Ditch Your Summertime Sadness for Autumnal Awesomeness

Amelie Lockhart:

My Guest Blog for Everything5Pounds

Originally posted on Everything5Pounds:

So you allowed the sunshine of the past few weeks convince you that buying copious amounts of summer dresses and denim shorts was a brilliant idea. As Ugg boots and woollen hats became a distant memory, you were sure that winter was a thing of the past. Now however, the temperatures have fallen and like your bank account, you have been left feeling empty and disheartened and one thing is for sure, that pretty playsuit is not going to keep you warm this Autumn. But do not fear, my little fashionistas as Everything5Pounds is here to help!

Even though money is tight and you have a wardrobe full of summer wear, you cannot pull off wearing just a summer dress in October; blue fingers and chattering teeth are not the accessories of the season.  Instead, our suggestion to you would be to recycle your purchases and learn two important autumnal…

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue

I purposely made all of today’s appointments within walking distance of the office, that way I wouldn’t have to worry about what to do with my car after I’d had a few glasses of champagne at lunch. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember this when I was picking out what to wear today and that is why I now have red raw toes from wearing my sky high Kurt Geiger heels on the walk to work. I remember finding these shoes in John Lewis’s end of season sale last week and just managing to squish my feet into them then but I was convinced that it was because my feet were swollen from the 10 viewings I had carried out that morning. I had also convinced myself that if I lost the stone I had planned to lose last year, then my feet would be slimmer and they would definitely fit. I don’t know what happens to me when I am shoe shopping it’s like all common sense leaves my brain as soon as I enter the shop door.

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Three Ways: Autumn/Winter 2013 – Coats

It’s about that time of year when you decide that sandals and summer dresses just aren’t going to cut it anymore and you need to go shopping for the essential winter coat. But with a forest of leather, cotton and tweed ahead where could you possibly begin?

Well to start with lets see what’s trending on the A/W 2013 catwalks. Well there was a lot of PINK, but I’ve shown you what you can buy to follow this particular trend – (http://amelielockhart.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/three-ways-autumn-2013-trend-pink/) so now let me show you what else is out there for the fashion conscious in need of some new outerwear. AND as always I will be offering a budget, treat and extravagant choice so you can go shopping without feeling guilty.

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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge

Now, this is my kind of challenge. Any excuse to show off my puppies. For this challenge I have chosen my boy dog, George. He is now 18months old and is an Alaskan Malamute cross German Shepherd. The photos are in date order, with the most recent first.

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Three Ways: Autumn 2013 Trend – Pink

So everyone knows that pink is the colour of the season. Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalks were full of it and ever since, magazines haven’t stopped mentioning that our wardrobe should be full of rose, salmon, fuchsia, blush, coral and any other shade of pink you can think of. So here I am to help you update your wardrobe in accordance with this current trend and your budget.

For each item I have chosen a budget, treat and extravagant choice so you can go shopping without feeling guilty. In my opinion, you are best splashing the cash when it comes to accessories, you’re never too fat for a handbag, right? Also if you are out to impress, a Mulberry handbag is much easier to spot than a Whistles vest. I do tend to go against the grain in this respect as I save money on my staples, my vests, basic jeans etc but my jewelry and accessories are where I spend, spend, spend!

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Three Ways: Victoria Sponge

Three Ways to enjoy the classic Victoria Sponge: Paid-for, packet-mix or home-made.

1. Paid-For

If you are buying your Victoria Sponge, ensure the cake is still soft and, if you are able to, give the sides a prod to check there are no hardening edges. Also make sure you pick up a cake with the most time left until it’s best before date because sponge goes stale very quickly and if you eat it even one day past the B.B.D. it is usually too late.

My favourite supermarkets for cakes are Morrisons as they have a fresh cake counter or Waitrose. Morrisons charge about £4 for a fresh 10 inch victoria sponge, but get there early as they sell out fast and make sure you are going to eat it that day or the next as they go stale quickly. The fresh cream and jam are really tasty and you can’t beat the price. Unfortunately, you cannot order them online and I know in my area Morrisons are few and far between but do not fear cake-lovers as Waitrose sells a gorgeous victoria sponge by Handmade Delights for £5.39, which you can order online for delivery. What’s more, as the cake is actually handmade and not perfectly round, if you throw away the packaging you can convince your friends and family that you actually made the cake! (Throw some icing sugar around your kitchen and down your top to really enforce your point.)

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