25.06

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S U M M E R   U N I F O R M

What’s this? My first outfit post in about a billion years? YEAH IT IS!

I basically had no choice NOT to post about this dress, since it’s all I’ve been wearing lately. In short, I’m obsessed. It’s from Zara (I can’t find a link, I’m sorry!), is light as a feather and has been so cool to wear in the recent hot spell (which I’m missing already, it felt like being on holiday!). And, crucially, the V neck is just low enough that I can whip a boob out (for Ottilie, you understand) at a moment’s notice. Which is top of my ‘shall I buy this?’ checklist these days, don’t you know…

And anyway, I’m all about minimal effort dressing these days. I had a wardrobe cull a few months ago and am slowly buying a few new pieces, trying to focus on buying not only things that make me feel confident and stylish and happy, but also are comfortable and practical when I’m on the go all day with a baby.

I fell into the trap, when Ottie was tiny, of dressing in plain basics all the time because they were easy and hid milk stains and, looking back, allowed me to shrink into the background at a time when I didn’t feel very confident at all. But lately I’ve been so enjoying refinding my mojo, fashion-wise, and am not ashamed to say that Zara has taken a fair few of my pennies over the past couple of months…

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This particular outing for the Dress Of Dreams, as I’m calling it, was to Wisley Gardens with Ottie and my Mum. We’re both big into our gardens, and Wisley is such a beautiful place to visit for a wander. And since I’m a paid up RHS member these days, it’s basically law that we have to go at every possible opportunity.

It’s such an calming, peaceful place to visit, and I always leave full of grand ideas for my little garden at home.

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I’m going to end this short but sweet post with my Mum and husband’s thoughts on my outfit. Here we go.

Mum: ‘I’ve just worked out what you look like in that dress- Amish. You look like a sister wife. All you need is a bonnet.’ <Thanks Mum, absolutely the look I was going for.

Jason: ‘Those shoes are horrible. They look like you’re in your slippers going out to peg out laundry.’

So that’s that then. I’m hopeful that the comments on this post will be filled with just as positive, glowing reviews.

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03.12

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 B A B Y   I T ‘ S   C O L D   O U T S I D E .

Oh look! It’s that cape again!

I’ll tell you, I’ve been wearing that thing pretty much non-stop lately. And I figured that, since it’s the sort of item that I once would’ve looked at and thought ‘I would have NO idea how to wear that!’, perhaps it wouldn’t hurt for me to break that rules of blogging and feature an item more than once ;)

Totally kidding. You know me and my penchant for wearing the same things over and over! Those leopard flats being a case in point…

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Tania snapped these photos for me partway through last week, right after we’d finished brunch and were having a potter around Parson’s Green.

We stepped out of the cafe and were hit immediately by a gust of wind 100 times brisker than the day’s forecast had predicted, and as our noses turned pinker and pinker in a matter of minutes as we walked along the New King’s Road.

Cold we might have been, yet still, there’s something undeniably lovely and happy-making about London during the winter months.

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Each year I forget how beautiful London looks in the cold, crisp, blue-ish light of winter, and how much I love to visit the city during the festive season.

Though the hustle and bustle of the shopping hotspots never fails to me feel ever so slightly anxious about the state of my own Christmas shopping efforts (this year, non-existant so far…), there’s a sort of hurried energy to the place that’s undeniably infectious.

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I love the lights that criss-cross back and forth between the tall buildings on Regent Street, and the blue and white snowflakes that usually sit high in the trees around Sloane Square.

I love the festive displays in shop windows, and seeing people walking along the streets bundled up in coats carrying a dozen shopping bags, and the sparkly silhouettes of Christmas trees that shine through the front room curtains of the homes that line the streets.

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Cape || Jeans || Flats || Hat

 

I remember being in London just a couple of days before Christmas last year, catching up with the girls just after Tania came back from Australia.

As I travelled across town, it seemed as though every other person making their way through the city was carrying armfuls of wrapped gifts, and dragging heavy suitcases behind them.

It felt like a scene from one of those gloriously cheesy Christmas films that we can’t help but watch each December, and I remember thinking ‘This is it, right here. *This* is Christmas.’

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I’ve always had this strange love for travelling over Christmas season, no doubt born from that most famous of Christmas songs (is Chris Rea singing in your head right now, too?), and I think that’s why that little scene caught my heart in the way it did.

In fact, I’m already starting to get fluttery with excitement about the travelling we’re doing around Christmas time this year!

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How will you be spending your Christmas day, this year? :) My Mum’s hosting this one, and I just can’t wait!

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22.11

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‘ T I S   T H E   S E A S O N   T O   B E   C O S Y .

I think it needs stating that these photos were taken a couple of days ago, *just before* the weather here snapped and plummeted to freezing and below.

Fast forward to now, and it’s so bitter that I’m wearing no less than two pairs of socks simultaneously at all times, and am currently sat writing this post with a cardigan buttoned up underneath my thick winter dressing gown for extra warmth!

I’m pretty excited about this cold though, aren’t you? Winter just doesn’t feel like winter until we’ve seen the pond freeze over, and woken up to a world coloured icy green and blue.

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And now that we’re waking up to frost, it’s starting to feel as though Christmas really is on the horizon!

I’ve got a hundred and one ideas for blog posts I want to put together this festive season, and even videos too! (‘It’s about time’, is what I’m sure you’re thinking after the long break I’ve had from doing anything YouTube-y!). There’s just nothing like a bit of Christmas magic to stoke the creativity, is there?

But enough of the Christmas chat now, Rosie, and on to the main purpose of this post. Which is to profess undying love for roll neck jumpers!

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For reasons that are entirely beyond me, I’d never owned a roll neck jumper up until this winter.

And each winter, I’d spend the months wearing scoop necks and v-necks all the while complaining that even with a scarf, my chest and neck were completely frozen!

This year though, I’ve filled up my wardrobe with these cosy treasures, and have been wearing them pretty much non-stop.

Aside from being so very cosy, I always think a good rollneck jumper looks 100 times more effortlessly chic than a plain round neck, *especially* since it allows you to leave your hair tucked in so you can pretend you’re brave enough to rock a long bob! ;)

So, here’s to the season of rollnecks, *warm* necks, and faux haircuts!

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Now, my friends, tell me- are you having a lovely weekend so far? Jason and I are about to head out with Teddy, and then we’re heading out on a mini road trip this afternoon just the two of us.

I hope you’re having a relaxing one!

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Jumper || Jeans || Loafers

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17.11

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T H E   O U T – O F – D O O R S   B L A N K E T . . .

Well hello, and happy Tuesday! Are you happy and well? I hope you’re happy and well. <3

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I don’t know how it feels to you, but for me it seems as though November’s flying past at a rate of knots.

I blinked once and the leaves were just beginning to turn a hundred shades of copper, again and those leaves were swirling through the air, then blinked a third time to find myself walking through crunching piles of orange and rust.

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We seem to be sliding into winter so rapidly that I’m not sure I’m ready for it.

I’m yet to give Christmas even a second thought, and keep on forgetting that sun at this time of year might shine brightly but packs little punch, and so have been leaving the house wearing far too few layers.

The season’s been kind to us though, so far.

I’m just loving these beautifully bright, sunny days, and that the nights drawing in earlier and earlier makes lighting spice-scented candles by four in the afternoon more than acceptable.

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I’m loving too getting to dig out my winter wardrobe, and scouring Pinterest for seasonal dressing inspiration.

I mean, summer’s great and all, but once you’ve seen worn one floaty dresses you’ve kind of worn them all, and for me there’s nothing better than getting to bundle up in cosy layers ready to head out into the cold.

Speaking of which, this tartan cape is the newest addition to my wardrobe, and I couldn’t love it more. I’m as excited to snuggle up in it on the sofa whilst drinking cocoa as I am keen to wear it out on frosty dog walks.

It feels a little more bold and daring than most of the rest of my wardrobe, and yet at the same time it’s essentially a blanket you can wear outside of the house which makes it perhaps the least bold and daring clothing item of all! And the wool itself is so soft and feels so very expensive, which makes the price (<£100!) a happy surprise!

Pretty perfect as a Christmas treat, don’t you think?

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 Cape || Trousers || Jumper || Boots

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