The nights are getting darker, the leaves are changing colour and the winds getting chillier – we must be in Autumn. Whilst I’m sad to see summer go, I’m quite excited to get my jumpers out and start sipping on lattes. Below are my autumn essentials:
The Fragrance: Cardamom Coffee – Lush – £39
I absolutely love this scent. It’s deliciously warming, comforting, sweet and sensual. Made with cardamom oil, rose oil, cocoa, oudh oil and cinnamon this is truly the perfect accompaniment to autumn jumpers and chilly mornings. If you’ve been looking for a new fragrance for the new season this is it.
The Bag: Sal Leaf Box Bag – Thamon – £45
Falling leaves is the backdrop of Autumn and nothing will compliment the scenery quite like this bag. Made with real sal tree leaves and coated with a highly flexible water-resistant polymer. Each pattern is unique and creates beautiful organic textures on the surface. These bags are cruelty free, vegan and come in a variety of gorgeous shades.
The Shoes: Stud Aside Vegan Leather Boots – Nasty Girl – £40
Available in easy-to-wear black and bold-yet-trendy red, these shoes are perfect for walking into autumn. Studs and embellishments remain fashionable through the later end of this year, so you’d be worth investing in these cool ankle boots. Nasty Girl has tonnes of vegan leather items – just pop ‘vegan’ in the search bar and they should all appear.
The Lipstick: Liquid Matte Lipstick – VE cosmetics – £12.99
I haven’t stopped wearing this ‘Naked’ shade since I grabbed it at the Viva Vegan Festival. It’s a perfect dusty, rusty, warm red that suits the season perfectly. I love the staying power of this gorgeous liquid lipstick, the colour is incredible and the formula doesn’t dry out my lips quite as much as Kat Von D’s can. Completely impressed and I look forward to expanding my Ve collection.
The Scarf: Petrol Blue Check Scarf – New Look – £9.99
The most essential of all the essentials: a big cosy scarf. For when a jumper won’t keep you warm enough but it’s not yet cold enough for a coat. Throwing on this oversized scarf not only keeps you snug and warm but also keeps you looking chic. This gorgeous New Look scarf is easy to wear and should match well with your autumn wardrobe.
The Drink: Soya Chai Latte – Pret
A beautifully warming and comforting blend of soya milk and chai essence. May as well grab one of their chocolatey coconut bite whilst you’re there too. Pret are a super vegan-friendly brand – they provide clear labelling to highlight vegan products and have a great variety on offer. They’re a really ethical company and each week donate 27,000 food items (including unsold sandwiches) to over 40 charities that help the homeless.
The Cosy Pyjamas: Avocado & Toast Pyjama Set – ASOS – £24
Let’s face it, once the days start getting shorter it’s only natural that we begin to spend more time in our pyjamas. Warm and cosy, these are great for lounging around in, catching up on Netflix and, of course, eating avocado on toast in.
The Candle – Pandora – Harper’s Candles – £8
This woodsy candle is only available around autumn time until it sells out in the run up to Christmas. Described as a hauntingly aromatic, deep and woodsy candle that brings calm and comfort it’s perfect for any home. They’re an independent business with their ethics screwed on tight – they’re vegan society approved, are against animal testing and donate portions of their profits to a dog rescue.
The Moisturiser – Sensitive Night Cream – Sukin – £16.50
As the months get colder and the elements get harsher, my skin needs a little extra TLC to stay healthy. This night cream is a rich moisturiser which replenishes skin whilst you sleep. Formulated with soothing aloe vera, calming cucumber and chamomile to rejuvenate the complexion. Rosehip, borage seed and avocado oils soak in over night to help you wake with hydrated skin. I use this in the evening and my Sukin facial moisturiser in the morning.
The Recipe – Sweet Potato Curry – Jamie Oliver – free
Sweet potato is my ingredient of choice from September through to April. I find the warmth and sweetness keeps me happy and comforted through the colder months. This curry recipe is super simple, pretty cheap and really tasty. My boyfriend and I love to make a big batch of this so we can freeze the leftovers and bring it back out whenever we’re feeling lazy.
Leave me a comment below letting me know your Autumn essential.