I'll admit, it took a long time for me to resolve to the fact that it was officially fall; summer had a late start and I was still enjoying the long sunny days into October. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to iced coffees, or trade my t-shirts for my trench coat and my sunnies for umbrella, but alas here we are. And now that I'm fully immersed in sweater weather - I'm not mad about it. There are so many things that change from season to season: from your closet to your kitchen to your decor - a change of season can mean a update in all aspects of your life. I like to call them switch ups - see how fall has made its mark in my day to day:
1. Flowers: I know so many may say that they're a waste of money but for me, who lives alone, they really only brighten up my day - AND THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. They should brighten up your day, you bought them for you after all. For fall I've switched my summer tulips and peonies for greenery. Not only are the bunches usually cheaper ($6-10/bunch), but they can last up to 2 weeks! They are the perfect compliment to any table and look great in any vase - I particularly like them in milk glass shown below (similar here).
2. Food: From being the queen of rabbit food (aka salads), I happily retire my usual spinach salad for ALL THINGS WARM - this coming in the form of soup and roasted veggies. These are always on my meal prep for the week and you can get so creative with your type of veg or soup so you never get bored. Another perk of my one pot meals for the week is the economical aspect: I'd much rather save my pennies for a last minute vacation to get some sun in the dead of January - who's with me? Find the soup recipe here, and my go to roasted vegetable recipe is topped with Erin Ireland's tahini sauce found here - if you follow this woman on Instagram you will be inspired daily to make whole and healthy delicious food.
3. Not (all) black clothing: I'll admit, my attire is probably 80% black. It's my go to, my comfort zone and, well, it goes with everything. For a person who truly does love fashion, I become a creature of habit with the styles I wear, which is why I'm consciously trying new looks and pieces! Insert a fall floral - not limited to the office or a night out, this piece is so versatile and it's so comfortable. I'll often opt for a plum lip at night or tuck it into a pencil skirt for the office. I'm honoured to be a brand ambassador for this local brand; the designer supports sustainable fashion and hand makes everything herself! Check her out at here - use LAUREN20 to get 20% off your order too! Just in time for holiday shopping...
4. Berets: Recently a friend told me that I either show up in a pencil skirt or baseball hat and, well, it's true. They are my go to's and it's another reason why I think a person's style doesn't or shouldn't be limited to just one look. However, a trend I've always been onboard with is the beret! Not only is 'Raspberry Beret' one of my favourite songs, but I actually own one (and one in black, too). It's the ultimate chic and classic look and I couldn't be happier to see it getting the recognition it deserves. I'm not going to say I'll swear off baseball hats for the season but you'll see me mix in the beret more often.
5. A Warm Cocktail: Summer temperatures suggest your drink choice to be all things chilled, on the rocks or blended. And, while there truly is nothing better than an ice cold beer on a patio, come fall with its dark and chilly disposition, you're less likely to reach for the ice cubes. Insert a warm cocktail, one you could see yourself cozying up to the fire with, like a Hot Toddy! This drink originated in Ireland and really has no set recipe - I found this one here - my bottle of Crown Royal is finally being put to use. Not only is this drink great for a date night on the couch but could also be a cold remedy for those nights where you just need a little help to go to sleep...
So there you have my fall switch ups - I hope it's inspired you to try a different look or meal and embrace the cozy weather. After all, for many of us we've got 6 months to settle into this routine, and I know that my evenings binge watching HGTV will be enjoyed with a warm whisky in hand. And I'm not mad about it.
So I guess we better get ready for Christmas now?