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We are definitely in winter now! The days are short, there is a constant chill in the air and I'm making my way through my hot chocolate supply at great speed. What better way to enjoy the weather (and the hot chocolate) than with a perfect read. A season classic, a comfort read, a story of a world you can get lost in, curled up on the sofa - there are so many great picks. Here are 5 cosy books for winter 2020 I think you will love! 

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

A truly great book to get lost in, with a unique and interesting story that any book lover will appreciate. When Zachary discovers a book in a library, he is confused to find it retelling a story taken from his own memory. Confused yet intrigued, Zachary is determined to find out what this all means - how did this book come to be? What has it got to do with his? With a story of mysterious doors, keys and a bee, beautiful metaphors and a gripping tale, it's definitely worth picking up this winter. 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

If you're yet to pick this up, now is definitely the time. A beautifully written that is really great to get cosy and enjoy. Kya Clark, known as "Marsh Girl" is suspected of murdering Chase Andrews. We learn the story of Kya Clark's upbringing, the good and the bad, and we see how her unusual childhood leads to the belief that she killed Chase Andrews. This is such a well-written book that it's easy to spend hours enjoying chapter after chapter. 

Dig by A.S King

This is a great YA pick to read this winter. While it's easy to feel that YA is an exhausted genre, this book shows that there is still so many amazing stories and unique books out there to read in the YA genre. If I was to describe this book in one word it is "different" - the narrative is like no other I've read before and it did have some surprises along the way that tied up all the different perspective in the final few chapters. 

It's a story about generational differences, and how generations before impact those thereafter. It looks at the older couple Gottfried and Marla hemmings who sit on a mountain of wealth but after deciding to not support their children, this has an effect on the grandchildren of the hemmings. This tackles racism and the toxic culture of affluent white families in a way I've never read before. It's a really interesting read and definitely one I recommend for this winter. 

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

There's always time for a nice romance read in winter! Jasmine Guillory always knows how to write a story and I loved her previous book The Proposal and I loved this one just as much; both great reads to devour in a day or two. The book Party of Two follows Olivia Munroe. She has just moved to LA to start her own law firm. When sat in her hotel bar, she meets Max Powell who she spends the whole night laughing and flirting with. It's only when the night is over that she discovers that this is junior senator Max Powell. While Olivia isn't interested in dating, how can she resist the chocolate cake that turns up on her door with the invitation for a date? 

A super easy read that is a great break from hard-hitting novels. A simple yet lovely story to give you all the feels! 

Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

A classic wintery tale! Northern Lights is a classic children's book but it was only last winter that I delved into this world. For the wintery landscapes, cold atmospheres, adventures and magic, this is perfect for winter! No matter your age, this is definitely the right time of year to delve into this world and the His Dark Materials series. 

What do you think of these picks? 
Hope you're doing great, 
Sarah x 

There's something about autumn/winter fashion trends that brings me so much joy! The cable-knit cardigans, cosy jumpers, layering pieces and finally dusting off your boots hidden at the back of your wardrobe during summer. While I've been keeping my wardrobe streamlined over the last year and trying to avoid fast fashion as much as possible, I thought I'd share with you some of the pieces from my wardrobe that I'm enjoying wearing and layering this autumn. I love having pieces that can be styled in so many different ways! 

Mock Neck Sweaters

This & Other Stories Mock Neck Sweater is a more recent wardrobe addition and I'm having to stop myself from going back and picking this up in more shades! While autumn is usually about the rusts and mustards, this year I'm loving adding some subtle colour and muted shades into my look! The quality of this jumper is great and I love the neckline! This the perfect piece for the transitional months

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Shirt Jackets

These are ideal for Autumn! This on-trend piece I've seen in many high street shops recently. I picked mine up last winter from H&M and love it - it's a great staple for this season and those to come! A shacket is a great layering piece and also one that can easily go with half of my wardrobe. When it's warmer, I'll throw it over a t-shirt, maybe a turtle neck and jeans or throw a hoodie underneath to keep me extra snug! So easy to style, I don't think there's been a day yet this autumn I haven't worn this out! Mine is in a lovely rust colour but the beige and muted shades you can get similar jackets in I love. 

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Dr. Marten Boots

How I managed to survive a winter without these before, I will never know! I have the vegan leather lace-up booths and they are fantastic! They definitely need some wearing in but soon you will be crunching leaves and sludging through the snow in these trusty boots.  They are also super easy to style. Whether it's simple jeans, a jumper and a beanie or something more put together like a midi skirt and turtle neck. 

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Cropped Cardigans

I love this look! Chunky tortoiseshell buttons on a ribbed knit cardi is a lovely wardrobe addtion. While it might not be practical for the colder days, it sure is a great staple for rainy days stuck inside or to add to your working-from-home wardrobe. Monki have some great options in simple pastels. I personally love the pale purple cardigan! 

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What are your favourite autumn trends this year? Let me know! 
Hope you're doing great, 
Sarah x

There are so many amazing ways you can start making money RIGHT NOW, and so many creative ways to make money at home - some you can start straight away and some that may require a bit of investment in planning and get set up but are sure to be a way you enjoy making a little extra money on the side or even turn into your full-time job. Here are just a few ways! 

Write & sell articles

This one I can definitely back! In my final year of university and even during my internship, I was writing articles for people on the side. Such a great way of doing something I loved while gaining experience and pocketing a little extra cash in the meantime. I made most of my sales through Fiverr but picked up a few regular clients that I worked with regularly and could slowly increase my rate as I gained more experience. 

you could also skip the middle ma and sell your articles straight to websites and magazines. If you have your own fun, unique ideas then why not go for it? It might take some time to build up the experience and confidence in such a competitive field but give it a go! 

Sell products from home

Places like Avon and The Body Shop in the UK have schemes where you sell their products in order to make a commission. If you're a beauty lover and enjoy socialising and meeting new people, this is a fab way of making some money. If you're up for putting some work into getting started, then try it out. 

Sell secondhand items

Old clothes lying around? Books collecting dust never to be read? Sell them! Ebay, Depop - there's so many great platforms to allow you to do this with ease. If you already have a following on Instagram, why not try it through there? All you need is a PayPal account and some old things worth selling to give this a go. 

Sell your photos

If you're already a photography enthusiast or an Instagram wiz, this should be pretty easy to get started! Build up a portfolio of existing photos and new shots. Brands are always looking for UGC content so why not see if you can help out? Drop them a message and see if you can do anything for them! There is also website out there where you can sell your photos to be turned into prints or sell to brands for them to use themselves. Have a search and see what you can do! 

Dog walking

Get paid to be around the happiest, fluffiest animals? Yes please! Ask around your neighbourhood, see if there's anyone needing a hand keeping their fluffy one entertained. It might be a challenge to start but word of mouth will help you with this one. It will be really rewarding in the end! 

Make & sell homemade goods

Turn your hobby into your side hustle. If you knit or sew, why not sell your finished garments or patterns. Are you an artsy person? Create beautiful digital prints for others to buy and print at home. you don't need much to get this business going? 

Are you a baker? Why not create bakes to sell and deliver in your local area. This one is sure to be a hit! 

What do you think of these ideas? Let me know! 
Hope you're doing great, 
Sarah x 

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I am really trying to manifest the sweater weather and cosy nights with my Autumn posts right now! Last week I shared 30 Things you can do this Autumn to have the cosiest, fun and most autumny autumn you've ever had! After you seemed to love my Summer book recommendations a few months ago, I thought I'd share a few autumn book recommendations of some of my favourites as well as some books I will be picking up myself over the next few months! 

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider 

- For the YA fans

Lane is sent to a boarding school for sick teens where he meets Sadie and her friends - a group of troublemakers that show Lane that his sickness doesn't define him. This is a great story of friendship and second chances with a perfect autumnal backdrop to enjoy as it gets colder. I read this book many years ago and remember enjoying how easy it was to read and the friends that developed throughout the book. One to enjoy with a chai latte in hand wrapped up in a blanket for sure. 

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jason Kristoff

- A super sci-fi pick

Autumn always sees me reading more dystopian and sci-fi books and while I read the first book in the series in the peak of summer, there's no better time than now to pick it up if you haven't already. It's a multi-media book involving two mega corporations at war over a planet - a little speck at the edge of the universe. The first book follows Kady and Ezra - teens who have recently broken up but, with a hostile warship in pursuit and a deadly virus breaking out, this is the least of their problems as they try to survive. 

This is a super fun fast-paced book to throw yourself into this autumn. I will definitely be picking up the second book in the series, Gemina, very soon! 

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

- An autumn release to give a go! 

I received an ARC of Dolly Alderton's debut novel and definitely want to make sure I have some time to read it this season. It follows Nina - in her early thirties, a food writer with a perfect family, new home and neighbourhood. She goes on a date with Max, a true romantic who says from the start he's meant to marry her. As the romance blossoms, it reminds her of her past failed relationship, broken friendships and family problems that lie below the surface. 

This sounds like a great concept that I'm ready to read! 

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

- Educate yourself this fall

With all that is going on in the world, this seems my natural next stop in educating myself more about the struggles of black people. Black feminism was touched on very briefly when I did sociology at college but it was merely dismissed as a "different form of feminism" and didn't teach us much more than that. It's a topic I've dipped in and out of but I think this book will be the perfect read for me to really understand the perspective more. 

Day of The Triffids

- Get ready for Halloween with this spookier read

I am definitely not on for horror films, spooky reads or anything remotely related to Halloween. However, this year I'm thinking why the hell not?! I've been wanting to read day of the triffids for years and after finding a dusty copy at the back of my shelf, I think October will be the perfect time to dust it off and give it a read! 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 

- You dystopian fix for Autumn 

While many like to read more spooky, scary reads in autumn, I can’t bring myself to even watch a slightly scary movie so, instead, Dystopian is where I go and Station Eleven was one I read this time last year and loved it. It’s been out for 5 years now but if you still haven’t heard of it, I definitely recommend it. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic earth but it’s unlike the usual perspective. It’s almost more /real/ in the narrative as to how the world as we know could actually end and how we would actually cope. This was a really great read! 

The Wall by John Lanchester

- Needing some more dystopian by chance? 

So if you’ve already read Station Eleven but still want your Dystopian fix, The Wall is a quick read. I’d say, straight off, that this probably won’t be for everyone as it’s quite ambiguous. But, I also think that might be something some will love about this book. The premise is that there is a wall separating land and sea after “The Change” and you have to serve your time on the wall (remind you of a big hit HBO series by chance?!). It follows Joseph Kavanagh, a new defender on the Wall which aims to keep the Others out. We see how he adjusts to life on the wall and how what happens when the Others attack the Wall. I loved the tone of the book and how the writer managed to build up this world in a fairly short book. I loved trying to come up with my own thoughts on what the wall was and who the others were if this was to actually be what happened in the future. 

What books do you plan on reading this autumn? 
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

Autumn has to be my favourite season. The shorter days, colder weather, all the cosy vibes that it brings with it. If, like me, you love Autumn then why not create your own Autumn Bucket list! Tick off as many of these seasonal projects, trips and activities as you can to create the most autumny-Autumn you ever did have! 

To bake

1. Make your own granola. This spiced granola looks perfect for autumn.
2. Bake gingerbread or gingerbread men and decorate with all your fave toppings. 
3. Bake a sweet pie, like this blueberry pie recipe
4. Or, go savoury! Check out some great vegetarian pie recipes here
5. Make the most cinnamon, cinnamon rolls. This is the recipe I use
6. Try making bread. Focaccia is a great place to start. 
7. Cookies! I'm missing Ben's cookies in my life but this recipe replicates them perfectly! A brown butter cookie is definitely the way to go. 


To make

8. Learn to knit! Hats are always fun to make this time of year. I'm about to make a cable knit headband for the first time! 
9.  Paint pumpkins.
10. Decorate your house in mustards, rusts and maroons. 
11. Make the best hot chocolate you have ever made - marshmallows, cream, sprinkles, the works! 
12. Create a cosy den to spend the day watching your fave cosy films and festive picks. 
13. Autumn wreaths is another fun project to try. 

Places to go

14. Explore a nearby forest. 
15. Enjoy the fall drinks at all your favourite coffee spots. 
16. Go to a pumpkin patch.
17. Paint at a pottery studio.
18. Visit a farmers market or a Christmas market. 
19. Brave the cold and meet friends in a park for a long walk. 
20. Go apple picking. 

More things to do 

21. Have a little bonfire, roast marshmallows, watch films outside. 
22. Host a fake Christmas day. Enjoy all the perks months earlier! 
23. Make fall-inspired cocktails. Did I hear you say Bailey's hot chocolate or spiced cider? 
25. Watch that scary film you've always said "nope, too scary". No one says you can't watch it in the middle of the day! 
26. Get prepped for the festive period - buy your presents early, get your decorations down and your ugly sweaters outs. 
27. Make a care package for a friend. 
28. Re-read your favourite books that remind you of fall. 
29. Create a super cosy playlist on Spotify. 
30. Treat yourself to a new candle. Bring the fab smells of autumn into your home! 
31. Wake up early to see the sunrise and enjoy the crisp morning! 

Hope you're doing great, 
Sarah x