Autumn outfit

Autumn outfit

English Garden Munich

Autumn outfit

Autumn outfit

With the sun setting (literally) on summer and bare-legs weather (sob, sniffle), I have had to pack away my floaty summer gear for another year and dig out the knitted numbers and 80 deniers.

Although I’d always favoured the Autumn/Winter time (as I wax lyrical about here and here), since coming to Munich I have to admit- I’ve been converted. Bidding farewell (not fondly, mind you) to a summer filled with sunshine and heat isn’t easy, but all the beautiful autumnal colours (and PSL Starbucks hot chocolates) are making it that bit more bearable…

At the moment, my look ‘du jour’ is usually some variant on the classic jean and jumper combo. And if you know me, a hat is always the sartorial cherry on top…

Top: Miss Selfridge (old, similar here), Jeans: Topshop (old, similar here), Boots: Dr Martens, Hat: Urban Outfitters (old, similar here), Necklace: Thomas Sabo (old, similar here), Bag: Ted Baker (old, similar here)

Autumn outfit

English Garden Munich

Autumn outfit

Autumn

Autumn outfit

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Autumnal wishlistJo Malone / Brogues / Lippy / Jumper / Skirt / Bag

It’s no secret – I adore the autumn. The colourful foliage, the cosy vibes… and of course, the colourful and cosy clothes. From rich browns and warm reds to mustard and rusty tones, the whole autumnal colour spectrum has always been my favourite. So I thought I’d put together a little collage of some of my autumnal picks.

  • Blackberry & Bay‘ is one of my favourite scents and is very reminiscent of autumn/winter. Explaining a scent in words is difficult but Jo Malone’s description is perfect: “Childhood memories of blackberry picking…A burst of deep, tart blackberry juice, blending with the freshness of just-gathered bay and brambly woods. Vibrant and verdant.”
  • Brogues are a classic staple at any time of year. They’re very comfortable and go with almost everything.
  • A berry lip is essential for autumn/winter, and who does it better than Charlotte Tilbury? I love her lipsticks and plan to add this one to my collection at some point.
  • I was immediately drawn in by the colour of this jumper. I haven’t seen this in-store so can only go by the photos online, but it looks gorgeous and cosy.
  • Burgundy is one of my favourite colours to work with. It’s so versatile; I’d wear this skirt with a cream or black roll-neck.
  • I spotted this little Mulberry bag at an airport and I thought it was beautiful. I’m not sure if I could stomach the price tag, but it certainly is a lovely piece.

What’s on your Wishlist for autumn?

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following unfollowing

 

Thoughts on Following, Unfollowing and Numbers

‘Unfollow’ has become a bit of a dirty word among blogging circles. I don’t think it’s necessarily always a bad thing though – hear me out.

I think it’s totally okay to unfollow people, should their feeds not inspire or appeal to you anymore. Our tastes change over time and we have the right to hone our feeds how we want them to be; places that inspire and capture our interest. So often we hold on to people for fear of being seen as rude or being publicly called out for it; but we need to stop fearing the ‘unfollow’ button. It’s rarely, if ever, personal.

The only time I disagree with it is when people unfollow in a strategic manner. You know the ones; following and unfollowing, often repeatedly, solely for their own numbers. It’s shady and it’s sneaky; not cool. They could have the prettiest feed ever, but that behaviour would completely switch me off from following them. I absolutely hate it.

As we do our best to fight the unfair algorithms, it’s disheartening when our numbers waver so often. It’s frustrating, especially when you’re doing your damnedest to grow your following or are close to a milestone. But think about it – wouldn’t you rather have loyal, engaged followers than fickle ones? This is something I remind myself of everytime my numbers drop a little.

Potentially controversial view: I also personally don’t think it’s feasible to follow thousands upon thousands of people. I just don’t see how it would be possible to keep up with such a high number, especially on the likes of Instagram, whose naughty algorithm only shows me a fraction of those I currently follow anyway! (grrr.) Twitter is also a very busy place at the best of times, and unless I’m on there 24/7/365, I don’t think the feed would cater to such large numbers very well and I’d end up missing a lot. And that defeats the purpose – when I follow someone, I want to be kept up to date.

What are your views on this? x

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Boost body confidence

Boost body confidence

Body image in the media is as big an issue as it’s always been, perhaps even more so now with the social media boom in recent years.  We are being bombarded more than ever with images of bikini perfect bodies, especially on the likes of Instagram and Tumblr. Here are four things to practice and keep in mind.

Don’t compare yourself to others

The golden rule, which is so hard to stick to sometimes.  It’s the advice we give to others freely but find difficult to accept ourselves. We can be scrolling through Instagram and see someone taller, slimmer, curvier – someone possessing whatever physical qualities we would love to have – but it shouldn’t make us feel bad about ourselves. I love the saying “A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms”, and how true is that? We all need to bloom, just as we are.

Focus on the parts you love!

It’s all too easy to get hung up on parts of ourselves we dislike.  But don’t you deserve to focus on what’s amazing about you?  Think of someone whose beauty you admire – you focus on their good points, not their flaws (which they do have, just like everyone else). Do yourself the courtesy of treating yourself with as much admiration! You deserve it.

A number doesn’t define you

Scales, clothes sizes, measurements.  We all have an idea about what number we want to ‘be’, but ‘being’ a number isn’t ‘being’. For one thing, how many times have you found you are one size in one shop and a different size in another? It means nothing. Wear what you want to wear and work it; confidence trumps size every time!

Share the love!

We’ve all seen snide comments from girls to other girls on social channels, which is something I really hate to see. Why would anyone want to make someone feel bad about themselves? I admire beauty in other women. I like checking out what other girls are wearing, how they have done their makeup, their hair.  We should all support one another – it’s not a competition! Social media comments ought to share the love. It’s nice to be nice.

What are your body confidence tips?

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