November is a bit of an odd month for me. When I look back over the past few years, I seem to have spent November trying for a baby, pregnant, holding a newborn, trying for a second baby, pregnant, and then last year, in a state of absolute chaos with a two very little ones keeping me on my toes and trying to organise a move back to the UK after living in Switzerland for seven years.
This makes this November the first relatively normal one for a very long time.
And I am so happy about that.
I refuse to get excited about Christmas until December and I certainly don't want my little dudes to be thinking that far ahead just yet (no Christmas lists or letters to Santa for a few weeks yet). We will spend this month simply enjoying autumn. Enjoying the leaves falling from the trees, trips to an almost-deserted beach, warming our hands on mugs of hot chocolate, feasting on hearty stews and adorning ourselves with woolly hats, scarves and blankets.
We'll simply revel in the moment, the moments, and the month. No looking back at Novembers past and no rushing ahead to December.
This is our November (I'm not convinced that this is technically 'styling' a shot but more so all of the things that I like about November in an image) ...
There's my beloved R-Soles boots that have been making an appearance at this time of year for over a decade; my two favourite scarves/blankets; leaves, conkers and a stick collected by my eldest little dude; new enamel mugs purchased to take to the beach; yummy homemade flapjack; my cosy mittens; and finally, the cookbook that I always turn to in autumn, British Regional Food by Mark Hix - it contains the best Yorkshire pudding recipe ever!
It's quite an eclectix mix of things, I know, but it's every thing that I want November to be about.
What would you like your November to look like?