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Today I have a new blog post for you all and its one that i have been waiting in anticipation to write as it is about one of my favourite times of year and that is, Autumn.
Many times now in the 3 years that i have been a blogger I have been talking about my love of the Autumn season. Every time the leaves begin to turn brown and the air is full of the scent of burning fires I start to become nostalgic as the memories of my childhood trickle back into my mind like the water from a stream.
So, today in accompaniment to my recent ‘Embracing Autumn’ video that I made for my YouTube channel which you can view below I will be talking to you all about some of my favourite things about the season and the wonders it brings with it.
So sit back, relax, grab a warm drink and lets get Autumnal!
Of course first and foremost i would love for you all to take a peek at my video. As I worked extremely hard on it for a number of weeks now and I would love to know what you all make of it.
The Natural Beauty of Autumn
People often say that the best things in life are free and that saying is no more truer than in the Autumn months when nature gifts us with its beautiful riches.
There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Autumn time, like the way the leaves gradually turn the shades of copper, brown, golden and deep red and look like jewels in the light of the sun. I have many fond memories of walking through the park clad in my Hunter wellington boots hearing the satisfying sound of the leaves crunching against my feel like cornflakes.
The ground becomes full of conkers, acorns and pinecones as they begin to plummet from the trees ready to be collected by the hands of eager collectors.
The sun as it passes lower on the horizon as the earth tilts on its axis sets a beautiful golden glow over everything it touches casting shafts of light on the world making the landscape look beautiful at every angle.
The animals too seem to take on a whimsical charm that at this time of year, as they begin to prepare for the colder months ahead. We begin to take up the mantle of their providers and protectors, like the Squirrels that timidly scamper towards you in search of a nut or the pigeons that hopefully trail behind you for a few scatterings of bread. Even the deers that gracefully amble through the forests and fields of the countryside. Even the lone horse that casually grazes in a nearby field. Some birds begin to take to the skies to escape the bite of the cold wind in favour of more temperate climates. But, some like the silent Barn Owl and the Crow with feathers as black as night stay to brasen out the cold.
Mists begin to settle in the morning air and the skies turn darker as nights draw in in the early evening hours. The wind blusters more spiritedly, yet there still remains a warmth to the air. Autumn is a season still warmed by the rays of the Summer, yet Winter has not truly sunk its claws onto the earth.
Autumn is also the season for reflection and introspection as the year draws to a close as the earth is about to complete its orbit we too begin to consider the year that is coming to a conclusion. Its a time to think about goals that we have reached, ones that we need to reach and how to look forward for the future. With each step we take towards this reality another leave falls from the tree.
Autumn too marks the time for harvesting, when the earth produces rich fruit and veg from the fields, trees and gardens. The fruits lay in wait lush and ripe, warmed by the rays of the sun and care of the rain. Eager hands pluck them up ready for baking, roasting, pickling and preserving. Soon the kitchens will be full of the scents of baking as the culinary delights are placed upon a table stews, jams, preserves and pies.
The ground shivers with the rumble of a tractor in the distance and the pick your own farms are bursting with the sounds of families in search of a basket of fruits.
The farms and allotments are soon alive with the vibrant spender of the season. Fruits and veg in all colours of the rainbow appear. Like the rich orange of pumpkins, the deep red of apples, the soft green of pears and the dark purples of plums. All holding the promise of a full belly and a satisfied soul.
The harvest bares a prominent message about life, that through hard work, sheer grit and a little love you are sure to reap the rewards of your effort. Put in the time needed and you receive the things to keep you ticking over.
Of course I love the festivities that the Autumn brings along with it in its wake. Like the 31st of October when the ghoulish sight of carved pumpkins with their leering faces can be seen alit in the darkness. Halloween is also a time when you can disregard any diet and chomp down on your favourited treat and sit in a darkened room with the scariest movie you can watch. Although, i myself tend to favour the classics like Carrie and The Birds.
In British culture the 5th of November is also a prominent day, it marks the day when fireworks light up the night sky and the scent of bonfires is tick in the cold night air. The pitch black sky erupts with colour as colours of pink, blue, green and red dance and fizz in above. The symphony of crashes, bangs and high pitched fizzes merge in a chaotic chorus for the night only stopping when the sky begins to lighten into a misty haze.
Of course sparklers are also a part of the festivities as they fizz brightly in the gloved hands of those brave enough to hold one.
Autumn is too a time where our wardrobes shifts from the delicate pastel shades and soft cotton materials of the Summer months into the deep burnt orange, burgundy and mustard shades of Autumn with warm jumpers and soft scarves.
Taking long walks through the park in Autumn is a fond past time for me and for this I can usually be found trotting along in my moss green Hunter wellington bots or my tan riding boots.
As the new season rolls in so does new trends and looks. Currently I’ve been sporting a wool burnt orange floppy hat with a black rope brim from Marks and Spencers. The hat currently retails for £25 click here to view. The hat is perfect to give you that 70s vibe which is a quintessential look for Autumn 2015.
With the new season I usually find myself looking for a new bag. The bag I currently find on my arm is a beautiful faux leather bunt orange colour tote bag with gold buckle detailing and inner pockets. It looks rather like the style of the classic Hermes bag. It features a postman’s lock. The bag was from a company called CloudBerry Bags and the bag can be found by c licking here.The bag retails at £35.
Another current favourite accessory for Autumn is my handmade necklace. The necklace features a pendant depicting a little red haired Autumn fairy amidst an Autumnal scene with a toadstool and copper coloured leaves. The necklace was made by a talented Etsy seller from Italy known as Zingara Creativa.
Click here to view her Etsy page.
Autumn is also a time of year where I sport whimsical prints on my skirts, scarves and dresses like fox and woodland prints, owl prints, paisley prints and Squirrel prints.
At Autumn my vein side also rears its head for all to be seen. I love Autumnal themed makeup like plum and berry toned lips, gold eyeshadow, copper eyeshadows, plum coloured mascaras, warm toned blushers and ombre lips.
However, I will reserve the makeup talk for an upcoming blog post when I will go into Autumn makeup in further detail.
Running a Bath with a Lush Product
At this time of year when the air begins to turn colder and the nights draw in faster on of the things I love to do is to run a hot bath and to use a product from Lush and their new Halloween or Christmas range. I love the products they release at this time of year, they offer a range of products in warm, sweet and spicy blends.
Three of my favourite Autumn bath products of all time is the Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar, Cinders Bath Bomb and Ceridwen’s Cauldron bath melt.
The Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar is a pumpkin shaped bubble bar with orange glitter made with lime oil, grapefruit oil and juniper berry to great an invigorating scent.
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The Cinders Bath Bomb is a small yellow and orange bath bomb made w it popping candy to create the sounds of snaps and crackles to mimic the sounds of a fireside. The bath bomb is inspired by the story of Cinderella where she sits by the dying embers of the fire. The bath bomb contains Almond Oil, Cinamon and Orange Oil to create a sweet spicy blend.
Click here to view.
The Ceridwen’s Cauldron bath melt is in a muslin both made with nourishing oils, Sandalwood, Rose Wood Oil, Organic Coco Butter and Whole Oats. The bath melt is inspired by Queen Cleopatra and the beauty legend of her bathing in milk. Its a beautiful relaxing, calming cent and its perfect to sooth the spirits and condition the skin on a Autumn night.
Click here to view.
For me, Autumn wouldn’t be Autumn without the warm glow of a scented candle as the warm aromas of cinnamon, vanilla, clove and orange fill the air.
Currently some of the candles that I have been enjoying to burn of an evening are the Fireside Treats Candle by Yankee Candles, A Victorian Christmas Candle by Ville De Fleurs, The Pantry Candle by A Country House Collection and the Autumn Leaves Candle by Sainsbury’s.
The Fireside Treats Candle is a sweet woody blend made toe smell like toasting marshmallows on an open log fire. Its my all time favourite Autumn Scent for those evenings where comfort is what you want to feel.
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The Pantry Candle is a warm sweet, homely blend of Pear, Cinnamon and Vanilla. Its perfect to burn of a day to recreate the homely scents of baking.
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A Victorian Christmas Candle is a beautiful blend of warm wintery species like nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and clove. Its a great scent to burn during the later stages of Autumn when Christmas lays waiting in the wings.
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The Autumn leaves candle is a beautiful woody, earthy blend to recreate the scents of the woods on an Autumn day. It retails for £3 at Sainsbury’s.
If I could use one word to describe Autumn is would be gluttony. Autumn is the time to chomp on the delights of the day even the soon to be hibernating animals would agree as they much on the fruits and nuts to bulk up before their impending sleep for the Winter.
So too do we, I love making Autumn cupcakes with leaf decorations. I love hot chocolates with frothy tops and of course with the arrival of Halloween I enjoy settling down with an assortment of ghoulish looking sweets and reading a good book or watching a film.
But, I would advise you to have a long walk in the chilled air beforehand, to ensure they you retain some form of a figure and can physically fit through your living room door come Spring.
I also love coming home to warm, fresh bedding particular bedding that features some cute whimsical pattern or design like woodland animals, forest prints or Autumn blooms.
The bedding that I am currently favouring is a cute woodland animal print duvet set with foxes, deers, hares and blue birds on it and woodland plants like shrubs and trees on it in a cute cartoon design.
They are currently available on Asda for £12. Click here to view.
Warm Socks and Warmer Hugs
Bed socks are also a must have in Autumn to keep the chilled toes at bay.
Of course one of the most special things about Autumn is the memories you form with friends, family and the people you care about. Some of my most honest memory are formed in the Autumn months when the fireworks call for gatherings with friends and spooky films call for a family gathering and warm hugs on the sofa.
Autumn is a special time because it is one that makes you admire the world around you and the people in your world.
Love the Autumn and never get the beauty of it.
I really hope you enjoyed this blog today, please comment below with your favourite things about Autumn and let me know what you thought of this blog.
Don;t forget to check back this week for my blog on Autumn makeup and the latest Autumn/Winter products from Lush.
And I will see you all next time!