19 January 2015

Gone Walkabout - Getting Outdoors

The North Face Quest Waterproof Jacket Foggy Winter Morning The North Face Quest Waterproof Jacket Winter Morning The North Face Quest Waterproof Jacket

Whilst I've always been a person who enjoys going for walks and exploring the woods I have this year made a promise to get out and enjoy them even more. My love for the woodlands and wildlife within them I would hope is no secret to those that read my blog and to those that know me in person. Whilst on my degree I took part in a field trip which included going to the Isle of Rum, the Cairngorms and Inverness all are places within Scotland which I would highly recommend visiting. 

Of course a bit closer to home I really like visiting my local AONB as it really is quite a magical place, especially on a winter morning when the fog is rolling down the hills and you can just make out people walking their dogs in the distance. Today me and my mum went for a morning walk and had a lovely time, despite it being absolutely freezing! Me being me I rather stupidly forgot my gloves so I had to suffer whilst taking these scenic shots, they were worth it though in my opinion.

Sporting my new The North Face Quest Waterproof Jacket* I was wrapped up nice and warm whereby I have to say I was very surprised at just how warm I was. The jacket in itself is pretty light and doesn't feel too heavy to wear at all which makes it perfect for wearing outdoors. Being outdoors in the typical British weather I find that it can change quickly ranging from being quite cold to relatively mild; the winters here have been all over the place in the last few years. Usually for this type of jacket I would have chosen something darker such as black or navy however I was really feeling a lighter colour this year. I think the white is much more feminine and one should hope that it would make me much more visible should I have the misfortune of falling down a ditch somewhere!

Luckily it didn't rain today although we did have some flurries of snow which really added to that magical feel, albeit for only five minutes. The Quest Jacket is waterproof so that's super handy as nobody likes getting soggy whilst out and as I've already alluded to is extremely breathable and lightweight due to the hyvent fabric. I opted up a size in this as I like my jackets generally a bit bigger so I can squeeze a hoodie or something similar on underneath without feeling too constricted. If you're somebody who is quite active and likes being outside in all types of weather conditions it's extremely important to have the correct type of clothing, particularly in the cold weather. Don't forget your gloves like me and if you're out for a long period of time it may be worth having a hat too!

Being outside for a few hours or even longer can be so incredibly relaxing, even if it is cold as it gives me chance to chill out and more importantly have some fresh air. For me there is something incredibly exhilarating and refreshing about being outside surrounded by nature; it's so inspiring and therapeutic at the same time whereby I'm left feeling really positive and rejuvenated afterwards. 

The North Face clothing and accessories can be found over on the Blacks website where there is currently a sale still being held. Blacks have all types of clothing ranging from fitness to hiking so they really do suit a variety of interests and hobbies. Incidentally it is the store that I visited to kit myself out before my Scotland trip back in 2012. I purchased lots of warm clothing as we were told it would be cold and when we got there we all got sun burn as it was so hot and sunny. You see I told you the weather in the UK is a little bit unpredictable!


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28 comments

  1. You look so lovely !

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  2. I love going for walks in the woods. It's just so refreshing and relaxing :) This jacket sounds like it's perfect for such walks!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  3. Great post & lovely pictures! I need to get myself one of these coats for when I'm out on dog walks! xo

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  4. Such a calming surrounding Amy! Lovely photos, the glory of autumn! :D

    http://cups-and-roses.blogspot.com/2015/01/work-friendly-makeup.html

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  5. Oh yes, especially with how cold it is at the minute x

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  6. Gorgeous photos! Great colour choice for the jacket. I absolutely love going for walks, and particularly, discovering new locations! It literally brings a smile to my face, breathing in that fresh, crisp winter air and spending time in such beautiful, serene surroundings. I'm definitely aiming for more walk-orientated outings this year! xxx
    www.justemma.co.uk

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  7. Ahhh, Blacks. I worked for them for 2.5 years. I love a good waterproof! You look fab :)

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  8. Great photos Amy, I to love to walk and take photos that I often post to my blog.

    I'm not sure if you are aware but as I post this it you click on the photos in your post it returns a 404 page not fond error. I'm not sure if it was your intention to link them to an external site.

    Anyhow great post and great site, keep up the good work.

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  9. Hey Richard! It's great being outdoors isn't it :)
    Thank you for that, I just checked all of the photos and they're working for me, they should just link you to my Flickr? Thank you very much.

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  10. It is, I love getting out and about and have a collection of jackets to keep me dry and warm what ever the session.


    As for your photos try using another browser were you are not logged in to all your accounts. It looks like you have not marked them as public in Flickr. I test any changes to my blog this way.

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  11. All sorted (I hope) thanks Richard, I had forgot to change them as you had suggested.

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  12. Yes they now link back to your Flickr.
    Your welcome, always happy to help were I can.

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  13. Beautiful photos Amy, and the jacket looks and sounds lovely! I got a skiski jacket for Christmas and it's so warm and cosy <3

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Lovely jacket! Great to hear you aim to get outdoors more this year.As you say, it does wonders for the body and soul.

    Miss Tulip x

    The Thrifty Magpies Nest

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  15. Me too Mimmi, I really want to go much more often than I currently do oh and yes the jacket is amazing, it's so warm x

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  16. Thank you so much Diana, it was a lovely morning up there x

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  17. Thank you Emma! Me too, I can totally relate to that myself. I love how you can just head out and switch off from what ever it is and enjoy the peace and quiet xx

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  18. They are super cosy I agree Jess! Thank you so much :) x

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  19. It sure does, I fully recommend it to anybody. Thank you :) x

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  20. Lovely post and simply stunning photographs! You’ve inspired me to go out for walks more often too! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  21. Lovely photographs and that jacket looks lovely too. I need one like this when I go to Lake District in March. Definitely taking a look at the Blacks website xxx

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  22. Thank you so much Helen. That's great to hear! :) x

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  23. The Lake District is so beautiful, have a lovely time! Thank you :) xx

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  24. Lovely post and lovely photographs :) I think I need to go on more walks!

    Charli | Charlotte Rose

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  25. Thank you Charlotte! Yup, being outdoors is so good for us :) x

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