Forget Winter, Autumn is the new black. For some reason, everyone (including myself) is in love with the idea of cold weather, early evenings and a pumpkin spiced latte. I’m sure its just because we live in the UK and cold is the only thing we know. However, there are a few rituals that have to be done before the short season ends.
First off, you need to get yourself down to Lush. October marks the moment when all beauty fanatics, and even occasionally bath users await the Halloween and Christmas Lush collections. I’m not sure what it is, but when I see the first Winter Lush haul on YouTube or an Instagram snap of a Christmas Penguin, I go crazy. This year we have the return of old favourites that have had a dusting, but also some new swirling bath bomb and bubble bars.
Something I find relaxing is going outside. In other seasons, I just like to pop along to the sea (it’s about a two-minute walk), sit on the sea wall, and just chill. Autumn seems to change that, and small adventures get me buzzing. Long walks around my local trail, trips to castles round London and even walking around the park- you can paint the picture- are always on my Sunday to do list.
Even if you’re not planning to enter a Conker competition, you need to pick a couple up. It was around three weeks ago I spotted my first one, and after kicking it along the length of the road, I scooped it up and it is now pride of place on my mantel piece til Winter comes along.
Go to your local firework displays. In Southend when November comes around we have a beautiful display every Saturday night along the seafront. Now, even though Fireworks make me jump out of my skin, feel uncomfortable and panic all of that is lost when you have your friends around you, a hot chocolate and you’re fixated on the colours. Bonfire night is the perfect excuse to attend or have your down display.
The last thing anyone wants to hear me say -but I need to- is that it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. I know, I know, it’s only October but before you know it, in two weeks It’s November, then December. Every year I tend to do my Christmas shopping early (It’s a habit I’ve picked up from my Nan) and getting in before the crowds may mean you miss out on some great deals, but you can enjoy December for it’s celebrations without panicking.