All through summer, everyone's listening to upbeat pop songs or blasting country music, but when fall comes around, everyone's searching for a new calmer playlist to transition into the chilly weather. This is my go-to playlist and it can be found on my Apple Music profile (@cambre_rae) under the title 'Fall Tunes'.
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Fall is the stretch of time between the end of Summer and the beginning of Winter. The time when the leaves change and fall, when we trade in the flip flops and shorts for jeans and boots. The time when we leave behind the beach and the mixed drinks to enjoy long strolls through the park with a cup of warm cider. Fall is an exchange of venues –the beach for the football stadium, the lake for the farmer’s market. Fall is a time to settle down and soak up the scenery around us, the foliage and joy that comes with it. Here’s a look into all of the beautiful this season offers us.
1. The "cool but not too cool" weather
The weather from mid-September to the end of October is the best weather, especially when the breeze blows just right. Plus, you can still be outside and enjoy nature without hypothermia.
2. Falling leaves
Color, crunch, sight, and scent –we love them all. Oh, and jumping in the leaf pile, too.
3. Fall fashion
It’s short sleeves with a light jacket or the cute miniskirts and long shirts. It’s jeans and flannels. It’s khakis and shades of reds. It’s the dawn of gloves, scarves, and hat weather. It’s boots and, most importantly, sweater weather.
4. The "Fall" smell
Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, Grannysmith apple -----Bottle it up and slap a goddamn Yankee label on it!
5. Bonfire primetime
When you feel the warmth of the flames and bring out your internal caveman-discovering-fire face.
6. Return of the warm foods
Chicken Noodle soup, fresh baked apple pie ,and mom’s classic casseroles emerge once again. Your taste buds thank you.
7. Pumpkin picking
Some of the best memories (and Instagram-worthy pictures) come from the pumpkin patch. There’s no better feeling than the smooth, creviced, ripe-orange sitting in your hand. Don’t forget the cute little ones, too!
Ah, Halloween. Dressing as something you're not with people you may or may not know. Fear coated in chocolate. Creepy pranks and jack-o-lanterns. And an endless loop of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus.
9. Hot chocolate and snuggles
Some of you may save the hot cocoa till winter, but you cannot deny snuggles, even during Fall.
10. Hot cider (or Pumpkin Spice Lattes)
The best and only time to drink it.
11. The Farmer's Market
For most areas, Fall is the peak of farming season. Apples and pumpkins are limitless and the appetite for them seems never-ending.
12. Football season
*Cue NFL Theme Song*
Regardless of the team, their rank, or their class, Fall would not be defined without this sport. Metal bleachers, hot cider, cheering people, an intriguing marching band halftime show, and a [hopefully] great game to watch is part of what makes Fall the best season.
13. The feeling
This feeling isn't so obvious. It sneaks up on you in the peak of the season. It’s the perfect breeze in the stands with a Styrofoam cup of cider and a sunset setting behind the football stadium. It’s the after-party bonfire, the smell of the smoke and burnt marshmallows. It’s the smell of the air, the crunch of the leaves beneath your boots, the array of bright colors fading around you.
It's the magical feeling of Fall!
Jot these down, sister, it is officially the best season of the year.
1. Make apple cider
2. Carve pumpkins
3. Go on a hayride
4. Burn ALL the fall scented candles, girl
5. Make homemade caramel apples
6. Watch Freeform's 31 nights of halloween
7. Go through a corn maze with your BFF's
8. Bake pumpkin bars/bread/pie/EVERYTHING pumpkin
9. Visit a haunted house
10. Make a cozy playlist
11. Toast pumpkin seeds
12. Create a gratitude jar
13. Attend a farmers market for fall produce
14. Cheer on your favorite football team