Saturday, 11 November 2017

Autumn Rambles

Hope you are all having a great November so far. I still can't believe how quickly the year has gone! Having a slight panic that I will need to start planning my Christmas shopping out shortly. I have bought one present so far, so that's a start right? Fortunately I have a Pinterest board of gift ideas that I've accumulated with pins of present ideas over this past year so finding presents should hopefully be easy enough once I actually sit myself down properly and go through it. Fingers crossed! How are you all getting on with your Christmas shopping? Let me know in the comments :)

Blogging & Editing

I had been very frustrated with my blog this year, purely because I find editing photographs very time consuming and I don't always have the time and motivation for it. I'd been on the look out for a quick and easy editing software or website that allows me to quickly adjust the odd setting here and there as I find Photoshop doesn't make my images look how I want them to and again don't really have the time to watch hours and hours of tutorials. I was looking for a software that was similar to the settings of Instagram, the odd slide here and the odd slide there and post out. Sorted! 

Eventually I have stumbled upon Picmonkey which I heard of whilst listening to a podcast recently and after scoping it out I am thrilled that it fits the criteria I was looking for so I can make quick and easy edits for my blog photos now so I can hopefully get content out much quicker! Hooray! I realise I have joined this Picmonkey party years late as bloggers used this years and years ago but either way I'm happy now!

Autumnal Favourites & Playing Video Games

Although I consider myself a summer lover, I do enjoy this time of year. I love seeing the sunlight hit off the vibrant green, orange and red leaves on the trees. The gorgeous sunsets that look like someone painted the sky. Belting out my favourite songs whilst driving through the countryside and of course stopping off for a cheese scone or two and drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate. Whilst spending my evenings with loved ones before finishing the night off playing xbox games.

I've recently got back into playing video games, after finally getting a new TV as my old one was kaput. With the Xbox 360 being probably considered 'old' in this technological day and age, especially with the Xbox One X just being announced too, it's the perfect time for me as I can score  preowned versions and save a ton of money. Although there is a couple of games for the Xbox One I am itching to play, for the moment I am enjoying playing the preowned games I've just bought and  revisiting ones I'd started playing when I was in my second year at university (5 years ago, holy cow!) that I never got round to finishing. Now my nights aren't spent wondering what I should do with myself whilst trawling the internet aimlessly. Oh how I've missed the excitement of playing a new video game!

Hat: Topshop , Scarf: River Island, Jumper: Marks & Spencer, Jeans: Topshop, Boots: Matalan.

My Autumnal Wardrobe

I find it amusing this time of year when I dig out my autumnal wardrobe because of how different my autumn/winter style (if you can call it that) has evolved over the years. For one, I was never a jeans kind of girl. I had one pair of jeans which I occasionally wore if I was going to art class or painting at university etc. until I was about 18 and only just threw them away this year at 25 year old. Back in the day I'd just wear tights with a floral dress with a coat thrown over the top. Or even bare legs! I can imagine my Gran's facial expressions of utter shock now haha! Love you Gran! Fast forward to now and I can't seem to stop wearing jeans. I've hardly worn anything else! Funny how this happens.

Most likely because I find them so easy to throw on. The same goes for jumpers too, I think they have started to slowly take over my wardrobe one by one. I know I'll get to spring/summer and wonder where the hell my cute floral dresses have disappeared to. I never used to enjoy dressing for autumn/winter as the clothes I had always felt like they were unflattering and trying to swallow me whole but now I'm starting to enjoy it more.

I think this is due to finally finding key pieces that I love to wear repeatedly like this cute pom pom beanie I picked up last year before I went to New York, or these black boots I went back out to purchase after originally buying the same style in brown a few weeks before (haha!) and the tartan scarf I spent the majority of autumn 2014 trying to find one that had soft material and bright colours or this incredibly soft jumper that I enjoy throwing on as it gets colder.

I've also been trying to incorporate older pieces into my autumn/winter wardrobe again like this beloved denim and shearling jacket (hello double denim!) and a few other coats, as well as my leather gloves which usually lurk at the back of one of my drawers, to get more wear out of them. I've also got some new additions to add which are; the black version of this cream jumper, the burgundy version of this pom pom beanie and some black sock boots. I finally feel excitement about dressing for the colder months!

Anyway enough of my ramblings for today, thank you so much for reading!

 Let me know below how far you've gotten with your Christmas shopping and what your favourite autumn/winter pieces you like to wear this time of year or got your eye on for this year, I'd love to read your thoughts :)

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