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An autumn fashion wishlist

I must admit I haven't bought many new clothes lately, mainly due to not feeling my best self. My health and pain levels have meant certain old favourite outfits are just not wearable anymore. But I've decided to stop feeling sorry for myself, and use the change in season as an opportunity to switch things up a bit, and maybe treat myself, or more likely get my husband to treat me to some new pieces for my Autumn/Winter wardrobe.

I have trawled the internet to find coats, knitwear, accessories and boots that are just my style, and will, I hope make me feel more me again.

An Autumn Fashion wishlist

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My Autumn colour palette of choice is pretty typical, I love mustards, burgundys and a bit of leopard print. I adore knitwear and will happily live in a chunky jumper or cardigan all season. I also can't live without a statement trainer or boots, I think they can really make a fairly ordinary outfit look that bit extra.

What are you adding to your wardrobe this season?

You may like my Autumn homeware wishlist.

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An Autumn Fashion wishlist

An autumn fashion wishlist

I must admit I haven't bought many new clothes lately, mainly due to not feeling my best self. My health and pain levels have meant certain old favourite outfits are just not wearable anymore. But I've decided to stop feeling sorry for myself, and use the change in season as an opportunity to switch things up a bit, and maybe treat myself, or more likely get my husband to treat me to some new pieces for my Autumn/Winter wardrobe.

I have trawled the internet to find coats, knitwear, accessories and boots that are just my style, and will, I hope make me feel more me again.

An Autumn Fashion wishlist

Affiliate links


My Autumn colour palette of choice is pretty typical, I love mustards, burgundys and a bit of leopard print. I adore knitwear and will happily live in a chunky jumper or cardigan all season. I also can't live without a statement trainer or boots, I think they can really make a fairly ordinary outfit look that bit extra.

What are you adding to your wardrobe this season?

You may like my Autumn homeware wishlist.

*Click here to follow on bloglovin


An Autumn homeware wishlist

Aaahhh Autumn has arrived with a vengeance this week, October is sure showing signs of being the wettest, greyist month ever. I'm not a fan of dark mornings and evenings that draw in before you've even had your dinner, BUT I am a fan of Autumn home decor, and cosying up my home, if it has to be cold, dark and miserable outside I intend to be cosy inside in style. 

So here's what I'm lusting after for my home, from a couple of my fav homeware stores.
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La redoute

If you have read my What I've been buying lately for my home post, you will know I love myself a bit of French style from La redoute.

velvet cushion I absolutely love this, I've been after a velvet cushion to add to my sofa for a while, and this could just be the one. 

Macrame cushion How lush is this ?

Heated throw This has to be the ultimate, for Autumn/Winter, since I saw it, I just can't stop thinking about how amazing it is.
La redoute currently has a mega Autumn sale, so its definitely the time to buy, I always use there discount times to buy things I'm after.

H&M home

I love h&m for homeware you can get some real gems.

Velvet cushion its another cushion, yes I'm obsessed this time in a gorgeous emerald green, they do this in loads of colours. I just thought it was a lovely Autumn colour.


Braided tray how lovely would this look on a coffee or dining table, with a few Autumnal decorative bits displayed on it.


Bubble vase  you can rely on h&m to throw something a little quirky into the mix, this vase really is that, but how fab would it look with some dried flowers in, standing on your fireplace.


Let me know in the comments which is your favourite piece, and also homeware stores you love, I'm always looking for new inspiration.

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An Autumn homeware wishlist

An Autumn homeware wishlist

Aaahhh Autumn has arrived with a vengeance this week, October is sure showing signs of being the wettest, greyist month ever. I'm not a fan of dark mornings and evenings that draw in before you've even had your dinner, BUT I am a fan of Autumn home decor, and cosying up my home, if it has to be cold, dark and miserable outside I intend to be cosy inside in style. 

So here's what I'm lusting after for my home, from a couple of my fav homeware stores.
(some links in this post are affiliate)


La redoute

If you have read my What I've been buying lately for my home post, you will know I love myself a bit of French style from La redoute.

velvet cushion I absolutely love this, I've been after a velvet cushion to add to my sofa for a while, and this could just be the one. 

Macrame cushion How lush is this ?

Heated throw This has to be the ultimate, for Autumn/Winter, since I saw it, I just can't stop thinking about how amazing it is.
La redoute currently has a mega Autumn sale, so its definitely the time to buy, I always use there discount times to buy things I'm after.

H&M home

I love h&m for homeware you can get some real gems.

Velvet cushion its another cushion, yes I'm obsessed this time in a gorgeous emerald green, they do this in loads of colours. I just thought it was a lovely Autumn colour.


Braided tray how lovely would this look on a coffee or dining table, with a few Autumnal decorative bits displayed on it.


Bubble vase  you can rely on h&m to throw something a little quirky into the mix, this vase really is that, but how fab would it look with some dried flowers in, standing on your fireplace.


Let me know in the comments which is your favourite piece, and also homeware stores you love, I'm always looking for new inspiration.

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Starting my fitness journey and my tips for keeping it up

When it comes to fitness and working out, I haven't exactly been consistent throughout my life. I actively avoided all exercise in high school and early adulthood and have gone through bouts of exercising and then inactivity mainly due to recurring health problems in more recent years. So I am by know means an expert, just sharing what I find is working for me.

Saying that 8 weeks ago myself and my husband took up a special offer at a new local gym, were we signed up, both deciding now was the time we were going to work on our health and fitness.

Tips for keeping it up 


My top tip is to sign up with a partner or friend, both myself and my husband have attended the gym before in the past, on our own, and both found we regularly ditched workouts due to lack of motivation. Going together has been so good for our attendance, and for our performance, as we both encourage and motivate one another.

Find a gym you like, seek recommendations from people locally, and defo spend some time in your chosen gym before commiting to a contract. We go to a small old school gym, which is a much nicer environment than larger corporate gyms we have attended in the past. Everyone is friendly and the owners are on hand for advice when needed.

Find exercises you enjoy, I find cardio, especially the treadmill bores the arse of me, so I've started boxing, punching the punch bag, or sparing with my husband, as it gets my heart pumping, and makes me sweat and I love it. I still go on the treadmill but for less time now I box.

Don't push too hard to soon, and put yourself off. There is know shame starting on the lowest weight on the machine, you can only get better, and you are far less likely to hurt yourself.

Do your research, ask for a programme from your gym, getting an expert to advise you on what machines and exercises to use to achieve your goals. Youtube is a great free resource for finding new exercises or tips on technique.

Keep track of your stats, you will soon find you can lift higher weights or complete more reps. This I find really motivating, as I am competitive and rather then trying to compete against someone else, I find competing against myself really rewarding.

My goals this time around are much simpler, not lose a certain amount of weight but to just feel better, get fitter and to feel leaner and firmer. Although going to the gym is not an overnight way to change your body and takes commitment, already in just a few weeks I can notice changes in my body, I'm definitely getting stronger and can notice some definition on my arms.

I will write another post, probably at the end of the year and let you know how I'm getting on. So if that interests you, keep your eyes peeled for that.

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Starting my fitness journey and my tips for keeping it up


Starting my fitness journey and my tips for keeping it up

When it comes to fitness and working out, I haven't exactly been consistent throughout my life. I actively avoided all exercise in high school and early adulthood and have gone through bouts of exercising and then inactivity mainly due to recurring health problems in more recent years. So I am by know means an expert, just sharing what I find is working for me.

Saying that 8 weeks ago myself and my husband took up a special offer at a new local gym, were we signed up, both deciding now was the time we were going to work on our health and fitness.

Tips for keeping it up 


My top tip is to sign up with a partner or friend, both myself and my husband have attended the gym before in the past, on our own, and both found we regularly ditched workouts due to lack of motivation. Going together has been so good for our attendance, and for our performance, as we both encourage and motivate one another.

Find a gym you like, seek recommendations from people locally, and defo spend some time in your chosen gym before commiting to a contract. We go to a small old school gym, which is a much nicer environment than larger corporate gyms we have attended in the past. Everyone is friendly and the owners are on hand for advice when needed.

Find exercises you enjoy, I find cardio, especially the treadmill bores the arse of me, so I've started boxing, punching the punch bag, or sparing with my husband, as it gets my heart pumping, and makes me sweat and I love it. I still go on the treadmill but for less time now I box.

Don't push too hard to soon, and put yourself off. There is know shame starting on the lowest weight on the machine, you can only get better, and you are far less likely to hurt yourself.

Do your research, ask for a programme from your gym, getting an expert to advise you on what machines and exercises to use to achieve your goals. Youtube is a great free resource for finding new exercises or tips on technique.

Keep track of your stats, you will soon find you can lift higher weights or complete more reps. This I find really motivating, as I am competitive and rather then trying to compete against someone else, I find competing against myself really rewarding.

My goals this time around are much simpler, not lose a certain amount of weight but to just feel better, get fitter and to feel leaner and firmer. Although going to the gym is not an overnight way to change your body and takes commitment, already in just a few weeks I can notice changes in my body, I'm definitely getting stronger and can notice some definition on my arms.

I will write another post, probably at the end of the year and let you know how I'm getting on. So if that interests you, keep your eyes peeled for that.

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When it comes to jewellery, like fashion, trends come and go, with the exception of some statement pieces that are always in style. Like a blazer, understated gold jewellery is always on trend and is certainly worth the investment in my opinion. 

Gold is the perfect accessory to any outfit, but works particularly well with Autumn colours such as burgundy, mustard and navy and of course looks amazing with black. Imagine an all black outfit with a pop of gold, at the neck and on the ears, a simple put together 0 effort look.

So here's what gold jewellery I think you need to start your gold jewellery collection.

gold necklace for me is the starting point with any gold jewellery collection, whether you prefer something fine and dainty or something a bit more statement you can't go wrong with a gold pendant. It really is a must in any collection.
I love these necklaces from Aurate New york in particular the circular pendant it's such a stand out piece.
Aurate new york gold necklace

A great way to make a statement with your jewellery is with a fab pair of earrings, whether it be gold hoops or a more subtle stud, earrings can really liven up an outfit and help balance your look especially if your wearing you hair up.
Here's some designs from Posh totty I'm digging.
posh totty gold earrings

Whether you wear just a simple band or a ring on every finger, you can't go wrong with gold, it looks great with a precious stone setting or as on its own for understated elegance.
Pandora have a cute collection which I love.
Pandora gold rings

Lastly bracelets and bangles can make cute wrist wear alongside a watch or on their own. I love these Missoma ones.


missoma gold bracelet


That has the basics covered, but if you're anything like me, you will want to add to your collection, birthdays and Christmas are great ways to build your jewellery wardrobe, jewellery always makes a special gift. Of course you can put your hand it your own purse over the course of the year, nothing says well done to yourself for that promotion, for landing a great contract or for just being your fabulous self then GOLD. Go on you deserve it!!

Do you have a gold jewellery collection? Let me know in the comments if you love gold as much as me.
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When it comes to jewellery, like fashion, trends come and go, with the exception of some statement pieces that are always in style. Like a blazer, understated gold jewellery is always on trend and is certainly worth the investment in my opinion. 

Gold is the perfect accessory to any outfit, but works particularly well with Autumn colours such as burgundy, mustard and navy and of course looks amazing with black. Imagine an all black outfit with a pop of gold, at the neck and on the ears, a simple put together 0 effort look.

So here's what gold jewellery I think you need to start your gold jewellery collection.

gold necklace for me is the starting point with any gold jewellery collection, whether you prefer something fine and dainty or something a bit more statement you can't go wrong with a gold pendant. It really is a must in any collection.
I love these necklaces from Aurate New york in particular the circular pendant it's such a stand out piece.
Aurate new york gold necklace

A great way to make a statement with your jewellery is with a fab pair of earrings, whether it be gold hoops or a more subtle stud, earrings can really liven up an outfit and help balance your look especially if your wearing you hair up.
Here's some designs from Posh totty I'm digging.
posh totty gold earrings

Whether you wear just a simple band or a ring on every finger, you can't go wrong with gold, it looks great with a precious stone setting or as on its own for understated elegance.
Pandora have a cute collection which I love.
Pandora gold rings

Lastly bracelets and bangles can make cute wrist wear alongside a watch or on their own. I love these Missoma ones.


missoma gold bracelet


That has the basics covered, but if you're anything like me, you will want to add to your collection, birthdays and Christmas are great ways to build your jewellery wardrobe, jewellery always makes a special gift. Of course you can put your hand it your own purse over the course of the year, nothing says well done to yourself for that promotion, for landing a great contract or for just being your fabulous self then GOLD. Go on you deserve it!!

Do you have a gold jewellery collection? Let me know in the comments if you love gold as much as me.
*This is a sponsored post although all words and opinions are my own.
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what I loved in september

September has been a busy month in our house, especially on the home improvement and decorating front, but I've still found a little time to dig out a new fav piece from my wardrobe, switch up my makeup and even do a little reading.

So here's what I've been loving in September, the cusp of Autumn and for me a time to update my home, to dig out those warm toned eye palettes and be able to wear jackets, I do love a jacket.


Clothes and Makeup

I've been having a root through my belongings, and realised I own a lot of jackets, one of which hasn't seen the light of day for a while, well at least until this month, and that's my camo jacket or shacket, or whatever you prefer, a lightweight camouflage jacket perfect for this, up and down weather we have been having recently. Mine was from Topshop several years ago and it still looks like new.

Makeup wise, I am pretty cliche and have started to opt for those warmer Autumnal tones in my Too Faced, Gingerbread palette, one of my fav palettes of all time.



Homeware

For me Autumn is most definitely candle season, and I have a few on the go at the moment, my fav being this Salted Pumpkin one I picked up in homesense. Homesense/TK maxx have so many amazing candles, it's such a good place to visit if you are planning on adding to your collection. 

I'm also obsessed with our new sofa from DFS and the "It's a kind of magic" wire word sign I ordered from Greyfox design via Etsy.

Reading

You may of caught my what I read in september post, if you did you will see, I have read some corkers this month. The most surprising book I enjoyed was Never Greener the debut novel from Ruth Jones. It is amazing, check out my post to find out more.


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What I loved in September

what I loved in september

September has been a busy month in our house, especially on the home improvement and decorating front, but I've still found a little time to dig out a new fav piece from my wardrobe, switch up my makeup and even do a little reading.

So here's what I've been loving in September, the cusp of Autumn and for me a time to update my home, to dig out those warm toned eye palettes and be able to wear jackets, I do love a jacket.


Clothes and Makeup

I've been having a root through my belongings, and realised I own a lot of jackets, one of which hasn't seen the light of day for a while, well at least until this month, and that's my camo jacket or shacket, or whatever you prefer, a lightweight camouflage jacket perfect for this, up and down weather we have been having recently. Mine was from Topshop several years ago and it still looks like new.

Makeup wise, I am pretty cliche and have started to opt for those warmer Autumnal tones in my Too Faced, Gingerbread palette, one of my fav palettes of all time.



Homeware

For me Autumn is most definitely candle season, and I have a few on the go at the moment, my fav being this Salted Pumpkin one I picked up in homesense. Homesense/TK maxx have so many amazing candles, it's such a good place to visit if you are planning on adding to your collection. 

I'm also obsessed with our new sofa from DFS and the "It's a kind of magic" wire word sign I ordered from Greyfox design via Etsy.

Reading

You may of caught my what I read in september post, if you did you will see, I have read some corkers this month. The most surprising book I enjoyed was Never Greener the debut novel from Ruth Jones. It is amazing, check out my post to find out more.


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Three steps to a streamlined wardrobe
It's that back to school time of year when change is in the air. Perhaps it's down to memories of cleaning out your schoolbag and restocking your pencil case, but autumn always feels like a good time to have a clear out and make some changes, in fact, some experts now say that it's a better time of year to set goals than New Year. What better place to start than by tackling your wardrobe? A quick and easy win for getting more organised, it can help you to make more space, declutter for a more organised beautiful home and sort out your clothes for autumn and winter. So what's the best way to tackle the job? 

Start With Streamlining 


Research suggests that the average woman doesn't wear 50 per cent of the clothes they own, we've all had that feeling of 'nothing to wear' while also having our drawers and wardrobes groaning at the seams. The issue is that we hold onto things for the wrong reasons, so we end up with lots of clothes which don't fit either our body or our lifestyle. This makes it much harder to see and work with the good clothes that we have. So start by being quite ruthless and creating four piles. One is for clothes to take to the charity shop, good condition items which just don't work for you anymore but that someone else will appreciate. The second is for anything you might want to try reselling on eBay , perhaps that amazing pair of boots you had two Christmases ago that the heels are just too high for you? The third pile is for items which you still like and wear but that need a repair or an adjustment, a zip replacing, or just dry cleaning, that you haven't gotten around to. The final pile is your must keep essential items. You may rediscover some gems that have been hiding at the back of your wardrobe the whole time! 

Consider Your Storage 

Sometimes the storage that we have in our homes isn't fit for purpose anymore. Review the housing you have for your clothes, as that can make a big difference to decluttering. It could be that you consider rauch wardrobes or a build-in solution which can maximise awkward pockets of space and give you more custom storage, or you could consider rotating your clothes by investing in some plastic storage boxes which fit under the bed or go into your loft which you fill with anything out of season. 

Try The Hanger Hack

To stop clutter creeping back in once you're fully organised, you need to make editing a constant part of your life. There are different ways to approach this. You could start a policy of 'one in, two out', where each time you want to buy something, you have to first take our two items to donate. Or you can try the hanger hack. Turn all the items in your wardrobe so their hangers are facing the wrong way. Each time you take something out and wear it and return it to the wardrobe, turn the hanger back the right way. After a few months, you'll have a very clear visual guide to what items never get worn that you should consider rehoming. 

Do you need a wardrobe sort out? or do you already have a streamlined closet?
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Three steps to a streamlined wardrobe
It's that back to school time of year when change is in the air. Perhaps it's down to memories of cleaning out your schoolbag and restocking your pencil case, but autumn always feels like a good time to have a clear out and make some changes, in fact, some experts now say that it's a better time of year to set goals than New Year. What better place to start than by tackling your wardrobe? A quick and easy win for getting more organised, it can help you to make more space, declutter for a more organised beautiful home and sort out your clothes for autumn and winter. So what's the best way to tackle the job? 

Start With Streamlining 


Research suggests that the average woman doesn't wear 50 per cent of the clothes they own, we've all had that feeling of 'nothing to wear' while also having our drawers and wardrobes groaning at the seams. The issue is that we hold onto things for the wrong reasons, so we end up with lots of clothes which don't fit either our body or our lifestyle. This makes it much harder to see and work with the good clothes that we have. So start by being quite ruthless and creating four piles. One is for clothes to take to the charity shop, good condition items which just don't work for you anymore but that someone else will appreciate. The second is for anything you might want to try reselling on eBay , perhaps that amazing pair of boots you had two Christmases ago that the heels are just too high for you? The third pile is for items which you still like and wear but that need a repair or an adjustment, a zip replacing, or just dry cleaning, that you haven't gotten around to. The final pile is your must keep essential items. You may rediscover some gems that have been hiding at the back of your wardrobe the whole time! 

Consider Your Storage 

Sometimes the storage that we have in our homes isn't fit for purpose anymore. Review the housing you have for your clothes, as that can make a big difference to decluttering. It could be that you consider rauch wardrobes or a build-in solution which can maximise awkward pockets of space and give you more custom storage, or you could consider rotating your clothes by investing in some plastic storage boxes which fit under the bed or go into your loft which you fill with anything out of season. 

Try The Hanger Hack

To stop clutter creeping back in once you're fully organised, you need to make editing a constant part of your life. There are different ways to approach this. You could start a policy of 'one in, two out', where each time you want to buy something, you have to first take our two items to donate. Or you can try the hanger hack. Turn all the items in your wardrobe so their hangers are facing the wrong way. Each time you take something out and wear it and return it to the wardrobe, turn the hanger back the right way. After a few months, you'll have a very clear visual guide to what items never get worn that you should consider rehoming. 

Do you need a wardrobe sort out? or do you already have a streamlined closet?
*This is a collaborative post
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Before the Broken Star
The Beekeeper's Promise
Days of Blood & Starlight
The Foyles Bookshop Girls
The Light Keeper
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
The Priory of the Orange Tree
The Chocolate Lovers' Diet
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Beautiful Broken Things
Nobody's Girl
The Flatshare
The Mitford Murders
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
It Felt Like a Kiss
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The Humans
Call Me By Your Name
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