Hey my lovelies!

I hope you are having a lovely start to autumn. At this cosy time of year I like nothing better than curling up with a great film on the tele-box (popcorn and hot chocolate of course compulsory!) I wanted to write about some of my favourite iconic female movie characters and what their roles mean to me. Why not snuggle down infront of a stunning Panasonic 4K TV this Autumn and enjoy some favourite classic movies?

Hermione Granger – Harry Potter

Of course, as a British gal who grew up surrounded by Harry Potter madness how could Hermione not be number 1 on my list? She is such an inspirational character for young girls (and young at heart girls!!) who love the Harry Potter world and everything about it. Although Harry is the main hero, Hermione is responsible for so many of their triumphs and her intelligence, bravery and strength really makes the stories what they are. I think it’s so important for young girls to have a character like her to look up to. Fictional or not, Hermione will always be someone who I look up to and aspire to be more like.

Moana

I must admit I was as pleased as the next person when this new Disney-Pixar delight graced our screens last year. Moana, as a movie, is just a joy and the animation, songs and characters make it a family classic already. However, the reason I love Moana as a character has nothing to do with her singing. I actually found myself quite moved by this movie, mainly because of her true grit and determination to follow her dreams and save those who she loves. She literally never gives up. Even when she does give up it’s for about 5 minutes and then she finds the strength within to carry on! She doesn’t need a prince, or even a love interest at all, to save her; she’s a strong, independent girl who shows everyone what she can do. Love it!

Elle Woods – Legally Blonde

An old favourite; I love Elle’s character in both the Legally Blonde movie and the West End musical! Yes, okay she starts off pretty shallow and flaky and she chases boy all the way to law school just to make him ‘love her again’ but come on that in itself takes a huge amount of resilience and determination! Then – once there she finds she can hold her own with the lawyer big boys and she ends up realising how clever and capable she is, and forgets about the boy all together! Go Elle!

Elastagirl – The Incredibles

I knew I had to have a super-hero in this list but perhaps not the most obvious choice. The reason I’ve picked Elastagirl over your standard Wonder Woman/ Cat Woman etc is because she is downright awesome! In the movie, she’s given up saving the world to raise her kids and faces the same family problems that we all go. Then, when her husband is in trouble, she re-discovers her super powers, kicks ass and goes to save him and, in the process, the world! With the help of her epic kids as well. Awesome.

Katherine Johnson – Hidden Figures

When I saw this movie I could not believe how long the secret that several black women had such a key role in the American space race had been kept. The character of Katherine Johnson, who of course is a real person, is super inspiring. Not only is incredibly smart and runs rings around the so called ‘experts’ at NASA but she also conducts herself with amazing integrity in the face of ill-treatment, disrespect and racism at work.  In the face of adversity she showed true courage and strength and deserves recognition as the legend that she is and what she contributed to history.

 

Let me know who your favourite TV and film characters are? I love a good chit-chat about favourite movies. Whatever you are watching I hope you have a cosy and wonderful start to Autumn.

 

**This post is a brand collaboration however the content and opinions are my own**

Has it been a while since you tried something new at home or have your interiors looked the same since you moved in? Life can get hectic, and sometimes, it can be difficult to find the time and summon up the motivation to try and break out of a style rut. The good news is that the arrival of autumn is a great excuse to try out some new styles and inject some energy and life into your home. If you’re keen to make your home more Instagram-worthy or you’re desperate for a revamp, here are some simple tricks to try. Autumn is the season of gorgeous colours and textures after all!

Experiment with colour
Changing the colour scheme in your home is one of the easiest and most effective ways to breathe new life into your interiors. With a pot of paint, a brush and some carefully selected accessories, you can create a completely different aesthetic without spending a fortune or giving up every bit of spare time you have. This autumn, natural and neutral shades, monochrome and bold tones like emerald green and teal are leading the way in the style stakes. Monochrome is really versatile, and it works for almost every room while jewel shades are ideal for bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms. Teal is a great colour for bedrooms and kitchens. If you have small rooms, use colour to accessorise and keep the walls light to open up the space. If (like me) you don't own your own place then don't despair! Why not ask your landlord if he minds you painting or using wallpaper, as long as your return it to it's original state when you eventually leave?! The answer might just surprise you!


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Take inspiration from others
If you’re not creative or you’re struggling to come up with ideas for your makeover, take inspiration from others. Browse sites like Instagram and Pinterest and take a look at designers like sashadebretton.com.au. It’s also really useful to flick through some interior magazines and also to watch interior design programmes. You may come across trends or themes you like, or you might find specific accessories, prints or colourways you’d like to use. It’s useful to screenshot images or save pictures you like. This will enable you to put together a rough template that will work in your home and get an idea of how the different accents and touches you like will look together.

Introduce new textures
Autumn is a perfect time of year to play around with materials and introduce new textures. With temperatures falling, it’s time to swap linen and cotton for faux fur, satin, velvet and wool. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different textures and use soft furnishings to channel a theme or colourway. Lay out a rug, and pile woollen cushions and fur throws on your bed to create a cosy log-cabin style boudoir or use velvet curtains and a satin bedspread to channel an opulent luxury hotel vibe. If you’re new to accessorising, you should find pages like this https://www.pinterest.co.uk/explore/soft-furnishings/?lp=true really helpful.


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Is your home stuck in a style rut? Are you keen to reinvigorate and revive your interiors? If so, it is possible to achieve amazing results without breaking the bank or dedicating hours to the cause. Experiment with colour and texture and look around for ideas and inspiration. Wishing you a cosy autumn in your gorgeous new living room!

Ta ta for now!

**Please note this post is a brand collaboration, but all opinions are my own**


I was absolutely delighted to receive this beautiful red rain coat and matching umbrella from Hunter’s new Autumn/Winter ‘Core Concept’ collection last week. I love Hunter’s Wellington boots and have worn them for festivals and Autumn walks for years. Saying this I had never tried their clothing or other products before.

The colour of the jacket is this amazing scarlet red so I couldn’t wait to get out on a grey autumn morning and shoot some contrast shots with the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich as our background.

So, down to business. The new Core Concepts collection concentrates on stylish and versatile rainwear which is functional but also looks fabulous. The jacket is the Women’s Original Vinyl Smock and is available in a range of bold and striking colours. I really like the cut and style of the jacket; particularly the ‘skirt style’ bottom of the coat which is very flattering and the slightly nipped in waist. The pockets are also very streamlined and attractive, especially with the iconic Hunter label on the left hand side.  These features make the coat more aesthetically appealing than the average rain mack and means I would choose to wear it for fashion as well as function. The red colour is super striking too.

However, that’s not to say that the coat is not functional – it really is! The smock is totally waterproof, lightweight and thin whilst being warm at the same time. The neck and bottom of the coat have toggles which enable the wearer to tighten these areas in case of heavy rain and the hood has a practical peak at the front which would allow rain to run off the front without getting the face wet.  These little features speak volumes for the quality of the coat and I have no doubt it would withstand the windiest and wettest country walks!

You can view Hunter’s Original Vinyl Smock in a range of colours here.


I’m ashamed to admit that I have never invested in a ‘decent’ umbrella; having always been caught out in the rain and just having to run from shop to shop trying not to get soaked. However, after trialling the Original Moustache Bubble Umbrella on a typical rainy Autumn day I am totally converted! I can be seen here happily enjoying the view of Canary Wharf across the Thames, staying totally dry whilst the rain pours down.  The ‘bubble’ style of this umbrella works by incasing your whole head and shoulders to keep your upper body totally dry and doing a great job of protecting the rest of your body too.

As well as being really good at it’s job this umbrella is really stylish and I’m loving it’s matte finish red ‘moustache’ design on the edges and the handle is finished with a really attractive matte red too.  The clear section enables you to see through the umbella well but the red trim gives it a bit of style and colour. These umbrellas are also available in a range of colours to match the Core Concept coats and boots.

You can view and purchase the Moustache Bubble Umbrellas here.

As you can see we then had a characteristic British total change in the weather and within an hour the Autumn sun shine was making an appearance. I wanted to illustrate how appropriate the jacket is even if it isn’t raining. It is stylish and warm enough to wear just as a lightweight coat for any weather of occasion.  Plus the oranges and greens of the foliage were just too beautiful to pass by without taking some pictures. This time of year can be stunning in nature.

If you would like to view the rest of the Hunter Core Concept collection you can do so here.

Photographs taken: Old Royal Naval College & Greenwich Park.

Photography Credit: Paul Erler

Have you tried any of the Hunter products? I’d love to know what your experiences are…

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Now that Autumn is well underway I wanted to share a new outfit which I purchased the other day which I think is super cute for this season. I’ve been on the look out for Autumnal clothes recently because now I’ll be working in a school I’ll need to dress semi-smart everyday and it’s nice to have some things which are warm to wear but that look nice. When I as a student I used to retreat to my jeans and hoodies everytime it started to get a bit cold but those days are over!

There are some really nice Autumnal clothes in virtually all the high street shops at the moment – but these items came from Primark and H&M.

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Burgundy Swallows Shirt

This is a really light shirt but I like it because it’s got a really practical sleeve length for school and just general wear – between full length and three quarter length. It’s a really nice burgundy/brown colour which will go with anything and I love the pattern with the swallows on it.

H&M.

Tartan Black and White Knit.

This is my favourite item that I bought and I’m not gunna lie I’ve worn it pretty much constantly since I bought it! It’s half cardie half blanket, basically a cosy blanket with arm holes! What’s not to love?? I really like the tartan pattern as well.

Primark.

Dolly Shoes.

You can’t go wrong with these Primark dolly shoes so I got a pair in both beige and black as they both look nice with the outfit. I find that even though they are pretty much the cheapest flats around they are also the most comfortable! Some more expensive brands blister my wet so much, but these are dead soft. And if they wear out a bit quicker than other brands who cares?! I’ll get a new pair!

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Suede Mini Skirt.

Lastly, my favourite peice of this outfit. This skirt is a really nice suede material and looks super cute with a pair of thick knit black tights. The colour looks slightly different in real life; it’s more yellowy beige rather than brown – and the buttons all down the front are such a cute feature. I’m looking forward to getting a lot of wear out of it this Autumn.

H&M.

So there you have it, my new Autumn outfit on a budget! Have you bought anything new for this season?

I cannot believe it’s October already! Partly because I’ve been crazy busy, but partly because we’ve been having really unseasonably warm weather in London! I’ve only just dig my cardigans out and haven’t had a chance to wear a coat or scarf! Very un-Autumnly.

For the last month I’ve been getting to grips with my PGCE, studying hard, panicking about all the work ahead and trying to get myself organised. Organisation is not a strong point of mine! But as we go through the course we have to compile huge folders with very specific work from specific points of the year so I need  to get on top of it. I’m excited though because I’m starting my first school placement on Monday.

Other than uni October is looking less busy than September for me. We have a few things planned but I’m trying to keep my diary as free as possible at weekends in anticipation for all the lesson plans I’ll have to do! I can’t wait to start being a teacher though. It’s been a long road to this point but I really feel like I’ve found what I’m supposed to do.

Something which is coming up in half term which is exciting is my graduation ceremony for my undergrad degree from my previous university! I’m graduating in the Old Royal Naval Chapel which is so beautiful it’s such an honour. I can’t wait!

My goals for this month are:

💜 Get as organised as possible! Start building my folders in the right order and get on top of work we have already been set.

💜 Do my absolute best on placement.

💜 DO NOT give up on the gym no matter how busy or tired I am and continue to work out 4 times per week. No excuses.

💜 Continue to blog when I can – it may seem like extra work but I find it therapeutic to get my thoughts on paper.

💜 Make time for myself and Paul to do fun things and not focus and stress about workload all the time.

💜 Graduate looking fabulous for all the pictures!

💜 Have a super relaxing half term!

What about you? What have you got planned for October?