Last Sunday


“A Sunday well spent brings a week of content…”  

…and if this wasn’t a Sunday well spent, I don’t know what is! It was wall-to-wall sunshine, so Jamie and I decided to hit the great outdoors – and aren’t they great indeed? Nestled among a dramatic and unique backdrop of mountains, forest and sea, and with its own lake too, Castlewellan Forest Park proved the perfect setting for a relaxing, yet invigorating, Sunday afternoon. They say ‘blue and green should never be seen’ but I have to disagree; when you see fresh green grass and trees next to a clear blue sky and water, it couldn’t be more idyllic.

Jamie and  I meandered through a leafy maze (including getting lost and shouting ‘help!’ in our silliest voices! Such fun) before renting bicycles and enjoying a leisurely cycle around the lake.  Jamie went for a sporty bike, while I had to have something a little more whimsical, opting for one of the above bikes; pastel coloured and complete with basket. I love cycling and it’s put me in the notion of investing in a certain Miss Pendleton number. Canoes are also available to rent on site – I’m already planning an outing on one for next time out on the lake. We finished our day in the famous Slieve Donard resort, scoffing on warm, freshly baked scones and tea, overlooking the Mournes meeting the sea. Not a bad Sunday, huh?!

It’s so nice dressing in the warm weather; throwing together fuss-free and simple ensembles, without worrying about the whole ‘tights or no tights?’ dilemma, that can even crop up in summer months (#verybritishproblems)! Long may the sunshine and warmth continue! x


Dress: Topshop (similar here) | Shoes: Next | Sunnies: TK Maxx | Bag: Vintage find in Paris



  1. Patricia Fawcett
    June 24, 2014 / 12:27 am

    Sarah, an idyllic Sunday indeed, captured in one of our favourite parts of the world. We remember walks in Castlewellan, even in the snow, tripping across stepping stones,breaking off icicles to suck when we got hot and thirsty and finally throwing ourselves ravenously on our soup’n’sandwiches picnic. We wanted to have this overlooking Spelga Dam. However, the wind was so strong on this particular occasion that it would not permit us to open the car doors – kept blowing them shut. We ate our picnic in the sealed container that was our car and driving home,via the Strangford-Portaferry service. We are indeed hostages to fortune regarding the weather. This was New Year’s Day 1986. Our love for the area remains undiminished, whatever the season. Reading your blog so perfectly encapsulated our memories of this brilliant part of the world xo :)

    • June 25, 2014 / 1:00 pm

      Pat – what a lovely account of your times in County Down! Thank you for sharing. A picnic overlooking Spelga Dam would be magnificent – did you ever go back there for a picnic when the weather was kinder? It may well be our next little adventure, weather permitting! xo :)

  2. June 24, 2014 / 5:39 am

    Such gorgeous photos, and what a darling you are! Your dress looks lovely and I’m swooning over your other outfits and entire blog. <3

    • June 25, 2014 / 1:18 pm

      Thank you very much Sarah! You are so sweet! <3

  3. June 25, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    Oh my gosh absolutely LOVE this outfit! Looking so stunning as always! x

    • June 26, 2014 / 9:29 am

      Awh thank you so much Jessie! :) x

  4. Svetlana
    June 28, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    Dear, I found your blog randomly and I’d like to say it’s fabulous! I really like your amazing photos & style! Everything is perfect!

    will be happy if you’ll find a minute to see my blog!

    • June 30, 2014 / 10:59 am

      That’s so kind, thank you very much!

  5. July 1, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    Stunning scenery and photographs! It looks and sounds like you had a perfect Sunday! You look lovely, I adore your dress :)

    • July 2, 2014 / 10:19 am

      Thank you very much Hannah! :) x

  6. Jamie
    April 25, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Love this dress…. you’re a chequered, dreamy summer personified! Glorious!

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