This is probably my favourite outfit combination and photo shoot in a looong time. Even though the weather has yet to make its mind up (apparently it’s meant to snow again?) spring is slowly starting to appear with the odd sunny day and some colour returning to the world outside. Despite the shock of losing an hour – not ideal when you’re panicking about a deadline – clocks going forward have officially marked later sunsets which gets me so ready for summer nights, no matter how far off they may be.
I’m lucky that when everything gets a little too much in life, I can escape back to the rural peace that comes with the Welsh countryside. While these past few weeks have been pretty tough, it always makes me especially grateful to have the amazing friends and family around me that I do – and for living in such a beautiful environment around plenty of fresh air and footpaths for thinking things through and clearing my head.
Style icons to me aren’t always necessarily derived from cool celebrities, films or musicians; sometimes inspiration comes from somewhere a lot closer to home. My mum has always dressed amazingly (even if I didn’t appreciate it at a younger age) and I think that definitely plays a part in my fashion taste today.
This post is a lil’ different to my usual pre-planned, location-driven, countless photos to choose from instalments on the blog, but I wanted to share these photos nonetheless. My incredible Mum held her sixtieth birthday party on the weekend, and the theme was sixties; an era that already shapes many of my style choices and one that will forever inspire me with colours, designs and spirit. After too much deliberation (there are so many cool icons I would have loved to dress as) Jack and I were encouraged by one of our favourite films, Legend, to go as Reggie Kray and his wife Frances (although Jack actually ended up being Ron so he could wear the glasses…).
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!