Leaves are beginning to change color. Starbucks is serving Pumpkin Spice Lattes again. And, on Friday, the calendar officially changes to my favorite season of the year. Why is fall my favorite season? It would take me more than a blog post to explain, so I’ll just start with five things I love about fall.
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Five Things I Love About Autumn
Dressing In Layers
First of all, I love my fall wardrobe. My closet is full of leather and suede booties, chunky cardigans, and scarves for layering. My newest addition is a chic faux-leather jacket. I love the zipper detail on the sleeves and pockets. I can’t wait for the temperatures to drop back down into the 60s again so I can wear it more.
Shop My Outfit
- Black Skinny Jeans | Plus-Size Black Skinny Jeans (similar)
- Black V-neck T-shirt (similar)
- Moto Jacket (similar)
- Ankle Boots (similar)
- Leopard Print Scarf (similar)
- Kate Spade New York Sunglasses (similar)
The Flavors And Scents Of Fall
Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel, apples, cranberries — I love it all. In the fall, I usually have candles and soaps in seasonal scents around my apartment. I love burning jar candles scented like fall desserts. It makes my living room and kitchen smell like something delicious is baking! As the temperatures cool down, it’s also time for soups and chilis again. Is anybody else super excited for that?
My Favorite Fall Recipes
- Michigan Apple Cider Sangria
- Carrot Ginger Soup
- Apple Bacon Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Spicy Sweet Potato Bites
Back To School
For the majority of the first 21 years of my life, the year seemed to reset with going back to school rather than the start of January. The beginning of the school year always felt like a fresh start, a time to set new goals and to readjust my outlook for the year ahead. I still find September an inspiring time of year for setting career goals. Plus, it’s still my favorite time of year for shopping, and that love began as a child picking out my new school supplies and outfits.
Leaf Peeping Road Trips
The changing colors of fall foliage is one of my favorite parts of the season, especially here in the Midwest. Driving the Tunnel of Trees and taking a scenic drive around Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are both fall leaf peeping trips on my bucket list. One of my favorite scenic fall road trips was through the Colorado Rockies in September 2014. The Aspen trees’ leaves had turned golden, creating stunning vistas to photograph and enjoy.
Cider Mill Visits
Growing up in Michigan, it didn’t feel like fall until I had my first sip of apple cider at a Michigan cider mill. While living in Grand Rapids, I loved to visit Robinette’s Applehaus for cinnamon sugar doughnuts, a cup of cold cider, and a hayride around the property. Back when I lived in the Washington, D.C., area, I really missed this aspect of fall, but corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and wine tasting all ended up being fun fall activities, too.
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There you have it! With so many reasons to love autumn, it’s no surprise that I’m impatiently awaiting crisp, cool air, falling leaves, and more opportunities to wear my fall scarves, booties, and new faux leather jacket.
Photo Credits: Photos of me were taken by Jeni Hernandez, of Thyme & Love