Cosy with style this Autumn 🍂


Whilst not wishing to say goodbye to this glorious Summer of 2022 I do love Autumn and the changing colours. I have been engrossed in a book recently which delves into the origins of colours with wonderful vocabulary. Russet is a colour that I just love saying, the change of leaf colour from green to orange and reddish tones. Fancy a read, the book is entitled “The secret lives of colour” by Kassia St Clair.

That slight chill morning and evening is here no mistaking, which does of course lend itself to “layering time” The current fashion trend of midi and maxi length dresses and skirts is a splendid example. By adding a soft knit on top and take it from Summer to Autumn with suede ankle or calf length boots. Perfect!

I am loving the colours for A/W 2022 too. Deep greens, blues, oranges, mustard, and tan. These colours suit all and if you are wary of introducing a bolder colour palette try the bottom half first and wear a more mutual colour such as camel (another must wear colour this season) on your top half.

The Boutique is gradually filling with Autumn pieces so do call in if you are local or check out the website and social media pages. I am trying to load more pieces online but as I am sure you will appreciate it does take time weekly. My Marketing team deserve a lot of credit for all they do to highlight what’s new in, but sometimes timing means the piece has already sold I’m afraid. Likewise, if you see something reserve it, no obligation to buy but just do not miss out!!

As I write this piece a massive delivery has arrived packed with gift and homeware goodies which I am extremely excited to share with you in the coming weeks. Cannot wait? Again, do pop by, it will be lovely to catch up with you. I am always interested to hear your news. Several “exclusive to F&R”  brands are appearing this season too, from handbags, a new card supplier and a fabulous range of artisan chocolate and confectionery which is simply perfect for a token gift or a treat for yourself.

My usual suppliers are not disappointing either. Hot Tomato A/W 2022 jewellery and accessories has arrived. Fabulous selection even if I do say so myself. Their scarves, gloves and hats should arrive in the next few weeks together with some gilets and ponchos which are gorgeous. The Australian brands of candles and diffusers are being restocked on a continual basis and some new ranges are due in the coming weeks which will be great Christmas present ideas.

Goose Island clothing brand continues to compliment the pre- loved collections. I will be receiving the A/W 2022 ranges in due course. Watch out on the social media pages for information.

My clever Artisan family are busy creating for the Christmas season and beyond and bringing in lots of lovely innovative designs and styles.

The Old Town remains a vibrant “go to” place in Hemel Hempstead these days and I am excited to report that work has started in the shop next door to me. No opening date yet, but if you call in late Friday or Saturday and cannot see me, I will be next door selecting a glass of something to start the weekend!!!??? The Halloween event returns this year too. The shops and businesses will be dressing their windows and I understand there is lots planned for the occasion.

Have you been to the monthly Sunday market? Crafts, food, a bit of vintage all feature. Held on the 1st Sunday monthly from 11am until 3pm. Good to support these smaller businesses too who put in many hours preparing for markets and fairs. I always open on these Sundays too. Ad hoc hours on other Sunday’s and Mondays as well. Just send me a message if you want to visit or just try the door is you are passing, always a good excuse to stop the chores for a while!!

I will end this piece; I so look forward to catching up with you all in the coming weeks. Remember my door is always open for a chat so do not be shy!

Do not forget the many ways that you can contact me. Email is WhatsApp 07790455370 Facebook page F&R Boutique and lastly the Instagram pages fandr_preloved and fandr_boutique. I will always get back to you when I can but if during the day you need an answer to something quickly try the landline number in the shop 01442 231399.


Fiona x

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