Outdoors Style in Styal

So we are virtually half way through February and we are just starting to see some longer spells of sunshine here in the UK. Its a great opportunity to get outside and explore the outdoors close to home.

I often feel at this time of year that I’m just coming out of hibernation. The days are less gloomy and dark, and I’m out of my cave again enjoying the sun on my face.

Now that my youngest is a bit older and is a happy and confident walker, it opens up more opportunities to explore places without the buggy. This year I want to really start to make the most of the area we live in. There are loads of great places nearby- one of which I’ve not visited for years!

Quarry Bank Mill in Styal is less than a ten minute drive from my house. It is a National Trust property, I’m not currently a member, but handily my parents are. We checked the weather forecast and jumped at the chance to visit on a beautiful sunny morning recently.styal quarry bank mill

Despite the sun it is still bitterly cold so we needed to wrap up warm. I wore a couple of new pieces by Fat Face which is a brand I’ve become increasingly aware of in the past year. I previously saw Fat Face as a brand that was too outdoorsy for me- sporty even. But they have really developed their clothing range to include more denim, and a lot more casual everyday “fashion” items.

This jumper is totally my style, I love a stripe and this one is warmer than my other striped tops. It is warm enough to wear this time of year on its own, but I’ll also be wearing it over a denim shirt for sure. Another thing I love about this jumper is that its actually not wool, but 60% cotton and 40% acrylic… For me this is great because wool makes me itchy! This jumper hasn’t made me itch once- massive thumbs up.

FYI the colour I’m wearing is currently sold out, but there are four other colours to choose from.

outfit post styal quarry bank belstaff fat faceAnd have you seen these lovely boots?

Shalford Asymetric Ankle Boots fat face

Dark brown leather ankle boots with an almond toe and a slight cuban heel. I was worried these might be a little high for me as I’m so used to wearing flats these days. But they were incredibly comfortable. I will say though that they did come up large on me. I’m the UK average of a size 6 and I needed to wear two pairs of socks with these to stop them from feeling like they might slip off.

The leather is incredibly soft and I can see me turning to these boots a lot in the future.

We had a perfect morning at Styal and finished it off by stopping for coffee in the cafe there. I’ll be coming back to Styal much more this year as it is truly a beautiful place with gardens and woods to explore, as well as the mill itself.heading for the cafe outdoors at styalHuge thanks to my parents for our morning out and my Dad for taking the shots of me here. A sneaky shot above of my parents with littlest.

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  1. February 12, 2016 / 8:38 am

    I haven’t been to Quarry Bank Mill in ages – it’s just so pretty there. Last time we went, we saw a few minks jumping around near the river, it was so cool 😉 Thanks for the reminder to visit again! The jumper is super cute as well 😉 xx

    • Susie
      February 12, 2016 / 1:07 pm

      The gardens were closed as they were working on them but yes- so beautiful any time of year xx

  2. Jen Stanbrook
    February 12, 2016 / 10:45 am

    Lovely Susie, the jumper really suits you. I love a stripe too 🙂

    • Susie
      February 12, 2016 / 12:55 pm

      Thanks Jen have a lovely weekend x

  3. February 12, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Hello pretty lady! I am a huge fan of a striped top, I have far too many but then again you can never have enough right?! X

    • Susie
      February 12, 2016 / 12:54 pm

      Never Cate!! One in every colour and thickness please! And thanks x

  4. February 12, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely day. I’ve got lots of Fat Face clothes and I love them. Really comfy casuals that are definitely a wardrobe staple for me.

    • Susie
      February 12, 2016 / 1:20 pm

      I can see me getting another one of the jumpers thats for sure!

  5. February 12, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    A good pair of boots is a must in the UK. I love these and the stripy top is really cute too.

  6. February 12, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    I always thought Fat Face was some kind of surfing/skater shop?? Love a bit of a Breton stripe 🙂 and the colour really suits you Susie xx

  7. February 12, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    Love your outfit so much!

  8. February 14, 2016 / 11:52 am

    Great outfit – esp the boots. I love fat face clothes (though they’ve not had much purple stuff recently). And thanks for the reminder about quarry bank mill. Not been there since last year – must visit again soon. Love bec xx

    • Susie
      February 14, 2016 / 2:42 pm

      Ah thanks Bec! Enjoy your weekend x

  9. February 15, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    You look lovely in the photo. Stripes is one of my favourites. x

    • Susie
      February 15, 2016 / 7:48 pm

      Ah thanks G! Have a good week xx