T H E   W I S H L I S T

I don’t know about you, but this time of year always makes me want to hit the shops. There are just so many beautiful things around right now! And since it’s getting on for six whole months since I last put together a wishlist, I figured it was about time I shared the items I’m coveting most at the moment here on CwR!

Looking now at all the pieces I’ve picked out, the colour palette is clear. Earth tones and nudes all the way! Oh, and as reading material- I had a flick through Honestly Healthy whilst at a friend’s house last weekend, and fell in love with it on the spot.

Here’s to an autumn spent cosied up in soft, oversized layers, drinking hot chocolate from adorable Fair Isle print mugs, and to nourishing our bodies with the most wholesome and delicious food!

Nude flats
Recipe book

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A M O N G S T   T H E   F L O W E R S .

Growing up, garden centres visits were something of a ritual.

My family and I would meet my cousins and uncle at one or other of our many local garden centres every other Sunday, for cake and tea and hours of chatter.

I’d pick up my Grandma on my way home from lectures on Wednesdays during my first year or so of university, and we’d head over to the garden centre just across from where she lived for a happy afternoon of shopping and pottering and updating one another on our lives.

Christmas just wasn’t Christmas until we’d visited the festive displays in our favourite local nursery, and my sister and I would comment every year on how it never felt as sparkly or magical as the previous year’s display. Over the past decade, these traditions have changed and evolved, as our family has done the same.

But nevertheless, a garden centre visit still holds a special place in my heart…

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I met Tania in Richmond a few days ago, and together we moseyed our way along the river towards Petersham Nurseries. Tania had never been before, you see, and so we thought it was about time for a visit!

I’d been to Petersham 18 months or so ago with friends, back when the nursery was beginning to bloom in full summer glory.

This visit was decidedly chillier, a little breezier, but my goodness, just as beautiful as ever.

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Summer’s soft pinks and corals and lilacs have faded away, and instead the flower beds and potting tables now are filled with deep rust and berry tones.

The vines that have threaded their way across the ceiling of the greenhouse (that doubles as a cafe) are heavy with grapes, and the whole nursery is a feast for the eyes.

Not to mention the camera lens…

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We could’ve stayed there all afternoon, Tania and I. And thinking about it now, we pretty much did.

Lunch was bought and enjoyed in the greenhouse (a taleggio and kale bake for Tania, chickpea and potato curry for me, plus a slice of chocolate cake to share), and we fell in love a hundred times over with the idea of owning a vine-filled greenhouse big enough to set up a dining table in. Can you even imagine the dinner parties?

The rest of our afternoon was spent wandering up and down the beds, taking 101 photos of the vibrant dahlias and herbs and greenery, and talking about how much we both loved playing hide and seek during the garden centre visits we made as children.

Not that there was ever any doubt that our friendship were solid as a rock, but sharing a love of garden centres cemented it that bit further.


I’m wearing :: Scarf (< almost identical!) || Roll-neck jumper || Riding pants || Boots | Handbag

I must just take a brief minute to talk to you about that dreamboat of a roll-neck I’m wearing. It’s without doubt the most cosy, yet effortlessly stylish jumper I’ve ever owned, and I’m yet to go a day whilst wearing it that it doesn’t get complimented.

All that, *and* it doesn’t need hand washing? Consider my heart officially stolen!

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C R A N B E R R Y   +   P L U M

Experimenting with makeup looks and beauty products is something I’ve become more confident with over the past couple of years. Once upon a time I’d never even have dreamed of wearing a bold lip colour, but now- the bolder the better!

This particular look is one of my favourites for this time of year. It works so well as a way of pepping up a more casual outfit, and that beautifully warm, rich lip colour goes with just about everything. It’s almost laughably easy to put together too- with the glowy, lightweight base and ‘barely there’ nude eye leaving the lip colour to be the standout feature of the look.

Here’s how…


01 :: Smooth on your foundation (I use my fingers instead of a brush, for a natural look) then add concealer beneath the eyes and to cover any blemishes.

>> I’m using Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (I originally bought it for my wedding, and absolutely love the lightweight but flawless finish it gives) paired with Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in the shade Soft Beige.


02 :: Apply a light brown matte eyeshadow to your eyelid, taking it right up to the brow line. Blend a darker brown shade to the crease, and a small amount to the lower lash line to softly define the eye.

>>  I’m using Urban Decay’s ‘Naked‘ as the base colour, and ‘Cover’ (from the Naked2 Basics palette) as the contour.

03 :: Run a soft brown pencil liner along your upper inner lash line to create some subtle definition, and then finish with plenty of black mascara.

>> I’m using Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl liner in the shade Cocoa Bean, and Benefit Roller Lash mascara.


04 :: Blend a rosey blusher into the apples of your cheeks, and then sweep a warm-toned highlighter along your cheekbones to add warmth.

>> I’m using Benefit Bella Bamba blusher, and MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in the shade ‘Soft and Gentle’.

05 :: Finish with a touch of translucent powder where necessary, but be as sparing as you can, so as to keep the overall look radiant and glowing.

>> I’m using Bare Minerals Touch Up Veil in shade Light.


06 :: Apply a plum lipstick to the lips, with a liner too if the lipstick you’re using tends to bleed or smudge. Despite being pretty bold, the shade I’m using here is so wearable, and looks incredible on any skintone. And, bonus, it lasts for hours too!

>> I’m using MAC ‘Amorous’ lipstick, which has a beautiful satin finish.


I’d love to know how you get on, if you try the look yourself. Find me on Instagram & Twitter, and let me know!

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A M B E R   A U T U M N   L I G H T .

Jason and I decided to revisit one of our favourite autumnal pastimes from last year on Sunday, by bringing a flask of hot chocolate along with us on a dog walk and pausing for a cosy picnic.

Very little’s changed from this year to the last. Well, I guess there has been one very major change, but apart from that (and aside from both my hair and Teddy’s coat being longer and more unruly than this time last year), we’re just as content with these quiet, peaceful sorts of days as we ever were.

Still more at peace in the countryside than anywhere else, and more fond of being bundled up against a nipping wind than we were of the balmy summer days just gone.

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The weather was so delicious and dreamy all day long, and all I could think of over and over was how I could live forever happy with year round weather like this.

The light was warm and soft and hazy, the wind picked up my hair a few dozen times over and tied it in knots around my neck, and the sun had just the gentlest touch of warmth to it.


We veered off the main path to a fallen tree tucked just out of sight in a patch of fir trees and heather, took up seats in that weather-beaten tree trunk, and poured out two mugfuls of dark, sweet, thick hot chocolate.

The wind couldn’t reach us, shielded as we were by firs all around, and those tin mugs of hot chocolate alone were enough to warm our chilly fingers.

But really, my fingers were all that was cold- the rest had been taken care of by that dreamily cosy roll neck…

M Y   O U T F I T  - Roll neck poncho || Shirt || Jeans || Hunter boots


J A S O N ‘ S   O U T F I T  - Shirt || Khakis || Barbour boots.

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