17/10/2018

LIFESTYLE | The Best Things To Do In The Autumn


No pumpkin spice lattes will be involved in this post.

It would be very difficult for me to pick a favourite season. I love them all, and each season brings a new mindset, new hobbies, and every time I find new things to make me happy. Autumn is here, and now that the leaves have turned orange and scarves are out, it is time for me to share with you what is making me happy this autumn.
These past few weeks I have been feeling very creative, and I fuel this creativity as much as possible. It makes me appreciate the present moment even more, and experience this season in a totally different way. So without further ado, here are my favourite things to do this autumn...

Turn on the lights
The most depressing thing about the end of the year is that days are shorter and it gets dark very early in the day. A lack of light may make you feel unmotivated, sleepy, moody... So my best tip when autumn arrives is to turn the lights on! You can find really cheap fairy lights in Primark, and adding a couple of strings of fairy light in your room can be a game-changer. Think about where you want to put them too: around your bed and your desk are the best areas, because it is where you need a lot of light. Everything will feel so cosy and special!

Go outdoors
In the autumn, we should appreciate the days where it's not grey and rainy. This is why whenever the sun is out, and lets out that beautiful, golden light, we should run outside and enjoy it! There is nothing more satisfying that the autumn sun. It always feels like a privilege when you have a sunny and (somewhat) warm autumn day, and there are so many things to do outside at those times: leave and pine cone picking, walking in the park, a day trip (Winchester and Wells, UK are awesome cities to see in the autumn) or even, if the cold doesn't bother you at all, a picnic in the park with warm drinks and comforting foods!


My favourite places to go around London in the autumn time are the outside area of Covent Garden (you can always pop in Whittard's for a warm tea or delicious hot chocolate!), St James' Park and the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. Autumn colours, and squirells galore!

Play with makeup
The autumn is my favourite season to play with makeup. It makes me want to get out all my dark lipsticks, my shimmery eye shadows and it gives me inspiration to create new looks. Often in the spring and summer I prefer lighter makeup looks, but in the autumn, my Naked palette is out again, and so are my glitter nail polishes! It is also a good self-care moment, - am I the only to feel like applying makeup is super relaxing?


I will soon be creating a blog post all about my favourite autumn look this year. Every year, I create a new makeup look on the blog. You can have a look at my previous looks by following these links: my 2015 autumn lookmy 2016 look and last year's more subtle look!

Take it slow
While in the summer we tend to be outside all the time, staying out for hours in the evening, going for drinks and spending a lot of time socializing, to me autumn is a time of centering yourself back. Find the time to listen to yourself, do things on your own a bit more, spend a rainy day at home relaxing and practicing mindfulness. There is nothing wrong with stopping from time to time, and letting go of the fear of missing out (but that is a whole other topic...)
My top tips? Spend a few hours doing exactly what you want. And if that means watching a silly TV show to get your mind off stress, then do it. Do something relaxing.


Since September, I have started stretching out once or twice a day, in little fifteen-minute sessions. I put on relaxing meditation music (you can find lots of these videos on YouTube) and think about nothing. It helps me unwind, especially before I go to bed. At this time of year, we can start to be tired. We have accomplished a lot, we have spent busy months working and enjoy holidays, and to make it through to these last days of December, we need pick-me-ups. Read books, watch comforting shows or films, cook hearty foods, and don't rush when you take time for yourself. You deserve it. Make it a weekly thing that you look forward to. And just like that, autumn will have flown by - and you'll be ready to attack winter strong!

What are your favourite things to do in the autumn?
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20 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these good ideas! Going outdoors is the best thing to do during autumn, the weather can be so nice!
    Happy Fall, Julia!
    XOXO,
    Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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    1. Yes when the sun is out and it's not too cold, it's perfect for a little walk! xx

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  2. I enjoy the change of seasons too, and while I don´t think there will ever be a season that makes me creative in a DIY sense of way, I do spend more time cozying up our place to prepare for the winter.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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    1. Isn't it so satisfying to cosy up your home? xx

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  3. I recently took an Autumn walk and loved it. Sadly it was raining so I couldn't pick up any pretty leaves...

    franalibi.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The other, darker side of autumn: rain! haha not ideal for a walk, but luckily the pretty colours are still there! xx

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  4. Your list sounds amazing. Light is very important and this is why my husband bought a mood light to wake up in the mornings. It works great (maybe I should write about it on my blog). I agree with you on going out and staying in too. x

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    1. You should definitely write abou the mood light, I'd love a post about it! xx

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  5. Great post. :) Summer is my favourite season but I like autumn too. It's beautiful going for walks in the park at this time of year. I love your autumn leaves pics!

    Zania

    https://livingseasonal.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Zania! Summer is definitely amazing too, but for different reasons! xx

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  6. I'm crying over the lack of PSL. not gonna lie, I love them. lol. But I love being outside in autumn, everything smells incredible, I love all the leaves. It's just beautiful :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. Haha sorry Erin - I've only ever had one PSL, and I wasn't a fan. Maybe I should try again? I'm definitely gonna try at least one of Starbucks' seasonal drinks this year! xx

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  7. Aw loved this so much! It's made me feel all autumnal, I wish winter was shorter and autumn was longer haha :D adore your photos, they are so cosy and perfect! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it Elizabeth! xx

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  8. Aww this is such a lovely and Autumn-themed post, Julia! Turning on the lights and making our homes as cosy as possible is definitely the way to go :)

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. I'm glad we think the same thing! xx

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  9. Lovely read <3 I definitely love getting outside in the colder months - wrapping up in coats, scarves and gloves and going on an autumn or winter walk is one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon! I also completely agree with fairy lights making things oh so much cosier! xxx

    www.samanthafrances.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Samantha! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. Winter walks are awesome too as long as you wrap up warm - especially when it snows! xx

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  10. What a beautiful post! thanks for the inspiration dear
    Bisous
    http://www.gallech.com/

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