Here’s our top 7 autumn essentials to see in the season…
Mango is one of our fave high street chains and this fringed blazer (£99) adds a welcome twist to the tweed brigade. There’s also a matching skirt but we love it styled here with jeans and a cream polo neck (Pure Cashmere has a lovely one and we are big fans of how their jumpers wash and don’t bobble).
For the chaps, Butler Stewart’s Courtauld coat champions the classic styling of British tweed with an elegant windowpane check that will ensure you’re ready for the forthcoming jumps season and won’t look out of place in the city when you’re enjoying your winnings.
Bear Essentials environmentally friendly walnut wooden hip flasks are perfect for your adventure needs, whether on your peg or the slopes. They make a great present at the very sensible price of £24.95 and come with a handy funnel when replenishing your sloe gin.
For chilly morning rides, layer up with Equetech’s Outlander Gilet (£83.50), which is ideal for fluctuating temperatures and can be worn with a lightweight top for milder days or with a warm base layer to see you through the colder winter months. Combine with Equetech’s Winter Riding Tights with a four-way stretch fabric, silicone grip knee patches and two deep thigh pockets which are phone friendly.
Now that the kids are back at school, I am trying to avoid the treats that have been become a little too regular to justify being a treat! I’ve said goodbye to the funsize bags of chocolate, sayonara to the burgers and chips and arrivederci to the pancakes that frequented our recent US road trip and instead been enjoying turning the pages of my under-used collection of cook books for some inspiration. Whilst I am not yet a convert to Jo Wicks’ Lean in 15 shape plan (give it time!) I am really loving his super quick and easy healthy recipes.
Last night I tried Jo’s absolutely delicious Holy Monkfish stew (page 46). I probably cooked it a bit too long, as although it said it only took 15 mins, I left it in the Aga for approx 30 minutes extra as I substituted butternut squash for the aubergine. Horse Phobic Husband was a bit dubious there were no carbs but he had seconds and we both loved its autumnal smoky paprika flavours served with a healthy portion of mange tout and green beans.
Back to our essential list, when we were at Burghley, we loved meeting the incredibly enthusiastic team at Freddie’s Flowers, the subscription flower service that is delivering to households up and down the country. You choose how often you want a vaseful and they do the rest. It’s a great present but why not treat yourself with a subscription – it’s a great way to prolong the summer scents and will be a welcome surprise when the temperatures start to plummet.
Another new find is So Cosy and we loved chatting all things organic jute with founder Vilija at Burghley recently. We especially loved their Carnival rugs as they reminded us of the autumn colours soon to fill the hedgerows. Their stand at Burghley was full of colour; cushions, throws, rugs and placemats – all perfect accessories to add a pop of colour and cosiness to your home.