Summer’s in full swing, so not being a fashionista-type person (who are presumably all used to it), I find it baffling that everyone is selling all the lovely summer stuff off! I love a bargain, so here are my top 10 utterly gorgeous and completely bargainous finds from my favourite websites:
So did I mention I’m going to New York?
I’m going to New York for work (like a proper grow up) and then straight onto a fabulous cruise. I’m feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. I also have just discovered that I have NOTHING TO WEAR.
So in honour of this momentous number, I decided that I should have a birthday week (what? it’s a thing) of fun, celebrations, yummy food and seeing the people I love. 7 happy days to celebrate. Here are some of the things that have happened so far. My Disreputable Dad’s first ever selfie – at 78! (above)…
If I’m honest, I’m not one of those people you’d ever call ‘groomed’. In fact, the words ‘scruffy’ and ‘oh dear’ probably sum up my personal style.
So when a very flash looking invitation plopped through my letterbox, complete with lilac ribbon, inviting me to the swanky Tesco Mum of the Year awards ceremony at a very posh hotel in London, it prompted a bit of hysteria, if I’m honest. I’m one of the Tesco Mum of the Year ‘official bloggers‘, see? So I can’t shamble up in jeans and wellies. Oh no, I’ve got to look smart.
There’s a red carpet. And a ‘champagne reception’. There’ll be *gulp* celebrities!
As any self-respecting social media addict would, I turned to my Facebook page. I presented my friends with a load of dresses, and yelled HELP! in a loud voice. Here are the choices:
There were lots of votes for #6, and quite a few for #2. #7 was deemed ‘too Christmassy’ by English Dad, but all seemed slightly too formal for me. Let’s face it, I usually walk around with birds’ nest hair and my jumper inside out, so everything was always going to seem a tad formal, I fear.
Lovely Boden then jumped in with another choice, the ‘fun’ dress:
… which frankly does exactly what it says on the packet, and seemed a bit more me. Disaster struck, though, when it turned out that everyone else liked it too and it was sold out. Dammit.
Lovely Boden AGAIN came to the rescue by suggesting the fun dress again, but in a different colour:
And in a final, and rather fabulous twist, the really nice people at Boden actually sent me the dress! I know! They actually just said ‘hey, here you are, we’d love you to have it’. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, they went and sent me the black formal one too, so I have a choice!
I am a lucky blogger. I’ll be reporting back on what I finally wear, what celebs I bump into and, of course, which fabulous Mum wins the title.
And yes, I’ll remember to brush my hair.
Is it wrong, when I’m sitting here typing in a pair of shorts and an old t-shirt, the sun beating through the window onto my toes, that I’m already dreaming about the end of summer? It’s because we’ll be moving into our new house tomorrow. My mind has drifted even further, to cosy evenings and even past the first frost.
What’s that all about?
I think it started with this gorgeous beast on the Boden website which I think is really lovely. It’s a wax jacket like a Barbour (but with a slightly less hefty price tag). It made me think of crunching along a footpath on a brisk morning (whippet optional), or wrapping up warm to walk around the farmer’s market:
And of course I’ll be bringing my beloved Uggs out of their tissue wrapping. I’m an indoor-wearer only, but I love them so much. I’ve also got my eye on these nifty ones with added legwarmers – how snuggly are they?:
Then I’ll need gorgeous flickering candles while I’m snuggling. These cute little pine cone ones WILL be mine (from The Travelling Souk – one of my fave websites):
And loooook at John Lewis’ beautiful collection in collaboration with Jars Ceramistes – a gorgeous French brand that I’ve long admired. Imagine those jugs stuffed with the lovely Dahlias that flourish right through the autumn, and the bowl brimming with shiny aubergines…
Autumn starts for me when the butternut squash comes back in season. There’s something about a Sunday, with a nice roasted rib of beef, Yorkshire puddings and gorgeous roast chunks of butternut squash, all washed down with a big glass of red wine (I got some monster ones from T K Maxx that I just can’t wait to use), that makes the passing of summer so bearable… Foodie-wise, so much fabulous stuff happens at the end of August… berries and apples, pears, plums and damsons… the courgettes and tomatoes are still around and then there are fabulous mushrooms tempting you to leave the salad behind, heading for risottos, stews and soups, piles of mussels with scrummy white wine and herb scented broth to dip your bread into, baked potatoes and fruit pies…
I won’t mention the C word (FAR too early), but I’ll leave you with thoughts of Autumn until our move is complete. What does the end of summer mean to you?
I’ll see you very soon xx
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