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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


New (Look!) shoes

If you love a new pair of shoes (I do!), aren’t really in the market for super expensive ones (not me) and are desperate for a pair of nude, strappy ones (yes me) then I think I may have stumbled across the perfect pair – and a super hot bargain! A double whammy 🙂

I realise of course that I’m unlikely to fall in to the New Look target market (I’m a wee bit older than 20!) however, having been dragged in there by youngest child today, looking at small person clothing, I couldn’t help but have a quick wanderette … And then I spotted them – it was a love-at-first-sight kind of thing (especially as the price tag was less than the price of a .75L bottle of my favourite gin!).

These sexilicious sandals will go with pretty much any summery dress you throw on (mine will be getting their first outing to a wedding!) and, more importantly, I can actually walk in them! Hooray!

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Fairy lights are the answer …

to anything gloomy, sad or drab (as far as I’m concerned!). These little twinkly happy lights deliver pure lightness and brightness to even the darkest corner of your home (or garden) and are a super-cheap way to transform or lift a space at little cost. I love them – they make me feel cosy and happy – and our home is adorned with them.

More is more when it comes to fairy lights 🙂 and there are sooooooo many to choose from online – hooray!

For outdoorsy solar fairy lights then Endurance are five glittering stars worth of fabness.

To glitterati and twinkly-up your home then Amazon is definitely your first stop. However, if you’re looking for a sparklier upgrade then my totally fave online shop Not On the High Street have some super quirky pimped-up fairiest of fairy lights.

Remember, fairy lights are definitely not just for Christmas everyone! Sparkle up your life (and home, and garden) 🙂

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Kind and gentle

Nope, I’m not talking about the latest must-have moisturiser, I’m talking attitude. Yes, sometimes we need to be assertive and ‘on it’ and yes, we’re all frightfully busy, far too busy to take a breather, a step down as it were, but for me, it’s really important to let the other side of me out more often: kindness, generousity of spirit, gentleness.

Today whilst I was waiting for my train, a middle-aged man approached me. He was completely dishevelled looking and I’m not sure if he was quite aware of exactly where he was. He could have seemed quite frightening, in fact every other person he approached immediately ignored him finding their newspaper or phone suddenly super-interesting, or walked away. We only had a brief conversation but actually, what came across to me was that this man was lonely and probably a bit afraid himelf. I gave him approximately a minute and a half of my time before he decided he’d had enough of me, and shuffled off with a (very loud) ‘good day to you’…

Showing another human being genuine compassion and kindness and giving them a bit of your time (even if that’s only 90 seconds on a train platform) isn’t a form of weakness (as Rihanna would lead us to believe ‘all of my kindness is taken for weakness’ – no Rihanna!) instead, it’s no different to the old fashioned ‘doing a good deed’ for someone else kind of thing. By being kind, gentle, compassionate it actually has a positive effect on all concerned and (without wanting to sound all pious and a bit umm ‘my halo is shining brighter than yours’) really can make you feel a little bit sparklier about yourself 🙂

Colouring calmer …

As a ‘born in the 70’s’ kid, there really wasn’t exactly much in the way of ‘on tap’ entertainment – boredom was de rigour back then. Free play and creativity were positively encouraged as these were cheap as chips! One super-cheap form of entertainment I totally loved back then, was the good old and trusty colouring in book. I properly loved it. I had a huge collection of rainbow-inspired felt tip pens and took a huge amount of pride in my work – no going over the black lines!!!! Colouring-in in the 70’s and early 80’s was a serious business … Anywhooo, roll on umm, 20 + years (eeek) and what the hell?! My lovely (and super-creative sister-in-law) gave my daughter one of these ‘aimed at grown-ups’ colouring-in books – I couldn’t resist a little cheeky, sneaky colour-in (she’ll never notice, I told myself) … 2 hours later …!! Really!! Never, ever did I think I’d utter the following words but, here it is: I’ve rediscovered the joy and super-simple pleasure of the colouring-in book – all over again!! It’s sooooooo addictive. The concentration and focus needed (this is a serious business, remember!) to keep within the black lines is so calming … And it’s so cheap 🙂 – there are loads to choose from – a good starting point is good ol’ Amazon. Happy colouring-in! x