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It seems strange to be writing this post while it’s currently as warm as it has been all summer. Yes, my wish of an Indian summer came true and we’re all still basking in the sunshine in mid-September. But nevertheless Autumn is just around the corner and with it being one of my favourite seasons I have come up with a list of things that get me excited for the colder months.

If some of these points don’t make sense or are written badly then it’s because I’ve been on a blog hiatus for a week or so. This was not self inflicted and it was a very stressful few days, but I’ll touch on this in another post later and for now let’s move on to exciting autumn based things!

 

Red leaves – A bit of an obvious choice but what’s more beautiful than trees full of bright red leaves, and then, later on in the year, piles of orange-y toned leaves just waiting for you to stomp and kick your way through.

Cosy nights – I’d heard of the concept of Hygge before but after reading Hannah Gale’s post all about the Danish specialty I’m fully ready to embrace it in my life this Autumn/Winter. Think cosy nights in with lamps on and candles burning, piles of blankets, hot chocolates and film nights. Perfect. Having recently been to Copenhagen I can say hands down that the Danes seem to be the most content of people and I reckon that’s also why they’re so stylish.

Bonfire night – Having neglected Bonfire night for many years it made a comeback in my life last year and boy did I enjoy it. This year will be more of the same, perhaps maybe even some mulled wine thrown in for good measure. I think Bonfire night marks the true start of the winter-y season.

Pumpkin spice – I can’t help it, I love it! I know it’s horrifically high in calories and sugar and all bad things but it tastes so bloody good!

Red lipstick – All the berry tones will be coming out this year. I’m not really one to wear a bright berry/red lip to work, mostly for fear it will end up smeared down my chin and no one will tell me, so I’ll be dabbling in a nice muted lip stain to get in on the trend.

Big trips – How many times have I mentioned the possible trip to NYC on here? Too many, I know that. But now it’s actually happening! In November I’ll be off for a week in the Big Apple and I’m so excited. I’m currently making a list of all the places I want to go, see and do, so if you have any recommendations then please throw them my way. There may also be a mini European city break later in the year too.

Fashion – I find summer quite difficult to dress for, particularly now working in an office, so for me Autumn will always be the champion in the style stakes. Woolly jumpers, coats and jackets, ankle boots, skirts and tights – I’m ready for all of it!

Crisp mornings – There’s something about walking to work in the crisp chilly air and sunshine that just sets you up for the day right.

Comfort food – Out with the salads. In with the stews, is what I say. It’s also surprisingly easy to make hearty meals that bit healthier too. It doesn’t all have to be buttery mash potatoes and Yorkshire puddings (I’d never turn one down though…).

Winter TV – The TV in the colder months is just so much better than the rest of the year. The current top favourites are the Bake Off, Poldark, Victoria, Our Girl and it looks like the BBC have a few more cracking dramas up their sleeve for later in the year. There’s also the return of Gilmore Girls in November which I for one have made a reminder for.

 

Let me know in the comments below what things you’re looking forward to this autumn. September almost feels like a second fresh start for me – probably because of all the years spent starting new school years, but it feels like the perfect time to look forward to things to come. You can follow me on Instagram if you fancy photos of all things autumn-y (and of that exciting trip coming up!) and on Bloglovin to catch all the new content around here.

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The winter months are always hard on my skin. I have quite dry skin anyway, so add in the freezing weather, going in and out of heated buildings and the general trials of winter and I turn into one scale-y being. Although I try to keep on top of a good skin care regime there’s no stopping the effects that winter has on it, and it’s not until around this time of year that I really get back to my non-lizard like self. There are a few new products that I’ve added to my routine that I feel are finally helping me look at little it perkier and ready for spring. Lord knows, we are all ready for a little bit of sunshine and blossom!

 

  1. The Body Shop Spa of the World Japanese Camellia Cream

However much of a mouthful the name is, this stuff is a dream for dry limbs and body parts. I was treated to this at Christmas and I’m still making my way through it, even though I use it pretty much everyday. I keep it in my bathroom and apply a nice light covering after my shower. It’s great for legs and arms and smells AH-MA-ZING!

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2. Nivea Men Sensitive Moisturiser

Yes, this is a mens product. It was actually a tip off from my boyfriend. It’s the moisturiser that he uses and on the one (or two…) occasions that I’ve had to borrow some, it’s been one of the most moisturising creams I’ve used on my skin in a long time. It’s quite thick, but it sinks in really quickly and smells super nice too. A win-win to tackle any dry patches left over from winter.

3. L’Occitane Light Comforting Cream

I snagged a small sample pot of this recently and have been using it almost daily since. It’s quite light, but still get some good moisture in there. It will definitely be something I pick up more in summer as it will be perfect at sinking in quickly before putting make up on.

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4. L’Occitane Face Comforting Oil

Again, another little sample pot, but another really great introduction into my skin care routine. I’ve read many times that the more moisturising oils you put on your skin, the less greasy oils your skin produces during the day. I pop a little bit of this on at night in combination with a cream and it’s slowly working it’s magic on my winter ravaged face.

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5. Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream

I started using this in desperation when my normal cream was not doing a good enough job. It’s super thick and quite heavy, but once it’s on at night I just leave it to do its thing and when I wake up its all gone and not at all greasy.

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6. The Body Shop Almond Hand Cream

Let talk about hands for a second. Mine have suffered since my barista days, washing up and failing to take my gloves out with me. This hand cream works a treat though. It’s quite thick and takes a little bit of working in, but doesn’t take to long to sink in. They’re not quite youthful hands yet, but they’re getting there!

Hopefully with the help of these lotions and potions my skin will be ready to be bared in a few weeks! What other items do you use to help with your skin? I’m always interested in trying new products, so do let me know. Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin and Instagram to catch my other spring related posts coming up!

Packing

If there’s one thing I hate about travelling, then it’s heaving all your luggage around with you. Last summer on my Italian adventure I made the mistake of taking a backpack instead of my usual wheel-y suitcase and let me tell you, I will not be doing that again. My shoulders haven’t been the same since – I’ll just have to learn to pack lighter in future.

In the winter packing light comes across even more obstacles. Surely the best thing to do would be just pack as many layers as you think you will need to combat the frosty air. Cold weather planning is not the easiest to do. Will it be freezing or just colder than normal? Will there be snow? Rain? Hail? This is all adding up to be one hell of a heavy suitcase. In a few days time I’m heading off on a trip to Berlin, a trip I’m super excited about, but I have the feeling that Berlin in the winter will be COLD. So I’ve devised a packing list that will hopefully size your shoulders, make your travel a whole lot easier and, fingers crossed, cater to whatever cold weather you are greeted with.

  1. Make sure you wear your heaviest shoes and thickest coat and jumper. This is key to keeping the weight in your suitcase/ backpack down. You may get a little warm on the journey, but adding heavy boots and big jackets to your bag will just take up unnecessary space.
  2. Thermals. These sexy leggings and vests will save your chilly skin and the good news is no one will no you’re rocking them under your jeans and jumpers, they roll up super small in your bag and you’re free to pop out into that cold weather without a second thought.
  3. Layer it up yo. Layers are key to staying the warmest you can. Not only is this more practical for the day – it’s so much easier to adjust your clothing should you happen to pop into a warm museum for the afternoon – but it also gives you plenty of options for the evenings too. So warm in the day, so many outfit choices for the evening.
  4. Hat, gloves, scarf. They go without saying really. Sure you could warm your hands up with a tasty takeaway coffee, but t won’t last that long and no one can take great photos with frozen fingers.
  5. Sweatshirts and knitwear. An unlikely point, but I have to admit that for me personally I don’t find knitwear all that warm sometimes. So I like to make sure I’ve got one or two sweatshirts with me as an extra precaution.
  6. Pack it up tight. That green tube up top in the photo is actually a very handy packable jacket. When I’m expecting cold weather this jacket comes on every trip with me. It’s fairly small, super warm and doesn’t add any extra weight. I highly recommend.

These are just a few tips for packing ready for the cold weather. They are especially useful if you’re travelling with a backpack (light shoulders yes please) and still keeping nice and toasty. What are you’re top tips for preparing for cold weather travelling?

Latte Art

January has, and will always be, a loooong month. And that’s mainly due to desperately waiting for the first payday in what feels like forever. It’s safe to say that after all the festive excitement it’s not surprising that more often than not we all get a little case of the January blues. It’s just inevitable that everything seems a little sadder, a little colder and a little duller and then with the shorter month of February and the approach of Spring things start to perk up again.

For the most part January has been great. For starters I moved into a new flat, meaning the first few weeks were pretty much taken up with unpacking, finding new homes for things and figuring out my new living arrangements. There’s still things to do, I am in desperate need of a desk and somewhere to put all my ‘important’ files. There are a lot of boxes everywhere, either packed or unpacked, that I’m not quite sure what to do with them all. I’m super excited to get things all sorted, gets some pictures on the walls and some plants around the place. There might even be a few interiors based post coming up.

January is also my birthday month, as nice little event to break up the cold, cold weeks. You can read all about it here, but it was a lovely low key affair, which I’m totally cool with as the more birthday’s that go by the more I realise that’s one of the best ways to celebrate. It was also great to spend sometime with one of my oldest friends – it really made me focus on all the amazing people that are in my life. It’s definitely something I’m going to think about on the days when I feel slightly too far away from everyone. The same can be said about the flying visit I made to my family home the other week. It’s one of my favourite things to do when I feel ever so slightly panicked about the distance. Ain’t nothing like a trip back to the ‘rents to bring you right back down to earth!

That’s about it for January, I hope you’ve enjoyed this months posts. As a side note the Weekly Thoughts feature is currently in transition stage to becoming… A Month in Review feature! Surprise, this is the first of twelve for 2016. It just didn’t seem right to only have one post in between a weekly thought – nobody needs to know every scrap of detail in my brain and this way I’m focussing more on some super cool, interesting posts that I hope you’ll love!

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Originally this post was supposed to feature my big fluffy winter coat. It’s furry and yellow (in a good way) and I lovingly refer to it as my Honey Monster coat. I look slightly like Big Bird in it, but I kinda really like that. But as you can see that did not happen, as despite it looking rather gloomy in these photos it’s only a tad bit chillier than it was a few weeks ago and just didn’t warrant such a large and warm coat.

Instead I bring you my ‘inbetween’ coat. This is a fairly recent purchase, spurred on by the fact that from my leather jacket and honey moster coat I had nothing, well inbetween. My saviour of this ‘it’s December, why is it so warm’ weather is this slightly military inspired number from New Look. A few years ago I had such a big thing about military inspired clothing and I guess it hasn’t completely left me as I have not taken this off since buying it. The fit is right, the colour is right, it goes with my bobble hat and makes my tartan scarf pop – not to mention it’s the perfect weight. Not heavy and thick, but more substancial than a jacket. On top of all that my Dad referred to it as ‘very smart’ which is about as big a compliment as you get from my Papa.

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Thanks to Dom John for the photos.