Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Sweater Weather

I am not a fashion blogger.  I've never claimed to be one, and I probably never will.  But it's Autumn which is my favourite season, the leaves are beautifully gold and red, I'm drinking countless hot chocolates a day, and the weather's getting colder each day.  One of my favourite things about Autumn is that I can wrap up in oversized scarves, biker boots, and my favourite sweaters.  So, I enlisted the help of my amazing friend Lawson so I could share some of my favourite sweaters and jumpers with you all. 

New Look Maroon Jumper

I own a lot of maroon and burgundy items of clothing.  Mainly because it reminds me of Autumn, and there was that one time I was told I suited it and now I seem to have fallen in love with the colour.  This jumper is a couple of years old but is still one of my favourite sweaters to grab on a chilly day.  The only downside is that you have to wear a vest-top or t-shirt underneath due to the spaced out way it's been made, although this does mean you're extra toasty! 

Slouched Grey Sweater

I love a sweater that's slightly baggy because it means I can hide my tummy!  I own a lot of dark coloured clothes because it contrasts really nicely with my hair.  When I saw this sweater in New Look I wasn't sure whether to buy it or not, but my mum persuaded me too and I'm so glad she did.  Although the material is a little thinner than I'd like, it's actually quite handy for wearing to work as it means I'm not too warm when I'm inside.  This exact sweater isn't available anymore but you can buy a similar one here.

Boston Massachusetts Crewneck Sweater
After seeing a lot of jumpers in store with American university or college logos embossed on the front, I may have wanted to own at least five of my own.  My uncle brought this jumper back from America a few years ago to give to someone but they hadn't wanted it and it had been sitting in his house ever since.  When he offered it to me I may have snatched it out of his hand before he changed his mind.  I find crewneck jumpers so comfortable and this one has a wonderful fleece lining which is perfect for this time of year.  You can buy a similar one here

Carolyn Bell Photography
Carolyn Bell Photography
Carolyn Bell Photography

Grey Primark Cable Knit Jumper
I'm a sucker for good bargains in Primark, I'll go in with the intention of buying one item and leave with two full bags of shopping!  I bought this jumper on one of these occasions and it's one of the times that I don't regret having a little Primark splurge.  The knit on this jumper is quite chunky and I think this adds nice detailing to the entire jumper.  You can buy one similar here

Black Chevron Tape Sweater
New Look is probably my favourite place to go clothes shopping, I always seem to find something that I like there, and their high waisted skinny jeans are the comfiest things I've ever owned.  I bought this sweater a little while ago and I really like it.  Although I don't wear it as often as I'd like because I struggle to find jeans that I like with it, I really do like this jumper.  It's a crewneck style but a little more fitted which I really like as I think it helps to enhance your figure slightly more than a normal crewneck sweater. You can buy this sweater from New Look here.

Oversized Maroon Sweater
Yet another maroon sweater!  It's also knitted!  And it's oversized!  All my favourite things in one amazingly cosy jumper.  I was visiting my sister up north when I bought this jumper and they only had it in a large which I'm now so grateful for.  This is the kind of jumper I can just throw on when I'm feeling too lazy to bother with being fussed about what I'm wearing, although the slits on the side add a nice detailing to give the look a little more effort.  It's also great for layering up in the colder weather and looks great with an oversized scarf.  You can buy a similar jumper here.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of the jumpers that are going to be the staples in my Autumn wardrobe this year.  I had a lot of fun having these pictures taken, be sure to check out Lawson's instagram and Facebook page, he is a seriously talented photographer.  Let me know in the comments about some of the items that will be regulars in your wardrobe this Autumn, I'd love to hear from you.



Sunday, 9 October 2016

Twenty One before Twenty One

In just under a year and a half, I'll be that special old age of 21.  This is a fact I can't quite believe, I'm still trying to adjust to the fact that I won't be a teenager by February next year!  Although this is a little daunting, I also find it a little exciting that I'm going to be 21, even if it's just for an excuse to have party with all my family! 

I saw a post over on VieAvecCharlotte and Blossom of Hope (they both have amazing blogs that you should definitely check out) about the twenty things they'd like to do before they turn twenty.  I think this is a really cool idea that I'd love to do on here, and thought it would be a nice way for you all to find out a little more about me.  I'll admit, some of them might be a little silly, but hopefully I'll chose things that are fun, hope you enjoy the list! 

1.  Go on more road trips. 
I LOVE going on road trips.  I went on one up north recently and it was so good - a joint Spotify playlist, incredible views, and good friends.  I really hope I can go on more road trips over the next year.

2.  Look after my skin. 
My skin is in a pretty bad state, I get spots and blackheads so easily and I've not been doing enough to look after my skin properly.  Also, because I work six days of the week in a kitchen, I'm working in an environment which my skin doesn't like so I need to make more of an effort to take care of my skin correctly. 

3.  Learn how to Dutch braid my hair. 
I cannot braid my own hair to save myself.  I end up just knotting my hair and getting frustrated and impatient with myself.  I really want to take the time to learn how to braid my hair into two Dutch braids. 

4.  Invest more in my blog. 
I've missed my blog so much and I'm really looking forward to getting back into blogging and working on my blog to get it to a place were I'm pleased with it and enjoy it. 

5.  Photograph more, and actually get around to editing my photographs!
I love photography, any chance I have to use my camera I will take - although I do have a habit of taking far too many photos.  I really want to put more effort into my photography and really learn about the editing process and how to get the finish I'd like. 

6.  See more of Europe. 
I've visited a few different countries in mainland Europe but I would love to visit more, as well as go back to some countries like Belgium, Portugal and France. 

7.  Complete a cake decorating course.
One of my favourite hobbies (although it's also my job) is baking and I'd love to learn more about professional cake decorating.  I'd really like to take a course so I can learn from someone with experience and have some skills to build on.

8.  Spend more time with my family. 
I love my family so dearly, but since I moved away I haven't seen them as often as I'd like and it's starting to make me homesick.  I really want to try and see my family more during the time off that I have rather than lazing around not doing much. 

9.  Play my ukulele more often. 
I've had my ukulele for quite a while now and before summer I was finally getting into a routine of playing it often, and a good friend had been teaching me a lot as well.  But then during summer I cut of part of my fingertip (yes, it was as sore as it sounds!) and so I wasn't able to play.  But now that my finger's almost healed properly I'd really like to get back into playing my ukulele and trying to learn it properly. 

10.  Get up early to watch a sunrise.
I just think this would be a really beautiful experience. 

11.  Visit London again. 
I adore London as a city, the architecture is incredible and I would love to visit again and take thousands of photos. 

12.  Try my hand at video making.
I have the equipment to make videos, I've just never really tried except helping to make some events videos for my work.  I'd really like to give video making a try, especially when I'm in Australia next year because I think having a video diary to look back on would be really nice. 

13.  Attend a music festival!
For someone who loves attending concerts, I've never actually been to a music festival.  I would love to go to Reading & Leeds one year, or maybe to Warped tour in America. 

14.  Hold a koala. 
I'm going to Australia for a month next year and I just really, really, really, want to hold a koala.

15.  Save up money for my own car. 
I've had my license for a while but I don't have my own car, so I haven't actually driven (except a few times on private property) in over a year now.  This is quite a far fetched hope since the cost of insurance and upkeep for a car is so expensive, but I'd really like to have my own car by the time I'm twenty one. 

16.  Exercise more.
I'm trying to get back into a regular exercise/work out routine because I really miss having one, but I've also put on a little bit of weight recently that I'd quite like to get rid off.  I was hanging out with a good friend of mine last night and we're hoping to start going to a fitness or dance class together which I'm really looking forward too. 

17.  Second shoot at a wedding. 
Again, quite a far fetched hope but I would love to second shoot at a wedding.  I absolutely adore wedding photography and would love to give it a try someday, even if it is just as the second shooter.  I think it would be an amazing experience and a great opportunity to learn about photography. 

18.  Go to more concerts.
I absolutely love going to concerts!  I've been to a total of 6 concerts and I love to make it up to 10 by the time I'm twenty one.  I love the atmosphere at gigs, especially when you're standing - it just makes me so happy.

19.  Photograph a concert or gig from the photographers pit. 
And here we go again with the far fetched hopes but, oh my goodness how amazing would photographing a concert be?!  This would be a bit of a dream come true for me, especially if it was a band that I listen too and love. 

20.  Grow in my faith.
This is by far the most important one to me.  Over the past month or so I've been growing a lot in my faith, learning so much more from my own Bible studies, and keeping a payer journal which is all really helping me.

21.  Be kinder. 
I see kindness as a really important value in peoples personalities.  But I don't think I do enough myself to be kind and to share love in the small things.  I really want to make more of an effort to be kind to those I love as well as people I just happen to meet by chance because I think it's such an important thing.

I hope you've enjoyed finding out about some of the things that I'd like to do before I turn twenty one in just over a years time.  Let me know in the comments about some of the things you'd like to do before your next Birthday, or just things you'd really like to do in general, I'd love to hear from you guys.