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12 Sep 2016

Autumn bits and pieces

Read: not very autumnal bits and pieces! Here's a look at what has been filling my September evenings, the nights already drawing in. Sertraline seems to be doing good things for me and I've been baking
with little boy, checking out library books and getting my teeth stuck in to autumn ITV drama Victoria, starring the beautiful Jenna Coleman. I've been admiring the gorgeous gowns and enjoying the opulent locations. Watching Jenna play piano has really makes me miss playing it myself.
I have such a fondness for this particular era, even if we are only shown one tiny slice through the programme! Before I ramble on, I wanted to introduce the diary of dreams aka journal from Accessorize. It's so beautiful, inside and out, and the gold adornments on the cover are exquisite.
I picked this up for about £8 in store and my favourite part is that you can begin it at any time, by filling in the 'month' and 'day' boxes, so you won't need to worry about wasting pages if you forget to fill it in for a while bane of my life with other journals haha. Inside is a selection of pretty sticky notes. 
These are perfect for decorating and writing lists, fellow list writers rejoice! I've been really enjoying organising outings and planning my blog posts in it and taking it everywhere. I love whipping it out to make notes at the station, on the bus and in the library. It's great to get in to the habit of carrying a notepad around with me. It's somewhere to release my thoughts and practice CBT, to breathe in to.
I picked up this baby pink throw in George, Asda. I have a similar one in lilac from the sale and love it so much I couldn't resist a second. They are perfect for adding a touch of luxury to my tiny retreat, amazing for the chilly mornings and I can now alternate them when one is in the wash!
No autumn evening would be complete without a candle alight in the background. Although it may be considered an Easter candle, I received Yankee's Bunny Cake from Mitch's parents as a birthday present and it is amazing. Think freshly baked cookies with a floral edge mmmm, it's my favourite candle to use this autumn! It always feels a little more luxurious having the large jar version.
One of my reads of late has been 'The Language of Flowers', a guide to the Victorian tradition of communicating using blooms to send a secret message, along with anecdotes and extracts of poetry. I absolutely love reading about the different meanings flowers are given, when they were used as a way of expressing ones hidden feelings eg Nasturtium for impetuous love and yellow Rose for infidelity.
I also picked up a couple more, including Nick Groom's The Seasons, an Elegy for the Passing of the Year, containing all kind of fascinating folklore, an unabashed celebration of the English seasons. I've also had my eye on a good few fictional books too! Do you watch Victoria? 
How do you spend your September evenings? 

27 comments:

  1. Oooh, how pretty is the book and the journal! I've not seeen Victoria as I don't have a TV but maybe I can watch onITVplayer as you don't need a license for that?

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    1. Awww thank you so much Kezzie! I have never investigated - ahhh I'm so old fashioned haha! You should be able to, I am going to personally find out as I wouldn't mind watching the episodes again (ten more times) xD ♡

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  2. Ah I've been dying to get my hands on a Yankee candle but they so expensive over here in South Africa

    Beauty Candy Loves
     

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    1. Thanks so much Candice and ahhh that sucks! Try ebay - I always head there for items that aren't as readily available in my country :D ♡

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  3. Love Victoria, and I need that book of the language of flowers =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Awww thank you Emyii, it's so interesting! :D ♡

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    1. Thanks so much Lu, so happy you like them! ♡

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  5. I love all your Autumn pieces <3 Especially the Paperchase journal! It is so so pretty and I need to give that Bunny Cake candle a whiff :) xx

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

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    1. Jacqueline! I can't believe I haven't visited you in a while, your blog is one of my all time favourites! Awww thanks so much, I do love checking out Paperchase goodies whenever I go to Birmingham, I'm in Selfridges for hours haha! :D ♡

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  6. That is the cutest journal ever!! So so pretty.
    Olive & Ivy

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    1. Wow thanks so much Chelsea, so cute and kind! ♡

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  7. I don't like the typical colors of autumn such as reds, browns oranges, etc. My room decor is always pastel and cute despite the change of season. The journal has a really cute cover and I love how it features post-its inside. That Yankee candle sounds lovely! It's actually been on my wishlist for quite some time. ♥

    mooeyandfriends.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww thanks so much Michelle, so kind! I can't leave my pastels either haha, somehow Autumn gets me more excited for shabby chic decor and I just add a bit of festive sparkle for winter haha :D log fires and pine garlands mmm, I'm so glad you liked everything! ♡

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  8. I love learning about meanings of flower, there's something really romantic about it. I hope I can find similar book in local bookstore.

    Selene Addicted

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    1. Thank you so much Dea - there really is and I love the idea of a secret language! Check your local library, I had just popped in for the children's corner when I found this beauty on a returned rack :D ♡

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  9. All of this is wonderful, love the flower book :)) x

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  10. I love everything you shared! Especially that "The Language of Flowers" book, it sounds really good! :)

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. Wow thanks so much Carla, I'm so glad you liked everything! :D ♡

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  11. I'm so glad everything is going well and you'e enjoying your September so far. I love the bits and pieces you shared, the Language Of Flowers book looks beautiful.

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk | Amy x

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    1. Awww thank you Amy, so kind!! I'm so glad you liked everything and it's amazing what you can find in the library, I will be sad to return it :D ♡

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  12. Just stumbled across your blog through bloglovin and I am so glad I did! All your images and posts are so pretty. That journal is beautiful, I make lists everyday and have so many notebooks just filled with to dos and lists.
    I also love the look of the candle! Just such a beautiful post.

    Rach X
    www.mybrokeblog.blogspot.com

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  13. That's a lovely journal! I might need to see if my local Accessorize has one! Haha. I bought my future MIL that book, when she opened her flower shop. It's a beautiful and fascinating book! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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  14. The shade of the pink throw is beautiful, I love the overall subtle autumn theme while still being super cute and pastel. Must check out that book~

    Mish ♥ Mishs Diary

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  15. Beautiful post, it was a joy to read! That Accessorize journal is so pretty, I was browsing Paperchase online the other day and love how they have started stocking new stationery such a 2017 diaries etc. There were so many attractive ones. 'The Language of Flowers' looks interesting, I’ve been getting into gardening over the summer so might seek out this book. :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  16. That candle sounds incredible, who cares if it's an Easter scent?!

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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