I have always been a massive fan of Summer, beaches, BBQ’s and that warm sea-side breeze, but as we know when it comes to British weather all good temperatures have to come to an end. Although the summer months are without a doubt my favourite time of the year, I still get excited for aspects of the other seasons. I feel as if we are now well and truly into Autumn, or ‘Fall’ for my overseas readers. As the leaves turn brown and the weather changes so does my wardrobe and my mood! Here’s my Top 10 favourite things about Autumn…
#1 Candles I can’t get enough of candles at the minute and wether it’s the warm glow or amazing scents, for me this really makes a house a home. No matter what your budget there is something for everyone. (Remember not to leave lit candles unattended and keep matches/lighters out of children’s reach).
#2 Mulled Drinks I am defiantly a fan of these warm spiced beverages! Wether it’s boozy or not it definetly gets you in that autumn mood. I personally love a mug of mulled wine or cider but there are other alternatives such as chai tai or a pumpkin spiced latte which are just as warming from the inside out.
#3 Pamper Time I tend to have more me time in the Autumn months. I find myself digging out the face masks, body scrubs and moisturising much more to protect my skin against the cold. If I am honest I love having baths all year round, but there probably most enjoyable at this time of the year. Add a bath bomb or some bubbles and enjoy some timeout from the hustle and bustle of life.
#4 Blankets, Slippers & Bed Socks Wether it be relaxing on the sofa or staying in bed, this is a brilliant way to add instant coziness to your time at home. I am yet to try out a onsie, so maybe this will be the year.
#5 Chunky Knitwear A collection of thick jumpers are definitely a must at this time of year, as my mum still says its important to “keep your kidneys warm”! When the temperature hits it’s lowest, I find it best to layer up, extra vest style tops, leg warmers and thick tights. One of my favourite winter woolies is my White Company Snood, which I received as a gift last Christmas.
#6 Halloween & Bonfire Night I find these occasions a perfect opportunity to bring out my inner child! I still love the wow-factor of a good fireworks display. Wether it’s fancy dress, sparklers or prepping some candy for the trick or treaters there’s a chance for people of all ages to get involved in the magic of traditional celebrations.
#7 Roaring Fire This has to be one of my favourite things and can really make the cold weather not seem so bad! The flickering flames and crackling sounds from a real log fire is so homely and really romantic too. I currently don’t have a fire place where I live but one day I really hope to. Right now I am totally content with the option of central heating, instant warmth throughout the whole house and warm towels, bliss.
#8 Nights In At this time of the year staying in becomes the new going out! It’s a great excuse to hibernate with friends, family and loved ones. I always feel like there’s less pressure to be out and about in the evenings but the options still there. Sometimes a favourite magazine/book, a cuppa and an early night is all that you need.
#9 Top TV I feel like a lot of the shows on the box all become a little bit more exciting from September onwards. The soaps seem to have more action which keeps us gripped and leads up to some pretty nail biting story lines. There is always some new and returning dramas to keep an eye out for too, which fill a Saturday or Sunday night perfectly. The selection of movies are always better, not to mention the re-run of some Christmas films and the classics.
#10 Comfort Food I always feel the urge to delve in to recipe books at this time of the year. Home cooked hearty meals are definitely a must. For me a favourite is probably a traditional roast with all the trimmings, but there is also something really comforting about a one-pot feast! Over the next few months I am going to attempt to cook soups and some gluten free breads. I’ll be sure to document my efforts!
I would love to hear hear from you all on what your autumn favourites are. Do you embrace the change in seasons or do you cling on to your flip-flops in a last attempt to hold on to Summer? Be sure to let me know in the comments.