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!

Primark.

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?

I first saw this tag on Kimberley Jessica’s blog and I loved it straight away and saved it to do later. Since then I’ve seen it a million times in the blogosphere! So I hope it’s not too much Autumness overkill, but maybe I have a slightly different perspective to most.

1. What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

Well, for starters it’s my birthday 8th September, but I’m usually lucky and seem to get the end of the summer weather. So I would say after my birthday it feels like autumn. Then the leaves start falling and the evenings start drawing in fast. And before you know it it’s dark when you’re leaving work at 5pm!

2. What is your favourite Fall scent? 

Does apple pie straight out the oven count?? I love cinnamon and appley smells.

3. What is your favourite Autumn colour?

Burgundy red – I love it. I’m starting to get more into browns/ burnt orange type colours but I find them a bit too seasonal sometimes. Like you can only wear them in the autumn which is not really cost effective!!

4. What is your favourite Fall drink?

Gingerbread lattes but that’s kind of Christmas? Mulled wine??? Haha ask me this question again in December I’ve got loads of answers. I’ll go with hot chocolate.

5. What TV show, new or old, are you looking forward to this Fall?

It’s already started but the GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF IS WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT! I’m addicted. I also love Strictly Come Dancing. The TV in Autumn/Winter is much better than summer actually.

6. What is your favourite Fall fashion trend?

Erm, well I’m much more of a summer/ festival fashion girl. But I guess I do like a woolly hat with a bobble on 🙂

7. What is your favourite frugal Autumn activity?

If it’s a crisp Autumn day I love to go walking up to the top of the Greenwich Observatory with Paul to get a load of that amazing view over London. If it’s raining I’m enjoying staying in and baking something yummy!

8. What is your favourite makeup look come autumnal weather? 

I wear a bit more red lipstick in the Autumn so I’ll go for that. I have never really got on board with the berry lips trend I still prefer siren red! 

So I hope y’all might have found that interesting and maybe got to know a little more about me. As you can tell I’m not the biggest fan of cold weather but I must admit I do like snuggling down to watch Strictly  on a Saturday!

If you want to do this tag I’ll paste the questions below, and please comment to let me know you’ve done it! I’d love to read other answers!

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Questions:

1. What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

2. What is your favourite Fall scent?

3. What is your favourite Autumn colour?

4. What is your favourite Fall drink?

5. What TV show, new or old, are you looking forward to this Fall?

6. What is your favourite Fall fashion trend?

7. What is your favourite frugal Autumn activity?

8. What is your favourite makeup look come autumnal weather? 

So, it’s the 1st September! Erm, how did that happen?! I swear it was June just yesterday? I think this summer has gone particularly quickly for me because a big chunk of it was taken up with the wedding; preparing, worrying, actually doing it and then recovering! But overall it’s been an amazing summer and the most memorable one of my life.

And so, the summer is over and I’m sad! I reallllly don’t like winter at all. But I do like the month of September. It’s kind of like the bridge between summer and autumn and sometimes we get the odd bit of good weather. Also, it’s my birthday month!! I’ll be 25 a week today! I can’t wait, I love birthdays so much.

September is a busy. busy month for me but I’m determined to keep blogging as much as possible. I feel like I’m getting into the swing of it now! Next week as well as my birthday I’ll be starting my PGCE at University, and we’ve got a lot of family events over the coming weeks. My goals for September:

♥ Have a positive start to my PGCE and give it 100%.

♥ Budget effectively when the student loan comes in to tie me over until Christmas .

♥ Try to keep up healthy lifestyle and gyming even with this very busy month and lots of parties.

♥ Have a kick ass birthday and celebrate because I deserve it!

♥ Book a cheeky getaway for October half term because.. Why not?!

Bring it on September! I can’t wait to get started. 

What does September hold for you?

xox