Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: 5 Reasons We Love Fall

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Hello, fall!

I’m so happy you’re here.

Your official arrival today means I can finally embrace the autumnal indulgences I’ve been avoiding for fear of social media shaming. (#Sorrysummer, but we're through!)

Yes, the season of sunshine and high humidity is over—it was glorious while it lasted—and I’m ready for cooler temps, crisper air, and pumpkin-spice everything! (#TeamPSL for life!.) Here are five things we love the most about the upcoming weeks… It's fleeting, and it will go fast. So put on a pair of cowboy boots, stop at Starbucks, and get ready to make the most of the season.

The Scenery
I got married in early fall for a reason. (Actually, it’s my five-year anniversary tomorrow!) My now-husband and I chose Beaver Creek, Colorado for our destination wedding, because we knew the scenery would be simple and stunning. Sure, most people travel there for perfect powdery white snow, but there’s something truly spectacular about the changing leaves and colorful landscapes of autumn. It’s my favorite season for a road-trip getaway too—you can admire the the vast views as you whizz by and and stop for some impromptu sightseeing when the mood strikes.

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Apple Picking
Okay, I admit it. I got a head start on fall this past weekend, apple picking in the North Fork of Long Island. It was amazing. The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing, and my babies were hungry for every sweet, crisp, and tart treat they could get their little paws on. Nature's candy! We picked two bags, indulged in homemade donuts, and sipped the most delicious cider I’ve ever tasted. Later, my better half won the best-husband-ever award by baking a homemade apple pie using the fruits of our labor. Baking just feels "right" in the fall—whether it's pies, cookies, or cakes. My son actually looked at me the other day and said "Mom, it feels like fall. Let's watch a Halloween movie and bake cookies." It was like music to my ears.

Sweaters and Boots
I love an effortless summer frock, but if I had to pick a favorite article of clothing—it would be a cozy cashmere sweater. Or an oversize turtleneck. Or a draping cotton cardigan. I just adore classic sweater styles. I’m excited to trade out my flip-flops for fall riding boots; my rubber crocs for suede loafers; and my espadrilles for knee-highs in the coming weeks.

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Pumpkin Everything
You’re either pro-pumpkin spice—or anti. There is no in between. I’m 100 percent on board with pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pies, pumpkin ice cream, and, yes, pumpkin spice lattés, of course… You name it, I’ll eat it, drink it, and make it—despite it being potentially artificial. Even if you happen to hate the flavor, you surely still love taking trips to the pumpkin patch and using those gorgeous gourdes in seasonal decorative schemes. Also, this adorable autumn cookie-decorating kit from Cheryl's is a great way to get your pumpkin fix without actually eating anything, well, pumpkiny. Pre-baked cookies are housed in a festive box along with orange frosting, fudge frosting, and an array of fall-inspired sprinkles.

The Holiday Kickoff
My four year old is already talking about his Halloween costume. He wants to be Batman. He’s pumped for Halloween. I think this will be the first year, he truly “gets it.” He’s been begging me to buy spooky decorations and art projects and treats. I’ve held off, but the start of fall means I can break out the crafting kit and the Kitchen-Aid mixer and get creative with my kiddies. And once Halloween is over, the leftover pumpkins seamlessly translate to a stunning Thanksgiving 'scape. Just thinking about it has me feeling like a kid at Christmas—which, for the record, I’m all about waiting to celebrate until Thanksgiving has past.

Are you excited for autumn yet?!? I know I am!

Welcome fall, with your beautiful bounty of nature, food, and fun—we can’t wait for all the pleasure you’re bound to bring.

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