Being from Texas, summers are hell. It’s 162,000ºf, and no amount of cold air conditioning can cool you. Every heinous bug and critter is out and about, and just waiting to scare the hell out of you. Maybe not hell, but your bowels will get a workout. Once Fall comes, I come out of hibernation like a bear. We forage for beauty, cute clothes, freshen our hair and makeup with warmer colors, decorate our homes to reflect the beauty within and without, and immerse ourselves in the things that make us come alive. Okay, well, maybe it’s just me who takes it to those extremes, but I kinda doubt that.
Every fall the first thing I do is place a huge candle order. I used to go to Bath and Body Works to buy my favorite candles, but I love to shop with one of my best friends who lives on the other side of the country. We shop online together, sending each other screenshots, links, and quotes describing what the scents are. If there’s one I’m really curious about, I might go to Bath and Body Work in person, otherwise, I’ll risk it. Actually, with Bath and Body Works, it’s not much of a gamble. I’ve never smelled one of their candles that made me sick. They are very consistent with the quality of their products. My absolute favorite scent of ALL TIME, no matter what in the form of a candle, wallflower, or spray is called Leaves. OH EMM GEE it smells like one of those boutique shops that sells the most amazing wreaths, and high end décor. I always wish I had the money to stock up on a year worth of it!
My friend also introduced me to Hidden Treasure Candles. You get a piece of jewelry, cash or a treasure chest containing the code to an expensive treasure inside each candle. She’s sent me other brands of treasure candles before, and to be honest, the scents of the Hidden Treasure candles aren’t my favorite. They are all soy based candles, but all of the scents have a kind of base scent that isn’t that appealing to me. Whatever it is, it seems to dilute the scent they are trying to go for with their candles. All that said, I do adore their Crackling Birch and their Spiced Peaches and Apples. When I chose the spiced peaches and apples, I didn’t have high hopes for it. I thought it was a strange combination. I was so wrong! It smells SO good! Currently, I’m all out of the Leaves and Autumn Leaves stuff, so I rely heavily on the Crackling Birch and Peach Apple Spice.
Another favorite scent is for my car. Usually, I stick with Yankee Candle Vanilla cupcake car scent, but I recently tried the Apple Pumpkin. Wow! It’s not overpowering, which is an issue in the car. I love cinnamon backgrounds in scents, but for the car, it’s a bit much. The Apple Pumpkin scent, however, has just a hint of cinnamon. The pumpkin isn’t overpowering either, which I find to be the case with pumpkin. It balances the sweetness of the apple, and the spiciness of the cinnamon. I could ramble for hours about fall scents, as you can tell.
I’m not a fan of brown, yellow or orange colors, but together as fall colors, they are delicious! I love the contrasting colors, and the warmth they give. They evoke cooler days and nights, being able to leave my house without melting. Strands of fall leaves on the deck, beautiful fall flowers sitting on tables, Apples and gourds that can work double duty as décor and food. Le Sigh!
When I lived with my roommate and one of my best friends, we would sit outside on the patio, BBQ, and drink a bottle of wine, while bundled up in sweaters and blankets. It was so wonderful!
I love that I can darken my hair with darker, even warmer reds. I can wear dark wine lipsticks, and smokey eye looks in reds, browns, plums, blacks. Have you seen the Morphe 350 pallet? OH MY! I can wear black, as I do all year, but no one bats an eye at me in the fall. The riding boots come out of the closet, and I can wear jeans without my knee pits sweating. I Love Fall!
There are certain movies that set the tone for fall in my family. It simply isn’t fall without Beetlejuice, The Witches of Eastwick, Practical Magic, Hocus Pocus, or Todd Browning’s Freaks from 1930. When I was a kid, the only time I got to see “horror” or “paranormal” type of movies was during Halloween.
From late September through Halloween, I would devour all the bad horror movies on TV, I’d rent every horror movie I could get my hands on. It was difficult for me, because I grew up in a small West Texas town, and they didn’t have many horror films. Fall just marks a time when I can sit back and relax with a good horror flick!
Starbucks, oh how I love thee, Starbucks. Especially in the Fall. It always starts out with the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I refuse for a couple of years to get on that bandwagon, but it was highly recommended to me one too many times, and a barista from Starbucks heaven came to me with a sample cup. I turned into a crack’ho, but my crack was/IS the PSL. Yeah, I’m one of those “basic bitches” who go to Starbucks in yoga pants, a ponytail, and order the PSL. I don’t own any Uggs (waaaahhhh!!!!) , or I’d probably be in those as well. Hehe They serve Caramel Apple Spice and Pumpkin Bread all year, but I usually save those treats for this time of year. One of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving is wake up early to get the turkey in the over, go to Starbucks for a PSL, watch the Macy’s parade, spend the day/evening with my family, go back to Starbucks for a Caramel Apple Spice, then drive around and look at the first Christmas lights that have gone up. Have I mentioned that I love Fall?
It’s all the things around you, and the traditions you hold that make life full and joyous. Fall IS my time of year!