So as I scrapped the ice off the car windscreen in semi-darkness this Monday morning I had to admit to myself that winter had arrived. With Bonfire celebrations to enjoy this weekend too it really is time to start facing facts – Christmas will soon be upon us.
But before we begin worrying about getting the decorations down from the loft, what presents to buy the in-laws or the largest food shop of the year I started thinking about what I would need to survive the months ahead.
My style, you’ve probably guessed by now, is quite understated and every season I look for just a couple of key pieces to build my wardrobe around. Also now I’m a mum I have to go for things that are super practical too and can withstand being washed a lot plus they need to take me from a meeting at work to a play date without a worry.
I have been collecting my favourites together over on Pinterest, more will be added over the coming weeks I have no doubt, but in the meantime here are my top picks:
Cos really is my retail Achilles heel. From their amazing androgynous pyjamas, their super soft knitwear, as well as their collaboration with Hay, I really can’t get enough of this brand. I also totally love the experience of visiting their stores (I’m already counting down to our trip to Lisbon in a fortnight’s time so I can pop into another).
So it will come as no surprise that they feature more than once on this list. If I’m going to invest in a new winter coat it’s going to be with these guys. I am however, controversially, thinking of steering away from my usual black in favour of navy this year.
To compliment it a classic cashmere scarf is a must have. In true Scandi style the bigger the better, my scarf guru is Hanne Holme from Borgen after all. Even when the weather finally does start to take a turn for the better I always throw my winter scarf on with a gillet or sweatshirt to keep me snuggly warm.
What’s not to love about Arket? Their minimal products come with maximum style punch and this particular crew neck comes in lots of different colour ways, one may not be enough. They currently only have stores in Copenhagen, London, Brussels, Munich or Stockholm which is a total shame especially as each also has its own café too. What more can you ask for – a shopping spree with a side order of new Nordic food.
Aesop has totally changed my life this year and now I have an ever growing collection of Parsley Seed products. As I get older my outlook on skincare is certainly changing and I can now easier justify spending more to help hold back the years (something my husband can testify too after visiting the Nyhaven store with me in August!) If you’re looking to try just one product from these guys then it’s got to be this one, your chapped winter hands will love you forever.
With a toddler in this house I am always overly tired so a caffeine fix every morning is essential. I also work part-time and due to said two year old I’m always late leaving the house too. So thanks to the gods of stylish kitchenware Stelton I can make sure my brain is fully functioning by the time I park the car and my brew remains at the perfect temperature too.
My husband and I bought our first pairs of Glerups from Illums Bolighus in Stockholm back in 2014 and we’ve been totally hooked ever since. I have to admit it was the most I’d ever spent on slippers at the time and blamed the euphoria of being on holiday in such an amazing city as an excuse. They are a total luxury but I wouldn’t be without them now, plus I practically live in them, especially as I have a shoe ban in the house and cold parquet floors.
All images courtesy of Pinterest