Brisk fall weather means that it's finally socially acceptable to hibernate! Opting to stay in when the weather is chilly doesn't have to mean ordering Chinese take-out and watching Scandal in your jammies (though, that is perfectly acceptable). If you want to turn up the heat, try these 5 ideas that will make a Saturday night in way better than going out on the town.
There are any number of ways to make this warm winter cocktail -- and they are all delightful -- but here is a basic version. Spoon a bit of honey or agave into the bottom of a mug, add your spirit of choice (whiskey, dark rum or brandy work great) and mix with a bit of fresh lemon juice. Top with piping hot tea.
A blanket seems like a no-brainer, right? Alas, digging out your old bedspread out of the hall closet just won't do the trick. Invest in an oversized, extra soft throw. Try something in a soft cable knit -- it will feel more luxurious than whatever you have thrown over the back of your couch right now.
Now is the time to turn off the lights and opt for candles. A cluster of different sized pillar and votive candles is perfect for a coffee table. Tea lights add a little glow to bathrooms and end tables. Bonus points if you have candles that give off a subtle fall scent. Just make sure you blow them out before you doze off or, ahem, move to the boudoir.
Miley Cyrus can take a break tonight. Cold weather means old music: Etta James, Billie Holiday etc. If you have a record player, then bust out the vinyl. The crackle and fuzzy noise right when the needle hits the record is about as good as it gets on a November night.
Ignore the TV, put down your iPhone ... better yet, pretend there's a blackout! Take advantage of the cozy, warm and vintage vibe and play a game. A real game -- not Candy Crush. Backgammon, gin rummy or, if you're feeling adventurous, bridge are perfect winter weather options.
Here are a few more ideas for de-stressing your evenings.