Call me basic all you like. It’s a hat I shall take and wear with pride. If, like me, this next season we’re just dipping our toes into, is your favourite of all seasons, you too, are basic.
Autumn is MY season.
Being a pale skinned, freckly redhead, summer is just too much for me. If we’re in the midst of a heatwave and the entire country is outside having lunchtime drinks in the pub, spending the day on the beach or wearing as little clothing as possible without being arrested, I am the person who has to be inside between the hours of 12-3pm. The one who has to take SO much stuff to the beach just to ensure she doesn’t leave with blistered skin and heatstroke, the one who has to wear more clothing to cover her skin in Summer than she does to keep warm in Autumn.
Ya see? No fun.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the few days where we’re all revelling in the fact that there’s “not a cloud in the sky” and yes, this summer was pretty damn epic. The World Cup, Love Island, the never ending heatwave…. 2018 did good.
But I’m over it now (call me fickle as well as basic if you like) Autumn is approaching and I am all up in the queue for a Pumpkin Spiced Latte wearing my ankle boots and rocking a lightweight knit.
Autumn trumps Summer
What To Wear?
May I remind you of that week or so in July where you could not and would not wear anything more than a pair of a knickers and a fan attached to your body. Remember that feeling? I do. The thought of putting jeans on was akin to torture that none of us could face because we hadn’t slept in 5 days due to the temperature being the same as it is IN HELL.
There’s none of that worry with Autumn dressing. None I tell you. Wearing jeans is comfortable again. You can still rock the dresses, just this time you can throw on a pair of tights and ankle boots and maybe even a light leather jacket. There’s still the need for sunglasses, but they’re paired with a scarf. Converse are just as welcome as boots, snuggly pj’s can be worn all day Sunday and drying your hair no longer feels like you’re being blasted by a jet engine inside a volcano.
Food & Drink
Ahhh. Food. One of my favourite things ever. I love a salad, I really do. But good god I am sick of eating cold food. I want casseroles and roast dinners. Jacket potatoes, pasta and hot curries. In fact, my dream right now is a cold, sunny walk, blowing the cobwebs away ending with a proper pub roast dinner, in front of an open fire drinking a good glass of wine. Tell me I’m wrong?
And don’t even get me started on coconut hot chocolates from Pret and PSL from Starbucks. Living. The. Dream.
Stay On My Face
I have oily skin. On the one hand this means I have spots well into my (mid) 30’s but it also means I should hopefully look a bit younger than my dry skinned friends. But. When you pair oily skin with 90 degrees heat and make up, the end result is a little less Marilyn Monroe and a bit more Marilyn Manson. I don’yt want to cart around my entire make up bag to retouch every half an hour. I want to put my make up on and I want it to bloody stay there. I’m also very much craving the dark, glossy nails that are appearing in all the magazines. I’m done with pink!
An Autumn Social Butterfly
Summer is not the only time for socialisation. Oh no. It might well be the perfect time to snuggle on the sofa with a mac and cheese watching all the episodes of The Handmaids Tale you’ve missed due to bloody summer interruptions, but it’s also the perfect time for those pub lunches I’ve mentioned, cosy cinema trips, movie nights, coastal walks and art galleries. And, I might be alone here, but those rooftop bars that look amazing on a hot, balmy night? They look pretty damn amazing with a massive blanket and hot cocktails too. It’s all just bloody brilliant.
Do I even need to list them? The Bodyguard (uh, hello amazing series, please hurry up next week!) X-Factor, Strictly, Wanderlust, Press, GBBO – there is SO MUCH ON TV! Pass me the remote, the blanket and the giant chocolate bar – I am set!
I’m a redhead. I literally match the Autumnal leaves. It’s quite clearly *my* season. OK, so it might rain a bit and the evenings start to get darker, earlier. But all of that just makes it that little bit cosier, more romantic. Once we’ve got through the first two weeks of September, getting everyone back to school and in a routine, it’ll be Halloween before we know it and you all know what that means…. Christmas is just around the corner!
Come on Autumn, I’ve been waiting for you!