I think we’ve well and truly reached the end of autumn – the storm I drove home in on Monday night well and truly blew all the final clinging autumn leaves off the trees and bushes and the car’s windscreen is now frozen over nearly every day. I’m a bit sad as it turns out that I love autumn – after being the summer-obsessed girl every year up until recently, I found myself excited for the colours of the leaves to change and to get my tights and boots out. But I’m also excited as I’m looking forward to Christmas – I’ve got myself quite organised this year and have already purchased about 80% of my presents, including 2 Secret Santas. I hate to admit it, but I’ve sporadically been playing Christmas music for a couple of weeks already and I asked if we could put the tree up last week! Ben said no, but I’m holding out hope for this Sunday seeing as Thanksgiving is over – I’ve told Ben it’s a US tradition, not quite sure if that’s true but if it means I can get my decorations out, so be it! Not that Ben’s complaining though – he’s a big fan of Christmas too! To be fair, I’ve been working on Christmas campaigns at work for a few months already – our planning started for them back in summer – so it feels like it’s been a long time coming!
These outfit photos were taken a few weeks ago, but I’m a bit behind because of my road trip posts and others that I’ve wanted to publish first. The leaves were still a lot more orange than they are now so I wanted to try to capture a few of those in the background of my photos. It was a Saturday when Ben was at work so I put on my big girl boots (or at least, my new everyday boots!) and headed out with my camera, tripod and self-timer to find a picturesque spot without having to go too far. I’m not as good as I used to be at this when I had so much more time at uni to do it – how I wish I still had the time I had then to take photos at will and spend the day prioritising uni work alongside other things! There was SO much time and now I feel like there’s so little – and it can only get worse as I get older! Like I’ve said before, it’s a balancing act.
I bought this dress before our road trip to take with me as a possible one to wear at Rick Stein’s restaurant. In the end, I actually wore it out to a local pub with my family before we went away. It feels very 70s inspired in colour, shape and design, especially with the bell sleeves. I wore it like this, with the red tights and ankle boots to work recently and my colleague Hannah mentioned I looked very 70s, so I was quite pleased she’d picked up on that! I’m not necessarily a big fan of that era – up until recently I was more 50s and 60s inspired – but I’m finding myself drawn towards the colours from the 70s over autumn and winter, and the relaxed fit and shape of the clothing is nice too.
I actually bought these tights months ago in the middle of summer in preparation for the autumn – I knew I’d love them now and I do! I used to wear coloured tights a lot (take a look at this old post from 2010!) but rarely do nowadays. I feel I should do more often as they’re a fun way to jazz up an outfit a bit. I’ll try and pull these ones out a bit more from now on!