So September has started, most schools are back and autumn is very nearly upon us. Gosh, that summer went fast. Whilst we were in the midst of it (those gloriously long, balmy days of June and July), it felt like it would last forever and I could hardly remember a time when it wasn’t light, when it wasn’t always hot and when I’d wear anything more than a pair of shorts, sandals and a top. But now sitting here in jeans and jumper, the nights drawing in and temperatures dropping, it feels as if it went in a flash. It reminds me of one of the most poignant things I have ever read about raising children – “the days are long, but the years are fast.” And, oh how they are! My son started school yesterday and it really does feel like only a few months ago that he was born. The passing of time isn’t something I particularly like, but as I can’t fight it, I try to do the next best thing, which is to treasure, if not every moment, lots of them. To enjoy the sound of my children laughing. To watch them run around outside. To grasp tightly that tiny, squidgy little hand in mine. To kiss those little cheeks and smell that gorgeous hair. Because, they’re not going to let me do that forever. With this in mind, I am determined to enjoy the transition from summer to autumn (something I usually dislike) and make the most of all of these daily moments, which when it comes down to it are the most precious of all. Here’s to the start of autumn and the simple, but stunning joys it will bring.
One of the great things about autumn and it’s slide into winter is the sudden emergence of good films and watchable TV (something this summer has seriously been lacking). This weekend sees the release of Before I go to Sleep, the adaptation of S. J. Watson’s best-selling thriller starring Nicole Kidman as an amnesiac who wakes up every day not knowing who she is but trying to find out what’s happened to her. And, if thrillers are your thing, then pick up a copy of Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard, in which a brilliant scientist becomes undone via a passionate, insane affair that ends up with her and her lover on trial. Unputdownable. (Yup, know I’m late on the uptake with this one).
Another great thing about autumn is layering. Oh, how I love to layer and this checked shirt dress from Anthropologie is all ready to be layered on up. Maybe it’s because I was a ’90s grunge kid who spent a year at university in Seattle, but there’s something about it that I love. It’s just so easy and could be worn over jeans or a long-sleeved tee (such as the one from J.Crew that Natasha instagrammed yesterday) in a few months time. It also looks like it could hide a multitude of sins. £98
Now you know how much Natasha and I love candles. Just the thought of a new one sends me into a tailspin of delight. I have recently spied this rose-scented collaboration between Cire Trudon and Giambattista Valli (above). £65. If we’re talking expensive candles, then I have to mention NEOM’s new collaboration with Jenny Packham (below). Launched in time for New York Fashion Week, which started yesterday, the two 18-carat gold candles are so pretty and smell divine. From £80.
Now I grant you these two are expensive candles, so I also have my eye on Bella Freud’s signature candle fashioned with cedar wood, amber and myrrh. At £38 it’s still not bargain basement, but a lot more affordable than her classic (and fab) Ginsberg is God sweater.
Finally, if you love Danish fashion and are in London over the next few months, then pay a trip to Ganni’s pop-up store in Shoreditch. Cool, contemporary and just a little bit quirky, Ganni is worn by all the coolest girls in Denmark. I love this Irina kimono dress which, yes, is a bit Granny’s old curtains, but I prefer to think of it as having more of a Bloomsbury-meets-Boho vibe (£115) and these suede ankle boots (£180)- if you’re not in London (or Denmark) don’t worry, you can also shop online. And, if you love Danish fashion keep an eye out for our brilliant insider’s look at Copenhagen in our next Style Around the World feature coming soon.