This will probably be the most “basic white girl” (meant to be a humorous poke at myself, not to harm or offend others) and cliche post to ever be written in regards to fall, but it is FINALLY October! It is my other favorite month of the year (aside from June), and I love this time of year because it seems to light a fire in a lot of people as we prepare for the grand finale of the year! Plus, it has all the bonuses that you just can’t enjoy for a majority of the year.
I love living in western North Carolina, and these are the reasons why:
(If you’re in a rush and need to get to the point… It’s okay, I won’t judge you)
- SWEATERY-SWEATERS, SCARVES, and BOOTS
- HOT COCOA, COFFEE, and HERBAL TEAS
- FESTIVALS and FUN THINGS TO DO
- COOL WEATHER
- GUILTY PLEASURE – START LISTENING TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC
I can’t be the ONLY one with #7….right?! 🙂
SWEATERY-SWEATERS, SCARVES, and BOOTS
Yes, sweatery-sweaters. If you are a “basic white girl”, I know you got me. They’re sweaters, but there more than just your typical sweater. They’re big, fluffy, over-sized sweaters that keep you warm and fuzzy on the outside (and inside!). You can never have enough sweatery-sweaters. I have one that I wear year round (my “Grandma sweater” as a co-worker calls it) because it is freezing at work. It even has pockets! Now, it is socially acceptable to wear it (not that it has ever stopped me)! I have an obsession with scarves, and I probably own way too many. I love boots. Enough said. I like the boots that stop right below the knee and the ankle booties. I prefer no heels, but this petite 5’3″ woman isn’t afraid…as long as the heel is not too high or too skinny. October is NOT the time to break a heel. Too much to do, too many places to see!
HOT COCOA, COFFEE, and HERBAL TEAS
Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING has been here in my area since late August, but now I can finally enjoy it without people judging me (not that I care). Since I am cutting out dairy, I am going to try plant-based milks with my hot cocoa. I have already found a yummy almond milk creamer I like. Ahh! Tis the season for warm goodness in a tumbler. I love trying new herbal teas and hot cocoa mixes and–AHHHHH!!!!
Now is the time of year I can eat ungodly amounts of soup, and my husband can’t say a word.
Thankfully, I live in one of the most beautiful places in the Unites States: North Carolina. I live by the Appalachian Mountains toward Georgia and Tennessee, and all year round, I get to enjoy these beautiful mountains. I have the prettiest commute. There is something about October, though, as the leaves start to change, that bring people from all over to cruise across the mountains to see the foliage. It looks like a bowl of Skittles!
Enjoy! These photos were taken in Franklin, North Carolina.
FESTIVALS and FUN THINGS TO DO
HAYRIDES AND CAR RIDES through our small town and the Appalachian Mountains! Pumpkin growing contests. It is that time of year for Punkin Chunkin! I love the festivals that come about this month. From the Sorghum Festival in Blairsville, GA to the Apple Harvest Festival in Waynesville, North Carolina, there is something for every one! Hike up Brasstown Bald in Georgia, or Wayah Bald near Franklin, North Carolina, for an amazing view!
BUH-BYE 80+ DEGREE WEATHER! Hello, crisp mountain air and the PERFECT camping weather. This is the time to be outside, especially with a gentle breeze, warm hot cocoa and/or coffee, and a sweatery-sweater. I love watching the leaves fall. I get to sleep better at night, too, since it is cool enough to turn off the AC but not have the heat going.
GUILTY PLEASURE – START LISTENING TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC
Okay, judge away on this one! I know, I know. Even I shake my head and ask, “WHY?” But I have no shame in listening to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” in October as I sip my pumpkin spice latte in my boots and sweatery-sweater.