocks though, they’re still on my ‘to buy’ list. I’ve never been much of a Birkenstocks girl to be honest- I remember trying on a pair when I was a teenager and looking so much like a child who’d borrowed her Mum’s shoes that it was kind of embarrassing, but now…I want a pair. Badly. Preferably black…or maybe white or grey or taupe. I do need a pair of walking shoes for summer, after all…
Oh, and those candles! I spotted them yesterday afternoon whilst on a lunchtime jaunt to Marks and Sparks, and it was all I could do not to buy one in every scent. The lemongrass and rhubarb scents especially were incredible- the lemongrass smelled exactly like the fragrance our room in Edinburgh was perfumed with (a scent I’ll always and forever associate with being newly engaged) and the rhubarb one? It smelt SO good you could almost kid yourself that the little jar was full of rhubarb compote and vanilla ice-cream, instead of plain old wax. AND you can save the jars afterwards and write on the little blackboard labels on the front with chalk! I’d be interested to see how they burned, because if they smelt half as good whilst burning as they do cold they’ll be just about the best candles ever!
L I N K S ::
1. Boden Sleeveless Chambray Shirt (I actually bought this a week or so ago and it’s since sold out in most sizes, but keep an eye on stock levels if you fancied picking one up for yourself because they often release more items throughout the season!)
2. B&Q Pistachio Green Desk Lamp
3. Marks & Spencer’s Lemongrass Chalkboard Candle Pot (p.s. currently on sale at 20% off!)
4. Topshop Monochrome Tapered Jersey Trousers (don’t you think they’d be the comfiest things to wear on warm spring and summer evenings?)
5. H&M Turquoise Dipped Wooden Bowl (so much love that bright blue!)
6. H&M Wire Basket
7. Birkenstock Arizona Sandals
1// Sea Salt Cornwall striped cotton jumper 2// Urban Outfitters panama hat 3// Essie Midnight Cami
4// Ash spiral ankle boots 5// Topshop Leigh skinny jeans 6// Olive double split midi skirt 7// ASOS Crochet collar swing top
Ahhhh Autumn. Hurry up and get here soon, won’t you? I’m already so excited to dig out my favourite cardigans, wear as many layers at a time as is physically possible, and continue my never-ending hunt for The Perfect Winter Hat.
Speaking of the Perfect Winter Hat, the panama hat linked above is a strong contender. Maybe I ordered it before this post was even completed. Maybe I’m going to pop into town today with that beautiful olive skirt and the sweet suede boots at the very top of my hit list. Who knows…
What’s on your Autumn ‘to buy’ list?