Is anyone else fed up of everyone going on about how cold it is? Yes, weather reporters, we know it’s cold, it’s January. It makes laugh that so many of the big headlines and ‘top stories’ are about snow. In winter. *Shock horror*
I suppose it’s easy for me to say living on the south coast where we rarely see snow. I think I’ve only seen the temperature drop below 0 twice so far this year (and both of those times I was up super early).
But that doesn’t stop me from stocking up on lots of lovely cosy knitwear. I was recently contacted by JD Williams and kindly gifted some items from their knitwear range. I’ve decided to split them up into several different outfit posts so keep your eyes peeled for the rest very soon! JD Williams has been going since 1875(!) and were the first company to ship direct to customers back in 1882. They are also part of the Ethical Trading Initiative which means that they ensure that their products are made in safe working conditions and that the people that make them are paid a fair wage and are well looked after.
First up is this lovely khaki v-neck jumper. You probably all know by now that ‘casual’ is my middle name and this jumper is the epitome of it. It’s the perfect thing to just chuck on over a pair of jeans and head out to the shops or wherever.
Jumper: c/o JD Williams | Scarf: Zara | Jeans: Gap | Boots: Clarks
Or not….as the case may be. Below is a (rather embarrassing) collage of photos of me over the past 10 years. Notice anything? No, exactly. Aside from an slight parting variation, a few months of having a bob and the time I decided to be Claudia Winkleman, my hair has been the same my whole life. For me, ‘doing my hair’ consists of a poor curling job.
I would love to be super skilled at doing stylish, grown-up hairstyles like Carrie and Olivia or to have big, bouncy, blow-dried-to-perfection hair like Rose or be daring enough to add some colour like Laura or Victoria.
When I was in middle school, I was quite brave. I went from purple to black to gingery-blonde thanks to Sun-In (anyone remember that?!? What a disaster!). Maybe those experiences put me off as I haven’t dyed my hair since I was about 13. I couldn’t find any photos of these hair adventures – thankfully!
I wonder if I’m too old to start experimenting with my hair now? When I was little I always assumed that by the time I was like 25 I would have totally mastered loads of awesome hairstyles and worked out what suits me but it never happened. In fact, I barely even manage to get my hair cut. I get it professionally snipped once every two years or so and Nick’s dad just tops it up for me.
I was recently contacted by Rock Pamper Scissors, which is a bit like Just Eat for hairdressers. It finds all your local hairdressers and shows you their prices and discounts all in one easy place so you can choose what you want and how much you want to spend and book it all online. Genius.
The word ‘pamper’ in their business name really got me thinking. I’ve never considered a visit to the hairdressers as ‘pampering’. To be honest, I’d rather visit the dentist than the hairdressers but maybe I need to reconsider that. Maybe I should go and get something easy and relaxing done, like a hair conditioning masque or a blow-dry and leave the actual ‘haircut’ bit out as that’s the bit that always causes me to stress out.
The best thing about winter is being able to get all warm and snuggly. Well, actually, my favourite thing is that I can sit at home and scoff a load of chocolates and then just wrap myself up in a big old jumper and pretend like nothing happened!
One of the biggest trends this season is wrapping up, in a poncho, cape or oversized scarf. Personally, as a mother, a cape isn’t the most practical of items to wear but I have got myself an enormous
blanket scarf to wrap around my neck from the kings of oversized scarfs, Zara. It’s the softest, cosiest thing ever and I never want to take it off!
Here’s my pick of the best ponchos, capes and oversized scarfs available right now:
I love the idea of ponchos. They look so effortless. You can just chuck them over the top of whatever you’ve got on and get on with your day.
My inner boho Emma is totally in love with capes. I saw a Temperley cape in the window of a local boutique a few years ago and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I still don’t actually own one as I’ve been searching for the perfect one and to be honest, that Jigsaw one is pretty much spot on. I love the tassel detail on the Peter Hahn one too.
I love oversized scarfs. I’ve actually had my eye on that Superdry one for a couple of years now. It’s so incredibly soft. That Ted Baker one is just so lovely, I’d want to wear it as a shawl though so you could show off the print!