Down by the Seaside with the Joules Duffle Coat

Late last Sunday, I decided that it was time to put the books down and take some time out. As a teacher, I recognise the responsibility my job carries and with that, the extra hours it inevitably brings. However the importance of a work-life balance can never be underestimated. After a weekend filled with work, we decided to drive to Blackpool to enjoy the final night of the Illuminations. 

Arriving late afternoon, the boy and I headed straight to the seafront to enjoy the final rays of sunlight. Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect. We basked in the beautiful golden haze that only an autumnal sunset can offer before dusk arrived and the Illuminations took centre stage. 

If you’ve ever visited Blackpool in November, you’ll know just how quickly the temperature can drop. A fresh sea breeze combined with northern temperatures means it can get pretty chilly out there. It was the perfect place to try out my new Joules coat. 

The kind folk over at Joules let me choose a new winter coat from their range. Immediately, I was drawn to this classic duffle coat. New in, it’s the ideal coat for the winter season. Lightweight yet warm, a description that may sound contradictory but with its wool content and lined sleeves, you can see why. With a detachable hood, I like that I can change the look of the coat should I fancy a change.

As soon as the coat arrived, carefully wrapped in its pretty floral packaging, I knew I’d fall in love with it. It’s such a classic style. Whether I’m wearing a dress, jeans or a skirt, I know this will become my go to item for winter. 
// Coat : c/o Joules :: Floral dress : Primark // Satchel : Cambridge Satchel Company // Vintage riding boots : thrifted // 


For our trip to Blackpool, I chose to team my coat with florals and my new Cambridge mini satchel. Right now, there’s so much blogger love for this Primark floral dress and I can see why. At £8, it’s a steal. Yet another go to item for the winter season. 

No trip to the seaside would be complete without a compulsory listen to Led Zeppelin. Recently, I’ve been dipping back into my collection, especially Physical Graffiti. It was inevitable that they’d feature in this post somehow. There’s a familiar comfort to be taken from music that’s been with you through thick and thin. 

What would you choose from Joules?
What is your go to item this winter?

As always, much love,
Donna x

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Lena B, Actually