In the immortal words of F. Scott Fitzgerald (Okay okay, I've never actually read The Great Gatsby, sue me, but I did love the movie.)...
Fall is literally a breath of fresh, cool air after the hot, sometimes brutal months of summer. It's no surprise everyone seems to get a second wind come October when everything seems refreshing and brighter and crisper. So I'm counting down my 5 favorite things about Fall.
1. Fall Clothing
Even for girls who aren't usually excited about fashion and shopping there's something so easy and fun about fall styles. Everyone looks and feels good in a cozy cable-knit cardy. Pair that with a skinny jean (or boyfriend jean or legging), chunky scarf and an amazing boot and you're a gorgeous Fall Fashionista.
I can't express enough my obsession for candles, namely Yankee Candles. This is the time of the year I stock up on my favorite fragrances. Pumpkin Spice, Harvest, Farmer's Market, Home Sweet Home, Cozy Sweater, Warm Woolen Mittens, Apple Cider, Autumn Leaves and Soft Blanket. Yes, these are all real, actual scents sold by Yankee Candle. Of course I burn my Yankee Candles year round, (spring scents are sweet and yummy) but there's something about the warmth of fall scents that fill your home with a sense of contentment. Cuddling on the couch, wrapped in a bulky sweater, drinking hot tea next to a flickering candle while it storms outside, I can't think of anything better.
3. Pumpkin Everything!
Me: "Hi, I am Tracy and I am a Pumpkin Spice Latte Addict."
Pumpkin just happens to be one of those foods and scents you only seem to get in the fall and that makes it so, so much tastier and precious. Other than my pumpkin lattes there are pumpkin cream cheese muffins(okay, let's get real, those are cupcakes Starbucks, you're fooling no one.), pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice beers, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin normal cake, pumpkin chocolate, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin milkshakes made from pumpkin ice cream...etc. etc. and so forth. Perhaps the best pumpkin related joy of mine though is going to the pumpkin patch. I will patiently yet ruthlessly inspect 1,000 pumpkins before I find my pumpkin soul mate: the most perfectly round, glowing orange, King of Pumpkins. He and I will then rule together in the realm of Autumn, a land where the leaves are eternally golden and the air forever crisp.
Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday because even as a 28 year old woman I still love getting dressed up! Last Halloween I found a gorgeous red Merida wig and a green, Scottish style dress, but I also wanted to play with fake blood and fangs so I ended up being a vampire Merida...and that's what so amazing about Halloween! You can let your imagination run wild and mash up all your favorite characters and no one bats an eye and any character is 10x cooler with some fake blood tossed in!
Every Halloween my sister and I have to watch Hocus Pocus together and catch as many scary movies as possible in the theaters. It's so rare in normal people's lives these days to be genuinely frightened (we are all so sheltered) so that anticipation and thrill you get when watching a truly scary movie can be like a drug.
Dressing up, scary movies, haunted houses, candy; Halloween is basically an adrenaline and sugar fueled regression back into childhood where everything was exciting and wild and possible.
5. Cool Weather and Warm Fires
I recently moved into a new, adorable little studio in a historic mansion. My apartment has huge windows on two sides and when I open them it's like I can finally breathe. This is the season when I can throw open my curtains and let the sun in and feel that perfect cool breeze that's so different from the pathetic zephyrs of summer that do nothing to cool you.
Since I'm in a new city I'm most excited for fall to go exploring, either hiking in the woods under the turning leaves or taking a long drive with the windows down and my sunroof open.
The best part of fall though might be the storms, I plan on many stormy nights spent curled up on my turquoise Ikea chaise with a cup of Ghiradelli hot chocolate and a good book in front of my fireplace.
It's at this time of year though that I'm reminded of a quote from one of my favorite books:
"Many human beings say that they enjoy the winter, but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it. For them there is no winter food problem. They have fires and warm clothes. The winter cannot hurt them and therefore increases their sense of cleverness and security." (Richard Adams, Watership Down)
This rings so true after my list of frivolous things. I can love cold, windy, rainy weather because I can sit inside, snug as a bug in a rug and not deal with the unpleasantness of it. So this season while I revel in all my favorite things I'm also going to pay special attention to just how lucky I am. I'm going to use this season to thank my parents for instilling in me a sense of safety and joy every Autumn since I was a little girl dressing up as a zombie princess for Halloween. I'm going to cherish my job that allows me to take vacations during my favorite season and puts a roof over my head. And even though I'm now living in a different state than my sister I'm going to schedule a long distance Hocus Pocus sister date complete with Facetime on our iPhones, popcorn and costumes!
Happy fall! Now get out there and enjoy it before the Christmas craze takes us all over!