1. A Padded Gilet. This is what we Americans called a "puffer vest." Until very recently, I wondered why I was seeing, in the shop windows 'round town, clothes that seemed rather lightweight. A mannequin would be sporting a three-quarter-sleeve blouse, and I'd be shivering and wiping my nose. Back in Austin, I'm quite sure that there are sweaters in the window displays, because the calendar says it's September and the fashion gods have declared it to be fall, no matter what the thermometer says. What gives?
I think the secret is that British people have a masterful handle on the concept of layering. Since one never knows exactly what kind of weather to expect when leaving the house in the morning, one simply piles on a few layers, throws on a scarf and of course a rain jacket (mackintosh), and sallies forth. And if the air is nippy and one is smart, one adds a padded gilet underneath the mac. Believe me, I cycled to and from the shop to buy myself one, and my quality of life on the ride home was markedly improved. Hurrah for the gilet!
2. Soup. I've discovered two amazing, slurp-worthy soup recipes recently that must be shared. They're not vegetarian, vegan, paleo, low fat, or anything, but they CAN be gluten-free, and they absolutely ARE a tummy reward. Here you go:
3. Jigsaw Puzzles. Nothing makes a living room cozy quite like a large slab of cardboard on the floor (or table, if you're more posh) and a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle around which the family can hunker on a drizzly afternoon or evening. Do you find puzzles as addictive as I do? I'm not sure why we never succeeded in hooking our children on the puzzle Kool-Aid at home, but it's becoming a new family tradition here. Now, when we see a beautiful scene somewhere in our travels, someone usually squeals, "It's 1000-piece puzzle material!" Which is a trend we like to encourage.
What says Cozy to you when you think of fall?