Fashion For Autumn

Autumn is probably my favourite time of the year when it comes to fashion, I adore the rich colours, fabrics and weather but maybe not the rain.   I find that the colours I wear in Autumn like Red, Brown, Black, Yellow and Grey really work well together and compliment each other more than the colours worn in any other season.  My Autumn wardrobe this year is looking a bit sparse as I’m in between sizes and hoping to lose some more weight so I’m a little bit reluctant to spend too much money on new clothing.

I’ve been browsing some online stores looking for inspiration, I prefer to see things in store but that’s not always easy when you always have a tornado two year old running around so my safest bet is shopping from the comfort and safety of my own home.

Not all of the stores I like to shop at have their full range in yet but I’m really impressed with what I’ve seen so far and thought I’d share some of my favourite pieces with you.

autumn fashion wishlist

1. F&F at Tesco retro floral print tunic dress £20
2. Dorothy Perkins terracotta high neck top £15
3. George at Asda suedette skirt £14
4. Mint Velvet blanket scarf £39
5. White Stuff wooden necklace £19.95
6. Joules tweed jacket £99.95
7. New Look ankle boots £49.99

Until I purchase some new clothing I’ll be living in my staple autumn items shown below, I’m predictable I know this, my style hasn’t changed in over 10 years but it’s comfy so I’m happy with it.

autumn fashion

1. Barbour quilted jacket £269  I alternate between this and a similar Fat Face one
2. Converse from Jones Bootmaker £45 The colour varies as I have several pairs
3. Topshop Joni Jeans £36 I’ve worn Topshop jeans for years, the tall range has the perfect length
4. Topshop T-shirt £14 like the jeans, Topshop does a great length t-shirt in the tall range
5. Linea weekend bag £119 I have this and a similar Reiss bag which Is my old faithful but is looking a bit battered now.

Do you change your wardrobe for Autumn?

From Birth to Teenager, a mothers story

15 years ago I was 20 years old, I was just out of my teens and not prepared at all for how much my life was going to change in the following days.  No amount of books or advice can prepare you for birth, I’d been living away from home for a year and I was deluded about the fairy tale life I had created in my head.  When two parents to be are not ready to be parents it adds a strain on a relationship, when the relationship is fairly new and you don’t know much about each other it makes it difficult and when one of you has moved away from their family and friends to make it work it can cause resentment.

Daniella 2000

I didn’t have a great birthing experience, I was treated like a child and my midwife didn’t listen to my wishes about my birth or the fact I was in a lot of pain and needed something for it.  After over an hour of me asking for pain relief only to be told I had a long way to go yet Lucie was born at 1.10pm on the 31st August.

Lucie 2000

I had and still have a very close relationship with my mum and after giving birth to Lucie all I wanted was to be with my mum and to have her help and support me so I spent most days either going over to stay with her during the day or she would come and stay with me and help out.  When Lucie was around 4 months old I moved closer to my mum and when my relationship finally ended I moved back in with my parents.

Lucie 2001

Lucie was and still is a very inquisitive child, she didn’t want to be a baby and did everything a lot quicker than her peers like sleeping through, walking, weaning from milk, potty training.  I felt like my baby had gone in a blink of an eye, it was a very different experience to the one I have had with Arthur.

Daniella and Lucie 2006

During the first few years of moving back home I spent most of my nights partying with my work colleagues, it was something I’d not done before and I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t spend as much time with Lucie as I should have done, I wasn’t the best parent during that time but I think I’ve made up for it since.  I lived with my parents until 2007, having them around made it easier for me to study and work as I had childcare on hand 24 hours a day if required but it also made me lazy so when I moved out again with a 7 year old I fell down to earth with a bang.  It’s hard enough living on your own with a small baby but when that baby is now 7 and creates a whirlwind of mess behind her everywhere you look it’s hard work.

Lucie 2006

Lucie has always been an absolute joy to have around, she has always amazed me with her intelligence and eagerness to learn and has always seemed older than her years.  Lucie loves trying new things out and over the years has received various trophy’s and certificates in Cheerleading, Dance, Judo, foreign languages, horse riding and drama.  Lucie’s hobbies have changed like the wind and I’ve lost count of the groups and clubs she has joined over the years, I’ve never wanted to hold her back though and have been happy to let her try out as many new things as she likes providing I haven’t had to buy a uniform to find that during the second week she no longer wanted to attend.

Chessington 2007

Now that Lucie is older I miss our little secret trips out for dinner while David is at work or our cinema trips after shopping, we used to spend weeks of the summer holidays doing activities or going to a new town for the day, I always knew the day would come when she didn’t want to do things with me anymore but it doesn’t make it any easier.

Lucie has a lovely group of friends and I realise they are more exciting to be around than your embarrassing mum!  Parenting a teenager is hard. So hard.  I’m sure I wasn’t as argumentative and moody when I was a teenager, my mum says that Lucie and I have very similar personalities which causes us to clash.  We clash a lot.

Holland 2014

Lucie has always made me incredibly proud and I’m sure people get sick of me going on and on about how amazing she is.  She really is amazing.  Lucie decided that she didn’t want to take pocket money off us for doing nothing so took it upon herself to find a Saturday job where she felt like she had earned her money.  For the past 4 months Lucie has been working in a hair salon, she has had days where she has hated it and we have told her to quit and said we would give her the same if not more money than she earns but Lucie is not a quitter and knows that in the real world you can’t just walk away from employment when things get tough.  Did I mention how awesome she is?

 

Chamonix 2013

I find it hard to believe that in just 3 short years we will be preparing to send Lucie off to university, she has wanted to be a dentist for a long time now and I know that with the determination that she demonstrates on a daily basis Lucie will realise her goal and be incredible in her chosen career.  If Lucie decides that after completing 6th form university is not for her that’s ok too, I will support her with whichever choice she makes.

Wedding 2015

I love my daughter more than she will ever know, I’m immensely proud of the person she has become and the person she will grow up to be.  15 years ago I never imagined that you could have so much love for one person and I didn’t realise that when a new child comes along your love doesn’t change in fact it grows stronger.

Lucie you are stubborn, argumentative, lazy, narcissistic and messy but you are a fabulous daughter and a wonderful big sister to Arthur.  Never change.

Fitness Update

It’s been a while since my last fitness update, things are going ok, not as well as I would like, I seem to hit a wall with my running.  I can’t seem to shift anymore weight and it’s starting to get me down a bit.  I know it’s my own fault, I’m just too busy burning the candle at both ends.  This is not going to change.

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Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been spending around 14-15 hours a day looking after Arthur and 3 hours working/cooking/doing housework and by the time I’ve finished I’m exhausted.

Thursday evening is my running group and Sunday is my longer run day and I know it’s not enough, I should be doing more.  I was doing pilates, yoga and cardio during the week for at least an hour a day but I’m lucky if I spend 3 hours a week at the moment as I just don’t have the time.  I need to get out of this rut.

My knees have started to hurt.  I’m carrying too much weight and that’s the only reason for it.  I can’t magic time, I wish I could.  I need to get out of this rut and increase my fitness levels.

I have a colour run in Derbyshire in 6 weeks.  I have no fitness plan in preparation for this.  I would like to lose a stone before this run so my knees don’t hurt as much.  I feel like I’m damaging my body each time I run because my poor legs have so much weight to carry.  I need to get out of this rut.

I need more time, more confidence, more willpower, more inspiration,  I need to see some results and when I do this I know I WILL get out of this rut.

The Lady Magazine

My Great Grandmother read The Lady, My Grandmother read The Lady and my Mother reads The Lady, I’m now a fourth generation reader of The Lady* and although the average reader age of The Lady is 52 the content of the magazine for me as a 35 year old woman is of equal interest as it is to my mother.

The Lady

The Lady magazine is Britain’s longest women’s weekly publication, yet outside of my family I know very few people who read it. Since I’ve had the last two issues on my table a couple of friends have been converted, especially for the recipes which I’ll get to in a moment.

Not everything in the magazine is of interest to me and I would be lying if I said it was, for instance, I have no interest in the personals or situations wanted, although if I was single or in search of employment I would definitely be looking for the sort of gentleman or employer who advertises in this magazine.  The situations wanted section really does remind me of Downton Abbey, I’m actually certain they made reference to The Lady magazine during one of the episodes whilst looking for staff.

The Lady Loves… Is a two page feature filled with beautiful, affordable pieces of jewellery, shoes, beauty products and even edible treats and I really prefer this compared to similar adverts found in magazines for women of my age like Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair.  I’d rather pick up a magazine and see a lipstick from John Lewis that costs £22 or a dress from Oasis that costs £42 or even a ring from Liberty that costs £395 than items out of my price range that I can’t find on the high street.  This section of the magazine is like consumer heaven, I’m 3 issues into my subscription, and I haven’t come across an item I wouldn’t buy.

The Lady Briefing has a pick of the week’s news and views, again this section is not for one particular age but of interest to many.  I was rather pleased to see an article on 3 of the best candles, especially as two of the pics were my favourites, the Diptyque Figuier and Jo Malone lime, basil and mandarin.  An article on waste caught my attention as it’s something I’ve spoken about on my YouTube channel, apparently the UK is the worst place in Europe for food waste which is an astonishing thing to read considering food poverty is on the rise in the UK and over 2 million people living here are estimated to be malnourished.

The features and interviews are well researched and incredibly interesting, fellow gardeners will love Garden Plotting and hopefully take inspiration from some of the beautiful pictures. For the puzzle lovers out there you have 4 pages of crosswords, bridge, Sudoku and spot the difference to choose from, I’ve got my back issues piled up ready for my next holiday.

I love the style section which features timeless fashions and accessories, I particularly liked the Tory Burch printed trousers in the latest edition, I’m a huge fan of a printed pair of trousers so my eyes were instantly drawn to these.

Let’s talk about the recipe section which seems to have been a huge hit with my friends.  Each edition, The Lady publishes a selection of sweet and savoury dishes, this week the focus was on Antony Worrall Thompson who is diabetic.  Antony explained that food doesn’t have to be dull for diabetics, it’s all about getting the right balance.  The new series of archived recipes are a great addition to the magazine, this week’s selection were from the 1930’s and I was so excited to see Angel Cake with white glace icing which is one of my childhood favourites so I’ll be giving that a try.

Sam Taylor, the new editor of The Lady seems to have brought with her some great new ideas and I’m looking forward to reading more editions with her at the helm.

You can pick up a subscription to The Lady magazine at magazine.co.uk there are a few offers on at the moment where you can get 5 issues for £5 or 50 issues for £70.

*c/o magazine.co.uk

 

 

Autumn Fashion with George

Autumn is just around the corner unfortunately and it really doesn’t feel like we have had much of a summer here in Warwickshire.  Soon I will be putting away my summer clothes and starting to think about what Autumn fashions I want to be wearing, I love prints especially loud prints and animal print and I have two perfect items from George at Asda that tick all of my Autumn fashion boxes.

Autumn fashion with george

I love the print on both of these tops, it reminds me of birds of paradise flowers which are probably one of my favourite tropical plants, the blue and orange colours work so well together that I really wanted to keep it plain for the purpose of these photographs as  I didn’t want your eyes to be taken away from the pattern.

back of asda jumper flower george outfit george jumper

What I really like about this print and the cut of the two tops is how versatile they are, not just aimed at one particular age the tops could be easily styled by someone in their 20’s and they would look totally different on someone in their 60’s.  I’m 35 and I love these tops, the jumper I would wear with jeans or dress trousers and the tunic I would wear with leggings or skinny jeans.

george asda AW collection

fur afghan coat asda

suede jacket asda

George have some awesome Autumn/Winter pieces due to hit store very soon.  The trends seem to be focused on a lot of 70s and boho style fashion with lots of paisley prints and bold patterns, I’m looking out for the faux fur, floppy hats, brogues and tan accessories which are just perfect for my Autumn fashion wardrobe.  Take a look at the video below which features the Autumn/Winter press day where you can see more of the collection, there is a beautiful pair of brogues at 0:10 that you should check out along with a gorgeous flapper inspired dress at 1:07

Will you be picking up any of these pieces to add to your autumn wardrobe?

* c/o George at Asda. A/W images c/o Asda Direct Pinterest