I don’t know what it is about this particular January that has got me feeling so glum; maybe it’s the fact that I know the next five months of my degree will be the toughest yet, and then I’ll have to face the uncertain road of where to go next and give up living with my best friends and being constantly surrounded by the comfort and support of some great people.
The prospect of a new year is always a bit daunting for me – there seems a lot of pressure to make the moment perfect, which is something I don’t believe in anyway, and then expectations to make the whole year amazing. I’m an optimistic person, but inevitably there will be ups and downs to face throughout those twelve months and so it’s unrealistic to assume it will be ‘perfect’.
Now the depths of autumn have set in, it’s time to get serious about winter style (and Christmas preparations). For me, once Halloween and bonfire night are over, the countdown has officially begun and the magic of shopping, decorating and traditions hang in the air. The dark nights signify cosy, festive evenings and as long as I’m wrapped up warm I love walking home to my flat past the sparkly shops with that cold, November feel getting me all excited! I’ve already willingly let Bublé back into my life to sooth me from uni stress with Christmas cheer, started scouting presents for friends and family and written my list to Santa – here’s a peek at what’s on it…
FINALLY!! Apart from the couple of weird warm days we’ve been having it’s been cold enough to sink into those autumnal jumpers that have been in hibernation (although granted not quite chilly enough to layer a coat on top yet).
I’ve recently been sucked into 90s TV series Twin Peaks, and not just for the cheesy romances, hilariously repetitive soundtrack and mild horror (about the only horror I can handle) surrounding the cosy little town. While the mystery of Laura Palmer and the dark secrets hidden in the storyline are gripping, the retro interiors and vintage outfits are what really have me hooked. I’ve been getting some seeeerious autumn / winter inspo just from watching it, and it’s making me want to stock up on all of the oversized, chunky knitwear and tartan that I can get my hands on. The colour scheme is dreamy for setting the tone for my autumnal wardrobe; showering me with all the browns, reds, golds and greens I could wish for.
Stripes and denim are two of my all-time favourite fashion themes, and combined they look even better. If I’m stuck, they’re my go-to styles; both timeless and easy to wear. When I feel too girly (that’s not really my thing), denim is the best way to add a bit of that boyish edge that I love to any outfit. You can never go wrong with a striped dress and trainers to caj it down or a striped tee, teamed under dungarees or a denim pinafore for maximum cool points. A Breton top tucked into blue, cropped jeans is always a fail-safe ensemble for me if I can’t find anything else to wear.
While I love summer and all the seasonal clothes, different shapes and pretty styles that come hand in hand with it, I am the worst person at making quick decisions (or any decisions) especially when it comes to narrowing down what to buy or what to bring on holiday. Sometimes I feel like there’s so much on offer and so much I want that I’d rather not buy anything; or just ignore it all and explore charity shops instead.