5 Things I Love About Autumn


Autumn is the definition of cosy blankets, spiced candles and cinnamon flavoured coffee. I mean who can't love those days where it's bright overcast but still not as cold as winter yet. I tend to spend most of autumn layered up in jumpers walking place to place carrying a coffee cup (mostly hot chocolate) between classes and trying not to fog up my glasses on those good old lecture days. It's my favourite month and for many reasons...but hey here's 5 of them..



PYO Pumpkin

As you can see from the theme of these pictures, I have recently been pumpkin picking. I went to Garsons Farm in Surrey. They have a pick your own pumpkin field as well as a farmer's shop which is one of my favourite places to pick up fresh fruit & veg, as well as an olive station etc etc.  I tend to carve my pumpkin and make pumpkin soup or try a new recipe each time. Last year I attempted to make a 3 course meal with each dish involving pumpkin, I'd say 2/3 were edible.

Flavoured Coffee

This year I was introduced to Dunkin Donut's Cinnamon Coffee Roll. I can not express how good this coffee is. (I haven't looked into how unhealthy it is but I'm going to avoid that for a while) I bought mine off Amazon for about £15. If you guys have any other suggestions let me know! 

Jumpers

I can embarrassingly admit that I have a wardrobe dedicated to jumpers, knitwear and hoodies. They range from fitted jumpers to huge oversized hoodies. Autumn is that time for me to rethink what jumpers I actually wear often enough to keep and to replace some. At the moment I really want that jumper I'm sure we have all seen everywhere, it's the H&M Get Off My Back jumper.


Cosy Bedding

I am currently loving a heated faux fur blanket that I got a year ago from Lakeland. I also have to recommend Next's fleeced bedding, if you like being warm and cosy at night, you will love this. Autumn is great for anything labelled as brushed cotton. My eyes seem to scan Primark homeware for that...

Spiced Candle

My favourite autumn candle this year is Hollyberry Spiced Toddy from The Candleberry Company. I really recommend this brand. I got a large jar from a garden centre and it's lasting me a long time. I think it's the strongest scented candle I've ever bought, even beating Yankee Candle.




Living with Big Cats, South Africa


This month I have been part of the volunteering programme, Living with Big Cats in South Africa, with Volunteer Southern Africa. I really recommend this programme, you get to interact directly with a variety of wild animals, including elephants, lions, leopards etc. Every day life is generally helping with the upkeep of their enclosures, preparing their food and enrichment with the animals.

A lot of these animals can't be released back into the wild because they were either born in captivity or have been rescued from previous conditions. The programme tries to rehabilitate as many animals into the wild as they can, but when they can't, instead of killing them off, they have created a wildlife sanctuary here for them where they still push them to have their natural instincts that they would in the wild.

VSA have a lot of other programmes that you can get involved in. I will leave the link below and feel free to message me if you want some advice/more information.






Oadby, Leicestershire



Manhattan, New York




Xiao Li AW17 London Fashion Week

Cimone AW17 - London Fashion Week

Edeline Lee LFW Presentation


Edeline Lee's AW17 presentation was set on the top floor inside the atmospheric, raw Bargehouse in the OXO Tower Wharf. The torn away ceilings and walls created the perfect contrast against Lee's tailored, modern creations. The crowd full of high profiled press were introduced to the collection by Belle Chen performing a piano piece and then were lead up to the top floor which was lit with industrial light bulbs strung along the broken ceiling. Old fashioned TV's were showing the lookbook shots from this collection, whilst the speakers were playing repetitive recordings of news.

This collection was heavily inspired by the artist Hannah Hoch, who was a huge influencer during the Dada movement, which aimed to create art that wasn't just aesthetically pleasing, but would make the viewers consider the context into the work. Lee tactically placed circular shapes to insinuate breasts on her clothing. I interpreted this collection as symbolism for women's power. This collection was an ideal reflection on how bold and conflicting we now are against previous expectations.

The models rotated around the warehouse into another set up space. Each area of the room used broken up colour blocked geometric shapes to compliment the theme in the garments. These harsh, angular shapes used in the backgrounds contrasted with the curved, feminine ruffles and structures in the clothing. A key theme in this collection was ruffles, which we have all seen were highly featured in a lot of AW17 collections. This trendy texture created a lot of volume in each garment and contrasted against the masculine, tailored silhouettes.

The models lips were only a quarter covered in red lipstick, almost as if to reflect the fractured shapes in the background. Their hair was loose and relaxed, further exploring Lee's concept of creating more comfortable, smart clothing. The aspects of relaxed, femininity was repetitively contrasted against a typical masculine attitude towards tailoring.

Personally, I loved this collection. I felt that there was a vibrant variety of colours and interesting silhouettes. My favourite piece was the grey oversized coat detailed with blue. 

Laura