September is officially upon us, and truthfully I am fighting a certain sadness because I had a really fantastic, transformative summer; I traveled, read, taught, performed, wrote, and spent time with the people I love. I think I will always look back on this summer with a full heart and a nostalgic smile.
That being said, fall will be here soon, bringing with it darker mornings and evenings, crisp air, and pumpkin-flavored everything.
I don't love the taste of it, personally - I never have - and I can't help but feel sympathy for the other parts of fall that get overlooked. If anyone else out there feels the same way, I'd love if you'd share below. Maybe there's a support group in the works…
five ways to enjoy fall if you don't love pumpkin spice:
1. MATTE BLACK TUMBLER
Stow away your summer cold beverage tumblers for next season because it's all about feeling cozy, which is hard to do when you're drinking a cold brew on ice with some almond milk.
This sleek, environmentally-conscious matte-black tumbler by Maars is on Amazon, and she's so chic in person. She comes with a reusable straw and a secure clear cap.
2. CINNAMON MAPLE BUTTER
I love to change my fragrances based on the current season. It's such a fun, yet simple, way for me to keep my routine fresh.
K's Personal Favorite: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black. It's sexy, cozy, but still clean, and comes in a beautiful bottle to live on your vanity. I love the modern texture and chic shape.
4. APPLE PICKING
There's something really lovely about picking fruit from where it grows. Turn your phone off (after getting some sweet photos of course), be in the moment, and spend the morning with your girlfriends.
I love a candle, especially in the evenings of fall and winter. This NEST Classic Candle in Vanilla Orchid & Almond has beautiful warm notes that will fill your room with autumnal goodness. It burns for approximately 50-60 hours, so you'll get your money's worth in spades.
If NEST is outside of your price range, they have a votive size. If those notes aren't your choice, I always have been a fan of Bath & Body Works' Marshmallow Fireside Candle. The notes of vanilla and amber are a dream in your home.
I hope this fall is filled with new possibilities and new moments of gratitude for each of you. Embracing each season is so important in this little life we have.