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Black is the New Black

Dark mornings, fog rolling over the hills on my way to work, crispy leaves blanketing Victoria Park and an insatiable appetite for baked potatoes means one thing – AUTUMN IS HERE, YOU GUYS. As if every lifestyle blog hasn’t been screaming about it for the last month; just a reminder – it’s here!! It’s finally here!

One of my favourite things about the most wonderful time of the year is digging out all of those fabulous knitted items lurking at the back of your wardrobe and unleashing them upon the world. My hideous jumper collection is growing; every time I go to a vintage fair or jumble sale of any kind I just cannot resist. They are my Achilles’ heel. They have been waiting patiently in the drawers for summer to pass and now, finally, they can be free!

black outfit fashion blogger bristol
black outfit fashion blogger bristol
black outfit fashion blogger bristol

Dress – Beyond Retro // Hat – H&M (old – similar here) // Watch – Shore Projects // Bag – Radley Millbank (*) // Shoes – Dr Martens

This jumper dress is one of my absolute favourite items of clothing ever. Partly because it’s shaped like a potato sack and swaddles me in cosy black wool from head to toe, partly because it has snazzy pearl detailing on the shoulders which makes me feel like some kind of knitwear pimp, but mainly because Tom hates it, and nothing gives me more pleasure than wearing ugly knitwear to evoke confusion and digust in other people. #sorrynotsorry

black outfit fashion blogger bristol
black outfit fashion blogger bristol
black outfit fashion blogger bristol radley milibank handbag

Winter is also a legit excuse for dressing head to toe in black. The newest addition to this ensemble is my stunning new Radley handbag (*), which I’m a little giddy with excitement over – a proper grown up lady handbag! I’m in love. It’s super roomy too, so I can fit my camera and all my other bits and bobs in and still have room leftover. Black is the obvious colour of choice for this kind of bag; you just can’t beat the simplicity and style of a black leather handbag.

radley millbank handbag in black
radley millbank handbag in black

Look at iiiiiit. My sunflowers also approve.

Sometimes you have to just take the plunge and invest in those pieces that are going to last a lifetime. This is the first time I’ve ever owned a handbag that I know is going to last more than a few months. It’s probably going to last more than a few years. Plus if it can make a vintage potato-sack-knitwear-pimp dress look good, what’s not to love?

This bag was gifted for purpose of review but all words & opinions are my own.

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Pin Club: October

I love the idea of monthly subscriptions to things. It seems you can sign up to have anything shoved through your letterbox on a regular basis these days – make up, gluten free treats, adorable tiny kawaii things…

I was signed up for Birchbox a year or so ago, but ended up cancelling my subscription because I just wasn’t getting through the products quickly enough – I’ve still got things languishing in my bathroom cupboard!

One thing I’ve been obsessing over lately, however, are patches and pins. Since I bought my Baggu backpack a few months ago I’ve been on a mission to fill every inch of space with colourful enamel and embroidery. So when I discovered a subscription service that will send you one perfectly formed, lovingly designed pin in the post every month, it didn’t take much to convince me to sign up.

pin club reveal october 2015
pin club reveal october 2015

Ahhhh! To say I was excited about opening up this package is just a little bit of an understatement. Halloween (and autumn in general) is my favourite time of the year, so a spooky ghost themed anything is a winner in my books, and this little chap is adorable.

Pin Club subscriptions open on the 1st of the month at 7am. Sadly I missed the September sign up, but managed to set a reminder on my phone to sign up from October, and did an actual little squeal of joy when this guy arrived! JUST LOOK AT HIM. Wahhh.

pin club reveal october 2015
pin club reveal october 2015

As well as this adorably spooky pin there was an accompanying screenprinted postcard, both designed by awesome illustrator Debbie Greenaway. Check out more of her splendid work here!

Now the only thing I’ve got left to do is figure out where to put this little guy. On my coat? On my backpack? Who knows. If only I had a whole army of ghosties. Sadly this month’s subscription is now sold out, but you can sign up from 1st November for more enamel joy in your letterbox every month.

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Skinny Lunches with Glorious! Soups

glorious skinny soups
glorious skinny soups
glorious skinny soup

Pinch, punch, first of the month!

The weather has taken a bit of an autumnal turn these last few days (finallyyy! Bloody love autumn…) which has got me daydreaming of cosying up by the fire in my mittens and slippers and sipping on a hot cup of cocoa.

Of course, there’s nowt better on a workday lunchtime when the weather takes a cold turn than a steamy bowlful of delicious hot soup with a crusty cob on the side. Amirite?

glorious skinny soups
glorious skinny soup

Luckily for me, I was invited to test out a range of skinny soups from Glorious, who promise to transport you away to another continent with their delicious flavour combos. I’ve been a fan of Glorious for a while now, and along with some tried-and-tested flavours like the lush butternut ‘New England in Autumn’ and thai spiced ‘Tuk Tuks and Turmeric’ I adventurously opted for a whole bunch of new flavours, including the Louisana Voodoo too – sausage in a soup! Whoda thunk it.

This gal didn’t need convincing that Glorious soups are absolutely bloody delicious, plus with most of their skinny soups hovering around the 150cal mark for half a pot, it means you can have¬†a slightly more indulgent meal for dinner ūüėČ

Have you tried any Glorious soups? Let me know your faves!

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Simple Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Cor blimey it’s cold! I understand that it’s a bit of a blogging cliche to talk about how the time has flown, and ‘is it November already?!’ but I honestly don’t know where the time has gone. I seem to have blinked and missed most of autumn; one moment summer was clinging to the tails of September, but now winter has come back with a vengeance. I had two scarves on last night to shut out the cold, and I’ve put my heating on in honour of the nippy weather. Winter is well and truly coming.

pumpkin and butternut squash winter warmer soup | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

To combat the parky weather outside, I harnessed all my autumnal powers to make a true winter warmer – this simple pumpkin and butternut squash soup. I inherited my awesome soup-making skills from my mam, she does a mean leek and potato, and I reckon this soup could be my signature dish.

Soup is super easy to make, and you can quite literally use whatever you’ve got in – frozen veg, leftovers, even tinned tomatoes. I happened to have a little pumpkin and half a butternut squash to hand, so I rustled up this guy to warm up a cold afternoon.

You will need (serves 2-3):
– small edible pumpkin, cubed
– 1/2 butternut squash, cubed
– a few cloves of garlic
– olive oil
– 750ml chicken stock
– an onion, sliced

pumpkin and butternut squash | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

Step one: cut up your butternut squash and pumpkin, nestle some garlic cloves in there, sprinkle over some salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Pop it in the oven at 200C for about 45 mins. It will come out all charred and delicious, a bit like this!

roasted charred pumpkin and butternut squash | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

Step two: Fry your sliced onion in a bit of olive oil until soft. Take the cloves of roasted garlic and squish them into the pan as well. Peel the skins off the roasted veg (be careful, it’s hot), chuck it in the pan and fry that off for a bit too.

pumpkin onions and garlic being fried | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog
(I’m aware this is probably the worst photo I’ve ever taken, but it was pretty steamy)

Step three: Top up with chicken stock, and leave to simmer for around 20 mins.

pumpkin and butternut squash winter warmer soup in ikea pan | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

Step four: BLEND BLEND BLEND. You can either use a stick blender or a liquidiser, but remember to let it cool down a bit! You don’t want to get splashed by hot soup. Not nice.

pumpkin and butternut squash winter warmer soup | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

Step five: Apply to face, preferably with a big slab of bread and butter, and watch the horrible weather outside lashing against your window. Alternatively, pop it in a Thermos and go for a walk in the woods. Either way, it’s sure to warm your cockles and make you feel all autumnal. Lovely.

Hey winter, you can stay. We’re over summer, anyway.

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October Favourites

Pinch, punch, first of the month! Sadly my favourite month of the year is now over, but by jove it’s been a good ‘un. Let’s look back at my favourite bits of last month, shared through the magical medium of Instagram.


October 2014 Favourites
I got very excited at buying my first autumnal treat, a pumpkin! // October 3rd marked the second best date of the year, International Mean Girls Day // I made mulled cider // I made some awesome green freezer soup

October 2014 Favourites
Sobeys on Park St has the best wallpaper in the universe, which includes pina colada drinking badgers // me and Emily took a trip to Mack Daddys to get our fringes cut, woo! // we went to a roller disco (where Tom broke his ankle, oops!) // Saturday Night Takeaway

October 2014 Favourites
I went on a little excursion to the capital on a very foggy day // baked some healthy banana bread // bought some awesome Halloween fairy lights from Ikea // fell in love with the most perfect pair of boots on the planet, from Duo!

October 2014 Favourites
my two new favourite Nakd bar flavours // baby pints at the best pub in Bristol // I went on a trip to Westonbirt to kick through some leaves and feel all autumnal // put some jazzy new laces in my favourite pair of Dr Martens

October 2014 Favourites
I got my nails re-did! Painted in a very Halloween pumpkin orange // root beer float at Byron burger // Pizza Mondays at the Hen & Chicken // last but not least, I got to wear all my favourite Mexican things as I dressed up as a Day of the Dead skull for the most awesome Halloween party ever.

So that’s it – October 2014, you’ve been awesome. Until next year. Goodbye favourite month, farewell, and adieu.

I hope your October was just as fun as mine!

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Westonbirt in Autumn

A couple of weekends ago, just as the nights were beginning to draw in and it began feeling proper autumnal, myself and Thomas took a trip over to Westonbirt Arboretum. It’s been on my autumn bucket list for a couple of years now, because nothing says ‘autumn’ quite like a whole forest full of beautiful leaf-changing colour.

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It’s a historical place, too (YAY HISTORY!), having been founded in 1829 by a chap called Robert Stayner Holford, and gifted to the Forestry Commission in 1956. It even apparently backs onto old Charlie’s Highgrove Estate. Fancy!

Westonbirt Arboretum in Autumn | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog
Westonbirt Arboretum in Autumn | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog
Westonbirt Arboretum in Autumn | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog
Westonbirt Arboretum in Autumn | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog
Westonbirt Arboretum in Autumn | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

The whole arboretum is split into two main parts, the ‘old’ arboretum, with its mature species from around the world, and the Silk Wood, a semi-natural woodland which we discovered had a little educational trail about the history of our landscape (double history afternoon, woo!). I even found a little shrub to hide in, although Tom hasn’t quite figured out how to work my camera just yet.

Westonbirt Arboretum in Autumn | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog
Westonbirt Arboretum in Autumn | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog
Westonbirt Arboretum in Autumn | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

On the way back to the car we had a mild brush with peril as a whole herd of cattle decided that now was as good a time as any to stampede into the adjoining field. This is going to sound like such a stupid, city-girl remark but I’d never seen a cow this close before, and when you’ve got that much beef hurtling towards you at at least 7mph it’s pretty terrifying. Luckily, we escaped unscathed across a cattle grid, and the cows trundled off into the distance.

We returned home to a roast dinner and scones with cream and jam, because what else are Sundays for, eh?

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September Favourites

It’s October! Yay! To celebrate the start of my favourite month of the year, let’s look back at the awesome things which happened during the month of September…

Lily Doughball September 2014 Favourites

I went to the Neal’s Yard Organic Beauty evening // got a beautiful new watch from Shore Projects // did a dip pen and ink class at the Folk House // had a healthy breakfast

Lily Doughball September 2014 Favourites

Had the best dinner ever at Ikea // was treated to an entire box of cheese // had my first PSL of the year // tried out some new flavours of my favourite snack, Nakd bars

Lily Doughball September 2014 Favourites

Blog Club was at Trunki HQ this month! // had a blogging brunch date // last but not least, went to the awesome Bristol Fashion Week for A/W 2014, pics to follow soon!

I’ve been slowly but surely ticking things off on my autumnal bucket list, but there’s still a fair few to go. October being my favourite month and all, my plan for this month is to indulge in as many of my favourite things as possible, which sounds alright to me!

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Autumn Wishlist

A/W Wishlist | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

1 // Dr Martens ‘Spirit of 69’ Leroy Loafers

2 // Casio Rose Gold Bracelet Watch

3 // Brit-Stitch Half Pint in Caramel

4 // Coco Fennell ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Bee Collar Dress

5 // Sterling Silver Antler Ring

The nights are drawing in, the mornings are getting chillier, and autumn is finally here! I am beyond excited about Autumn this year, I have a mental list of things which I am aiming to tick off, of which I have already done a few – drink a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (check!), make cinnamon rolls, go to Westonbirt and look at all the leaves, and fill my wardrobe with brown and black and orange clothes ready for the new season.

With this in mind, I’ve compiled an autumnal wishlist, with items off my shiny new Pinterest board. I’ve been reading a lot into minimising and streamlining your wardrobe, and one of the top tips that most articles give is to keep a wishlist, and keep it updated. Try to avoid on-a-whim purchases by pinning the item straight to your board and keeping it there for a week. If you still want it, and have a genuine need for it, then go for it. By resisting the urge to splurge your money at once you’ll feel less guilty, plus having items next to one another makes you realise which ones are of the most importance to you. This article is¬†particularly¬†useful for some more info on the subject.

First up on my wishlist are a pair of shoes I have fallen head over heels for (no pun intended). Me and Tom practically live in Dr Martens. I have three pairs already, so you could argue¬†that I have enough, and this would only be adding to my problem. However, I like to think of it as ‘all bases covered’ – 16 eyelet black boots, short practical brown chelsea boots, classic black shoes, and now these tasselled loafer beauties, in a beautiful oxblood vintage leather finish. These are absolutely perfect for the change in weather, and I can just picture them on my hooves kicking through golden leaves. I’m going to have to do some saving up, though, and these might be on my wishlist for a while!

I’ve never been much of a watch person. I’ve often noticed beautiful timepieces adorning the wrists of the most fashionable and wondered what it is which is so appealing about them – to me, they were just another unnessecary piece of jewellery. However, I recently took the plunge and bought a rather stunning watch from Shore Projects (post to follow) and have now got used to wearing it so much my wrist feels naked without it. Since I’ve gone over to the dark side I’ve been eyeing up watches left right and centre, and this rose gold Casio beauty from ASOS is pretty special, plus its classic style isn’t likely to fall out of fashion in a hurry.

I have a bit of a confession to make with this next one. I broke the rules I laid out in the beginning of this post by splurging and purchasing this one as soon as I saw it. In my defence, it was half price (HALF PRICE!) in a one-day LFW special that Brit Stitch were having last week, and my spur-of-the-moment decision was egged on by the fact that the website told me that there were only 4 left in stock! I panicked. Since its arrival I haven’t taken it on an outing yet, merely staring at it sat in its box and cooing at its beauty. The colour is absolutely gorgeous – a little less vibrant than the above picture, but a beautiful warm orange colour which sums up the essence of autumn.

This next one is a dress which I have seen doing the rounds on Pinterest for a while, but sadly I had no idea where it was from. Imagine my delight when I discovered that this beautiful little bee embroidered dress is from eccentric London designer Coco Fennell, whose shop is stuffed with other delightful whimsical treasures. This Silence of the Lambs inspired dress features embroidered bees on the lapels of the oversized collars, which I absolutely adore; bees are probably my favourite animal, ever since I got a book about beekeeping a few years back… (such a nerd). Do you reckon I could get away with wearing this to a winter wedding?

ALast but by no means least is this sterling silver antler shaped ring which I found on the Lost Lanes, made by Aether Design. Taking inspiration from the natural world, designer and jeweller Amber Tenzin-Dolma creates beautiful pieces using precious metals and stones. I have been looking for an animal-inspired piece of jewellery for a while and instantly fell in love with this one, plus I think the modest price tag means it won’t be on my list for long.

What’s been taking your fancy this autumn?

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October Favourites

Hey, I know I’m a little slow off the mark with this one, but here are a few things which have made my October happy, through the medium of Instagram.

atomic burger bristol

We went for some filthy (but delicious) junk food at Atomic Burger.

giant lotto ball

I saw a massive Lotto ball smashed into the side of M Shed.

flamingo on a train

We went for a trip to Coco de Mer in London and I made a new friend on the train home.

treats from coco de mer

We were also given some lovely goody bags.

text from landlady

We got a visit from a pirate boat, which was moored up next to us for a couple of days.

cinnamon rolls

I made some cinnamon rolls.

pretty nostalgic gathering

I went to the beautiful Pretty Nostalgic gathering at the gorgeous Kingsweston House.

roller derby referee

We had a Halloween roller derby scrimmage – even the refs were dressed up!

sugar skull make up

I dressed as a sugar skull for Halloween. I had a full sized sombrero and everything.

invisible circus bristol

And last but not least, we went to an absolutely amazing show at the Invisible Circus for Halloween – Under the Dark Moon. It turned out my friend Dela was in it, and she was awesome!

October is by far my favourite month and despite a few stressful weeks at work I’ve had some pretty fun weekend adventures!

What did you get up to last month?

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Cinnamon Rolls!

Autumn = cinnamon.

I mean, let’s face it, the smell of cinnamon is just reminiscent of crisp cold mornings waking up with mugs of cinnamon coffee, or grey miserable English days sitting in a coffee shop with a vat of hot chocolate topped with a mountain of cream and dusted with cinnamon and nutmeg. Or is that just me?

I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year over the weekend and it has just put me in autumn-hyperdrive; I am furiously craving anything warm and spicy which puts me in the mood for winter. I have been meaning to make cinnamon rolls for probably about two years now, and seeing as I had nothing better to do last night I gave it a go!

homemade cinnamon rolls

cinnamon roll with maple glaze

homemade cinnamon roll

Now there are many, many recipes on the internet for cinnamon rolls. Some use yeast, some don’t use yeast, some use buttermilk, others use eggs to enrich the dough. I found this very basic recipe from Food Network UK, which appealed to me because it didn’t have a list of ingredients as long as your arm.

There were a few amendments which I made – firstly, I didn’t use all the butter it stated for the filling, and it was practically¬†swimming¬†in pools of butter when I pulled it out of the oven. It would have definitely overflowed if I had used it all. Same thing goes for the cinnamon and sugar filling, but now I have leftovers for my cinnamon coffee!

Also, before rolling and baking, I did a little ‘massage’ on the butter and sugar to meld it all together, a little trick I learned from Man v Food, where he visited a diner which made the¬†largest cinnamon rolls known to man. This makes it a lot easier to roll up ready to cut.

Lastly, this recipe doesn’t mention any salt whatsoever. I used unsalted butter for the filling and there was something not quite ‘right’ about them – they were almost too sweet! If you don’t use salted butter for the inside (which you probably should) then add some salt to the dough.

All in all, I will most definitely be making these again. Now that I have begun hibernating for winter I think this will be my staple diet food.

Have you done any baking recently?

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Winter is Coming…

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Hasn’t the weather changed?! I can’t believe that 2 weeks ago it was blazing sunshine, and when I woke up this morning the first thing I did was put the heating on. This post was originally going to be titled ‘Autumn is Coming’ but by the looks of the pouring rain outside it has most definitely already upon us.

Autumn is my favourite season, no doubt about it. Despite having a summer birthday, I’m not one for warm weather, much preferring the cold (but maybe not so much the rain!). I’ve been planning for winter for months, and now that the A/W wardrobes have finally arrived in the shops it’s time to do some serious spending, and some serious knitting!

First up is this ‘Nicola’ knitted cardigan by Boohoo.com. All of my current knitwear is a bit knackered, and I have been after a giant chunky cardigan for ages. This one is a bit of a bargain, too, being only ¬£20. But when I last checked on their website it had sold out in my size, gutted!

Of course when planning for winter you have to sneak some knitting projects in there too. I’ve been aware of Tiny Owl Knits for a while, discovering it when I first joined Ravelry, and always do a little ‘squee’ when I see what delights she comes up with next. This little fox stole has been on my knit list for a while, and I must get round to making it before the weather changes!

Tom owns a spectacular Howick duffle coat which he gets out every winter, and I’m a little bit jealous. This beige beauty off ASOS doesn’t break the bank, and looks pretty damn comfortable. ¬†I love the checked lining, and because of the colour I reckon it could go with pretty much everything.

Next up is this lovely little scalloped bag which is also off ASOS, and also a bargain at a mere ¬£30. I love satchels, but some of the bigger brands can be quite pricey. I took the plunge and bought a Zatchels bag over the summer, and as much as I adore it I can’t seem to fit much in it. This seems a little bigger, at least. Enough for me iPad and boat key, which happens to have a massive inconvenient cork float attached to it!

Oh man, do I love my DM‘s. I already own a couple of pairs, and bought their brown Chelsea boots for last winter, just before the massive snows hit us, and was a little bit smug stomping around when other people were sliding down the street. However, I’m trying to be a bit more of a lady nowadays, and these bloody gorgeous Casey boots will go nicely with all the dresses I wear to work.

Speaking of, I spotted a beautiful twinkly nail polish on my friend at work, and when she told me it was from Butter, I took one look at their website and was hooked. I’m quite a fan of my nail art, and am recently coveting shiny and metallic shades. This one, ‘Thames’, seems to be the best of all worlds – metallic shinyness, and in my favourite shade of green. My nails will look like an Aston Martin.

Despite all my dreaming, though, this is all going to have to wait til the end of the month. Hurry up, payday!

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