The calendar says summer but the forecast says spring. For those of us not living close to the equator, dealing with the constantly changing summer temperatures can be a tad problematic when it comes to figuring out what to wear. An issue I’ve been facing on my long-overdue trip home to Ireland this month, but take it from someone who knows, there are ways of looking summer cool while feeling Alpine cabin warm.

I can’t believe it’s been 8 months since I was last in Ireland and as much as I love Switzerland it feels good to be surrounded by ‘my people’! Of course the optimist in me packed a bunch of light-weight clothes that I haven’t been able to wear and I’ve had to buy sweaters and socks to stay alive keep warm. Refusing to completely ignore my summer gear (I did drag two cases half way across Europe) I’ve been working the summer pieces into my everyday wardrobe, combining cosy bits with summer staples.

For a blogger catch-up with my beautiful mate Rosanna from I decided to bare some skin in these strokeable leather shorts by Kelly Love. I balanced out the top half with a chunky Topshop knit that I nabbed in their summer sale and finished the look with pointed-toe flats from Jimmy Choo. The look is minimal but it’s fresh and climate suitable for a morning by the shore. The contrasting textures add depth with a tactile edge. Tell me you don’t want to reach out and touch that chunky knit and leather combo.

For more inspiration check out how I styled my pinky perfect shorts here.

Location, location, location….

Rosanna and I met at the Babushka Kitchen Cafe in Portrush on Northern Ireland’s beautiful north coast. This little gem is located on the south pier between the harbour and the beach and catches a glimpse of all that happens on the shore. This was my first visit and I have to say, between the epic views, the friendly service and tasty food I was seriously impressed and will certainly be back. Babushka’s is all about quality and serves a range of delicious, locally sourced homemade treats and speciality coffee. After bucket loads of coffee and yummy food (I had the poached eggs on sourdough bread, Rosanna the spicy red pepper soup and a salted caramel square) we were finally caught up (it takes time!). Make sure you put Babushka’s on your list of places to visit when you’re next in the area.

Thanks for dropping by – J ♥

Outfit Details

Shorts ♦ Kelly Love

Sweater ♦ Topshop (sold out, similar here or petite version here)

Black flats ♦ Jimmy Choo (sold out, similar here and here)

Chanel bag ♦ Chanel pre-loved from Vestiaire Collective (similar here)

Photography by and me!


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