‘For free‘. Easy seeing I’m on a shopping ban right? (Read about it here and stay tuned for an update at the end of September).
Usually, when someone even mentions the word ‘autumn’, I’m all ‘omg, I got the cosiest jumper from H&M yesterday‘ or ‘I cannot wait to cover myself head-to-toe in jewel toned velvet‘. But actually, when I think about it, the best things about autumn are absolutely free.
1.The world looks better in burnt orange
Cliché, I know. But when the leaves turn from green to various shades of yellow, orange, and reds, everything is ten times more beautiful. Well, I think so anyway. Also – it always seems to happen pretty much overnight, like magic.
2. The sunsets are way prettier
It could be because I’ve already been tucked into bed for a good half an hour before the sun even sets during the summer months, but the sunsets at this time of year are my ultimate favourite. In Edinburgh particularly, when the sun begins to lower in the sky, it illuminates the old, historic buildings with a warm glow. It’s truly beautiful.
3. You can put your PJs at 6pm
I won’t lie, I do this anyway. If i’m not heading out to the gym after work, you can pretty much guarantee that I’ll have slipped into my favourite H&M jogging bottoms before I’ve even said hi to Euan. But when the nights draw in and it begins to get dark significantly earlier, you can enjoy your evening cosied up on the couch in your fluffy slippers without feeling like you should be out making the most of the daylight.
4. There’s a bit of calm before the storm
I love the Fringe Festival, but damn, zigzagging through hoards of people and strategically dodging flyers without looking like a rude bitch is exhausting. When September hits, the city feels noticeably more calm and chilled out. I like to make the most of this slowed-down pace before the festive madness starts all over again in November when the Christmas market comes to town (which I won’t pretend I’m not super excited about!)
5. You can totally just not shave your legs
Lazy or just too busy to be making sure my legs are silky smooth every damn day? You decide. I love the cooler, crisp air anyway because lets face it – having a sweaty upper lip and a slightly sunburned nose every day of summer is not a cute look. But I love it even more because it not only does it mean that bare legs are a thing of the past (unless your brave enough to trust the weather in Scotland), but also I can stop stressing about my legs looking subtly fake-tanned and hairless. Really, mother nature is doing us a massive favour here.