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