Despite being a cold-blooded lizard, I really love autumn – you still get those warm bright days, with just enough chill to wear a jumper and scarf, and it’s also instant cosiness wherever you look thanks to the warmth of the turning leaves and variety of syrups in your hot chocolate.
To make Monday a bit easier, and get fully into the spirit of autumn, here are a few things I love about the season…
Nothing screams autumn more than lighting at least 10 scented candles around the house and basking in spiced goodness. My personal faves include Yankee Candle Cinnamon Stick, Gingerbread and Pumpkin Pie from Lindsay Lucas Candles, and White Company Winter, which I know is ‘winter’ but it’s definitely an overall festive season smell (that’s what I tell myself anyway).
Obviously hot drinks aren’t exclusive to autumn, but I certainly drink a lot more of them once the temperature drops! I’m not into coffee so a lot of the time it’s hot chocolate and tea, with my current warming and spicy faves being Pukka Original Chai and Vanilla Chai – both packed with my bae cinnamon and his warm pals ginger and cardamom – and if I’m really fancy then I go full blow chai latte (although I’m still having difficulty trying to nail the tea to milk ratio at home, Pret’s coconut chai is incredible). There’s also hot chocolate, and speaking of…
Why have straight up chocolate when you can flavour it?! When it’s in season, I ask for a PSHC – that’s Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate, which is incredible, but all Starbucks baristas malfunction when you ask for it – because again, what is better than warming spices in your drink?! Cinnamon and caramel are also good shouts, but I’ve been experimenting with a mix of Chai syrup and Pumpkin Caramel syrup, which is sweet enough to give you a filling but very very delicious!
A classic fave, there’s nothing a jumper can’t solve! Jeans, skirts, trousers, they’re easy to throw on and style, so when the weather dips I know I’ve got my wardrobe 80% nailed on a daily basis (thanks to my 80% wardrobe of jumpers!)
Blankets, lots of blankets
I never used to ‘get’ blankets, why did people love them so much? Fast forward a few years and now I can’t get enough of them – I’ve got blankets for decoration, for cosy toes, in colours for all the seasons, and I recently picked up two very seasonal pieces for photos and extra toe layering (because of the cold blood) from Homesense. Now all I need is a movie and a roaring fire and I’m all set!
Thick socks and boots
Maybe it’s the classic Brit thing of wanting to jump all into the cold weather fast, but I love nothing more than cosy toes and fluffy socks. If I can crack my thermal socks out and Uggs, then it’s going to be one comfy day of walking 😉
Not having to shave my legs all the time
Don’t tell me you haven’t fist-pumped the air a little when you realise it’s that time of year when you don’t really have to whip a razor out every other day. It’s joyous, and I don’t blame you for being so, it’s another layer and as if I’m getting my ankles out for anything under 20 degrees 😉
All the red and orange makeup
As well as the warm tones in the trees, I love how we all start to add a bit more red and orange into our beauty routines – a darker burgundy lip, some terracotta eyeshadow, and a dusty rose manicure? Sounds like perfection! My fave shades include NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic, Smashbox Lipstick in Wrap Party, PUR Liquid Lipstick in Addiction, and for the eyes I’m all about Too Faced Natural Matte Palette.
More roast dinners
Roasts are a Sunday classic, but come autumn they’re at least a twice weekly (sometimes thrice) staple. The more potato the better, carb me up to Christmas!
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