Things I’ve Been Loving and A Fun Fall Survey.

Today I’m sharing some of the things I’ve been loving recently. Grab a cup of warm anything and join me for my current favourite online shopping, music, my new workout and some fun Autumn traditions.

Photo by Jennifer Pedraza Richardson

How do you prepare for Fall? I always do a deep closet clean near the end of Summer and make a list of pieces I need to update my wardrobe for the coming season. I’d all but forgotten about La Maison Simons, a french department store we have here in West Vancouver. I ordered a couple of things online. and the tracking says they’re arriving this Friday (when this blog goes up). This is what I bought.

Rich velvets are a favourite for Fall/Winter – paired with my kneed high boots www.Simons.ca
A practical white turtleneck goes with pants, skirts and under dresses. Nice button detail at cuff.

What’s your favourite Fall tradition? A visit to the pumpkin patch is a must. Pumpkins for carving at Halloween or for recipes like pumpkin sage soup, pumpkin risotto and roasted pumpkin seeds with sea salt. Last year my sister and I spent the afternoon at the Richmond Country Farm , Starbucks hot chocolates in hand; we picked up pumpkins and fresh veggies.

A trip you’d like to take one Fall? I would love to rent a car and do a road trip through DownEast Maine; an area of coastal New England dotted with small fishing communities and the Acadia National Park . To see the Autumn foliage and stop in for Atlantic lobster in Bar Harbour. What a dream!

What’s your favourite drink to enjoy in the fall? Hot chocolate with Bailey’s and Mulled Wine with oranges and spices. My Mulled Wine recipe HERE.

What is your favourite thing about Fall? The makeup and fashion. I’m a sucker for coziness so I not only wrap myself in warm knits, velvets and faux fur but I also like to make the home extra Hyggelig with blankets on the sofas to snuggle up in, slow cooker meals and candles. For wonderful fashion tips I’ve been loving following Josie the Fashion Mumblr on Youtube.

H&M is currently having a great sale on tights. I wear tights almost everyday October thru March. I picked up some opaque black 200 denier tights, footless black tights (I wear under dresses when I want to keep my legs covered but still wear pretty open toe heels) and these warm knitted cable knit tights. None were over $7. A steal!

Your favourite memory of the fall when you were younger? I loved the first day of school. In Ontario by September it was quite chilly and my mom always made sure we had something new to wear. Walking in the crisp Autumn air in a new cable knit sweater and the leaves turning fire-y reds and orange. Candy apples at High Park. Sunday night lasagna dinners at home and The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on T.V.

Photo by Jennifer Pedraza Richardson – A framed photo I took of frosty leaves

What do you have on your to do-list? Next week I’m ordering all my supplies to make hand rolled beeswax candles. It’s a great activity to do on a grey wet day. I light candles every evening as soon as the sun sets so I keep a large stock of candles at home. Bees wax emits negative ions which means they cleanse the air while they’re burning and I do love the sweet earthy scent of bees wax.

I’ve ordered this beautiful leather belt. The Nida wrap belt cinches you in at the waist. It can be worn with dresses, over long shirts, sweater dresses and coats. I’ve been making it a point to purchase from Canadian stores only (I’m over customs charges). I ordered this belt from a shop called Brave Leather in Toronto. I chose this classic Tan leather shade.

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Best music for dark, rainy days? Loreena McKennit the Elemental Album. The Deep Dark Woods are one of my favourite Canadian bands. Their album The Place I Left Behind is so good. I like to play relaxing piano Jazz while I’m cooking or this Pacific Northwest playlist I created on Youtube.

I recently discovered the Revlon Ultra HD Snap; a one coat rapid dry polish I can brush on and be out the door in 15 minutes. I’m living for this bright red right now. The range has 24 shades.

What’s the best way to treat Fall depression? I can’t even imagine being depressed in the Fall but understand that gloomy mornings and darkness by 5pm can get some people down. I find exercise is always a good answer to keep our mental health in check. My sister recently moved and has loaned me her Rebounder. Rebounding has so many benefits including cardio, leg muscle endurance and strengthening bones. It’s low impact but you’d be surprised at how quickly your heart rate goes up. I’ve been slowly working up my time and I’ve placed it my living room so I can bounce while watching a show. Talk about multitasking!

Another favourites come and gone. I do hope you’ve enjoyed this entry and am SO enjoying seeing all the wonderful readers from around the world tuning in. Seeing readers from Ireland, Thailand, Germany, Spain and as far as Finland fills my heart. THANK YOU!

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Until next time!

Love,

Jennifer


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