I’m a southern California girl, born and raised. We don’t see much of the “seasons” around here, but a girl can dream right? Haha. Regardless of where you live, there are some great ways to transition from Summer to Fall and get you in the mood for hygge, pies, and cuddle time. Summers here mean going to the beach, rooftop cinema series, air conditioner on 24/7, and no desire to go near “Hollywood” because of the tourists. Is the fall season really that different though? To me it is! The temp drops a little and I actually break out some sweaters. I looove fall because it makes me feel all warm and cozy inside and there’s something about the fall and winter seasons that makes you slow down a tad and appreciate the little things in life. So, without further ado, a little list (cause you know how I love my lists) on 10 ways to Transition from fun in the summer sun to falling in love with fall!
Buy a fall-scented candle
What other way to feel like fall has finally arrived than with a scented candle? I don’t know about you but I could 100% spend an hour in Target or HomeGoods trying to pick a candle! I love this one from Nature’s Wick.
Finally unpack that summer suitcase
Anyone else do an awful job at unpacking right when they get home? Maybe it’s the nostalgia kicking in, but I always wait to unpack especially with summer vacations. Put that pesky suitcase away and make room for one of the best seasons of the year.
Journal about your summer travels
In a world where blogs and social media posts are where our memories live other than our minds, it’s nice to jot down the fun times you had over summer. I love journaling because I always think I will go back and read everything when I’m 70. Do you do that too? Maybe I’m crazy but I guess we’ll find out! Ha. Anyways, I think this is a great way to re-live those adventures one more time before you start making fall plans!
Print out your favorite photos to add to a photo album
I’m definitely a preserver by nature. I think that’s why I journal about everything and I’m always the one to print out our family photos. I also don’t want to look back and say, “Hey, remember that awesome summer vacation we took? Too bad Instagram doesn’t exist anymore and we have no photos of it!” This is a great time to print out photos and maybe host an end of summer gathering where friends and family can laugh about everything.
Treat yourself to a cozy fall sweater (that you’ll probably have to save for later)
So maybe it’s too soon for warm sweaters, but that’s another thing that really makes me feel like fall has arrived! There are a lot of cute seaters on sale right now (like this one from Nordstrom’s) and I love anything that makes me feel cozy and at home. I can just see it now, snuggled up with my new sweater, drinking a latté, watching my favorite TV show on a Saturday.
Which leads me to…order your first Pumpkin Spice Latte
I don’t care what anyone thinks, these are so freakin’ good and get you right into the mood for fall! You can also support your local coffee shops that have something similar. Either way, I know I’m going to get myself one of these today!
Start a project you’ve been dreaming up this summer to get you into that fall workflow
It’s hard to have your routine stay on track or to start something new when you’re in that carefree summer mode. But with the arrival of fall can come a rejuvenated mindset that’s ready to stop putting those creatives dreams on hold and get to work! What will you begin?
I actually really love baking and wish I made time for it more often. It’s calming to me and so satisfying when something turns out better than you anticipated. Try this delicious looking Apple Butter French Toast or this Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie.
Find a fall seasonal event in a city near you
Just like summer concerts in the park, LA has some great events like Oktober fest or fun day-trips to go apple picking! Timeout made a great list last year, so if you’re local to the area check it out!
Tailgate at a college football game
Football is life if you’re from the south which is exactly how my mom grew up, and while we don’t tailgate as much as our roots would probably like us to, it’s still so fun when we do! The substitution for tailgating at football games in years past has been tailgating at Supercross events here in California!
I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to go do everything on this list and pretend like I’m not sitting here sweating from the humidity in LA right now haha. Leave me a comment below and let me know how you plan to get in the mood for fall!