Thursday, September 3, 2015

5 Non-Aggressive Ways to Welcome Fall

Fall fever is absolutely a thing and although turning our calendars to September feels like it should be the start of the season, fall doesn't officially begin until the 23rd. So where does that leave us? In the awkward summer to fall transition period, that's where. Personally I'm craving full blown fall, but breaking out the scarves and flannel and apple cider is more than a little aggressive.... especially given this week's weather forecast is upwards of 88 degrees. 
So, if you're as excited for fall as I am, here are a few ways to get into the spirit now, without seeming over the top eager. 

1. Light Candles

Just because it's still scorching out, doesn't mean your room can't smell like pumpkins and cinnamon. I am personally dying to check out all of the new fall candles at Bath and Body Works! Seriously what do you think "sweater weather" smells like? Anyway, if there's one thing I'm sure of, it's that nothing says fall like a room that smells like artificial butter cream icing
Which brings me to my second suggestion... 

2. Get Baking
Baking fall treats in early September is way more socially acceptable than rushing out to order a pumpkin spice latte. In fact, let's all agree to wait until fall officially begins before we jump back on the pumpkin bandwagon. [Side Note: I'm sorry I chose a pumpkin filled picture of last year's Thanksgiving baking.] 
Instead, I'm thinking of oatmeal cookies and snicker doodles, which I've always considered fall/winter cookies, especially since they'll make the whole house smell like cinnamon. 

3. Watch a Movie
Just because you can't enjoy crisp air and changing leaves just yet doesn't mean you can't live vicariously through fictional characters. Movies set in fall are the perfect way to get excited for the season. If you need some suggestions, try When Harry Met Sally, Dan in Real Life, Dead Poets Society or Ferris Bueller's Day Off, all guaranteed to give you that autumn vibe.
Just promise me you'll refrain from Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus for a few more weeks.

4. Paint Your Nails

Although darker makeup is always a fall trend, it's still way too early for that dark plum lipstick. Instead, start with a darker nail polish. Orange and dark pinks are especially perfect for the transition from poppy summer colors to more muted fall tones. 

Insta Dri by Sally Hansen in Snappy Sorbet, Expresso (my personal favorite) and Coco A Go Go
5. Plan an Apple Picking Trip
While it's still too early to pick out a pumpkin, did you know Apple picking season actually started on August 29th? That makes September the perfect time for a fun excursion! Also when you return from the trip, you can revisit suggestion #2 and bake a delicious apple pie.

Well, I hope you enjoy the awkward transition period. I know I should appreciate these last few weeks of summer, but truthfully I'm more than ready to welcome fall with open arms. 
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