Fall!

img_8312-4I’ve finally been able to sleep with the covers on, at least since we turned off the AC a while back. The air is crisp and the leaves are turning, PLUS the Autumnal Equinox was last week so I think it’s *officially* fall.

I have some concerns I won’t be able to enjoy this season to its full potential seeing that I’ll have a tiny infant and be recovering from childbirth, but I’m hoping to still be able to get some walks in and have some SCMs. Who knows. My fingers are crossed that I don’t have to sit this one out. I’ve rounded up a few little cool things to enhance the season. fall

1. Woodfire candle by Illume  2. Cozy batwing cardigan by Gap  3. Jersey Sheets (Target)
4. “The Fireside” flannel shirt by Tradlands  5. “Clara” boots by Red Wing Shoes
6. Nocturne Mug, Etsy  7. Honeycrisp apples

Gothtober

81jcXnqEdoL._SL1228_I can’t believe it’s almost November! I know that every year is the exact same length but it doesn’t somehow make it less surprising when time progresses. Also, time is relative you know? Anyway. This year has been going by quicker than normal, and we’re nearing the holidays (yes!). The nearest holiday obviously being Halloween. Obviously…

For a time, October was my go-to month for all music dark and brooding (I dubbed it Gothtober). To match the weather. This October has been pretty mild and pleasant though and I straight up forgot to listen to my old staple albums. Like, I remember so fondly and clearly the unbelievably good fall of 2009, I was just discovering all the music that would help to inform myself and since I was poor and didn’t know how to find music, I’d go cassette shopping at Cheapo in Uptown. Standing on a Beach by The Cure was pretty much a mainstay in my car’s tape deck for those colder months. THOSE WERE THE DAYS.

Lately it seems like I’ve become an Outdoors Yuppie (I’m not exactly sure what that would be, but I imagine it’s something, you know, like contacting customer support at Columbia when your Greater Rewards points aren’t showing up in your account – because you bought a lot of Omni-Heat™ clothing and you’d like the credit), but now that I’m full on corporate shill for General Mills, I’ve pushed back a little and am trying to get back to my roots. I’ve been cranking Savages and Bathory lately like my whole identity depended on it. I wear ripped jeans and Doc Martens to work like that makes me cool (it does) and next week I’m getting a pretty huge (and badass) tattoo. I shall not be assimilated into the corporate culture! (though to be honest, I am far more comfortable and far happier in a big corporate campus setting. It’s really very cozy here).

Now, Standing On A Beach obviously isn’t available on Spotify, and I would’ve recreated it as a playlist, but Spotify also doesn’t have Boys Don’t Cry, (the American version of Three Imaginary Boys) which contains “Killing an Arab”… But ughhh, I did my best. Listen to my early adult years here:

Autumn Blues

tumblr_mcl51ySjL81qz6f9yo1_1280Happy fall! It’s finally here! 

I got an email a little while ago from Crate & Barrel saying that indigo was the hot trend this season. I was totally all over it like two years ago, though. So, my “thing” is definitely all neutrals all the time. If you know me, name a time you’ve seen me wear any color. YOU CAN’T. Although in fall of 2013, I had a pair of dark blue corduroys from Old Navy that I LOVED. They changed the way I dressed. A little splash of blue is about as much color as I can do. Yesterday, I went back to Old Navy to get some new jeans and, while I had gone back to all black the last year, I was pulled in by some indigo skinny jeans… And a slouchy indigo t-shirt… And a sweatshirt with navy thread. I was in love! In love with indigo all over again. Blue was always my favorite color. It’s inspiring! So let’s wrap ourselves in this blue coziness this fall.INDIGO

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LL Bean also has some impressive sweaters along this color scheme.

Fall Weekend

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As I mentioned, my sister and I went on this fall retreat this past weekend, in the very same cabin resort that we attend in the summer. This was the first time I’d ever been there outside of August. You know how when something that used to be special becomes commonplace? Like, every year we go to the cabin and it feels totally normal. It sort of felt like that this weekend, but there was also an element of surrealism. To me, this place only exists in the summer. Plus, it was weird to be there, and not at our regular cabin, and without our whole family, and on a chilly quiet weekend as opposed to a full week, full of activity.  Read more ›

Fall Musik

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Hey, how was your weekend? Alan and I did some chill hangs with some friends, as well as some hiking. The weather has been pretty cool and gray since we got back from the cabin, which is perfect. As soon as we’re done with the cabin, I am done with summer. The transition has been going swimmingly. On the one hand, I feel weird talking about fall so soon, because it is August. But, kids are going back to school today, so I’m merely following the trends.

Anyway. I’ve been listening to a lot of the same kind of music lately, and it’s inspired in me a great vinyl buying spree. As I’ve talked about on here, I don’t have a lot of records, which I prefer, because I so rarely use the record player that it seems like a waste. Some albums though, I would like the option to play on wax. Many of them would be my go-to music for fall. Music that is a little sad, ethereal, somewhat folksy, and warm. Last fall I fell deeply in love with The War on Drugs’ album Lost in the Dream. I would listen to it mostly while taking late lunch breaks and walking through downtown Minneapolis while the sun started its descent. Those days were starkly lit and chilled. Same with Sharon Van Etten’s album Are We There. Two Autumns ago, I listened to Daughter’s If You Leave a lot, because I really wanted to love it. It must be an incredibly slow burner, because I picked it back up after a long time and have decided that it’s perfect music for these days. For brighter, sunnier fall days, Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness hits the spotA few other albums I have played frequently in the fall months are The Horrors’ Skying, Rubber Soul (by the Beatles, did that need to be said?), Louder Than Bombs by the Smiths, and anything from The Cure’s early catalog (namely: Boys Don’t Cry, Faith, and Seventeen Seconds).

What’s your go-to music in the fall?

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