You’d think that with Ben at school, and Daisy visiting her Grandparents twice a week, I’d be able to get absolutely loads of blogging and work done, but apparently not. I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogger front over the last week or so – school has been half-days only, which means an awful lot of to-ing and fro-ing, and I find the time I do have to myself I either spend working frantically (Christmas is coming, don’t you know, and us copywriters are a poorly paid lot…) or twirling my hair and fretting about how Ben’s getting on.

That said, there are heaps and heaps of things I’m really looking forward to; a new season seems to inspire me to make plans and embark on new projects (we’ll just forget the half finished ones under the sofa….). I’ve been pulling out all my winter clothes over the last week or so; blouses and shirts, boots, scarves and my absolute favourite, my vintage mustard coat – although I’m a definite summer-lover, I do find it much easier to dress in the colder months. I’ve been scouring eBay for vintage and second-hand lovelies, which means there’ll probably be a post with my thrifty finds coming up…. I’ve had a quick nose at the LFW week coverage, but to be honest, I don’t pay much attention to trends – at the ripe old age of thirty, I (finally) know what I like to wear and what suits me. (After deliberating for about three months, I did buy these shoes, though, and can’t wait to wear them with some ankle length trousers!)

Winter is my favourite time to catch up on reading as well, so I’ve been pulling out all the books I want to finish this year (most of which will probably go back into the shelves unread, sigh). I got an incredible book for my birthday this year on Schiaparelli and Prada with the most beautiful photographs, so I’m going to dedicate some time to that if nothing else. I’m reading a lot of books on the 1930’s and 40’s at the moment; it’s the most fascinating period to me, and I’m a complete history geek. I recently discovered that you can go on a ‘Blitz Walk‘ in London, so I’m trying to find the time (and funds!) to make my annual trip up there – another reason for cramming in as much work as possible!

Finally, I’m reading up on the flea markets and antique fairs of France, and applying for a passport – I’ve been longing to go on a vintage hunting trip for years, and now I’ve finally convinced the husband. Hurrah!


  1. Lisa-Marie
    September 17, 2013 / 11:29 am

    All of these plans are good! I partcularly like the one for France, obv!

    • Vicky
      September 18, 2013 / 6:39 pm

      Haha, I just hope it doesn't turn into one of those plans that never comes to fruition – that book has made me desperate to get there!

  2. Lou Archell
    September 17, 2013 / 12:13 pm

    SHOES! I need those now.. x

  3. LandGirl1980
    September 17, 2013 / 1:01 pm

    That looks like my kinda book "The flea markets of France". Let. Me. AT THEM."(we'll just forget the half finished ones under the sofa….)" – you and me both! ha ha!

    • Vicky
      September 18, 2013 / 6:36 pm

      I honestly can't wait! But in all honesty, by the time I get round to applying for a passport, it'll probably be next Summer before we get there!Half finished craft projects are the bane of my life, haha!

  4. KatGotTheCream
    September 18, 2013 / 9:44 am

    Since last Christmas, Florence has been doing half days at pre-school and because she has a December birthday we've got another year of it until she can go full time. It is a bit of a bugger as I take Charlie in the morning and then go back with Flo at 12 only to go back at 3 to collect them. Throw Bea into the mix and it's a lot of fannying about with her too. I feel your pain. On a more positive note, this is a lovely, inspirational post that has me drooling over your wardrobe/bookshelf as always xxx

    • Vicky
      September 18, 2013 / 6:35 pm

      Pre-school and school is a nightmare when they don't match up – Ben is full time from tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to only going there and back once a day! Thanks for the lovely comment, I'm actually struggling to find some new trousers and tops at the moment :-S xxx

  5. Caroline South
    September 18, 2013 / 12:02 pm

    Wow a trip to France sounds like an exciting plan. Gorgeous coat and shoes. I too love summer, but much prefer shopping for Autumn and winter clothes! x

    • Vicky
      September 18, 2013 / 6:34 pm

      I'm a bit of a coat fiend, and to be honest I'm not sure where I'd put any more – but I think I'd manage to squeeze one in! x

  6. Wendy @ Moral Fibres
    September 18, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    Cider With Rosie – one of my favourites! I wrote my Higher (A-level) English critical essay on that book (many years ago now!) and still love it to this day. I find it easier to dress for autumn and winter too – summer dressing is always such a dilemma. At least with winter you know it's going to be cold, but with summer it could be warm and sunny and cold and wet all in the same day!

    • Vicky
      September 18, 2013 / 6:33 pm

      I've been meaning to read Cider With Rosie for years, especially after I found a beautiful illustrated hardback version in a charity shop once! Haha, I agree about the weather – I'm finding it particularly hard at the moment, and it's supposed to be warmer again next week!

  7. Becca
    September 18, 2013 / 3:19 pm

    I've been following all your ethical clothing posts and have since been avoiding Topshop. It's so hard to keep up – are these guys back on the ok list now? Not that I have any funds for new attire, but should money materialise, it's great to know where's not too terrible to shop.

    • Vicky
      September 18, 2013 / 6:31 pm

      It is incredibly hard to keep up, I agree – and even if you can, sometimes it's impossible to shop completely ethically. I usually only buy clothes from eBay, and recently I've found myself sighing with disappointment in the charity shops – they seem to only be selling last years Primark rubbish that's more expensive than it was brand new. After the factory collapse, there was a lot of talk about boycotting the shops involved, and I read lots of interesting things about the subject – there's the opinion that it can do more harm than good; after all if people aren't buying the garments, it means the workers don't have a job at all. I really think it's hard to know what to do for the best, but I think as long as you're aware, and shop as responsibly as possible, then you're doing your bit. There's a great table that I refer to quite often, and I tend to avoid the places that scored below 8 completely ( if you're interested)- but at the end of the day, I'm not perfect and there are times when I can't shop as ethically as I'd like.

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