Autumn/Winter Wish List - Part 1

The turn in weather this week and the impending return to school has got me thinking about what items to add to the autumn/winter wardrobe. Having a limited budget means I need to shop carefully, buying just a few key items that will tie in with what I already have, while giving a nod to the key trends of A/W 12.
Wallis Camel Military Coat - £65
The military look is in the shops again this winter. I'm not normally a fan but I love a nice mac and this coat is a nod to the mac but warmer. I always buy a winter coat every year. I love how you can throw a nice coat over anything and you look 'together''s the ultimate forgiving item of clothing.
Vince Camuto Brass Lead $69.99 (approx £45)
I am so in the market for a pair of grey/taupe ankle boots. The other week, I came across Vince Camuto's website via Poppy's Style. They have an amazing sale on at the moment but unfortunately don't deliver outside the US. However, they tell me they are coming to the UK very soon in a tie up with Kurt Geiger. In the meantime, my US bestie may be taking a delivery on my behalf...I'll be in touch Megan! 
Purple is huge this autumn winter. It's one of my favourite colours so I'll be investing in a pair of jeans like these ones from H&M. As with most autumns, jewel colours abound so bottle green, deep reds and vibrant blues are in all the shops.
Owl print is the pattern to purchase right now...there are lots of gorgeous options out there including this scarf from ASOS:
Owl Print Snood - £12
And had you heard about the Marks & Spencer Owl Print dress that sold out in days just the other week? Hopefully more stock will arrive soon but if you can't wait - it's available on eBay at a vastly inflated price.
M&S Limited Owl Dress - £35 (out of stock currently)
Which brings me nicely to one of my A/W resolutions. I am going to wear more dresses. Watch this space! I've already got one in the bag - which I'll be sharing with you soon. I want to get hold of the Owl one above too (please PM me if you see it back in stock!) and I'm on the look out for a third - still undecided on style/colour but it will be quite casual for day to day wear.
Final trend for this post - studs. It seems like nothing is safe from a stud or fifty this autumn. Zara have this great shopper which nods to the trend without being a health and safety hazard..
Zara Studded Shopper £59.99
or you could go full-on with these gorgeous studded pumps from Topshop:
Vivid Patent Studded Ballet Flats - £28
I'll be sharing more picks from the high street in the coming weeks. Do let me know what you've got your eye on too. Oh, and next week is going to be a special one on School Gate is back to school week after all! Keep an eye out for some feature posts and a great competition too x


  1. Oooh - didn't know about the Owl dress selling out - I've not had my ears to the ground at all this last couple of weeks. One owl tee for me is enough so I've done my nod to the Owls but I like the Vince Camuto boots - they have a touch of the Rag & Bone ones which retail for £300+ so nice find. I need to find a shopping buddy in the US who can post to me too.

  2. Great post Avril. I want the scarf! And I love the jeans (maybe that's where I should try shopping next time?!!) Boots are good too. I wish my budget was bigger :(

  3. Anonymous23:33

    Those flats are amazing!!!

  4. Love the coat and just like you, I think a coat is a fab way of not having to worry too much about what's underneath! Love the M&S dress x

  5. I am so excited for military and purple this Fall. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that fabulous coat! Gorgeous!

    xo Jenny

  6. thanks for the love honey, I'm a true believer that confidence from the inside would bring to beauty in the outside, and age would not matter <3
    I'm following you on GFC and bloglovin :)

  7. love the owl print snood! x

  8. I love winter boots and these are fabulous . I also have my eye on the Ash Jalouse ones that Style At Every Age posted a few weeks back. They are fabulous - pinned them on my A/W Pinterest board! X

    1. Oh the Ash ones are fab too...loving AW!! x

  9. Love all your great finds.

    The boots are fab!

    Happy Tuesday


  10. love love love that owl dress! please make loads more M&S!!! i just cant help it - im addicted to bird print - loving the scarf too!
    of course cant afford any of them though : (
    bought a pair of burgandy hush puppies vivanna boots.:0

    1. I'll message if I hear there are any in stock in Sprucefield!! Nice choice on the boots - I LOVE burgundy shoes & boots. They go with everything Ax

    2. any in stock in any M&S! ha! it looks like a great wee dress -and i have navy tights & navy leggings & red shoes so im all set for it! seriously over drawen this month tho :(
      yeah wasnt 100% with the boots, havent taken label off them yet but id say ill keep them!

  11. I joined a network in Dublin where you can shop in the states and they give you an American address then they arrange sending the stuff on from there, it's a warehouse or something. Anyhow it works well. You do pay a bit extra but as u get free postage to that address you are only paying what postage u would have to pay for a normal package from abroad and it works for companies who don't post out of the states. It's called shop America I think. I'll find out for you. U get a special customer number and it's all above board. Love the owl prints.

    1. Only my sister would know this! lo..thanks Regina! Ax

  12. What a great price for the Wallis coat! I need ankle boots also ...these look great!
    ~Anne xx

  13. love that flats!
    wanna follow each other?

  14. I have THAT owl dress and it is gorgeous, same style as the green humming bird one worn by Denise Van Outen earlier in the year. I had no idea it was so popular, just do a regular trawl at the Ltd Collection on the website and came across it. I also bought the fox t-shirt which is cute!! I have my eye on a Great Plains coat in taupe for winter.... i agree with you though about buying carefully!!
    best of luck getting the owl dress... maybe I should put mine on ebay xx

  15. I'd love a good coat for winter too and I think I'll be wearing maxis and jumpers. Good luck with the owl dress hunt!

    ♥ ThankFifi
    Thank you so much for your comment today - next time ThankFifi has a birthday you shall have to come to scotland for one of the cocktails :)

  16. Love the first coat and its so affordable! I also love wearing deep purples during fall. I can't wait until it starts getting cooler here.
    I'm having an end of summer giveaway on my blog, would love it if you could pass by and enter.


  17. Oh wow, that coat and those booties are perfection, I think my mouth is actually watering.
    Material Fixations

  18. love the coat! followed you in gfc, hope you can follow back!

  19. love that whole plum outfit and that cute zara bag. perfect additions for fall!

  20. I am in LOVE with all of your picks! Especially the coat and the Vince Camuto boots :)
    xoxo Darby
    Obviously Obsessed 

  21. Great idea for a post and some wonderful selections.

  22. That military coat and owl dress are awesome!

  23. Hello dear!! Thanks a lot for your visit and kind comment on my blog!!
    I find yours very insteresting, would you like to follow each other?? Let me know!!
    BTW I like your selection specially the Wallis coat!!

  24. I totally want that owl print scarf!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee


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