Traditions are a major part of my Christmas, and most of them I’ve stuck to religiously each year. I have always gone to pick out the best real tree (I’m a firm believer that artificial trees just aren’t the same) with my Dad, and insisted we all wear Santa hats while decorating. Usually after about ten minutes I would become chief decorator as my Mum, Dad and brother would drift off and do their own thing – but being the OCD way I am this secretly pleased me and I’d happily take over while listening to our one and only Christmas CD.
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!
Something I’ve always wanted but never gotten round to looking for: a vintage bicycle. This post is partly a massive thank you to my boyfriend, who has made that little dream come true by putting in the effort to find me this amazing, quirky and rustic bike; it’s definitely one of the best presents I’ve ever been lucky enough to receive. He spent hours researching and googling and bargaining to get me the one that would suit me most, picked it up and delivered it on my birthday – and I have to say, he got it pretty spot on.
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.
All hail the 90s! I was only a baby in the decade but my sister was a teenager and I have vivid memories of her getting ready to go out clubbing listening to sassy girl bands, parading around in an oversized Spice Girls t-shirt, so the era is nostalgic and special to me.
Vintage is my thing, and recently I have acquired some great pieces from Cow vintage, a haven of quirky upcycled treasures that I fell in love with last year when exploring Nottingham for the first time (they also have stores in Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester and recently opened one in Liverpool). Vintage shopping gives me a buzz that no other kind does (and trust me I love shopping) because old, unwanted clothes have a story to tell and styles can be rediscovered by a new owner. Cow has a fab selection of denim, floral dresses and reworked Ralph Lauren crop tops. Sometimes you can even find a battered pair of Docs or old school trainers for a ridiculously cheap price (it’s ideal for stingy students like me!).