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What I Love About Autumn

I want to start this post by saying, it's finally here! Autumn is well and truly upon us. And I am so bloomin' happy. This is the time of year when I really come out of my shell and show my true colours. I'm much more comfortable in a slouchy jumper and fluffy socks, aren't we all? So without further ado, here are my favourite things about autumn. 

The smell 

Autumn has this burnt, earthy, crisp, fiery, musky smell. It's hard to describe, but I look forward to it every year. This time around I actually danced around outside singing, "I can smell it, autumn is here hallelujah people!" The boy was not amused.

All the layers

Over the past couple of weeks I've been checking the weather like a mad woman, hoping it’s going to be chilly enough to wear all the jumpers I've stocked up on…and it is! Start layering up, I've even stepped out with polka dot tights under ripped jeans. It's time to get creative!

The colours 

When it comes to autumn the trees are in their element. I'm talking about conkers, jumping in a pile of leaves and walking through the park when there's a slight breeze and they're falling. And think of all the awesome Instagram pictures that you're totally going to take now that you can appreciate the outdoors.

All the tv shows

Now is the time to catch up on all those shows you missed and to find some new ones. Some of my favourites are history or animal documentaries, Ru Paul's Drag Race, The Thick of It, Louis Theroux Weird Weekends and When Louis Met..., and my current obsession It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.


The sweets, the decorating, mixing up spooky cocktails and sticking little plastic spiders to everything. My family is super creative and from mid October to December every day is an arts and crafts opportunity.

My favourite film for this time of year is The Nightmare Before Christmas. It's spooky enough to carve a pumpkin too but also christmassy enough that you can get exited! The director Henry Selick has recently announced it's a Halloween film, so I've been celebrating by watching it on repeat.

"The monsters are all missing and the nightmares can't be found. And in their place there seems to be good feeling all around. Instead of screams, I swear I can hear music in the air. The smell of cakes and pies are absolutely everywhere. " Okay, I'll stop.

All the food

This is the season to get your stretchy trousers and fill up on thick soups, crispy breads, stews and of course the sweet stuff. Salted caramel, cookies, cakes, basically everything.

Hot chocolate and seasonal coffees

I am a massive lover of hot drinks, but now is the time for whipped cream. Oh dear lord all the cream! Top those large mugs with grated chocolate, spices and drizzle caramel sauce. Starbucks is the king of seasonal hot beverages but thanks to Pinterest we can recreate them from the comfort of our own homes.

An extra hour in bed

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour! Sunday the 25th of October at 02:00. Your iPhone etc will reset itself but it's up to you to change the manuals. I'll be changing all of mine in one go after my amazing lay in. 

Bonfires and fireworks

I love sparklers and food vans, hot drinks in polystyrene cups and giant dummies on ribbons. Yes the fireworks and flames are pretty but it's the atmosphere that I love. Who else buys those light up head bands and necklaces? 

Rainy days

I can't remember the amount of times I've said, "I'll save it for a rainy day". Well now is the time! I have a lost of books to read, things to organise and things I want to learn. Last year I watched every Crash Course video and this year I might take a couple of art classes. The world is my oyster! 

This list could go on forever but I feel like you've scrolled enough. What are your favourite things about autumn? The Nightmare Before Christmas, do you think it's a Halloween or Christmas film?

Gem. x