Sunday, 1 November 2015

Autumn Fun With My Dogs & Remembrance Day

Autumn in the forest of dean

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, but as I’ve mentioned in my Life Lately post, I’m taking it a bit more relaxed with blogging. I’ve also got some exciting news to share. I’m going to move to London this week! Not the occasional limited-time move, but for real - like in forever. 

The last few weeks have been busy finding a place and we managed to agree on a cosy flat in South East London. We hope that our moving date will be announced shortly so within the next few weeks I will be pretty much occupied with sorting out a move and settling into a new life.

I’m going to share all the exciting news in more detail once I’m settled in London and for now I’d like to share with you my latest ootd post. Alex’s parents live in the beautiful Forest of Dean which is very pretty this time of year as all the trees are covered in colourful leaves and we have relatively sunny weather here. 

They’ve adopted a Mini Schnauzer puppy which came as an unexpected surprise to us. Alex's parents have an acquaintance who wanted a new dog but it turned out that he couldn’t cope with the lively puppy. He sold it to them and the cute baby dog has brought so much delight and happiness to our family.

Casual autumn look fashion styling post
Zara and Stradivarius fashion oodt

Jarvis is, of course, a bit jealous but he is still our number one. They look gorgeous together when they play in the garden and I used the opportunity to join them. I’ve recently bought a few items in Zara, inter alia the navy blue boyfriend blazer and the Breton shirt. 

The last one was inspired by Duchess Catherine’s gorgeous summer outfit when she was all over the magazines playing with Prince George. I feel the combination is very casual but also conveys sophistication and a classy chic look.

Hotter shoes leather boots autumn
Riding boots Hotter Shoes

Shoe-wise I love wearing boots in autumn and winter. I’m a big fan of riding inspired footwear and Hottershoes offered me the chance to review a pair of their latest AW 15/16 collection I decided straight for the Briony Leather Boots.

The shoes are made of soft leather and the shaft has an additional elastic panel which makes wearing them extremely comfortable. Through the stretchy material, the boots apply an optimal fit and it is easy to wear them over jeans. I feel with some boots, you can't-do that so easily, as they tend to be designed rather slim and are hence why quite tight around your legs. 

Not with these ones. There is enough space in the shoe to wear jeans and also woolly socks if your feet tend to become ice cubes fairly quickly like mine. I had boots before, where this wasn’t possible and even with jeans tucked into the shoes, they got so tight that they would pressure and squeeze my legs and feet so much that the blood circulation couldn’t work properly and I ended up with freezing cold feet. This can’t happen with my Briony’s as I ordered them in a UK7 (EU 41) and there’s enough space to move my feet and wear thicker socks for winter.

The design is totally my style. I love everything related to riding and the boots have a wonderful buckle detail on the side to underline the look. I’m very happy with the quality of the shoes and I’m very sure you’ll see them very often in future ootds on Style Lingua. 

I’d also like to remind you of the upcoming Remembrance Day next Sunday. Germany recently celebrated its National Day and I’ve nearly forgotten it! The commemoration is so important and especially the tragedies in the first and Second World War should never be forgotten. I haven’t lost anyone in the First World War but my grandparents have experienced the Hitler regime and had to flee their home. 

My granddad was forced to join Hitler’s army and when he refused to do so, they would look out for him. Luckily he was able to escape them but he lost his brother in the war. The wartime has impacted and traumatised my grandparents’ life and I want to pay tribute to people who have lost their lives in the war and who have fought to stop it. 

In the UK, it is common to wear poppy brooches to remember the loss of armed forces in the First World War and The Royal British Legion (RBL) annually offers poppy brooches to wear and show commemoration. This year the official RBL collection is available from Buckley London. The new collection features jewellery encrusted brooches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and cufflinks. All profits from the sale of The Poppy Collection are donated to the Legion and Poppyscotland.

Labradoodle and autumn
Me and Giotto in autumn
Giotto's first autumn
Fashion post with Jarvis

This is Jarvis and our little Mini Schnauzer puppy. At the moment we've called him 'Giotto' but none of us really likes the name so we will most likely re-name the cheeky sod soon :)

Duchess of Cambridge fashion look
Breton Shirt Duchess of Cambridge look ootd

Here's What I'm Wearing:

Blue Jacket: Zara (AW15/16, £50)
Breton shirt: Stradivarius (AW15/16, £10)
Jeans: Uniqlo (£29.99)
Watch: Daniel Wellington (£159)
Briony Leather Boots*: Hotter Shoes (AW15/16, £150)
Poppy Brooch*: Buckley London (AW15/16, £15)

Thanks for reading, 

Till next time,

*PR Sample

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