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Autumn Nights In | Life Update

This Autumn we’ve been really lucky with the weather; during the day it’s been bright, sunny and much warmer than we all expected. I am though, dreading the nights inevitably drawing in and gradually forcing me into driving both to and from work in darkness. In the spirit of finding a silver lining, I admit that I’ll take any excuse to get cosy; in Autumn there are plenty of them. September has been the first month which I haven’t written a monthly blog highlights for. If I’m being honest it’s because I just didn’t have enough specific highlights. I certainly wasn’t going to make any up in an attempt to pad out a post, either. Instead, I thought I’d reflect on how I did spend September and why I’m not pressuring myself to post for the sake of a schedule.


Autumn Nights In

Recently there’s been something comforting about shutting the door on the cold evenings and lighting a fire (or plenty of Autumn themed candles) and turning in for the night. We have plans to purchase our own home early next year which has seen us entertaining ourselves at home more often. We’ve also been attempting to spend a little less than usual. This could be a small factor towards the lack of monthly highlights but there are plenty of others. September saw the re-access to my Open Uni course. Between work and study, I’ve been burning myself out a little. For that reason, I’ve been putting less pressure on myself to have a constantly full calendar. I’ve genuinely just been enjoying spending downtime at home. Jamie and I have both been pretty flat out and so have been focusing most spare time on each other. We certainly won’t be winning any awards for socialising anytime soon, but it’s been nice to have a more quiet month than usual. We’ve been a little like those McDonalds ‘like making the most of your money?’ adverts and have really taken our Netflix subscription seriously. Jamie is even contemplating whether he can use it as an excuse to update our telly to the Oled 4K Tv Panasonic. I guess I can’t complain seeing as I’ve recently spent more than I’d like to admit on Le Creuset from TK-Maxx for a kitchen which I don’t yet own!


Autumn Diffuser
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Choosing to be Less Busy

I’ve been very excited for the return of Luther and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and have spent evenings re-watching a few in preparation. Bake Off has also been on religiously, but I’m going to be completely honest and say that it’s only really out of loyalty, we haven’t enjoyed it as much this season. I’ve also been taking self-care seriously and enjoying pamper evenings; face-mask on, pink Moscato in one hand and a book in the other. Overall I’ve really enjoyed the lack of pressure to be busy. I haven’t even battered an eyelid when the inevitable office talk questions what I’m doing at the weekend. Sometimes ‘nothing’ is enough of an answer and is absolutely necessary in order to recharge.


Autumn Puppy
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  • Reply Chloe

    I love this post! I’ve just come back from 6 weeks travelling so I’m loving the thought of getting into a routine again and spending lots of cosy evenings in. A face mask, moscato and book sounds like the dream! There’s nothing better than taking time to recharge and rest.


    October 11, 2018 at 6:33 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Ooh I love travelling, especially when I’m off somewhere warm, I hope you had a great time! x

      October 12, 2018 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Emma

    Lovely post Soph! I love shutting the door on an autumn evening and relaxing with candles and yummy treats 🙂


    October 11, 2018 at 8:23 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thanks Emma! Who doesn’t haha! x

      October 12, 2018 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Evie

    I’m really trying to make a point of being less busy and finding time for myself, I have so many books I want to get through. I’ve been rewatching Brooklyn Nine-Nine too! Enjoy October x

    October 11, 2018 at 8:49 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I hope you manage it and enjoy your books and the new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine! x

      October 12, 2018 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Lisa McLachlan

    Like you, I’m a Summer girl, so Autumn is not a season I look forward to. But actually, staying in and snuggling up with sone pink fizz, a good movie, or a good book, sounds pretty much perfect! Hope you and Jamie continue to enjoy some time chilling with easch other 🙂 xx

    Lisa |

    October 11, 2018 at 11:14 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you’re a fellow Summer girl! Everyone seems to be in super Autumn/ Winter mode haha! Cosy nights in are pretty perfect though aren’t they, thanks Lisa! x

      October 13, 2018 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    Your dog is such a little cutie! I think a lot of us opt to hibernate more this time of year. I love getting cosy with candles and Netflix. We put so much pressure on ourselves to be busy all the time. It’s good to rest every once in a while x


    October 11, 2018 at 11:18 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I think it’s only natural when it’s colder outside isn’t it? I’m glad you agree x

      October 12, 2018 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Sahara

    I feel like I’ve been having the opposite Autumn to you haha – by me the summer weather has taken it’s sweet time leaving but! finally now it starting to feel like Autumn with a few hotter days mixed in at random. One thing I also hate is driving at night, especially if it’s a road I’m not too familiar with. I prefer morning/evening drives because I feel like I can see everything and how the road is curving.

    YAY for planning to purchase your first home early next year, so exciting!! With work & studying I can imagine you just want some time to breathe. Before I graduated, and was juggling studies with blogging, there were a few times where I physically could not write because of how much work I had to do and by the time I had free time I didn’t want to look at a computer screen (I majored in Computer Science so! time away from the screen was my form of self care haha.).

    I have started masking but recently started slacking a bit!! I wasn’t sure if the mask I was using was helping my skin or not, so I’m aiming to do some more research on some other ones in Sephora. Also!!! What book are you reading? I’m always adding to my goodreads want to read list 🙂 Your little dog is so so cute, so content sitting there watching you read!


    October 12, 2018 at 12:28 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m glad you relate to disliking driving in the dark! Thank you, we’re very excited. Masks really help my skin and I make sure to use them twice a week but it is so important to find one that works for you! At the minute I’m reading Swing Time by Zadie Smith and really enjoying it. x

      October 12, 2018 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Bexa

    This is a lovely update Soph, this time of year is definitely all about those cosy nights in and self-care evenings. I can relate to the busyness feeling as my Open Uni course has just started this week too. It’s tough to balance everything but even more reason to relax and recharge in the evenings. My weekends at the moment sound very similar to yours, I’m actually looking forward to doing nothing other than catching up with some TV. Aww, your doggie is super adorable, that such a cute photo. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a nice chilled weekend <3 xx

    Bexa |

    October 12, 2018 at 8:43 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m glad that you relate to feeling busy and agree that it’s important to make time to relax! Enjoy your lazy weekends, sometimes’s they’re the most fun and I hope that they help you recharge too!x

      October 12, 2018 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Lily Richards

    Self-Care is so important. I absolutely love using cosy Autumn nights to just treat myself to some down time, especially as the hectic and busy Winter months are soon approaching!

    October 12, 2018 at 11:31 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I totally agree! Enjoy your cosy nights too! x

      October 12, 2018 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Nele

    Love this! I’m such a big autumn fan, still really waiting for the sweater weather I’ve been wishing for (really cannot complain with the sun tbh, I’m just ready for colder weather haha). Self-care is so important, especially this time of year! I know I always need the extra little bit of self love when the sun starts coming out less often haha! (Also, Brooklyn Nine-Nine: yaaaaas!!!)

    October 12, 2018 at 6:49 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thanks Nele! I totally agree! x

      October 14, 2018 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Aleeha

    Awh, I wish I was a little less busy! I’m in year 13 now so i’ve got a lot of stuff going on at the moment, but hopefully it will all be worth it at the end!
    Aleeha xXx

    October 12, 2018 at 11:38 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! I’m sure it will be worth it in the end, I hope you’re managing to take care of yourself too! x

      October 14, 2018 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Brigi

    Sometimes it’s very important to stay in and enjoy the company of yourself.

    October 13, 2018 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Ellie Phillips

    oMG THE DOGGIE IS THE CUTEST!! but i love to get cosy this time of year but really dont like burning scented candles!

    October 13, 2018 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Nancy

    It’s always nice to spend a night in – even more when it’s Autumn! It’s finally cozy season again. Things can get overwhelming sometimes and glad you’re taking some time for self-care. YESSSS choosing to be less busy goes a long way. You’re not stressed out and all of that good stuff. Sending you positive vibes!

    Nancy ♥

    October 13, 2018 at 2:22 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I totally agree! Haha thanks Nancy! x

      October 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply Dayna

    Love this! Yess Fall is the perfect time to start slowing down and just getting cozy. Some serious Autumn vibes here ??

    October 13, 2018 at 3:02 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thanks Dayna, I totally agree! x

      October 13, 2018 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Natalie Hanson

    I love this post! Autumn evenings in are my favourite, there’s nothing better than a cosy night in.

    October 13, 2018 at 4:29 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thanks Natalie, I’m so glad and totally agree!

      October 13, 2018 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply sharnah

    Having an “autumn night in” is so comforting isn’t it. Getting all cosy, lighting candles. I bet Oatmeal Cookie smells so good! I agree I haven’t enjoyed bake off as much but it is still great to watch on a Tuesday evening. I love the picture of you reading, your little fur baby is so cute. Look at him/her looking at you! So bloody cute. Self care is always so important x

    October 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I completely agree, I’m glad I’m not the only one not feeling Bake Off! Aw thank you, I think she’s cute too haha x

      October 14, 2018 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Kara

    That’s wonderful that you are taking more time to relax and do much of nothing! I love a cozy autumn night in, especially the colder it gets. I hope you have a wonderful October!

    x Kara |

    October 14, 2018 at 7:20 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I think so too! Thanks, you too lovely! x

      October 14, 2018 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I love the Autumn! I’ve also been lighting a lot of candles and having cosy evenings and lots of pampering too! I have followed your blog and look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

    October 14, 2018 at 8:47 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s so cosy isn’t it! Aw thank you I hope you enjoy them! x

      October 14, 2018 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Zoe Jackson

    What a lovely read. I love Autumn it is my favourite season, it’s just such a cozy and warm time of year and so colourful. Your photos are gorgeous!

    October 14, 2018 at 11:01 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, I’m glad you think so! I love the cosiness too! x

      October 15, 2018 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Alice

    This is such a well-written post! It just all flows so well and was actually really relaxing to read which goes well with the theme of the post. So exciting that you’re buying your own home soon, I can’t wait to see some interior posts hehe! It’s so important to take some time to do nothing sometimes and there’s absolutely no shame in it!
    Alice Xx

    October 14, 2018 at 11:46 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Aw thanks Alice, haha I can’t wait to write them either! I completely agree! x

      October 15, 2018 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Beka

    I’m loving putting all the autumn scented candles on now that it’s getting colder ? I need to catch up on Brooklyn 99, but I have been watching Bake Off every week! I’m really loving this season, it’s so difficult to try and figure out who is going to win, and I love the new presenters, too ?

    Beka |

    October 15, 2018 at 10:18 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I am too! Oh I’m really glad that you’re enjoying it. I absolutely love the presenters and loved last season of it so I don’t know why I’m not feeling this one so much but hopefully it’s a blip! I think that Mannon might win! x

      October 15, 2018 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Gemma Etc.

    Sounds like the perfect Autumnal routine! I need to try the Woodwick candles! xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

    October 15, 2018 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply Sheena Gonzales

    I’m really being intentional about not being too busy as well! Definitely great tips here.


    October 16, 2018 at 3:36 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m glad you are too, and I hope that it’s helping you! x

      October 19, 2018 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Yiota

    The weather hasn’t changed here, we had some rain the other day but overall, it is still summer. I love summer but I am so ready for cozy nights with a blanket and hot chocolate!! x


    October 16, 2018 at 6:42 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It hasn’t changed much here during the day but the mornings and the evenings are definitely much colder! x

      October 19, 2018 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply Yara Mel

    Awww it sounds so cozy! I’ve also been taking self-care serious this time around, pampering every Sunday 🙂
    Thank candle looks yummy!

    October 16, 2018 at 10:24 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you’re taking it seriously too and I hope it’s helping! x

      October 19, 2018 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply Jasmine Burke

    I love this! I’ve also been loving the unseasonable brightness, but it’s recently started getting gloomier and it’s worrying me :/ I’m such a summer lover. Also, like you, I’ve been trying to take more time for self-care and prioritising my own needs instead of working myself to the ground. I can’t WAIT for Brooklyn nine-nine to return, and a re-run is always necessary 😉

    Jas xx |

    October 17, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I am too. Good, I hope you’re feeling better for it! I can’t wait either! x

      October 19, 2018 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Amie Cadwallader

    That candle sounds gorgeous and that sounds so comforting!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    October 17, 2018 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Kayla Jayne

    Great post! I love autumn nights in, and definitely closing the door on the cold nights to light some autumnal candles!

    Kayla |

    October 17, 2018 at 9:51 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! It’s so cosy isn’t it?! x

      October 19, 2018 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Valeria Chizhova

    OhhhI feel the scent in my room from your photos ♥

    October 17, 2018 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Aditi Kaushiva

    This post made me want to switch off and give myself a cosy Autumn evening with tea and books and candles! Sigh!

    – Aditi

    October 17, 2018 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Imogen Chloe

    Absolutely love this post lovely, it’s so similar to mine but I love the idea of the candles. They look gorgeous so I will definitely have to pick some up! Unfortunately we can’t have candles in our flat but I can definitely save them for when I’m home!

    I’m ashamed to admit that I am slightly behind on Bake Off! A catch up is needed! xx

    October 17, 2018 at 10:23 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thanks Imogen! Oh that’s such a shame but at least they’re a nice treat for when you’re home! x

      October 19, 2018 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Kelsey Bang

    love the buying less. great post!

    October 17, 2018 at 11:21 pm
  • Reply Emma

    Such a lovely post lovely , absolutely love a wood wick candle so may have to go and check out that scent ?

    October 18, 2018 at 8:10 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I do too, it’s great if you like sweeter scents! x

      October 19, 2018 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Zoe

    This is what winter is all about! It’s so nice to stay in, enjoy the company of your loved ones and most importantly stay warm and cosy!

    October 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I totally agree with you Zoe! x

      October 19, 2018 at 1:05 pm

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