While most people bemoan the arrival of winter, it's the season I spend most of the year highly anticipating. For me, winter heralds the arrival of lazy nights spent curled up in front of the TV with a bowl of pasta and a glass of vino.
If you're inside escaping from the cold too, here's how to create the perfect night in with just a few simple steps (wine is non-negotiable!).
Before you start doing anything, slip on your fluffiest socks and comfiest clothes (with no bra in sight of course!). This is what tracky dacks and oversized jumpers were made for, my friend.
Soft lighting and candles
Absolutely nothing sets the mood more than soft, warm lighting. Even if you're by yourself or with a couple of girlfriends, you need to put your apartment in ultimate relaxation mode with dim mood lighting and candles. While they're not cheap, Diptyque candles are my go-to.
LOTS of pillows and blankets
The key to a cosy night in? TONS of blankets and pillows - seriously, there can never be too many! Grab all the pillows from your bed and pile them onto the lounge with your softest blankets.
Perfect movie line-up
Picking out the perfect movie to suit your mood is tough, so it's a good idea to have some go-to faves when a night like this rolls around. I love the classic disaster, sci-fi and thrillers like Prometheus, The Martian and Deep Impact. Or go for a chick-flick night full of Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect. Or if you're feeling nostalgic, you can't go past Matilda.
Of course, you'll want to munch on some yummy snacks while you watch your movie. Go for a mix of sweet and salty, like glazed donuts and salt and vinegar chips. Yum!
Whether you're a red or white kind of girl, wine just makes everything better. If you want to step it up a notch, make your own mulled wine. Simply pour a bottle of your favourite red into a pot on the stove. Add in slices of orange, a handful of cinnamon sticks and as much honey as you'd like. Let it simmer while you settle into your cosy nook and taste it until it's to your liking.
No lazy night is complete without a luxurious face-mask, nail polish and a long soak in the tub.
Emma is just your average book loving, tea drinking, story writing, narcissistic millennial on an eternal quest for the perfect t-shirt. Ever since she picked up her first copy of Dolly when she was twelve, she always knew she wanted to work in magazines. She would describe herself as a bit of a hopeless romantic with an obsession for true crime and horror and a love for red wine, whiskey or a stiff gin and tonic. When she's not binge watching Netflix or buying things she can't afford online, she spends her weekends trawling through bookstores and eating her way through Brisbane.