Hello! I’m back from my blogging break and back into the swing of writing. As much as I love working on this blog, it was lovely to have a short time out while I was enjoying myself on two holidays – the Peak District first then New York for a week! I had a fabulous time in both places, and I’m sure there’ll be some NY blog posts up as soon as I get round to writing them. As we’re well into my favourite time of year now I just wanted to share with you some of the main reasons why I love it so much!
Autumn is the season for layers, and I’m totally mad for it! With the weather being so unpredictable recently, I sometimes make the mistake of setting off in the morning for work wearing a thick chunky coat, and end up coming home with it in my hand whilst almost sweating. Layers are so practical and can look fab at the same time.
One of my favourite ways to layer up at the moment is by using my trusty chunky knitted cardigain which looks great thrown on top of pretty much any outfit (read all about this seasonal fave in a previous post of mine).
Teaming a plain t-shirt or long sleeve top with sleeveless dresses is another thing I’ve really been in to recently, as I’m not ready to give up my day time dresses just yet. Adding layers means I’m able to get away with wearing them for a little bit longer, and not freeze to death in the process!
Finally, one of the most popular autumnal items for layering is jumpers. All types of jumpers; thick, thin, plain, colourful – they’re all just great. At the moment I’m loving wearing a more thinner jumper tucked into a midi or mini skirt teamed with some killer boots. A mix of cosy and cute? I love.
Pumpkin Picking and Pumpkin Spice
If you haven’t already guessed by the photos, I really love to go pumpkin picking. Even though I never actually went as a child (we did strawberries, not pumpkins) me and Harry go every year in October – the earlier in the month the better so we get the best choice. There’s just something fun about stepping into a giant orange field and going off to find your own perfect pumpkin, or pumpkins if you’re us and get carried away with testing how many you can fit in the wheelbarrow.
Something else I love just as much as picking pumpkins is pumpkin spice. Each year as soon as summer ends and it gets to the middle of September I am SO ready to jump on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. Even though the flavour isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, for me, it’s life. Ok not really life, but it is lush! From the classic Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte, to the many varieties of scented candles, to the pumpkin spice edition of Baileys liqueur, I’m loving it all. A friend told me the other day that there’s even pumpkin spice Lindt chocolates now! It’s a popular American craze that’s getting bigger every year here in the UK, and I am so here for it, in all it’s pumpkin loveliness.
For me, Autumn brings the start of holidays and events which roll all the way through to the new year. Starting with Halloween which I’ve always loved and celebrated since I was a little girl (read on to find out why). Having a day or weekend in the calendar that nearly everyone celebrates either by dressing up, throwing parties, or even just getting involved by buying sweets for little Trick or Treaters makes me so happy.
It’s always such an enjoyable time of year, whatever age and whatever you are doing for it! Every year I go a little bit mad with the Halloween decorations, PJs, socks and even skull shot glasses. ASOS is one of my fave brands for this if any of you are on the search for some cool accessories/decor to spook up your place or outfit.
Shortly after the Halloween celebrations it rolls into Bonfire Night. Me and Harry watch a firework display every year, and hopefully this year will be no different. I often love the simple things in life, and getting wrapped up warm with loved ones and heading out into the cold night to watch wonderful firework displays and bonfires is one of them. A lot of people hate the early dark nights that come with the Autumn months, but it’s the perfect setting for these cosy events and celebrations. Warming up afterwards in front of the fire with a cuppa is always a good idea too!
Following the excitement of fireworks, it’s then the countdown to the big one – Christmas. Like most people I’m a massive fan of Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations. Saving the best holiday til last, the whole of October-December is sooo exciting!
Having my Birthday on October 30 probably explains why I love Halloween so much. From a young age my parents would throw a Halloween themed birthday party for me and my friends, and I have just loved the festivities ever since. Linking that time of year with happy memories and birthday celebrations keeps me like a child at heart when it comes to the end of October.
I just can’t wait until we buy a house of our own, as there’ll be pumpkins and little spooky touches everywhere! (Sorry in advance Harry.) So yeah, there’s quite a few celebrations for me and my family during the Autumn months, especially as both my sister and cousin’s birthdays are in November as well. It’s always an expensive but super fun end to the year!
I hope this post makes you excited for Autumn and all the events to come, especially pumpkin picking if you haven’t been already. What are your favourite things about Autumn?