A few years ago, I learned that I don’t have a favourite season. I really appreciate them all – so much so that I wrote an entire blog series devoted to spring, summer, fall and winter. But, for some reason, October this year feels extra sweet and maybe autumn does take the crown… The chillier mornings that make you want to instantly hop into soft layers of clothing, the added opportunities for hot drinks, the bright sunlight that casts its knowing eye over all at 6pm. It’s all pretty great. I’ve spent more time offline than ever this past fortnight because I’ve wanted to soak up IRL, so here’s a glimpse into what’s brought a smile to my face lately.

There’s a lot to be said for appreciating the smaller, not necessarily finer details of the everyday mundane. Here’s to another list of petite, open-hearted joys, the moments that’ve brought and woven poetry to my days, this fortnight:

一. How good it felt to reunite with Sian for a hot chocolate date after far too many months of only digital contact.

二. A cosy dinner date, tucked up in the eaves of a beautiful building at one of our favourite restaurants. The food was SO good, and the company and conversation ever better.

三. The inimitable October sunlight that blankets our front room every late afternoon. I adore that soft glowy light bathing everything in sight.

四. Only semi-coherent thoughts scribbled and spilled onto paper as a tea goes cold just beside you – a worthy sacrifice for Good Ideas.

五. Nailing a new fragrance blend for & Chai! Our complete autumn collection is now available, as well as our first ever Christmas edit!

六. Evenings cups of tea with a good book and crackling candle for company.

七. Sylveon finally arriving in Pokémon UNITE – and I finally moved up a rank as well! That Master status WILL be mine soon…

八. Snagging another great secondhand find on Depop. I picked up the most lovely autumn dress for just a few pounds and I can’t wait to wear it with my Taylor Swift cardigan and a good pair of boots.

九. Ticking off all of my essential errands by 12pm on Monday morning, which meant I had a very balanced and productive week!

十. … the changing leaves. Of course.

What’re some of your little, open-hearted joys lately?

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