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An Autumnal Afternoon: Cosy Knits, Marshmallow Hot Chocolates & Sweetly Scented Candles ♡

Hello my frosted fairies! I hope you are doing well and filling your week with scrumptious cinnamon buns and pumpkin spice lattes 🍂🌸🎃

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Today’s blog post is dedicated to all things snuggly and comforting; I will be providing a glimpse into how I choose to spend those blustery afternoons inside as the weather becomes crisper and the leaves turn golden.

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”  ~ Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost ♡

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The changing of the season signifies re-birth and an opportunity for growth. Everything in the natural world experiences alterations and I think it is important for us to embrace this process alongside nature. Whether this is through… redecorating your bedroom, preparing for another academic year, adding some new pieces to your wardrobe or taking up a hobby, we can all benefit from refreshing our routines.

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~ Albert Camus 

P.S. make sure to use this time of year as an excuse to curl up in soft cashmere knitwear and drink hot chocolates adorned with the fluffiest marshmallows you can find.

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald 

An Ideal Autumnal Afternoon 

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The best way to start your cosy afternoon is by making a warm drink. In autumn I like to drink a cup of chai tea once a day; I find the blend of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves so soothing. You could also try a hot chocolate with marshmallows or a homemade pumpkin spice latte (dusted with cinnamon and a helping of whipped cream, of course!)

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Reading is something I always remember to schedule into my daily routine and at this time of year I am usually drawn toward the classic novels on my bookshelf. I am currently reading Emma by Jane Austen but afterwards I am planning to start reading Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.

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When I set my eyes upon this adorable edition I couldn’t resist making a purchase. Once I have read through the second-hand versions of each classic novel, I am planning on re-purchasing them all in pretty pastel editions which I will keep in pristine condition. P.S I’m very much enjoying ITV’s new adaptation of Vanity Fair. If you are watching it too please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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When a new season emerges, I love to flick through my favourite magazines for inspiration and the autumn edition of Town and Country was too pretty to resist. Inside you will find an array of stunning editorials; this includes the cover star, Hayley Atwell’s woodland escape to Ashdown Forest, the real-life Hundred Acre Wood from A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh booksReading this article has definitely made me want to visit the forest even more.

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Wrapping up in soft and comfy knitwear for an autumnal dog walk sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

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 I love to layer up in my pink, bow-detail Kate Spade scarf, pearl beret from Topshop and one of my Ted Baker cashmere jumpers in preparation for a blustery day.

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I choose to wear light, pastel colours throughout the year and you can fit them into your autumn wardrobe by pairing them with woollen tights, a snuggly pair of Ugg boots and a cute tea dress.

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Lighting a scented candle is so therapeutic and when September arrives, I love to use candles that remind me of warming, baked treats! At the moment I’m burning Yankee Candle’s ‘Rainbow Cookie’ which smells of vanilla frosting and freshly baked cookies 💗🍂🍪

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Classic Disney films are my constant “go-to” on cosy afternoons and this week I decided to watch The Aristocats. Whilst watching your film you could make a cup of tea in your favourite mug; this is also the perfect opportunity to bundle up underneath the fluffiest blanket you can find! I have opted to use some of my favourite pieces from the Marie x Primark range and for an added touch of Parisian perfection, I am having some of the Ladureé ‘Marie Antoinette’ tea; with a marriage of Chinese and Indian black teas combined with rose petals, citrus fruit and honey, this delightful tea smells like a rose garden!

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A few of my favourite things about Autumn 

Baking 

I have an array of delightful recipes planned for the next few months and I can’t wait to share them with you all. Last year I took to picking apples from the tree in our garden. Consequently, I whipped up a batch of warming apple crumble cupcakes. There are an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables that you could use this autumn and I find that making something from scratch is endlessly rewarding and enjoyable! Once you have baked your treats, whether this is an apple pie or a pumpkin layer cake, your kitchen will be filled with a heavenly scent! I mean who doesn’t want their home to smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and baked fruits? If you’re in need of some inspiration, I recently discovered this baking blogger who bases her recipes on literary classics; from French bon bons in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women to Turkish Delight in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The fact that The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens is even more reason to change into your sweetest apron and create something for everyone to enjoy!

Winter Warmers 

For me, this means wearing my winter cape (which makes me feel like a Hogwarts student), bow detail Ugg boots, knitted tights, a beret, woollen mittens and my bow detail scarf from Kate Spade.

Scented Candles 

At the moment I have my eye on the Pumpkin Cupcake candle from Bath and Body Works. With notes of whipped buttercream, Madagascar vanilla, pumpkin spice and freshly baked cupcake, it sounds dreamy!

Period Drama’s

Admittedly, I watch period dramas all year round. However, I especially love watching them throughout autumn and winter. A few of my favourites are… Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Emma, Pride & Prejudice (there are quite a few Jane Austen adaptations, I particularly adore the (2005) adaptation of Pride & Prejudice and the (1996) version of Emma), Anne with an E, The Crown, Victoria and Reign. 

Cashmere 

From my The White Company pink cashmere socks to my Ted Baker knits. I love to wear these on cold evenings.

Cups of Tea

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis 

I think this C.S. Lewis quote sums me up perfectly. Some of my favourite tea’s are…  ‘Vanilla’ and ‘Marie Antoinette’ from Ladurée, Twining’s ‘Lemon Drizzle’, ‘Gingerbread’ & ‘Cherry Bakewell’ green tea’s and camomile tea. I also love to begin my day with a cup of hot water and lemon as it helps to kick-start my digestive system!

Bubble Baths

Truthfully, I take baths all year round but when LUSH’s Halloween and Christmas collections are released they make this experience even more special. At the moment I have my eye on their ‘American Cream’ body lotion.

Going to the ballet 

Every year I go to the theatre with my mum to see a ballet; last year we saw Giselle, The Nutcracker and Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes. Earlier this year we watched Swan Lake, my favourite ballet. This weekend we’re going to book our Nutcracker tickets for December and I am very excited. I find evenings at the ballet so magical and special during the winter months.

Visiting a Pumpkin Patch 

I am hoping to do this for the first time this year! I think the experience of choosing my own pumpkin for carving and baking delicious treats will be the perfect way to spend an autumnal afternoon.

Listening to Taylor Swift 

I have recently made an autumn playlist on my Spotify account and it is predominantly filled with Taylor Swift songs; her Red album is the perfect soundtrack for the season.

Autumn Ranges 

There are so many lovely ranges out at this time of year and I particularly adore Betty’s autumn collection and  Cath Kidston’s homeware section.

Curating an Autumnal Wardrobe 

I love the feeling of purchasing a new winter coat and a pair of boots; I have already started making a list of items I would like to add to my wardrobe. Here are a few…

♡ Kate Spade Flounce Spread Collar Coat ♡ Oasis Pointelle Frill Jumper ♡ Ted Baker BROSL Frilled Shoulder Jumper♡ Ted Baker KAATYA The Orient Faux Fur Jacket

Cute DIY’s 

Olivia’s Romantic Home on YouTube has provided me with an endless source of inspiration for autumnal decor and DIY’s. I really want to try to make this pink pumpkin ornament and I have recently painted a set of miniature pumpkins in baby pink and decorated them with pearls (let me know if you’d like a post on how I made them)

Pinterest boards 

Making an autumn-themed Pinterest board is so much fun and a great way to keep you feeling inspired.

Films that remind me of the season 

You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless In Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Miss Potter, Paddington, all of the Harry Potter films, To Kill A Mocking Bird, The Railway Children, Little Women, Danny the Champion of the World, The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music. 

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I really hope you enjoyed this post fairies. Please let me know in the comments section below what you love to do on an autumnal afternoon 🍂🌸🎀🐻☕️

I’m sending lots of love to you all and I hope you have an enchanting week filled with warm plum and apple crumbles and cinnamon shortbread 💛🍪🍏

Sophie

xoxo

2 thoughts on “An Autumnal Afternoon: Cosy Knits, Marshmallow Hot Chocolates & Sweetly Scented Candles ♡”

  1. due to my location, autumn does not come, but it is very much present in my imagination.🎀🙈💕 and reading your blog posts truly has developed more charactaristics for my make-belief autumn. during these ‘autumnal’ months, i enjoy staying home and either reading classics or watching halloween themed films.📖🎃🎀 i also love going out to Starbucks, and ordering myself a hot drink and perhaps, some smores.💭🍁🙊 i hope you have a stupendous time. xo💕

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    1. I am very sad to hear that you do not experience autumn where you live 🍂🌸🐻and oh my goodness, that sounds so whimsical! I very much enjoy warm drinks and reading classics throughout this time of year; it’s so comforting ☁️🎀❄️Nevertheless, although I adore autumn, I just want Christmas to come soon and see The Nutcracker ballet with my mum 💝🎄🍥🍬🐭 xox

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