THE JOY OF AUTUMN
Autumn is for collecting conkers, carving pumpkins, walking through forests of fallen leaves and writing your name with a sparkler. There’s something quite magical about the anticipation of change and here are a few things I’ll be doing to seek inspiration and celebrate this glorious season.
1. The great outdoors
A walk in the countryside is nothing short of invigorating, especially when the leaves are looking so delectably golden. The crisp air helps to blow away the cobwebs and the distant horizon generates feelings of calmness and peace. Most definitely my favourite autumn pursuit.
2. Hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows or [insert favourite beverage here]
After a date with the great outdoors it’s nice to seek refuge in a coffee shop. My drink of choice is a large hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows, and I enjoy grabbing an armchair by the window and watching the world go by.
3. Cosy evenings in
Scented candles, fairy lights, popcorn, a large blanket and an old film or two. After all, why shouldn’t every evening feel as cosy as Christmas?
4. A new season treat
Autumn is about cashmere scarves, snuggly jumpers and luxurious coats. So when the weather changes I like to treat myself to a little something from the new season collections. It only takes a couple of classic new pieces and my entire wardrobe feels new again. I’d take quality over quantity any day! Further reading: how to simplify your wardrobe in four easy steps.
5. Afternoon tea with friends
Indulging in afternoon tea is a glorious occasion and it’s a fabulous way to catch up with friends when it’s cold outside. More tea anyone?
6. Autumnal creativity
Darker evenings and more time spent indoors provide the perfect opportunity to get creative. So, whether it’s finally learning to crochet or sewing a tapestry there’s no better time to learn. You could even make a few unique Christmas gifts. Further reading: the inspiration and joy of creative friendships
7. Flowers, leaves and berries
I love a vase of fresh flowers on my table and I enjoy displaying seasonal blooms in warm autumnal hues. This year I’m hoping to create a wreath inspired the beautiful ones I saw in Greenwich Village last month.
You don’t need to travel too far for a new adventure. I like to pop into the local art galleries, museums or historic houses when the temperature drops. Inspiration followed by tea and cake is a great way to spend a chilly afternoon.
9. Switch off and recharge
I’ve spent the last few weeks cutting back on my internet time and I survived! Take an afternoon or an entire day to unplug and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. Trust me! Further reading: 6 ways to spend less time online.
10. A weekend away
I enjoy autumnal weekends away. Breaking up the season with little adventures helps me to get through the darker mornings and a change in scenery is good for the soul.
So there you have it. I hope your autumn is packed full of all the things you love.