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10 Reasons Why I Can't Wait For Autumn & Winter

Is the end of August too early to start thinking about Autumn? I'm not sure. It certainly doesn't feel like it with all the windy, rainy weather we've been having. Yesterday I went out for lunch and because there were no seats left indoors in a gallant attempt to embrace the spirit of summer we ate our food outside, and it was freezing! And although I'm not a fan of being cold, it got me thinking about my favourite seasons of the year. 

Anyway, I'm going to fulfil several blogger stereotypes in this post, and I'm not ashamed; in fact, I love that so many of us get excited about the same stuff. It's the little things in life, right? Despite the weather, the A/W season makes me happy, and it's all the things you'd expect that brighten up those cold days and nights: tartan scarves, Starbucks, and cosying up under the duvet. Enjoy.

1. No more hayfever. For most of the summer I've been taking two hay fever tablets a day (the packet only recommends one but the doctor took pity on me and advised me to take two). I've actually been waking up at 3am just so I can sneeze and this needs to stop.

2. University. I'm going to be finishing the third and final year of my degree, and I can't wait to get stuck in and work my arse off. I already have some ideas for my dissertation, which I would like to be a mix of autobiographical and biographical work, and I'm also planning to continue a project about Susan Pevensie that I started last year (is anyone else obsessed with the gaps in the Narnia stories? Or is it just me?)

3. Wales. Contrary to what some of my friends would have you believe, I do not think that I'm Welsh just because I've lived in the country for two years. I just happen to like it there, and I'm such a sucker for the accent. Being in Wales makes me happy.

4.Winter food. I'm going to cook tonnes of soup to store in the freezer, and learn some new recipes for pasta bake and risotto. There's something very cosy about a digging into a big bowl of carbs when it's cold, and this year I have an actual table to eat at (instead of sitting cross-legged on the worktop in the kitchen. Student life!)

5. Winter clothes. My favourite: jumpers, skinnies, boots, scarves... winter clothes are almost a uniform to me, in the best possible way. It's so much easier to get dressed. Give me all of the tartan, please.

6. Winter beauty. BRING ON THE BERRY LIPS. I'm also hoping to try out a berry blusher this year, and I plan to branch out in terms of cruelty-free brands, too.

7. Starbucks' winter drinks. I salute whoever decided to open a branch of Starbucks at my uni's canteen; it's an absolute lifesaver. And as much as I love a good frappucino, in winter I need something a little warmer to wake me up pre-workshop.

8. Work experience. I've got a week's placement with Media Wales and I'm equal parts nervous and excited  mostly excited to see what goes on in the newsroom.

9. Nights in. I feel less guilty about snuggling up inside with a book when it's chucking it down outside, and there are tonnes of novels on my ever-growing reading list. I'm quite guilty of neglecting my Kindle in favour of library books, so I'm determined to make my way through everything I haven't read yet.

10. Moving into a new student house. With a bath. And you know what that means... bath bombs! Perfect for the cold Welsh nights.

What do you love most about A/W? Are you sad to see the end of summer or do you like the colder months? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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