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Autumn Wishlist

It’s Autumn again, the leaves are changing colour, conkers are falling from the tree and bopping people on the head (true story), the heating is on, pink/coral lipsticks have been put back in the cupboard for another year and the festive season is within reach.

I do love Autumn, I love the colours, the darker makeup, snuggling up on the sofa with a blanket and of course the excuse to go out and buy new clothes and footwear.

I’ve spotted so many gorgeous items in store and online recently and it’s been really difficult to curb the spending so I’ve decided to only buy a few pieces that will either work with what I have in my wardrobe already or things that can be worn yearly and won’t go out of style.

Autumn wishlist

First up is the Hepburn Un-Invited guests dress from Lady Vintage, now £50.00 may sound a lot for a Halloween dress but I figured that this is something that could be brought out each year.

How amazing is this Beauty school jumper! Grease was one of my favourite films as a child and this jumper has brought so many great memories.  Joanie currently has this jumper and at £38 it’s a steal especially as it’s so versatile and can be worn with skirts or trousers.

Tweed is one of my all time favourite fabrics so it’s only natural that I’ll be purchasing a new bag as an alternative to my Harris Tweed and Barbour bags a bit of a break.  Joules has this Everday bag for £69.95 and I think it will be just about big enough to fit all of my things.

I love a boyfriend tee and it’s even better when it’s from AllSaints, I did take a break from the brand for a couple of years as it was eating too much into my purse but I’ve slowly been building up my collection again and this particular tee reminds me of one I had around 8 years ago (I’m sure it was the same price too)  The Nightwolvs boyfriend crew is £45.

I would imagine that the Marks and Spencer pointed court shoes are in a lot of shopping bags this season, I couldn’t get the Ink coloured ones in my size so had to make do with the Black.  At £35 they are a fraction of the price of the Manolo Blahnik shoes that Carrie Bradshaw made famous.

I love a cotton jersey dress as they are always so flattering and hide a multitude of sins.  At £55 the Huers Hut dress from Seasalt is such a bargain I’ve purchased one in each of the two colours.  I’d love to see this in a brown or yellow too.  This style of dress looks great with coloured tights, I must get myself over to Slugs and Snails for some of their raindrop tights.

Joules always do an amazing selection of boots and the Westbourne leather chelsea boots are beautiful even though they have a price tag of £140.  I’m a huge fan of a bit of animal print which make a nice change as most of my chelsea boots are either in plain black or brown.

The Bertha boat print Tee from Joanie is just adorable, who doesn’t love a nautical top? Joanie tops (and dresses) are such amazing quality for the price and you can pick this one up for £18.  I’m going to stitch the arms up a little when mine arrives to change the shape of the sleeve.

I’ve got my eye on the Bonded Heritage check coat from Topshop, there are a couple of check coats that I have my eye on and this one at £65 is the cheapest of the bunch, it’s super smart and can be dressed up or down.  I’ve not yet tried this on as I’m keeping my fingers crossed there is a “tall” version somewhere with a bit of extra length in the arms.

Do you own any of these items already? What’s on your Autumn wishlist?

Please note: I wasn’t asked to mention any of the brands in this post, I just love these items and hope you do too.

Loungewear for Freelancers

I’ve been self-employed/freelancing for a number of years now and I’m always curious to find out what other people who work from home wear during the day.  As I type this I’m wearing one of my old Topshop maternity t-shirts and a pair of Boux Avenue giraffe print pyjama bottoms, Some may say I’m just being a slummy mummy but the clothing I’m wearing was clean on today so I have to disagree.  I have no Skype calls scheduled and I’m not planning on leaving the house today but that has more to do with the fact Arthur is poorly again.

Loungewear for freelancers

I’m one of those people who always gets changed as soon as I come back into the house and my usually house outfit is a pair of Next elasticated harem pants with a H&M vest top.  I do often get impromptu Skype calls so I always have a smart top or cardigan next to my computer that I can throw on at a seconds notice.  Makeup wise I rarely wear it when I’m just in the house but I do always follow my skincare regime and always have mascara on.

Loungewear outfits

The white company has a great range of loungewear and my favourite pieces are 1) The White Company Harem lounge trousers £45 2) The White Company Funnel neck lounge top £65

Swetty Betty are best known for their awesome range of workout clothing but I find the yoga clothes incredibly comfortable for wearing around the house, of course if you can also fit some yoga into your day that’s great too.  My favourite pieces are 3) Swetty Betty Bakasana yoga vest £65 4) Swetty Betty Calypso yoga pants £65

Uniqlo is another favourite of mine, it’s affordable and the clothes wash incredibly well.  There is a great range of loungewear and most of the pieces I have from the brand have lasted for a good few years. Lounge dresses are a favourite of mine and I adore the 5) Uniqlo Princesse Tam Tam extra warm lounge dress £34.90

My wardrobe has a huge GAP section so it’s only fair that I include some of my favourite loungewear pieces, I tend to buy a new item once a month but I do find that if I see something online that I like it’s always best to buy it then and there as my local store sells out quite quickly of larger sizes.

The only time I wear leggings is under a dress/tunic or in the comfort of my own home, never as trousers.  The 6) GAP ribbed cuffed leggings £24.99 are so comfortable that I have 3 pairs. I love a sweater and this 7) GAP marled shirttail pullover £34.95 is so comfortable and great to throw over a vest or just worn on it’s own.

Oh, I forgot to mention the most important part, I never wear a bra.  Doesn’t every freelancer just give their boobs freedom in the comfort of their own home?  The way I look at it is that my poor breasts are confined in a bra each time I go out in public to stop them from hitting my stomach (slight exaggeration) they deserve a bit of freedom now and again.

What do you wear to freelance?

* I wasn’t asked or paid to write this, no links are affiliates.

Me Time In Your Free Time

How many of us take some me time in our free time? I don’t that’s for sure.  Having said that it’s a very rare occasion when I actually get some free time and even then my mind is always on my family, I feel guilty that I’m having free time because it usually means that David is looking after the children so I’m thinking about when I’ll be able to give him some time to himself. It’s a vicious circle.


I was watching an advert for the new Autumn/Winter collection by Freemans and I felt incredibly jealous of the main star of the video, she was so glamorous and was wearing clothes that made her look great.  I tend to stick to the same clothes all the time which consists of a dark t-shirt, blazer, skinny jeans and converse, people know me by this look and if I’m ever wearing something different it always starts a conversation as to why.

Apparently the best things in life are Freemans as stated at the end of the video and I couldn’t wait to see if this was true, so when the amazing box of goodies* above arrived I couldn’t wait to delve right in and see if it made me feel as amazing as the star in the video had looked.

A pampering session will make anyone feel better about themselves and I’m sure most parents will agree that once children come along you just don’t get any quality me time to pamper yourself.  I had my first haircut in 2.5 years last Friday and I was only able to do this because Arthur was at nursery.  On an evening the last thing I usually want to do is soak in the bath because I know that no one else will do the cleaning, dishes, my work so long things are a thing of the past.

Bomb Cosmetics

I made a point of arranging some me time, I put some precious time aside for myself once I saw these delicious looking treats from Bomb Cosmetics*,  it was only and hour but what a difference that hour made. the rosehipster buttercup was the first one I tried and oh my goodness it was amazing being able to just lie back having quality me time while my skin was soothed from the outside.

Dead sea face mask

I even had time to apply a dead sea mud face mask* which left my skin feeling super soft and revitalised.  By this point I was starting to really believe that the best things in life were Freemans although I still didn’t look like the lady from the advert.

Freemans clothes

So the next thing for me to try was some new clothes.  New clothes can make you feel amazing right?  I can’t remember the last time I had me time when it comes to shopping, even internet shopping is always a rushed process so again like before I took time out for myself to select some new clothes*.  I went out of my comfort zone a little with my selections by picking a 3 in 1 top which I thought would be perfect as each item could be worn separately.  I picked out some skinny jeans which are a little on the snug side but as I kick up my marathon training I’m certain they will fit well soon, finally I picked out a really funky little jacket which can be worn with the neck up as shown in the photo or worn open.  I get incredibly warm even in the winter, I think it’s my north east of England blood so I prefer a light jacket to a heavy coat when the weather gets colder.

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So with my sweet scented skin, smooth face, polished toes and my new clothes I was really starting to feel as amazing as the lady in the advert had looked.  Arthur got in on the action, after all there is NO such thing as me time when you have children. I can confirm that the best things in life are in fact freemans and I now feel fabulous.

How often do you take time out for me time?

*Press Sample




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?

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