Let’s face it. If you’re a millennial, you’re probably excited about autumn. Nah, you’re bloody ECSTATIC.
It’s the season for shunning our sacred, beloved avocado on toast and embracing pumpkin spice lattes. For trading in palm trees for falling leaves. And transitioning our wardrobes from millennial pink to dark and dreamy oxblood and plaids.
To be completely honest, it’s my favorite season of all. And I’m not even the teeniest bit sorry to see the summer come to an end.
It reminds me of going back to school which I loved (nerd alert), of traveling out to the pumpkin patches and picking apples with my mom.
So go on and breathe in the cool, crisp nostalgic autumn air… let’s count this up!
25 things every millennial loves about autumn
1. Chunky knits and jumpers
Fuck me, no one needs a bikini bod when you can wrap your body up in a cosy knit. Am I right? I am, you don’t need to answer that.
2. Netflix and actual chill
When it’s cold out, there’s no shame in telling your mates that you’re having a night in. Okay, so there’s really no shame in that anyways, but it’s always nicer to Netflix when you have your window open and a cool breeze coming through.
3. All the scarves
It’s like an acceptable blanket that you can wear at all times. In public. The bigger, the better.
4. Cute hats
My mom says I look good in hats, and who am I to disagree?
5. Apple picking
Do this. If you haven’t already in your life, you need to do this. I miss apple picking in upstate New York. And I probably should research where I can do this in England.
6. Pumpkin spice latte
It’s back. Love it or hate it, it’s back. Personally, I love everything pumpkin. But ironically, I don’t drink the PSL. Added sugar has never been my thing. So Joe orders it and I take a sip, and that’s me fulfilling my autumnal quota.
7. Crunchy leaves
If you aren’t taking a photo of leaves, did they ever really fall?
8. Pumpkin patches
Reiterating the apple picking thing. I used to do this in New York and now I need to find a cutie farm just outside of London for this. Just THINK of the Instagrams.
You and every other millennial desperately wanted to be Sarah Jessica Parker in Hocus Locus right? Sanderson sisters were kind of the original Spice Girls of Halloween.
10. Harry Potter marathons
It’s Halloween and it’s Christmas. These are the times when binge watching Harry Potter begins. I do this year round, but especially in the autumn. Where’s my Hogwarts letter Rowling?
11. 10,000 candles
I bought a Spiced Pumpkin candle from Homesense and it’s basically going to burn eternal like the Black Flame Candle. Fairly sure I haven’t stopped letting it burn. My flat smells like someone is constantly baking.
12. Cool mornings
Whether you’re getting up and going running (sometimes I do this and actually, it’s the best time in the world to go, it’s gorgeous. There’s fog and no one is around. It’s a little bit eerie but so relaxing) or whether you’re cosy in bed. That first cup of coffee on a cold morning is a dream.
13. Nights in
Somehow, we’ve all discovered at exactly the same time, how much we LOVE staying in. And it’s easier to feel good about it when it gets dark early and you can light those 10,000 candles.
Today I ordered THREE PAIRS of new boots. Did I need them? Absolutely not. But it’s autumn, so it’s time for a new (few) sets of beauties for my feet.
15. Comfort food
Time to binge on mac and cheese, pumpkin pie AND hot chocolate. I mean, we may have already been doing this but it’s now kind of seasonally acceptable. Also, it’s okay to have soup for dinner because your broke af. No one questions this in the autumn, but in the summer, something’s up!
16. Red wine
There’s something about drinking red wine in the autumn. Morning headache aside, I’m all about this.
17. Roaring fires
Our local pub starts lighting their fireplace in the autumn and there’s nothing like getting that coveted seat next to it. I will fight you for it old man, I really will.
18. Pumpkin beer
Have you tried this?! You need to! Beavertown do a killer one, and so do Brooklyn beers. It will change your life. Eat this with dark chocolate. Or you know, normal chocolate. Any chocolate will do.
19. Which brings me to pumpkin pie…
Can you tell I’m a pretty big pumpkin fan? Go get some pumpkin pie and whipped cream at Whole Foods. Thank me later.
Throw it back to the 90s. This is one of my favourite looks. It’s okay, you can call me a basic bitch if you want to.
21. Dogs with coats
Honestly if I see a sausage dog with a jacket, I’m going to cry.
22. Hot drinks!
FINALLY. I really don’t like sweating when drinking my coffee (or tea).
I have a quirky array of them (and slippers) which I get to rock around the flat in to keep my feet warm. I like wearing them.
I don’t know if it’s just because it’s my favourite season, but like Lorelai on Gilmore Girls, I get this weird sense of feeling during the fall. (She gets it during the winter, but stick with me on this.) I feel like I’m more peaceful and at home. Sometimes I miss the autumn back in the states, there’s certainly a lot to be said for spending a cool October back in New York. But London (and England) makes it pretty amazing too.
I mean, there’s already a tree up in M&S, so we might as well start embracing that now too. OK?
So what do you think? Have I missed one of the key millennial loves of autumn? Let me know in the comments what’s your fav thing about it.
Now I’m off to find a nice glass of red…