A Love Letter To Autumn

September 23rd, 2010 - filed under: Furthermore » Inspiration

Dear Autumn,

Shhh, don’t tell the fashion bloggers that you didn’t *actually* arrive until today. Happy equinox! Not that I blame them for jumping the gun – your stylings are my absolute favorite, especially following a boring summer of tank tops and cut offs. We’re all just so glad that you’re finally here!

Waits and I walked at the marsh today, as we do for an hour or so every day, and I snapped a few shots to welcome you with. Yesterday was sunnybright in the muggy 70s, but today, as if on cue, the rain came down to catch us while we wandered.

We didn’t mind. We’re Portlanders, after all.

Thanks for that. The way the world is today, it makes me pensive. I’m introspective and inspired. The crisp air is energizing; clean air clears mind clutter. I want to curl up with a strong cup of coffee and write and write and write. I want to put on moody music and map my future on scented stationary. Today I want to pen my manifesto, find myself a bullhorn, and sing my dream to the world.

That’s just what you do to me.

I’m switching out my wardrobe, trading in camisoles for cardigans, sun dresses for sweaters. It’s the return of stripey socks. Fingerless mittens. Textured tights. It’s apple season. Honeycrisps. Honeycrisps with raw almond butter. Sautéed greens. Garden harvest. It’s a damn good thing I’ve rediscovered coffee. Hot coffee is heaven. Long walks where the wind bites my nose. Wearing Waits and sharing heat; one sweater on two bodies. Baby-sized hoodies. Remaining high-RAW. Holidays. Hats. Layers. Big-Ass Boots. It’s time for a little unbridled creation. Petrichor. Bald birds. Pumpkins from my garden. Pumpkin curry. Pumpkin soup. Pumpkin everything! Souping everything! We’re dressing Waits up as a turtle for Hallowe’en. Indoor farming. Chai. I could go on . . .

Oh Autumn, I love you!

  • Kim

    Love this! Even though I live in San Diego, I am feeling fall. Your post inspired me!

    Can’t wait to hear more about that indoor farming…

  • http://flightsofthevalkyrie.blogspot.com/ Valerie

    I agree, fall is the BEST season!

  • Saundra

    Love fall soo much! Can actually take the kids outside again, when they’re done being sick anyway… But I’m excited to restart my daily walks and outside shenannigans on the trampoline. Building my garden beds/fences… Getting the chicken coop area built and ready for my chicks to be outside when they’re big enough the nice windy days the sweaters the boots hmm the pumpkins….. :)

  • Tenise Rae


    The pic with the spider web and the white little fruits at the end of the branches…I would DEFINITELY hang that one my wall!!


  • HeatherG

    Inspirational…Loving this…Happy Autumn to all…

  • http://tabularasahealth.com Hope Hughes

    Thank you! What wonderful pics to start a beautiful fall morning with!

    Happy Autumn!

  • Meghan

    I cannot interact with this post in a friendly way, because it is going to be 95 degrees here today. The 66th day this year above 90.

    I mean, whatever, I was out of the country for a lot of this summer, I can handle it. But I do love fall…

    Or, actually, I used to love fall. These days I get kind of sad because I know it is the sign of dark and coldness. :-P I love leaves and crisp air and pumpkin muffins and Thanksgiving. But I don’t like short cold days that I know are coming. :-(

  • http://www.windycityvegan.wordpress.com windycityvegan

    Love this! I did my own love letter to Autumn last week on my blog. Even though it was 97 degrees yesterday afternoon, I’ve still unpacked all of my autumn clothing and tights, and have been scouring the thrift and consignment shops for The Perfect Pair of Boots. (Or if I’m lucky, three or four pairs.) Hurray for Autumn! Time to break out the old Cure albums and tend my winter garden. :)

  • RawJoy

    I am WITH you. Love the change, love watching the as it changes from day to day, the crispness, the colors, the coziness. Fall always inspires so much thankfulness and reaching in me.


  • http://www.oregonweddingofficiants.com Maureen Thomson

    LOVE this post. So well written. You have such a gift! This is my first Portland autumn and I can’t wait to experience it.

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  • Donna Mae

    That was beautiful! Living where it was so cold everybody around me misses the beauty around us and dwells on what is next to come.
    sssshhhhh…I am loving it and looking forward to watch the next season arrive.

  • http://kpapoulias.blogspot.com/ Kathryn

    autumn is my favorite season, hands down. colorful tights, dresses, sweaters, boots, rainy washington days (most of the year haha), homework, coffee/tea…it just feels good. :)

  • Minna

    <3 <3 <3

  • http://contagioushealth.blogspot.com Melissa

    I love this post!! Autumn has hit Vancouver…HARD! It’s okay though as we are used to it around here too:) I love everything you mentioned..especially the pumpkin EVERYTHING..lol! Can’t wait:)

  • wendi

    i live in the desert and get summer and what some call summer as my winter and thats it :) its beautiful there!

  • http://twitter.com/erosan erosan

    Well, in Merida the 4 seasons go like this:

    Spring is crazy hot
    Summer is super hot
    Autum is same as summer with more rain
    Winter is also hot as hell, but with more xmas decorations.

    And still, there is something about Autum that makes it the best season, isn’t it?

  • http://mutualmenu.blogspot.com Joselle

    Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. It’s crisp and cozy but not too cruelly frosty, as winter often is on the east coast. It’s sweaters and leaves and cooling down, coming in but still being social. Autumn holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving are my favorites, too.

    But, out in Philly today, it was 90 degrees and humid. Not fair!

  • http://colcovegan.blogspot.com Hyla

    You perfectly captured everything that is so magical and romantic about Autumn.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    Yay for all the autumn love. It was hot here today and suuuper muggy and so I say again – “bring on the fall!”. It really just is the best, yes?

    @ Meghan – Girl I hear you, on ALL that. I just try to focus on fall and pretend that winter doesn’t come next. =D

    @ erosan – Part of me envies you so much and part of me wonders if I could do tropical for the long term. Right about around March, I’m REALLY envying you!

  • http://twitter.com/erosan erosan

    @Sayward: feel free to drop by, then!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    @ erosan – I’ll be there in 2 years + 9 months!

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