Fall is here, friends! And I don't know about you, but I'm merrily trading flip flops for riding boots, beach towels for warm knit blankets and peony scents for pumpkin spice candles. This past Tuesday I opened up the closet and rediscovered some of my favorite Fall must-haves, and so many of these things were too good not to share with my readers!
I have to say, I love the Summer season and I am always sad to see the days grow shorter, the light fading sooner, the beaches here becoming quieter and all the gorgeous blooms slowly disappearing. But Fall this year feels like a safe-haven. Summer 2015 for this girl and AYE was incredible. And busy. And a whirlwind. It was a beautiful combination of all three. This past Monday (coincidentally on the first day of Fall) I crossed the finish line on the last day of my 2015 wedding season. On that cool, crisp morning I woke up and inhaled so deeply for the first time in what seemed like months. Guys, I put an insane amount of pressure on myself and my little business this Summer. More on this to come in another post coming this weekend, but just know... I successfully made it, and I am so overjoyed! I pushed this little business of mine beyond limits I didn't know existed, and it was above and beyond rewarding! But I am happy to say that the change of season is here, and Fall is my respite.
So, enough of the detour and onto the good things the title of this blog post promises! Below are my 13 ride or die Fall loves, friends. From cozy blankets to seasonal beverages, this is what you will find in the new AYE studio this season!
Riding Boots - You knew these would be on the list! A pair of black and a pair of brown in your wardrobe are essential from October through the Winter months.
Hocus Pocus - It's not Fall until you've gotten nostalgic and popped this DVD in for a cozy night at home with a glass of wine and Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt or Kettle Corn Popcorn (and eat most of the bag in one sitting)!
Taupe-y Grey Nail Polish - Definitely run out and pick up a bottle of Essie Chinchilly nail polish. I love that it's a great transitional color from the Summertime pinks and whites to the Wintery oxblood reds and shimmery glitter polishes.
Flannel Sheets - These sheets just take the coziness factor of the season to a whole different level. Flannel sheets fresh from the laundry are basically heavenly warm pajamas for your mattress.
Lip Balm and Conditioner - This Herbivore Botanical Coco Rose lip conditioner has been a product that I haven't been able to live without this past month. At the beginning of September golden rod bloomed here in Massachusetts, and it was completely overgrown at one of my couple's venues. My allergies really kicked in, and with that, my lips almost immediately dried out. I heard great things about this lip conditioner, so I decided to give it a try. Between it's moisturizing power and the beautiful scent, I can't stop wearing it. I've even been lining and filling in my lips with a nude lipliner and going over it with this conditioner in lieu of lipstick!
Camping Socks - I found these long socks at J Crew Factory last year and they brought them back again this year! They work for wearing around the house and keeping riding boots tall and structured when on.
Fall Reads - Stop! Put down the self-improvement and business books (I'm talking to you, wedding industry friends)! Pick up a fun novel or a thriller like In a Dark, Dark Wood and truly read for pleasure and some quiet time. Recently, I've been trying to read early in the morning, just to start the day off early and quietly on the right foot.
Pumpkin Spice Flavored Coffee - Am I the only person who isn't a true lover of the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks? I usually can't finish a whole one. Ground pumpkin spice flavored coffee is simple, easy and has been brewing all this month. I'm really loving it!
Pumpkin Harvest Candles - Brooklyn Candle Studio makes the prettiest white, clean and chic hand poured mason jar candles. This pumpkin scent is nice, fills the house and in no way overwhelming. Plus it looks so pretty on any coffee table or kitchen counter.
Warm Knit Blankets & Throws - I have a problem. I can never have enough of these. I have a whole seagrass basket filled with these while one or two would definitely suffice. I recently bought one of these grey cable knit throws from West Elm for the studio, and it's definitely become my new favorite, especially since it matches.
Greige/Marsala Lipstick - I don't know about you, but I feel like I look ridiculous with a red lip anytime outside of Christmas. Truthfully, I think I keep picking reds that don't have the right undertone. So in the Fall, I typically stick to nude lipstick or lip balm at all times. But this year I found this unique color in a ColourPop Lippie Stick and I fell in love. It's a shade that looks good on every skintone, and it's so versatile.
Warm Running Attire - Just because it's chillier out doesn't mean I'm allowed to stop running and walking outside. I have a couple of cowl neck workout sweatshirts like this one (the ones I have are years old and unavailable now) and because they are flattering and I enjoy wearing them, I remain motivated and a little more excited exercising in the colder early morning hours.
Geode Necklace - I'm obsessed with this rose gold dipped geode necklace from Lauren Conrad's new Runway Collection at Kohls. I've had my eye on necklaces like these for a while now, so when I saw this budget-friendly option pop up on IG last week, I had to pick it up. It's a little bit edgy and still dainty, and it's perfect when paired with sweaters, faux fur vests and leather jackets.
There you have it! Did you discover anything new within this list? Do you share any of these favorites? I love must-have recommendations, so please feel free to share some of your Fall favorites below!
Happy Fall, friends! Until next time.
**This post is in no way sponsored by any brand, company, product or service. Everything is just personal favorites and opinions.**