January to May is probably my least favourite time of year – I’ve never really been a fan of Spring. The fun of Christmas has been and gone and left us in the depths of winter, it’s the most intense and difficult period within education (luckily I have no exams this year, but the amount of coursework I’ll be doing makes up for it) and summer waits far ahead, teasing us because there’s nothing else to really look forward to. The answer? Retail therapy, of course.
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…
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!
Social media has its good and bad points, but at the end of the day it affects us all in some way and the majority of us use it for some reason or another. These days it’s difficult to ignore the importance of apps and the internet to our society, especially for businesses and consumers, even if we wish times were simpler and our generation wasn’t so social media obsessed. It can often be easy to judge others via Instagram or Facebook – maybe even more so than in real life, because individuals are exposing vulnerability and opening themselves up for discussion by posting a photo or status about themselves.
Autumn is upon us, and after the excitement of summer has died out (along with the decent weather) I couldn’t be happier to start the transition to the cosy jumpers, thick trousers and boots that await us. In colder months I always consider myself a summer person, and vice versa by the end of “summer” so I think it’s just a ‘grass is always greener’ kind of situation. I love the variation of clothes, warm, inviting colours and the excitement of different ways of layering that come with autumn, and the anticipation for (dare I say it) Christmas!! My absolute favourite time of year without a doubt. The concept of snuggly coats and dark evenings curled up by the fire appeal to me as much as long, summer evenings spent in a beer garden soaking up the sun. However, now those days are almost gone, I’m focusing on updating my wardrobe – spoiler alert, it contains a lot of red.
It’s my bday month (!!!) so I’m on the lookout for the goodies I’m going to treat myself to – because if you can’t do it on your birthday, when can you?! I love being a summer baby, partly because I’m one of the youngest in my friendship / year group, so while for every previous coming of age milestone I’ve been irritated to have to wait my turn (drinking, driving…) now it’s kind of a blessing because I’m still 19. Although not for long. And while it’d be dreamy to stay a teenager forever (please, let me) I’m super excited to be celebrating with some of my closest friends in my fave way: a garden party. That’s the other thing I love about having a birthday slap bang in the middle of summer – it’s a smashing excuse to have a barbie, crack out the Pimms and get your boogie on in the garden, come rain or shine (most probably rain, this is Wales after all). So, here’s whats on the top of my list this year (hint hint).
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.