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The November Agenda

d4c8b5463b1f79b3bd8ed9f2c90b49c7Yep, people, November is just around the corner. The clocks go back this weekend. Bonfire night (hurrah) hastens near. Not to sound like a grandma, but where has this year gone? We’re firmly into my favourite season – and this is the month to…

Wear a seriously chunky jumper

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Not just flirting with a bit of a cable knit, a proper bit of chunk. (Note: this is also the way I like my Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut. My local shop has started selling this bizarre version wherein the fruit and nuts are smashed to slivereens and It is Not The Same Thing At All.) I absolutely love these from La Redoute, £59 (although currently on offer) each for both crew and roll neck.

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Settle down with a good book

41kmltzwvdl-_sx377_bo1204203200_Preferably in front of the fire.

I’ll be opting for one of the many books on the art of hygge (a concept to which Alex and I are fully signed-up) – this one by Signe Johansen looks right up my street. And then, I’ll add two more to my reading pile: Zadie Smith’s latest Swing Time and the new novel from Alice Hoffman (always a magical experience): Faithful, a story of happiness, hope and the search for your soul.

Get cosy

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With a new blanket flung over the arm of my sofa. This one [top] from Neptune would work in almost any interior. And check out this Moroccan-blanket-esque (at a fraction of the price) number from M&S (with 30% off right now) not forgetting bloggers’ favourite pom pom throw (also on offer). Or perhaps I’ll go all-out hygge and fling a sheepskin over a chair? This one [above, £98] from Idyll Home at Not on the High Street looks lovely.

Add a new light source

pooky_bobboli_console_table_lamp_in_blue_100_empire_shade_in_yellow_silk_ikat_72_1Overhead lighting is never the kindest form of illumination, so add a new table lamp for soft pools of light. I love this one [above] from Pooky (from £110) and Laura Ashley has some splendid pineapple options which are currently on sale.

Step up your skincare

Swap your lighter moisturiser for something which packs more of a hydrating punch. This Works No Wrinkles Extreme Moisturiser (£46) fights the dehydration caused by central heating and hopping between warm and cold, whilst retinol (the v technical name for vitamin A) helps diminish the signs of ageing. Amen to that.7c2d0e11c925166438da6d2cd8fde68b

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