*Photography by Kaye Ford
WELL HELLO THERE MY LOVES.
I hope you're all doing okay and surviving the - hellish, constantly grey skied, I want to sit at home and drink endless cups of tea and cry about how poor I am, but I have to go hang out at Starbucks because I don't want to pay for a whole day of central heating - January that we're all blessed with right now.
January is notoriously that month that's, well, a bit of a struggle. The boy you've been texting that was spurred on by a lot of prosecco filled Christmas cheer dates might be fading into the oblivion that is the archived Whatsapp chat. You're really bloody happy about New Covent Garden Co soups being down to £1.25 in Sainsburys because that's a solid winter dinner that won't break the bank, and you're drinking french press coffee everyday because the god of all Flat Whites at your local Aussie cafe is a soul crushing £2.90 that you just can't spare as a daily frivolity right now. Oh that's just me? Nevermind.
January has me going back to basics with my style, and it always does. I want to feel cosy, I want to feel like I'm still snuggled in my bed with a blanket even when I'm at my desk typing out a spreadsheet for Karen in accounts and she won't stop sending me Skype for business 'reminders' with annoying office buzzwords. (PSA there is no Karen from Accounts at my day job, but I feel like she's the world accepted metaphor for the person who busts your balls making you do actual work.)
But this winter I've been trying to spruce it up a TAD (take that with a pinch of salt because I'm still heavily the creature of habit who will let herself sink deep into the instagram scroll hole that we all do at 7:32am when the alarm goes off for about 24 minutes and hey presto I'm running late to work.) But no, when it comes to the knitwear I've been gravitating towards this A/W 17/18 I've been looking for things that are a bit new, a bit out of the ordinary from my wardrobe staples, but still heavily able to fit into my capsule wardrobe of neutrals and will give me a good Cost Per Wear.
The Illusive Cable Knit
I mean let's be honest, has anyone ever made a Pinterest winter inspo board and not had it involve approximately 72 variations of the classic cable knit? Because I know I haven't. The cable knit just pretty much screams "Hi I'm wintry, cosy and warm and don't you want to wear me everywhere?" at you and as a mere mortal it was obvious I wasn't going to be able to survive winter without getting one. Whatever your price point, there is one for you and what can I say, it's kind of become my winter staple.
I think what I love most about cable knits, and just the baggy jumper trend in general is how versatile you can make them. The reason they're SUCH a staple in my wardrobe is that they're not only the bloody king of the layering game, but also help change the tone and feel of an outfit SO much in literal seconds, whether I'm folding the edges into my faux leather skirt that I kinda can't live without, or I'm just chucking it over my ever so beloved ASOS Ripped Hem Farleigh Jeans, they help me feel like I'm that teensy bit closer to world domination, and really isn't that what fashion is all about?
This particular one with a slanted hem has kind of been my obsession all winter, it was an absolute STEAL in the ASOS sale, and although it's now sadly sold out (don't cry for me Argentina levels of sadness are real guys) I've linked the most similar babin' jumpers I could find if you're feeling a bit more flushed than me this particular January.
Speaking of catchups, let's do that shall we?
So after reading 100 books last year, I've decided to do the same this year, because I mean it's no secret I'm a total bookworm, but also it's nice to have a goal that keeps you accountable and encourages my writing to be better and my storytelling techniques to grow. I was doing a recent job application where I had to list my favourite non fiction books and let me tell you, I STRUGGLED. So it's been my aim this year to branch out a little more, as much as I adore my fiction, I want to try and read a little more non fiction. High on my list at the moment are Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff and Women & Power by Mary Beard. I also quite want to expand my knowledge on writers that excel at short stories so Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks and The State We're In by Ann Beattie are currently on my list. (Well The State We're In is one of my faves and is going to be a re-read, but it still counts right?)
I'm also trying to get my travel plans in 2018 all together and there are SO many places on my list. I'm hoping to get back to New York in the spring for a solo trip where I can focus on writing, I'm not sure why but being on the East Coast always seems to do wonders for my writing, maybe it's just being so far removed from everything and being able to focus a little more but I know after my last Boston / Nantucket trip I came back with literal notebooks full of ideas and I'm hoping the same will come from my next trip. There are also so many European trips I want to tick off, I want to finally see Copenhagen, I want to explore Holland a little more and do an impromptu Paris trip.
Have you got any upcoming trips you're super excited about? Let me know in the comments!
Also what's the verdict on these photos? I've been playing around with film a lot more in recent shoots with Kaye's 35mm and to be honest I am LOVING the 90s vibes and think I'll be including it a lot more around here.
THE CABLE KNITS I WISH I COULD AFFORD
THE CABLE KNITS I CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD
Anyway over and out for today's ramblings, I'm going to go bury myself in a plate of French Toast, drink a literal bucket of coffee and enjoy my weekend, and I hope you'll do the same!