Thursday

The Glorious 12th!

Haven't done many outfit posts over the past couple of days as I've been so busy prepping posts for when we're on holidays! So this is a short one...today, I am wearing my Boden Taupe Breton Top with H&M boot cuts (last seen here) and my Primark cream & gold pumps. My scarf is from H&M also.

It's the 12th of July here in Northern Ireland which means about 50% of the population is gone on holidays and the rest of us spend the day either out at the Orange marches or at home counting down the hours until the roads/shops open again!
Here's my wee man (and part-time photographer) up at what's called 'The Field' listening to some of the bands as they come in from the marches to have a rest.
Any excuse for an ice-cream!
It's controversial but a big part of the culture up here and the (not from Northern Ireland) event manager/marketer in me can't help thinking it's a huge missed opportunity for the country. It has tried over recent years to become more of a family festival but there's still a while to go before that happens. But being from the south of Ireland, I like my kids to experience the fun aspects of both sides....and the ice-cream too!
Watch out for tomorrow's post as I share with you my capsule wardrobe for going away...can I survive for 2 weeks with 35 items? 
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  1. Cannot wait to see the capsule packing post !!

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    1. joneshazy@gmail.com19:41

      Maybe we need Avril to help us pack - could be a new career for her?

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    2. Always available for a suitcase edit girls...as long as I can come with you to whatever sunny place you're heading! Avril xx

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  2. I live near Southport and there is always a big parade in the resort. Scores of coaches filled with little Williams and Marys and their booze-soaked relatives travel into the town from Liverpool.
    When I was a reporter for The Liverpool Echo I used to cover the parade. I always enjoyed the chaos of it all.
    I look forward to seeing yoru capsule.

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    1. I never knew that - amazing! Hard to believe it goes on outside of NI but I believe there are marches in Canada also. The booze flows here also..it does get messy! xx

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  3. What a lovely outfit. I know this is an old post but I've just discovered your blog. I have found it hard to find clothes that are not too high fashion or too short! Your blog has opened my eyes to a whole new wardrobe. It's also refreshing to hear your views on the 12th of July. As an outsider (Scottish) I too wanted to partake in the local culture when I lived in NI. I celebrated the glorious 12th and St Patrick's Day - Best of both worlds. I'm now in Wales married to an Ulsterman.I look forward to future posts. Take Care. TJ

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    1. Hi Tracy-Jane, thanks for your lovely comment - I'm so pleased you've found the blog and that you're finding it's helpful for your own wardrobe. It's helpful for mine too! I'm constantly evolving and changing - reading lots of other blogs now for inspiration as the whole fashion thing doesn't really come naturally to me and I want to keep moving with it all and not get stuck in a rut. Lovely to get your perspective on the 12th too - it's an interesting time of year here for sure! Have a Happy Easter, Avril x

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