In Britain, we call it Autumn, in America, it’s known as Fall. We might differ in terms, but at least we can agree with some things: the leaves changing colour and falling from the trees is simply beautiful – but we would all be falling ill without having our winter gloves at the ready! During the autumn months, we are given the first signs that winter is on its way. It’s a time for snuggling up by the fire with a cosy blanket, winter pyjamas, fluffy socks, a chocolate selection box and, of course, a marshmallow-topped hot chocolate.
Today is officially the first day of the Autumn Equinox and it’s time to get into the spirit of the season with a little creativity and a lot of warm clothing!
Enjoy the Outdoors
Before the winter weather takes over, don’t forget to rescue last year’s winter boots from the back of your wardrobe and wrap up with your favourite gloves, scarf and winter hat to take a long, cold woodland walk to witness the magic of the changing leaves for yourself. Relax and breathe in the crisp chill of the air and watch the leaves as they gracefully fall around you and hear the crunch of the colourful leaves beneath your feet. The world around you is meditation-worthy, incredibly photogenic and appreciating it all is the perfect way to live in the moment and take away the stresses of life. Don’t forget a big umbrella, just in case!
It’s too cold for sweating and too warm for frostbite – what could be better?! Make the most out of your garden or other outdoor space and decorate it with some twinkling fairy lights or lanterns and a warm, comfy seat. Wrap up with your dressing gown, woolly boots and a (very) warm blanket and spend some time in nature with a good book and a lit bonfire. Or why not invite some friends round for spooky Halloween stories and roast some marshmallows over the fire. Don’t forget to indulge yourself with the perfect autumn treat – s’mores!
Bringing the Outdoors Indoors
Decorate your home with seasonal charms, from pine cones (which look adorable when painted by the kids!), to acorns and conkers. Wash everything properly before using them around your home and arrange them in a decorative bowl for a perfect centre-piece. Why not create a vanilla-bean and candle decoration is perfect to make your home smell luscious. Cinnamon and red berries are other great scents to get you ready for winter!
Treat your Tastebuds
Toffee apples are the perfect treat at this time of year. Just poke a stick into each apple, put them upside-down on a tray and cover with melted toffee or caramel. Leave to chill in the fridge and enjoy! Why not visit a local farmers market or even collect the apples yourself at a fruit-picking farm for a lovely day trip. Another tasty treat to use any leftover apples is to make an apple pie!
We hope you have a wonderful Autumn,
Her Next Smile x