The Arrival of Autumn

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The season suddenly seems to have changed, with beautiful leaves everywhere and cosiness a firm priority. Although, when is it not?

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In autumn I love a long Sunday walk, plus muddiness aplenty and the need for a bubble bath later on (any excuse). This is often followed by a homemade pie-off that is an alternate week competition and which my husband always wins. Regardless of any culinary downfalls, I can claim the prize for gobbling food up quickest though.

Feeling the need for warmth, this Helly Hansen Aden Down Parka is absolutely perfect. Priced at £230, the gorgeous garment was gifted to me, meaning I can provide you guys with some feedback ahead of any potential winter coat purchases. Available in an array of colours including Port, Evening Blue and Graphite Black, I chose the classic Black option.

First impressions: putting this coat on could possibly be the closest I’ve ever been to wearing my duvet outdoors. The chic parka is so snug. Filled with Allied down, its long length also keeps chilliness at bay. Designed to create a feminine fit, you don’t carry excess coat bulk either.

Other brilliant details are:

  • a fab removable faux fur
  • waterproof, weatherproof fabric
  • zip hand pockets
  • popper and zip fastening

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I’ll be honest, after getting home from said walk and taking this coat off, I felt like shoving it straight back on. The parka is pure snuggly warmth. I’m 5ft7 and wearing a small, with every intention of shoving more layers underneath as winter progresses. I’d say the jacket is true to size.

In case you’re wondering where my bag is from, I’ve wanted this Ziggy by Aurora London for aaages and Mr B surprised me with it as an early anniversary present. I was basically speechless for about 30 hours, after happily screeching “how have you done that?!”. Do take a peek at their collection, and Instagram too.

That’s my new coat accessorized, and now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a pie competition to win*.

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*fat chance

The Helly Hansen coat featured was gifted to me for the purpose of this blog post. Visit

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