opening chapter nine – hello september

1th September 2022
“And all at once, summer collapsed into Autumn…” - Oscar Wilde
Tawny leaves. Crisp blue skies. A welcomed nip in the air. Like the trees, let go of all that is weighing you down. Back to work. A clean slate. Fresh stationery’s a must. Tailored trench coats. Cashmere knits. Boot season is back. Blackberries ripen. Forest strolls. Leaves crunch underfoot. Chutneys boil on stoves - homemade gifts, in time. Bare legs shiver. Dare I say it, ‘black tights season’ is near. Light fades. So long summer! No more denying, Autumn’s here.
“And all at once, summer collapsed into Autumn…” – Oscar Wilde
After tip toeing around the topic for a good fortnight now, the arrival of September means only one thing:
Autumn has started to elbow its way in and I am welcoming it with open arms.

Whilst I know that technically speaking, the fiery shades of Autumn won’t emerge in full for a few weeks, it won’t stop (and hasn’t stopped) me from adjusting my wardrobe to suit. Think fine knit dresses and cable knit jumpers in soft creams, navy and butterscotch. Long cardigans that double up as coats (after all, it’s still pretty mild!) And the return of the trusty, knee-high boot. (Chocolate suede Louboutins, I’m looking at you!) 

I’ve also spent the past few weeks sourcing inspiration for the house.

In fact, by the time this post goes live, Jemma from Hello Petal will have worked her magic on Casa Millen-Gordon and Ali and I will be transported into an Autumnal oasis for the next few months!

Think a combination of dried poppies, rodanthe, teasels and preserved bracken in autumnal hues, arranged in sturdy, antique pickling jars and you’re on the right track!

In other news, September will always remind me of ‘back to school’ season. The holidays are over, out of office emails are few and far between and I find myself feeling recharged and ready to go. 

With just four months left of 2022, it also reminds me of the bridge between what’s been and could be. How the year has started and how it will end. With that in mind, I find myself using it as a month to pause and reflect and like the trees that sigh and shed their leaves, let go of all that is weighing me down… 

Should you find yourself feeling the same in the coming weeks, I encourage you to do the same.

As always, I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to this month. Let me know in the comments below.

Lydia x

PS. Looking for some autumnal wardrobe inspiration? Take a look at my favourite new season pieces on Mytheresa here. I’ll be sharing a high street equivalent in the coming days so keep your eyes peeled for that too!

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