Thursday, August 2

Finshing School: Femininity Throughout the Seasons...


"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."
-William Cullen Bryant

I must admit that autumn is my favorite season. I love the crisp apples, cozy woolens, deep reds, and fiery colored pumpkins of this time of year. It the time when the smells of bubbling soup and cornbread mingle with the scent of falling leaves and noses and cheeks become rosy with cold. Below are some tips to keep you cheery and cozy as the days become chillier and the sky turns grey.

  • When switching the blankets on the beds in your home, don't forget to pace cozy throws on the backs of couches and chairs and the foot of beds.
  • Look for a pretty scarf, a hat, and gloves to perk up last year's coat.
  • Use the crock pot... what could be better than an easy meal that fills your home with delicious smells all day?
  • Keep up your summer pedicure. You'll still see your feet every time you change your socks!
  • Bring harvest colors and accessories into your home. A pumpkin and a few gourds make a lovely centerpiece.
  • Experiment with darker shades and hues of your favorite colors to spice up your fall and winter wardrobe.
  • Stock up on tea and hot chocolate to warm the chiller days.
  • Get a haircut or a trim at a salon. It feels lovely to be pampered for an hour or so.
  • Take an autumn hike and note the colors, smells, and textures of the season.
  • Take stock of your fall and winter clothing and replenish if needed.
  • Find a few new "stick to your ribs" recipes and try them on your family and friends.
  • Give yourself a facial one evening.
  • Go pumpkin or apple picking.
  • Try your hand at making homemade doughnuts.
  • Polish your boots in preparation for cold weather and snow.
  • Work on a project you've been procrastinating on.
  • Find warm pajamas or a nightgown that doesn't sacrifice your femininity.
  • Bake bread and eat it fresh out of the oven (or bread machine).
  • Light candles in the evening.
  • Take an afternoon nap.
Constantin Korovin. Autumn. Young Woman in a Garden.


Susie said...

I moved from the Midwest to the Southwest back in 2003. I miss Autumn so very much. (My fave season). To get me in a "fall" mood every year I make sure to put out fall decorations (Thanksgiving decorations rather than Halloween). I eat sliced apples with nuts and cinnamon for breakfast. I will bake often. I also will change my lotions from a floral fragrance to a pumpkin or apple or something spice-y. I'll try some of your other tips! =)

Anonymous said...

Autumn is my favorite season as well. One pretty thing I do (I read it in a magazine a few years ago-- can't remember which one) is to hollow out a couple of miniature pumpkins or gourds from the farm stand. (A melon baller works well for this.) These then make lovely little votive candle holders. Great for hosting a get-together with friends and serving my grandmother's caramel corn recipe!

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