For those of you who don’t know… I’m a twentysomething grandma. And as such, I thrill at the idea of colder weather. Fall means warmer blankets, hot baths, more tea, and all-around general coziness. My kinda weather.
So, as soon as the temperature dropped below 70 degrees F, I threw on my dusty knitwear and went shopping for new autumnal bits and bobs. I thought I’d share with you a few of the items that are making me swoon. I consider them my September staples – must haves for any loud and proud twentysomething grandma.
A new season? That calls for new stationary!
Yes. I’m one of those people. I love all things stationary. My heart flutters when I think of purchasing a new pen or planner.
I’ve found that there’s a certain charm that accompanies writing a letter. It feels more intimate and a little more thoughtful than an email or a text. Granted, it’s not the speediest means of communication. But it’s a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. It also gives me a chance to practice my wobbly calligraphy skills.
These gorgeous watercolor cards are from a local artisan called Studio C in Vermont. Check them out- they’ve got some gorgeous products.
2. An Amazing Smelling Hand Cream
Nothing says autumn like dry hands! So jump on the hand cream train and start moisturizing before the cold can get to your skin. I was lucky enough to get a little travel version of The White Company Seychelles Hand & Nail Cream, and mamma mia. This stuff is GORGEOUS. I could only describe the scent as what I imagine Kate Middleton smells like. Definitely a good product for when you want to pamper yourself a little bit.
3. Cozy Sweaters
Does this one even need an explanation? Soft. Warm. Cozy. Sweaters are the perfect article of clothing.
Check out this one from ASOS – it’s lightweight and breathable but so unbelievably soft. Perfect for September.
4. A Book To Lose Yourself In
I just borrowed The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah from the library and am so excited to read it. I’m a sucker for historical fiction, and I’m particularly interested in stories set during wartime. This novel focuses on two sisters living in Germany-occupied France during WWII. Badass gals during World War II? I’m all in. Will report back once I’m finished!
5. Knitting supplies
About a year or two ago, my oh-so-lovely roommate Molly showed me how to knit and I fell in love. It’s a great way to put anxious hands to use and the accomplishment you feel after finishing a piece is incomparable. Grandmas, picture this: sitting in bed swaddled in your duvet, watching a movie, drinking tea, and knitting. Tell me that doesn’t sound like the dream.
Of course, knitting is something you can do year-round. But I like handling thicker ply wool, which doesn’t feel all too great on the skin when it’s sweltering outside.
I bought this gorgeous green yarn from my local knitting shop to make a hat. We’ll see if it turns out as a wearable item or as a tangled mess…. Only time will tell!
Are any of you out there of the grandma-persuasion? What are your must-haves for September? Leave me a comment and let me know!