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It’s a wrap …

Hooray for the beautifully sunshiney Indian summer that’s hit our shores this week. I love the warm and balmy days we’re having right now, followed by the cool evenings (and earlier and earlier nightfalls) … clear and starry skies! There’s definitely ‘something in the air’ though. Yep, in the words of John Snow (Game of Thrones fans will know what I’m talking about), “Winter’s coming”.

Which I equally love. If it’s possible to be a ‘fan’ of the changing seasons then count me in! (Is that a thing?) I love everything about this time of year but especially (and the most important bit of all) the buying of a new winter coat. Think big, cosy, soft, wrap around, enveloping, comforting, protecting …

And whilst today is definitely a flip-flops kind of day, my focus in the shops has been on the autumn update. Umm, obvs. So I’ve recenty discovered the ‘too cool for school’ poncho/wrap (I already have three (overkill?) – thank you H&M. These beauties are perfect for when you just need a little extra layer. You can wrap them around you a la comfort blanket style and they give a bit of a carefree but cute edge to an outfit (not that I’m over-thinking this or anything) 🙂 I realise that they have been around for a while but you know, I’m finally jumping on the wrap-and-go bandwagon! M&S have a lush range too – really nice sludgy, autumny colours (and no more expensive than H&M – just a bit more choice!).

However, for when the weather finally takes a chill-pill, I’m thinking that a cute new non-expensive cuddle-up-in coat is definitely on my autumn wish-list and so far, I have three contenders:

A gorgeous M&S olivey/khaki green brushed unstructured beauty; a super-simple but classic and sexy H&M pale grey felted coat or my fave (and typically the more expensive out of the three, but totally love, love, love), a beautiful leopard print from Boden. They’re all so different, equally lully, but differing in price (!) – umm, could I justify all three?!

I’m thinking it’s time to get desperately rummaging around online for lots of discount codes …

Happy cosy-weather shopping 🙂 x


September Gurls

Back in the early 70’s (a long, long time ago), the rock band Big Star summed up this time of the year in their ‘September Gurls’ single with the line ‘September Girls do so much’. And it’s so true. September is the craziest time of year with lots of new starts; in fact, for me, the whole back-to-school shenanigans kicks off in me (every year without fail) a proper feeling of nostalgia: think new pencil case, new pencils and pens, new school bag, new coat, new timetable to get stuck in to (I was a complete ‘keener’) and couldn’t wait to get back to school after the six-week break – true!

What I love about September is the feeling of change in the air. It’s not just about being back to school, back to work, back to the early alarm bell ringing (wtf!), back to crazy logistics and back to tearing hair out and screaming like a banshee at 7.44 am as youngest two fight on the back seat of the car EVERY morning en route to school … Nope, it’s the change of seasons – yay!

To some, that means new Autumn/Winter collections hit the shops and whilst I might browsette some of the fashion mags telling me what colours are in or out and what length skirt I should be wearing, the reality is that this time of year, all my fave colours are On Trend anyway (think sludgy, burnt, off-colour colours) which means I’m in luck as my fave (and frankly only affordable option right now) shop, H&M, will most definitely deliver the goods – hooray!

Once I’ve snuck a few olivey, khaki, browny, grey, woolly and cosy items in to the back of my wardrobe, I turn my attention to the other thing I love about September: reinvention. For me, more than the obligatory January resolutions, September always feels like a good time to start new things (it’s to do with the back to school thing). Maybe healthy eating, more exercise, sorting out finances … I’ve already started in fact. Think:

– finding out about local yoga classes (I WILL be taut, and firm and be able to wear leggings on the school run)
– working out when I WILL go blackberry picking and make enough crumbles to last all winter
– sterilising bottles and bulk gin-buying in the pursuit of the perfect sloe gin (hand-picked by moi of course in all that spare time I’ve got)
– declaring all five of us WILL eat dinner together every night and we WILL all eat the same meal (there will be no more fussy eaters in this house…)
– deluding myself that there will be no homework-related argument’s ever again – I’ve made a deal with the kids so surely nothing can go wrong – they’ve all agreed to come in straight from school and crack on with homework at the kitchen table whilst I lovingly create supper from scratch … Sounds idyllic.

In reality, what will happen is that all possible yoga classes will clash with my work/kid’s school/club commitments (shame); blackberry picking will be put on hold/forgotten and once remembered will be of the super-slim-pickings variety; most of the gin will be consumed before the sloes are added; the one-meal-for-all dinner plan will quickly be replaced by the much-used line (in our house) “who wants what?” and well, homework … where’s that gin?

However, it’s the thought that counts? I still love September. It’s the promise of an Indian summer, harvest foods, warming casseroles, log fires, long walks, cosying up and (usually) great TV! Bling on the Strictly 🙂