The hunt for a great winter coat is something that I go through every year. I like to think we are quite an outdoorsy family and as we walk to and from school everyday I need something to protect me from the elements that looks good too. When Lighthouse asked me to choose a coat to style from their range I realised that they would possibly be able to help with my struggle. The Lighthouse philosophy is all about inspiring our inner adventurer of the simple everyday, designed in Belfast their jackets do seem to embody just that.
I had grand plans to show you what I would wear with this coat on our days out at the weekends but actually this month has been a bit of a wash out, both with the weather and illness so instead you get to see the coat when I use it the most – on the school run, that is truly my simple everyday adventure. It isn’t the most glamorous time of the day but I do like to look nice and there is an eternal struggle between style and practicality.
I chose the Alyssa Waterproof Hooded Jacket and it is even better that I expected. I like that I feel smart when wearing it as some winter coats leave you looking a little on the frumpy side – the Alyssa coat does no such thing! I love all the little details; the brass buttons, the yellow trim and drawcords and it has a gorgeous yellow quilted lining. Practically speaking, it is so, so warm and the padded insulation really does it’s job. This surprised me as it feels lightweight but it has kept me super cosy on the wintery school runs this month. There is a concealed hood and the fabric has a lovely peach finish so it’s soft while being waterproof – I don’t actually have a single bad thing to say about it!
I teamed it up with my cosy yellow jumper – actually a man’s jumper but I loved the colour and an oversized jumper is always so comfy, along with my warm black trousers and trusty boots. I have plenty of moments when I don’t want to leave the house but once I’m out the door, the walk to school is always one of my favourite times of day. I love being out and seeing the changing seasons. This last week there has still been the gorgeous Autumn colours as the leaves gather on the floor but the trees are looking bare and the frosty paths are letting us know winter is on the way. I get time to let my mind wander and fresh air is still one of my very best remedies for the winter blues.
As well as receiving this beautiful coat I was also sent two jackets for the twins. I decided on the same ones for them (to lessen the squabbles) and went for the Ollie Waterproof Rainjacket with the cool shark print. I love the bright colours on this as I can spot them a mile off. The twins think they’re amazing and everywhere we go people comment on them, they have been such a hit. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that they are hardly out of them! They do walk to school at least one way more often than not and when it is dry we walk up to our local woodland to hunt track the squirrels. Not so much tracking is needed if I’m honest as they’re so tame they come right up to our feet.
Again, these jackets feel lightweight but are actually so warm and have a soft fleece lining to keep the chill out. All the little details really make these coats and the kids coats have long tags on the zips so my boys can get them on and off themselves (and hide pinecones in the pockets).
Everything about these coats has obviously been well thought out and I’m so impressed with the quality and stylish details. They have been the perfect addition to both mine and the twins winter wardrobe and you’ll be seeing much more of them over the coming chilly months.
Last year we went to the beach on New Years Eve so I’m hoping there are a few more crisp winter walks for us to make the most of this December.
I was sent these lovely coats from Lighthouse Clothing to style and review – all words and thoughts are always my own.