Autumn, the dark nights roll in, the leaves turn golden, amber and burnt orange and the colder weather begins. It might seem strange to you that autumn is one of my favourite seasons of the year. I mean it certainly wasn’t when I was younger because autumn heralded the end of the summer school holidays and marked the beginning of another year wearing a uniform. But as I’ve got older that doesn’t really apply anymore, so here are the five reasons I’m looking forward to Autumn – I wonder how many of them you agree with? Can I convince you to fall in love with Autumn too? Here are some things I’d recommend you doing this Autumn….
I’m not a fashion blogger and I certainly don’t proclaim to be but I do love shopping and clothes and 100% Autumn fashion is my favourite out of all the seasons. Don’t get me wrong I love lounging around in the sun in shorts and a swimsuit, but the colours of fall are undeniably the best of all the seasons.
For many years now my pom-pom bobble hat, pinafores, tan boots and patterned leggings have been my outfit staples. I know a lot of these things have since become ‘basic b****’ material but I was rocking them long before the rest of the sheep joined it! And I long to get them back out of my wardrobe again . This season New Look and Zara have excelled themselves so it’s been taking a lot of will power to resist spending a fortune in there on Autumn clothes. Massive kudos to my lovely colleague and friend Kerry for physically dragging me away from clothes on occasions. BUT I hasten to add I have only bought one new item this Autumn (so far.. my boots are in serious need of some TLC… new ones instead perhaps?) but theres plenty of time to buy some more clothes right?
The great thing with Autumn fashion as I’m sure you’ll see from all the fashionable bloggers on Instagram is you can layer things up. Combine a pinafore with a roll neck jumper and bomber jacket for extra warmth and don’t leave your house without a brush, you’ll need one for that hat hair!
Personally, Autumn brings the ideal weather conditions for a me to go for a walk. Winter is too wet and cold, Summer is too humid and sweat inducing. Autumn however as goldie locks would proclaim ‘is just right!!’ The milder temperatures combined with the spectacular sights of vibrant foliage; red, oranges,yellows. It’s a gorgeous sight to behold, last year I had a day off work during October and enjoyed a walk with my parents at the National Trust site Sheffield Park. I don’t have any annual leave left this year, but I’m hoping to see Winkworth Arboretum or Petworth Park in Autumnal glory. As nice as cosying up on the sofa is during this weather going for a little walk blows away the cobwebs.
My top suggestions for places to take an Autumnal walk are; Sheffield Park, Hatchlands Park and The Devils Punchbowl. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can check out a few more places if not next year on my list to check out is Winkworth and Chantry Woods And after a autumnal walk what better way to warm up then with a cosy pub visit, which leads me nicely onto….
Cosy Pub fires
I do love sitting in the pub garden soaking up the sun with a G&T in hand but when the colder weather comes you’ll often find me happily sat with a drink in hand by a log fire (too early to mention Mulled Wine yet? And don’t get me started on toasting marshmellows..). The smell is incredible isn’t it? Musky, inviting and smoky, it just gives me this irreplaceable warm fuzzy feeling inside. Finally the time has come to go back to the Dog & Pheasant for their steak cooked on a open fire night!!!
Pumpkin Spiced Lattes
Now I seem like a right basic b**** right? But I’ll hold my hands up on this one, I love Pumpkin spiced lattes. In fact I love Pumpkin spiced cupcakes and pumpkin and butternut squash soup. Being the vegetable of the season why not make the most of every commercialised product thrown at you?
Hear me out when I say Pumpkin Spiced lattes are awesome. They have a sentimental meaning attached to them for me personally anyway…. Back at University I would meet with my close friend Alison at Starbucks or Starbs as we affectionately referred to it as. And yes they got our names wrong on the cups countless times my favourite was ‘Erin’ and ‘Alisen’ catchy right? Tucking into pumpkin spiced lattes became a ritual for us. Whether it was a pre-lecture or post gym workout our trips were the perfect opportunity to catch up and enjoy a good old chat. So a pumpkin spiced latte always reminds me of my friend and our memories together.
Halloween and Bonfire Night
I love Halloween, when I was younger I loathed it. But now I like nothing more than letting my creativity flow and carving unique pumpkins. I’ve made cats, spiders, owls I just need to think of what I’ll carve this year and I’ll be doing a blog post all about my creation – so watch this space!
On the other hand, I’ve always loved Bonfire Night the combination of the smell of the smoke and the fireworks plus the general atmosphere. From a young age I’d get so excited walking down to the local bonfire in my old village of Chiddingfold that I would almost burst with glee. But last year I went with my parents to Wokingham for the most incredible fireworks display I’ve ever seen. It’s likely we’ll be heading back there again this year because my boyfriend Chris will probably be working there. Remember remember the fifth of November…..the smell of gunpowder and dazzling fireworks – It gives me goose bumps just thinking about it.
Have I convinced you?
When I say Autumn is one of my favourite seasons I’m sure you can see why, it faces a close battle with Spring though… but that’s for next time! I hope you enjoy my suggestions for things to do in Autumn.
What do you think about Autumn and is it your favourite season? Let me know in the comments and click subscribe to stay up to date with my blog.