“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Cosy jumpers, hot chocolate and rainy days in bed it’s the dream life. Just about every blogger out there loves autumn in some way our shape, and I’m including myself in that group. While autumn may be my favourite season, spring is a close second followed by summer…then winter right at the bottom of the list (I hate the super cold weather).
To me autumn in the grunge sister of spring, who is the pastel princess of the family…although they are similar in many ways, there’s something about autumn that is refreshing after being a sweaty mess in summer. Autumn also represents the start of the new academic year, and I always love to take this as an opportunity to improve on myself and reflect on my actions and decisions of the past month. It also means I’m able to set myself short-term goals which I can try and achieve before the act New Year arrives in January.
The autumnal weather makes me happy, the fact that I’m a redhead means I have to be careful about the summer sun otherwise I end up with skin that matches my hair colour and in a considerable amount of pain. Once autumn strikes we still have the sun though, but it doesn’t seem to be as intense and the fact that it’s cooler means more clothing is worn anyway which means I have a lower chance of becoming a lobster.
Autumn brings Halloween and Thanksgiving with it and also steps us closer to Christmas (a holiday I’m already excited for and planning on starting my shopping very soon) but here are some of the reasons I love autumn and all the exciting things it brings with it.
I love autumnal fashion, not only does it cover more of my body than summer fashion…it’s also the cosiest thing ever. While I normally stick to monochrome for a majority of the year, I adore including burgundy, red and mustard shades into wardrobe once the leaves start to change colour. I have a couple of key pieces that I’ve had for a couple of years now that always end up getting pulled back out again, but I also love going shopping for new pieces to add to my wardrobe (I really want to make a massive ASOS order right now).
Cosy jumpers are a must for my wardrobe and while I love those that I find in the shop, nothing quite compares to a hand knit (cheers mum). Not only do they have more stretch in them, they’re also super soft and snuggly but you’re more likely going to be supporting a small business opposed to a large cooperation…even if you will typically pay a little more for a hand knit rather than a store bought.
While it may not be time for the Christmas specials quite yet, there are several TV shows that return to our screens as the nights get longer and colder. This includes The Great British Bake Off (which is still just as good…and the ads are only mildly annoying), I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Strictly Come Dancing, Riverdale and Stranger Things. Now having all these shows back is a good thing…in a way. It also means the perfect excuse for procrastination and as a student, that’s not something I need help with as it is.
It’s not just returning TV shows there’s a whole range of new things coming, including Electric Dreams, Gunpowder and Mindhunter. I honestly cannot wait to get stuck into a new TV show that I can binge watch when it gets too cold or wet for a night out or a day of exploring.
Cosy Nights In
Dressing gowns and hot water bottles which snuggled in bed. Something I absolutely adore doing as the weather gets colder…although I do like having the window open slightly to let in a nice breeze of cool crisp air (with a hint of London smog). While I adore nights out drinking as much as the next person, it often results in me ending up full of cold simply because I refuse to take a coat with me 90% of the time cause I’m way too broke to be paying London cloakroom prices.
Instead, I’ll typically binge-watch a TV show with some sort of takeaway (or shop brought pizza) and just relax. I can also use these nights to catch up on blog posts, write my own posts as well catching up on university work while staying warm and not spending a painful amount of money
which means I can do more online shopping.
Is it really autumn if you’re not wearing plum or berry toned lipsticks? It’s the season of the vamp lipstick and I love it. While I’m somebody that sticks to nudes quite a bit the rest of the year I love being able to pull out the dark vamp shades and feeling like I’ve just stepped out of AHS Coven. I’ve got a post coming up in a couple of days where you’ll get to learn my favourite autumnal lipstick shades, trust me there are loads but I’ve narrowed it down to 5.
Obviously, I’ll still be rocking the nude lip in autumn from time to time but I’ll definitely be reaching for the darker shades…even if they are a pain to reapply constantly after drinking hot chocolate or pumpkin spice lattes (which I hate btw…I’m a terrible blogger).
The Food & Drink
I’ve already mentioned hot chocolate and PSL but there are lots of other food and drinks available. I personally love the toffee nut latte from Starbucks, although nothing will beat hot chocolate (especially if it’s flavoured with chocolate orange or toffee etc) especially when commuting around London.
It’s not just the drinks that get more festive but so does food, there’s a lot more pumpkin and carrot in foods…plus the weather is cool enough for a nice bowl of hot soup with crusty bread. Or a bowl of vegetable stew (my favourite one is potato, leek, carrot and swede) or stew and dumplings, who doesn’t want a hot bowl of food that’s going to steam up your glasses
if you wear glasses like me when you clean over it to eat some.
So those were some of the things I absolutely adore about autumn and I honestly cannot wait for it to hit us will full force…even the rain it will bring along with it (although not quite as much as what we normally get in winter).
What’s your favourite thing about autumn?
Love you lots like jelly tots x
All photos within this post were taken by Izzy on my Olympus Pen E-PL7 in natural lighting. They were then edited on Photoshop CC 2015 and VSCO.