Hello lovelies! How are you all? It’s been a little quiet over here on my blog lately partly due to us being so busy with the Wedding, we had such a wonderful day and family moon in Cornwall and I just felt like taking a little bit of a break on our return back but I’m back today with a post all about our most recent visit to the wonderful Berkeley Castle.
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Hello lovelies! Did February fly by for you too? Spring is literally just around the corner and that makes me very happy! If you’ve been following my blog and social media, particularly in the last couple of weeks (Firstly thankyou so so much) and secondly you may know that I’ve been planning on introducing more beauty content on My Little Brushneen Blog.
I love autumn/winter, the fresh, crisp mornings and walks in the countryside, the beauty of the changing colours of the leaves, the cosy evenings with warming meals, hot chocolates with all the extras, good TV and of course the run up to Christmas.
Another thing I adore is the autumn/winter fashion and not only because it’s easier to hide the mum tum, there’s just something so comforting about being layered in a chunky, Cosy knit, the scarves, jackets and boots and such gorgeous colours making an appearance.
We favour Next for Freya’s clothes, in fact we have done since she was born, we swore by their hard wearing, cosy sleep suits and adorable little outfits when little one was a teeny tiny baba and still can always find such a great variety of good quality clothing which washes well and lasts now we are in the toddler years.
Now I’ve started to look into the women’s and men’s wear a lot more and I have to say I’m loving it! Since becoming a mummy and now I feel like a proper grown up – most of the time – my style has definitely changed and I’m absolutely favouring the more practical, comfy yet fashionable choice of clothing and Next has really got it spot on with this seasons autumn/winter range.
I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite pieces and so have put together my autumn/winter Next wish/Birthday list. So without further ado…
How gorgeous is this coatigan! I love the longline style and it would work with both a casual and smart/dressed up look. great for the transitional weather and if you’re like me and get too hot in a thick coat or if a cardigan just isn’t quite enough.
An absolute steal at £7 and comes In a variety of colours, I tend to favour navy but would probably pick this up in a couple of colours, throw on with some jeans, boots and a scarf and away you go, great for layering.
Talking of scarves! I do love a scarf which is why there are three included in this post – I simply could not choose which not to include! This grey knitted one looks super soft and cosy.
I love the combination of the navy and pink.
The colours work so well together and this could really jazz up a look really quickly and easily.
I was drawn by the gorgeous burgundy colouring of this biker jacket, perfect autumn and winter shade and very cool! I’m not sure I’m cool enough to pull this off but I definitely want to try it!
These Chunky knits looks ideal for snuggling up on those chilly evenings, I love the Ochre colour and think this would look very cool with a white tee, mid blue jeans and boots. Love!
Maybe these mid blue jeans? gorgeous colour, style and embellishment. I do love Next jeans, I have some which I brought such a long time ago and they wear so well. Love the pearl detailing on these beauties.
I love the roll neck design, floaty sleeves and pearl detailing on this cosy little number.
The berry tone of this saddle bag is so lovely and the embellishments make it so much fun! Great addition to finish off an autumnal look.
I purchased these beauties last week and absolutely love them! the print is adorable and they feel so super soft and cosy, I’m definitely now converted to Next pyjama’s.
One thing I do love about the colder weather is being able to get my boots back out! I’m currently looking for some new tan boots and these are beautiful!
So there we have it, my top picks from Next for autumn/winter. I honestly could have added so much more as there is so much I’m loving from Next at the moment however I’m aware that this post is getting quite lengthy so I’ll leave it there.
I kindly borrowed the product images from www.next.co.uk but as always all opinions are honest and my own.
Thanks for reading.
This year we are really embracing Halloween – admittedly it’s never really been something that I’ve been that bothered about, I did trick or treating as a child but gradually lost interest as I grew up however since becoming a mum it definitely has become a lot more fun. I’m actually getting quite excited about making a little more of an effort for Halloween 2017 and making some new family traditions.
We are on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin for the carving and will be hoping to be a little more adventurous with the design, don’t get too excited though – it’s a lot harder than it looks isn’t it? Luke has done some carving before when he was younger but last year was my first. Despite the mess I really enjoyed it and Freya was fascinated so I think we’ll make it a Halloween family tradition.
Each year since Freya was born we have taken her to a brilliant kids Halloween party held at our local leisure centre. It’s such a fun afternoon for the little ones and now Little lady is a bit older I know she’ll really enjoy it this year. The first time we took her along she was a teeny tiny little baba and dressed in the cutest pumpkin all in one. I remember there being quite a few little pumpkins rolling around on the play mats that year. Last year little monkey made her appearance in a fiery devils dress and spent most of the afternoon chasing the balloons around the room. This year I feel she’ok definitely have more of an opinion on her costume. Currently we are all set for her to become a troll, princess Poppy of course! not exactly scary but I figured at least she’s more likely to keep her outfit on.
Our little pumpkin
Mini Halloween Haul
We recently went on a shopping trip to Asda and I was drawn to the vast amount of Halloween goodies that they have on offer in store at the moment. Isles of sweets, treats, costumes and decorations at very reasonable prices and I couldn’t resist grabbing a few decorations for our home, I know little one will love it.
If you are interested I’ll leave links to the online ranges of decorations although I think it’s a little different to what is available in store however I thought I’d share with you what we got anyways! If you do like the look of them I’d recommend heading to your local Asda soonish as I know they disappear quite quickly as Halloween draws nearer . I’m likely to go back and grab a few more.
Happy Halloween banner/bunting – £1
I love the cute characters on this design, it’s perfect for little ones as even though its obviously Halloween themed its not too scary. Super cute! Look at the owl!
Little Horrors Pumpkin Paper Lantern – £1
Another cute design to celebrate the fun side of Halloween.
Little Horrors Window Decorations – £1
Why not decorate the windows too!
Little Horrors Garland – £2
I think this has to be my favourite of what we picked out! Cute little witches hats! I do have a thing about bunting.
Little Horrors Mixed Garland – £2
More fun Garlands for the Halloween celebrations, great for parties.
Spooky cup with Straw – £1
Little one was very keen on this spooky cup and straw!
I have also picked up a few bits from Tesco so thought I may as well include them, they also have a great selection of Halloween goodies available and it’s well worth checking for all your Halloween needs.
Halloween web treat bowl – £1 & Creepy Confetti – £1
We currently seem to be using the treat bowl for bits and bobs but it will house the treats when Halloween comes! Freya was very keen to have this! The confetti I brought to use for photo flat lays.
Witches broom – £1
How cute is this! and only £1 ( I will note if you do get hold of one of these do not cut the paper ties! I thought they was just packaging but actually its holding the broom head on! this particular one is now being held together by a hair band haha!)- its hard to tell in this photo but its actually the perfect size for Freya, I actually brought it more as a photo prop though.
Pumpkin Treat Bucket – 50p
A must for all little tricker treaters.
So there we have it, I will probably pick up some more bits here and there, I’ve never really decorated for Halloween before but as I said above I know the little one is going to love it and actually I’m a little bit excited as well.
I’m hoping to start a few more fun Halloween inspired family activities/traditions – maybe some creepy crafts, trick or treating around family and close friends, I’ve noticed some cool looking events taking place around Halloween so maybe something like that and some spooky biscuit baking ( with my baking skills they will be scary!)
Anyone stick to certain Halloween traditions? leave me a comment I’d love to hear what you get up to!
Have a wonderful and happy Halloween all!
( We popped into Morrisons and they also had a great range of Halloween decorations, sweets and treats so I thought I’d include the link.)
Not a sponsored or paid post.
All photos and opinions are honest and my own.
On a recent trip to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway we wandered into The Build a Bear Workshop located on the lower floor of the Mall. Now we do absolutely love the Build a Bear Workshop and the store within the Mall is brilliant but we wasn’t planning a visit on this particular trip, however little monkey had other ideas.
One thing that i love,and have done since I was able to, is to read. That feeling of achievement and satisfaction when you finish your latest book, whether it’s Getting immersed in a captivating romance, fantasy or crime novel, learning something new with a factual read or particularly ,at the moment, picking up tips from the latest bridal mag, I find reading one of the most relaxing and enjoyable hobbies and yet since becoming a mum just never seem to have the time to do. Luke and I generally, all being well get a few hours in the evening after little one has gone to bed to ourselves, within this time I find I want to do a hundred different things (slight exaggeration) and so reading has been put on the back burner a little.