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Tan suede and fur collars

Cracking out a new addition to my autumn/winter wardrobe! I am, quite literally, head over heels for this tan suede jacket and I haven't taken it off all weekend. I was tempted to buy another winter coat to add to the collection (anyone else have too many coats they can't throw away?) but I stumbled across this bomber jacket style and couldn't resist. I tend to have summer jackets or winter coats and nothing in between, so a winter jacket with a faux fur lining was just what my wardrobe needed (or at least that's what I told my bank balance).

I love the tan suede trend at the moment, especially the aviator style jackets and bomber jackets with faux fur collars and lining for that extra cosy feel. I've paired my new jacket with some New Look knitwear and of course it had to be burgundy for autumn! I feel like it's become cold so quickly this year? Which I'm not complaining about as I love to layer up and cosy up in some chunky knits. I'm planning on packing this jacket for my trip to Dublin in a few weeks time as well as my new jeans and my trusty black ankle boots - which I'm praying will last me another winter! 

What do you think of the latest addition to my autumn wardrobe? Are you a fan of the tan suede jacket trend? Also, if you have any recommendations for Dublin please let me know - looking for lots of lovely places to see/visit and, of course, some good restaurants and bars!

Katie x


Autumn knitwear and Woodland walks

Autumn is here! *Skips through the leaves*. Cue pictures of cosy knitwear, open fires and cups of tea (although the reality is dark evenings, even darker mornings and hello rain). I have a love-hate relationship with most of the seasons - not that I'm hard to please or anything! I hate being cold, but I love snuggly jumpers and lots of layers. I hate being too hot, but I love sunshine and holidays. I'm a walking contradiction, really. That said, I am quite enjoying autumn at the moment if you ignore the fact that it's dark at 7pm (cry face).

Next jumper (similar here and here) | New Look tartan scarf (similar here and here and here) | Hollister jeans | New Balance trainers

I've been rummaging in the depths of my wardrobe to find last year's knitwear and was quite impressed with the amount I've found - all in good condition too. I'm a great believer in hanging on to basics like knitwear as they rarely go 'out of fashion' so to speak. Of course, monochrome seems to be my greatest obsession, like this grey chunky knit jumper. Although I do like adding some contrast and a pop of colour with a cosy scarf like this tartan beauty (tartan just never gets old, does it?)

My New Balances will hopefully last me another autumn, although I will probably be wearing them until they physically fall apart. It's true shoe love. I've really started loving distressed jeans lately - bit late on the bandwagon with that one. I love how they add a casual edge but are so easy to dress up with cute camis and floaty tops should you want to. They're also rather wonderful for Slouchy Sunday's (my favourite day) and the good old cliched woodland walks. 

What are you loving most about autumn?

Katie x


Burgundy and Breton

It's here! Autumn seems to have crept up out of nowhere this year, how on earth is it nearly October? This season is one of my favourites and probably for the most cliched reasons - trees bursting with colour, being able to layer up again (I do bloomin' love a snuggly, cosy knit...who's with me?) and saying hello to some of my favourite colour trends again. Over the next few months, burgundy and berry tones are going to explode across my wardrobe and I am so okay with that. This skirt is a new addition to my many burgundy coloured items and to be honest, it's the first A-line skirt I've ever found that actually manages to fit my waist and bum! Bravo H&M (insert hand-clap emoji here).

H&M top (old - similar here and here) | H&M skirt (can't find it online but it is in store!) | Miss KG boots (via ASOS)

I loved gallivanting around in the leaves for this post, felt like a big kid! I've pulled out my trusty Breton stripes - another favourite of mine for the transitional period into autumn - and my new boots which I literally haven't taken off. I've even worn them on a few rather warm days (hello there sweaty feet) but you know when you get new things and you just want to wear them every day?! Or is that just me...

Katie x


Travel: A Cornish Retreat

Sigh. I'm back to work after a lovely long weekend in Cornwall. All of the holiday blues (I am literally moping around - better start planning another holiday!) I've written a little travel diary for you and of course, it's packed with plenty of enviable holiday snaps. Enjoy!

Saturday | It's 6am and I'm already up AND dressed. What is the world coming to? Who knew there was a 6am at the weekend? I've thrown on some mascara and foundation, so I don't scare anyone to death. We hop in the car and drive for around 7 hours - achey bums all around. But we arrive in the most idyllic location with views across beautiful countryside and glorious sunshine welcoming us. We're shown to our cottage, which we instantly fall in love with. I mean, look at it. It's small, cosy and compact but ultimately perfect, with a shared garden, swimming pool and hello there king size bed (literally my idea of heaven, I'm such an anti-social sleeper). With the sun shining down, we brave it and go for a dip in the pool. It's not a cold day, but we're thankful the pool is heated! We swim and stretch off our aching limbs, soaking up the sunshine. We make a mad dash back to the cottage, get showered and enjoy some Pimms in the garden, because when on holiday!

Exploring is my literally my fave thing to do on holiday; we found some secret gardens and the office on site has a little farm shop too! Honestly, it was the most beautiful location and we're already planning on returning (and have our eye on a cottage with a hot tub this time!) If you want to know more about where we stayed, check out the Kilminorth cottage website. I've also left a review on Tripadvisor which will be up soon. Sunday | We start the day off with a 40 minute walk through the woods to get to Looe. I say walk, I mean hike. So glad I wore my trainers that day! The path takes you deep in to the woods where it's literally silent - it was bloody lovely and so refreshing to be away from everything. Looe is such a pretty, quaint town with the bluest water. We sat on the beach and ate fish and chips in the sun (gluten free, may I add! I highly recommend Catch). After walking back up to the cottage and resting our legs for a bit (by this point I'm a rather ugly, sweaty mess) we took a quick trip to Polperro; a cute little fishing village. Not a huge amount going on but lovely all the same!

Monday | Panic, last full day of our break! Time for the Eden Project. Have you been? I hadn't since I was a little kid so I wasn't sure what to expect. The rainforest biome was my absolute favourite, with canopy walks, wild birds, beautiful flowers and a waterfall. We visited Looe again and picked up some amazing paintings from an art gallery for our new home next year! I'll get some snaps and put them on Instagram. We stocked up on Cornish goodies and, of course, stopped off for a cream tea, because when in Cornwall. I would totally recommend The Lookout if you fancy a beach-chic cafe with views and a plethora of gluten free options. We had a beautiful dinner at The Old Sail Loft, an amazing cosy yet chic restaurant in a loft - the name kind of gives that away doesn't it! As a newbie to the gluten intolerance crew (I need to make this a thing - who wants to come for GF brunch with me?) I was so impressed with how much GF food was available in Looe. Top notch.

Also, you HAVE to go down to Looe in the evening. The whole bay/harbour is lit up with beautiful little fairy lights, it's the cutest. We only had 4 days for our mini holiday, needless to say we could have easily stayed for longer. I'm already missing our lovely little cottage and the super chilled way of life, but hey, back to reality (and back to planning the next adventure...Dublin is up next!)

Have you been to Cornwall? Do you have any recommendations for my trip to Dublin?

Katie x