When I came back to Ireland after 2 years travelling I realised how much of my own country I hadn’t seen. Sometimes you take the most obvious things for granted, there doest seem a sense of urgency to visit something when it is within driving distance from your own house but I wanted to make a conscious effort to change that mind frame.
One of the sites I had really wanted to make it to was the Giant’s Causeway so Sean & I headed up there to take in the views & enjoy one of Ireland’s many beautiful heritage sites.
We spent a lovely 2 days in Bushmill’s & had a beautiful day at the causeway… considering what the weather was like on the drive up (and then on the drive home) we were verrrry lucky!
When we decided we would do a shoot up there I knew straight away that I wanted to style a look around this Aran snood (scarf/ poncho?). It was hand knitted by a lovely lady who lives on the Aran islands, when I saw it for sale in her cafe at the start of the summer just knew I had to have it. It’s such an unusual piece, one of a kind & in the most beautiful autumn tone.
Finding this poncho (/ blanket cardigan?) in a Dublin charity shop recently there were mixed emotions; In one way I was delighted to have found such a unique vintage piece but, the uncovery made a part of me wish summer wasnt so recently gone. I had visions of myself dancing around a field draped in this as the sun dipped in the sky, the type of vision that only a music festival could fulfil.
Once I brought it home & began to style it, I realised there is a such a variety to how you can wear this piece and, in fact, not pairing it with an assumed ‘festival look’ made me get a little more creative with it. There is a rarity to finding an item that is both comfortable and unique; this is one of those items.
I love the autumn tones in the fabric but can see myself bringing this right into winter by layering it with a variety of jackets… as you can tell from my last post, I am allllll about layering at the moment.
Boots, jeans & silk cami; thrifted. Neckalaces & sunglases; Bangkok market. bracelets; Alex & Ani. Belt; Free people.
I am all about layering at the moment, its suits Irish weather perfectly; when you don’t know what to wear, wear it all! … then inevitably peel bits off & put them back on gain throughout the day.
It is the easiest way to dress appropriately for any weather & considering that Irish autumn is notorious for getting through a variety of seasons in one day, it’s exactly how I want to be dressing at this time of year. I can see myself bringing it into the colder months just adding more pieces on top again… 2 dresses over jeans under a jacket over a shirt? Why not? Ok, maybe don’t answer that.
I had been lusting over this Banjara clutch for months before I got it, its such a statement piece that, I hadn’t found many ways to style it until I stopped over thinking things & realised I can just wear it with whatever I want!
Most of the time with styling, the more you try to perfect things, the more stagnated the look becomes, some of my favourite outfits often turn out to be the ones I just throw on without thinking about it. There is something more fluid to a relaxed outfit which I think translates to the overall look.
On a separate note, I can’t stop wearing this fur collar that I got at the flea! I thought it would only be pulled out on the odd occasion but its great for jazzing up all of my jackets from last winter AND, it’s surprisingly warm. Win win