A handful of conkers over autumn leaves

If someone were to ask me what my favourite season is I’d find it difficult to answer. I love the Summer months, especially the sunshine, light evenings and my summer wardrobe, however, every year I get a little extra excited about Autumn. As soon as we get to the middle of August I start looking forward to the months ahead and all the cosiness that goes with it. Let’s face it, I don’t need any excuse to wrap under a soft blanket and bring out the fairy lights!

Here are all the wonderful reason’s why I love Autumn more than any other season.

Hot Chocolate

Well lets face it, a hot chocolate is delicious anytime of the year but there’s something warm and comforting about having one in Autumn, topped off with loads of whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and marshmallows.

Autumn Walks

Going for a walk on an Autumnal day is better than any other time of year, everything becomes so colourful. I love watching the leaves  change to a bright orange and having piles to kick about, pretending I’m five years old again. I love the sound of the crunchy leaves on the ground and seeing bright red berries everywhere.  I’ll take my camera along as every thing looks so picturesque. Autumn smells different too, there’s more of a crisp, earthy smell or as I used to say when I was younger “It smells like potatoes!”

walking amongst Autumn leaves

The Weather

I don’t mean when it’s tipping it down with rain and I end up at my destination looking like a drowned rat. I mean those crisp, cold sunny days where you can wrap up in the thickest coat, stick on a pair of boots and have fun swooshing through the leaves on the ground. If it has been raining, I’ll always having fun splashing through the puddles! There’s also something magical about going out early on a foggy morning with only the wild life for company.

red Autumn berries

The Makeup

I live for Berry, Plum and Burgundy, you name it, I’ll be wearing it. I think I’m just about done with the pinks and peaches of Summer and I’m ready to wear a bold plum lipstick, a smokey eye look or a beautiful burgundy nail polish. I get so excited when brands release their Autumn makeup collections and just want to buy it all at once.

Candles

I have candles burning in my home all year round but there’s something extra special about lighting a pumpkin spice or ginger bread candle on a cosy autumn evening. Autumn candles not only smell divine, they create a certain ambience in the room I’m in and generally put me in a happy mood.

A lit candle surrounded by autumn leaves

Cosy nights in

With the evenings getting darker earlier, there’s nothing more comforting than coming home and snuggling up in a pair of soft pjs and a some fluffy socks, all wrapped up under a cosy throw whilst watching a film. You can guarantee I’ll have switched on every single set of fairy lights I own and be sipping that hot chocolate I mentioned earlier!

Autumn Clothes

I wear hats all year round but I love wrapping up in a knitted hat and chunky scarf to keep warm in Autumn. I have quite a collection of hats but my absolute favourite hat for Autumn is a floppy burgundy one. I’ll be wearing boots and 100 denier tights with almost everything, I probably have more pairs of thick tights in my wardrobe than anything else! Let’s not forget the chunky knit, right now I’ll be pulling every one I own out of storage and eyeing up a few new ones. Wrapping up in a thick cosy jumper along with a hat and scarf on a cold autumnal day is a wonderful feeling. I just love the colours of Autumn fashion, I can’t get enough of berry, burgundy, plum or teal and being able to layer up the best part.

Candle next to pumpkin cupcakes

Food and Drink

I’ll admit I’ve become a lover of Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, one hint of Costa’s new Autumn drinks menu and I’ll be running straight to my nearest store. For breakfast I swap granola for a bowl of hot porridge made with almond milk, berries and bananas. I can’t wait to tuck into a hearty home cooked vegetable casserole with a chunky slice of bread, plus I suddenly get a craving for mashed potatoes with everything. It wouldn’t be Autumn without having made enough cinnamon muffins to feed an army. Oh this is making my mouth water!

Bonfire Night

I just love the excitement of Bonfire Night and I’m lucky enough to live near a few large displays that are on around the 5th November.. I’m wrapped up in my thick, cosy Parker (well it’s more like a duvet!), eating a jacket potato crisped off on the bonfire and drinking hot tomato and red pepper soup from a flask. I just love the smells on Bonfire night. It maybe freezing cold but that’s half the fun, being all huddled up around the bonfire trying to keep warm and having a good laugh while watching the pretty colours erupt in the sky.

Pumpkin Lantern

Halloween

This is a tricky one considering I don’t like masks or scary movies! Luckily my friends are the same, so we all get dressed up in non scary costumes for our Halloween party. I usually wear a witches outfit and putting on a black wig for the occasion, this year I may try something different. I also love making the pumpkin lantern and putting it in the window, the best bit is getting all messy while I’m scooping out the inside. I’m a big wus when it comes to scary movies, so I’m looking forward to watching something light hearted like Hocus Pocus.

I hope you enjoyed my Autumn post, well I certainly feel all warm and cosy now so I’m off to make a hot chocolate, snuggle up under a blanket and watch something on Netflix.

What’s your favourite time of year?

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I simply adore having candles in my home, no matter what the season, I’ll make sure to stock up on them whenever I’m in a homeware store. They give my room a more cosy feel and I particularly love using anything with Lavender in, so this candle from Roam by 42 Pressed is absolutely perfect for when I want to feel calm and relaxed.

Roam 42 Pressed have a range of candles based on cities around the world and can be used for travelling as well as at home. I chose the London candle*, not only does it contain Lavandin, but London will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve travelled there on many occasions, creating so many wonderful memories. Each time I’ve been burning this candle it not only puts my mind in a happy place, it makes me think of what new adventures my life will take me on.

They are made from natural soy wax and the London candle contains notes of:

  • Lavandin
  • Black Pepper
  • Oak Moss
  • Labdanum

The scent is described as:

“The vibrant mist off the River Thames sets the tones for the days adventures. From the earthy aroma of Kensington Palace to the aura at Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard. Regal notes of lavender  and bright citrus mix with sharp spice; a bold mix of modern and traditional paring properly together in the cosmopolitan hub.”

It has a slightly more spicy fragrance than the sweeter lavender candles I’ve owned, however it smells incredibly divine. I’ve been burning this candle at any time of the day, not just the evening but when ever I’ve felt stressed or wound up, I have it burning beside me on the desk as I write this post. Even when it’s not lit I can’t help but give it a sniff to take in the beautiful scent.

I recently had a relative staying over from Canada and she would absolutely love the London candle* as a reminder of her visit to the UK.

I have to mention how gorgeous the packaging is, the cream textured paper with rose gold print making a simple glass jar look so pretty. Overall, I think this candle looks and smells beautiful and I just love having it lit in whichever room I’m in.

If you love anything travel related then you’l love the range of candles and prints that Roam by 42 Pressed have to offer, there’s one for London, Paris, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. You can also find Roam by 42 Pressed on Twitter and Instagram.

Have you tried these candles? Let me know which fragrance would bring back memories for you and why.

 

Any products marked with a * have been gifted or sponsered, all opinions are my own.

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