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That time of year has come around again, where the hunt for the perfect coat for long countryside dog walks in changeable weather must begin. The coat needs to be lightweight, rain-proof, layerable, and if at all possible, stylish enough that you won’t feel the need to sigh and grumble when you put it on each morning.

Enter, the Boden City jacket!

I had a little credit on my Boden account left over from summer, and decided to invest it wisely in a jacket that’ll hopefully take me right through this autumn and maybe (with a little clever layering) winter too. It’s so beautifully fitted, shower-proof, warm, and fellow muddy-dog owners will be happy to learn, totally wipe-cleanable too! I especially love the detailing on the jacket- the elbow patches, corduroy-trimmed cuffs, and POCKETS! So many pockets, all crying out to be filled with iPhones and keys and dog treats and whistles and pairs of gloves that have holes in from a certain dog’s puppy teeth. It comes in navy, khaki, and a deep red colour, but that unfailingly versatile (not to mention beautiful!) khaki colour had me at hello.

A winner all-round!

Jacket :: Boden City Padded Jacket.
Jeans :: GAP Always Skinny jeans.
Wellies :: Hunter Original Tall boots.
Socks :: H&M.


9 thoughts on “W O R N :: A jacket just made for blustery Autumn dog walks.

  1. Cath

    I was looking at the red version of this only last night! (And sadly deciding that Muffin would eat the pockets off it in an afternoon…)

  2. Ala Skrakowski

    I used to love GAP jeans, and just GAP in general but haven’t been in, in years! Making a mental note! Also, the jacket is lovely. I have a khaki barbour jacket and it’s just the best x

  3. Rebecca

    Looks like a great length and cut on you! Love autumn and love cozy clothes, feel like I dress better in the colder months if you know what I mean! Rebecca x


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There’ve been some truly wonderful blogs linked in my sidebar this month. And once again, it’s been quite the distraction! I’ve often found myself whiling away an hour or two catching up on all these talented ladies’ most recent posts, and quite neglecting my own work! Some are lifestyle blogs, others centre around food and recipes, and some focus on personal style. There really is a blog for everyone! So have a little click through to each of them in turn, and don’t forget to follow along with your favourites via Bloglovin’! Enjoy! :)

World of Wynne
Hanna’s blog is one that was introduced to me a good many months ago now, and I’ve been a loyal reader ever since. I love the way Hannah writes her posts- they’re always so serene and unassuming, and make you feel as though you’ve escaped into her personal journal. She shares recipes for sweet treats, dreamy photos, and snapshots of her beautiful little family. It’s the sort of blog you could lose yourself in, and I wholeheartedly recommend you do!
Favourite post of the past month? A Garden Stroll (because Hanna’s photos have the most incredible quality about them, I just can’t get enough!)

Lisette Loves
Oh, I just adore Lisette Loves! I stumbled upon her blog (and then across her YouTube channel too!) about a year ago, and I’ll tell you, it’s impossible not to be drawn in by Lisette’s personality! It comes shining right through everything she does! Lisette Loves is full of (you guessed it!) the things Lisette loves the most, and features wonderfully engaging lifestyle posts, outfit photos, recipes, and my favourite of favourite ‘Thankful Thursday’ posts which are dedicated to thoughtfulness and gratitude. Truly a wonderful read.
Favourite post of the past month? Almond glazed cinnabuns (because it’s a post chock full of cinnamon buns- it just couldn’t be any more perfect if it tried!)

The Peppermint Pencil
Have you fallen in love with Anya’s blog yet? She’s just such a talented, wonderful lady! Not only can she take a killer photo and illustrate the most beautiful pieces, but now she’s even risen to the (amazingly difficult!) challenge of eliminating sugar from her diet! Anya’s posts are always so beautifully put together- from the gorgeous photos in her recipe posts, to her candid ‘quitting sugar’ updates. I just can’t recommend you follow along with The Peppermint Pencil highly enough!
Favourite post of the past month? 10 tips for overcoming creative block. (because anyone who has ever taken on a creative role needs to read this post!)

The What Now Blog
Both Louise and her wonderful blog are so inspiring. The What Now Blog is full of thoughtful, beautifully written posts about staying motivated, career growth and progression, self-improvement, and the pursuit of happiness. Just recently Louise’s posts have rely struck a chord with me and made me think more carefully about decisions I make in my own life, and I think there’s no greater mark of a good blog! It’s one I recommend adding to your reading list right away, and that you settle down to read it when you find yourself in need of a little inspiration and an ‘online pep-talk’! :)
Favourite post of the past month? Work Life Balance- Why Should We Care? (because it’s just the most brilliant, thought-provoking read)

This Particular
I had the pleasure of meeting Ala in person this month, and it’s only gone and made me enjoy reading This Particular even more than I did already! There’s just something about Ala’s blog- I think it’s that her writing truly reflects her lovely ‘real-life’ personality! Ala’s posts range from recipes (right now she’s doing a GBBO cookalong, girl after my own heart!) to happy catch up posts, London restaurant reviews, and the results of her experiments with film photography. If you’re a fan of a charming lifestyle blogs, then This Particular is one for you!
Favourite post of the past month? Street Feast | Model Market Lewisham (because it’s food porn at its absolute finest, and that’s a fact)

The Awkward Blog
Angela is another blogger I was lucky enough to meet in person in August, after so many months of talking online! Her blog became a firm favourite of mine from the very first time I read it, and Angela is just as delightful in person as she is on her blog! The Awkward Blog is my very favourite kind of lifestyle blog- full of gorgeous photos from Angela’s adventures (she just got engaged AND got kittens, adventures for days!) fun recipes, restaurant reviews, and snippets from her life in London! I just adore it- and am no less than 100% certain that you’ll love it too!
Favourite post of the past month? Kittens! (because KITTENS! They are the sweetest!)

Thursday Afternoons
It’s been such a pleasure to catch up with Sara’s blog, after she advertised here a good few months back! Thursday Afternoons is the most dreamy blog, with just about the prettiest and most feminine blog design you ever did see! In the past month Sara’s been sharing the most gorgeous posts all about her time spent exploring Croatia, and her photos are just divine! She’ll make you want to jet straight on over there, I promise you! It’s been so wonderful to catch up with Thursday Afternoons again- it’s a blog I know you’re going to just love!
Favourite post of the past month? Croatian Holiday: Split & Trogir (because Sara captures the spirit of Croatia so beautifully, you feel like you’re right there with her)

The Noble Foodie
I’ve just loved getting to know Bridget online in August! She’s such an inspiring blogger, baker, and woman in general! She began writing her blog as a way of exploring and sharing her wholesome recipes (all gluten and dairy-free) as a way of nourishing her body after bout after bout of ill health. It’s incredible to read her story of how cooking and eating wholesome food has changed her life! Bridget’s recipes are always accessible, healthy, and delicious-looking, and I for one am excited to give her gluten-free soda bread recipe a go!
Favourite post of the past month? Soda Bread Rolls (because I’m in awe of Bridget’s ability to adapt just about any recipe and make it gluten and dairy free!)

Bumpkin Betty
Jaclyn is another blogger who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in real life- we worked together on the What I See project a few months back! I didn’t know then that she wrote a blog of her own as well as being a social media and communications whizz! Bumpkin Betty has quickly become a favourite daily read of mine. Jaclyn’s posts are always so beautifully put together- with stunning photos, beautifully collated layouts, and the kind of charming writing that makes you feel like you’re catching up with a friend! Not to mention, her new design is pretty killer too…
Favourite post of the past month? The Weekend in Pictures (because Jaclyn’s photos of Bath are just too perfect!)

Cocktails and Caroline
Oh, it’s never a dull day when I get to sit down and catch up with Caroline and her wonderful blog! She always has the most fun, interesting, engaging posts on her site- from reviews of food and drink hotspots, to the very best places to travel! Caroline’s travel posts are my especial favourite- she always sells me on wherever in the world she’s visited most recently, so the point where I suggest it to Jason as a possible honeymoon spot! You must go and check out her photos from Camogli in Italy- they’re just stunning!
Favourite post of the past month? A Road Trip to Italy- Camogli (because Caroline’s photos are to die for- you could just dive into that sea!)

Emmerlie Jay
I met Emily well over a year ago now (at a party in London where I didn’t know a soul, and was so glad to see a familiar face!), and have followered her blog for such a long time! It’s always such a lovely read- full of style posts, product + restaurant reviews, how-tos, and even more besides! It’s the sort of blog you’ll stop in on to just read a post or two, and find yourself reading months into the back catalogue half an hour later. And if that’s not the mark of a good blog, I don’t know what is!
Favourite post of the past month? Outfit: Denim Dungaree Dress (because you know I’m a sucker for anything dungaree-related!)

Sunny Sweet Pea
It’s always such a pleasure to have Jenny’s blog linked in my sidebar, especially since Sunny Sweet Pea has recently undergone a major facelift making it (if possible!) even prettier than it was before! Jenny’s blog is always such a lovely one to escape in to- her world seems to be such a beautiful one! It’s never a bad day when you click through to a blog and are met with a pup as beautiful as sweet Pip, and Jenny’s recipes, home interior posts, and lifestyle posts are not to be missed. Just such a happy read!
Favourite post of the past month? Houghton Mill (because Jenny is the reigning Queen of Quintessentially English posts!)

Owl Girl
I stumbled across Owl Girl one day after clicking through from a comment Candy had left on my blog, and am so glad I did! Owl Girl is such a bright, happy online ‘world’, full of crafting and photos of the beautiful things Candy’s wears, how-to posts, and stories from Candy’s family and recent goings-on. I just love it! Owl Girl is unique and individual in its styling, and I’ve just been loving getting to know both it and Candy over the past few weeks.
Favourite post of the past month? A jolly jaunt to Portobello Road (because Candy’s entire outfit is to die for!)

Rhyme & Ribbons
It seriously has been so great to get to know Amanda’s blog this month! And so much fun too, because Amanda is 100% hilarious! Her posts are always so much fun to read, and her blog itself seems to be a real labour of love which is something I always find so engaging. Amanda is another blogger engaged in a GBBO cookalong (you must read her first GBBO post, there’s even fancy dress involved!) and if you’re a fan of the show itself, you’re going to love Amanda’s posts! You must go and follow along right away! :)
Favourite post of the past month? The Not So British Bake Off: Week 3 (Breads) (because wigs are involved. WIGS. )

More beautiful blogs to read & fall in love with! ::
Holland’s Reverie || Favourite post? :: Grazy Days of Summer
The University Project || Favourite post? :: Things That Made Me Happy #5
Brew of Blessings || Favourite post? :: Lessons from year two.
Life Enchanted || Favourite post? :: A Night on the River
Uncia + Tigris || Favourite post? :: Dark chocolate seed + nut protein bites
Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes || Favourite post? :: Weekend Break to Derbyshire & Yorkshire

p.s. Click through to the Sponsor page and take up an advert today, to see your own blog featured here this time next month! :) Tweet me if you need any more information!

** Image :: via the wonderful What Katie Ate.


10 thoughts on “Who’s been in my sidebar this month? || August advertisers!

  1. Ala Skrakowski

    Thank you so much again Rosie, you always write the nicest things about my little blog! It was fab meeting you, can’t wait to meet up again! x

  2. Helena

    oh you do have some wonderful advertisers, I think I just followed about 90%, oops. All lovely blogs :)
    Helena / helenaterry.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Hanna

    Thank you so much for the sweet words, Rosie! I am so happy that I found your blog when I did, and am so glad I became a sponsor. I am immensely grateful for all of your kindness and support. Thank you! ♥

  4. Rhianna

    Hi Rosie!

    All of these blogs are so amazing and I’m definitely going to be reading some of them regularly! Thanks for this post! :) xxx

  5. Kate

    I like such posts because it’s always nice to discover some new, interesting blogs!



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Recently, I’ve been going through a funny kind of nesting, spring-cleaning phase. I want to tidy, rejuvenate, and organise everything in our house. The four drawers in my little desk-come-dressing-table in the front bedroom are in the process of being sorted out after having accumulated three and a half years worth of ‘I’ll keep that just in case I need it’ rubbish, and this weekend has been a blur of paperwork/filing/traipsing out to the bin with bags of rubbish. I think it’s the September effect. Even though my year doesn’t run to an academic calendar anymore, I still can’t shake the feeling that late August/early September is the time to start afresh, dust things off, and start over with better intentions (and prettier stationery) that I might have had previously. It’s my favourite time of year, almost for that reason alone.

But what of the other joys of early autumn? Hedgerow harvests and digging out forgotten knitwear and cooking comforting things? Recently I wound up with two huge bags full of fruit- homegrown apples from my Mum’s next door neighbour, and blackberries collected by our own neighbour who has this incredible knack for catching them just at the right time. I froze the blackberries to stop them from going bad, then got to work on the apples. Peeled, diced, and cooked down with a tiny scraping of butter, some soft brown sugar, cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

I did have visions of being virtuous and saving the apple compote to eat for breakfasts with granola, and yoghurt, but it seemed wrong when the weather’s been so autumnal and I had all the ingredients for a fruit crumble ready and waiting in the kitchen. So on Saturday evening, after a hearty dinner (of  lamb, kale, and mashed potato! For the first time in so many months!) we set about making blackberry and apple crumble. The recipe for the topping came from Hugh’s Fruit Everyday recipe book (with the addition of a little cinnamon, because why on earth not), and the filling came together with apple compote, partially defrosted blackberries smashed together with a fork, and tablespoon full of maple syrup. Kind of indulgent to make a dessert just for the two of us, but such a lovely indulgence to make on a Bank Holiday weekend.

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24 thoughts on “The September effect.

  1. Amanda

    I completely agree about September being a time to start fresh. I don’t follow an academic calendar any more either but September just feels like that time. A yummy apple and blackberry crumble sounds perfect for the transition from summer into Autumn x

  2. Maxine Gilmour

    I did the exact same thing this weekend!

    I’m now about a year out of uni and in a graduate job but I can’t help but feel ‘The September Effect’ as you so nicely put it :). I completely gutted and cleaned my bedroom and kitchen and it felt so good. I’ve also been hanging around Paperchase a lot recently gazing longingly at all the stationary I wish I could buy.

    Love it when I come across someone else who feels the same way I do! :)

  3. Alice

    I am the exact same! I didn’t really realise though until I read this post :) I do still run on an academic calendar and I’m so excited to head to paperchase and get all my new stationary and new diary for the year sorted :) but I’m also organising the other areas of my life, clearing out old clothes and giving everything a good clean. Its so relaxing. Love the photos of the apples as well, made me excited to get to my house down in Exeter and go to town on the apple tree in the garden!

  4. Kate

    I work at a university, and even though I’m in admin and not an academic the September Feeling sets in without fail every year! Like you, I need to clear out some paperwork, and I also want to buy a small, narrow bookcase that fits next to my bedside table so I can finally organise the books which have been in storage baskets since I moved in two years ago! Of course, the problem is finding the perfect bookcase ;) Have you ended up buying any pretty new stationery?

  5. Helena

    aw I miss this time of year in my old house. We had two big cooking apple trees, plums and normal apples and it was the best. So many apples so consequently SO many apple crumbles. It’s a proper home comforts food
    Helena / helenaterry.blogspot.co.uk

  6. Giada

    I always see September as a fresh start, maybe because it’s my birthday month or because it begins a new season, but it’s definitely my favourite time of the year!

  7. Amber

    I’m exactly the same Rosie, I spent the weekend catching up on paperwork and ‘nesting’.

    I walked around our house criticizing everything and realised exactly how many half finished diy projects we had, and how many things in our home needed organising and upgrading.

    We’re getting there though! xo

  8. Sam

    I am in completely the same phase and i’m really enjoying cleaning out too. It’s amazing how much stuff I can accumulate based on “oh but I might need that in the next 5 years”.

  9. Chelsea

    This post made me want to slip into a sweater and curl up with a glass of mulled wine. Well done:) Love these photos too!

  10. Cathryn

    I am feeling like this too. It definitely feels like a change in the seasons with the weather. We are having a big sort out of our house at the minute. De-cluttering is good for the soul!

  11. Cat

    I’ve definitely been feeling the arrival of September as well and have gone on a massive “organizing spree” in my own home. Doesn’t it feel good to get things put together? A crumble sounds like the perfect way to celebrate the nearly changing season.


  12. Debbie

    I love that you still work to an academic year too! This weekend I went out to buy a new diary, as I’m still stuck in a mid-year calendar mindset!

  13. Megan

    Hi Rosie!

    I totally agree with you! Fall is simply the most beautiful thing both in the UK and the USA (I think the UK wins tho ;) hehe!) I remember picking those same sort of apples last year to make pastries! Yum :) Oh how I miss England+fall, it is still so hot here in the Pacific Northwest!

  14. kezia

    I love this season! Blackberry foraging is my favourite. I too an having the September effect – the desire to sort out, clean and do all those DIY jobs I have been meaning to do for ages! Very therapeutic though:)

  15. Ala Skrakowski

    I have also found, mashed potato worming its way back into our dinner routine, because it’s just too cold for salad’s now (still August, what the…) ! And making a dessert for just two of you is absolutely acceptable in my humble opinion, and you can make it last for a few days so you still get a treat for days after. Plus you’re right, if you can’t indulge on a bank holiday weekend, when can you?! x


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This week has been brought to you by good friends, Pinterest, a serious case of mind over matter, sore muscles, and coffee. I’m not sure why exactly but it’s been such a long, tiring one, and I’m so very glad it’s Friday! This weekend we have absolutely nothing planned, mainly because I’ve been making plans for the weekend of the 30th and 31st thinking that those are the dates for this weekend, and forgot that it’s actually another week away. Oof. In other news, this week Jason came to me and said ‘Teach me how to use Pinterest for work’- and I was like, ‘Uh, OKAY!’ Best task ever! So on that note, let me tell you what else has made me happy this week!…

1. Wednesday night’s combination of takeaway pizzas, and the Great British Bake Off. Basically the most outstanding combination imaginable.

2. Finally being able to take Teddy out for a proper walk! He was going insane being stuck in the house, and driving Jason and I to distraction too. Now he’s able to get out and run again, we’re all a lot calmer!

3. Maple syrup instead of honey as a sweetener for my morning yoghurt-oat-fruit bowls. So tasty!

4. Spending a day working in Jason’s office. It’s always invigorating to be around so many creative, talented people.

5. Making a batch of granola bars that were *just* the right texture, not too crumbly or too stodgy. I’ll share the recipe once it’s perfect…

6. Listening to (Queen) Bey whilst working.

7. My darling best friend and bridesmaid-in-chief, who has done the most amazing job setting wheels in motion for my hen do next year so that she can get dates and places and events booked up early. She is a wonder!

8. Wearing in a pair of boyfriend jeans until they feel softer than pyjamas. The best.

9. Cooler nightime temperatures. Let it be known that I am not a fan of hot summer nights. Cool breezes and wool socks and duvets, please.

10. Wearing my hair in a side-plait. Absolutely my new favourite hairstyle.

Three posts I’ve loved reading this week :: Anh’s beautifully chic outfit || Ala’s photos shot using an old SLR, onto expired film! || + this wonderfully exacting post on Aeropress brewing, on ABM.

What’s on your happy list, for this week?

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20 thoughts on “10 things that’ve made me happy this week!

  1. Sophie

    Such a lovely list, Im glad that Teddy is feeling better and so can go for walks now! GBBO and Pizza sounds like a dream! I’ve just done a happy list type post on my blog too, bubble baths, hot chocolates and shopping A/W bits are on my happy list for this week! x


  2. Bec

    Whats made me happy this week… having a HUGE wave of motivation and working my little butt off and also the beautiful taste of Spring Melbourne enocuntered today. Also kind people and friends <3
    Bec x

  3. Ala Skrakowski

    I literally can’t even explain how much I love GBBO, I wish it was on every day! Once a week is not enough! Poor old Teddy, glad he’s been able to get back out and about, seems like there’s no stopping him haha! And I have to admit, although I miss the sun, I am finding it a lot easier to sleep this week.

    I’m happy that today it’s TWO WEEKS until I go to Turkey – massive hooray, need to get myself a suitcase though…! And thank you so much for including my post Rosie :) ! x

  4. Helena

    this is lovely, it sounds like you had a lovely week :) on my list would be finally finding the perfect brownie recipe, discovering a new show that I love (orphan black) and just the anticipation of all the things I’ve got to look forward to: my birthday on the 30th, holiday on the 3rd, starting university on the 20th:) I’m a very excited gal right now
    Helena / helenaterry.blogspot.co.uk

  5. Candy

    I’m so glad that lovely Teddy is feeling better – that sounds like an ideal situation for EVERYONE involved! My main happy thing of the week is that I just found out that I don’t need major hip surgery (at least not for a few years!) I have dodgy hips but the doctor thinks they’ll be able to hold out for a while yet! Phew! I hope you have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend, Rosie! :)

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

  6. Jade @ Bits & Bobs

    Sounds like you’ve had a good week. Boyfriend jeans are the best, as a mummy they’re a part of my daily wardrobe – heck, they were before I was even a mummy – and these autumnal days are making a little sad because I know soon I won’t be able to keep my ankles on show… Sad times!

  7. Laura M George (@lmgeorge92)

    oooh. Yes! soft jeans make me happy. I’m craving a pair of super soft boyfriend fit jeans now! my happy list? coming back to Bournemouth to see my family for the weekend, knowing this time in a week my man will be back with me (after a month in the US) and seeing my rebranded blog logo. xx

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