Ode to Autumn

 

My Mum always says “every season has its beauty” and I am a big advocate of that. As every new season rolls around I always say its my favourite- only to remind myself that I definitely say that about each one.

When you think of Autumn you think of changing colours, fallen leaves, that first morning when the stiff breeze reminds you that its now time for a coat, homemade soups and comfort food and cosy fires. Autumn for me is packing away the summer dresses and sandals and accepting the fact that I no longer even have a smidgen of a tan left anymore ,but it also means cracking out the chunky knits and lusting over all the new winter coats.

Truth be told that before the temperature has even hit single figures that perfect winter coat or ‘to die for’ knit will be sold out and you will be left with that deep feeling of regret in the pit of your stomach (terribly dramatic but if you’ve been there you’ll know what I mean).

I have included a number of my favourite bits of the moment, most of which I have hanging on the back of my door patiently waiting for the temperature to drop.

 

COATS

 

DRESSES

 

KNITWEAR

BOOTS

 

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Are Bricks and Mortar Stores a Thing of the Past?

A common consideration which has emerged in recent years is the effect online shopping has on traditional bricks and mortar retailers. There is no question that online shopping has made buying more convenient for more or less everything. From fashion to furniture to food we have all dabbled with online shopping at some point but how does it really compare to shopping in a store?

Global online sales are growing consistently and are estimated to make up 8.8% of total retail spending in 2018, interestingly the United Kingdom top the list of most E-Comerace sales at 18% nearly 10% more than the global average. Furthermore it is unsurprising that 37% of individuals aged between 30-39 shop online most frequently (at least once a week), as I suppose that these are the individuals who at large are balancing work, family and a social life and therefore seek the most convenient method of shopping.

I speak to people all the time who hate buying online. They complain of not being able to try things on or test the quality or simply because they prefer the thrill of going into a store, picking something up, buying at the till and swinging their shopping bags as they saunter through town.

I must admit I am in the other category of shopper. Whilst I wander in and out of the shops on the high street (what else is there to do on a lunch break?) I predominantly purchase everything at the click of a button. It could be the convenience or the ease or the fact that you don’t have to physically witness the monies dwindling away but really I think its the feeling of sheer excitement I experience when coming home to a stack of deliveries.

Don’t judge me when I say stack but that is no exaggeration let me tell you. I happen to be on first names basis with the Royal Mail delivery guy (Gareth), the MyHermes guy (Ralph) and the DHL guys (note the plural as they tend to vary). Every time I open the door I give them the ‘yes me again, don’t judge me’ look, but I don’t spend beyond my means so its not a problem. Right? View Full Post

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