Cosying up to Autumn
If you didn’t know already, Autumn is my favourite season. I love the crunchy leaves, the colours, the bright crisp sunny days. I love it all. It fills my heart with joy when I see the trees change from green to brown and the jumpers start making their way into every outfit. It’s a time of year where work gets busier and I thrive on that whirlwind of organised chaos.
With work being so crazy, when I’m at home I want to fully relax by diving into the sofa with a binge worthy Netflix show and a great hot drink. To get to the ultimate level of relaxation I’ll light scented candles all around the house and use the very cheap (but somehow very ambient) lamps instead of the hideous light fittings every renter in London is familiar with. We all have these rituals to make us feel like we’re on a mini break, all from the comfort of the living room. I’m taking the time today to remind myself to take these moments to relax and connect with myself.
A great cup of tea
If you’re not a coffee drinker like myself, you may be on Team Tea. Now I’m not talking about proper English breakfast tea, that’s a whole different world. I’m talking about Green Teas, herbal teas, white teas, the lot. I’m very picky about how I have my tea and nothing upsets me more than opening up a tea pot to see hundreds of tea leaves floating around in it. Tea is very delicate. The longer you leave it in the water the more bitter it gets. My best recommendation is to use very little of your tea (a couple of grams), then remove them after 2 minutes. These tea leaves can re-used up to around 6 times! Honestly, you can buy some loose leaf tea once and it feels like it lasts a lifetime.
Greenfield farm organic life teas are a great place to start if you’re looking to branch into loose leaf teas. They have a small range, which makes it far more manageable to choose tea that’s right for you. You also have the comfort of knowing that the farmers growing the tea are paid fairly for their work (an issue that is huge in the tea industry).
I went for the Cirtus Green Spice. It has that little zing of a lemon and ginger tea, but also the uplifting hit you expect from classic green.
Now grab yourself that cuppa, snuggle up on the sofa and indulge in some you time. Winter is coming, so enjoy burrowing under a blanket because it feels good and not because your nipples are about to freeze off.