A Quiet Escape

There rarely comes a day when Sam and I have both have free time. Squeezing outings into our work and exam crammed schedules is difficult to say the least, but when we do get an obligation free day we like to make the most of it. Thursday took us to the streets of York, a 30 minute drive from where we live and the weather could not have been more encouraging. The sun stretched over the city reaching the very edges of the bar walls, the tall houses blocked its rays from drowning the smaller cobbled streets, their shadows providing a cool escape from the summer heat. After stopping for lunch at Stone Gate Yard we decided to take a walk around some of the quieter areas of York.

Living so close to a city filled with so much   history it is easy to get swept up in the busy streets and tourist attractions and you often miss some of the nicest parts. There are so many quaint IMG_8296and beautiful areas of York that Sam and I love to explore; one second you’re bustling down Coney Street and the next you’ve been carried to the 18th Century, surrounded by charming townhouses that cost no less than a pretty penny. We wandered the bar walls hand in hand looking for an area free from tourists and we soon found the perfect spot for taking pictures. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the buzz of the city, the shops and lemonade stands but it’s always nice to take a break from that and find somewhere you can go to really appreciate where the history of a city has left its mark.

As for attire I donned an all black outfit. I’ll admit this was a mistake being that it was over 20 degrees (don’t laugh that’s practically boiling for an English summer), however nothing makes me happier than an all black sophisticated look when wandering the City streets. Skinny high waisted jeans and a loose black top built the base of the ensemble. Over the top I threw my gorgeous Kooples blazer to add some colour and cover if it got a little breezy (it did not, I assure you). I’ll have to admit, when it came to shoes, planning this outfit got a little difficult. My plain black heeled pumps styled effortlessly with the rest of the look and completed the street style aesthetic. However my white Topshop skaters were not only better suited for walking all day but they complimented the outfit by dimming down the sophistication and gave for a casual alternative. For the sake of pictures I took both pairs, much to Sam’s disdain. I added my oversized circular sunglasses and a wide brimmed black hat to accommodate for the hot sun and give the look a cool vibe. My Michael Kors bag was brought out of hiding (mainly because it’s big enough to fit in an extra pair of shoes as well as my other necessities) to finish the outfit. I think this look is perfect for a day to night transition; keep it simple for a casual day out by going jacket free with a comfortable pair of shoes. Add a blazer, heels and some elegant accessories for date night or evening cocktails with the girls.

hat – miss selfridge | sunglasses – primark
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top – topshop | jeans – newlook | shoes – primark
skater shoes – topshop
watch & bag – michael kors

For Sam’s outfit he tucked his white shirt (freshly ironed thanks to moi) into a pair of light red shorts and added his belt and loafers to give the look a sophisticated yet comfortable vibe. His backpack allowed him to walk round the city hands free and gave him space to haul all his camera equipment around with us. He topped his slightly nautical-esque look with his Ben Sherman shades. (Let’s just say that his outfit overall was considerably better suited for the weather than my black sun soaking death trap and did not leave him huffing and puffing after walking from the car park into the city centre)

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shirt – ted baker | shorts – river island |shoes – moss bros
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bag – ben sherman | belt – river island
sunglasses – ben sherman

If you’ve managed to read through all of this then yey, you’ve just got through my first ever blog post- woo go you!!

Thank you so much for reading,

Ailish x

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