14 Creative Things To Do Indoors This Autumn

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Idea 8: DIY Bookclub

If you have been following these posts you will know that for the past week I have been bringing you creative ideas to do indoors during the Autumn whilst the weather is so miserable and we can’t quite bring ourselves to step outdoors yet unless we absolutely have to.

Plonking yourself in front of Netflix or the x-factor becomes a typical thing to do when it’s raining outside, but it really doesn’t bring much positivity into our lives. I love the interaction you can have by following television shows, such as following comments on Twitter whilst watching and discussing with friends. Reading doesn’t have to be an antisocial activity either. With so many websites and apps available now to discuss books and reading, it is a more social way to spend those long cold nights that you may have realised. Joining a book club does not mean leaving the house; you can join a global book club by using an app such as Goodreads that allows you to discuss and review books from the comfort of your own home.

I absolutely love the Goodreads app. You scan the barcode of your book and then can choose to shelve it for later, add it to your now reading list or review it. Thousands of book reviews are available for every book, and you can give a star rating, write your own review or even discuss with other readers. Once you have reviewed 20 books the app generates recommendations for you, so you’ll never be left wondering what to read next again. It also allows you to track your reading process and make your own ‘to read’ list.

Have a look online for an online book club, start one with your friends via Facebook or Twitter, or follow my advice and download the Goodreads app. Get reading and enjoy!

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14 Creative Things To Do Indoors This Autumn

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Today is the first day that I am actually cold. It’s been a bit of a strange few weeks, with lots of afternoon sunshine (see my post for Grazia live’s #WhatToDoThisWeek this week… It involves ice-cream … Yes, I know, I honestly was sitting outside yesterday afternoon in the sunshine eating ice-cream). But today it’s chilly. Maybe because it’s Monday and Monday’s always seem worse. Anyway, I’ve come up with some jolly ideas for the indoors to keep us busy whilst we are still in the midst of digging out our winter clothes and preparing ourselves to venture outdoors. And it won’t involve the television I promise! So for the next 2 weeks pop back to this friendly warm place and see my ideas to keep you busy over this transitional chilly time. When you’ve finished with this little lot the leaves will have fallen and outside will look a little more inviting, I promise!

1. Colour- Code Your Bookshelf

Starting with something simple yet satisfying that you can do even after a cold and rainy Monday at work. To amp up your book collection and help when selecting a good book to snuggle up in front of the fire with, colour code them. When I did this I felt the whole space looked a lot calmer and organised, and became more of a joy to look at. It’s become a real central point of the room now, and I enjoy picking my next read much more.

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Health & Beauty: The Wonder That Is Papaya

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Since travelling in South America I have become obsessed with Papaya. I used to hate its musky yet sweet taste, but having the usual travellers-stomach issues associated with that way of life, new foods and lack of a routine, I found myself craving it. Why? Well it is just the most stomach-soothing, gentle, vitamin-packed super food which just does the trick to deliver every thing your body needs whilst promoting digestive health. It contains so many vitamins and anti-oxidants, including carotenes, vitamin C, flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium. All in addition to being a great source of fiber. It also contains Papain, which is great for injury, allergies and trauma.

I loved having it as a juice alone or with Mango. Try blending with almond milk or natural yogurt and banana for a gentle, stomach soothing, hangover cure.

But, the benefits of papaya do not stop here. All the vitamins and anti-oxidants mentioned are just as beneficial for our skin. I have been using Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel for a few years now, and I swear by it. The first thing I did for my skin when I returned from my travels was treat it to this soothing and rejuvenating mask. De-clogging, hydrating, and repairing, it is a great post-holiday reset, but also for this time of year when summer has had its wicked way with us and we are about to go into the cold of winter. I use it once-twice weekly for a few weeks, or as needed for an extra pick up for tired, dehydrated skin.

Other Papaya-Packed Products:

Cleanse skin gently with Decleor aroma cleanse hydra radiance soothing and cleansing mousse, containing papaya, grape and white mulberry to cleanse and soothe. Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream SPF 15 uses Papaya enzymes to correct, perfect and nourish skin throughout the day, whilst its added SPF is perfect for this time of year.

For body, use Elemental Herbology Macadamia and Papaya Body Scrub to refresh and re-new skin that has had its fair share of salt and sand over the summer. And lastly, for added protection for lips and dry skin, Papaya Gold PAWPAW Moisturising Balm does the job whilst being gentle and soothing.

So when looking for something restorative for the skin and body look no further than papaya. Allow its anti-oxidants and vitamins repair and restore your skin after the summer and protect it for the winter ahead.

All available at http://www.feelunique.com/

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The First Days Of Autumn

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I have just arrived back to England for winter. This is the first time in a couple of years that I have been through this. An English winter does not deliver much in addition to dry skin and a cold. It is more often that not grey, rainy, and with a kind of chill in the air that really gets to your bones. The beginning of Autumn however, I think, is worse. You can just see Summer heading off over the horizon, occasionally sneaking back to give us that last afternoon or two of warm sunshine. In the meantime the cold sneaks in abruptly, whilst we were busy waving to summer, and we are left feeling rather miserable. Last night we lit the fire for the first time since last winter. That’s it now. No going back.

The hardest thing is deciding what to wear. It is cold, but then it isn’t. Your winter stuff is still in boxes, and your really putting off bringing it out… ‘do I really have to?’

What to wear now:

Layers are good. However, this doesn’t have to mean covering up completely. I love pairing a bare leg with a knit jumper. Experiment with layering thickness of fabrics. Let a knit do the work of keeping you warm, and allow your legs to enjoy the last chance of an outing before the real cold weather chills you to your core. Alexa Chung was spotted doing this fabulously this week.

Jacket wise, for now I find the best piece in my wardrobe is the trench coat. A Burberry trench is never out of fashion, and should it rain, well, its got you covered (literally).

White is never amiss and was all over London Fashion week. The white shirt never came in so handily as it did now. For the office or street style – its functional, covers enough flesh to be warm, and yet is light enough for the warmer days. My favourite fashion Blogger Pernille Teisbaek wears hers with a tartan skirt for a great transitional outfit.

Now is the time to say goodbye to the colours of summer and fall in love with wintery tones all over again. Now is not too soon. My favourite is grey, and grey is everywhere right now. Embrace a little grey for Autumn and it will take you right through winter. Make like Alexa Chung and do a grey skirt, which can be worn with tights on cooler days.

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What to sell now:

On unpacking all the bags of winter clothes that I had put into storage a couple of years ago, I felt that now would be the perfect time for a good sort out. I am in the midst of selling a lot of things on good old Ebay. Trying to do great photos is tricky as the natural light is terrible as it is so grey outside. The other downside to selling items at this time year is Autumn is a time for layers and the beginnings of a winter wardrobe but we are still holding out for those days where we can wear a summer dress.

I have skiing stuff to sell, and the time to sell that is October. People are booking ski holidays, as something to look forward to, and so as soon as October hits, it’s going online.

Now though, it is still September and people are still hankering on to the last threads of summer. Summer dresses that can be paired with tights, or a jacket and are hard-working seasonal transitional pieces are hot right now. Get them online. I have the glitzy, sequined, and party dresses ready for the next month to sell for people thinking about Christmas parties.

Shorts are a good sell right now, I have sold a couple of pairs online recently. Knits are a big go-to for this kind of weather. Shirts and anything that layers is a good seller right now: gilets, jackets, and anything transitional. For me, I am making space for the winter hues and the warmer fabrics, ready to go through the cold in the most enjoyable way as possible!

Hang on to your Summer stuff. I strongly suggest packing things away. This means that when you need things again it is refreshing to see what you had forgotten about, and it leaves your closet clutter free and makes getting ready a lot easier. When you come to bring it out next Spring, anything you don’t want can be sold – it will be the perfect time. Now is not the time to sell it. Wait until you are ready to update your Spring/Summer wardrobe next year to decide what you want to keep and get rid of.

So sort out your closet, follow my tips for what to wear now, and try to enjoy this iffy time of year. Light the fire, and enjoy watching the leaves turn in to those wonderful Autumnal colours.

Photos: http://www.vogue.com and http://www.lookdepernille.com