Happy First Day of Fall, Ambitious Fam! If you know me (or if you’ve been watching my Instagram stories lately haha), then you know that I am OBSESSED with Fall. It is hands down my favorite season and I tend to go a little overboard with all of the pumpkin-flavored eats and Fall activities.
This post was actually inspired by Meghan of Wit & Whimsy’s post at the beginning of the month (check out her post here!). I’m constantly reminding myself to watch my consumption (remember last year’s No Shop October?) and I believe that half the fun of the season change is that I get to bring out all of my old favorites!
Here are a few of my Fall favorites that have stood the test of time:
The NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment has been my favorite bold lip since I posted about it in 2017! Typically I find matte lippies to be drying and uncomfortable, but that is not the case with this one. I also love the precision of the applicator—it makes it so easy to apply. I have it in the shade “Rock with You” but there are plenty of color options if deep mulberry isn’t your thing. But honestly, I think that this color would be a hit on anyone! Just need to channel a little Bold Lipped Confidence (see what I did there? teehee). Shop this lippie via the NARS website, Ulta, or Sephora!
One of the many things that I look forward to in the Fall is the return of pumpkin-spiced beverages. I snagged this Pumpkin Spice Sweet Mint Homemade mug in August of 2018 when the owner was doing a popup in Annapolis and it’s still my favorite to use during this season. The small business has added many more Fall themed mugs since then, so you’re bound to find one that speaks to you. Alternatively, you can check out their other collections for cute mugs and more!
Monogrammed Pumpkin Sweatshirt
While my need to be covered in monograms has waned a little since undergrad, I’m still very much a sucker for a festive monogram! Also purchased in August of 2018, I LIVE in my pumpkin monogram sweatshirt from United Monograms from the first day to Fall until Thanksgiving (that’s when I make the switch to Christmas reds!). The sweatshirt is still in great condition even though it is definitely well-loved. Great news–they are currently on SALE!
Dudley Stephens Fleece Turtlenecks
On the days that I have not in my pumpkin sweatshirt, I am most likely nice and cozy in one of my Dudleys. While my first purchase wasn’t until April of 2019, I coveted the fan-favorite fleece for YEARS prior. Though I wear my Dudleys year-round, Fall is a great time to get extra use out of the longer Cobble Hill style (pictured). It is definitely an investment piece, but I cannot begin to describe how soft and amazingly high quality they are. Dudley Stephen’s is a women-owned small company and the fleece is made from recycled yarn and produced in New York, making it a sustainable fashion choice as well. If you are curious about sizing information, make sure that you check out the Fit Guide on their website! In addition, I also wanted to note that the company just dropped their DS Gives blankets which are patchwork blankets made out of the production scraps from their fleeces! I loved that they found a creative way to reduce waste, but I love even more that 100% percent of the proceeds are going to help the kids and families of those at St. Jude’s Hospital. This year they have a goal of hitting 100k in donations! Support by purchasing a blanket here. You can also use this link for $25 off your first Dudley purchase!
L.L. Bean Boots
Bean boots have been a staple for me since I begged for them as a Christmas present in 2014 (thanks, Grandma!). They are the perfect durable shoe for any activity that leaves you exposed to mud, puddles, or snow. In the Fall, I wear them to go apple picking or to pumpkin patches! Bean boots are also my go-to rain shoes because I find rainboots to be too heavy. The quality of the boots is impeccable (leather and rubber) and L.L. Bean boasts that they haven’t changed the original design since 1912. I have the 6in and I’m pretty sure that I sized up to a 9 to have room to wear thicker socks. Pro-tip: If the rubber sole of your shoes starts to wear, L.L. Bean will resole them for just $39. I have personally not used the service, but if I do I will report back–sound like a great sustainable option for maintaining your boots without the financial or environmental cost of buying a new pair!