*This guest post is part of an ongoing series, completely unique to this week.*

Hello everyone!
I’m Freya, a musician and blogger, and I write about my life, thoughts and ideas at freyasnook.blogspot.com. I am so excited to be collaborating with the lovely Lydia, here on her blog, and hope you enjoy this guest post!
As the summer is finally drawing to a close, and I am beginning to settle back into the old work routine, I have realised that I am also nearing the end of my summer ‘to-read’ list. This has led me to think a lot about what I would like to read over the next few weeks and months, and a LOT of online book browsing! I love this time of year, the feeling of a new start that September brings, as well as the cosy nights in reading by the fire – this is always a wonderful inspiration for choosing some good new books.
I have put together a list of books on my new ‘autumn to-read’ list, and thought I would share them with you in this post. Some of these are books that I haven’t yet read but thought looked really interesting, some of them I have read but feel like they are really good reads for this time of year, and others I just wanted to recommend to you myself. I hope that if you are also looking for something to read this autumn, you might find some ideas and inspiration here!
 Books I haven’t yet read, but will be reading
1. ‘Everything is Illuminated’, by Jonathan Safran Foer
I don’t know much about this book, except that it is a story looking back on the horrors of World War 2. I expect it to be quite gripping, and from its outstanding reviews, I understand that it is an important novel of its genre.  
2. ‘The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well’, by Meik Wiking
This book seems to be very on trend at the moment, I have seen bloggers writing about it everywhere – so of course I have to jump on this train! It is about a Danish philosophy called Hygge, which promotes certain ideas about how to live in the best way you can. With the new work year, I think this will be a nice read!
3. ‘After The Wall: Confessions from an East German Childhood and the Life That Came Next’, by Jana Hense
Since living in Germany, I have become extremely interested in German history, and particularly fascinated by the personal stories surrounding the time of the Berlin Wall. I saw this book and thought it looked really interesting.
 Books that are perfect for autumn
1. ‘Harry Potter’, by J.K. Rowling
Always a classic! For me this series never gets old, and you could read any or all of them this autumn, including the newest one that just came out this summer!
2. ‘Rebecca’, by Daphne du Maurier
A gripping and haunting novel, it definitely has an autumnal and spooky feel to it! I got completely drawn into this book, and I think it suits this time of year really well.
3. ‘The Shining’, by Stephen King
If you liked the movie, definitely consider reading the book. Especially if you love a thrill, it would be perfect for Halloween!
4. ‘Frankenstein’, by Mary Shelley
Another Halloween choice! I actually really enjoyed reading this book, as it was so different to what I thought the story of Frankenstein was! It is a classic.
 Books I recommend
1. ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Bronte
A classic and wonderfully written novel, full of surprises and beautiful subtleties. This is definitely a book that you can get really drawn into, perfect for rainy days. I would also really recommend listening to the audio book.
2. ‘Dead Poets Society’, by N.H. Kleinbaum
You might have seen the fantastic movie with the great Robin Williams, but I would definitely recommend reading the book, which, as is typical for book-film adaptations, contains so much more.
 There is my ‘to-read’ list for this autumn. I really hope you enjoyed reading this post, and thank you again to Lydia for allowing me this space on her blog! If you would like to see more of what I write about, please do check out my blog too, freyasnook.blogspot.com.

 
*This is part of a series of guest posts, completely unique to this week.*
There is nothing I love more than when we reach the end of summer and those crisp autumn days come in to play. Autumn is my absolute favourite season; there is something about the colours the layers and the dark nights that just give it a really cosy feel. Along with the woolly hats, cosy jumpers and scarves – I also love the change in makeup, especially the colours so I thought id share with you a few of my Autumnal Make Up picks!
 
I haven’t selected any specific products for my foundation or concealer because I switch it up constantly depending on my skin needs and how it’s behaving but I do like to bring out my Nars Blush in Sin every Autumn because to me, it’s the perfect autumnal shade – it’s a purple toned pink, but it’s gorgeous and it gives the cheeks that winter flush.  
My Mac Eyeshadow Quad is also a failsafe product for me, I used this all year round but I customised it to have the perfect combination of shades  (Naked Lunch, Patina, Satin Taupe and Mystery) so it never lets me down regardless of whether I want something subtle or bold.  I also love the Catrice Absolute Eye Colour in I Wear Plum Glasses at Night for autumn time and I cannot wait to start wearing it again, it’s a gorgeous matte grey toned brown with a hint of purple to it – it makes a really great crease colour.
I’ve decided to include the Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette – this isn’t particular autumn themed but I have been wearing it nonstop since I got it and I think highlighter is an all year round essential.
Now onto my favourite part – the lip products. I’m a massive fan of the deep mauve toned lips and the bold reds, burgundy’s and plum lips which are all perfect for autumn. So my lip product picks for this season are; Essence Velvet Stick Lip Pencil in Peony: a gorgeous deep mauve toned pink that is perfect for everyday wear, Mac Mehr Lipstick: a beautiful 90s style brown toned nude, Mac Plumful Lipstick: one of my absolute favourite wearable plum lipstick, perfect for both every day and evening and last of all Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry: a beautiful and bold dark, plummy toned red.
So those are my Autumnal Make up Picks! I’m so excited for the dark nights and Halloween!
What products do you love to wear during autumn?
Thanks to Lydia for allowing to guest post on her blog today and if you enjoyed my posts, there’s more over on my blog youralmostalice.co.uk

*This is part of a guest post series, completely unique to this week. Photos courtesy of Mademoiselle*
Hello all you lovely people,
I’m Katie from countrykatieuk. Lydia asked me a while back if I fancied doing a guest post and straight away I jumped at the opportunity.
After I had agreed it suddenly dawned upon me I’d have to have a real good think about what to write for you as I couldn’t do what I normally do on my blog and write about whatever takes my fancy at  that precise moment. I’d also have to be more organised than normal and write to a deadline.
So after putting it off for a week claiming I was trying to think it through, I sat down and did some research into what I think you’d like to read, what I wanted to write and what would still be relevant when Lydia was away. I came up with what I do to relax.
By the time you’ll be reading this, I’ll have been working in the city for a few months and the winter months will be fast approaching, and I will definetly be feeling the need to chill out more when I come home from a long hard day at the office. I don’t know about you but after a long hard day often I find myself looking to a beverage to unwind, often in my case a glass of Rose or a cheeky cocktail with my work mates. On other ocassions a simple cup of Earl Grey does the trick. Even better than just having a beverage is enjoying my drink whilst soaking in a warm bath, with my favourite bath oil or a bath bomb. Maybe even a few candles and if I’m going all out, a read of whatever book I have on the go!

If this is still not enough then I love to have a good pamper, so I feel at my best to tackle whatever stress maybe coming my way. So I’ll shave my legs, making sure to use my favourite SASS Skin Concentrate to nourish my skin and maximise time between shaves, because nothing makes me feel more in control and ready to achieve whatever is coming my way than having silky smooth legs. Then I’ll put on a face mask, preferably something containing clay to draw out any spots I may have lingering beneith the surface ready to pounce out at me like a lion on a mouse and knock me off my game.

While my face mask is drying I like to start giving myself a pedicure, which I’ll finish off once I have stopped looking like the Grinch. I always choose a cheery colour for my toe nails, for an instant pick me up so whenever life gets me down and I end up looking down in despair, I can see something that will instantly make me feel happy and more confident.
 
However despite it being the antipathy of what you may think, to help me feel fully relaxed, I like to tackle a few of the jobs that have been sat on my to do list for a while so I have less to feel stressed about. Nothing major, but maybe put a load of washing on, chip away at my mountain of ironing or sort through my hundreds of emails, only for 15 minutes so I feel like I have achieved something, but not completely overwhelmed.
Thanks again to the lovely Lydia for letting me post on her fabulous blog. I hope you’ve enjoyed it! If you loved it then head over to my blog for more lifestyle posts and other random musings that come out of my mind.
Katie xx (visit her blog here.)