Yesterday was the first day of fall, and I would be remiss in my bloggerly duties if I didn’t share my fall favorites.

A list of my fall favorites

But let’s be clear, here. Nowhere on my fall favorites will you see the pumpkin spice latte. Why? Because I’m not a huge Starbucks fan since I live in a college town with a ton of independent coffee shops. But also because the PSL isn’t even the best seasonal latte that Starbucks offers. That would be the gingerbread latte. I will not argue this point. It’s a fact, and any who wish to say otherwise are fooling themselves.

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I think it should also be noted that the gingerbread latte can’t hold a candle to the Sherlock Holmes at Michelangelo’s on Main Street. If you’re ever in Norman, you should have one.

Anyway, inflammatory latte opinions aside, I have a list of fall favorites for you. These are all the things I love about fall, and all the things I will always associate with the season.

Dark Lipsticks
I’m so excited for dark lipsticks. The vampier, the better. Now that we’re all done with the bright and happy summer colors, we can finally get a little more Wednesday Addams with our color selections. So, if you happen to see me during the fall, I’ll be wearing Burt’s Bees Ruby Ripple, Mary Kay Liquid Lip Color in Cherry Coffee, L’Oréal Infallible in Bold Bordeaux, and I’ll probably line them all with Rimmel’s Exaggerate Lip Liner in Obsession.

So, even though I own several light summer scarves, I typically don’t wear them until fall. Because Oklahoma weather is so damn hot all summer, I just can’t stand the extra fabric around my neck. But in the fall, when it cools down to like a high of 80-degrees, I can finally swathe myself in whatever plaid pattern happens to strike my fancy that day.

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Listening to Music With My Headphones
I have been told that people can actually do this all year long. Not me. Headphones are for fall. And so is introspective music listening. In fact, if you have a playlist/mix cd for me full of all the songs that will make me feel artistic and 10-years younger, you should send it my way. I need that type of vibe for all the writing I like to do in the fall.

Frito Chili Pie
I suppose this could also be eaten all year round, but nothing says fall to me like chili. And now that there isn’t a restaurant in my immediate vicinity that serves Frito chili pie anymore, I’m left waiting until fall when I have a hug crockpot of chili at my disposal. I don’t know why, but Chris and I pretty much subsist on crockpots of chili during the fall. And I’m so excited that I’m about to have Frito chili pie in my lunchbox almost every day.

Halloween-Inspired Reading and Watching Lists
The fall is when I feel the need to read and watch every spooky thing to prepare for Halloween. And even though Chris and I aren’t very big on Halloween, we do like the movies and books that go with it. This year, I’ll be reading the Harrow County graphic novels Countless Haints and Twice Told. I’ve heard so many good things about these, and I’m a pretty big fan of Dark Horse stuff as well as creepy stuff happening in the American South. And even though I’ve tried to read it like 3 times, this may be the year that I actually get through Danielewski’s House of Leaves. But I make no promises. As for watching, Chris and I already agreed to re-watch any and all shows and movies pertaining to Hannibal Lecter, so I’m really excited to have some more impure thoughts about Mads Mikkelsen feeding me my own leg at the dinner table.

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My Ravenclaw Cardigan
Last January, Chris and I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. We both had a lot of fun, and if I’m being real, the process of finding out what my patronus was on Pottermore totally made me want to go back so bad. (Side note: My patronus is a marsh harrier.) And while I don’t think another vacation like that is in the cards for a while, I still have my wool Ravenclaw cardigan I purchased while we were there. (It’s hella weird to buy wool sweaters in Florida.) I’m so happy that very soon the weather will cool down for me to wear it, because there is nothing more fun than wearing something to work that you bought at an amusement park.

Sitting in My Favorite Place on Campus
Imagine this: You’re sipping a hot, black coffee on a bench that’s dedicated to the memory of Ralph Ellison. Gripped firmly in your hands is your favorite pen and notebook just waiting for you to scritch-scratch your heart out across those blank, unlined pages. The leaves on the trees above you fall intermittently, and the fountain made of rocks from all 77 counties across the state bubbles quietly. On your right, you can hear the sounds of tap shoes and opera singers coming from Carpenter Hall — the windows open as if to send those sounds directly to you. The breeze rustles through the pages of your notebook, but you don’t mind because you’ve got a nice warm Ravenclaw cardigan and a nigh-impossible to manage blanket scarf to keep you warm.

9 Responses

  1. I am so into this list.

    Lipstick — L’Oreal Cherry Noir and Urban Decay Shame. I bought the latter during a sale this summer, but it is not to be worn in warm months unless you want to look like you stepped out of 1994. Plaid shirt required.

    Thank you for mentioning the Sherlock Holmes. I think it’s the only one there I haven’t tried.

    Can you help me learn how to wear a blanket scarf? I am so lost.

    I’ve never made it through House of Leaves either. Maybe this October for Readathon? Also, I didn’t realize you were into the TV version of Hannibal. OMG. So sad it went away.

    My patronus is a greyhound. I don’t even know what this means. I know I’ve mentioned before that I’m a Slytherin, but I’m also a Pukwudgie, and my wand is 10″ Cypress with a Phoenix feather core and “Surprisingly Swishy flexibility.” Do I need to read these books?

    1. I really want to buy some Urban Decay lipstick. I think I’m going to have to wait until a sale too, because I refuse to pay full Urban Decay prices. And man, I miss ’90s lipstick so much. We all looked like we’d just gone ham on some Hershey’s bars.

      Know that the Sherlock Holmes is very sweet, so I recommend the smallest size. But that butterscotch flavor…totally worth every last calorie.

      I can try to help you learn to wear a blanket scarf, but I always feel like there is so much fabric attacking my face. I just roll with it though. I think that’s the key to wearing them. Just roll with it.

      I loved everything about Hannibal. So good. I daydream about the sets and furniture and the clothing the characters wear. And I have nightmares about the two actors who played Mason Verger. If you decide to read House of Leaves, we need to meet for coffee and talk about it. I need the accountability to keep reading it.

      As for reading Harry Potter, how do you feel about audio books? If you get the ones read by Stephen Frye, it’s an awesome read. And it makes up for the fact that the first two books are pretty boring. But I think you’ll get super into it once you hit the third book.

      1. Okay, I’m now #54 for the audiobook at the library ? Went ahead and put a physical copy on hold as well because it looks like I’ll get my hands on that much sooner.

  2. I love this post. Hate the PSL, can’t wear scarves because they fight with my chins, and my patronus is a dapple grey stallion. I was sorted into Hufflepuff, which I’m trying to be okay with.

  3. Found you through your comment on Insert Classy Here.

    I am a complete morning person on the weekends. Not so much during the week. So I know that I thrive in the morning. I just don’t want it bad enough during the week. Something to think about.

  4. Love your list! And making chili with my boyfriend is one of my favorite things about Fall too! We also like to make chicken and dumplings this time of year! And I’m totally jealous of your Ravenclaw sweater! I need a Hufflepuff one!

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