The other day, we had a downpour for half a day that unexpectedly turned the temperature down about 20* F…And it reminded me just how much I love fall. As much as I tell myself we have another 3 weeks (or a month) before things cool off, I can’t help but feel excited for sweater weather.
Not that we always have to celebrate the changing of seasons with shopping, I’ve been craving some items with which to self-gift when fall comes. 😉 A part of it is that I’ve been pushing myself in a variety of ways through spring and summer. Whenever I go through a very dynamic phase, I tend to not care a lot about clothes, hair, makeup, etc, due to running around a lot. (My nails have been bare and so boring for at least a month). In fall, I hope to run around a little less and actually enjoy treating myself to some nice things. I also used to think that you had to earn self-treats like this by working super hard–but now, I think that you can take care of your needs (aesthetic needs are needs, too) without justifying. You’re a woman!
Here’s what’s on my wish list of self-gift ideas for fall.
Rese “Megan” top in Black, $66
I love sweaters as much as the next girl, but when it comes to actually dressing, I wear cotton-blend cover-ups like these way more often. They’re technically active wear, but designed to be worn before and after class, running errands, etc. But on top of that, they’re cute / sexy enough to wear out with jeans, easy to layer, and 100% easier to wash than sweaters. Also, I love cut-outs and clothes without backs, and sweaters just have too much back material sometimes. 😀
Summer heat doesn’t call to mind lacy or complicated lingerie (sweaty, etc). But doesn’t fall make you want to dress a little more strategically? From years of experience, trial, and error, I’ve discovered that it’s completely worth my while to visit an actual lingerie boutique (not Victoria’s Secret) where they stock a variety of different brands. Not only will they make you feel like a queen (mini bottles of Evian? chocolates? Yes please!) they will also tell you what size you are, and what you should try. It will change your life. Here is a pretty little thing from Journelle in NYC, aka the only place I’ll ever shop for bras going forward.
Eberjey Everly Robe, $102
Come fall, I become a big robe person. All I ever do at home is walk around (or more likely, sit around) in a robe. If you’re going to be wearing something every night, it helps to make sure it’s both cozy *and* pretty. Bonus: This makes you feel less like a lazy person and more like an intentionally lounge-y person. 🙂
4. Major investment in your skin
Haut Cosmetics Argan Elixir, $39.95
My summer skincare is so simple as to be nearly non-existent. The humidity that I dislike actually does a great job of keeping my skin plump and moist. But come fall, I know I need to take care of my skin better. I’m a huge fan of Haut Cosmetics, a vegan and all-natural line of skincare and makeup. This brand is an expert at doing all-natural in such an effective way. I’ve tried their CC cream, BB cream, and different kinds of lip tints, and loved all of them. Since their mineral-based creams have been so good for my skin, I can’t wait to try their Argan Elixir with vanilla bean bio-ferment.
5. Meaningful and long-lasting jewelry
Handmade Aquamarine Studs by Turquoise Mountain, $96
I love seeing trendy jewelry on other people but at the end of the day, what I wear most is timeless jewelry, especially pieces that are real, handmade, and lasting. These aquamarine studs are made by Turquoise Mountain, which trains and employees a new generation of artisans in Afghanistan to revive their economy and revive their ancient heritage of jewelry-making and craftsmanship. But just look how pretty–isn’t it so squee-worthy?
6. Good books, art, candles
Doesn’t fall call for getting cozy with a book? I’m so excited for my first 2 lined up for fall, both by Murakami. This will probably done while lighting candles and sipping a hot drink. Aaaah….the very idea is making me so happy!
Share with me what’s on your list! What will you treat yourself with?
More fall shopping ideas: Vegan Style for Back to School