Sunday, September 5, 2010

Autumn thoughts and inspiration

Today is a little bit like Saturday, because I have off the weekend is extra long and extra wonderful! Yesterday was a good day. Hank and I went out and did something we've been talking about for years...we bought a new bed! I can't even explain how happy I am to have graduated from our full sized bed to a king-sized, monster-sized, HUGE bed! We've been sleeping on the same mattress I've had since college, mainly because we've always rented and lived in smaller, historic houses and didn't care too much about it. But now since the bedroom in the new house is really large so we can finally make the upgrade! It's way overdue and much-needed. And happily, now this bed can go into one of our guest rooms to accommodate our friends and family when they come and visit. The new mattress set gets delivered on Monday, and I'm not even sure if it will fit in our current place (we won't move for a few more weeks), so we may end up having to sleep in the living room on the huge bed for the time being. That will be super awkward if anyone happens to stop by (imagine a UPS delivery coming to the door and seeing a huge bed in our living room behind me as I sign for a package- very Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, minus the four old people!), but I know we can make it work!

I have been feeling so inspired by fall lately. I'm not sure what it is, but as soon as September hits there's this feeling in the air that starts to seep into everything around me. It makes me feel happier, definitely more excited, and gives me the urge to really have a fresh outlook on life. I'm not sure if it stems from the ingrained idea of fall equaling a new school year, or the end of the summer and the start of that new year, but it definitely exudes that fresh and new feeling. I want to become more organized, update my wardrobe, and be more positive. Maybe it's the feeling people when springtime hits, but I get it right around this time of the year.

Some of my most favorite memories come from the fall. My family and I would always go apple picking at a local orchard, and end our early morning eating fluffy, freshly made cinnamon doughnuts from the farm's bakery, washing it down with the most delicious, crisp hot apple cider you'll ever taste. We'd tote our apples home, and my mom would make all sorts of delicious treats, namely apple pie, and the smell of autumn would fill every corner of our East Coast home. We'd also always take a trip to the pumpkin farm, taking a tractor ride through the brown and gold hills, sitting on bales of hay while we oohed and ahhed over the beautiful countryside. We'd weave in and out of the rows, finding the very best, roundest pumpkin to take home and carve. Once home we'd scoop out the juicy insides of our pick, and then my parents would roast the seeds in the oven so we could snack on them as we carved and designed our Halloween decorations. We'd construct scarecrows to put in the front yard, make huge leaf piles to jump in, and stretch decorative cobwebs over every inch of our living room windows. Everything about this time of the year takes me back to being a child, and it's funny that I still get those same feelings I did when I was so young.

Hank and I are lucky enough to live in a place that experiences all four seasons in a beautiful way. The leaves up here in the mountains turn vibrant colors, the chill in the air makes your cheeks rosy, and you can smell all of the delicious seasonal goodies baking as you walk past the many local coffee shops downtown. Fall is my favorite times of the year here, and I love having our friends come up and visit for the weekend so we can enjoy the scenery and weather together. I'm also more than excited for Henry to experience all of these exciting sensations, and make so many memories for him over the years! I get so happy just thinking about pushing my one-year old son in his stroller next fall, all around the square and through our beautiful town.

Plus, fall clothing is the best. This year it's a little different for me because I'll be pregnant all the way through November so I'm missing my favorite time of the year to shop, and also my favorite time to wear new clothing! If I was to do some fall shopping (and I'm sure I still will to tide me through the holidays once I get back to my normal size), I would be looking for a few particular things for this year, including a lot of chunky knits, layering pieces, short corduroy/wool/plaid skirts, thick tights/knee socks for layering, jewel toned flats, lots of mustard yellow, red-orange, and gray, great fresh prints, and sturdy boots. I've found inspiration in a lot of different shops online, so I've put together some of my favorite looks and items from some of my favorite stores, from all price ranges, to share with all of you! These are definitely all images of "fall inspiration" to me, and I hope you find something that makes you feel happy among these lovely images!

J. Crew

Orla Kiely (my favorite designer in the whole world)

Orla Kiely looks for my blog


Forever 21



Wherever you live, I hope you get to experience a bit of fall in your neck of the woods! One of my sister and my goals is to take a family trip to Salem, Massachusetts during Halloween. I'm more than a little obsessed with history, and one of the most interesting periods in time to me is the Salem Witch Trials. The Crucible is one of my favorite plays in the whole world. We've all been to Salem together already, but last time we were there Lauren and I promised each other we would go back during the fall one year to really enjoy it. Trust me, there's NOTHING like a New England Autumn.

I hope all of you have the most perfect Sunday, and continue that happiness over the rest of the long weekend!

Happy Autumn!


  1. Fall is definitely the best season. I would love to go to Salem in the fall!

  2. Lovely thoughts about a lovely time of year! They sound quite similar to my memories of Fall, living in the Maritimes (north of New England in Canada), we have the same weather (though maybe a bit chillier), but it's definitely the most gorgeous and inspiring time of year! I can't wait for a new wardrobe (I was pregnant last Fall and my fav thing to wear was a sweater dress with tights and flats, so comfy and stretches perfectly over the bump!)

  3. i love fall and the crucible too!

  4. Hey i just found your blog via Bleubird, and read through some of your older posts and can i just say, you ARE SUCH an adorable pregnant woman! :)
    I had a question for you, and hopefully you don't think i'm being too forward or rude lol. I love the tattoo on your side and I've been thinking of getting my children's names on either side in between the bottom of my ribcage and hipbone. But, I have a concern...if for some reason we were to have another baby, would it stretch the skin and distort the tattoo? I'm torn about this idea anyway, bc even if it didn't distort the tattoos, I would need to be adding another name... Any thoughts for me? :)

  5. I miss New England autumn's so much. I grew up in Connecticut and fall was totally my favorite time of the year.

    I remember going on hayrides, going through the haymazes, picking apples in the apple orchards, and going to pick out pumpkins to carve. I'd always try to pick the biggest one, too.

    I love the colors of the leaves and how they change. The reds, burnt oranges and yellows are such pretty colors for not only the leaves, but for the fall wardrobe.

    At the start of fall I remember I'd walk out of my house and smell the air and just know that fall was coming. I loe the smells of fall; the apple cider and cinnamon oh man I miss it.

    I live in Florida now and we don't have fall here. We just have hot, muggy weather thats a bit cooler than summers here but thats it.

    There really is nothing like autumn in New England. It's so magical and I miss it terribly!

  6. ughhh i cannot wait until we take that family trip. for now i will have to watch hocus pocus daily and daydream of living/visiting there. ML

  7. I love love love Autumn as well. Although living here in Juneau we don't get to experience the typical autumn beauty. It mostly just rains. But I do have many fond memories of autumn from when I lived in Arizona. Also you can't beat the amazing designs stores come out with in the autumn. mmmm, all in all it's defiantly the best season!

  8. I can't wait for the fall in Salem! Except for the Halloween traffic :(


  9. What a lovely post! Put me right into the spirit, (even if I am on an island)!

  10. it's funny, when i was growing, i was ALL about summer. now, i completely adore fall and winter. (well, orange county doesn't really have a "winter" per say... but it does get pretty cold and frosty sometimes, and thankfully the snow is only a couple of hours away! :)) i love the colours, the way the air feels and smells, the food ;), and my wardrobe tends to gravitate toward fall styles anyway - lots of boots, tights, cardigans, dresses perfect for layering... mmhhmm. love it!

  11. I get THE SAME WAY during the fall. In fact, I talked about it in my last post...or actually, the one before that lol. You're hometown does look beautiful. I wish ours was more historic! We're planning on moving to a very historic and beautiful lakefront town once we're done with school :)

  12. Fall is my absolutely favorite time of year. Love this post! I bet you're going to find super chic maternity fall clothing! And my husband and I went apple picking with friends TODAY!

  13. There's not much that can compare to a new bed.

    Love love fall fashions. My fave of the year.

  14. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. Just when it starts smelling like fall and you can't believe how one tiny smell can make you think of hay rides and corn mazes and hot cider! Eeee!! I already can't wait!!

  15. I get that same feeling EVERY September! Fall is the best time of the year!

  16. Oh goodness! Fall is my favorite season, and reading this post has made me sooooo excited! I can't wait for fall to get here! I live in Northern California and it gets so beautiful here!

    I'm totally with you - fall clothes are the BEST. I can't wait to do my fall time baking and curling up with a blanket, a book and some hot tea :).

    I've never been to Salem, Massachusetts but I am also kind of obsessed with the salem witch trials! I would LOVE to go visit it over there!

  17. want to become more organized, update my wardrobe, and be more positive

    me too!! but it's spring fever for me. :)

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