My cosy new Ronja jacket, £150 from Didriksons at Outdoor World Direct, has been keeping me warm all winter. Here’s my review of a snow-friendly coat that feels like you’re wearing a waterproof cuddle.
Oh man I love Christmas. I love all the fairy lights and walks in the snow and novelty jumpers and attempting to drink my own body weight in glühwein. I do not, however, like the crazy shopping frenzies of late December, which is why I am making you a lovely gift guide now – snap up all these beauties for the outdoorsy girls and guys on your list and you can be all smug for the rest of the festivities.
A chill in the air is no excuse not to get out in the countryside. Wrap up warm in some of my favourite kit for fall, including the best waterproof jacket I’ve tested, a gorgeous fluffy gilet to cosy up in and some rather delightful cableknits, plaid shirts and snow boots.
Plus, win a pretty printed rucksack from Animal to cart all your new stuff about in. Happy autumn!
To celebrate UNIQLO’s gorgeous new super light Ultra Light Down jackets they’re offering fans of the collection £300 to spend in stores in their new competition. Just upload a picture to Instagram or Twitter of you in your cuddly ULD coat or gilet using the hashtag #ULD before the 20th October.
Whether you’re off on a ski season, planning a little foray to the Alps or just want to keep your toes toasty on wintery walks, a pair of chunky snow boots are an outdoor wardrobe essential. Here’s my review of Meindl Sölden snow boots, £85.49 from Complete Outdoors in time for the winter.
I spent the weekend staying near the beautiful Camber Sands in East Sussex and wrapped up in a fuzzy parka and some super-rad-amazing acid yellow swallow print wellies. I also competed with Grazia for Most Stylish Beach Photoshoot (guess who won).
It’s starting to get a tad too chilly for flipflops and short shorts, isn’t it? But happily the rapid approach of autumn means getting to cuddle up in chunky sweatshirts and patterened leggings like these lovely pieces I shot for Sports Direct.
My welliedoration has reached new peaks with the arrival of these Missy wellington boots in strawberry from Novesta.
They’re so shiny. And beautiful. I feel like William in William’s Wish Wellingtons (my ultimate style hero, fyi).
After my recent introduction to polo, during which the boys wore very fetching shirts, I’ve been dying to have my own polo shirt from official outfitter to the England team Joules to gallivant around in. This insanely cute striped Beaufortlark number (and their ladies polo shirt collection in general) makes me think of lazy summer evenings and retro seaside prints.
I do like a good baselayer – especially one as fluffy and soft as my new Shimana merino layer, £29.99 from the fantastic Mountain Warehouse. After a very chilly week skiing in Val Thorens (chilly when not being cuddled by friendly bears) I’ve been wearing it long-distance running, so it’s had a pretty exhaustive test, all in all.
So gorgeous, so ridiculous. Taylor Simpson‘s ‘Moniker’ handlebars are a masterpiece of cycling design, if you feel like pedalling along about a million miles ahead of the fash pack (and possibly hurting yourself quite a lot if you ever fall over).
I spent last week skiing like a loon in Val Thorens, and the fab folk at Mountain Warehouse kitted me out before I left for my Three Valleys adventure with this gorgeous purple Heavenly Extreme Ski Jacket, £69.99. Seven days of relentless bombing down pistes, falling over in powder and attempting to look cool in the park seemed like the ideal way to put it through its paces.
I’m supposed to be going to Christmas parties. Posh Christmas parties. My reindeer jumper is apparently not smart enough attire for these soirées. Happily for me, the saviour for any damsel in sartorial distress is gorgeous website Damsel In a Dress, as their beautiful collection of day and evening wear makes for effortless occasion dressing.
In deepest darkest winter, piling on layers of bobbly jumpers and thick coats to cycle to work in the rain can be very depressing indeed. Luckily Zalando have stopped me from developing Seasonal Affective Disorder by sending me the cutest winter accessories for brightening up miserable grey skies.
Not all country social occasions can be dressed for in my comfort-blanket outfit of wellies and a waxed jacket, but luckily, New Look have come to the rescue with a gorgeous new collection of formal wear that takes all the hassle out of dressing up beautifully for autumn weddings, Christmas parties and winter balls.
This is a little bit of a love letter to the jackets that I once eschewed as being worn only by fashion victims and the queen but now adore. It took me a few years of pretending I wasn’t going to be told what to wear by Alexa Chung before I caved, admitted to myself that I really wanted one and bought my lovely coat. It’s a secondhand Barbour Beaufort men’s jacket. It cost me 36 quid off Ebay, complete with old tissues in the pockets for authenticity, and I love it.
In honour of Richard Peter’s gorgeous jumping fox photo, one of the winners of the Wildlife photographer of the year competition, and my favourite book of all time, Roald Dahl’s lovely Fantastic Mr Fox, here’s a moodboard of my favourite vulpine pieces to make and wear for autumn. Because they make me feel all cosy.
Snowsports are definitely the most style conscious sports around, as Dolce and Gabbana are obviously aware, even if their lovely model has forgotten her trousers. Working as a seasonnaire in the Italian Alps, I’m constantly exposed to a fashion parade of girl skiiers and boarders in the latest look-at-me labels.
The Girl Outdoors loves a good girl sports hero, especially one as fearlessly cool as Becky Hammond, UK freeski champion and part of Team GB. The 25 year old took time out of training halfpipe in Breckenridge, Colorado, to chat about the highlights of her sporting career and what the ski scene is like for aspiring pro girls.
My fabulous friends at Webtogs sent me a pair of Base Camp flip flops to take with me on my Finnish adventure because where better to test them than an actual base camp? We were staying in log cabins in the Lapland wilderness whilst hiking and rafting, so I had plenty of time to wear them in on our adventures. The Base Camps are available here for £12.50.
In honour of Finland, which I am calling home this month, Finnish reindeer, which are both beautiful and tasty, and the now defunct student magazine Buck, which my journalism class edited our fingers to the bone over, I have purchased possibly the most lovely necklace in the world ever from Accessorize.
My beautiful new green Resolve jacket (£64.99), courtesy of the fabulous people at Webtogs, came with me to Glastonbury last week, where we both managed to have a pretty fabulous time despite the rain. As the weather was horrible for the first three days, it was the perfect time to properly test out my Resolve, and see if it could stand twelve hours straight moshing in a field whilst keeping me dry.
Last weekend I headed to Rest Bay for a surfing session in the cold cold Welsh sea. Besides catching a few waves I also tested out my lovely stripy new pair of Keen Venice sandals (which cost £62.99 from the fab people at Web Togs). I’d worn them around town and on walks, but would they live up to their waterproof, non-slip claims?
My new online style crush is up-and-coming website Log Cabin Style, where “fashion, adventure and nature” live under one little wooden roof. Their nature inspired printed tees featuring rabbits, deer and birds are perfect for spring picnics and rambles. I had a chat with the girl behind the cabin, Gemma Evans.