Chasing Waterfalls

  • Black and white – simple, flattering and VERY easy to wear.
  • Waterfall jackets – simple, flattering and VERY easy to wear.
  • Hmmm, hang on, I’m starting to see a pattern here.

I’d been looking for a lightweight duster coat/longline jacket for a while and after a bit of shopping around I went for this great waterfall jacket from M&Co. Its a fantastic piece, well made, stylish and do easy to wear. Best of all its in the summer sale!
MandCo waterfall jacket & wet look leggings #ootd via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog
For sizing I am wearing a size 10 but it is available in sizes 8-20.  With no fastenings its a free fit but is structured on the shoulders so go for your usual size.  It flows beautifully and has sleeves you can roll up to 3/4 length and large patch pockets.MandCo waterfall jacket & wet look leggings #ootd via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog
For a simple, chic look I’ve styled it today with a striped breton tee, wet look leggings and black wedge sandals.  Its super flattering and looks as good with jeans or a dress…I really love it.
MandCo waterfall jacket & wet look leggings #ootd via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog    MandCo waterfall jacket & wet look leggings #ootd via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog
Oh and I accessorised with a cute vintage necklace…
MandCo waterfall jacket & wet look leggings #ootd via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog
Currently in the sale for £24 reduced from £35, find it instore now and grab yourself a bargain!  Its a piece you’ll wear again and again and always feel great in!  I’m loving wearing mine and it will be great transitional piece too as we go into Autumn.

Waterfall jackets are the perfect shape for all body types.  My advice is get one in your wardrobe ASAP.

Jacket – M&Co
Necklace – vintage
T-shirt – Papaya at Matalan
Leggings – eBay
Sandals – New Look

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I ❤️ Al Fresco Dining

I love to dine outside in the summer and aim to do it as much as I can while the weather allows. I have a huge collection of outside dining items both new and vintage which I have amassed over the years and we have a family outdoor dining table placed at the far end of our garden (to catch the best of the sun) and small bistro set on our patio right by our kitchen french doors.

Ironically theres something missing at the moment…a BBQ! Our last one went to appliance heaven after many years of faithful service and I’ve not had time to replace it. I do love to eat outdoors with family and friends and if I got a new one I know exactly where I’d put it – I’d place it against the wall that runs alongside our patio. It would be near enough to the kitchen for practicality, but still in its own little ‘outdoor zone’ for my style aesthetics.

In todays blog I’ve styled up the space in my garden next to where I’d have the BBQ located and created a fantastic look on our bistro set using some of my favourite outdoor items that I hope you love!

I have kept the colours mainly neutral and gone for a stylish ‘grown up’ setting with a rustic feel including my new Kilner drinks dispenser and mason jar glasses. The bright colour of the orange fruit punch shines through and you just can’t help but feel summery (and thirsty!) looking at it.rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 

The 5L dispenser is from The Range and costs just £14.99 which I think is a great price.  They also do matching Kilner jar glasses with handles but they come without tops which doesn’t work with a house full of kids, plus I personally don’t like the handled version (they seem too heavy and clunky for my style) so I’ve co-ordinated mine with smaller, prettier mason jar glasses from wedding retailer Confetti.rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog  rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 

rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog   

I love the rustic simplicity of a mason jar glass and the metal screw cap and washable straw means it can be used summer after summer.  Yet again we have Pinterest (and America) to thank for the inspiration!

rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 

A chenille throw and a few cushions soften the look – I love the message on this Asda hopsack cushion – ‘Enjoy the little things in life, for someday you will realise they were the big things’. Wise words indeed!  I always like to have a throw or two available for guests to keep them cosy as the night gets chillier – why stop your BBQ when the sun goes down?rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog  rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 

If BBQ’ing alone isn’t to your taste, how about setting up a pretty picnic basket, so that people can help themselves? This looks great but is also a clever way to display pre-prepared food such as sandwiches and cakes. Store loose food in quirky containers such as these mini mason jars again from Confetti – theres no tacky Tupperware boxes allowed here!rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 
rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blogAnd once the sun goes down, light your candles – the glow from the tealights looks just lovely. I love how pretty different sized candle holders look when grouped together – repeat this throughout your outdoor space to make any party look magical.  Holders can be picked up cheaply and one of my favourite places to buy them is Store TwentyOne where they start at just £1.rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 

rustic outdoor dining with mason jar glasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 

So get cooking outdoors this summer, surround yourself with your nearest and dearest, put on your favourite music and enjoy. I honestly couldnt do summer any other way!

Create the look:

  • Bistro table & chairs – Tesco Direct
  • Kilner drinks dispenser – The Range
  • Mason Jar glasses – Confetti.co.uk*
  • Mini Mason Jars – Confetti.co.uk*
  • Picnic hamper – Vintage
  • Throw – Dunelm Mill
  • Cushion – Asda
  • Wood bowls – Vintage
  • Tealight holders – Store TwentyOne, M&S

This is my entry into the Style Your Space competition via Direct Stoves.  

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School

My 8 year old son Reuben is an avid ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ fan and was thrilled when I was asked to blog about him getting the chance to read and review an excerpt of the yet to be released new book – Old School, the 10th book in this very popular series. I love seeing him read for pleasure and get engaged by the stories.

Reuben with his ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ collection

So Reuben, how did you find the new book?

I really liked it and think it will become a great book. I really like them anyway, Jeff Kinney is definitely one of my favourite authors ever. 

What was your favourite part?

Thats hard!!! I really liked when at the end the ‘fitness water’ supplies were raided to water the flowers – that was really funny.  But when he squirted lemon juice in his eye I nearly feel off my chair I laughed so much!

Why do you love Diary of a Wimpy Kid books?

The story always gets better for Greg through every book and I really love the pictures…they’ve really improved as each book has come out. I also like when its written like ‘GASP’ and ‘SCREAM’ as its fun and easy to understand whats happening.

What would you like to see Greg do next?

Ooooh *thinks*.  I’d love to see him become a celebrity for a week from say writing his autobiography or something and the world goes crazy for him. But he does something silly and it all goes wrong and he’s back to just being Greg again *laughs*

Next, we decided to have a go making the homemade Lemonade as featured in the book.  Here is the recipe courtesy of Puffin Books –  

Reuben was on recipe reading duties and my step sons were my kitchen assistants and taste panel! Apart from the cutting of the lemons they could do everything themselves which they loved.

The finished product was delicious!   And finally, here is Reubens selfie of us enjoying it as a family! If you fancy a fun activity during the summer holidays why not have a go too?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School is released in the 3rd November and is available to preorder via Amazon here. We can’t wait to find out what happens next!!!

Shoe shopping

So, I’ve been doing a bit of shoe shopping…in fact I’ve bough six pairs this month!  However being the bargain hunter I am they’ve all been in the summer sales in total I’ve only spent about £50.  Cost per wear thats a bargain!!! 

Want to know what I’ve bought and where? 

Primark sandals – pink/navy £3 (was £6), aqua £3 (was £8), white platforms £5 (was £10).  All instore at Primark.  You can never have too many sandals and I love them to match my outfits.

 
F&F girls patent t-bar shoes (available in sizes 1-6) £5.50 (from £15).  Available instore at Tescos or online here.  Super cute and will be great for Autumn too to wear with opaque tights and dresses.

  

Baby pink Vans – £36 (from £60) these were from Littlewoods Direct and are now very low on stock but can be found at many Vans stockists. These are my first ever pair of Vans! Very comfortable and they are definitely drawing me away from my huge collection of Converse!

 

Peacocks red flats – £4 (from £10).  I’ve been looking for some red shoes for a while and these cuties will look great with denim and for £4?  I couldn’t say no!


Do you love a bit of shoe shopping too?   Its even better if they are a bargain!  Happy shopping in the summer sales!  

Head in the clouds…

It all started with some tea towels…


I picked out a set of Cath Kidston ‘clouds’ print tea towels for mothers day this year. I adore a blue sky/white cloud motif in general and I just loved them. My business is Blue Sky Visual, my blog is called Always a blue sky girl, my Instagram/Twitter/ Pinterest name is BlueSkyGirlie. Why? Because ‘blue sky thinking’ people always strive for the most creative and ambitious solution and see everything from a highly creative perspective and I would like to think thats the kind of creative person I am!  And if not, thats what I aspire to be.

Then I saw the trainers…

A collaboration between Gola and Cath Kidston that were just my style.  I bought them with my birthday money and have worn them so much.  Just looking down at your feet makes you feel happy and I blogged about them here.

I loved wearing them to Copenhagen on our last trip…seemed something so right about cloud prints and being up in the sky in a plane…and by then I’d bought a zip up purse too.

I decided with the Cath Kidson summer sale on another item had to be mine.  I wanted a bag – nothing too formal or big, just something that would be great for shopping and wearing with jeans etc.

I went for something a bit different and tweaked it to what I needed…maybe I used some of that blue sky thinking!?!  This is officially a craft bag (I guess for knitting/ sewing stuff etc) and was reduced from £35 to just £15.  Its a soft fabric bag with large pockets on both sides and a tie to the top. To make it a bit more robust and tote-like I carefully opened up the small part of the inside lining and cut a hard base out of cardboad, inserted it in and re-sewed the lining. I’m thrilled with the outcome!

  
  
And here it is with its new friends!  I do like a bit of co-ordination… 

Find the bag online here or check out your nearest Cath Kidston store.  Do you love the range as much as I do? Don’t tell my boyfriend, but I’m debating getting the lamp next…