SUMMER LIVING | VIVE L'ÉTÉ, a new series on the blog that I will be featuring on Mondays this summer. During my blog break I enjoyed a few days of fine sunny weather and was able to attend to my garden. I was spreading my lavender when - probably under the spell of the heavenly scent - my ideas for this series fell into place.
On the blog this summer the main focus will be on outdoor living. I would like to celebrate this wonderful season by enjoying nature and looking at beautiful patios and gardens. In the new series there will be a glimpse of all that while in posts on other weekdays the material will be more concentrated, from a single source. I will be putting little emphasis on interiors and I'm giving the Charming Spaces series on Fridays a rest. I have some travel inspirations in mind and I also want to show you more of Luxembourg. Let's just say that on the menu this summer there will be a blend of playfulness, flowers and natural style. And for all the Icelandic readers out there, this new series will be on the Icelandic blog version on Mondays as well.
Enough with the intro and on with the post, which is slightly longer today.
Columbia Road Flower Market. If you happen to be in London on a Sunday then please go and visit.
For me the summertime is about natural style and comfort - think soft linen, sunglasses and leather sandals. There is no need to think too much about hairstyles; summers and messy hair are a good match. Besides, you can always wear a hat.
To add a chic style to the natural look a Mary Jo Matsumoto luxury bag (made in California) will do the trick. I'm thinking items from her Salt Creek or Balboa Island collections. The colour of the Crystal Cove Tote is also perfect for the summer, and I have a crush on the new Bougainvillea Beach Wallet. I have to admit that I'm a little biased because Mary Jo is a friend of mine, but I know that she puts her heart and soul into her design. The material she uses is of high quality and the leather feels so soft. With a bag like that you are ready for just about anything this summer may throw at you - Mary Jo has got you covered!
If you don't have a boat then buy one! Or go for a cheaper solution: bring a lunchbox and some reading material with you to the next marina or harbour, have a glass of rosé or a cup of espresso and watch the cruisers and fishermen attending to their boats. Relax and daydream just a little!
1: Lene Bjerre Spring 2013 / 2: Kit Lee of Style Slicker via United Blogs of Benetton. UK / 3: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures via Style Me Pretty Living / 4: François Halard for Vogue US / 5: Salt Creek Collection shopper by Mary Jo Matsumoto / 6: Organic by John Patrick Spring 2013 via Vogue US / 7: Isabel Marant Spring 2013 via Vogue US / 8: The Cherry blossom girl (St. Tropez, France)