Fashion & BeautyNineby5 | The latest from local blogger Laura Morel

Nineby5 | The latest from local blogger Laura Morel

June offered up a string of style events, perfectly reflecting the dichotomy between relaxed casual wear and glamour fashion that you would expect from a Jersey summer. In the sun, weekends are spent in the surf and exploring beaches, whilst still searching out the season’s perfect high-fashion outfits to wear in the warmer evenings.

Perhaps the highlight of this year’s style calendar, the Jersey Style Awards was a great opportunity to explore the Island’s best options forelegant evening wear. On my short list for the star studded affair were this bold printed number by Baum und Pferdgarten from Manna boutique and this tropical print dress from Karen Millen at de Gruchy.

If there’s one trend I’ve wanted to master this season its the high-waisted bikini. After initially dismissing this swimwear trend, I’m been inspired by Instagram to revisit the belly-button-skimming craze, as it doesn’t look likely to be leaving stores anytime soon. I hunted out a style that suited my figure and found this reasonably priced set from New Look to test the trend without breaking the bank.

I was fortunate enough to be invited along to a weekend of surf and sustainability with Drift Retreats, where a discussion with Anna Messervy-Evans of Manomara skincare made me question how much thought I put into what goes on my face as opposed to what I wear. Her refreshing take on natural organic cosmetics has led me to try out her botanical oil as part of my beauty regime.

Functional surf wear needn’t mean compromising on style, as I discovered at Madhatter Surf & Skate Shop. Their range of Nixon watches are colourful yet robust enough to survive my active lifestyle. My top pick was this turquoise style for its punchy bold design.

In the east of the Island, I was thrilled to discover that The Potting Shed at Ransoms is now stocking Alex Munroe’s exquisite range of jewellery. The iconic London designer has been a favourite of mine for years and I’m still longing to add one of his signature bee necklaces to my collection. Inspired by the countryside, his pieces are timeless and the perfect reflection of Island life.

Down in Gorey Village I was back rifling though Eclat boutique, only to discover this sheer floral jacket ideal for throwing over any outfit on a summer’s evening. Lightweight and elegant, this ticks so many style trends this season and makes me feel as though I’ve floated off a Dior runway.

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