Grass between my toes...

magpie-girl-style-blogLiving in the countryside certainly has its perks, plenty of meadows, streams, forests to explore. You are never woken to the sound of traffic or noisy neighbours only the occasionally chatty cow or cherp of birds.. Sometimes I wish I had more blog photos with pretty townhouses blurred in the background or some nice stone stoops to perch on... But then on a sunny day sitting in the garden surrounded by rolling hills and peaceful scenery I quickly change my mind about city living.

magpie-girl-blog style-diary-blog monchrome-summer-outfit uk-lifestyle-blogBlack and white has always felt summery to me, dont ask me why! It just feels fresh and cool some how and I love how it works teamed with my tan sandals and tobacco shade cardigan.

splash-print-dressCardigan: Oasis
Dress: H&M
Necklace: H&M
Glasses c/o Specsavers
Sandals c/o London Rebel

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Between the buttercups...

between-the-buttercupsOver the years I have read a lot of blog posts and how to guides online of tips and tricks to drive more traffic to your blog. One tip that is always mentioned time and time again is meaningful blog post titles. I dunno about you guys but when Im writing a personal style post like this one 'meaningful' SEO style titles just dont sit right with me. Maybe this post should be called how to style a midi-dress or how to style summer florals?
But when its just a laid back post telling you guys about my week and what Im wearing I like to take inspiration from the photos or a song or my mood.
So here it is, the most un-SEO post title, but I like it. :)

floral-vintage-midi-dress belfast-fashion-blogThis dream of a dress was gifted to me by a Dublin based independent store known as I love carousel. They specialise in feminine vintage inspired clothing and have the most amazing selection of retro print dresses. I picked this pretty little number in a duck egg blue with floral pattern that reminds me of an old tapestry design.
Ive already worn it twice, once as styled in these photos and once to a family christening with nude heels and a baby blue trench coat. I think Ill be getting a lot of wear out of it this summer!

personal-style-fashion-blog tapestry-floral-pastel-dres lifestyle-fashion-bloggerIve been trying something a little new with these sunglasses by Max&co, Ive always stuck to large square frames but these have a hint of a cat-eye shape which I am loving!

Dress c/o Ilovecarousel
Belt: borrowed from Dave
Flats: Forever 21
Sunglasses c/o Specsavers

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Grid Life...

Half way through June already how'd that happen?

Life lately has been quiet, long walks, drinks in the sun, a little baking, a lot of cooking and plenty of cuddles with my mums pugs while the vacay in America. Summer is the time I always feel more inspired to get up and go. Summer goals this year are:
update and upgrade my camera
pick up my watercolours again
a potential blog make over
getting the green smoothies on the go again
& many diy home decor projects.
Hopefully Ill be updating this spot of mine on the internet a bit more its just hard when you just wanna be sitting outside and fresh air & sunshine are calling..

Anyone else got any summer goals?

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Deck Chair Diy...

deckchair-diyA few weeks ago I was contacted and asked if I would like to accept a challenge to upcycle/diy a simple deck chair. I love these types of projects and while Im itching to get my hands on my new home to decorate and diy, I thought this would be a fun little project to try out!

chalk-paint-upcycleThis is the deck chair before hand, a plain untreated wood frame and a heavy canvas fabric seat attached to the top and bottom.
Along with the deck chair I was sent a £30 hobbycraft voucher to help with my project. With this I bought a selection of fabric paint to use on the canvas fabric that could be washed and wiped if needs be. I decided to paint the frame a pale dove grey, I mixed anthracite and white rustoleum furniture paint together to get the colour I wanted and set to work.
Once it was dry I decided to print different triangle shapes in the fabric paint on the canvas in the colours navy, aqua blue and a bright coral. For this I simply made the desired triangles out of potato stamps. So quick and easy!

garden-shabby-chic-diy deckchair-upcycle garden-upcycle-diyVoila! The finished article! Im really pleased with how it turned out :) What would you have done with this challenge? Id love to hear your ideas!

The deck chair & voucher were provided by Ocean Credit Cards, thank you for supporting the companies that keep The Magpie Girl alive and kicking!

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