Every year when autumn arrives there’s a special feeling in the air. One of my favorite things about the season are the rainy nights, which are perfect for cozying up inside with a cup of tea and Netflix. I also look forward to the transition of switching out my summer essentials for products representative of the fall such as seasonal vegetables, warm weather clothing, and pumpkin spice everything. Here’s my list of 15 affordable autumn must-haves that I’ve purchased (and love) this season.
Looking forward to a spa night when the weather gets cool (bonus if it’s raining) feels so therapeutic. I’ll start by drawing a warm bath and I’ll add a Lush turmeric latte bath bomb. They’re scented with gardenia, tonka absolute and vanilla, which turns the water into Insta-worthy swirls of yellow and gold.
Right around October my lips start getting chapped because of the change in climate. Having a good quality lip balm in my purse at all times is essential in keeping them from drying out. Burt’s Bees came out with a limited edition fall assortment pack that comes with four flavors: chai tea, pumpkin spice, vanilla maple, and pomegranate. They all taste amazing and sooth my lips.
For my birthday I got a light-up diffuser and I’m obsessed with it. Last week I purchased a pumpkin pie essential oil that’s infused with clove, cardamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. The warm autumn scent fills my apartment with a comforting aroma of a freshly baked pie.
Another autumn fashion stable is wearing oversized sweaters. I just bought this knit one from Nasty Gal and I’m planning on wearing it over a maxi dress, tucked into a tennis skirt or wearing it as a dress by pairing it with a belt and boots. I love the turtleneck, which makes it feel even more cozy and the texture is super-soft.
When I think of fall I think of PSL everything, but squash is a standout autumn ingredient. The autumn squash soup from Panera Bread comes pre-made. All you need to do is warm it up on the stove or in the microwave. It’s creamy, decadent, and has a hint of spice. This paired with chai tea is my go-to meal on a chilly night.
Applying a thick body butter is a cold weather essential; especially if you’re like me and have to deal with dry skin. My go to is The Body Shops vanilla and pumpkin lotion that’s infused with caramel, maple syrup, and almond milk. This good-enough-to-eat warm and sweet autumn scent leaves my skin moisturized throughout the day and night.
A fall beauty must-have is a dark red or berry-colored lipstick. Fenty Beauty’s matte lipstick in the shade Griselda is the perfect burgundy color to go with all my autumn outfits. It also stays on all day eliminating the need to keep reapplying it. The formula is soft and conditions my lips, which is a huge plus for cold weather.
This year, I’m spending even more time at home and I’m trying to make the most of it. To get into the autumn spirit, I baked a batch of pumpkin spice cookies. As I let them cool, I made a cream cheese frosting with orange food coloring and you would have never guessed that these weren’t baked from scratch. PS: Here are the adorable cookie cutters I used.
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