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Monday, October 20, 2014

Embracing Fall

Dear Diary, 
When I think of fun ideas for Fall, I think of the evenings getting darker, dewy mornings, leaves falling from trees and the warmth of fireplaces and hot drinks. It’s sometimes hard to accept the changing seasons, acknowledge the fact that summer’s over and that a new season is beginning, but hopefully these fun ideas for Fall will ease the transition.

1. Change Your Fragrance
As the heat fades and the nights draw in, it’s a good idea to switch up your perfume and invest in spicy, heavy, musky or amber fragrances to correspond with the cooler, crisper air of the season. There’s nothing better than inviting richer, warmer scents into your home too. Maybe a new pumpkin spice candle or clove-scented diffuser will help evoke the feeling of the new season.
2. Bask In Nature
Feeling the crunch of the leaves beneath your feet and being outside in the fresh air always helps me experience the change of season. Spend an afternoon laying in the hammock or lunching outside on your favorite cozy blanket.
3. Read Literature
What’s better than curling up on your couch, getting lost in a good book? It could be a book you purchased over the summer that you never got a chance to read, or go out and buy a book that’s related to the season. There are so many good reads. Consider “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt or “A Night in the Lonesome October” by Roger Zelazny.
4. Shop for New Fashion Pieces
I love the seasonal transition from a fashion perspective, since it allows me to look for new items and layering pieces for my wardrobe. I love scarves, boots, and sweaters! It’s always a nice feeling to pack away summer dresses to prepare for the cooler months. Fall-colored accessories really can make an outfit. Treat yourself to an on-trend piece to get you in the mood.
5. Bring The Outside In
A new season provides a wealth of artistic inspiration. Not everyone’s wired to create arts and crafts, but I like to bring a bit of the outdoors indoors. You can always put some bare tree sticks and colorful maple leaves in Mason jars on table, or place a scented candle in a large hurricane vase on some rocks or acorns you picked up outside! These are both good starting points.
6. Cook with Pumpkins and Squash
I always associate the cooler months with hearty soups and stews. Even baking cookies on cold, rainy days when you don’t feel like venturing outside can lift your spirits. Try slicing up butternut squash, place open-side down on a baking tray, then bake for 40 minutes to an hour at 350˚F until soft. Top the baked squash with butter, red chili flakes and salt and pepper. It makes a great side or main dish.
7. Savor the Hours of Sunlight
If you can catch the final hours of sunlight each day, I say go for it! If you have a place in your home where you can see the sunset or if you have to venture someplace to see the last few minutes of sunlight, go there! Standing outside on your balcony or simply taking a few deep breaths outside works wonders too. Finding that inner calm with the last glimpses of daily sunlight always help lift your spirits.

Some inspiring and fun ideas to help you embrace this new season before winter sets in. Go out and enjoy all that Fall has to offer you!