Hello Autumn!

In the past few days the change in the season has been really apparent to me with the browning of the leaves, the darker mornings and also that little nip in the air! I have to say that Autumn is one of my favourite seasons and October one of my favourite months, I can’t give you any one reason but it just feels special!

As summer is such a busy time for Mr S and I we normally take a bit of time off work and try to go away in the early part of September when it starts to get a little quieter, this year we went to Rhodes, a Greek Island  located in the Southeast of the Aegean sea.

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Fast forward 4 weeks and the sun, sea and sand are a distant memory and now I am ready to swiftly adapt to the incoming Autumnal weather…

I did the necessary seasonal raid of my ‘other wardrobe’ (or room as it actually is) which I am ashamed and impressed at in equal measure. *note to self: time for a wardrobe clearout, you are not Carrie Bradshaw from SATC* I dusted off my boots, roll necks, cardigans and coats from last winter. The only thing that I really need to buy is new boots so the search is on for those!

When the season changes I commit wholeheartedly with my wardrobe choices, meal planning and also my home decor. I recently bought some knitted white pumpkins to update my home decor and also a real one from the local garden centre. The blues and greens have been put away awaiting Springs arrival and the nudes, greys and faux fur have come out to play.

October has already been an exciting month for me. Just yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting a Stella and Dot Trunk Show (jewellery/accessories and all thing nice if you aren’t so familiar) at my home this weekend with some of my favourite ladies. My wish list is overflowing and if you fancy a look at what is on offer you can do so here!

There is also some exciting new things planned for French Grey Lifestyle…I’ll be sure to update you all very soon!! Eek!!

Much love,

Judy xo

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Autumn Fashion: The Cape.

I have been *quite* obsessed about the Burberry personalised cape since Olivia Palmero stepped out in one, she is so stylish.

   
 If you are lucky enough not to be hindered by the cost, you have to get one…however the rest of us will have to make do with the high street!

 

Burberry Cape, £895 from Net a Porter.

 
Oxblood Burberry Cape, £895 from Burberry
  

I found it a bit difficult finding one I liked, and secondly one which didn’t look like I was carrying round a picnic blanket!

I found out quite quickly tassels were a no-no! 

I found this little gem in Newlook.

 

Dark Red Contrast Leather-Look Cape
 
It sits where it should above the knee!!!, and is finished off around the edge in a lovely leather-esque binding. PLUS it is reversible! You can have Navy or Red as dominant colours, if you fancy a change! Two for the price of one.

 

As you can see it is not drowing me!

Have you found a cape that is perfect for you? Or are you lucky enough to own a Burberry one?

Much Love,

Judy xo 

Autumn Interiors

Have a peep at some Autumnal Interior styling ideas for your home!

Welcome to Autumn Frenchies!

‘I am so glad I live in a world were there are Octobers’– Anne of Green Gables

Autumn is by far my favourite season, I think it is the the feeling of change in the air and the cool but yet still mild weather.

What is also exciting is being able to reflect the change in the season in my home. I have discussed in previous posts about my love of bringing the outside in. Having a neutral colour palette in your homes means you can add in subtle changes with ease.

Here are some of the autumnal changes I have started to bring into my home in the past weeks, if you follow me on Instagram you will have had a sneak peek already.

Munchkin PumpkinI just love munchkin pumpkins! You do not have to spend a fortune to add seasonal elements to your home. These little fellows are 90p from Sainsbury’s vegetable aisle. I have these dotted through the kitchen and dining room. Why not try your local farmers market for more unusual ones? If you are not fond of the mess of pumpkin carving, these are a great alternative.

Garland

I just ADORE this bunting above my stove in the living room. A bargain TKMAXX find (yes it is my favourite shop, I seldom shop elsewhere these days!)

Why not try and make your own with conkers or acorns that you find on a foraging trip, its a great way to entertain kids at the weekends or half term…or yourself if you are at a loose end 🙂

Autumnal Cushion

This ‘Malini’ cushion I just couldn’t pass over! It reminds me of the group of sycamore trees that sit out the back of my house, as well as the fairy ring in the field opposite my house. I have these on my grey corner sofa to tie in with this chair. Again I keep all my other pieces neutral, too many different prints can look a bit fussy so i decided to stick to trees. The next purchase on my wish list for the living room is a grey faux fur rug…let the searching commence!

Side Board, Dining room.Adding an autumn wreath to the home is quite an American touch I feel. I purchased this from TKMAXX who have a lot of ‘Fall’ and ‘Thanks Giving’ decor in at the moment, it would be rude not to join in 🙂 These antler candle sticks I bought last year add the height and balance needed on the sideboard, as the lamps are very tall.

I changed the other nik-naks on the sideboard to grey and silver to compensate for the rusty tones of the wreath.

Floral Centrepiece & Pumpkins.Adding flowers in autumnal colours is also an effective way to bring the outside in. Instead of buying your white roses this week, try some burnt orange or yellow.

The little black starry bucket is a tea light holder that I purchased from my local garden centre.

Again note the munchkin pumpkins! Perfect in any vignette.

Autumn Bedding

Finally, don’t forget the bedroom! I have an eternal love of blue and white, but it can feel cold in the chillier months. This raspberry Toile bed set from Laura Ashley was the first thing I bought when Simon and I got engaged. If you cannot bear to part with your crisp white bed linen, how about adding a throw or scatter cushions to add that depth of colour and cosiness we all need for the chillier months.

If you fancy looking at some other autumn/winter inspiration, why not have a peep at my Pinterest board.

Have you started to think about adding Autumnal elements into your home, or can you not bear to let go of summer?

P.S have you entered my Facebook competition yet?

Much Love,

Judy xo

Transitional Fashion: Sleeveless Jackets.

Hey Frenchies!

It is that time of year again when it is 3 degrees celsius when you are leaving for work in the morning, and by lunch time you are boiled alive by the two jumpers, coat, scarf and bobble hat you decided to wear.

I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite transitional pieces, as well as one of my newest additions to the wardrobe.

Sleeveless jackets are so hot right now, however if you are a bit on the shorter side like myself I found it hard to find one that I wasn’t tripping on, or looked like the jacket was wearing me.

The sleeveless jacket is the perfect transitional piece as it is cosy without being full coat, and when the chillier days close in, it will look great with a chunky knit. Layering is the key!

The perfect length, Petite Jacket, Newlook.
The perfect length, Petite Jacket, Newlook.

You can find my jacket- here.

Jeans- here.

Shoes- here. Although these are almost sold out!

Top- find similar here.

Here are some of my favourite sleeveless jackets that are about at the minute, click on images for link!

Topshop
Topshop- I loved the pop of colour this jacket brings and it just says ‘autumn’ to me.
Asos
ASOS- The white shirt paired with this grey jacket is perfect for the office and can take you into night time by just adding heels!
Missguided
Missguided- I love this look with the sleeveless blouse paired with the jacket, very sleek and stylish.

Just remember though to look for garments that are on the more minimal side when it comes to partnering – try not to overload your look with pieces that are too big and baggy. Especially if you are petite like myself it will take away from the minimal sleek look you are trying to achieve.

I would love to hear if you have found your perfect transitional piece and your styling tips.

Much Love,

Judy xo