Back in May I wrote a post about why I hate summer, now that we're heading out of summer and into autumn, I thought I would share with you why I love the season so much. There are a million and one reasons, but here are some of the things, that I think, improve once we're out of the heat and humidity of summer.
Obviously the first thing that has to be mentioned is the weather. I hate the heat and am much more comfortable in the cooler months, so the start of autumn is great for me. I feel like I can relax and breathe easier, there's little chance of being so hot and sticky that you don't want to go anywhere or do anything and the air is crisp and fresh.
Food and Drink
As much as I enjoy a salad or two in the hotter months, there's something to be said for a nice big bowl of soup with chunks of crusty bread, or a big plate of something spicy. I tend to stay away from those things in the summer, but as soon as there's a slight nip in the air I'm searching Pinterest for recipes to warm my bones. Hot chocolate in another thing I really look forward to, the majority of the time I drink water, but throughout autumn and winter I do like to indulge in the occasional hot chocolate in the evening, especially if it's accompanied by a lovely scented candle and soft lighting.
Make-up and Nails
One of the most exciting things for me about September/October is digging out nail and lip shades that have been relegated to the back of my collection for months. It just doesn't seem appropriate to be wearing berry lips or vampy nails when it's roasting hot, but they're my favourite shades to wear. I have a couple of posts due up in the next week or so where I'll share with you some of my favourite shades for the season.
I absolutely hate summer clothes, or rather, I hate not being able to cool down whilst wearing clothes in the summer. Knowing that in autumn I'll be able to wear anything I like from my wardrobe without feeling like I'm melting is great. I love layering clothes; cardigans, cover up's and shrugs are my thing, so being able to wear any of them without either looking odd or being uncomfortable is something I really look forward to. I've just bought a new pair of ankle boots, and along with 2 knee length pairs I bought at the end of last winter, I can't wait to get some wear out of them.
This is possibly the best thing about summer coming to an end. I'm scared to death of moths and butterflies, and it's an absolute nightmare having to turn off the lights before I can open the door or window, especially with a dog who likes to go out into the garden a lot, I can't just leave the door open for her. Being able to open the front door, or leave a window open in the evening is great, but leaving the back door open for Cherry to go outside is brilliant, for both her and I.
Most of my favourite T.V. shows start in autumn, so I always count down to those. Whilst summer is great for the cinema, there's usually very little on T.V. and the majority of the things I watch have finished for the season. There are so many things I'm looking forward to starting again.
Being Cozy in Bed
I think my favourite thing to do once it starts to get dark early is to spend a quiet evening in bed, with dim lights, a scented candle and a couple of DVD's. I never turn the heating on in my bedroom, regardless of how cold it gets, because I love it when my nose is cold and I'm cuddled up nice and war under the quilt. It's something that just doesn't seem right to do in summer.
Having naturally curly hair that goes frizzy very, very easily is a pain in the bum, especially in the humidity. So, when autumn comes around I like to take advantage of it and wear it down a lot. The previous few months are always spent trying to find ways to wear it up out of the way, but as long as I treat it well, in the cooler months I can actually enjoy it and try new hairstyles without the risk of looking like this:
Is it just me, or do seasons have particular smells? I always associate certain smells with different times of the year, these are some that I associate with autumn:
laundry drying indoors
seasonal shower gels and candles
seasonal spices in food/drink
the crisp air early in the morning
There are so many reasons why I love autumn, I really could bore the socks off you with them all. But having spoken to a few people about it recently, it seems that a lot of you are looking forward to it too. Please feel free to share your favourite things about the season in the comments.