Sunday 17 September 2017

LIFESTYLE: An Autumnal shopping spree

Lately, I feel like I've been shopping a whole lot. I think when the seasons change, the temptation to buy things is always stronger, isn't it? I just want all the jumpers and all the boots and all the coats, and it's simply inconceivable that I could pop a pair of tights under one of my summery dresses to tide me over.

Anyway, I thought I'd share a few bits that I've bought lately, in the hope that someone reading this will buy them too, and make me feel better about shopping a little too much. I have to stop now, or I'm going to have to start cutting people from the wedding. Does EVERYONE need to eat?

I recently bought my first pair of jeans in four years. Quite the moment. I've lost a bit of weight this year, but I've also become a bit less freaked out at the idea of showing off my admittedly sizeable hips. Firstly, they're not as bad as I thought, and plenty of amazing curvy babes rock them every day without the world exploding. Also, I think I realised that if I was willing to go out to the supermarket in a hoody and trackies, then it wasn't much of a step to wear a pair of jeans that actually fit, instead and look halfway decent. I've been trying on lots, and struggling with my short legs and the fact that I seem to be in between sizes in some shops, but I eventually picked up the Yazmin jeans in New Look, and I like them a lot. They come in lots of different leg lengths which is great for my little legs, they're super high waisted so they pull everything in, but they're not uncomfortably tight when you're sitting down, either. The only issue I have with them is that the dark blue ones fit like a dream, but the black ones are too small. Makes no sense, but that's fashion for you.

But now I'm rediscovering jeans, I'm also rediscovering trainers-that-aren't-Converse, and just ordered a pair of Adidas Gazelles from Spartoo which feels SO retro. I can't remember if I ever actually had any (I remember some white ones with peach stripes but I think they might have belonged to my sister), but I remember really wanting some when I was a teenager. Before I ordered them, I had to do a google search to check if they're cool. Apparently they've had a comeback, so let's go with it. Oh, and I also got this jumper from New Look, which is so damn flattering, you must buy it. Plus, it has pouffy sleeves! POUFFY.

House stuff
Actually, I've been pretty lenient on buying the house stuff lately, after going a bit nuts when we first moved in and then again, earlier this year, when we finally replaced our hideous yellow-brown curtains with a snazzy yellow chevron pair from Very. I have, though, been buying a LOT of candles. I don't light them much in the summer months, but as soon as it starts getting a wee bit chilly, I can't bear to be in the house without at least fifty burning at any one time (that's an exaggeration, but you get the point). They're so very cosy. I've discovered this range I really like by Makers of Wax Goods which have cool labels and really thick wicks, so they flicker noisily like a fireplace, and it's very comforting. I'm also trying to wean myself off buying fresh flowers every week, and am attempting to keep an orchid and a few cacti alive right now. So far, so good.

And I really want to invest in some fake flowers - I've spied some super autumnal faux hydrangea stems on the Cox and Cox which I love (and I'm also eyeing their gorgeous range of lighting as we could really do with a couple of new lamps for the darker evenings. I've also been trying to persuade Matt we need an autumn wreath for the front door, but he's not buying it.

No, I'm not quite that awful that I've started buying Christmas presents YET, but give me a week or two and I'll probably start. I like to be done by the end of November, because I am the worst. (But being organised is fun!) It's Matt's birthday on Friday though, and I have been picking up a few bits for him which I can't talk too much about, but I have been pondering getting him some skincare bits from Neal's Yard, as he's an old man at 31 now and should really start taking better care of his skin. Or, any care. (I'm teasing with the old man bit, partly because I doubt he'll read this and partly because I still have 4 years on that whippersnapper)

I feel like there needs to be more categories, but all I can think of is books and food and I haven't bought much of either lately - I'm in a very samey mode with food right now (although I do have a couple of new recipes to share soon). Oh, I also bought some new ghds, as mine started beeping alarmingly and I think I might finally join the rest of my generation soon and buy a Kindle. Mainly because when we went on holiday in July, I bought a stack of six books with me, and as Matt pointed out, that's not going to work for our three week honeymoon (because I'm going to need more than six, obvs). So I think a Paperwhite is top of my Christmas list. Do you think a Paperwhite is worth it? I like the idea of the light, but I do wonder. I don't want to get the cheaper model though, and regret not getting the fancypants one. DECISIONS.

Well, this post was all over the place, but I hope you enjoyed it. What have YOU purchased lately?



  1. I DEFINITELY recommend a Paperwhite over a normal Kindle. I was unsure at first (I was replacing my worse-for-wear original one) but the light makes so much difference as it's possible to read in dodgy light, or even in the middle of the night without disturbing anyone. Plus it displays book covers which my original didn't!

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  2. I've had both, and while the basic model is absolutely fine, I'd probably just splash the extra cash and get the paperwhite. The backlight does come in handy when reading in bed, etc.

  3. Just echoing what the other posters have written: the paperwhite is worth it. I love mine.

  4. I have a Kindle Voyage and I love it and it's the best. And I bloody LOVE those fake hydrangeas - I want some!


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