That Nesting Instinct

Saturday, 30 August 2014


As much as the sudden abundance of scarves and knitwear on the high street is making me want to snuggle, the new home ware collections are by far the most exciting.  The cooler weather and miserable grey showers are making me want to make my home warm and cosy.  I want to sip on a marshmallow-topped hot chocolate from a new mug and re-read my favourite book under my new blanket whilst surrounded by new candles.

And yet I almost feel a bit silly as I don't have a house of my own.  Still living at home means sharing a home with someone who has different taste to you.  I can't wait to decorate and furnish, not just a bedroom, but a whole house.  It's something I've been passionate about since I was little.  Growing up in rural North Yorkshire, I've always had a soft spot for the country cottage look and heirloom vintage pieces.  I always dreamt of large kitchen, with a dog lying in front of the AGA on a handmade rug and a fresh batch of shortbread biscuits on the farmhouse oak table.

At university, I would avoid essay writing by searching for grand seafront apartments in Brighton, imagining what my life could be when I had graduated.  Now my property related procrastination finds me looking at property for sale in Devon, Cornwall or Yorkshire.  It seems my childhood dreams of a cosy, country home have stayed with me.  I still want that unmistakable sense of comfort and calm that living in the countryside gives.  Although, I'm maybe not so fussed about filling my kitchen shelves with empty spice jars and Kellogg's Variety packets or having afternoon tea with teddy bears as I once was!
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Blue and Green - Barbour Knitwear

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Barbour AW14 Knitwear
Barbour AW14 Knitwear Barbour Evenwood Sweater in Racing Green*
New Look Mottled Skinny Jeans 

Sometimes, only a jeans and jumper combo will do. Comfort has been key over the past couple of days. I've been mostly eating biscuits and finally watching The Walking Dead (my new favourite). I did venture out for a stroll with my man (thankfully, there were no walkers). 

My new jeans are the comfiest pair I own.  Ideal for lazy bank holiday weekends.  I love the mottled effect and can't wait to dress them up with a luxe white shirt and heels.  I broke the 'blue and green should never been seen' rule and wore them with my new snuggley Barbour jumper.  British heritage brands do warmth and comfort so well.  It's 100% cotton, so no more itchy scratchy arms!  I know I'll be living in this and layering it over shirts when the weather turns.

How have you spent your bank holiday weekend?
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Getting Cosy

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Dress - Topshop
Boots - New Look (last year)

This weekend's miserable weather has made me realise that my wardrobe isn't quite ready for summer to end just yet.  I'm not stocked up on jumpers and I could definitely do with a couple more packs of tights.  Today I paired one of my favourite dresses that I wore in Spain with tights and chunky boots.  That's my staple outfit formula for our silly changeable days.  

Finding cosy designer clothing in the UK is easy with retail parks up and down the country.  I'm planning a trip to my local IKEA, the Wembley store.  I need to find storage for my winter woollies.  (The old Primark bag at the back of my wardrobe just isn't cutting it).  The London Designer Outlet is really close by, so I'm hoping to pop by and find some knitwear in the Gap outlet shop in time for the cooler weather.

I hope this isn't the end of our British summer.  But I have to admit that an afternoon of snuggling up with new addition Luna in front of a Disney film sounds amazing!  That's if I can tempt her to stop climbing the curtains first!
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