Ditch Your Summertime Sadness for Autumnal Awesomeness

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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 – (https://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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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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