For autumn this year, it seems a lot of past trends are circulating, giving the season an old-school, retro feel. Corduroy is one of the big ones (and certainly one of my favourites), becoming a mass revival of a classic, seventies style. For me, it’s a material that reminds me of childhood and sturdy, kids clothing, but simultaneously I conjure up an inspirational fashion image of a hippie in brown flares and a fringed waistcoat.
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).
My love of autumn most probably stems from the fact that it’s officially time to hunt for new coats. Those dreamy, rich seasonal colours and amazing textures and styles are everywhere and it gets me so excited to layer coats over jackets and jackets over jumpers!
Longer days, brighter weather and the knowledge I have a stretch of summer freedom in front of me paves the way for creative thinking. A cloud of images and plans have been rambling through my head in preparation for the excitement and anticipation of summer, so I’ve gathered my inspirations for a brainstorm on what’s captured my eye recently and what I’m looking forward to in the coming months.
With less than a week till Santa comes our way, I’ve compiled my last minute list in case the big man has any extra room left in his sleigh… It includes more party gear (because we can definitely drag the party season out until at least February) and inspirations for the New Year.
The month of Halloween is upon us, so it’s time to get the pumpkins out and pretend we’re still young enough to trick or treat. It’s officially the season of big coats and oversized jumpers too (which means it’s almost Christmas!), so I’m on a mission to find the perfect assets to my AW16 wardrobe that will see me through until the sun appears again in Spring.
Retro Rock @ House of Holland
When moving to uni, admittedly one of the main things I was most excited about was decorating my new room. Since bedrooms in Halls are so small it’s easy to make them feel cosy and homely, and decorating can be really cheap if you know where to look (most of my stuff came from Ebay or Ikea). This means your room can look nice even on a student budget!
Your room is the only really space you’ve got all to yourself when you’re so far away from home and it’s also a direct reflection of your personality, so you want it to be special.
I love lights and the ambience they can bring to a room, so I tried to vary lighting as much as possible with fairy lights and lamps to make it warmer and prettier.
Possibly my favourite thing about my room is my tapestry throw from Ebay. It was about £15 with postage and adds so much colour to my walls. I try to have as many pictures up as I possibly can as well because I love looking around and seeing all my best memories. I use the app Free Prints, available on the App Store on most smart phones, so I can order 45 prints for free each month to add to my collection.
I ran out of space on my notice boards for all my photos so I made a DIY photo hanger to display more.
Having a tidy workspace is essential if I’m likely to do any work, because otherwise I’ll make it into an excuse to procrastinate. So I keep a paper basket to organise any loose work or letters hanging around – it was actually a fruit bowl from Matalan but it looks cute and does the same job! My desk is ugly and red underneath so I decided to cover it with another tapestry to give it a bit of life.
I love having plants because they bring life and colour to any room even though I keep forgetting to water them. I keep a collection of my favourite items on my shelves, like Alexa Chung’s book, IT, and a framed photograph of my trip to the Grand Canyon.
One of my best friends bought me this rug for my 18th birthday and it distracts attention really well from the ugly blue carpet.
I’m always on the lookout for things that will fit well in my room, which is pretty easy because it’s really just an eclectic mix of stuff that I like. Vintage stores and charity shops are some of the best places to pick up new ornaments or decorations and Urban Outfitters have lots of quirky furnishings but its always a good idea to wait for their sales! Living in Nottingham is perfect for this because as well as being such an inspiring city aesthetically it’s full of charity and vintage shops.