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If you’re anything like us then you take pride in your home. You love making it look, feel and smell beautiful and adjusting your homey touches to fit the seasons.
So we thought we’d have a browse around our favourite stores for home ware and give you a little Autumn / Winter décor inspiration. It may even give you a few gift ideas for Christmas!

Cosy Cushions

Cushions are a great way to inject a bit of character into your home and definitely make it cosier; which is exactly what you need in the winter.
Whether you prefer a muted toned cushion or a bright and quirky masterpiece, our stores have definitely got something to suit you.

Beautiful Bedding

Settle into the season with Monks Cross’ range of beautiful bedding. We’ve searched high and low to bring you the cosiest, softest and prettiest bedding in our stores. Whether you’re looking for ultimate warmth or cool and breezy sheets, you’ll definitely love what we’ve found for you.

Homey Touches

There’s one thing we refuse to leave out of this blog and it’s one of our favourite parts.
That’s right, you guessed it – it’s those little accessories that give your home that extra cosy, welcoming touch.
There’s something about adding a cinnamon candle, an inspirational poster or a snuggly throw around the house that perfects that inviting feeling.

Get Crafty

Maybe you’re one of those people who likes to add their own unique personality into their home. So why not customise your accessorises or even make your own?
We’ve taken some inspiration from Hobby craft and decided that this AW18, we’re going to get crafty and create unique accessories to dot around the house! Whether you’re sewing royalty and fancy making your own cushion covers or just want to add a seasonal wreaths to your doors, Hobby craft can definitely help.

What to wear this Autumn


We couldn’t be more in love with this season’s fashion trends! A/W 2018 has truly surpassed itself with some of the most exciting and wearable looks to hit the stores in years, with everything from metallics to checks, animal print to rainbow colours making a welcome appearance.
Monks Cross’s stores are the place to head to give your wardrobe that instant style update to get you through the chillier months.  There’s so much to choose from in store, whether you need that perfect coat for the new season or the ultimate Christmas party dress!

We’ve been exploring our stores for some of the top fashion finds to keep your autumn look on point.  From H&M to River Island and Next Look, here’s our mini guide to the season’s ultimate style finds and accessories.

 

Softly Softly

Like bring wrapped up inside a cuddle, it’s all about being a big softie when it comes to picking your coat. Wear it in a teddy boy style in a shade of brown for the full teddy-bear effect!

Coat £79.99 at H&M

 

 

If you’re not sure about going the full monty with fake fur, then give a nod to the trend with your accessories.  This River Island bag is perfect for party season!

Furry Bag £22 at River Island

 

 

Wild Thing

Animal print is literally owning the high street this season and you definitely need to embrace your inner feline (or Zebra!) to keep up with the fashion pack. We love his leopard print jumper from New Look – perfect for cosying up with by the fire after a brisk autumnal walk!

Leopard Print Jumper £24.99 at New Look

 

 

For anyone who truly wants to unleash their wild side, this pink leopard print dress from River Island is a fabulous choice for the upcoming party season, also ticking the trend box for bright colours!

Dress £55 at River Island

 

 

Check Mate

Checks of all shapes, sizes and colours are everywhere this season and giving animal print a serious run for its money as the top seasonal trend.  Whether you’re wearing checks for leisure or getting your office suiting on fleek, there’s something for everyone.  These trousers are a real find, reminiscent of Versace’s rock n’ roll catwalk take on the trend!

Blue Tartan Trousers £22.99 at New Look

 

 

Rupert Bear himself would be envious of this super cosy tartan scarf from River Island.  The ultimate check choice to give make last year’s winter coat instantly fashion forward.

 

Tartan Scarf £15 at River Island

 

 

Bright and Beautiful

Wow, all we can say is that we need this dress.  Brights and neons have kept their fashion credentials this season and this colour popping pink dress from H&M Studio is one of the best!

Pink Dress £55 at H&M

Seasonal Shoes


The temperature is definitely getting colder, so it’s time to make sure you have the right footwear for the weather. To give you a helping hand, we’ve had a browse around our Schuh to bring you the comfiest and stylish shoes possible.

Home Comforts

We don’t know about you but when the weather is dreary, we like to stay indoors and cuddle up in front of the tele. So you’re going to need the perfect pair of slippers to keep your tootsies toasty. Schuh’s range of slippers are the perfect collection no matter what your style; from chic on-brand Uggs to bright fluffy numbers – there’s bound to be a pair that will show off your personality.

The only Dr you’ll need this season

If you’re looking for the perfect pair of boots, that not only look incredible but can hold up whatever the weather, the Dr Martens are then ones for you.
Whether you prefer bright and bold or classically muted, there’s definitely a pair in this collection for you.

Comfortable Fashion

Whether you’re spending the colder seasons working on that Summer body or just love comfy but chic shoes, then trainers are the way forward. Schuh have everything from sporty running shoes to classic converse.

 

Kids Clobber

Finding shoes for your little ones that don’t get ruined after the first week can be difficult. So we’ve had a browse and found some amazing options (at amazing prices), to find your kids the perfect shoes that can battle any muddy field, puddle and playground! Whether it’s school shoes they need help protecting or their weekend kicks, Schuh’s range are perfect no matter your little prince or princess’ style.

AW18 Arrives at River Island


River Island is known for its stylish and affordable fashion and the unique touches it brings to the high street. It is the perfect place to pick up everything you need for a complete head-to-toe outfit.

Offering women’s, men’s and kids ranges, along with amazing accessories, product is designed in-house and fabulous new items are available in store and online daily. River Island continues to bring trend-led fashion to more people with its Plus (size 18-28), Petites and Big & Tall collections.

For Autumn Winter 2018, River Island reimagines the season’s trends whilst encouraging customers to express their unique style and personality. Both the Womenswear and Menswear collections cater for everything from versatile separates, ambiguous prints and RI statement embellishments for WW to contemporary sportswear and metallic tailoring on MW.

In turn, River Island’s AW18 Kidswear (3-12 yrs) and Mini (0-5 yrs) ranges continue to reference the adult mainline ranges, with each piece designed with little fashionistas in mind. From athleisure tracksuits and distressed laidback denim to ultra-bright clashing prints and luxurious baroque detailing, these collections will ensure every troublemaker is ready for the season ahead.

In store services include ‘Click and Collect’ meaning you can shop the complete collection online, and have your purchase delivered directly to store for your convenience.

Your Autumn Style Guide Sorted!


Your Autumn Style Guide Sorted!

Autumn is here! Whilst we’re still seeing a few glimpses of that Summer sunshine, the colder weather is definitely starting to sink in and we are getting clear signs that is time to refresh our wardrobe with a few warmer layers. The new season trends though are a refreshing change from the whites, blues, frills and bell sleeves of Summer. Think reds, bright colours, statement pieces and lots of texture. It really is time to break the rules and step out of your comfort zone a bit. Bold is back and we couldn’t be more excited!

Red to Toe

Red is the new black this season! Yup, you’ve every right to go ahead and wear multiple items of red clothing in different hues and shades. The brighter the better! Of course, not everyone wants to wear red to toe so why not bring in little elements of the season’s hottest colour to make a statement. Think red shoes, a red bag and you can never go wrong with a bit of post box red lippy!

Shoes on Point

Of course boots are in but this time with a point! Search for those perfectly pointed ankle boots that really will give you the edge this Autumn. Don’t hold back on colour either. This season is all about bold colours and metallics so why not go for something like these stand out white and black boots from Topshop or New Look’s jazzy metallic pair.

Office are oozing class this season and these dark red pointed ankle boots will make sure you stand out from the crowd and feel a million dollars. Pair these with jeans for a casual day look or why not wear them to the office with black trousers for the ultimate power outfit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bold Textures

The trick with this is nothing is too much. Mix and match your textures and bold colours to your heart’s content! Think satin, velvet, gloss, leather-look, matt, shine, metallic and more! We adore the pinks available at Monsoon and how striking is this look from River Island! Head over to Evans for a more casual take on textures, this velvet feel cardigan is the perfect way to keep warm this season.

Don’t forget about your accessories either, the trends don’t stop there! Velvet socks, textured bags and bright colours all round are just what you want to be channeling this Autumn. We are in love with this bright pink metallic look bag from Topshop! You’ll be the envy of everyone with these must-have accessories this season.