Fall has been with us here in the western hemisphere for awhile now but for those of us in the west and southwest the physical evidence of fall is a little laid back. The temps can get a little manic hitting crazy highs during the days and freaky lows at night, so kooky that we're not sure if it's ever going to get here yet it always does. The very first thing I notice about fall here in California is not so much the color change in the foliage (which, contrary to popular belief, California DOES have a fall) but the light. There is something so magical about the fall light. The shadows are longer in the mornings while the sunset seems more golden.
Fall for me begins with the magical light, it makes me smile and I find myself spending more time simply watching the sun rise and/or set. Once the light changes, I can be sure the temperature will too (though this year seems to be a bit confused) which signals the all important fall wardrobe inspiration. Long sleeves and sweaters come out, tights are gazed upon and a new hat appears anxiously waiting to be worn.
Once the weather cools I hit the recipe books and internet in search of new baking and soup recipes. I even revisit some old favorites. To put myself in even more of a festive mood, I change my color palette and start crafting with golden tones and whimsical greens. I also make up a new fall playlist and drink oodles of tea and other hot beverages. And that is how I welcome fall.
This week, Tara Anderson of the pink couch and I will be bringing you some fall inspiration every day. From recipes to tutorials, you can be sure to discover something pretty. So pull up a chair, grab a hot cuppa, wrap yourself up in something warm & cozy and fall into something pretty.
I'll be back later today with a little chat of fall goodness. Tell me this, what inspires you in the fall? Do you have any traditions or rituals? Leave a comment, share a link, I would love to hear from you!