As our days become longer and the weather becomes warmer it's around this time of year I start to downsize my winter wardrobe and prepare for Summer. Away go my Winter coats in favour of those lighter Summer jacket options. I'm talking denim or linen for those long afternoons spent in the sun, only ever needed as the evening grows slightly chillier-those are the best days (and they're much easier and chicer to carry around if needed.)

Below I've listed four of my favourite lighter in collaboration with House of Fraser to give you inspiration for those sunny Summer afternoons.

It's no secret I'm a fan on linen, in particular a neutral wash! I picked up this OUI linen blazer from House of Fraser last week and It's already my favourite jacket. Would you just look at that button detailing? This Ralph Lauren linen jacket is also incredible.

It's not just linen I'm interested in. I'm also a great fan of blazers-who isn't? A blazer is the perfect piece to layer on top of those casual outfits to smarten your look up bit. A blazer is great thrown on top of an evening dress, worn with a t-shirt or jeans or simple as part of a cool two piece suit. This Whistles navy double breasted blazer is on the top of my list.

I love a denim jacket, I see them as the perfect piece to take away on holiday worn on top of that gorgeous maxi dress to keep the chill at bay in the evenings. I love the oversized look of this white contrast stitch jacket or this long sleeve cropped jacket worn with a pair of high waisted cut offs? Yes please.

My last lighter option is a khaki jacket, I love them worn with a stripe breton tee or worn simply with a crisp white tee, your favourite wash jeans and a pair of trainers-this embroidered utility jacket is the perfect addition for that basic yet simple outfit.

What I'm Wearing

This post was made in collaboration with House of Fraser.

If you've been following my renovation journey on Instagram then you'll be familiar with our bedroom-the next room checked off of our list. We gave the room a well needed lick of paint, cleaned up the carpets and furnished the room from head to toe. There was just one large bare wall staring back at me upon completion and I knew it just had to be a gallery wall. 

So, with the help of Desenio we turned this empty in space into a feature wall!  I often find myself playing around with this space to freshen up this wall every now and then and it gives it a whole new look each time! I've written a couple of words of wisdom below to hopefully give you steps into creating your very own gallery wall.

I've included a discount code at the bottom of this post to give you 25% off posters between 24th-26th April! (Not valid on frames and handpicked.)

To start of I painted these white picture ledges the same colour as the walls. I've gone with picture ledges as I really like changing up the look without having committing to drilling into the walls, although this technique can also work for your typical gallery wall, or a mix of the two! I'm planning on switching to a gallery wall once I'm happy with how everything looks.

To create the perfect gallery wall I start off by choosing the posters and frames I want to display. Once I've placed my order and everything has arrived I start by laying everything out to decide which posters I'm going to use and where they're going to sit. It find it works best to mix your sizes-I've chosen a mixture of 13x18cm, 21x30cm and 30x40cm. You'll also notice I've chosen portrait and landscape which I really like, the mixture of heights is really pleasing to the eye. I've also mixed up the colours of the frames and gone for black, white and oak.

Once I've figured out which posters are going where I take a step back and take it all in. As I've chosen 5 posters and I've got some large gaps I thought it would look amazing to mix in a couple of my favourite black and white magazines. (They're usually kept in a pile on the floor so this is a real space saver-and looks super chic!) I then display these around the frames until I'm happy.

Lastly, to break up the posters and magazines I've added small trinkets, jewellery, candles and beauty products displayed in and around the ledges. There's no art to this, I don't want anything to look symmetrical and "done" I just want it look as if it's just been put there. (Even if it has taken me an hour to display it all!)

And that's it! What do you think?

Shop The Posters

Hide - Size 13x18cm
Frame - Oak Size A5

Vintage Car - Size 21x30cm

Again Tomorrow - Size 21x30cm

Calendar - Size 30x40cm

Eucalyptus Branch - Size 21x30cm

The Code "hannahcrosskey" gives you 25% off posters* between 24th-26th April!
Not valid on frames and handpicked.

This post was made in collaboration with Desenio.

Last week I received an invite to celebrate the arrival of  Summer in form of a garden party with Monsoon at the most gorgeous of venues - Petersham Nurseries. Set within a glass house this venue is incredible! It's full of charm, surrounded by the most stunning florals arrangements and beautifully decorated with antique furnishings. We sipped on the most wonderful raspberry Bellini's and tucked into a gorgeous light lunch finished off with an insight into distilled mocktails with Seedlip.

These photos really don't do the day justice!

Summer Dressing

Last week we got a glorious taste of Summer in the UK and temperatures soared well into the high 20's! This got me super excited for Summer and I thought it was about time to delve into my wardrobe and show you the item's I'm going to be dressing this season.

Linen Staples
If you we're not already aware Linen is big this Season. Think neutrals-creams, whites, greys and blacks. It's such a gorgeous way to wear your tailoring come summer, and it's super light weight! Shop my favourite Monsoon Linen pieces below.

Longer Lengths
I love to wear a dress around this time of year, and my favourite style is a midi or maxi! They're super easy to wear for different occasions, you've just got to be savvy with your footwear and accessories. How gorgeous is the Heide print maxi? I'd wear this with white trainers.

Pretty Embroidery
This is the easiest piece to slip into you're wardrobe. Just pair with denim! This Harlow pleat frill top is my favourite embroiled piece at the moment. It looks super cute with a pair of straight leg jeans or tucked into a denim midi.

The Outfit - I mentioned previously how big linen is this season. So, of course I had to pick up this Cora tie side linen dress for a visit to Petersham Nurseries for the Monsoon tea party. This dress is everything I look for when purchasing a dress. For one, It's got the midi length I love! It's got an amazing button detailing down the middle and the tie sides are adjustable which pulls the dress in in all the right places making it super flattering for any shape. I've worn mine with trainers (mainly down to the uneven ground) but this dress would also look incredible with a pair of espadrille wedges for bow detailed sandals.

What I'm Wearing

Leo et Violette Bucket Bag

This post was made in collaboration with Monsoon.

If you follow me on Instagram or here over on A Fashion Fix, you'll know we bought our first home in Brighton in August last year and we're in the process of renovating. Our first project was the bathroom which you can read about here. Now, we've turned out attention to the Bedroom with a little help from French Connection.

I will be posting a full before and after post but for now here is the room in all it's glory! The room was in a really good state when we moved in, all we had to do was remove the old wallpaper on the back wall (behind the bed), fill in a couple of small holes (mainly from my poor removal of wallpaper..)  and give the room a lick of paint it well and truly needed.

Some of you might be wondering how does French Connection fit in with my bedroom tour? Well, if you're not already aware French Connection stock their very own homeware. From parquet console tables, to their famous poppy field rug-these guys are my go-to for furniture and furnishings, I couldn't get over the amount of you that weren't in the know! 

My favourite piece in the room aside from the bed, are these round tray table bedside tables. I asked a lot of you for advice regarding bedside tables as I wasn't sure what style to go for and you all said natural wood-and I'm so glad I listened to you! The reclaimed wood looks amazing against the metal base, and I think really compliments the cosy and serene vibe I'm going for in here.

I've layered a lot of soft furnishings over the bed. I really like how this knitted cushion and aztec throw look against the white and soft grey washed cotton duvet. I really wanted to keep the colours in this room muted so you'll notice there's a lot of greys and small pops of colours to compliment that.

I've added the addition of the woven footstool in front of the bay window. I wasn't actually going to include anything in this space but it ended up looking super empty (and drawing too much attention to the radiator.) It's made from mango wood and has the most incredible detailing making it a real accent piece. How incredible is the weaving detail? I often find myself sat there writing (as I am as we speak) It's so nice to sit and watch the sun light flood the room.

I've accumulated a lot of magazines these past few years so I knew I needed to show them off. We don't have a great deal of floor space in this room so popping them onto picture ledges on the wall was the perfect solution. I've styled these ledges with some of my favourite things like as these cowhide candles which smell incredible.

Upon entering our bedroom there's quiet a small walk through to the wardrobe so we needed a console table to house all my unessecary but beautiful clutter. Something narrow and space saving. This industrial Timber console table is only 35cm wide which was perfect, the mango wood table top is such a gorgeous washed grey and really compliments the iron base. It's actually really space saving being a console table as it's open I'm able to store things underneath without it looking too bulky for the space.

Lastly the wardrobe. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen the progress in this room. I'm really chuffed with how it's worked out especially as we've put in all the work ourselves. ( I even built the wardrobes myself!) It's gone from a bare room with one hanging rail to a beautiful walk in wardrobe. This Vintage King rug adds just the right amount of colour and design we need in this room.

Shop The Bedroom

This post was made in collaboration with French Connection.

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