I kicked myself when I got into the city and realised I’d forgotten to wear my new favourite scarf. I think the outfit works without it but the scarf added something… I’m not sure what… oh wait. I know. Warmth!! I was so freaking cold taking these pictures!
This is my first real “put together” maternity outfit. I’ve been unconvinced by maternity wear, not sure if it’s a waste of money. I bought myself this shirt from H&M and I’m so glad I did. Putting on a well fitting item of clothing can really help you feel good. I’ve not wanted to post outfit pics because I’ve not really been happy with what I’m wearing, but on this day I felt like myself again and loved it. I’m not going over the top with maternity wear because I still think it can be a bit of a waste of money (except the jeans, they are so comfortable I just want to live in them forever). But having a few nice items in my wardrobe is going to be important for me I think.
Toning was always a step I overlooked. Recently though, I’ve been taking better care of my skin and adding toning into my routine. Funny thing – my skin is better for it. The extra TLC I’ve been giving it works.
Until recently I was using quite a harsh toner. It was very drying and although it did help improve my pores and reduce blackheads, it made my face red and patchy. I hate wasting products but I didn’t want to have come a long way with my skin to just have it be red and damaged by my toner. So I went on the hunt for something better.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Lancôme skincare so searched the Feelunique website for toners in their range. They have a lot to choose from but I settled with the hydration tonic.
It’s wonderful. So refreshing, cooling and calming. Great after a face mask or exfoliate as it’s super hydrating too. It’s got a good consistency (think gravy?) and a little goes a long way.
I apply it with my fingers and take some time to really massage it into my skin and enjoy the cooling temperature and calming smell. On the bottle it says ’tissue off’ honestly I don’t know if that means you need to wipe it off after but I find it soaks in so there’s no need?
I’d recommend not using a cotton pad to apply as you end up losing a lot of the product to the cotton wool.
Is this not the most natural place to take photos? No?… I wondered why we were getting some odd looks. Hey look its those jeans again! And these boots show up fairly often too…
It’s officially autumn and that brings with it the joy of coats. This year I knew what I was looking for when I went out shopping, I couldn’t spend too much but obviously wanted a coat that would last. This one is perfect, cozy, pockets, a nice collar and a good length. It has it all!
Here are a few other nice coats that have caught my eye.
I’ve seen a lot of people doing a kind of seasonal bucket list and I really like the idea. It can be really easy to miss out on the changing seasons, what with work and life taking up so much time. Having a small list of things you’d really like to do and planning time to do them is a great way to ensure you really appreciate your time. It can be so easy to make no plans and waste a weekend or day off. Here’s my Autumn to-do list!
Have a snuggle picnic. I totally made up the name of this. I wanted to go for a picnic during the summer and never did. So I’d like to pack up loads of blankets and cushions and snuggle up in a park with an autumnal picnic!
Bake Parkin and/or Gingerbread. Parkin is a traditionally northern English cake or biscuit. Like gingerbread but made with black treacle. Perfect for nibbling around a bonfire.
Go fruit picking. Any Norwich based folks with tips on where to pick fruit hit me up!
Have a dinner Party. For me, Autumn feels like the perfect time to fill your house with friends and delicious food.
Carve a Pumpkin. Ok so it’s cliche but I do love carving pumpkins and it lends itself perfectly to my last one…
Make pumpkin pie (and make mum try it). I love pumpkin pie and it shocks me that my mother has never had it. (although that would explain why I never had any until my 20s). This year I’ll be sure to get mum to try some. This is my favourite recipe
It’s taken me to the end of this list to see that I obviously like food in Autumn…. All food based!
This summer brought with it a lot of change and a lot of excitement. Of course my birthday should be the highlight of summer for everyone around me, but this year we had other things to celebrate.
Since I’ve been married I have been sharing my husband with another being. I think it’s fair to call it a being because it’s taken up so much of his time and energy, has caused us excitements, stresses and disappointments. This summer my husband finished his PhD and is now officially Dr Mundy. We attended his graduation in Manchester and it felt like some kind of birth/funeral hybrid.
This trip also brought with it another excitement, driving. Earlier in the year I passed my driving test (second try, all the best drivers pass second time). We bought an old car from a work friend and the 5 hour drive from Norwich to Derbyshire was the first long drive I made. I had to do all the driving, it was equal parts exhilarating and terrifying.
We moved house (again. We have lived in a different house for every year we have been married). Moving brought us closer to our allotment from which we got our first (and last) harvest! We’ll still be eating the potatoes at Christmas. We also abandoned the idea of an allotment in favour of a container garden.
Plus there was A LOT of great coffees and brunches with Laura from Rose and Weston. More of that in Autumn please!
This jacket has been one of my favourite things this summer, and I’m looking forward to getting more regular use out of it in Autumn. I bought it the very day these photos were taken. It was the evening of a work do, when I got into the city and felt that, as comfortable as I was, I look a little scruffy and not good scruffy. I popped into Next and there was the jacket, on sale, £16 down from £45. What more can you ask for! I got it a size up for extra oversized-ness. It helped give my outfit a more ‘put together but relaxed’ look.
Does anyone not like brunch? I feel as though everyone must love brunch… Have a lie in, stroll into the city and eat breakfasty or lunchy foods, depending on your preference! And going for brunch with a friend? Even better.
A few weeks ago a friend and I went to Wild Thyme in Norwich, a great veggie/vegan place. She’s vegan and I really shouldn’t eat dairy so having pretty much a whole menu to choose from is always a big deal for us.
We stared off with Spice Turmeric, Oat Milk Lattes which were heavenly. Ten times better than the classic Chai Latte and I’m a big fan of the Chai Latte.
Of course, even in a restaurant with a menu full of delicious vegan foods, we both still wanted things that contained dairy. Our lovely waitress offered to pop to the shop downstairs and pick up some dairy free yogurt for us.
I’ve eaten in Wild Thyme a lot and I can honestly say I’ve never been disappointed with the food or the service. It’s a beautiful location and they have kept the ambiance inside in keeping with the courtyard outside.
In terms of price, it is a little more on the pricey side but it’s definitely worth it. Nice for a date, a meal with the parents or just a fancy brunch date with a bestie.
I’m still very much in the process of getting my wardrobe together, I want to have a good basic wardrobe, something capsule like, and then build from there. Part of this process is putting together outfits, wearing them and seeing how I feel!
I’ve always played it pretty safe, I don’t like the feeling of people looking at me in public so I normally try not to stand out with what I wear. On the other hand I want to wear what I think looks good and what I feel comfortable in. I’ll often put an outfit off because I think people will look at me, when in reality people don’t really give a shit what I’m wearing and I should care what people think! So I’m putting together some odd outfits and trying them out, if I feel good in them it’s a success and then I’ll start looking at other ways to style those pieces.
For this outfit I wanted to style my favourite white shirt with a skirt I rarely wear because I’m unsure if it’s flattering, I wanted to wear boots because I quite like the look of ankle boots with a skirt but I’m worried it makes my legs look stumpy. Then accessioning, I wore the coat to bring it together a bit, it made to look a little smarter I think, my bag is my everyday brown bag and then the hat. The hat was the real uncertainty, I asked my mum on her thoughts and she wasn’t convinced and normally that would be enough to send the hat back to the clothes rail, but this time I thought ‘No’. I wore it and loved it. Even if it was way too hot for it…
All in all I think this look has an edgy smartness too it, something I’d wear to a nice lunch with fancy people, I feel better about the skirt and the hat so they will move on to the next round of styling. It’s kind of like a game show for clothes!