Friday, 24 October 2014

Autumn Details

Autumn is all about embracing the new season, it's time to bring out the leather, prints, textures, tartan and gold accessories that so lend themselves to the falling leaves, blustering winds and every dropping temperature.

I just wanted to share a few of my favourite things that I've been loving over the past month or so. My first are these Ash slip on trainers from Coggles, they have barely left my feet since I ordered them for our holiday to Italy! They are SO comfy, pretty much go with everything and were absolutely perfect for travelling in, I even managed to walk 15km in them around Lake Orta without so much as a blister.

I am a leather jacket girl at heart, I wear them all year round but really need to step out of my comfort zone and try out a few different things. This Biba jacket courtesy House of Fraser is my first step towards a new look, it's perfect for the period before it starts to get really cold as it's light but keeps you covered. The blue leopard print details make it a little more exciting than a normal black jacket, I always get compliments when I wear this jacket which is encouraging my to get out of my leather jacket rut!

Ahh, the wonderful autumn winter combination of leather and tartan, finally it's time to crack out the kilt! The newest additions to my skirt collection are both from Next, the check mini skirt and this leather look pleated skirt are dreamy. Simply chuck on an oversized jumper, one of these skirts and some ankle boots and you have the perfect autumn look. Do make sure that you get a size smaller than you usually would as Next sizes are always very roomy, if it's a high waisted skirt I'd even opt for a couple of sizes smaller. It's always best to try them on before you buy or be naughty and order a couple of sizes.

I usually stick to silver jewellery but as soon as the colder weather rolls around, I feel myself leaning towards gold and rose gold tones. The Man treated me to this beautiful gold rope bangle for my birthday by Aurelie Bidermann which I love, it will most definitely be making an appearance on my wrist for years to come. As it was my birthday while we were on holiday, the lovely people at Gemporium (gorgeous jewellery at actually affordable prices) treated me to an opal ring as it's the birth stone of October, isn't it gorgeous? I'll be posting about it properly soon. Along with these pieces, I also love my rose gold watch from Next, rose gold stacking rings from Buckley London and diamond bracelet from Links of London.

What are your key pieces for Autumn? I'm off to buy more leather, tartan and grey jumpers, stat!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Climbing Mountains

This is a slightly more personal post than usual, not that I'm sharing anything deep, just a few snaps from my recent holiday to Italy with my boyfriend Joe, or The Man as I usually call him.

We stayed in a beautiful apartment overlooking Lake Orta (we booked it from this local website, which I'd really recommend if you're looking for lovely apartments in Italy) and we were both set on a week of relaxation, eating a little too much and sampling as much local cheese and wine as physically possible. But, seeing as we like a challenge, on one of the days we decided to climb a mountain. As you do.

We ventured over to one of the larger lakes in Italy not too far away from Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore and the town of Stresa to climb Mount Mottarone. Apparently the more sensible people take the cable car to the top and walk down the mountain, we decided to walk up and get the cable car down instead. Mavericks. Described as an 'easy route suitable for tourists and climbers' we expected it to be rather pleasant, it's definitely not suitable for any old tourist, you need at least a good level of fitness to get to the top! The climb takes four hours and the ascent is nearly a mile and a half in total, with one delightful 45 minutes of constant steep climb, joy. But by the time we reached the top, enjoyed the view and swiftly found a cold pint to celebrate, the pain of the climb had gone and we were rather delighted with ourselves!

I wore my new Nike running tights and trusty Nike Free 5.0 Trainers from JD Sports, Eastpak backpack and Monki burgundy top, because I'm all about the A/W shades whatever the weather or occasion. Please excuse my silly, sweaty face in the photos above, I've never climbed a mountain before so I was pretty excited!

I'd really recommend a little adventure around the Italian lakes, and if you happen to have a spare four hours and like a bit of a challenge, definitely give Mount Mottarone a go, the views are absolutely incredible! You can see multiple lakes, Switzerland and the alps, so worth the climb. Or just get the cable car which is around 12 Euros, not too bad for views that good.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Exploring Manchester with Grafea

After a wonderful week in beautiful Italy, we're home and have been greeted to a grey, rainy Manchester, as usual. Arriving home in our adopted city took me back to a few weeks ago when I explored Manchester with the lovely Grafea team to capture an area of the city that you may not have seen before.

This lovely little square in Ancoats is hidden away behind the busy main road, just a little further up from the Northern Quarter and is complete with cute terraced houses, electric blue fences and cobbled streets. I road tested the Grafea leather camera bag in pink for the afternoon and it is an absolute dream. I'd been contemplating getting one (as we have stocked them at work on MyBag for years) for a little while now so being able to experiment with it means I know it's definitely one for my shopping list!

Time to catch up with emails, work and post holiday house work, wish me luck!


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