Summer Style: Patterns, Puppies & Pudding

After months of whistling winds, bitter nights and rain stained pavements, the sun has finally stayed long enough for it to heat up to 18°C/ 65°F. With the sunshine beating down periodically throughout the week, I thought it was time to get the summer style flowing with bright patterns, fluffy puppies and healthy raw puddings.

It’s a proud moment in the UK when the temperature hits a mild 18°C, because that’s all we can seem to talk about. “Have you seen the weather?” or “How amazing is this weather?”, all redundant but yet a typical conversation starter.

Summer Patterns

As soon as the first sign of summer glimmers through the dampened British clouds, my overly patterned outfits come right to the front of my wardrobe. Thus starts a budding summer style. Among close friends and family my clothing style can be a little outrageous, however I like to call it chic chaos.

My new favorite piece is this maxi dress from JD Williams. The maxi dress is the staple summer outfit and can be used for any occasion. Especially when it’s full of colour and flows like a princess dress.

Print Dipped Hem Maxi Dress
Print Dipped Hem Maxi Dress

The dress’ material is light enough for a hot day, but thick enough that it’s not see through. I had some fun feeling the breeze under my dress.

It has a unique shape and fits comfortably. I’m usually a UK size 8 but since I have a large chest, I went for the medium size. This is just one of many free flowing, elegant maxi dresses JD Williams has to offer.

When I don’t want to wear a dress and feel like sitting cross legged, I go for the free flowing trousers bursting with colours. They’re not too hard to find, I have about 7 more pairs of different patterns and colours.

Puppies

A few weeks ago Layla, the Labradoodle, was introduced in to our furry family. It’s been wonderful. The days that I get to look after her are like 9 hour play dates.

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That’s a video of our other dog. She’s a cockapoo and has no idea that she’s a dog. I treat her like my child, so she now acts like a baby.

Summer Pudding

The idea of bikini season scares the shit out of me. I’m constantly having to worry if I need to either diet or if I could get away with sucking it all in.

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One of the ways I keep the weight off is by making my breakfasts fun and interesting. Chia seed pudding has been a great substitution for my morning breakfast binges. It’s filled with nutritious goodness, antioxidants, it’s gluten free and vegan friendly. Oh, and it’s a raw-food, so it’s perfect and fresh for first thing in the morning. It’s easy to make and only requires 2 ingredients (chia seeds and a milk alternative like, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc) find the full recipe here.

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It’s not everyone’s taste, but it takes some getting used to when you start exploring the world of super foods.

The most exciting part about this time of year is that it’s just the beginning. There will be many more months of linen lined trousers, fresh fruit, puppy kisses and the smell of freshly cut grass.

What’s your summer style? Leave a link to your blog or article, I’d love to check it out.

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