Thursday 30 September 2021
Wednesday 29 September 2021
"Autumn…the year's last, loveliest smile."
Autumn goes by far too quickly every year, so despite it only starting, I already feel like it's slipping away week upon week. That being said, I've made it my mission this year to make the most of my favourite season making sure to tick everything off my to-do list. With the leaves turning crisp and the air getting colder, I thought now is the perfect time to give you inspiration on what to do this Autumn.
Visit A Pumpkin Patch Probably one of my favourite Autumn traditions is going to a pumpkin patch. They're popping up all over the UK now, so it's easy to get to one (or three!) every season to pick out pumpkins to carve or eat.
Decorate For Autumn I've already decorated for Autumn in *cough* August, but if you haven't already, then now would be the perfect time to do so. Think about switching out your cushions, hanging fairy lights and putting out pumpkins on display - maybe even fill a snack dish up with your favourite spooky snack!
Read A Spooky Book Over the next few weeks, I'll be focusing on some horror reads as I love to be a little bit spooked throughout October. Why not try a classic like Dracula by Bram Stoker or one more suited to children like Small Spaces by Katherine Arden.
Collect Conkers, Pine Cones and Leaves I think one of my joys of this season is all the little things Autumn has to offer. I love nothing more than wrapping up warm for a rainy walk around the woods to find conkers, pine cones and the biggest leaves.
Have A Cosy Night In Grab your favourite blanket, get into your snuggliest PJ's and settle down with a childhood classic that makes you feel nostalgic. Having a cosy night in during Autumn is one of my favourite activities and despite being simple, sometimes going out all makes all the difference. I personally love to light lots of candles, dim the lights and have a duvet day on the sofa.
Go To A Corn Maize If I'm honest I've never considered going to corn fields around Halloween before until this year, but I went a week or so ago and I'm obsessed. If you've got children it's the perfect activity and a great way to spend the afternoon. A lot more places are opening up the UK featuring hay rides, corn maizes and pumpkin patches all in one place!
Bake Your Favourite Snacks Turning my favourite treats into Halloween themed snacks is something I aim to do every year. Why not make a savoury spooky board up featuring mummy sausage rolls and spider olives or go for a sweet version with bat brownies and pumpkin apple pies.
Visit A Haunted House One of my new traditions (although it's been on pause for a couple of years now) is going to a haunted house experience. They often have talented actors set up in certain situations from horror films, so you can walk around with your group of friends to get an almighty spook.
If haunted house experiences aren't your thing and you prefer the real deal, then there's lots of abandoned castles throughout the country that you can visit.
Put Together A Playlist Putting together seasonal playlists on Spotify brings me so much joy as there's so many songs that I associate with certain seasons. For Halloween, I like to put together a playlist that has some of the old classics as well as the understated modern picks.
Go Apple Picking It may be a little late in the season now to visit an apple orchard, but definitely add it to next years to-do list. Going apple picking feels like a wholesome way to spend an afternoon and getting to go home with your loot to bake a delicious apple pie or crumble.
What's on your Autumn to-do list?
Friday 24 September 2021
Decorating for Autumn brings me so much joy, I think I love it equally as much as I do putting up my Christmas decorations. The cosy additions and warm tones really add to the comforting feel and I love filling spaces up with soft furnishings and cinnamon scented candles.
I feel like I need to mention my bedding first as I get multiple questions about it a day. It's the Matalan Pumpkin Duvet Cover and I absolutely adore it. Not only does it look amazing and is on the understated side until you look closer, it's on it's second year and is showing little wear and tear. Although it's a little different to the pumpkin one, I'm still eyeing up this Dunelm Forest Duvet Cover as I love the burgundy and Winter themed print.
On top of my bed I use the H&M Velvet Cushions, but of course my pumpkin plush cushion takes centre show. Although I can't link my exact one, I have found this Velvet Rust Pumpkin Decoration on Etsy which I think is just as adorable! I picked up this Target Pumpkin Blanket and despite being a couple of years ago, this throw has stayed soft and I use it all the time when I want to snuggle up with a candle, a cup of a tea and a book.
Over my headboard and around my mirror, I have an Autumn Leaf Garland which I think is probably my favourite addition to my bedroom as it immediately adds colour and warmth to the space - plus the leaves really feel like you're adding a bit of the outside indoors. Talking of decorations around my bed, although it doesn't change, my Urban Outfitters Moon Banner feels like it stands out even more in the Autumn and Winter months as I love the celestial feel.
I have sneaked a few of my Bat Wall Decorations into my bedroom and although I know it's a little early still, I really love these as I struggle with Halloween decorations for this area. I have also added in some Pumpkin Shaped Fairy Lights across my shelving unit as the orange hued illumination looks great!
Thursday 23 September 2021
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With lots of Halloween bakes coming up, I thought I should share with you some of my favourite Autumnal kitchen finds. Hopefully they'll give you some ideas for your own decorations or maybe even inspire yourself to get baking.
I have to mention the Anthropologie Harvest Juice Glasses first of all because I cannot believe we've finally got them here in the UK and I feel like they're going to sell out quickly. I was hoping for the pumpkin one, but the candy corn and autumn leaf ones are just as cute!
Talking of drink ware, I get asked a lot of questions about my seasonal mugs and I feel very proud because they're quite special to me. Although I've picked them up from various places over the years, I wanted to find pieces that were as close to mine as possible. If you're from America then this Pumpkin Shaped Mug is near perfect, but if you're from the UK like myself, then maybe check out Amazon's Option Here.
My Witches Brew Mug is absolutely adorable and I think that the ceramic black finish makes it a perfect pick if you want to keep your drinks warmer for longer. Although my ghost mug was picked up from Homesense (a favourite shop of mine!), I haven't found one similar yet, however I did come across this Halloween Spooky Iced Coffee Glass and I am absolutely obsessed with it.
For my orange garland, I made it myself using Dried Orange Slices and a thin piece of thread. It was super easy and I think it's so effective in adding some extra colour in this area of my kitchen. Another question I get asked is where my red mixing bowl is from and although mine is many years old now, I found this Three Piece Batter Bowl Set which is super similar.
I have a set up with my Wooden Cake Slice which I think is great at adding a little bit of the outside in. On top I have a Mini Fox Planter as well as a pumpkin dish which I change up depending on the season. I also picked up a Pumpkin Shaped Trivet perfect for letting your fresh bakes cool on.
Tuesday 21 September 2021
Tuesday 14 September 2021
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Autumn feels like the best time to snuggle up to watch a cosy TV show or film with lots of snacks and blankets. There's nothing I love more than grabbing a hot drink and settling down to binge watch a series or relax with a film when it's gloomy and raining outside. I thought I'd help you out by sharing some of my favourite picks watch this Autumn.
Gilmore Girls is the blue print of cosy TV shows. Everything from the opening credits (those leaves!) to the comforting side characters just screams heartwarming. Whenever I put on an episode it always feels like I'm being welcomed back with a hug. I personally love the episodes that see Stars Hallow events getting some spotlight, so "They Shoot Gilmores, don't they?" (S3 E7) and "The Bracebridge Dinner" (S2 E10) are two of my favourites to watch.
A new find of mine has been Ghosts, a BBC comedy series from the makers of Horrible Histories. I wasn't expecting to love this TV series as much as I did, but I binge watched it over a matter of days and I'm already contemplating re-watching. The concept is simple, it's about a couple who inherit an old house full of ghosts (duh!) and when Alison has as accident, she's suddenly able to interact with the ghosts. It's got a Halloween feel to it without being scary in the slightest, so it's a perfect cosy Sunday pick.
Great British Bake Off
Every year I get excited for the release of GBBO and wait for a new episode to drop week upon week. I've even gone back to watch old seasons as they feel so nostalgic for me. I wouldn't recommend watching Great British Bake Off without snacks to hand, however it's a great series if you're looking for baking inspiration or to just relax your mind for an hour.
With a town name like Mystic Fall, you can't help but feel like Vampire Diaries is going to be perfect for a cosy Autumnal day. With themes of witches and vampires, you'll be sucked in to it in no time and with eight seasons to binge watch, I think your Autumn will be sorted!
- Shadow and Bone
- Anne With An E
- Gossip Girl
- The Chilling Adventure's of Sabrina
- Queen's Gambit
- Sex Education
- The Good Place
For me, Harry Potter is the film equivalent to Gilmore Girls when it comes to Autumn viewing. I've watched them both hundred times over, but they never get boring or lose their sparkle. I'm not sure if it's because Harry Potter is often shown on TV around December, but I feel like it's a good choice for Winter too.
If you feel like Lord of The Rings is a little daunting to sit through, then I'd recommend The Hobbit. It's a classic for getting in those cosy, magical feels - plus it's extremely wholesome so great for the whole family.
When you think of Autumnal films, Little Women probably wouldn't be at the forefront of your mind, but I find the whole vibe of the film, particularly the snowy scenes, perfect for feeling settling down on a rainy day. My favourite adaptation is the 2019 version as I find everything about it, from the scenery to the acting, an absolute dream.
Although Hocus Pocus maybe a little bit more suitable for October and Halloween, I couldn't help but share it for Autumn too. It's great if you're looking for a non-scary film to get you in the mood and it feels great to watch Hocus Pocus on a rainy afternoon with a hot chocolate in hand.
- Practical Magic
- Lord of The Rings
- Knives Out
- The Holiday
Here are some extras that may help you with your cosy day!
Monday 13 September 2021
Now it's onto the good stuff - what to do with the apples you've just collected. There's so many ideas like baking a cinnamon apple cake or even going for toffee apples, but I decided to opt for the delicious classic crumble. The base is made up of the juicy apples mixed with fragrant cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, whilst the buttery topping makes for a warming treat!
Ingredients (Serves 4)
Friday 10 September 2021
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I cannot believe it's taken me until now to share my favourite early Autumn outfit finds as I have been looking through and saving a bunch of pieces for some time now. If you enjoy checkered prints, mustard hues and cosy knits, then keep on reading because I'm going to be your biggest enabler.
Tops + Jumpers
If there's one thing I'm lusting after at the moment it's the Pumpkin Patch Graphic Tee. I think it'd look great tucked into a skirt or just worn casually with jeans - plus it's very seasonal and adorable! Keeping with the Halloween theme, I spotted this Wake Me Up When Its October Tee and I think it's totally up my street and perfect for casual October styling.
Skirts + Dresses
Coats + Jackets
I've got to admit I probably get the most joy out of shopping for the accessories to add to my outfits. I love finding a chunky pair of boots that I know will go with every outfit and a new pair of Halloween socks! Scarf shopping is also something I love to do and this ASOS Oversized Square Scarf is a great find as I love the different colours that make it up, so I know this would be great with any outfit.
Something I buy every year is a pair of Polka Dot Tights. I'm not sure why this simple addition to an outfit can make a big difference, but I love them when I'm wearing an all black outfit and to add some warmth once it gets colder.
I have been eyeing up these Maple Leaf Earrings and I think I'm going to make the plunge soon because I can see myself being super extra with these!
Tuesday 7 September 2021
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To say I'm excited to have Autumn back is an understatement. I couldn't be happier to see the return of cosy nights, crunchy leaves and pumpkin everything! I feel like September is the perfect time to think about my new monthly to-do list, full of fun activities that I want to tick off over the next few weeks.
September is the month I start to feel revitalised and despite the UK having a sudden heatwave, I'm still looking forward to how the season will change throughout this month.
Go Pumpkin Picking
I have a yearly tradition to go pumpkin picking on my birthday in October, but that requires a little planning in September to make sure I have a session booked in. There's a few places near where I live that often do great displays and have field full of pumpkins, so I'm really spoilt for choice.
I've also been looking out for corn fields because I feel like they give off that perfect spooky feel, but I'm currently not having much luck.
Read Five Books
Throughout the Summer, I got myself into a reading slump after setting the quest to read the Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows series back to back and despite enjoying the Grishaverse, I felt like I needed some new genres to read. To get back into the swing of things, I have set myself a goal of reading five books throughout September. I really want to focus on spooky or cosy feeling books for the Autumn season, so if you want to follow along you can follow me on my Goodreads.
Decorate For Autumn
I've already put most of my Autumn decorations out, however I'm still looking for some extra pieces to fill some empty spots. It's hard to get good decorations in the UK, so I started earlier this year and made sure to keep looking in my favourite shops. I'm currently hoping that pumpkins will start to make an appearance in supermarkets, so I can set up a display on my fireplace!
Visit An Apple Orchard
I've wanted to visit an apple orchard at this time of the season for several years now, but haven't made it there yet. I envision myself picking the fresh, juicy apples then taking them home to bake into a delicious apple pie or crumble - with extra cinnamon to fill the kitchen with that scrumptious smell. Apples are out a little later than usual this year, so there's still some time left to find myself a local orchard.
Pick Up Some New Outfits
A new season is the perfect excuse to treat myself to a some new pieces in my wardrobe. At this time of the year I like to keep my eyes open for anything cosy and comfy, plus if it's in a checked print or is rust in colour then that's always an added bonus. I feel like shops haven't quite caught up with my excitement for Autumn, but I've put together a few of my favourite finds below.