It’s no secret that I love summer, and I long for the longer, warmer days all through the winter. Having said that, there are elements of winter that I really love and on the very best days – the cold bright ones – it’s easy to forgive the dank, dark days of endless grey and mud. Suddenly the world is all a-sparkle and the light is soft and shimmery. These days are actually my favourite time to take photos out of the whole year. Even the smallest details which appear dull and brown on a milder day, are transformed with jewel like beauty. I love to get wrapped up warm and get out there on days like this, put some sunshine in the bank in case the light disappears again for a few weeks. This is another thing I love about the season – the winter wardrobe. I’m always quite happy to put away my flip flops for another year and lace up my boots. Cosy coats and cardies, hats, scarfs and gloves, are all things you can never have enough of in my opinion.
With the cold months also comes a great excuse to hunker down and be cosy. The day is done by 4pm, and there’s nothing for it but to draw the curtains, light the fire and get a hot cup of coffee (and preferably a mince pie or two). Oh yes, winter definitely has it’s perks. I’m glad it doesn’t last forever, but I’m happy to embrace the bonuses. When Fat Face asked me to collaborate with them again on their Winter and Christmas range I was delighted – embracing all the things I love about this time of year with clothes that I feel good in, and that practically really suit our active lifestyle.
Our previous collaboration (which you can see here – remember Blossom the Camper Van?) was one my favourites ever. It was also the first time I really decided to be brave and step in front of the camera. I took Blossom, the boys and my tripod to Norfolk for the weekend and I really love the Summer magic I captured. Luckily I didn’t have to wait long for the Winter magic, and one frosty morning I headed out to this beautiful spot in a nearby park, where some abandoned railway tracks run through the middle.
The top I’m wearing here is as pretty as can be, a perfect “take me anywhere” top which will see you right for a dinner date, a day out or just for a day at home when you feel like looking better than average. It’s perfect with this gorgeous chunky knit cardy over which is a lovely weight and really cosy. The hat, gloves and scarf set is super soft and warm, and I love the festive snowflake pattern. Also how useful are fingerless gloves! Perfect for still being able to do up children’s zips, or fiddle with camera buttons if needs be 😉
Another weekend I took the boys and the dog to a nearby abbey, one of our favourite places to visit, with loads of trees to climb and places to run around. There’s no chance to get cold that’s for sure! It was very chilly, but the light was lovely and after our late Autumn all the leaves were still on the ground. You would hardly believe this was a cold December day.
A good Christmas jumper is a must in our house, so I’m sure you can imagine how much they love these. Yep we are the family wearing santa hats and Christmas jumpers and the dog has tinsel round her neck. Their jeans fit them brilliantly and are as robust as you would expect from Fat Face, and their coats are super warm and comfortable and will probably last them this Winter and next.
After a chilly walk in the fresh air nothing is better than getting cosy again at home. My favourite thing of all about Winter is of course Christmas. The whole Christmas break is a rare chance to be at home, without having to work. We can slow down, take our time, prepare meals together and watch movies. The boys are always tired after a long term at school and nursery and a hectic few weeks filled with Christmas performances and parties. It’s a precious time to recharge our batteries and be together, and I love it!
Lazy mornings of course require good pyjamas! We love good PJs in our house almost as much as a Christmas jumper, and Fat Face do a great range of sleepwear and lounge wear. The boys’ shark onesie and PJs even have glow in dark bits on them, which I can tell you is a huge hit! My brushed cotton pyjama trousers and dressing gown are soft and cosy enough to want to stay in until midday, and then put on again at 6pm. I’m keeping everything crossed that now the school holidays have begun there will be a few occasions where we’ll be watching Christmas movies in our PJs until lunch time.
I hope you all get the chance to have a warm and cosy festive period, and plenty of time to put your feet up. Fingers crossed after the all the relaxing (and mince pies), that frosty magic will return for lots more winter walks and photo opportunities!
Thanks for reading, and Merry Christmas from all of us,
This post was kindly sponsored by Fat Face x