Autumn wardrobe 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

5th row: Vagabond Grace black Chelsea ankle boots from Urban Outfitters | Khaki oversized wool scarf from & Other Stories | Grey marl pure cashmere jumper dress from La Redoute

When I started putting this post together I thought "it's not too premature, is it?" and yes, although it is still August and still technically summer, shops in store and online are already filling up with autumnal clothes and getting ready for the cold to hit, so I thought now would be a good time to put all my favourite autumn 'new in' products in one easy-to-shop place.

So here are my autumn choices - very much in love with the blue denim, khaki and neutral tones in this year's picks. Never been a huge fan of khaki but I do like it in small doses. I also added a dash of burgundy and a sprinkling of mustard to this collection because to me, no autumn wardrobe is complete without those classic autumn colours (which I love year after year).

Have fun shopping!

A life update in verbs / 4

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The view from my bedroom window - caught the birdies hovering around the garden (probably dropping hints that we need to fill up our bird feeders)

It's been a while, huh?

WatchingGame of Thrones s7 (of course), House of Cards s5Rick and Morty s3, and soon Bake-off! Very excited for that.

Reading: I've got a nifty little Goodreads gadget in my sidebar now so you can see what books I'm currently reading (yes, I'm the slowest reader on earth, tell me something I don't know). Feel free to add me as a friend on Goodreads!

Eating: A lot of custard donuts, strawberry shortcake MĆ¼ller Corners, and Seabrook cheese and onion crinkle cut crisps. So healthy, I know. It's been that kind of month.

Drinking: Arla Lactofree chocolate milk. It is heavenly. I used to be obsessed with Cocio chocolate milk but they stopped stocking it in all my local supermarkets. They have it online (Waitrose, Sainsbury's) but I never see it in store. Turns out Arla bought Cocio in 2008 which might explain why their Lactofree chocolate milk tastes identical to Cocio. I'm so happy I've finally found something to replace Cocio because I was getting major withdrawal symptoms. 

Loving: The lowkey Autumn vibes we're getting here in the UK. I don't think England's done with its heatwaves yet (unfortunately), but I've woken up to many a crisp, misty morning already this month. I'm even getting a bit giddy about Christmas. I don't think my Autumn and Winter & Christmas boards on Pinterest are helping the situation. I'm just so over summer - the UK had its summer months ago and I was on the verge of breaking out a jumper the other day when I learned we were having more heat hit us next week. Boo, hiss.

Feeling: Relieved now the bank holiday weekend is here! Going to spend two days off with my family, maybe do some gardening, and I'll try and do some blogging too since I've been a bit awol recently. Been feeling very uninspired, plus I've been busy at work so I've not really had the energy or motivation to sit at my laptop. I tend to get home and flop straight into bed.

Thinking: About my future. Bleugh, I hate it but it has to be done sometimes. As much as I like to wing it and go with the flow, I'd also like to have some sort of loose "plan" so I don't reach 30 and have another life crisis. Thing is, I have no idea what to do with my life. Super helpful! Someone wanna decide what I should do with my life so I don't have to? Cool, thanks. šŸ™ˆ

Hope you guys have had a good week. Weather's not been too shabby recently, has it? Hope it sticks around for the weekend.

P.S. Might have a DIY post up for you guys this week. Fingers crossed.

Lovely quotes / 9

Monday, August 21, 2017

“A thousand little winds pass through me this morning, fragrant with forest leaves and bright autumnal berries.”
— Emily Dickinson, from a letter to Austin Dickinson written c. October 1851

“I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we’re not perfect and live accordingly.”
— Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
— Sylvia Plath

“The sea: I didn’t lose myself in it; I found myself in it.”
— Albert Camus, Notebooks (1942-1951)

“We forgot crowns do nothing for kings but put weight on their heads and a target on their backs.”
— Loyce Gayo, How We Forget

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
— George Orwell, 1984

“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.”
— Edna St. Vincent Millay

A walk around Hardwick Hall gardens

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Ma and I vitited Hardwick Hall yesterday. It took us ages to pick somewhere to go (we're an indecisive pair) but we finally settled on Hardwick - it's not too far, it's easy to get to, and it's not expensive (especially not for me - I have a trusty NT membership!) We'd been before and loved it but that was about 2 years ago so we were due another trip.

We arrived at around 11, enjoyed some doorstep toast and jam for brunch in the cafe, and then began our walk around the house gardens. We didn't pay to get into the house this time - we wanted to save money and also make the most of the sun because it was forecast to absolutely chuck it down in the afternoon (oh, and it really did, we timed it well).

It was surprisingly quiet for the school holidays. I was glad of it, to be honest(!) we must've picked the best day to go.

Redecorating... the nursery

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

And lastly, we have the nursery, the final room of my Redecorating series! I went with a very calm neutral colour scheme with this room so it can work with any gender. The muted shade of minty blue that runs throughout this room is my favourite thing about it; the contemporary wallpaper is just the right amount of fussy, and the striped chair matches perfectly with the more traditional-style furniture.

Putting this room together, I fell in love with Marks & Spencer's Hastings furniture range. That ivory is dreamy. I don't think it's a popular furniture colour (I hardly ever see it around) but it's so stunning. It's got that modern country cottage vibe that I love.

However, not wanting to overdo the ivory (there's a limit), I added a dash of natural wood tones through the rope storage basket and chair legs. Stops the room looking too pale and blah.

Hope you've enjoyed this series, and I hope you enjoy having a little shop around.

New furniture!

Monday, August 14, 2017


This may sound mundane to some of you, but I recently bought a 70s chest of drawers off Gumtree and I have never been so thrilled about a piece of furniture in my life.

I've been looking to replace my decrepit Argos drawers for months. They pretty much fell apart - the ball bearing runners had been broken for years and I kept finding tiny metal balls on my carpet because the bearings were just falling apart every time I opened a drawer. It got to the point where the runners didn't work at all and I was practically wrenching drawers open and kicking them shut. Oh, and the base in one of the drawers (not even holding anything heavy) just... collapsed. For the fun of it.

I mean... I wasn't expecting my Argos drawers to last decades, but I was still disappointed.

I'd spent hours upon hours scouring eBay for a new chest of drawers that would fit in this awkward space. Everything I found was way too wide or way too thin. There was nothing in between.

Until... I went on Gumtree for the very first time and found this beautiful teak wooden chest of drawers with pretty much the exact measurements I wanted (give or take a centimetres). It was bloody spot on, and it was only 25 minutes away so I was able to pick up two days after seeing it.

And although it doesn't 'fit in' with my other white, clean, minimal furniture pieces, I kind of love that. It stands out and adds some warmth to the room. I had the idea to sand and paint it when I first saw it, but now I love the teak wood. It's a 70s piece and I feel like painting it would take the charm away from it, so it's keeping its striking colour for the foreseeable future.

It also has no ball bearing runners whatsoever. Old school style.

P.S. Notice how the cotton pads magically fill themselves up in the second photo? šŸ˜‚

Redecorating... the bedroom

Wednesday, August 09, 2017


Here I am with the long awaited bedroom. I wanted to keep the best 'til last but we still have the nursery to go, so it's more like the best 'til second last. I just couldn't wait any longer, the bedroom is the one room I was absolutely buzzing to do.

For this room I took a little inspiration from the living room with those warm mustard and green shades. I stumbled upon this wacky Orla Kiely wallpaper and just had to use it. It was hard to work into the room because it's so bold and the colours are so unique (annoyingly so!!), but I think I managed it. This room took a lot of work just getting the colours to work together to be honest; I couldn't really add any more patterns because I didn't want anything to clash with the wallpaper. With a busy wallpaper like this it's best to let it do all the talking and have plain furnishings to highlight it. The only other pattern I can spot is the very understated criss-cross/chevron pattern on the throw.

I really like the subtle pops of black in this room like in the hairpin legs of the side table and the dial of the alarm clock. Sometimes loads of beige and pale wood shades can be a bit flat and wishy-washy so I figured I'd add some black to break it up.

Hope you like this room, it's unusual and quirky but I kinda love it.


Showcase: hair clips, claws & slides

Monday, August 07, 2017


Times like this I wish my hair was long enough so I could wear hair accessories like these. I have some small tortoiseshell hair claws I use to pin my hair back when it needs cutting but that's about as exciting as my hair accessory collection gets. You can't do a great deal with a bob, unfortunately.

However, I do appreciate the practicality of the humble hair clip (grip, slide, claw etc.) I love the few minimal open-frame clips and slides I've featured here, they're understated and simple which I quite like, but they can easily take a straightforward bun or pinned back look to the next level. 

Putting this post together made me want to grow my hair out just a liiittle bit.

So here we go, another showcase! Enjoy.

Redecorating... the dining room

Wednesday, August 02, 2017


Here is part five! Today I bring you the dining room.

I didn't know what to do with this room at first, I just picked out a nice dining table and went from there. I initially wanted some pops of colour but I seem to have gone quite neutral instead with lots of greys and browns. I really love the mixture of textures in this room - the wood, slate, stainless steel, and linen work well together to give the room some oomph.

If you want to stick to a neutral colour palette without the room looking too drab and flat, textures will add a little more dimension. So will mixing patterns if that's more your bag.

I think a pop of mustard or teal would go well in this room if you wanted to jazz it up a bit. I'd suggest adding some colour through seat cushions, tableware, or curtains. I like the pale cream and grey together though, it's versatile and allows you more freedom when it comes to decorating.

So there you go, have fun shopping!

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