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Monday, 22 October 2018

5 Things To Plan Before October Ends!

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It's okay, you can admit it, things feel a little bit strange at this time of year.  Summer is far in the past, but the season of celebrations doesn't begin for another week (hey Halloween).  Fear not though, lovebugs, for I have a solution... time to start planning.  Admittedly, it doesn't sound too thrilling, but it's a Monday and everyone knows this day was practically made for planning, scheduling and generally keeping your head down, so let's get stuck in!  Essentially, we're sitting in no man's land this week, making it the perfect time to start planning future events and perhaps even finalise a couple of long talked about ideas with friends and loved ones.  Because before you know it, blink and it'll be Christmas. Blink again and it'll be Spring.  So the question is, what is there to plan?
Ralph Lauren Tan Crossbody Gold Bag
Zara Frilled brown Floral Midi Skirt 2018
Fashion Blog Zara Frilled Brown Floral Midi Skirt


F E S T I V E   C E L E B R A T I O N S

I won't lie, my eyes light up at the sight of anything remotely festive and so talking about the festive season feels like heaven right now.  But regardless of whether you love or hate the holiday season,  there are things to plan.  Where will you be staying?  Who will you be visiting?  Have you booked time off work before your colleagues? Make sure to find a balance that you feel comfortable with, or else you'll be dreading what is supposed to be the most magical time of year! (sorry)

N E W   Y E A R   G O A L S

Going by the general consensus, New Year's Resolutions are a thing of the past.  However, New Year's Goals are a different story.  They're endeavours, rather than restrictions and punishments.  Now is definitely the time to start jotting some ideas down, because when you're knee deep in films and in a constant turkey daze between Christmas and the New Year, your goals for 2019 will be the very last thing on your mind...

S P R I N G   H O L I D A Y   |   2 0 1 9   T R A V E L

This one in particular applies to those of us who are in need of some winter sun come february-time.  The cost of flights is only going to go in one direction as the date nears and it's not pretty.  Book ahead to make sure you're not gripping onto the wing of a plane in a bid to reach some winter sun.  Now is also a good time to check-in with your overseas friends and family.  Are they hoping you'll visit next year?  Do they have any special occasions you'll need to attend?  If so, time to book those flights!


Huge Cosy Oversized Chunky Knit Jumper
Hever Castle Roman Italianate Fountain
Fashion Blog Neutral Colours Tan Brown Styling
Zara Brown Frilled Floral Midi Skirt


C O L D   W E A T H E R   W A R D R O B E

Maybe you've been swamped with work, or maybe you've been purposely putting it off?  Either way, it's time to sort out your cold weather wardrobe.  Hmm and preferably before you develop permanent goosebumps up your arms and legs.  Brrr.  Stylish layers, winter woolies, warm coats and ankle boots.

Top tip:  register with an online brand and add your items to bag before logging out; usually within 24 hours you'll receive a discount code!


Ugh, sorry.  Had to be mentioned, but at least I saved it until the end.  Let's face it, nobody wants to be faced with any nasty surprises at the end of the year when you're knee-deep in Christmas parties and embellished dresses, right?  Trust me, future you will be so happy you got your financials in order in advance for the busy social season and New Year ahead!


Chlobo Gold Bracelet Jewellery
Fashion Blog Chic Styling Midi Skirt
Hever Castle Roman Italianate Architecture in Autumn

Jumper - Zara

Skirt - Zara

Bag - Ralph Lauren   |   Boots - Hobbs

Zara Oversized Cream Chunky Knit Jumper
Fashion Blogger Chic Layered Autumn Style
Phew!  So there we have it, a run down of the top 5 things to plan before this month ends.  And then all that remains is to throw yourself into these exciting couple of months ahead and all of the celebrations this time of year brings!  Have any of the points listed in this post been of some help?  Let me know in the comments below!

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With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. Really great suggestions before ending the month, these are so useful because we all are exciteed for the festival and coming holidays. I am totally in love with your dressing style dear.This is such a beautiful outfit. I love your jumper and that skirt. You have styled this perfectly <3
    Happy Monday


  2. Lovely skirt dear!
    Mónica Sors

  3. You look gorgeous!

    Mariya |

  4. These are such great tips on planning before October ends! I can't believe that it is almost the holiday season, but I definitely agree that this is the right time to start planning for all the festivities! Also I'm loving your gorgeous outfit! The sweater paired with the skirt is such a beautiful combo!

  5. Love this outfit! I like dressing up my maxi skirts with cosy knits and ankle boots in winter, but I never manage to look as effortless as this! You look great :)

    Good advice about planning too, it's crazy how fast the year is going, Christmas will not be far away at all!

    Hope that you are having a nice start to your week so far :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  6. I actually love a bit of planning and I'm already planning this year's festivities but to be honest, I'm so hot on Christmas that I start planning that in July haha.
    I love your skirt, it is really beautiful!

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  7. Haha, this was brilliant! The travel booking tip works for me but in reverse; I just realized that sonce I live abroad I have to start planning my 30th birthday in January RIGHT NOW and tell people to book the date and start planning and booking. Black Friday should be the perfect thing for travel booking, right?
    Thanks for providing this light-bulb moment! xx

    Teresa |

  8. I love planning this time of the year, I was never the ''new year, new plans'' kind of girl to be honest. You are right the tickets for spring holidays couldn't be in better prices and fashion this month, ohh there is soo much to buy. We just need a big pocket! Love your oversized sweater , it looks very warm, you are set for winter :)

  9. Love your outfit so much babe! Can't believe it's almost November but yes time to start thiking about those resolutions!

    Love from London,

  10. Such a great list. I've got to start planning and booking my trips for next year. First on my list, a wedding that I am going to next spring.

  11. Such a beautiful autumnal look babe!

    x Lisa |

  12. I like the idea of getting a head start on my New Years Goals.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

  13. I have never though about planning a spring trip in October but i can see why it is a good idea. Loving the chunky knit and skirt you are rocking.

  14. You look so stunning, nice boots
    This is really nice.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. This entire outfit evokes the early Ralph Lauren brand vibe and I love it. The skirt has a beautiufl autumnal colouring and mood. The festive season always excites me. <3

  16. OMG I'm completely in love in this outfit! *.*

    My blog - klik!

  17. First of all, I love your skirt, the print is Fall Perfect. Very inspiring list, I like planning holidays and can you believe I already bought airfare tickets for two holidays one this Christmas and one in March next year. I guess only people who love getaways can understand like me and you.

  18. These are great recommendations! I love all of the photos you included, as well! Thanks for sharing! :)

  19. Definitely planning on those 2019 travels hehe. Also reflecting and looking back on how 2018 has been for me :)

    By the way, I love your maxi skirt it's giving me major bohemian and hippie vibes.

    - Marina W

  20. You look absolutely stunning dear Gabrielle- I love so much every detail of this outfit xx

  21. Looking gorgeous as always Gabrielle! I'm already making both festive plans and spring travel plans - I just love having things to look forward to!
    Amy xx

  22. It’s funny because the new year is still several months away but I’ve definitely already started writing out a list of goals and what I want to achieve before the end of the year, as well as what I want to tackle next year. It really does help to take stock of things now that summer is over and Christmas will be here before we know it. You’re right that the cost of flight only goes up from here and Christmas is such an expensive time of year it makes sense to try and plan out your financial situation now to give yourself a bit of a buffer.

  23. You're so right, as much as it doesn't feel like it, now is definitely time to plan! Loving your outfit - that skirt is dreamy! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  24. Girl these pictures are STUNNING! That skirt is beautiful on you! I loved this post - can't believe how quickly this year is flying by! Ben and I are hoping to start planning our holidays for next year too, I love having stuff planned!

    Hayley xo

  25. As they say, he who doesn't plan, plans to fail. Planning is important and your tips for planning the festive season sound very sensible to me.

    I really like your outfit. Fabulous skirt and boots combo. You look stunning.

  26. These are great suggestions. I always start dreaming of traveling when the weather turns cold again! Glad I'm not the only one. And you look fantastic in this outfit - love the hippy boho vibe of the skirt!


  27. Such a great listened love your look!

  28. Great goals and I am swooning over your skirt! So chic!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  29. That skirt is so gorgeous! And I love these pictures!

    District of Chic

  30. Loved this post. I've been planning outfits for upcoming events and weddings. I also need to start planning to apply for my Masters. This post just inspired me to start now - I have been procrastinating for a while now. So thanks for this post. Also you look amazing and I love your outfit!

  31. I think planning is always important! You look amazing though as always, Gabrielle! Huge fan of those boots and the sweater!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

  32. I definitely need to sort ou my cold weather clothes.
    Btw where do you edit your photos (especially where you add these frames? :))

    1. Hey babe! I use Lightroom to edit the lighting of my images and then I add the frames manually via Photoshop :)

      Gabrielle x

  33. I love spring holidays, and yes, best time to catch up with families and friends abroad, while also enjoying a vacation. Anyway, looking lovely out there dear! Love the sweater and skirt combo, chic boots too. Really cozy look.

    Jessica |


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