Conkers & brogues

Saturday, September 29, 2018

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.”
― Samuel Butler

It's finally autumn and it feels good. I love waking up to golden sunrises and frost on the ground, and it's only September! I'm looking forward to autumn walks and taking my camera out with me to capture nature in all its rust-coloured glory.

My ma and I went conker hunting yesterday in the park near my work and we found the jackpot - a cluster of three giant horse chestnut trees that had dropped millions of perfectly shiny round conkers just for me.

Obviously took a huge bag home. Not sure what I plan to do with them yet. I just really like collecting them - last year we missed them and instead found a million chestnuts but chestnuts don't have the same magic about them. I was thinking of doing some sort of table centrepiece with a candle in a dish and having conkers around it. Or I might paint them... or I might just chuck them around the house and hope that it deters the spiders that are taking up residence in our house at the moment. I heard that's a myth, but whatever.

I recently took my new boots out that I bought from Sainsbury's. These are the perfect tan boots - they have pretty brogue detailing and a nice chunky and very comfortable sole. I wore mine with a H&M dress I bought in the summer in the sale, it is a wrap dress and has a V neck which my mum sewed a popper onto because it was too low for my liking (not a fan of cleavage).

I was so happy to finally wear something autumnal and not be boiling hot - my boots have been calling my name for weeks and my leggings and tights were practically gathering dust in my drawers.

I just love autumn a lot. It's the most perfect time of year in my opinion. Apart from the spider invasion, that's not ideal. Autumn fashion is my favourite and I get far too excited about layering, plus who doesn't love autumn colours?

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend.

Roksanda Resort 2019

Friday, September 21, 2018

I'm in love with this collection so much, and the photography is stunning - I love the way the fabrics have been captured in that gorgeous natural light, and the abundance of berry and jewel tones is fitting for this season.

See more from Roksanda here and here.

All photography courtesy of Roksanda via Vogue.

Diplomas & a book wish list

Saturday, September 15, 2018


I mentioned in my last 'everyday life' post that I had made some huge decisions in terms of work and going back to university - things have changed a bit since...

I'm no longer looking for a new job because there's nothing around that is floating my boat, and although I did go for one job interview (and get offered a job), it was something I wasn't massively passionate about and the more I thought about it the more I realised it would've been a bit of a step down from where I currently am. No point in stepping down when you can be stepping up.

It has made me realise that where I am is the best place for me to be at the moment.

Speaking of university... I decided to apply to do a Diploma online at the National Design Academy a few weeks ago. I didn't even give it a huge amount of thought, I just had a strong feeling in my gut that this was the right thing to do. It is a Diploma in Professional Interior Design and just typing that out makes me so excited. I'm hoping to start in October but I'm currently applying for student finance and sending documents back and forth so I guess I'll be starting whenever that's sorted. I'm looking forward to studying something I love but being able to work and earn some money at the same time.

If you fancy reading about the NDA and the Professional Interior Design course, click here.

I'm still hoping to go to university next year but it will be to study Interior Design further and not Film Studies which is what I initially wanted to do.

So that happened.

I feel like I'm finally moving forward, albeit very slowly, but still moving.

In other news, I have a 3 day trip to York coming up at the beginning of October. Not sure if I've mentioned it yet, but my ma and I booked it months ago. We go at least once a year because, well, you know why. York is my true love. I studied and lived there for a short and sweet period of time but it still means so much to me, I fell deep in love with the city and everyone in it. We're planning to visit Castle Howard and maybe Knaresborough this time. I would also love to go to Malton, but there's only so much you can do in 3 days I suppose.

Lastly, I wanted to share a few books from my wish list. I've recently picked up a few new books for the first time in months (I bought The Major Works by Lord Byron and have been ploughing through Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig) and have added loads to my Pinterest wish list board. I find reading is more enjoyable in the autumn and colder months, must have something to do with the fact you can bury yourself in blankets and hide from the cold, wet weather outside. Something so satisfying about disappearing into a book when it's pouring it down with rain.

I am more of a non-fiction kinda gal, so these are all non-fiction titles...

Planning to pick up a couple of these when I go to York.

Hope you guys have a good weekend!

Lovely quotes / 18

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

“I am sitting at my kitchen table waiting for my lover to arrive with lettuce and tomatoes and rum and sherry wine and a big floury loaf of bread in the fading sunlight. Coffee is percolating gently, and my mood is mellow. I have been very happy lately, just wallowing in it selfishly, knowing it will not last very long, which is all the more reason to enjoy it now.”
— Tennesse Williams

“And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.”
— Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“Since childhood I’ve been faithful to monsters. I’ve been saved and absolved by them because monsters are the patron saints of our blissful imperfections.”
— Guillermo del Toro

“I think it’s important to realise you can miss something, but not want it back.”
— Paulo Coelho

Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

“She is something new, something hopeful. Like spring to my deep winter.”
— Pierce Brown

“Some people are more certain of everything than I am of anything.”
— Robert Rubin, In an Uncertain World

“September approaching… I feel I owe myself a brief respite of leisure and no rushing around. I can’t face the dead reality. I want rainy days, lanterns and a hundred moons twining in dark leaves, music spilling out and echoing yet inside my head.”
— Sylvia Plath

Autumnal homeware 2018

Monday, September 03, 2018

I'm here again with more autumnal homeware!

In love with the warm tones here, that bronze metal, teal and rust together is so beautiful. Really into natural textures and patterns too so I have also thrown in a rattan chair, a lampshade with cotton tassels, a jacquard throw (in the most stunning autumnal shade ever), and a unique printed cushion. I think it all works really well together, it's a great mishmash.

I love putting these kind of posts together, I love scouring the web for unique items to show you guys. So, have fun shopping. :)
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