Let me be clear: when I say “fall cocktails you need to try”, I mean “we”. Honestly, truly– I wrote this list for myself. Haters will say that the love of Fall is basic, and that’s why haters don’t matter. When I think of fall cocktails, the first thing that comes to mind is hot cider and pumpkin beer. Thanks to my good friend Pinterest, I’m thinking outside the box this season (with lots of bourbon).
Fall Cocktails You Need to Try
Apple Cider Mimosa
3 ounces apple cider
3 ounces champagne
Brown sugar and apple slices for garnish, optional
Goodbye Summer. Hello Fall! In June, Donni and I shared our Summer Bucket Lists with you. I’m back to share what I actually checked off my list, and what I have planned for the fall.
Summer 2016 Bucket List
It wasn’t the outdoor meditation like I hoped for, but I did manage to wake up and meditate before and during sunrise–from the comfort of my bed.
Make S’mores at a bonfire.
Nah. Summer 2016 was so hot, I barely attended anything that didn’t involve air conditioning or a paycheck. I don’t know why I thought I’d be sitting in front of anyone’s fire.
Go to a baseball game.
I went to 2 Charleston Riverdogs game this summer! At the first game, I tried a Palmetto Espresso Porter beer milkshake for the first time. About a month later, I enjoyed $1 beer during a Thirsty Thursday game. The games and drinks were both great. Felt like college.
I didn’t make it to New Orleans, but I did make it to Savannah for a Bachelorette weekend, and Atlanta to see Beyoncé for the SECOND time this year. A trip to New Orleans is very high the list for my solo travel birthday trip.
Build a fort.
I watched my nephew build a fort. Does that count? He even had me test his entrance, which had a sign that read, “Please knock”. Knock on what though? The fort didn’t have a door. Yep, I’m checking this off my list.
Drink out of a coconut.
Nah, again. Guess I’ll put this back on the list for Spring/Summer 2017.
I didn’t do too bad checking things off my Summer Bucket List, but Fall is here and it’s time for new adventures! Here are some things I’d like to do this season.
Goodbye Summer Bucket List
Daylight Savings Time will be here soon. It’s easier for me to meditate at 7am instead of 6am, that’s for sure.
Make S’mores at a bonfire.
I will give this another try in October or November when it’s not 90 degrees.
Because beer love is true love. Charleston has a few of it’s own Oktoberfest celebrations, and I’d love to attend one for the first time.
Fall is my favorite season, but the weather can get a little gloomy as winter approaches. I love waking up early, simply to stay snuggled up in bed for a few extra hours (or the entire day). Brunch is great year-round, but it’s not as tempting when outs looks like a scene from Twilight. My plan is to have at least 4 “Sleep-in Sundays” this season.
Visit a pumpkin patch with my nephews.
If we miss that chance, they will have to settle for Disney on Ice or a visit to the aquarium.
What did you check of your bucket list this summer? What’s on your Fall Bucket List?
Last weekend, as I was standing in line for beer at Music Midtown a girl tapped me on the shoulder to ask if she could take a picture with me. She and her friends made a scavenger hunt to play during the festival. Obviously, the item on her list was magical black girl, right? Check! Alas, she just needed a picture with someone wearing a flower crown. Almost immediately, two of my guy friends began to make a joke that a “basic” girl must have been on her list. I went to high school with these two jerks Prince Charmings, so they are allowed to tease me. In their minds my flower crown made me summer “basic”. Then came the pumpkin spice latte reference. Cue eye rolls.
Let’s talk about calling girls basic on the basis of their seasonal favorites. First, let’s start with the basics (ha, see what I did there?) and see how the people of the interwebs are defining the term.
Those whose wardrobes include leggings and boots complemented by a Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte in hand.
“Basic” is a term to describe someone, usually a female, who is without any defining characteristics of her own, usually because she follows the crowd.
Used to describe someone devoid of defining characteristics that might make a person interesting, extraordinary, or just simply worth devoting time or attention to.
Lacking intelligence and unable to socialize on even an elementary level.
The disease that makes people ratchet AF. This includes symptoms such as an unusually strong affection to pumpkin spice (specifically Starbucks), a longing to wear Uggs and/or LuLu Leggings, and continuously saying “I literally can’t even.”
Things that apparently make me basic
Seasonal candles are my jam: To be clear, I’m a scented candle addict all year-long! However, there’s just something about being curled up in one million cozy blankets with Hocus Pocus playing and my sweater weather candle sending sweet fall scents around my apartment. Also, I should mention that I quite enjoy watching fall candle hauls on YouTube. Sorry, I’m not sorry about wanting my place to smell like a home. If loving a well-scented home is basic, count me in.
Fall wardrobe: Reality check: boots, leggings and scarves have always been staples of chilly days, just like you would expect folks to wear shorts, swimsuits and sundresses in the summer. So how does wearing these items make me basic? Are you mad that I’m hella comfortable in my chunky sweater and boots? Does my flannel offend you? I’m looking and feeling good so again bring on the basicness. P.S. I will also likely Instagram my new boots I bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday as I’m standing on top of fallen leaves.
Pumpkin Love: I think PSLs are delicious, whether I’m brewing them at home or grabbing one from Starbucks or a local coffee shop. Would you still call me basic if I ordered a salted caramel latte? Cool, because I drink those too. While I’ve got a thing for pumpkin spice, I need to be absolutely clear on one thing: I’ll take a sweet potato pie over a pumpkin pie any day. Are Patti LaBelle’s Pies going to be a thing again this year?
Fall traditions: Crunching leaves, roasting s’mores, browsing through pumpkin patches and carving pumpkins are definitely fall traditions, but that doesn’t mean they are “basic.” Carving pumpkins with friends during college are some of my favorite memories. It’s just a fun (and messy) activity. Research (i.e. in my mind) shows that stepping on a crunchy leaf releases endorphins.
For The Love of Fall
I know most of the time, we call someone “basic” as a joke. However, in reality basic is just another term used by society to judge women and their lifestyle choices. If homegirl (of any race) wants to sip on her PSL and take a stroll through an apple orchard or pumpkin patch – why are we making fun of her for living in the moment and finding beauty in fall? How is it really affecting your life? While you’re making fun of her or me, we’ll be busy making memories.
Are you a lover of fall like I am? Have you been called basic? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below.
My intention was to write a fabulous fall TV and movie preview for you. However, all of the networks have excellent lineups for the fall. So I’ll have to stick to a fall TV preview this time and return with some thoughts on the highly anticipated movies for the fall and winter. I basically turn into a hermit in the fall. I looked at my original list which was three times as long as what’s below and realized I should probably attempt to go outside for reasons other than work. All of the shows below are ones that I currently watch or plan to check out if they’re new. Prepare your DVR accordingly!!
*All times below are Eastern Standard. Also, Scandal won’t be back until 2017 – le sigh.
Fall TV Preview: PREMIERINGthis Fall
Atlanta – 10 p.m. Sept. 6 (FX)
You may know him as a rapper or you may remember him from Community, but Donald Glover is creating and staring in this new show. On The Tonight Show he called it Twin Peaks, but for rappers. So expect weird odd characters. Glover plays Earn, an aspiring rap manager for his cousin Paper Boi. Watch the trailer here.
Pitch – 9 p.m. Sept. 28 (FOX)
Here’s a show to keep your eye on. Pitch will follow the debut of a female star in the MLB. You throw like a girl will take on a completely new meaning. Watch the trailer here. I’m not sure this one is going to last more than one season, but I think it’s something that needs to grace our screens and I hope to see it become a true story in my lifetime.
Divorce – 10 p.m, Oct. 9 (HBO)
It’s been 12 years since Sarah Jessica Parker graced the TV screen as Carrie Bradshaw. Now Queen SJP is returning to HBO with Divorce. The show follows Frances (Parker) and Robert, a long-married couple with two kids who decide to get a divorce after a particularly trying time. We’ll watch the couple as they go through the various phases of ending a marriage, from counseling to mediation and beyond. Can I relate to this? No, but I love SJP and I know she’s going to bring it!
Insecure – 10:30 p.m, Oct. 9 (HBO)
So if you’re going to check out Divorce you should just keep it on HBO for Insecure. You may know star and creator Issa Rae from her hit webseries: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and her book. When Insecure premieres, Issa Rae will be only the third black woman to create and star in her own TV comedy, following in the footsteps of Wanda Sykes and Sherri Shepherd. Okay, queen!! HBO originally ordered this series back in 2013, so I’m hoping that it lives up to the expectations.
Fall TV Preview: Most Anticipated
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix)
Premieres Fri., Nov. 25
May 15, 2007 was the airdate of the last episode of Gilmore Girls. However, it did not end the way its original creator, Goddess and Genius Amy Sherman-Palladino wanted. Over the years Sherman-Palladino has teased that she knew what the final four words of the show would have been. She’s also told us she never watched the final season. I don’t blame you, girl!! Praise Netflix for making this four part series happen. As you may know, Luke and Lorelai are one of my favorite TV couples, but they didn’t get the ending they deserved. I’m excited to see what Rory and Lorelai have been up to and for some real closure. And, of course, I want to know what those final four words were. I’d like to say that I’m officially Team Tristan for Rory or a new guy. Actually, I’d prefer her to be happily single than see her with Dean or Jess. I’m still undecided on Logan because there’s a place in my heart for dear Mr. Huntzberger. Where you lead, I will follow.
Younger – 10 p.m., Sept. 28 (TVLand)
This will be the third season premiere for Younger, but I feel like it’s still a bit of a sleeper. If you watch this show stop what you’re doing now and tweet me because you are a cool person and we should be friends. This show (produced by Darren Star of Sex and the City) follows Liza, a recently divorced 40-year old mother who tries to rejoin the workforce, but cannot get hired. With the help of a friend and an updated wardrobe, she passes as a 26-year old and lands a job as an assistant at a publishing firm. She also meets the very fionnne Josh played by Nico Tortorella (stalk his IG- you won’t regret it), a tattoo artist, that thinks that they are the same age and they start dating. My only problems with this show are that the episodes are too short and there are only 12 in a season. Go binge watch the 24 episodes and watch with me this season!!
The Walking Dead – 9 p.m., Oct. 23 (AMC)
This summer I’ve had so many arguments conversations with strangers about who meets their fate via Negan and Lucille. Remember, if it’s Daryl we riot!! I’ve watched the trailer so many times and read every clickbait article that claims they know who dies. They don’t know. I just need this question answered so I can throw things and then start a long, grieving process. Unless, it’s Aaron (then I won’t care as much).
Fall TV Preview: Oldies but Goodies
Grey’s Anatomy – 8 p.m., Sept. 22 (ABC)
Every year without fail I hear: “Oh my God is that still on?” The inevitable follow-up question is “Why do you still watch it?” Well let me tell you why. Meredith is my person. Alex is my person. Bailey and the Chief they are my people. And until Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital formallySeattle Grace-Mercy West blows up (Don’t you dare do it, Shonda) I’ll be with them.
Some other returning shows:
Dancing With the Stars – 8 p.m., Sept. 12 (ABC)
The Voice – 8 p.m., Sept. 19 (NBC)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – 10 p.m., Sept 20 (ABC)
Empire – 9 p.m., Sept. 21 (FOX)
Blackish – 9:30 p.m., Sept. 21 (ABC)
How to Get Away With Murder– 10 p.m., Sept. 22 (ABC)
Once Upon a Time – 8 p.m., Sept. 25 (ABC)
Quantico – 10 p.m., Sept. 25 (ABC)
Shameless – 9 p.m.,Oct. 2 (Showtime)
The Mindy Project – Oct. 4 (Hulu)
Jane the Virgin – 9 p.m., Oct. 17 – (The CW)
Fall TV Preview: Hot Mess
If you’re looking for some trainwreck shows, might I suggest:
90 Day Fiancé – 9 p.m., Sept. 11 (TLC)
Rob & Chyna – 9 p.m.,Sept. 11 (E!)
Not that I need anymore shows to watch, but share which fall TV shows you’re most excited about in the comments below.
Moisturizer – I recently decided to take the plunge and see what Lush products are all about. Thankfully they aren’t located to close to me because I’d likely be in there way more than my bank account would prefer. I find that as the temperature drops my skin gets drier, but moisturizers typically break me out. Lush’s Skin Drink is amazing and I haven’t had any issues with it breaking me out! The natural ingredients include sesame oil, rose petal infusion, fresh organic avocado and organic cocoa butter.
Dark Lippies – Neutral makeup and dark lips are my jam in the fall. Black Radiance Perfect Tone Lip Color in Plum Orchid and MAC’s Ruby Woo are two of my favorite dark lippies. I never truly bought into the MAC is the end all be all of makeup products, but Ruby Woo is a matte lipstick that is the perfect balance between warm and cool red and can work on nearly everyone. I’ve yet to find a drugstore dupe for Ruby Woo that I really love. So MAC you win!
Natural Toner – I’m in the process of trading out some of my staple products with natural alternatives. Some of my favorite YouTubers have suggested using aloe vera juice as a natural toner. Lily of the Desert’s preservative-free aloe vera juice is certified organic and seems to agree with my skin, so it’s going on the essentials list.
The Beauty Holy Grail – Coconut oil does everything. It’s not just a fall essential, but transitions into an essential for every season. Coconut oil is great for body scrubs (just add sugar or coarse salt), does wonder for my natural curly hair, is a great makeup remover, body moisturizer, and a deep conditioner. The list goes on. I keep a jar in the bathroom and one in the kitchen.
Fall Candles – Since my Seasonal Living: Fall into Fall post, I’ve added more fall scented candles to my collection. Bath & Body Works’ Pumpkin Pie and Sweater Weather 3-wick candles. I’m always on the lookout for their two $20 candle sale because it’s hard to justify spending $22.50 on a single candle.
Slouchy beanies – At last count I had 20 beanies. It’s also possible Ace may have one or two of mine in her possession. I wish my office was casual enough that I could rock them at work. You can find them just about everywhere now, but here are some cool options from Urban Outfitters: one and two.
Flannel + sweaters – I love a good sweater over flannel combo. TheTrendySparrow’s slouchy “You had me at pumpkin spice lattes” slouchy sweater is perfect over the flannel of your choice.
Suede footwear – So now that you have a cute slouchy sweater + flannel combo you can rock with you favorite pair of jeans you need footwear. I love suede boots and pumps in the fall. Lulu’s has some cute options. Check out these dark burgundy peep toe fringe booties and nude pumps.
COFFEE – Coffee lovers. I have a new obsession. Paramount Coffee Company has the most delicious seasonal flavors. The packaging is reason enough to purchase, but they really do taste amazing. Right now I’m finishing up Sweetie Pie: Pumpkin Pie, but I love the Pumpkin Spice and Vanilla Nut Cream. Check your local HomeGoods or T.J.Maxx where you can find them for only $4.99 a package. If Homegoods is a bit of a drive, Amazon now sells them as well.
What are some of your fall essentials? Leave a comment below!
Hot drinks, comfort foods, chunky sweaters and boots! Welcome, fall! Today is the first official day of the new season. In Atlanta, we’ve yet to fully transition to fall weather – today’s high is 82° – but I’m going to fall into fall by making my seasonal transition with my home decor and a few activities. I will admit that I jumped the gun and ordered my first pumpkin spice latte on Sept. 2, but can you blame me for not being able to resist the deliciousness.
Seasonal Living: Fall Bucket List
In case you need a little seasonal inspiration, I’ve created a fall bucket list for you all (click to download a .pdf version).
My fall decor has been sitting in the Michael’s bag since I bought them weeks ago and today I’m finally pulling them out. Goodbye summer candles – hello gingered apple caramel and harvest peach fall scents. My fun and bright lemons will be packed away and replaced with these decorative pinecones and acorns that I found at the craft store. Bonus: they have a faint scent of cinnamon. I applaud all of you who decorate with fresh flowers – I am not that kind of girl. However, I do think flower arrangements are a great addition to any room and I’m replacing my bright white hydrangeas with these sunflowers. Finally, I’m super excited about these cute little sparkly pumpkins I found.
As the temperature cools, I’ll incorporate seasonal living into the meals I prepare and will come back to share some of my favorite recipes. However, that’s it for now! Enjoy fall, everyone!
P.S. I looked everywhere for a clip of the Rugrats episode where Susie or maybe it was Angelica is singing “Fall is here, fall is here, it’s a wonderful time of year!” Bonus points to anyone who can find it.
What’s on your fall bucket list? Tweet me @palmsinatl or leave a comment.