Lighthouse: Clothing For Outdoors Exploring

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There is nothing more refreshing than getting outdoors for an afternoon’s exploring at this time of year. Whether it’s a nearby forest, a well-known footpath or a bracing winter walk along the beach; getting outside for fresh air and a few hours of precious daylight never fails to make me feel better. Making time to enjoy nature and it’s simple pleasures makes me feel so much more connected the seasons. It is very easy to feel disconnected from nature during the autumn and winter; if it’s chilly and damp outside, the temptation to cosy up inside all day can be overwhelming. Entire days indoors always seem to lead to me and my little ones getting serious cabin-fever, and so I try my best to find a balance. After all, is there anything more soul lifting than arriving home to a cosy house after an afternoon outdoors…especially if I have been organised enough to prepare something delicious smelling for dinner in the slow cooker!

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Finding outdoors clothing that is practical, warm and waterproof, whilst also looking stylish can be quite difficult. Thin layers of thermal clothing works well when it is really cold outdoors, especially when paired with a chunky woollen jumper. The right coat is absolutely key though; something light enough to move around in (and climb trees should you want to!) that will also be waterproof and insulated enough to protect you from the worst of the weather. Our little island is notorious for it’s changeable and unpredictable climate, and surprise hail storms are all part of the fun!

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I have recently been trying out the Outrider raincoat from Lighthouse Clothing and have to say I’m impressed! In what is like a holy grail quest for the perfect outdoors jacket, I think Lighthouse may have created the solution to my problem. The Outrider raincoat is a lovely 3/4 length, that even on me (I’m 5″9 ish) is plenty long enough to keep me properly dry and reaches down to just above knee length. Oh, and did I mention it has a cape…such a cute detail which makes the jacket much more stylish and feminine. The cape also turned out to be incredibly practical when it started to rain in the woods one afternoon…the rain drops literally just ran off my shoulders, like an umbrella, so no more soggy sleeves!

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I love the inside of the coat too; the checked cotton lining in pretty autumnal colours contrasts so nicely with the fern green of the outside. A good balance between the traditional style countryside outdoor jacket and modern styling. The coat is actually available in a range of lovely shades; plum, nightshade and deep sea.

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It is always good to know the background to a company, and one of the things I really like about Lighthouse Clothing is that they are a small uk company, based in the countryside just outside Belfast. I have a feeling that the wild, natural greenness and beauty of Northen Ireland is reflected in the clothing they design. Take a peek at the full details about their interesting heritage. I adore their philosophy ~ to encourage the wanderer, the sea lover and the great adventurer in us all through quality, inspiring clothing~.

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My own little bobble-hat-wearing wanderer and helpful camera assistant. She is always up for adventure, exploring and mud!

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My experiences so far of wearing the Outrider coat have been so positive. Even my other half A, who is super outdoorsy (as in, his idea of fun is wild camping half way up a mountain) was super impressed with how waterproof the coat is and full of compliments for it. Definitely a coat to encourage outdoor wandering and adventures this winter!

I have noticed that Lighthouse actually have a Black Friday sale running at the moment, with up to 35% off!

You can also find them on Instagram and Twitter as @lighthousestyle

 

Many thanks to Lighthouse Clothing for sending an Outrider Raincoat for review. As always, all thoughts and words are my own.

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Welcoming November: Forest And Fireworks

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The last few weeks have been incredily busy here! We have been enjoying so many trips to the forest and some lovely autumn walks, I thought I would share a few with you, and celebrate the fact that we are now into November, one of my favourite months of the year.

I mentioned before how much of a growth spurt Joe had over the summer, and it has not stopped yet. I’ve been trying to take a few more photos of him recently to capture these last few months of him being truly ‘little’ as at three and a half, he will soon be off to school. I applied for his school place last week, and suddenly it is all starting to feel very real. It’s a terrible cliche, but how can Joe be ready to start school when I’m sure his first day at nursery was only a few weeks ago! He still has his chubby baby cheeks though and is always happy to hold my hand or have a hug…I’m hoping these things will last as long as possible, but at the same time hope that I’m not the mum embarrasing him by demanding a kiss at the school gates!

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I always try to remember to look up and down as well as around me when we are in the forest. There are so many beautiful things to see and enjoy, especially at the time of year, with freshly fallen leaves still covering the ground. This lovely yellow leaf is very nearly at leaf-skeleton stage.

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Thousands of crab apples, fallen from the trees above and gathered on the forest floor. The scent from them, and the surrounding trees was pure autumn. The kind of smell you wish you could capture some of and smell throughout the rest of the year…eau de woodland apples perhaps!

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The birds are steadily migrating too, so winter must be well and truly on its way. Apparently the huge number of berries on the trees this autumn is a sign of a long, cold winter…whilst I would love a few days of snow for the little ones, I’m kind of hoping that winter will not be too long or too cold.

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A couple from bonfire night too, which we actually celebrated on 5th November this year for the first time in ages! I really didn’t feel like attending a large organised display, as Mia and Joe are not that keen on the loud bangs, and I always get stressed out by crowds! We found a small display in the village next to ours, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The route to the display was down a small country lane, lined with tiny nightlight candles to guide the way. It was held in a local orchard, so we stood amongst the apple and pear trees watching the rockets explode into the sky. Fireworks are still not for Joe and he only just managed to stay until the end, even with ear defenders. But, for the first time Mia enjoyed watching them, and we crept closer to the front as the display progressed. It is lovely to watch her becoming less afraid, although I can totally understand their fear of the loud firework explosions. It was a perfect balance for us all really…isn’t it funny how small and local is almost always best!

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