The onset of Autumn brings with it an opportunity to slow down, relax and enjoy the darker evenings. It’s no doubt one of the most popular seasons (thanks to the beautiful changing colours that greet us outside our front door,) with so many of us taking the opportunity not only to change up our wardrobes, but change up our favourite food and drink. Pumpkin Spiced Lattes have undoubtedly become an icon, with so many coffee addicts waiting patiently for their release so they can rush down and be the first to Instagram their seasonal find; candles have experienced a resurgence in popularity, thanks to their spiced seasonal scents and warm light that makes you want to snuggle up warm in a blanket; while statement coats and fluffy jumpers are adorned probably a few weeks before they’re really needed, purely because we’re in such a rush to adopt that autumnal wardrobe once again. It took me a long time to appreciate the beauty of Autumn and celebrate everything it had to offer (mainly driven by the fact I hated battling with tights!) but now it’s definitely one of my favourite times of year – so here’s everything I love about Autumn, and everything I’m looking forward to this season.
The crisp leaves at your feet
Nothing competes with the crunch underneath your boots and the amazing spectrum of colour that greets you every day; although I adore the brightness of spring and the first bloom of flowers, nothing really compares to the beautiful shades of the Autumnal season. Looking out my window every day reminds me how lucky I am to be surrounded by so much nature.
The perfect mix of sunshine and chill
Hot summer days are all well and good, but traveling on public transport during August is like hell on earth. With the Autumnal season we get the best of both worlds, being able to pop on a jacket and a pair of sunnies: there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a sunny day with a brisk chill in the air.
The new season shades
My complexion and colouring works best with the warm tones of Autumn – I adore mustard yellows, berry shades of red and crisp navy jackets. After a season of bright colours, patterns and tonnes of white (which I always seem to stain within about thirty minutes) I can never wait to adorn my limbs with the shades of the new season.
The acceptability of sleeves
Maybe it’s my bingo-wing insecurity, or maybe it’s just because I do love a statement sleeve, but I love when it’s warm enough to actually get out the long-sleeved dresses and tops once again. This dress was one of my faves when I picked it up in early Summer, but it was just too toasty to get much wear out of – but now it’s my perfect Autumnal staple that keeps me covered and warm without feeling like a duvet.
The ease of soup lunches
Trying to avoid having a sandwich every day for lunch can be a struggle at the best of times, but with the colder season comes the acceptability of lazily warming up a tin of soup and enjoying every mouthful. I love butternut squash, classic tomato and pea and mint – so much that I’ve been known to have it for dinner too. Who said soup was just for sick days?
The need for blankets and tea
A few of my favourite things: a cup of classic English Breakfast, a custard cream and a fluffy blanket. Put them all together and magic is made before your eyes.
The warmth of candlelight
My flat is constantly covered with candles as I just adore the softness of the light and the warmth it brings to the atmosphere around me. Although a beautiful scent can make all the difference, I’m also happy with cheap and cheerful jars of wax to light the room and get me in the mood for some great evening telly.
The toasty-ness of boots
I do get frustrated at myself for making bad shoe decisions, especially when they leave my toes cold or wet. Boots are so tasty, comfy and effortless – plus I get to wear my character socks without anyone knowing that I’m still a High School Musical fan.
The brisk walks outside
I’m not a big fan of walking in the heat (although this year I did climb both a mountain and volcano while in Santorini – something I’m proud of and won’t forget for a while!) but during the summer I love wandering along the beach, or taking a stroll through the woods. There’s nothing quite like it… And no sweaty bits to worry about either.
The tasty seasonal coffees
Yep, I do love a latte. The British coffee shops have yet to nail summer drinks the way the Americans do, but we do get the Autumn and Christmas drinks spot on. My current fave is the Costa Coffee Bonfire Latte, which includes a toffee and chai spice syrup. Yummy! (We’ll just pretend it’s zero calories ok?)
The new season dramas
I’ve always loved telly, but over the Summer it gets a bit rubbish (thank god for Netflix.) With the new season comes a flurry of new television dramas and series, and I couldn’t be happier about it – because is there anything better than sitting on the sofa and watching a crime unfold with the rest of the nation and discussing it all on Twitter?
The proliferation of pumpkins
Those little spooky vegetables are just so cute. I’m so glad they’ve become popular again, feeding people with their squishy orange centers and entertaining with their hardened orange exteriors; I do love a good pumpkin soup, pie or risotto.
The darker nights
During the brighter seasons I do struggle to ‘switch off’ and process the fact it’s 8pm and not in fact 4pm like I thought; the darker nights bring with them the natural slowing down of our body clock and the ability to get ready for bed without it feeling like the middle of the day. I do suffer a bit with Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I equally find the darker evenings much easier to process – swings and roundabouts!
The need for scarves
My scarf collection is extensive. There’s something about a woolly, pattered, tassel-y bit of fabric that I love, which is why I’ve got too many stashed away to even count. I adore wrapping myself up in a scarf and having my nose poke out from the top, or cosying up in a fur shrug so I feel like a bit of a vintage vixen – and they’re the perfect way to keep that leather jacket seasonally appropriate too.
The fireworks and bonfires
Ahhh, oooh, the beautiful displays in the sky. I’ve got so many vivid memories of walking to bonfire and fireworks displays as a kid, lugging my Guy Forkes man behind me and wishing he didn’t have to be cremated in front of my eyes. Even now, as a 35 year old, nothing entertains me more than looking out of my window and seeing all of the shows happening across the town.
The countdown to Christmas
Did I just mention the C-word? Not that I want to wish the year away, but the onset of Autumn does mean we’re one step closer to Santa and one step closer to celebrating the season with all our loved ones – and that’s something I can’t wait for.
What do you love most about Autumn?
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