First Feelings of Autumn

With September in full swing, the autumnal feeling is in the air and I, for one, cannot wait for those grey cloudy days and knitwear weather. Evenings huddled by the fire, the sound of heavy rain hitting the roof, and an abundance of chocolatey treats, which always taste more delicious in the colder months, are just some of the things that I am looking forward to in the coming months. September has also always signified a fresh start for me – more so than January – and with my MA in Transnational Studies only a few weeks away, I’m ready to make some productive changes in my life. Before the leaves start turning red and our evenings greet us late afternoon, here are some of the first feelings of autumn that I’ve been enjoying…

Cosy crime

A few days into September, on a rainy weekday, I finally felt that first autumnal feeling this year when browsing Waterstones for my latest read. When it’s grey outside and starting to get chilly, all I want to do is curl up on the sofa with a cosy book, preferably a classic murder mystery. My love for Agatha Christie started around this time last year and I have been hooked ever since. Favourites of mine for autumn include ones with settings in old manors and small villages, such as The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and the one that I am currently reading, A Murder is Announced, as well as the reimagined novels by Sophie Hannah, The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket.

Loose leaf tea

For me, nothing quite says ‘autumn is here’ like infusing fresh tea leaves in a porcelain teacup. It takes me back to two autumns ago in Durham, where I resided on the Bailey in a crumbling house opposite my college, on a cobblestone lane lined with sash window buildings, tucked behind the Cathedral. With few friends and an introverted nature, Saturdays were the definition of slow living. Coming home from a morning in the quaint city centre, I would make a cup of apple & elderflower tea and spend a cosy afternoon in my old-fashioned room. It was blissful and perfect in every sense. This year, I picked up some Persian Earl Grey from The Gilded Teapot in Lymington to attempt to recreate those cosy memories.


One of my favourite things is that time in early autumn when you can leave the house in just a jumper or cardigan and still be warm enough. In winter, knitwear gets buried under thick coats and jackets so, before the temperatures dip completely, I’m making the most of cosy knits, new and old. Last week I picked up a lovely, soft sweater from H&M and a thin rollneck from Zara kids (trust me, it fits) to start building my capsule wardrobe for this season. I’m aiming for lots of neutrals, as always, and as many natural fibres as possible. This checked cashmere scarf is from a visit to Edinburgh two winters ago and ever since then I have been dreaming of owning a cashmere jumper. Maybe it will happen this year.

With the middle of September approaching, I’m going to embrace all things autumnal, including cosy nights in with candles and rainy day trips to quaint places around the country. PSLs may take all the autumn glory but, for me, it’s all about the changing seasons and a fresh new mindset for what’s about to come. And maybe a cinnamon stick or two in my hot chocolate…

What autumnal things are you enjoying this month?




  1. 12th September 2017 / 2:02 pm

    This is the perfect blog post for all things cosy. I love Autumn / Winter and enjoy snuggling indoors with a hot chocolate and cosy films at the weekend / in the evenings. Your new knitwear inspired capsule wardrobe sounds great too! xxx

    • blushinglately
      15th September 2017 / 5:47 pm

      Aw thank you so much, Sophie! Those cosy evenings are the best, aren’t they ☺️

  2. 14th September 2017 / 10:23 pm

    I’m reading this post on a cloudy day while sipping hot apple cider, so this couldn’t have been more perfect! 🙂
    Autumn is my favorite season, so I wholeheartedly agree with everything you described. I love snuggling up with my favorite blanket on a chilly day and watching a favorite movie, listening to music, or reading a new book. There’s just something about autumn that’s magical.

    I’ve been wanting to try out a more minimal wardrobe for fall, and you’ve inspired me with your capsule wardrobe idea!

    Here’s to the first feelings of autumn…and many more to come!

    • blushinglately
      15th September 2017 / 5:42 pm

      Aw that makes me so happy to hear ☺️ Snuggling under a blanket with a book or film is the perfect way to spend a slow autumnal day! I used to actually always prefer summer when I was younger – maybe because autumn also meant school aha – but for the past few years, autumn has grown for me more and more.

      Capsule wardrobes is something that I’ve been seeing everywhere at the moment and I think that autumn is the perfect time to try one out. As soon as September hits, all I can think about is neutrals! I’d love to hear about your minimal wardrobe journey so let me know if you pick up any lovely simple pieces – or I’ll look out for it on your blog ☺️

      Yesss! All the cosy feels this season!

  3. Abi
    15th September 2017 / 11:43 am

    Your photos are gorgeous! Autumn is my favourite seasons, I am super excited for forest walks in crisp air!!

    Abi | abistreetx

    • blushinglately
      15th September 2017 / 5:37 pm

      Thank you so much, Abi! Yessss forest walks on crunchy leaves are one of the loveliest things about autumn ☺️

  4. 16th September 2017 / 9:35 am

    Autumn is such a wonderful time of the year with all the colours and the cosiness! I’ve moved all of my Autumn/Winter clothing to the front of my wardrobe, I just love all the cosy knits and scarves. I’m definitely enjoying the cooler weather and the evenings getting darker this month. Lovely post Milena! 🙂

    Kayleigh |

    • blushinglately
      16th September 2017 / 12:34 pm

      It really is the best time of the year! When I was younger I always preferred summer but for the past few years I’ve really started appreciating this time of the year ☺️ Moving things around in your wardrobe is always the exciting start of a new season! Thank you so much, Kayleigh – I’m so happy you enjoyed reading it ☺️

  5. 16th September 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Yes to all of these things! Especially the knits, I’m so excited. Your photos have such an autumn fall vibe to them, they’re lovely. Hello Autumn, finally! xx

    • blushinglately
      17th September 2017 / 7:05 pm

      Yessss knitwear is one of the loveliest things about autumn! Thank you so much, Diana ☺️

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