Anyone else’s Sunday lie-in ruined by the false promise of Glasto tickets, only to injure your finger from furiously clicking the refresh button and have your dreams crushed when they sold out in about 40 minutes? If so, here are 8 things that I’m going to blow that £50 deposit on instead to perk myself up. If you did get tickets, I hate you (half-joking) and be warned I’ll be bitter until I book myself a different festival.
1 – Satin blouse. Mango’s elegant, classy and inviting AW18 range has me envisioning sophisticated nights out in silky materials all wrapped up in a cosy coat. The satin crop blouse is tasteful and simple, easy to mix and match with different pieces, and has a real vintage feel to it with the balloon sleeves.
2 – Good old denim. Nothing like that investment in a new pair of jeans to tide winter over and I’m sure I’ve said this before but my favourite ever pair are from Topshop. No, not the classic black Joni high-waisted style that fades after two washes but the amazing mom pair I’ve had for about 4 years and regularly share on here. I’ve no doubt that these straight-leg wonders would make a fab alternative while the others are in the wash.
3 – Check Bags. The check trend continues, in my eyes, to rule, and River Island have got the bag department covered with colourful retro styles. I’m obsessed with this so-ugly-it’s-cute cross-body and think it would adapt to be my go-to for winter. Even better that it will clash with almost everything in my wardrobe.
4 – Rainbow Jumper. Because what says ‘cheer me up’ better than funky knitwear? This UO style is the best version I have come across on the high street so far and I know that even on the dullest, coldest winter day it’ll put a smile on my (and hopefully other people’s) face. Would also look great at Glasto. Just sayin’.
5 – Cowboy Boots. I don’t think I’m brave enough to try the white cowboy boots and also I think I’d get bored of them after a few months whereas I like to invest in shoes I can wear year-in year-out. So this black Mango pair have caught my attention in a subtle, laid back way, with just the right amount of heel as a discreet nod to the trend while fitting well with my style.
6 – Groovy Sweater. There’s something about this Puma sweatshirt that I love. Maybe it’s the rainbow collar and sleeves (you probably sense a theme here), or the multicoloured logo (similar to another jumper I own and love) or maybe it’s the oversized warmth and options for layering it seems to offer. Most probably I love it for all those reasons and also because it’s in the ASOS sale.
7 – The Guilty Feminist. If you haven’t listened to the podcast hosted by the wonderful Deborah Frances-White, you’re missing actual laugh out loud wit, great comedians and inspiring guests, important discussions and a fun way of approaching topical debates. It’s both empowering and hilarious and proves feminism can be down to earth. It’s amazing and I want to read the book (which helps towards funding the podcast). Buy here.
8 – Vinyl of the month. Wolf Alice have deservedly been awarded the prestigious Hyundai Mercury Prize 2018 for their second album, Visions of A Life. I’ve seen them before in Bristol and they were breathtakingly cool and I’m off to see them in Manchester with the same friend in December. I have to be honest and say while the new album is beautiful, the debut My Love is Cool will always be my fave. ‘Bros’, ‘She’, ‘Freazy’, ‘Fluffy’… there are too many on there that I have listened to a million times and still make me feel like a teenager. Buy the vinyl here.
Have a great October (even if you didn’t get Glastonbury tickets like me).