Maxi Skirt & Butterflies

Father's Day saw us off on a wee trip to Castle Ward - one of three amazing National Trust properties within a 40 minute drive.  We've only been once before and the last time, it was just as sunny a day - result!
Maxi Skirt - Matalan (only available in black and breton stripe this summer)
Vest Top - Zara
Pink Cross-Body Bag - Boden (SS13 - similar here & here)
Scarf  - Grey Neon Butterfly - SGS Shop
Pastel Pendant - SGS Shop
Basalt Grey Leather Birkenstocks - Birkenstock Shop

This maxi skirt has to be among the best buys in my wardrobe - I wore it so much last summer and now it's out again, looking just as good as when I bought it. It's cool but covers up nicely and it's so easy to wash and requires little or no ironing. It's not available in the grey marl this year but there's a black and a rather nice breton stripe too...tempted!
Despite the lovely day, I knew it could be chilly up at Castle Ward as it's on the waters edge so I threw on this neon butterfly scarf from the shop which came in handy at times but was light enough to not feel too warm at any stage.
The pastel pendant is another 'perk of the job' I've taken from the shop. It's just perfect with so many different colours but it has a longer length chain so can be worn up close to the neck as I have it here, or you can see in the shop photos on the link above.
Birkenstock update - LOVE them ...I will admit that for the first week or so, they were stiff and I was wondering if I'd get on with them but now they are so incredibly comfortable and when I take them off, my feet feel great. I'm also loving the dark grey colour as it's so versatile.

A final heads up on the shop as I've had lots of teacher present buying going on this week (NI/ROI/Scottish schools finish up next week!). The shop will be closed from 9pm on the 24th June until 9am on the 8th July.  So if you need teacher presents for the first 2 weeks in July, you'll need to order now. I've also got gift vouchers available for any amount if you can't decide what to buy as a present. Postage is free on these and you can arrange to buy one on this link.

Thanks all - back soon with what was in this box from the team over at JD Sports..


  1. Seriously Matalan? Gosh I'm impressed. I do love that shade of blue Avril and that scarf is so so pretty x

  2. What a fab summer outfit, I love your neon print scarf and the idea of a maxi skirt for a warm day! Glad you had a lovely day, we headed off to our local NT for Father's Day, they are just fab always not too busy and you are guaranteed to get a nice coffee and slice of cake there!!

  3. Stunning outfit Avril, really love those shades of blue! The scarf and neckalce are beauties! You have inspired me try out a maxi with my Birkies! Look forward to seeing the contents of the big red box xx

  4. I have the skirt in the breton stripe from last year - isn't it amazing?
    You look stunning in this outfit - so nice to see summer has arrived!


  5. Abbi15:12

    You look so stunning in this outfit, the colours are beautiful and the scarf with the necklace and bag, just perfect!
    Abbi x

  6. Louise16:17

    I bought that skirt last year in the grey & black. Have worn them both so much. Real bargains. Love yours with the simple tee & the lovely scarf & necklace.


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