26 September 2017

Shop My AW17 Coat Edit

Did someone say coat? Yep, it's that time of year again when I turn into an obsessive creature, lusting after all of the coats. I've accepted my obsession though. I'll never be satisfied with whatever coat I choose because there are always others I want. There's so much choice how can you possibly decide? I've popped some of my favourites below!

Teddy Coats

Aviator Coats
Belted Coats
Petite Coats
Faux Fur Coats

24 September 2017

Transitioning Into Autumn

Transitioning is something I really don't enjoy, in any situation, fashion or otherwise! I'm an impatient creature and if something is changing, I want to skip the 'adjustment process' and just be at the new destination. But this year, (with both fashion and life) I'm learning to embrace the whole process thing a bit more - the dithery not-quite-sure backwards and forwards saga that often happens as we approach change. 

Take seasonal fashion changes, going from summer to winter, especially in September time when one moment it's 'I'm too hot, now I'm too cold', roasting in the new Winter coat you've just bought because sun has re-appeared or freezing in a dress because you aren't quite mentally ready for Autumn. Usually when September hits, I'm ready to jump straight into my OTT warm winter coat and UGGS, summer is done, winter is coming and I really don't want to spent the next 5 weeks dithering about over what to wear every day, stuck somewhere between clinging on to summer and reaching out for winter. AKA I can't be bothered with half-way house I just want one or the other. But this year, things are a little different.

This year, I've really enjoyed the whole 'transition piece' concept, in terms of finding the perfect transitional items to wear as we go from summer to autumn. Layering, going in with a thinner coat instead of your full blown fur, and taking things slowly yet still getting enjoyment out of new pieces. This coat from Shein is the perfect transitional Autumn coat. It's not too thick, but still warm enough to shield you from the temperature drop. Plus I love the grid pattern (AND it's big enough to fit a fluffy jumper underneath when the time comes).

I've loved reading the transitional fashion blog posts online and in magazine articles too, and found it really interesting to see how you can go about re-jigging your wardrobe for a new season. Plus there's loads of new trends to look forward to which keep the future interesting and start to eclipse the old ones we've loved all summer. So perhaps then, the seasonal transitions actually mirror transitions in life and how you choose to look at them. Transition periods are a form of limbo,  caught between one thing and another, and can often make you feel stuck if you've had a big change thrust upon you, or you're in the process of making a big decision. It can be unsettling and leave you with one foot in the past and one foot in the future.

But fashion has taught me something this year. You can make the best out of transition periods. If you can't wear heavy knits and faux fur just yet, you can find a halfway house. And so perhaps the same with life. You might not be at your new destination yet, but you can find ways of making the best out of the process you're going through. Perhaps gradual is the best way - there's way more enjoyment to be had from enjoying the ride than rushing it through.


19 September 2017

Sometimes You Just Need To Escape

"Life is an amazing and magical gift." WE KNOW! We all know that life is full of incredible opportunity. But life is also full of other things - sadness, hardship and difficulty. Sometimes things get miserable and we can't see the wood for the trees. Sometimes reminding ourselves of all that life has to offer isn't enough, and we can get so pulled down by things that, well, we hit road blocks or ruts that we can't get out of. 

So, what do you do about it? What do you do when you literally don't know what to do?

Well sometimes, you need to escape.

I located myself hanging out, or rather, wallowing, in one of these ruts recently. And whilst of course there are so many atrocious things going on in the world, in my little world, I'd seriously had enough. 

So last week, seriously tired and disgruntled, I packed my bags and joined my family in Derbyshire for a few days. Now, it wasn't meant to be a jolly jaunt, which is why what happened next was so surprising for me. It was, in fact, to attend my great Aunt Peggy's funeral. Naturally, I thought it would be nothing but a terribly sad occasion.

Of course it was sad. But, living late into her 90s, it soon became apparent that because she'd lived such a long life - it could be nothing other than a celebration of her legacy and a very natural goodbye. My Mum hails from the North and moved South when she was young, but we have a lot of family who live in and around Derbyshire, who all gathered for the funeral and the reception afterwards. A.P was a family-loving lady, who I honestly think would have loved nothing more than the whole family gathering together and re-connecting because of her.

But also, hearing her eulogy, and listening to stories told by my Granddad and other family members,  I found it incredible to learn more about the people I descend from. They certainly weren't moping martyrs by any stretch, I'm sure they all had their down days, but they were - and are - strong, powerful people who lived through war and hardship and, by the sounds of it, took no nonsense whatsoever. Even just tapping into a bit of family history provided me with a shift in perspective and a sense of needing to honour the life they fought so hard to carve out. If they hadn't, I wouldn't be here.

Whilst in Derbyshire, we stayed for three days in The Peak Edge Hotel, which is nestled right on the edge of Derbyshire's Peak District. I logged out of all my emails and social media (except for the odd instagram post, obv) and checked out of my life as best I could.

It's honestly AMAZING how being somewhere different (and disconnecting from social media) can make you feel like you've escaped the world, and especially somewhere like the Peak district, which is so different to where I live. It may not be a 30 degree beach, but it's entering a beautiful bubble of rolling hills, low stone walls, cottages and roaring fires. Also everyone seems so much friendlier up North...just saying!

The bedrooms at the Peak Edge are beautiful and the one I stayed in had a stunning view out over the fields, literally nothing to be seen for miles except rolling hills and an a stone chimney peeping up in the distance.

The hotel restaurant was also an amazing place to relax - no plastic or modern stuff in sight, simply endless beams, wooden tables, cosy side rooms and huge armchairs in front of an enormous fire. We also found some time to do some exploring of the local area, where my Granddad and great Aunts/Uncle grew up. I even got some walking in, and honestly, walking can be the best thing to quiet a manic mind - it's like a form of free therapy!

And so, in just a few days of escaping reality, I started to feel my perspective shifting and sense of 'renewal' in my approach to life. Perhaps we all need to escape from our day to day sometimes and go somewhere that means something to us, to remember where we come from, and let that act as a guide towards who we're meant to be.

So, if you're feeling lost or in a rut, have a think - is there somewhere you loved to go when you were younger? Have you got some family or friends or a connection to a certain place where you can visit?   They say that whenever you go back to somewhere you've been before, you can re-connect to a part of yourself that you left there.

Sometimes escaping from your day to day is the best thing you can do if you're restless, or lost on what to do. This little trip gave me a break, reminded me that I descend from some seriously strong people, and renewed my perspective on things. Like a breath of fresh air, I feel ready to tackle life again, make some decisions, and get moving forwards. 

It's reminded me that my life is far from terrible, and that I should be grateful for so many things, and focusing on what I have got and not what I haven't. And that actually, whatever comes next, I'm resilient enough to cope with it - like so many people have before me.


5 September 2017

Injecting Some Colour Into Your Wardrobe

 We all have an easy, wardrobe go-to...and mine has always been anything in black! But as there is so much more to life than black jeans and jumpers, here's how I've been injecting some more colour into my wardrobe!
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