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I’m sure we all like dry warm weather, but I’m not a fan of the heat of summer. The autumn suits me much better. Of course having my birthday in October helps. But hunkering down indoors under blankets and in front of the fire is always nice. I’m definitely attempting to stay cosy in autumn and through to winter.
I don’t like it being too hot in the house though. Our central heating isn’t on too high (I’d prefer it not on at all in the mornings at the moment, but get out voted). We’re lucky because we have the Aga one end of the house and the woodburner at the other end (when it’s lit). But my desk is in the middle which is much colder, so I sit under a blanket and wear my fingerless gloves when working.
I’m all for wrapping up, rather than wandering around in a t-shirt.
Here’s some of my cosy things for autumn
How to stay cosy in autumn
Jumpers. One thing I love about autumn and winter is bringing out the jumpers again. Layering up, warm, and a variety of styles. From classic v necks to batwing sleeves, longer line, and ‘cape’ style sleeveless which can go over long sleeved tops.
I do get hot when out and about in winter – big jumpers and big coats aren’t my thing. So a natural fabric like a cashmere jumper is perfect. They’re thinner but still warm. Good for layering. And come in lots of different colours. Lands End have a great choice of cashmere jumpers for women, with great deals over Black Friday and Cyber Week from 24th to 27th November.
Blankets are key for cosy living. I’ve got recycled tartan ones, and fleecy ones. Bright is good although I’ve gone for both autumnal tartan, and then reds and more traditional colours which move brilliantly into the winter season.
Fingerless gloves. While I like leather when out and about, when working I’m loving my cashmere fingerless gloves. I’ve now got several colours, although I did lose my favourite pair to moths last year. I’ve stocked up on moth balls and sachets now!
A fire. You can’t beat having a fire when the weather’s cold outside. Whether it’s a woodburner, an open fire, or even a fire pit outside to enjoy on bonfire night or even new year’s eve which we’ve done before. It’s another option to get cosy in front of, maybe even for a spot of star gazing, or if you’re in the right location, watching out for the Northern Lights.
Soft lighting. We rarely use the overhead light in our living room (nightmare if I want to read). It’s so much nicer having side lights, especially if you’re snuggled up watching movies.
Hot chocolate. I’m not a tea or coffee drinker, but come the colder weather I do like a hot chocolate, not forgetting the lashings of cream. Picking your favourite mug is important…because don’t drinks always taste better in the perfect mug. I’ve got a couple of Christmassy ones, but my favourites all bring happy memories of people or events. Enough to warm your spirits.
Fluffy slippers. I like an openback sheepskin style. I’ll slop around in them from September to March or April. Fluffy socks aren’t my thing, but slippers are essential for feeling warm and toasty.
Beanie hats. Generally I get too hot when wearing hats, but for watching N’s sports, a hat and warm coat is essential I do like a floppy beanie, or a beanie with a pom pom. Forget having decent hair afterwards, but a warm hat you can pull down nice and low to snuggle up in is perfect for the colder weather.
Black Friday weekend is a great time to be looking out for cozy outfits and home decor, and Lands End will be on my list with the discounts they’ll be offering in November.
How do you try and stay cosy over the autumn and winter period?