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Seven essentials to make dark autumn evenings easier


Treat oneself this autumn (Picture: Waterstones/Next/Selfridges/Getty)

Out of nowhere, it suddenly gets dark at 8pm.

Gone are the pink-hued, never ending evenings of summer, and in their place is a chill in the air and a gloomier feel.

However, it isn’t all bad.

While we will miss the joy and social buzz that comes with warmer weather, we can’t deny that cosy nights in watching Strictly Come Dancing are highly tempting.

For many, the change of seasons can be difficult, and it’s normal to feel almost irritated at Mother Nature and her ways.

Now, we may not be able to change world order, but we can give you the tools to make autumn nights a little easier to live through.

The key is to make them as relaxing, calming and cosy as possible. So, from candles to books, we have put together a list of items that will do just that.

All the while helping to heal the heartache of summer loving.:

Diptyque Baies scented candle

A scented candle always sets the mood (Picture: Selfridges)

Get it for £49 at Selfridges.

Nothing says snug more than candles. A classic staple, the humble candle sets the mood in any room. To make this upcoming period preferable, invest in a luxurious Diptyque option.

Long-lasting and with scents that won’t be matched, light it up and enjoy.

Laura Ashley Arya throw

Bring warmth to cold evenings (Picture: Next)

Get it for £55 at Next.

Nothing says colder weather than bringing out a blanket at every opportunity. Invest in a good one and you will never look back.

This Laura Ashley throw is a vision and would go nicely with a glass of wine on the couch after a long day.

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

A good book never fails (Picture: Waterstones)

Get it for £14.99 at Waterstones.

Get stuck into a good book and feel your winter worries drift away. Beautiful World, Where Are You is author Sally Rooney’s latest novel and it possesses everything the Irish writer is known for.

Expect miscommunication, awkward men and questioning the world we live in.

ASOS Design oversized quilted maxi coat

Comfort, warmth and style combined (Picture: ASOS)

Get it for £68 at ASOS.

What makes the colder months even harder is the fact we have to step outside. Early mornings ruin our buzz, especially when temperatures hit low levels.

Nevertheless, a good coat fixes the issue and this ASOS oversized maxi is the clothing equivalent of a duvet. We are sold.

UGG Disquette Slipper

An UGG slipper is a worthwhile investment (Picture: UGG)

Get them for £90 at UGG.

£90 might seem pricey for a pair of slippers, but the popularity of UGG’s footwear is for good reason.

Seriously soft, they will become the most worn item you own. And no, before you ask, you can’t wear them for a quick trip down the shops.

Dadá Art 8 red wine

dada red wine

Get it for £9.06 at Vivino

Sometimes, you have to break out the wine and destress. Dada No 8 is warmth in a wine bottle.

Full of dark chocolate notes, it’s smooth and full. Soon to be your new favourite tipple.

Le Creuset Cake & Cookie baking set

Treat yourself in more ways than one (Picture: Le Creuset)

Get it for £93 at Le Creuset.

Sad? Bake a cake. Happy? Bake a cake. Bored? Bake a cake. We believe a good kitchen session heals all issues and this time of year is prime baking time. With more hours in the dark, get to know your kitchen oven a little more and enjoy the sweet fruits of your labour.

Plus, Le Creuset kitchen utensils are a luxury, so you will be treating yourself in more ways than one.

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