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10 reasons why autumn is the best season

Posted in Life
on October 5, 2018

Autumn is the best season. No ifs, no buts, there is literally no competition. In the UK, it’s a bit of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it season as we don’t seem to have the falling leaves and cold crisp weather for very long (then it’s just rain until March!).

Don’t get me wrong, I wish autumn could also have the long day of summer but, in case you aren’t of this mind (yet), here’s a list to sway your mind.

1. Autumn is the perfect temperature

It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold. You can wear a jumper or a jacket with your summer clothes, and you won’t feel cold.

2. Jumpers galore

I love jumpers. Preferably chunky ones, or ones with embroidery on them! I love pulling out my jumpers from storage (read: under the bed) and knowing that I’ll be nice and cosy all through the season.

3. Stews and hotpots are back!

The easiest and most tasty meal prep solutions ever. Stew, some cheesy polenta and a metric tonne of gravy = the perfect autumn meal.

4. These colours

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‘Nough said, really.

5. Cold outside, warm inside

Nothing says autumn like setting your boiler to come on in twice a day. You come in from work and it’s so toasty inside that your glasses slightly steam up – that’s autumn to me.

6. Hot chocolate becomes acceptable at any point in the day

I feel judged drinking hot chocolate outside of autumn and winter, so I’m always grateful for the opportunity to drink it all day everyday.

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7. The sun has the most perfect aesthetic

The sunsets. The sunrises. The gorgeous shades of pink and orange and yellow that fill the sky – b e a utiful.

8. Saying “I stayed in all weekend” doesn’t get you a funny look

It’s cold, and likely raining, so no one thinks you’re strange for not leaving the house all weekend anymore.

9. Mulled wine and cider EVERYWHERE

Mulled cider is my absolute favourite thing about autumn. Mulled wine, too! The smell immediately takes me back to bonfire nights as a kid with sparklers, sticky toffee apples and a hunt for any hedgehogs hiding in the pyre.

10. It’s almost Christmas!

I’m so excited for Christmas this year. I’m determined to have a Christmas in our new home – fingers crossed we move in before then!

 

What’s your favourite season? If it’s Autumn, would you add anything to this list?

My Autumn Aesthetic

Posted in Life
on October 4, 2018

I love autumn. I can get the jumpers out, consume copious amounts of cinnamon (and it be acceptable!) and the heating goes back on to make everything nice and toasty!

Autumn just has an aesthetic that fits with mine. Colour wise, there’s reds, yellows, oranges and browns. I can layer up my clothes, bringing out my chunky knits and fleece-lined tights to layer with dresses and jeans. French tucking jumpers, inspired by Queer Eye, will be my go to this winter – I just need to order some more jeans!

So, here’s a picture post of things that I feel represent my autumn aesthetic!

 

What’s your autumn aesthetic?  Let me know in the comments!

How to cope with the decreasing daylight hours

Posted in Life
on October 3, 2018

The worst thing about autumn? The decreasing amount of sunlight.

I suck at the dark mornings and dark evenings. It never feels like I see the sun – leaving the house before 8 and getting home at 16:30. It really affects my mental and physical health, so this year I’m on a mission to make winter a bit more bearable!

Make the most of the daytime

I’m awful for staying indoors with a cup of tea and a book. So I’m going to be making the most of my lunch breaks and weekends by going for walks, having lunch outside/near a window (especially if it’s raining!) and making sure that I get at least half an hour in the daylight each day. I’m not being strict yet, as it’s not going dark until 19:30ish at the moment, but I will be going out and about as much as possible come November!

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Keeping healthy

Exercise is great for my mental and physical health, so I’m going to be making a much more concerted effort to getting exercise in my daily routine. One of my goals is to complete a Couch to 5k!

I’m also going to be cutting refined sugar from diet. I’ve done it before and I felt incredible so I can’t wait! It’s so easy to reach for something sugary to get me through day, especially in the office, so it’s going to be tough to cut it out, but I know it’ll be the best thing for me!

Splashing the cash

I’ve always been interested in Lightbox Therapy and I’ve read about people’s transformational experiences by buying one, so I’m going to take the plunge next payday and buy one!

Some are super expensive (I’m talking like £150+) but I’m going to go for this one from SAD.co.uk at £39.95. If it works, I might upgrade!

Are you affected by the darker days? How do you cope with it? Let me know in the comments!

October TBR

Posted in Books
on October 1, 2018

I wasn’t going to be doing Blogtober, but this awesome suggested post ideas from Jenniely has got me sold!

So, let’s kick this off with my October TBR!

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As you were.

The Unit, Ninni Holmqvist

The unit

Page count: 288

Blurb: An eerie dystopian novel envisions a society in the not-so-distant future where men and women deemed economically worthless are sent to a retirement community called the Unit. With lavish apartments set amongst beautiful gardens and state-of-the-art facilities, elaborate gourmet meals, and wonderful music and art, they are free of financial worries and want for nothing.

It’s an idyllic place, but there’s a catch: the residents – known as dispensables – must donate their organs, one by one, until the final donation. When Dorrit Weger arrives at the Unit, she resigns herself to this fate, seeking only peace in her final days. But she soon falls in love, and this unexpected, improbable happiness throws the future into doubt.”

It Ends With HerIt Ends With You, S. K. Wright

Page count: 372

Blurb: Everyone loves Eva. Beautiful, bright, fun, generous – she’s perfect. So when her body is found in a ditch in the local woods the only thing anyone wants to know is: who could have done this?

It has to be Luke, her boyfriend. He has the motive, the means, the opportunity and he’s no stranger to the police. Even though the picture is incomplete, the pieces fit. But as time passes, stories change.

The Periodic Table of Feminism, Marisa Bate

Page count: 204periodic

Blurb: Feminism is a political, social and philosophical movement that has transformed and revolutionized women’s lives.

From fearless women campaigning for the right to vote, to pioneers in fields of medicine, politics and business by the way of pop-culture heroines, writers and creatives, The Periodic Table of Feminism explores over 100 inspiring and engaging international figures who have helped to shape it.

And there you have it! I’ve only got a small TBR again this month, but I also have about 20 books on NetGalley to work through too! What are you reading this month?

 

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