Good morning guys! I can’t believe we’re already fast approaching the end of September – it feels strange to me that the start of the Autumn season isn’t officially until the 22nd, when I feel like come the 1st of September I’m celebrating fallen leaves and pumpkin spice, ha!
There are so many stereotypical ways to enjoy the season, and to be honest I absolutely love doing any and all of them – which is sort’ve why I wanted to post a list of my favourite things to celebrate the season, and why it makes me so excited for it – haha!
I know that I posted my Autumn Bucket List the week before last, but I hope you still enjoy this. I mean, who could complain about a little more cosy vibes to be excited about, right?
I’d love to know your favourite things about the season if you want to leave them below!
The chilly breeze
The weather in England always holds up quite well through these months – from September till October we’re usually graced with warm sun-lit days, with a slight undercurrent of chill. I love that weather, being able to be out and about in the sun, but having to wrap up slightly too. It definitely beats the grey clouds and rain that Winter brings!
The warm scents
Moving away from Summer, I feel like Autumnal candles/diffusers/colognes are all a lot warmer, and based on more spices than the previous season. I love the smell of cinnamon/nutmeg/cedar and other woodsy scents lingering in the air. Also, my local TK Maxx just got in a huge shipment of pumpkin candles and I’m currently burning this Pumpkin Pie & Vanilla beauty from DW Home and it’s practically the season in a glass. Just saying. (Also just stumbled across this “we tested 16 pumpkin candles so you didn’t have to” post, what a cute idea! I love it, ha.)
Forest floors covered with leaves
This probably doesn’t apply unless you’re a pretty rural person, but I think I’ve told you guys before that I’m pretty big into my trail running. Because of where I live, there are quite a few forest trails around me, and nothing beats a Sunday afternoon jog through the trails that are littered with a foot of fallen, crunchy leaves. Especially since crunching leaves as they are is so satisfying – ha!
Cable knits and woven socks
Need I say more? This season brings months of cracking these bad boys back into my wardrobe and I couldn’t be happier. I love pairing cable knit jumpers with shirts, and I’m practically living in woven socks whenever I’m home – the chunkier, the better. Let’s be real here.
Fairy lights illuminating the dark nights
By the time this season rolls around in England, the nights are already pretty well drawn in – with the sunset by 8 (instead of the long 10 pm sunsets of Summer), so what’s better to combat that than by hanging a bunch of twinkly lights? There’s little cuter than hanging fairy lights and being able to rep them every night because of the early darkness. It’s almost like a comfort blanket, ha!
Before you get your pitch forks, here me out on this one. There’s something in the air during this season that makes it such a great season for focussing on what you love doing – and something that I love is exercise. I mentioned before about running trails, and I love going to the gym with Scott, too. It’s awesome to put your mind to something and see what you can accomplish.
Also, I won’t deny that buying exercise gear helps get me in the fitness mindset, either. I’ve always loved wearing Nike, and topping up my fitness wardrobe with their clothing.
Pumpkin spice everything
I know that I touched on this with candles, but can we take one more moment to appreciate the pleasure of pumpkin flavoured goods, please? Pumpkin pie, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin drinks – pumpkin all day, every day (unless you’re my boyfriend and not even a fan of pumpkin much. Oh well, I’ll fly the flag alone, then!)
In the town that I live, the first weekend of October is annually marked by a town-wide fireworks festival, where competitors from all over the country come to show off their best displays. We gather in our warmest coats, usually accompanied by a killer knit scarf, and stuff our faces with comfort food while marvelling at the beautiful sights of lights exploding in the sky.
We then move onto celebrating Halloween (aka the most fun ever) and round up Autumn with the bonfire festival, held on the first weekend in November. All of these little traditions are so fun, and make the season even more special.
I can’t believe I held off on talking about food for so long that it’s the 8th point in my list. Ha! I think the food is something that makes Autumn even better: the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables for the season: the making of pies, crumbles, cakes and tarts (and doing the early trials for those Christmas classics!) as well as savoury delights like mashed potatoes and macaroni cheese, the foodie aspect of the season is a winner.
It does absolutely nothing for my workout routine, but I’d rather be stuffing myself and working off those calories, tbh. Can you pass the caramel sauce?
Books & TV shows
Marathoning Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Nightmare Before Christmas and any Halloween specials of your favourite TV shows never felt so good. Also, reading a bunch of spooky books (aka anything by King, Lovecraft or anything with ghosts, ghouls or monsters in the title, tbh). This always gets me so excited for the season, especially with a hot chocolate in hand and the comfiest blanket I can find cocooned around myself – what a dream.
Do you have a favourite Autumn book/TV show?