I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most optimistic person and god help me, I love a good old-fashioned moan. But after 2017’s far-from-perfect summer, I decided to change my mindset walking into Autumn, and I’m pleased to report that it has been positively glorious. I decided to embrace positivety, practice forgiveness and let go of relationships that were bringing me down. In the process, I’ve made room for wonderful new things to come into my life and have been able to embrace them with open arms.
Autumn has been my favourite time of year since I moved to the UK, and I’m happy to say that I’ve made my through 82.4% of the bucket list I made at the start of the season (yes, I calculated. Yes, I am a loser). And while I never did get round to trying a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, I suppose there’s always that to look forward to next year. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my favourite memories from Autumn with you. Y’know, just in case you were interested / nosy / wanted to see some cool pictures.
Being invited to speak at The Swipe Hype in London
Visiting the Hello Kitty pop-up restaurant in London was a dream come true
A ‘thank you for being patient’ present from the hub for working away most of the summer
Feeding the squirrels at a local park
The perfect Autumnal manicure
Festive little cafe perfect for an afternoon of blogging / street style stalking
Getting to experience Bonfire night and my first ever real Halloween with friends
A rare sunny day that resulted in a spontaneous day trip to The Lake District with James and the dogs
The cutest little lunch spot in The Lake District
Found the camel coat of my dreams in the Black Friday sales
Fireside treats at my favourite Manchester restaurant, Albert’s Schloss
Finding that bomb little trunk bag to go with all my Autumn outfits
Nailing that Autumn leaf shoe-fie
My mum came to visit us for the first time after out wedding almost three years ago
Getting to watch Dua Lipa, Boyce Avenue and Katherine Ryan perform
Getting to visit the Manchester Christmas Markets with James and both our mums
The chocolate orange drink at the Manchester Christmas Markets is my new favourite beverage
Being inspired by the Christmas displays at Bents Home and Garden
Getting to visit the Chester Zoo after months of excitedly watching their tv show
Taking my mum sightseeing in Manchester
An epic afternoon tea at Manchester’s Cloud 23 at The Hilton with my mum and mum-in-law
The sunset from Cloud 23 was a sight for sore eyes
Finding an actual holly tree when out on a walk
Stopping for lunch and a cocktail at the famous Chester Grosvenor
Getting to put the tree up with my two favourite people – James and my mum. Plus an early Christmas present from Harvey Nichols.
So there you have it. If you think 2017 hasn’t been your year, you can always change things around if you put your mind to it and actively make decisions to do things differently. And while a new year is right round the corner, hoopefully my transition from a challenging summer to the best Autumn ever is proof that you don’t really need to wait for a new year, a new season is just as exciting, fresh and good a time as any to switch it up. I’m looking forward to shifting gears into winter, celebrating Christmas with family and friends and sharing lots of exciting Christmas content with you guys this month. Stay tuned and see you at the next post!