Autumn so far

Good morning!

I’ve come to realise that a lot of my blog posts are of specific topics, so I wanted to try something a little different and more general (I am new to this after all). So here my friends is a little life update of my ‘Autumn so far’. Not that my life is incredibly exciting but it’s also a way for me to document and share what I’ve been up to and share any pictures I have taken along the way. I think posts like these will also be nice to look back on. Anyway, grab yourself a cuppa on this rather lovely morning and enjoy.

Halloween & Bonfire Night

I’m not very big on Halloween and never really have been. Perhaps because my Mum wasn’t really into it and always said how it was very Americanised I never bothered to celebrate it as an adult!? I’m also a bloody wimp and absolutely refuse to watch horror movies. However, I did grow some instagrammable pumpkins regardless. Yes I need to get a life, but the fact that I successfully grew anything at all has been quite an achievement ha. And look how diddy they are!! Going to see some fireworks ended up being a very last minute decision so my Sister and I decided to go to Worcester racecourse and apart from them being half an hour late, the display ended up being amazing. I also feel like bonfire night is the start of all the festivities so it had to be done.

Only in Bromyard

Knitwear Love

From October right through to New Year I am drawn to knitwear and everything sparkly. I’m like a bloody magpie when it comes to sequins. Glitter however I despise. Glitter wrapping paper – na ah! Now that we’re in November the shops are filled with party wear. I have tried on SO many dresses in numerous high street stores but I think the only thing with sequins, unless they have a good quality lining they can be so so itchy. I have also been building my knitwear collection slowly but surely. On a cold morning it’s hard enough getting out of bed as it is but snuggling into a chunky knit jumper make it a little more bearable. I’m going to have to purchase one of those oversized ‘Teddy’ Coats too. I imagine it to be like tearing yourself out of one duvet and wrapping yourself in another. DREAMY on a cold winters day!

The Teddy Coat of Dream – H&M

Winter Warmers

There’s something so comforting about winter warmers, particularly on a cold day and as a result I have a new found love for slow cookers. Something may I add that I used to despise when I was at school. If I got home and saw the slow cooker on the side I would be SO disappointed! Stews just were not my thing when I was younger but I have grown to love them and LOVE how easy they are. There’s also something quite smug about getting home from work and your dinner being ready to eat, especially after little prep. So the Minty Lamb Casserole has become a real fave. Then of course there’s the usual family favourites like Toad in the Hole which I’ve only just mastered after many trial and errors. Toad in a pancake isn’t quite the same! Chicken Pot Pie courtesy of Jamie is DIVINE and again pictured below. It takes a lot of prep but I think it’s so worth it particularly if you’ve got a bit more time on a Sunday. Finally, an Apple Crumble to top off a yummy seasonal meal. You can’t really go wrong with a crumble, but my advice would be to always double the crumble mix from any recipe you come across. Lets not kid ourselves, we only really eat the crumble for the crumble.

Minty Lamb Casserole

The Ultimate Toad in the Hole

Chicken Pot Pie

What I’ve been watching

Since the nights started drawing in I have been watching a lot more TV. It’s so easy to settle down for the evening and get stuck into your favourite programme. So what series have really captivated me? BBC 1 have been spoiling us recently. First with the Bodyguard (AMAZING), then Killing Eve and The Cry. All amazing. As I write this, The Little Drummer Girl has just started so I have no doubt that will suck me in too. Then of course on a lazy Sunday morning whilst catching up with my ironing (oh the fun life I lead) my go to every time is friends. I have watched every episode God knows how many times but it never fails to make me laugh out loud!

Party Season

Typically my summer has been pretty quiet on the partying front then October arrives and I have a wedding to go to and an engagement party. Has party season come early? Not that I’m complaining. I love an excuse to buy new party wear. I am so drawn to sequins, glitter and deep reds/navy’s at this time of year so my ASOS wish list is overflowing at the moment, and since I’ve had two big occasions this month I’ve been in my element. Below are a few of my favourites.

Christmas Planning

Christmas. Is this a word you dread in October/November? Not for me isn’t. I bloody love it. Throughout my life it has always been such a special celebration and something I look forward to every year. So when October comes around I say there’s no time like the present. I don’t mean that I’m putting the tree up, watching Christmas films and whipping out the Michael Buble album. I try to leave that until December 1st so not to spoil too much of the excitement, but I feel now is a good time to start planning.

I don’t know about you but I have to budget for presents from about September payday so that by December I’m not absolutely broke. I also make a note of who I’ll be buying presents for and any gift ideas. I find it makes shopping SO much easier. I have also bought a few Christmas mags. This isn’t something I usually do as they’re quite pricey but from flicking through I can see that they’ll give me so much inspiration for style, present ideas, recipes etc. Anyway, it is only the beginning of November so I won’t go on and I’ll be sure to share some Christmas related posts on here closer to the time.

Dining Room project

I LOVE interior design but since I’m still living at home I am fairly limited. Saying that, I designed my bedroom and Dad has let me have a say when we’ve renovated rooms previously. Most recently he redecorated the Living Room and pretty much let me take the lead when choosing paint colours, carpets, soft furnishings etc. Anyway, the latest project has been the dining room. What was supposed to be a paint job turned into something much bigger (see photos). Something that is not uncommon when you live in an old house. We discovered that this wall had salt in which made the finish look ‘bumpy’, but this could easily be treated. Dad later realised that it was also damp which meant it needed to be treated properly but beneath the plaster. YAY!

Nevertheless, as always he saved the day and fixed the problem. We chose a much lighter colour than before to make the room feel bigger and brighter. I loved the ‘Book Room Red’  that we had before, more so in the winter but it really did feel dark in there all year round. Shock horror I am now ridiculously excited to decorate this room for Christmas!

The result of damp!

The original colour (Book Room Red- Farrow and Ball) – Christmas 2016

We chose ‘Twine’ from the Laura Ashley Collection.

Days out

I’m not really a big walker if I’m being honest and I really should do it more often. 1. Cause I’m fortunate enough to live in a gorgeous part of the countryside and ought to make the most of my surroundings and 2. Because I always feel so much better for it. That being said in recent weeks I’ve loved taking advantage of the sunny Autumnal days that we’ve been blessed with by walking locally with Barney (our fur baby).

I don’t know if this is an age thing (hopefully not) but I’ve also really started to notice the beauty in my surroundings too, such as the multitude of colours in the landscape as the leaves change colour and the golden afternoons as the sun sets.

Berries EVERYWHERE

First of the hard frosts this Autumn

What have you lovely lot been up to in recent weeks? And can you recommend any days out locally (Worcestershire)?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Apart from making some mince pies (yep and I don’t care who knows it) I’ll be having a very chilled one. Here’s to a positive week ahead!

H x

Autumn Clothes and Beauty Haul

There is no denying that I love Autumn/Winter fashion. I find it SO much easier than summer, and with the summer being a scorcher I found it even more challenging than usual deciding what to wear everyday. That being said, it will probably get to March and I’ll be desperate to get my straw bag and sandals out again. Anyway, in prep for colder climates during the last couple of months I have tried to source some of my favourite and (hopefully) timeless pieces that will be worn to death. With timeless pieces of clothing I don’t mind spending more money as I see it as a bit of an investment so the items below with you will range in price.

I’m going to start by sharing all the bits I have bought so far, some old items that I dig out year after year and the things that remain on my wish list that my bank account hasn’t quite been able to stretch to just yet.

Recent Purchases

Blazer – H&M, T shirt – ASOS, Belt – Zara

 

Cardigan – H&M, Mom Jeans – Marks and Spencer (old), Watch – Larson and Jennings, Shoes – ASOS (old), T shirt – ASOS

 

Leopard Blouse – New Look

Wellies and Socks – Hunter

Snakeskin Shoes – Zara

Coat – Mango

Beauty

My go to perfumes and the beauty products that will save my skin when the temperature drops.

Old Faithfuls

Below I have shared some wardrobe staples that I have had in my wardrobe for at least a year. Please excuse my photo taking skills. Who knew I’d find it so difficult to take pictures of clothes.

Aviator Jacket – Zara

Coat – Zara

Blazer (very old) – Per Una, Polo Neck – H&M

Trench Coat – Olive

Jumper – H&M – The ULTIMATE festive jumper!

Current Wish List

I hope this gives you a little inspiration. I find that everything above is so easy to style with jeans, tweed trousers, skirts and over dresses which. As always theres still so much on my wish list but my priorities are trousers that aren’t jeans and winter dresses for dressing up and down.

Happy Sunday!

H x

Why Hygge?

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a relatively modern concept created by the Danes that I feel describes everything I love in a nutshell. That being togetherness, cosy interiors, comfort food and timeless fashion (especially in winter, so much easier right?)

Anyway, I digress… Hygge isn’t limited to Autumn/Winter. Picture this. You’re sat in the garden with your friends and family, drink in hand, the smell of BBQ food lingering in the air, music playing in the background with the sound of the fire pit crackling away. Bliss! Ah roll on the lighter warmer evenings. The other thing I love about nights like this are how it encourages togetherness (another important aspect of Hygge). I LOVE spending time with friends and family as much as possible. It makes me feel so content and making endless memories is just the best! I try to make a conscious effort to leave my phone in another room when at a social gathering (apart from to take pictures of course) but in doing this you can totally relax, switch off from virtual influences and simply take in the moment.

An event that stands out to me is when last year we celebrated an early Christmas with family. We rented out a gorgeous farmhouse locally and spent the entire weekend eating, drinking, chatting, playing games and laughed none stop. I was totally in my element. I arrived there straight from work on a rather gloomy December evening and there was Mulled wine warming on the AGA and fresh mince pies on the side begging me to eat them. DUH! It was heaven.

For a more in depth description of what Hygge is I can strongly recommend ‘The little book of Hygge’ by Miek Wiking. It is a great example of how to live well and is where I came to hear about this amazing approach. But for now here’s a checklist to help you get started.

Hygge checklist:

  • Candles candles candles
  • No stark lighting. Table lamps all the way
  • Build a little collection of the cosiest clothes for the days of doing nothing.
  • Put together a blanket basket to cosy up with
  • Put fresh flowers throughout the house
  • Cook from scratch (because there’s something so satisfying about it when it goes out)
  • Light the log fire/fire pit
  • Bake because ‘you can’t buy happiness but you can buy cake’. I will now live by this.
  • Fill your wardrobe with chunky knits and scarves
  • Drink copious amounts of tea and hot chocolate

 

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my interpretation of Hygge. So for now, get into your cosiest clothes make and hot drink, stuff your face with Easter eggs surround yourself with candles (safety first)  and whack on a film (I’m sure there will be plenty of bank holiday treats over the next couple of days).

Happy Easter!

H x