Fresh finds (beyond Pumpkin Spice) for a festive change of seasons!
The transition between summer and fall can be difficult. From colder temperatures to less daylight, autumn demands our cooperation and preparedness. Sure you’re probably excited for the annual debut of Pumpkin Spice products, but that’s only a small fraction of fall necessities. We scoured the internet to provide you with a mostly comprehensive list of everything you will need for a fabulous fall season this year.
Fall Essentials to Keep Your Skin Healthy
Lip Balm - Once the colder temperatures move in, you’re going to need a way to protect your lips from drying out and cracking. Burt’s Bees is made without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, or SLS. Moisturizing your lips with beeswax is a natural way to hydrate and soothe. Combine the great ingredients with the ultimate fall flavor, pumpkin spice, for a festive way to provide your lips with the care that they need.
Moisturizer - When the seasons change it tends to dry out your skin. A good moisturizer is the best way to prevent dry skin because it acts as a temporary barrier and holds water in the outermost layer of skin. Saturday Skin Moisturizer is special because it uses avocado protein extract to protect and hydrate. It is dermatologist tested and doesn’t include parabens, sulfates, or synthetic fragrance/color.
Face Mask - It’s hard to create a list without including Erin’s favorite ingredient…oats! Lush is a great company to purchase from because they value ethical sourcing of ingredients, fight animal testing, and hand make all of their products. The oatifix face mask utilizes finely ground oatmeal and fresh organic bananas to create a product that soothes dry skin and locks in moisture. Just leave the face mask on for 15 minutes to reveal a fresh glow.
Vests - A puffer vest is the quintessential fall clothing favorite. Autumn brings colder temperatures, but it often doesn’t get cold enough for a full-fledged winter jacket. By wearing a down vest you will be able to keep your core warm while your arms can maintain their mobility. The box baffle design creates three dimensional cubes that are sewn into the vest to prevent the filling from falling to the bottom. Besides providing warmth, the best feature of this vest is that it can be folded down to fit inside of a small bag.
Fall Shoes - Booties are a great choice for women’s fall footwear because they can be used for both casual and formal occasions. Their versatility complements nearly any outfit which means you’re going to get your money’s worth out of this purchase. Toms is a great company to purchase shoes from because they’re committed to the “one for one” philosophy by donating a pair to a child in need.
Hats - Sure it might not be as sunny as it was during the summer, but owning a wide brim hat has more perks than protecting you from harmful UV rays. They are an eternally classic accessory that has been in style for decades. Not only are they beneficial for bad hair days but also adding sophistication to most clothing ensembles. This hat in particular has a flirty, playful brim and is made of 100% wool.
Warm Dresses - Sweater dresses are another excellent staple of fall fashion. Slip one on for nearly effortless sophistication; furthermore, add a belt and booties to your outfit for an even more stylish look. By choosing the right cut and length that works best for your body type, you can become a fashionista wearing clothes that are both trendy and comfortable.
Books to Cozy Up To
Howl's Moving Castle - Sure you might have seen the movie rendition of this novel, but nothing compares to the beautiful imagery and imagination found in the paper version of Howl’s Moving Castle. After encountering the Witch of the Waste, protagonist Sophie is put under a spell that transforms her into an old woman. Her only hope for recovery lays in a mysterious moving castle whose master, Howl, is a force to be reckoned with. Through time and unlikely friendships Sophie learns about love, magic, and the battle between good and evil.
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Start those Halloween vibes early with this phantasmagoric novel. When Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show comes to a small Illinois town, two boys’ lives change forever from this experience. The funhouse atmosphere quickly transforms into a living nightmare. Something Wicked This Way Comes isn’t your stereotypical coming of age story. This book comments on the theme of aging from the consciousness of both the young and old, but most importantly the plot is a magical wild ride.
Wild - Stories about spending time in nature are some of my favorites, especially when an independent woman is the protagonist. Wild follows Cheryl through thousands of miles while walking the Pacific Crest Trail. Once again you may have seen the movie portrayal of this novel, but I can guarantee that the book is much better in the novel because you get a glimpse into her psyche along the journey. The author beautifully blends humor and suspense while giving readers insight into the human condition.
Travels with Charley in Search of America - Travels with Charley has a similar premise as Wild; however, Steinbeck’s novel covers more ground both physically and figuratively. While traveling across the country with his furry companion, Steinbeck provides a vivid account of the ideologies found within the American landscape. Charley serves not only as a travel buddy but also as a diplomat between strangers whom the author refers to as a “mind-reading dog”. On his coast to coast journey there are many intriguing observations and important values learned along the way.
The best way to welcome a new season is to fully embrace what makes that time of year special. For autumn that means cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice products (and if it’s Pumpkin Spice you seek – be sure to check out our delicious Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cookies!). Once you have your clothing and beauty products selected, you will be able to admire just how beautiful the changing seasons can be. Personally, I enjoy going on a hike in a forest to admire the leaves changing color. No matter what activity you decide upon, you’re going to be stylish and prepared for a beautiful time of year.
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