Today’s post has taken many different routes. It began as an outfit post. It moved on to a wearing your summer wardrobe in winter. It was due to incorporate a lovely dinner at a new restaurant in Belfast and now it has moved to how to be confident even when your dress is wrinkly!
So let’s bring all of those ideas together…
I had a lovely invite to come along to a family dining night at Kua ‘Aina, a new Hawaiian inspired restaurant in Victoria Square, Belfast. I was already stretching the ‘family’ definition by taking the opportunity to catch up with my friend and fellow blogger, Ruth from Willow Lane fame. Then, following a sleepover and lots of hours playing football with a friend, my little boy was ready for zoning out…so took control of my phone and it’s games while waiting for his dinner and waiting for us to finish catching up!
Browsing the Coconut Prawns and Tropical Granola on the menu, and debating over the Seared Ahi Tuna with avocado or the Teriyaki Chicken with pineapple, I ended up picking the tuna and was not disappointed (and a tip, the avocado completes the flavour combinations, don’t order without it!). I saved my pineapple fix for the Eton Mess delights that completed the meal. There were no complaints from the six year old as he enjoyed his cocktail of orange juice (he felt very fancy!) and managed to clear the sweetcorn from his meal without an argument! Mind you the Morellis chocolate ice-cream may have been the biggest hit! And for any parents out there, you will understand the joy when a pack of colouring pencils arrived at the table and they were sharp! Brownie points for this one!
As the weather has been brightening, I was in the mood to get something that was not black or grey on. Mixing the summer and winter wear, I chose to wear my denim dress (bought last summer during the Zara sale, and worn then with bare legs and trainers) with tights, loafers and my fur coat. I bought my coat in a second hand sale last year and love the 3/4 length sleeves for the transitional season. I was happy with my choice…until I stood brushing myself down ready for the photos to be taken.
And so to the final point. I love choosing my outfit, mixing different things together, wearing items that haven’t left my wardrobe for months. Wearing something different actually gives me a renewed confidence. But wearing a dress with wrinkles ruins my photo opportunity, as if I don’t generally stand awkwardly enough! But I decided not to worry, to show you how delicious the food at Kua ‘Aina was and to give a little example of how to make your summer clothes work in winter! Now I’m off to do a little bit of ironing;)