Autumn Essentials

Call me basic, but I’ve been dreaming of autumn since August. As a kid, I never understood why ‘grown-ups’ were so anxious for summer to end but, let’s face it, I’m basically a grandma and autumn gives me the perfect opportunity to cozy up with a flannel blanket, drink hot tea, and watch Mountaineer football. Because I have so many cool weather must-haves, I thought it only made sense to bombard you with a list of my autumn essentials!

•Vests—I often throw a vest over a long sleeve tee shirt or flannel. It looks like I’ve put a lot more effort into my outfit than I actually did. Double bonus–there’s always a place for your hands.

•Hats—Floppy felt hats hide that unwashed ‘do. My staple colors are black, camel and wine.

•Booties—Thanks to an unexpected shopping trip with Caitlin (which we discussed in this video), I managed to bring home these Lucky Brand booties that I’d been eying since last year.

•Robe—If you only take one piece of advice from me, it’s this—invest in a Barefoot Dreams robe or cardigan. In fact, they’re so good that I bought Mike his own robe after he made such a fuss over mine. Just don’t tell him that it’s from the women’s section. They’re expensive so be sure to scour QVC and Hautelook for the best deals.

•Slippers—I’ve got my eye on these.

•Scarves—You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a cute scarf. Target, Old Navy and Amazon have some great options.

•Chunky sweaters—These help hide the weight that I never lost before swimsuit season. Oops. (I’m actually on the prowl for the perfect oversized sweater–please leave your suggestions in the comments!)

•Blankets/throw pillows—Target and Home Goods always have great options. I’ve had a flannel print blanket for several years and it’s held up remarkably well through football games and Netflix binge sessions. If you’re a Costco slut like us, check out their sherpa throws–seriously soft and more than big enough for me and the pup.

•Candles—I love Illume’s woodfire (thanks, C) and P.F. Candle Co.’s teakwood & tobacco and campfire.

•Tea—Harney & Sons hot cinnamon spice and peppermint varieties are my current favorites.

•Wine—I like my wine like I like my lipstick. Bold and red. Check out Winc for some affordable and delicious options.

•Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cranberry crisps—Hey Trader Joe’s, how about you do me a solid and make these permanent? Slap a little Saint Angel triple-creme cheese on there and call it a day.

•Vampy lips—Here are some good options: Mac Hang Up, NARS Unspeakable and Maybelline Touch of Spice.

From left to right: Turn ‘N’ Pose, Caviar Bar, Gala-Vanting, and Touch Up
•Bold nails—Essie’s gel couture line continues to be my favorite formula. They offer opaque, long wearing colors and I experience minimal chipping.

•Go to a pumpkin patch—Pick your pumpkin and then have a carving contest. This is a yearly tradition amongst our group of friends. Everyone brings a six pack of pumpkin beer, we roast the seeds and vote for our favorite designs!

•Visit a sunflower field—We went during full bloom and it was BEAUTIFUL!

•Go apple picking at an orchard—The girls and I visited a local farm last year and made a day of it. Not only were there apples available for picking, but we were also able to harvest from their wildflower fields.

•Have a backyard fire—We mostly use our fire pit during autumn. I bought a few bales of straw for seating—they’re affordable and decorative!

•Tailgate for a college football game—Even if you aren’t a diehard fan, tailgating is always the best part. There’s usually chili, corn hole and whiskey. How can you say no to any of those things?

I hope this list helped get you in the autumn spirit. What are your autumn essentials and what are you most looking forward to this season?


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