Can you actually believe it’s September? I mean, I know it happens every.single.year at around this time, but still. Where has the year gone? While the end of summer isn’t something to cheer about, the beginning of autumn almost is. For starters it’s back to school time, which even if you don’t have children, is something to celebrate….
While the weather hasn’t changed that much from ‘summer’ – wet, occasionally sunny, hot and freezing in the same day – we are definitely edging into new season territory, which means it’s time to invest in a new uniform. I have become a little bit obsessed with Atterley over the last few weeks. The re-branded Atterley Road is the perfect stop for grown-up affordable clothes with a little edge. Ideal for the kind of woman who loves Cos, Zara and the little buzz from being asked ‘where did you get that?’, it works just as well for chic school-run mums as it does for working women. I really love this gold spot drape blouse (£58), which I’d either wear now with culottes, distressed black jeans or for work, a pencil skirt. Blouses can’t help but hold a Stevie Nicks 70s feel for me, which sits brilliantly well with the new season folky vibe.
Out of nowhere, the Ghillie shoe has become the shoe of the year. Traditionally used for Scottish dancing, it was the Aquazzura version that was splattered all over Instagram earlier this year, prompting a flurry of similar styles from the high street. I have recently ordered a pair from Topshop and will eagerly instagram them on their arrival. Alternatively, there’s always a place in my wardrobe for a skate shoe (especially a glittery one like this) and a good boot. While I’m constantly on the search for my dream biker boot (worn in, chained, a little bit slouchy, yet hard – do let me know if you find one!), these fringed totally-impractical boots have caught my eye. For a dry autumnal day rather than hardcore weather, they’re not completely mental, right?
Creative writing, art, a language….these are just some of the classes I’d sign up for if I had the time (or wasn’t so darn lazy). If you want to learn something new and challenge your brain, then sign up for an evening or weekend class. Check with your local council/evening school for what’s on offer or head down the specialised route by signing up with organisations such as the National Piping Centre in Glasgow (to learn the bagpipes) of The Faber Academy in Bath, London and online (novel writing with teachers including Erica Wagner and Joanna Briscoe).
While most classes (in everything from cheese making to vintage scent history and handwriting) are based in London, the Darling Collective also arranges events outside the capital including creative writing holidays in Portugal, furniture painting and restoration courses in Devon and foraging in Dorset.
If learning from home is easier, then there’s a host of online courses available through the likes of the BBC, TED (which hosts free online talks and lectures in all manner of subjects from around the world).