Summer for us, isn’t about jetting off to exotic far off places, it’s about taking time at home to spend time together in the place that gives us so much, a place full of adventure. For Half Term, we decided that a ‘Staycation’ was what we’d have, some time to watch the woodland come back to life and burst into colour.
I was recently approached by Fat Face; a brand I am often gifted pieces from family for birthdays, it is also a brand, I have been known to spend a lot of time in their high street branch in Battle, perusing the rails full of their latest collections, so as you can imagine, I was pretty thrilled when they asked to work with me.
So, I would like to share a collaborative post, with some time spent with ‘The Woodland Husband’ (shhh, I didn’t call him that!!), in and around our woodland wearing some lovely pieces from the Fat Face Summer collection.
This time of year, there is a wonderful smell in the air as we walk about the woods, the wonderful scent of elderflower, so of course it was time to make this years batch of cordial from the rich pickings we found. You can find my favourite elderflower recipe at the very bottom of this post, so make sure you scroll all the way down.
It was a warm day, and I chose to wear the Hannahfore Lace Overhead top in ivory from the Fat Face Beachwear collection worn over the Breton Sports top, teamed with a pair of blue sky, denim shorts, it was perfect for our morning forage for elderflower. I really love how light the top is, the beautiful detailing on the back, arms and neckline give it a really bohemian feel and teamed with the shorts, I felt ready for the balmy sunshine.
While I picked my way through every elder tree I could find, the good man waited patiently and with an abundance of the lacy elderflower, he was also able to sit back and point out any rich pickings I had missed!
On this day, he chose to wear the Finsbury Print Shirt, a really nice shirt and a great fit on my husband, who often complains that shirts he has had in the past never “fit in the right places”, he’s been very happy with this shirt, and teamed with a pair of Straight Stone Wash denim jeans, he’s been happily wearing this outfit in the woods and to the pub. The printed shirt is made from a linen-cotton blend which makes it ideal for being outside in the sun.
A few days later, we found ourselves deeper in the woods, under the thick green canopy of leaves. Only a few weeks ago, the woods were dark and fairly bleak, now it is bursting with life, and it is here we often take ourselves when the temperatures get too high, as it can be wonderfully cool under the trees.
I wore the Abbie Savanna Geo Dress; a really beautiful lightweight dress, both floaty and flattering and with a really lovely print, it is fast becoming one of my ‘go-to’ pieces on warmer days. What I also love is that it’s the perfect dress for relaxing at home, but it would also be really nice to dress up, if we were heading out for a meal.
As I mentioned above, in the woods and with a gentle breeze, I was pleased to have the Libby Cardi with me. The cardigan is soft, lightweight and has a really delicate lace detailing, so is perfect for layering when it starts to feel a little chilly.
My ‘other half’ wore the Amberley Print Shirt, like the Ainsbury Print Shirt, he has been really happy with the fit. Made with linen and printed with a unique print and in a comfy fit, this is perfect with his Fat Face Stone Wash Jeans, but could also be teamed with shorts or worn over the top of a t-shirt.
Another day, and we were off ‘out’ out, but before we headed out, we took some time to check on our new ‘Log pile’ wall, since building it, we have had so many people out walking show an interest, and we have delighted in telling them that the woodland wildlife has been going mad for it. Bees, Birds, Butterflies, all love to hang out here… I just make sure I keep my eyes peeled for the adders that used to appear in this area of the woods at this time of the year!!
A slightly chiller day, I teamed the beautiful Gabby Savanna Geo Blouse with the Rose Cardi in Navy; the boho blouse features the same print as the dress I wore on another day, and as it is a loose fitting blouse, with tassels, it has a ‘free-spirited’ look to it. The cardigan, is another great knit from Fat Face; it comes in a range of colours, and is a really flattering cardigan to pop on a breezy day.
I paired these two lovely tops with a pair of Hazelnut Linen Shorts; crafted in Ireland by Baird McNutt, these shorts are wonderfully soft and have a lovely texture to them. The fit is relaxed and the hem can be rolled up or down, however you prefer to wear shorts. I have been wearing these shorts a lot recently, as they are nice and light for gardening or going for a walk on a hot, sunny day.
The woodsman of the family chose to wear a pair of denim jeans with the really nice Northcote Plain Shirt. Now I for one, think this light blue shirt looks really amazing on him! The classic fit, plain shirt is perfect for the days as they start to get warmer, as the cotton-linen blend is not only hard-wearing, but it apparently also keeps him feeling cool. We were just heading up to the pub, but this is definitely a shirt that he could wear on an evening out… it has a chest pocket and really nice looking buttons on the cuff. It’s definitely a winning look in my eyes, and he’s pretty pleased with it too!
I hope you enjoyed a little look into our Summer wardrobe, and the various mornings spent out in the woods together. I would love to hear which Fat Face looks and/or pieces are your favourite… I’m guessing for a few ladies out there it will be ‘The Woodland Husband’ in the blue, long-sleeved shirt, but hands off… he’s mine!!
Boots are our own trusty Blundstone boots.
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Elderflower cordial – The Woodland Wife
Makes about 2 litres
- 25 elderflower heads approx.
- Zest of 3 unwaxed lemons (finely grated)
- Zest of 1 orange (finely grated)
- Juice from both the lemons and orange above
- 1kg sugar
- 1 heaped tsp citric acid
Inspect the elderflower heads carefully and remove any insects, then place the flower heads in a large bowl together with the finely grated lemon and orange zest.
Bring 1.5 litres of water to the boil and pour over the elderflowers and zest, cover and leave overnight.
Strain the liquid through a piece of muslin and pour into a large saucepan, then add the sugar, the lemon and orange juice and (if you are using) the citric acid too.
Heat very gently to dissolve the sugar, then bring to a simmer and cook for a few of minutes.
Use a funnel to pour into bottles. Seal the bottles with swing-top lids.
Don’t forget to sterilise the bottles and the screw-tops lids!