I’ll be honest: November isn’t my favourite month, but really– is it anybody’s? Each day is shorter, darker and colder than the one before, and it falls in the “festive slump” between the beautiful colours of October and the holiday cheer of December. On the depressing scale, only January really rivals this month.
But we won’t dwell on all that, will we? Every time of year, even the cold, dark and depressing ones, has a silver lining somewhere. Here’s my advice for making the most of your November.
Wear… a red poppy. Sold in many countries by military veterans’ groups in order to raise funds and awareness, the poppy pin is a November mainstay in the lead-up to Remembrance Day on November 11. I wore one each November when I was a kid in Canada, and now try to pick up a British pin every year, most likely while I’m rushing through one London train station or another. (Aside: is this a thing in the USA, or specific to the British Commonwealth? Can any American readers fill me in?)
Burn… candles. There’s just something so autumnal about fire, isn’t there? This time of year I find myself lighting my bedside candle (currently Diptyque’s Baies) almost every evening before I go to sleep. The scent is wonderful, and it somehow just makes the whole flat feel warmer. Bonus: if you’re in the UK, consider attending a bonfire or some fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night (Nov 5), for more fire-related fun.
Listen… to Lorde. I know you’ve probably heard this from every other source out there, but I’m adding my voice to the (ridiculously catchy) chorus. This 16-year-old (yes, really) Kiwi is crazy talented, and you’d do well to pick up her new album Pure Heroine, which debuted in September in the US but only recently here in the UK. These days, it’s all I can do to stop humming her hit single Royals long enough to get any work done.
Bake… with pumpkin. After trekking across London to find canned pumpkin for my contribution to Canadian Thanksgiving last month, I was sure to stock up. And thank goodness, because I’ve been cooking with the stuff ever since. Whether it’s pie, oatmeal, cinnamon rolls or lasagne, everything in November tastes better with pumpkin. Psst– the recipe for these pumpkin scones is coming up next week.
Buy… something warm. I’ve done well on this point: the other weekend, while exploring the lovely spa town of Leamington with my sister, I came across this (faux) fur jacket in a newly-opened vintage shop. I only tried it on for fun, but once I discovered how gosh darn cozy it was, I was sold (or rather, it was.) For high street options, I’m also loving this and this.
What are your November plans?