My autumn wardrobe picks!

Hey there!

As you may know from my previous post, I am an autumn baby. It's one of those little things in life I had no control over but I really love that's part of my life. Yes it's always freezing when it comes to my birthday night out but the colour palette at this time of year is so worth it.

This is the time of year that I can't wait to have a car for. Going out on long drives to forests, national parks and taking the dogs out for a play in the leaves. Oh, and a drone, I would love to get a shot over a forest with one!


Cosy autumn fashion is probably my favourite part of this time of year. Fluffiness, cosiness, tartan and anything fleecey! I love it. Living up in Newcastle, we spend most of the year wrapped up fairly warm (unless you're from the area, seriously... these people don't wear jackets on a night out, it's incredible!) and so I like to put a bit of thought into buying my A/W clothing as I wear it a fair bit throughout the year. It also helps the student budget stretch that bit further.

So I thought i'd share with you some of my purchases for this A/W and a few of my favourites from the internet:

I LOVE this jacket from George. A faux fur trimmed hood and puffy enough to keep the wind out. I got this as I was getting tired of wearing my long furry Primark parka and wanted something easier to wear. I got my wish. It's got ribbed edges which pull it in at your waist, making it feel far more flattering! 

I used to hate bobble hats. I always thought they looked weird, but a good 7/8 years later, I've dug this Accessorize one out of wardrobe and never really taken it off this month. It's super cosy!

I LOVE this little bag! Primark have really upped their game with bags, and the quality does seem to be getting a lot better than my previous purchases. I got this as a little bag for nights out and day trips where I'm not taking my camera and lots of other unnecessaries! I really love the fact that three months on it's still maintained its' structure. Primark have now launched it in a burgundy colour and I kind of want it too...
I also have my fingers crossed for a pair of Uggs this Christmas as my old pair are pretty destroyed from years of trudging through mud and snow and I know for a fact I'll be getting plenty of cosy knits from my family!

Let me know what your favourite picks are below! 

Thanks for reading!

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24 | A birthday lunch at the Dog and Scone (I met a Corgi!)

Hey There!

I cannot believe I'm now 24. It really does feel like the past few years have slipped away without me really noticing them! As I type this, I'm looking above my wardrobe at a canvas my parents had printed for my 21st. On it are loads of family pictures of me over the years, some from Disney, my first day at secondary school and my embarrassing toothy gap from when I was seven! I cannot believe I received that three whole years ago...

So 24 finally hit and i'm still a little unsure how I feel about it. Am I mid-20's now, or can I still play off being early 20's? (I'm hoping the latter.)

This year I really wasn't sure about presents or even a plan for the day. I went a bit mad with the student loan and spoiled myself so I had no real idea what to ask for! I kind of wanted to sweep the day under the rug mostly and just focus on work but I'm really glad that didn't happen! I felt a real mixed bag of emotions about turning 24. There's so many things on my list that i've yet to do and have written out a list for the next year! ( That's another blog post!)

I was really looking forward to it because we were going to The Dog and Scone - Newcastle's dog cafe. Excited wasn't the word, especially when I found out that they had a corgi. (I'm forever sharing corgi videos).

When we arrived, I was a little nervous but as soon as I saw them all running around and playing I couldn't wait to cuddle one!

The first dog I got to hold is teeny tiny little Sugar, a teacup pomeranian. Now, if you've followed me for awhile you'll know I'm wolf mad. German Shepherds are a close second. I really didn't think I'd find a teacup pom so cute that I was nearly in tears when she decided to cuddle into me! I have to admit, I was kind of in love with her by the end of our visit- mostly because she really doesn't care about how small she is! She'd start fights with the other dogs over the beanbag and none of them would bother with her. I was slightly scared of her size when Rob picked her up, she was smaller than his hand!!

teacup pom newcastle dog and scone

teacup puppy

We ordered some pretty delicious ham and cheese toasties and I was really shocked to be surprised with a huge slice of red velvet cake! IT WAS DELICIOUS! I had no idea I liked red velvet cake until now, and I know for a fact it's going to be my birthday cake next year.

boy corgi

Okay.. here's the bit I was so excited for!! I MET MY FIRST CORGI!

Coffee the corgi is the only boy dog at the cafe and it kind of showed. He just wanted to play all the time and ran around on his own bossing everyone about and getting moody because no one would play fetch. He soon perked up when one of the girls started chucking his rope ball about! I had always thought corgis were small dogs, but he ruled the roost there and was definitely one of the biggest dogs! I was a little saddened that he didn't really want to be cuddled but I did love that he was totally his own dog and had plenty of energy- something I really admire about the breed and makes me really want to get one one day. I got a slight lick when I went over to say goodbye too!

I was very surprised by how taken I was with the little yorkshire terrier, Yuki. Not really my sort of dog at all but when she ended up in my lap she fell sound asleep and I found myself excitedly whispering to Rob to get a picture of her.

yorkshire terrier yuki

After spending a bit of time playing with them all and cuddling them it was sadly time to leave.
But it was now time to head out with friends and have a few drinks to celebrate! A rare occurrence for me!

We ended the evening with some snacks and chocolate cake watching netflix and to be honest it was a great end to a lovely day!

Monday was spent scurrying around the metrocentre buying birthday pressies and I was well and truly spoiled this year by everyone! Lunch and a pretty sizeable Lush and Body Shop haul later, I was on my way home back to post-birthday masters work reality- a 2,000 word essay due in on Thursday!

I'm so glad my 24th was as good as it was as it's put me in such a positive, excited and motivated mood for the year ahead and has just made me love everyone close to me all that little bit more!

chocolate cake drunk laughing

Thanks for reading! 

Shay x

Checking out the new Mcdonald's!

McDonald's has been part of my life since forever. When I was a kid, my Mum used to save happy meal toys from when she had them and give them to me ( I had a lot of them!). At university, it’s become a ritual on a night out to grab a McDonald's before the taxi home!
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