Summer is almost over (sigh…). In so many parts of the country, the kids go back to school in early August and our minds start thinking ahead to Fall. Here are our top tips to help make your seasonal transition seamless.
Fall Wardrobe Basics:
After Labor Day Back-to-Basics
European women are renown for their style and taste in clothing. If you study them carefully you will note that they buy a few GOOD quality items and then accessorize them like crazy. Here are a few of your basic investment pieces for the Fall. So simple. So classic.
With the change of seasons no matter where you are, you will want to adjust your skin care and note the trends for makeup. As mentioned yesterday by our Skin Care expert, Jackie Bernardi, this Fall is getting back to the natural look – FINALLY! She shows you how to achieve a flawless looking complexion here.
Are you changing from summer white wine to the more nurturing Fall red wines yet? If so, you might want to keep a teeth whitening regime on hand either to brighten up that smile or use as a regular maintenance to keep it white. Our favorite is Smile Brilliant. You make your own dental impressions with the kit and they send you back your custom molds with the whitening gel. The best part is it is 30% of a normal Dentist’s price. We can personally vouch for this – we’ve tested it, it worked with amazing results within a week.
If you have a crazy family life, you might want to get the super simple, yet very effective family organizer – Cozi Family app. You can put every one’s schedule in one place. You don’t want to miss one game, one teacher’s conference, one birthday or one special homework assignment that is due. Additionally, you can add your To-do list, grocery list and Christmas shopping list.
Yes, it’s hard to believe, but we are entering holiday season starting with Halloween. As soon as the kids are back in school, you are ready to start the rush.
Since it is pretty much a sure thing that the holidays will happen, you can plan to be one step ahead of the game:
- get your Halloween decorations out
- plan this year’s costumes
- start your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping
- pull out all the seasonal decorations from the attic or basement
- if you are a crafter, you should be working on your hand made gifts NOW
Fall is a time to get ready for the winter ahead. If you are a cook or want to be, here are two of our favorite cookbooks for seasonal harvest recipes. Home Preserving is for those of you who want to preserve whatever you’ve grown in your garden or foods that you love that are only in season now. From the makers of Ball’s, the folks who make the jars, you can’t go wrong in owning a copy of this one.
The next is from our favorite pie maker, Allison Kave of First Prize Pies in New York, First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More). We’ve long been a fan of hers and now you can make pies like Allison via her cookbook featuring a pie for every week of the year. You can start with her apple and rhubarb ones in keeping with the season.. Oh, and her pie crust is super delicious. Read our article and watch her video on how to make it here.