Despite the current heat wave in LA, fall is here! In between the ninety-plus days, there are moments of a cool breeze, colorful leaves and other reminders to embrace fall. Fall is one of my favorite seasons—not only does my birthday fall in the autumn months, but this is also the time to break out cozy sweaters, comfort food recipes and pumpkin everything! In honor of fall finally being here (hooray!), I’m sharing my fall fashion, food and fun!
I will admit that I’ve been on a bit of a shopping hiatus recently as my fiancé and I are saving for our wedding, but I did make one recent splurge. When I think fall fashion, I picture cozy sweaters, tights and boots and plaid…lots of plaid. I’ve been on a hunt for a comfortable, plaid button-up shirt, that doesn’t look too western, but still rustic…and I found it! The “Flannel Ex Boyfriend Shirt in Bainbridge Plaid” from Madewell pairs perfectly with jeans and boots for a casual style, and tucks into skirts for a more polished look. I’m so pleased with my purchase, and know that I will be wearing this piece into the forthcoming cooler months!
As soon as summer comes to an end, I start thinking about the fall recipes I’ve put away for hibernation. As I leaf through my fall favorites, I begin salivating over fall flavors—apple, cranberry, cinnamon, sage, pumpkin (lots of pumpkin!) and butternut squash. Pasta is a “special occasion” dinner in our household these days (hello wedding diet!), so this week, I deemed Monday a special occasion so I could have an excuse for Spaghetti with Creamy Butternut Leek Parmesan Sauce. My fiancé and I gobbled this dish right up (not before putting some aside for the next day’s lunch!) and gushed about the creamy deliciousness that filled our bellies!
There is much fun to be had during the autumn months…haunted houses, hayrides, pumpkin carving, apple picking, just to name a few! Last year, I ventured to Oak Glen, CA for a day of apple picking, and had such a blast that I wanted to do it again this year! Unfortunately, apple season ended earlier that I expected, but after a bit of research I learned that in addition to apples, you can also pick fruits, berries and pumpkins!
With a great deal of excitement my fiancé and I, and two dear friends headed up to Oak Glen for a handpicked day of fun! As we drove the 5-mile loop of Oak Glen, we were surrounded by rolling hills, open fields and orchards—for the day we felt transported out of LA and into the countryside! We picked pumpkins, pressed our own apple cider, and enjoyed tasty treats (apple cider mini donuts!) as we journeyed from farm to farm! Our day felt full with fall! As we drove home, reminiscing on the enjoyment had, we all agreed that we’d back in the Springtime for a berry-picking!
What are you doing to celebrate fall? Please share your fall favorites with us!