Four things I love about fall

Though the high today is 88 degrees, it’s officially fall! I’ve been craving pumpkin spice lattes and all things autumn for months. For this week’s blog post, I thought I would have a little fun and dive into why fall is my favorite season. 

Choosing Cozy + Cute Outfits

In general, my ultimate fashion goal is to look pulled together. The best compliment that people give me is, “You always look so professional!” On the occasions where I have heard this, I’ve probably laughed it off and politely said thank you, but inside I had squealed with glee. (Squealing with glee isn’t exactly considered professional, so that would have ruined the look, you know?)

Even on my laziest days, I am usually particular about my clothing and try to create a look that matches and looks cohesive. Fall is a great season for looking pulled together because it generally involves a lot of warm, dark colors and layering of items. Because of this, it’s super easy to make an outfit that is essentially a t-shirt and leggings look – at the very least – business casual. Throw on a nice necklace, a cardigan and some boots and you’re good to go!

In addition to the naturally more formal look that layering gives, fall clothes are generally more comfortable than summer clothes when it comes to looking professional. In the summer, I can wear cute dresses, but then I have to either wear shorts underneath (and sweat) or deal with thigh chafing (and still sweat). A lot of women’s clothing that is available in the summer or spring is simply not office appropriate. Even though I love the fruity patterns and playful colors of summer, it can be hard to find an outfit that is both cool temperature-wise and cool aesthetically.

Enjoying Seasonal Foods + Beverages

Of all the seasons, fall has the most distinctive flavors. Everything is warm and gooey and seemingly chock full of cinnamon or nutmeg. There are gluttonously dishes like sweet potato casserole, passed around at Thanksgiving, and yummy treats like caramel apples to partake in. 

And I know, it’s not very original of me to say that pumpkin spice lattes are delicious. I’m also not going to sit around and pretend they’re not just to appease people who think they’re too good to partake in a trend. It’s a delicious beverage! My favorite fall dessert is not actually from Starbucks though – it’s Culver’s! Their salted caramel pumpkin concrete mixers are amazing.

I wish these items were more readily available throughout the remainder of the year, but I guess that’s part of what makes fall special. 

Carving Pumpkins

I am by no means a DIY, got-this-idea-from-Pinterest person. I do not generally have the patience it takes to make cutesy crafts. Honestly, even when I get a whim for making things, I don’t have much time to do so. I don’t usually get days off – I get a few hours at a time, if I am lucky. I really struggle with using that time in creative or productive ways because I’m tired. After all, when you’re working full time and going to school full time in a field which requires you to be thoughtful and innovative, it doesn’t take much to feel like your well of creativity has run dry. (With recognition of my art student girlfriend, I can’t fathom how bad artists must feel about this.)

That being said, I love carving pumpkins and I try to make time for things that are related to holidays or particular seasons – I want to be able to say I enjoyed each to the fullest extent! I typically put a lot of time and effort into my pumpkin designs, something I got from my dad. He always has the coolest jack-o-lanterns and I used to get so frustrated that mine were never as good as his. I now live with a different artist, so my constant quest to have the best pumpkin in the household lives on. I get super into it and even a little unnecessarily competitive. Oops.

Going to Fall Events + Orchards

I’m usually more apt to go to different places in the fall, though I’m not totally sure why. I think a lot of it is just the weather. Summertime heat can make it hard to get up the energy to do anything or go anywhere. A sunny fall day with a gentle breeze is great motivation for me to get out of the apartment and set aside my workload for the afternoon. I love going to orchards or pumpkin patches, drinking cider or going on hay rides. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the season.

Not all fall festivities or venues are created equally, of course. We once went to an orchard that so overwhelmed with bees that they got stuck in our food. We promptly left, swatting bees away as we dashed to the car. I’m probably never going back there, which is fine because I don’t remember the name of the place anyway.

Those are just a few of the things I enjoy about this season, which is the best of them all, In my opinion. Unfortunately, nonsensical weather patterns here in Indiana tend to encroach on its blissful, leaf-swirling days with either echoes of summer or whispers of winter. I just wish I had more time to enjoy all of the above!

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