Why I Love Autumn

What’s your favourite season? I suspect a lot of people answer 'Summer' for its warmer weather, light evenings and open invitation to barbecues and Pimms. I’m afraid, I just can’t jump up and down for Summer. Blame my pale-skinned disposition but between the fake tanning and sweat patches, it just doesn't make it an attractive time of year for this English Rose. The moment September struck, I was packing away the shorts and cami tops and banning it to the top shelf of the cupboard (literally out of my 5ft 3" reach). Unfortunately, New York had other ideas. Whilst I envisioned strolling wrapped up in cosy scarfs and kicking through leaves, the reality was 26 degrees and I was resentfully summoning Ryan to bring the "summer suitcase " back down from said cupboard. One broken pair of Haviannas later, I was delighted to be back in the UK to get a proper run-out for the Autumn wardrobe (hello coats!). Watch out for my new Autumn Wardrobe Wishlist coming soon.... For all the reasons I love Autumn, read on.

Roast Dinners
I started writing this after a cosy afternoon sat in one of our favourite pubs along the river in Hammersmith. In fact, Ryan and I realised we have made pretty much every big life decision sat in The Old Ship. Whether it be deciding to live together, get married or go travelling.. Now, here we are having done all three! We spent a special Sunday meeting up with my amazing school friends and their partners to catch up, meet the latest addition to the group (a puppy...babies = not yet!), drink wine and face-plant the biggest Yorkshire puddings you've ever seen! Autumnal food is literally the best - as the evenings draw in and the weather takes a chillier turn, it brings with it more kettle-boiling for cups of tea, early morning porridge and hearty soups. I've found I've switched salads for vegetables and lunchtime queues at Sweet Greens (oh my, there isn't a salad place quite like it in the UK) for DigInn when I get my fix of cauliflowers and pumpkin faro. (Side note, the Americans are obsessed with pumpkins. Literally every door, window and shop window are overflowing with pumpkins of all size! Pumpkin pie, anyone? I'm still yet to try! Plus, Brussel sprouts are a surprisingly common side order in NYC.)


Anyway...

Whilst cooking hasn't been my strong point since moving country (or ever), I feel myself getting in the mood for evenings spent testing out new recipes and have several pages of Madeleine Shaw's cookbook ‘A Year of Healthy Eating’ flagged for action.

Warmer Wardrobe
Ahead of an autumnal wedding in the 'shire last week, the wardrobe was under the spotlight. Flicking through my hangers I realised my wardrobe is severely in need of a refresh! Every day I wear an outfit that has been rotated for the entire five years I have been working at Elemis. This is dyer times, Ladies and Gentlemen. Having been on a tight budget of late, shopping hasn't been top of mind and so this trip back to the UK has called for several big hauls! Dusting off the coats stowed away, getting those dry-cleaning orders in and refamiliarising myself with my boot collection, it still calls for newness.

Boots
Colder climes in New York generally call for two types of footwear; wellington boots and snow boots. Not two purchases top of mind but the slightest bit of drizzle and the elevator is full of people in wellies! After experiencing Storm Stella in February, I know Ugg boots aren't up to the task (although their slippers are totally on my Christmas list!). Whilst Hunter boots are brand of choice for wet weather, I'm savouring the slightly milder months for more beautiful (read: slightly impractical) boot purchases. 
Leaves
Ever since I was aged 7 and spray-painting fallen leaves in gold, silver and bronze (rose gold wasn't a thing in the 90's), I've been obsessed with the leaves changing colour. At Hyde Park in Upstate New York earlier this month it was polls apart from the weather in Manhattan and I literally ran into a cluster of trees and kicked through the leaves like a child! Boomerangs were captured.

Re-light my fire.
In a bid to make our apartment feel more cosy, the evening candle lighting ceremony begins. Having spent seven months looking at them, I am so excited to be dusting them off for an outing. Favourite candle of the moment is Diptique's Baies for a beautiful flora aroma and ELEMIS’ Joyful Glow for a more festive spice from notes of orange, vanilla and cinnamon.
 
Strictly Boxsets
I've written before about Autumn holding this dream-like vision of evenings under a blanket with a hot drink and either (i) a new book or (ii) Netflix series (Stranger Things is taking over my social life!). The reality is somewhat less preened but is still bloody good! I'm the first to praise British television and so there was no way an ocean was going to get in the way of me and Strictly Come Dancing! Every weekend, three hours are dedicated to iPlayer and not to mention my daily fix of Zoe Ball's It Takes Two. Seriously, it's an obsession. It started as a family show when I was a teenager, evolved into a pre-drinking ritual that, at times, sparked the X Factor vs Strictly row amongst my Uni roommates and has now become a solo activity whilst the husband catches up on football/boxing/any-sport-it-doesn't-matter-as-long-as-its-not-Strictly! The weeks fly by and mark the key countdown points between the start of the new school year and Christmas. (Halloween special last week was AMAZE-BALLS!) If you can't relate to Strictly (as I found out one of my closest friends cannot...), what is your TV tuning into this autumn? It's literally when all the best films get released (cue popcorn) and perfect time to start a new series (hello sofa).

Whilst I’m snuggling down for Autumn, rolling out the new season wardrobe (or, handful of new items to be exact!), and upping my tea-intake, what are you loving about this time of year?

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