Monday, 26 September 2016

My Favourite Things To Do In The Autumn

Just a quick one from me today, as I'm just back from a hospital appointment and am so shattered I can barely keep my eyes open. 

Now we're officially in Autumn, I thought it would be a good time to share a list of 50 of my favourite things to do in the Autumn, so that is exactly what I'm going to do.

1.  Go for long walks, preferably in the countryside.
2. Crunch through paths of fallen leaves.
3. Take photos of the colourful, pretty scenery.
4. Listen to the sound of the rain.
5. Curl up under cosy blankets, and read for hours.
6. Visit museums.
7. Explore cemeteries.
8. Buy new school supplies / stationery- even though I've not been a student in thirteen years!
9. Shop for new gloves, scarves, hats, and winter coats..
10. Watch fireworks pirouette across the night sky.
11. Go to bonfires.
12. Play with sparklers (responsibly, obviously!) like an overgrown child.
13. Wear ankle boots with everything.
14. Watch Halloween-themed films and scary movies.
15. Spend dark, cold, dreary days cross stitching.
16. Crunch over frost-covered grass. (Am I the only one who finds that satisfying??)
17. Carve pumpkins.
18. Spend free time at home crafting.
20. Paint my nails in gorgeous deep jewel tones.
21. Wear clothes and accessories in deep colours like burgundy, forest green, raspberry, plum, teal, mustard, rust, and emerald.
22. Eat comfort food.
23. Bake delicious food. 
24. Watch The Bake Off.
25. Take long hot bubble baths.
26. Write to my heart's content.
27. Take trips to the theatre to watch musicals.
28. Start lighting candles every evening again. (I don't tend to burn candles during the warmer seasons; I reserve them for those cosy cold, dark evenings in).
29. Go shopping for new Yankee Candles. (At this time of year, I love the ones that smell of baked goods).
30. Go blackberry picking.
31. Spend time walking around beautiful Oxford- it's so pretty in the Autumn.
32. Go for a walk in the rain, get soaked (on purpose), and come home to a hot shower, and comfy PJs.
33. Eat soup with freshly baked bread.
34. Get a fresh hair cut- new season, new me.
35. Start preparing for Christmas.
36. Have pamper evenings- face masks, mani pedis, delicious food, a few drinks, the works.
37. Make blackberry and apple crumbles, and apple pies.
38. Breathe in the smell of bonfires and wood fires.
39. Barricade the windows and doors to keep out daddy-long-legs'. (Failing that, just burn the house down!)
40. Prise conkers out of their green, thorny pods.
41. Drink hot mugs of cocoa.
42, Have movie marathons in my PJs, wrapped up warm like a burrito under cosy blankets.
43. Learn something new.
44. Take random drives in the country. (The Cotswolds, which I live just on the edge of, are picture postcard pretty during the Autumn, so random drives are always gorgeous at this time of year).
45. Go to a farmer's market.
46. Spend time outdoors.
47. Watch a scary movie at the cinema- the suspense and scare factor is always more intense.
48. Dig out my sketch book and art supplies and spend time drawing and painting.
49. Lie back and look up at the stars, while wrapped up warm.
50. Go to a zoo or wildlife park.

What are your favourite things to do during the Autumn?

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sunday Favourites #205

It's that time of the week again...


Everybody needs some bat-shaped balloons in their life. I never do much for Halloween, but I know I need these.




I love these beautiful nature portraits by Sister Golden. 

These double chocolate waffles look amazing.


I love this photograph showing two very different, but equally breathtaking, sides of New York City. 




I want all of the candles from Grave Digger Candles. I might need a spine or two- you know, since I have problems with my spine, an' all.


This! And this applies to both mental and physical pain.


I love this pool girls clutch from Lizzie Fortunato.





Archaeologist, Essence of Ash, decorates mandalas on animal skulls with gold ink to honour the fallen animals, and the result is beautiful.





Silly Old Sea Dog's 'Glow in the Dark' and 'Bats' Halloween dresses are to die for, and they come in both straight and plus sizes, too!














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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wednesday Wish List

This week, I've been coveting...


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These tea dresses from Lady Vintage are so beautiful, especially the peacock and jaguar print numbers.


Collectif's cherry print Wendy cardigans look so cute and cosy.



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Once again, I'm in love with pretty much all of Lindy Bop's latest arrivals. Just look at these amazing dresses and skirts; they're all to die for! The prints are fantastic; there are fox prints, cat prints, cocktails and handbag prints, florals, and even Russian doll prints. Obviously, my favourite is the Lana fox print swing dress (#1), but I would love them all to come live with me.


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These colourful spot PJs from ASOS Curve, and dragon slippers from ASOS are super cute.


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I love these gorgeous motif skirts from Pin Up House, especially the fun watermelon design.


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These Halloween print skater dresses from Em and Sprout are awesome. Those prints!


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Em and Sprout also have the cutest collection of Halloween-themed jewellery.


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I love these fun tights from ASOS Curve.


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And these embroidered shirts and maxi dresses from Boohoo Plus are stunning. Only problem is, I can't decide which colour-way I like best.

If you'd like to see more of the clothes and accessories on my wish list, check out my style wish list boards on Pinterest.

What's on your wish list this week?

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sunday Favourites #204

Who's up for some of my Sunday favourites?


I don't care if I'm not a teenage girl anymore; this roller skate cushion DIY is ridiculously cute.


This winking-eye manicure looks really fun.

Would you believe this taco is a cake?! 


I love the look of this typography light box DIY. I want to give it a go!




I love these prints of Australian birds with Australian biscuits by Kirbee Lawler. All of her artwork is stunning.

How cool are these marquee light boxes from Oh Happy Day? 


This DIY pom pom pillow looks so cosy, and I bet it would be so fun to make- especially on cold, dark Autumn and Winter evenings in, while curled up under a cosy blanket watching Netflix.



These two kittens, Dora and Felix, were born without eyelids, but somehow this just makes them more adorable!

Oh, good God, these mini eclairs look amazing.




These nature photos are absolutely stunning, and were taken by Jannik Obenhoff, one seriously talented sixteen year old photographer.

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