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12 reasons we love this time of year - and it's not just because of Strictly

In partnership with Jo Loves

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Autumn is a deliciously crisp and cool, blue-sky time of year. The season of crunchy leaves and golden sunlight, a time for scarves and boots. Not to mention, the tasty flavoured coffees, gloriously scented candles, cosy bed socks, and brand new TV dramas. There really is nothing not to love about autumn.

1. Open fires in pubs

Just as trying to find the best beer garden is important in summer, finding that perfectly positioned seat by an open fire is the same in autumn. You don’t want to be so close you’re literally roasting, but you do want a warm, soft glow while you play board games and drink red wine.

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2. Crunchy leaves

Hands up who channels their playful side when it comes to crunchy leaves? Going out of your way to find the biggest pile to kick through? We thought as much, us too.

3. The colours

Yes, the breath-taking golds and reds of the fallen leaves, but also all the beautiful berry and jewel colours that you get in nail polish, jumpers and scarves - the plush purples and deep teals. Love, love, love.

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4. Flavoured coffee

For those of us who like the sweeter side of coffee, Christmas is when ALL the exciting flavours come out to play! From Toffee nut lattes to gingerbread, and Eggnog - delicious.

5. Freshly lit candles

Drawing the curtains and lighting a candle - curled up on the sofa, autumnal evenings lend themselves to the soft lighting of a candle… or two.

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6. Time to yourself

In lighter, sunnier months it’s all about al fresco and socialising. As the nights draw in it’s more about investing in you. Enjoying time to yourself with soft-lit lamps and lots of blankets.

7. Cosy knits

ALL the knitwear, light and layered, cosy and chunky, over dresses, worn with jeans - oh, the comfy (and stylish) possibilities are endless.

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8. Indulgent baths

Relaxed nights in reading a good book in the bath, with a Jo Loves Friendship candle filling the room with a fine but subtle fragrance - winning at life.

9. Loads of new TV!

His Dark Materials, YOU Series two, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel and of course, the Strictly final! Autumn really is the ultimate season for TV. 

10. Christmas

Santa, don't you forget about us! 

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11. Roast dinners

Now the mercury has plummeted spending time in a hot kitchen with a roasting oven is perfect. Hello roast potatoes and Yorkshire puds.

12. JOMO

Christmas parties aside, Christmas is a time when you can stay in and be all toasty and warm, and we're ALL for that! Staying in is the new going out and we like to revel in the Joy Of Missing Out.

Autumn is the perfect time to gift (to a friend or yourself!) a Jo Loves x HELLO! Friendship candle. The luxury layered scented candle, inspired by Friendship, offers personalisation too. As the candle burns, there are three incredible-smelling floral layers, Tahitian gardenia blends into orange blossom, finishing with a soft scent of tuberose. Matches at the ready!