Tuesday, September 20, 2016

15 Ways to Make Fall Better

Hi guys! 
We are just days away from Fall 2K16! Fall is one of my favorite seasons because the weather cools down, the boots come out, and I can drink all the pumpkin spice drinks I want. If you're not a fall person, or if you want to make this fall the best ever, here are 15 things to do!

1) Fall Fragrances
The easiest way to transition from summer to fall is through scents. In Nevada where I live there's not much that screams "fall." The weather is constantly sunny, it's been a pretty constant 88° for the last month, and it very much still looks like summer. But when I go in to my room and I have my pumpkin scented wallflower plugged in, it's fall. I absolutely adore the heavy, spiced, pumpkin scents out this time of year, and I highly recommend burning a candle or plugging in a wallflower. (P.S. my favorite BABW scents are Leaves, Pumpkin Cupcake, and Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin). 

2) Flannels
I've actually never owned a flannel until this past week. I always thought it was overrated and too "mainstream" for me. Granted, it probably is a little too "basic" in Hawaii where it never dips below 75°, but it is actually great if you live somewhere with an actual fall. You can take really cute fall themed instagrams with leggings, boots, and a pumpkin spice latte in hand. If you're someone like me who's never bought one before, I'd highly recommend looking in the guys section. I was at GAP the other day and got a guys shirt for $15 when the women's ones were less cute and double the price. 

3) Pumpkin Spice Everything
Nowadays people associate pumpkin spice lattes (especially from Starbucks) with "basic" people, but I say embrace it. Go get your pumpkin spice lattes and instagram them proudly. Buy the weird fall themed processed junk (how can they make marshmallows pumpkin spice?!?!) and enjoy them. 

4) Journal
Journaling is so beneficial. It gives you a place to write out your goals, thoughts, dreams... Write daily. It doesn't need to be a lot, it doesn't need to be good. You're writing for your future self so you can remember each day as it was. My "journaling" is literally just a list of three things that happened/I'm thankful for/I did that I write every day (or when I remember it). Also, let's be real, there's nothing more aesthetically pleasing than someone journaling in a coffee shop during the fall. 

5) Read
Fall and winter are great because they give you a reason to stay in. When the weather's too cold and you couldn't imagine changing out of your sweats and going to a party, pull out a book. Reading is the greatest. Read something old, read something new, read something that can help improve your life. No matter what you read, it's better than watching Friends on Netflix for the billionth time. 

6) Be Present
TURN OFF YOUR PHONE NOTIFICATIONS. PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY. LOOK UP. Phones are great, but they also suck the life out of you. Sometimes we get so distracted with what's going on digitally that we forget to stay present. The easiest way to resolve that is to turn off your phone notifications. Maybe not all of them (you probably still want to see texts, calls, and emails), but go into instagram and change your settings so you don't see a constant stream of "____ like's your photo" after you post something. Also, when you're walking, put the phone away and look up. It's partially for your safety (we don't want anyone walking into poles), but it also helps keep you in the present. 

7) Make a New Playlist
Put all your favorite relaxing songs on it. Make it good, and listen to it whenever you need a pick me up. 

8) Get Outside
Fall is BEAUTIFUL! It's cold enough that you can go on a walk and not sweat everywhere, but it's not too cold that it becomes unbearable to be outside for long periods of time. Find a park, walk though a new part of town, go on a hike. Nature is beautiful!

9) Prioritize Yourself
The holiday season is always a hot mess. You're trying to shop for everyone else and it is so hard to focus on yourself during the winter. Enjoy the serenity of fall by staying on top of the things you need to, treating yourself, and taking care of yourself the way you should. 

10) Get a Flu Shot
Disclaimer here, my mom literally teaches people about vaccines for a living, so I might be a bit biased, but there is seriously nothing better than getting a flu shot. I got mine this past weekend and it was free, painless, and in a month I'll be immune against three strains of flu. There is nothing worse than being sick, and the flu shot actually works. Last year I was one of the only ones in my suite that got the shot and I was the only that never got sick. Coincidence? Maybe, but I wouldn't want to chance getting the plague flu. 

11) Make a Goal 
Make yourself a goal of how you want fall to feel. This shouldn't be things that you feel you need to do to make fall great, but it should be something deeper. For example, I want fall to feel spontaneous and fun. Once you figure out your feelings, write it somewhere you'll see it and make sure that you're taking actions to achieve those feelings every day. 

12) Declutter
Now is the perfect time to declutter your wardrobe when your in the midst of packing up your summer clothes and unpacking your winter ones. Get rid of anything damaged, the wrong size, or unloved, and donate it/sell it/gift it. 

13) Drink More (Water)
For me, when the weather cools down, I am less likely to remember to stay hydrated. Fall is the season of warm drinks, but both coffee and teas can act as diuretics, so it is so important to replenish your fluids! Try to aim for half your body weight in ounces a day, and remember to drink first thing in the morning because you lose a lot of water when you're asleep! 

14) Cook!
I love cooking and I adore being in the kitchen. I know not all of you will feel the same, but for me, there's nothing better than baking a pie or roasting some veggies on a Sunday. You can start practicing recipes for an epic Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving or bake for the fun of it. Here's some recipes to get you started. 

15) Lose Expectations
With instagram, it is so easy to compare your life to everyone else's. Lose your expectations of what fall "should be" and just live. Sometimes the best things happen when you least expect it. 

Let's make this fall season better than the others! Let me know in the comments if you have any other things to add to my list or if you have anything you're looking forward to this fall! Also, I have a whole bunch of exciting posts coming soon, so make sure you're staying connected on bloglovin!


  1. I am obsessed with everything fall-related! And I do agree with you about how easy it can be to compare your life with others on Instagram.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  2. I find that it's so easy to compare when your feed is full of cute apple/pumpkin picking pictures and coupley stuff, but it's so much better to live without trying to match what other people are doing.

  3. I love fall so much! And a good flannel can be so underrated! And I have never really thought about how important it is to still stay hydrated in the cooler months! I'm so glad u mentioned that!!!

  4. I can't believe I never owned a flannel until this past week! I've already worn it so much and I can't believe I lived without them! Hydration is one of those things so easy to overlook (especially when we don't feel thirsty), but I live in a high altitude desert, so if I don't stay on top of my hydration I pay for it the next day!