Happy Fall!!

Hi!!!!!!

Goodness, it's been forever and a day since I last posted and I'm so sorry for the delay!  I was out of the country for over two weeks and just uber busy.  But I'm ready to get back on a regular posting schedule!  Yay!

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful fall thus far!  It definitely doesn't feel like fall in Cali, but I'm pretending it does by drinking lots of coffee and buying tiny pumpkins.

Autumn is probably my favorite season (followed by summer).  I'm an extremely nostalgic, emotional person, and for some reason the fall months really seem to suit my vibe and energy.  I feel very much like myself as the weather starts to get a little cooler, the leafs begin to change color, and the sunlight seems just a little bit heavier and more golden.  Fall always reminds me of when I was growing up on the east coast - where the trees really did look like they were strewn with paper mache flames, and the nights were cold enough that we'd drink hot cocoa and wear fleecy pajamas.  I love CA with all my heart, but sometimes I ache for a Virginia autumn.

Something about fall also stokes my creativity - there's nothing I enjoy more than cozying up with a cup of coffee (I'm an addict okay??) at my desk, looking out the window at the lengthening shadows, and writing for hours.  In some ways I think these months make me a little more melancholy, but not in a bad way…I just feel more intimate with myself, more in touch with my spirit and my soul.  Fall makes me want to slow down and sink into the things that make me happy.  Writing.  Memories.  Family.  Snuggling.  Fantasy.  Reading.

Things feel different in the fall, both tangibly and emotionally.  There is a shift that I can feel in every fiber of my being and it's such a strange and beautiful sensation.

So, in honor of fall, here are some fun things that I want to do this autumn and you can totally do to!  If you want to do any together, let me know :)

1. Movie night with the girl gang!  What better time of year than fall to snuggle up with your besties and watch movies?  My list of flicks to watch: Gremlins (because, nostalgia), Wetlands (so much girl goodness), Clueless (always!), and Spirited Away.

2. Try baking something.  Okay, so I am NOT a cook.  At all.  I can scramble eggs and use the microwave.  But something about the fall makes me want to bake sweet things.  This is probably also nostalgia related, since I distinctly remember my mom baking sugar cookies and my dad making sweet rolls around the holidays.  So, every autumn, I try to make at least one new thing in the kitchen.  Banana bread, red velvet cupcakes, cinnamon coffee cake.  It doesn't always pan out (haha punny), but it's fun to try, and fun to share the end result with friends.

3. Revamp your wardrobe!  This doesn't mean go out and buy a whole new winter wardrobe (who has the funds for that??).  But why not host a clothing exchange and invite all your girls over?  I'm stoked to start wearing boots with knee high socks, cozy hats, and oversized sweaters.

4. Combine all of the last three ideas into one awesome day!

5. Go outside more.  Seriously, there's something so magical about fall and I want to spend more time experiencing it.  What I want to do: Take a picnic blanket and read outside in a park.  I want to take the puppies for more walks.  I want to drink cider on the patio with friends.  I want to lay in the yard with my love and make up our own constellations.  

6. And, of course, remember to love yourself!!  With the fall comes the holidays, and with the holidays comes the inevitable guilt of eating that extra slice of pie, drinking all that Oktober fest beer (guilty), and generally enjoying lots of savory and sweet food.  Well, screw the guilt.  It's the goddamn holidays, and if you want to eat all the mashed potatoes go for it.  On the other hand, if you are trying to stay abreast (another pun! …maybe?) of the inevitable calorie gain during the fall, then go for it!  Do what makes YOU happy.  And if you slip up, who cares?  Please, please, please don't beat yourself up over it.  Eat the weird sweet potatoes with marshmallows or don't.  And don't let anyone make you feel crappy about your choices!  Aunt JoJo is probably going to ask why you're eating so much, and Uncle Bob is most likely going to tell you to have another slice of cake.  Tell them to fuck off.  I'm totally kidding.  Give them a hug and move on with your business.

Okay, so this post got really random and apparently I'm beyond ready for cold weather and holiday sweaters, and loads of food.

I promise I'll be back soon with a feminist-y post.  

I just freakin' love the fall!!

Happy October my dears!

XOXO!