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All things Autumn

Autumn is undoubtedly my favourite season of the year: cosy coffee dates, beautiful leaves and an excuse to bring the tartan scarf out. I love everything about the September/October/November period (apart from the work stress). Hence, I thought I would do a post dedicated to a few of my Autumn favourites this year.

Anyone close to me will know of my unhealthy obsession with Sylvia Plath's poetry. Therefore, I think it fitting to include her "Frog Autumn" as a valid addition to the post.

Frog Autumn
Summer grows old, cold-blooded mother. 
The insects are scant, skinny. 
In these palustral homes we only 
Croak and wither. 

Mornings dissipate in somnolence. 
The sun brightens tardily 
Among the pithless reeds. Flies fail us. 
he fen sickens. 

Frost drops even the spider. Clearly 
The genius of plenitude 
Houses himself elsewhere. Our folk thin 
Lamentably

Sylvia Plath


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Isabella Clark ©

One of the aspects of Autumn I love the most is being able to go on mid-afternoon walks alongside nature. I must admit, I am rather partial to a walk whether it be 30 degrees or -1, (although, I don't do rain) but I do think there is something special about the landscape at this time of year.

Taken in Cambridge.
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I did my best to try and recreate that famous 'pintrest' moment whilst taking these photos, however, I don't think my attempts are quite as good. It is now that I regret not having a more professional camera to capture the beauty of the Autumn leaves, although for now, my iPhone will have to suffice.

Taken in Coventry.
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It also gives me huge nostalgia after doing my art GCSE last year; my elected topic was 'natural forms'. I must admit, I did receive a few strange looks arriving at school with a plastic bag full of leaves, twigs and shells. However, I do think these maple leaves are absolutely exquisite to paint. I love the vividness of the orange against the dark red stem and it is times like this that really start to appreciate nature.
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But of course, it is not just the Autumn landscape I love; it is also the Autumn fashion. I absolutely fell in love when I saw these jeans in Topshop. Despite my bank balance not being as pleased (£58!!),  how could I resist them! I think the embroidered flowers work so well against the dark blue denim making them a bit more stylish than your generic skinny jean. Also, these jeans are perfect to pair with a good chunky knit jumper given the cooler temperatures.

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Speaking of chunky knit jumpers, Autumn would be incomplete without one! I am a huge fan of this pastel, pink jumper I purchased last year from ASOS. It keeps me so warm and just goes with everything: jeans, skirts, dresses - you name it! Here I paired it with just a staple pair of ripped, skinny jeans and wore a little white top underneath.

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Another thing I have been loving about Autumn is the new Starbucks range of 'Teavana' tea range. I must confess, I have not tired the full range yet, but I can definitely recommend the Chai tea. I personally think it is served best without milk, however really it is up to how hardcore you are with your teas! It's warming flavours of cinnamon and cardamon are ideal for a discreet afternoon read. Only downside is that I wish I had brought my reusable cup with me.
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As ever, I hope you enjoyed this post. 

Lots of love,
Is xxx


'Did someone say coffee?'


Seeing as the weather has been so optimistic lately, my sister (Odette) and I thought it fitting to take a little trip up to Bond Street for some 'retail therapy'. However, no shopping trip can be quite complete without a well earned coffee stop! We searched eagerly for an appropriate location to rest our feet and coincidently stumbled into 'Dollys' cafe in Selfridges. We both felt it was a tad more upmarket than your standard Starbucks!

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 Isabella Clark ©

I must say, the gleaming cake stand did lure us both in, although the niggling voice in my head made me resist.... After feeling myself experiencing caffeine withdrawal symptoms, I was definitely in need of a fix. I opted for the more classic option: a standard black americano with a side of (soya - my inner vegan;)) milk, whilst Odette opted for the more indulgent option: a hot chocolate. Though, I was certainly envious of it. one day, one day, one day. 

Me looking very content with my coffee (albeit the designer eye bags).
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            Isabella Clark ©

Of course the mini photographer within me found it necessary to have a little photo shoot (despite the dirty looks I did recieve...). However, when your coffee looks as pretty as this, I thought it rude not to picture it. So, if ever in need of an instant afternoon 'pick me up', I would definitely say Dolly's (located on the Lower Ground floor of Selfridges) would be worth a visit.

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Lots of love,
 Is xxx