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Editor’s Note: As the early morning hours begin to showcase a definite chill in the air, it’s becoming ever more clear that the sounds, smells, and tastes of autumn are inching closer and closer…and we can sense them each day. To get a head start on the fall season so many of us know and love, we’re unearthing this 2017 post from contributor Megan McCarty, packed with ideas of how you can enjoy a crisp fall day, no pumpkin spice latte required.
That Christmas song got it all wrong: the most wonderful time of year is fall. Everyone knows that. But beyond hitting the pumpkin patches and apple orchards, wrapping yourself in blanket-like sweaters, and eating your fair share of root vegetables, what else should you do during the fleeting fall season? Here, some slightly-less-cliché autumn-time ideas for you.
It was curated just for you, dear reader, by my music aficionado friend Ben! It’s longing, it’s reflective, it begs for the death of one season, the life of another and an over-poured glass of Bordeaux.
How about the Environmental Defense Fund? Or there’s the Natural Resources Defense Council, which fights to protect the essentials—air, land, and water—and help all humans have access to clean air and water. For premium leaf-peeping, get yourself to a national park; the National Park Foundation needs our never-ending love and support now more than ever.
Butternut squash + cacio e pepe = thank you/damn you, Bon Appetit. I may not eat a leafy green again until spring.
But we are totally tired of pumpkin spice everything. How about sipping away your calories with a red velvet hot chocolate instead? London-based café + bar + restaurant Grind has a concoction that’s sure to rival the PSL.
Mary gets it right. Every time.
Every year we have been
witness to it: how the
into a rich mash, in order that
it may resume.
who would cry out
to the petals on the ground
knowing, as we must,
how the vivacity of what was is married
to the vitality of what will be?
I don’t say
it’s easy, but
what else will do
if the love one claims to have for the world
So let us go on
though the sun be swinging east,
and the ponds be cold and black,
and the sweets of the year be doomed.
A cla-what-is? Basically breaks down step-by-step how to make this apple clafoutis, a French flan-like dessert. If you do go apple picking, despite the title of this article, this will put your freshly picked apples from the orchard to good use.
How about a little fall scent-spiration—without having your house smell like a Bath & Body Works? Combine a variety of fall goodies of your choosing into your prettiest bowl. Simply mix colors and textures for visual interest. Hello Glow breaks down an ultra easy-to-replicate recipe:
The interior work of Dimore Studio, an Italian design duo, is giving us serious heart eye emoji face. Their tones are dusty yet rich; their vibe is opulent but not intimidating. Incorporate a hint of their aesthetic into your own home this fall in bite-sized ways: paint an accent wall burnt sienna or throw Persian green velvet pillows onto your couch.
Want to dress up in a costume that took you weeks to plan and go out? Go for it. Want to stay home and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters? Somebody has to. Want to close the blinds, pretend not to be home and count down the minutes until November 1? Also okay. This year has been hard enough—let go of silly holiday pressure once, for all, forever.
Once the temps drop into the negative and you spend every morning scraping the ice off your car, you’re going to need a bank of good gratitude to get you through the wintry days. I text this image (below, found long ago on the Internet—does anyone know where it originates?) to various stuck-with-me-forever friends from time to time, cheekily asking them to send it to their parents for me. A little “proud of you” or “thinking of you” goes a long way. A little list in a journal of things you’re grateful for—big or small, clean bill of health, or a new pair of slippers—does too.
Now tell us, what’s on your sweater weather to-do list?
Megan is a writer, editor, etc.-er who muses about life, design and travel for Domino, Lonny, Hunker and more. Her life rules include, but are not limited to: zipper when merging, tip in cash and contribute to your IRA. Be a pal and subscribe to her newsletter Night Vision or follow her on Instagram.
BY Megan McCarty - September 13, 2020
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.