a cozy fall bucket list

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It’s day three of Autumn 2019, so I have to assume that all of our fall celebrations are well under way. Whether or not you’ve gotten your sweaters out yet, there’s no time like the present to start working on a cozy fall bucket list. Luckily, I’ve got one prepared for you.

host a fall movie marathon with chili + cornbread
Cozy up at home with a big pot of chili, skillet cornbread, and a marathon of fall-inspired films. I suggest You’ve Got Mail, Dead Poets Society, and Harry Potter.

treat yourself to a new sweater
Get cozy for the season by investing in a beautiful sweater. I recommend Boden, J.Crew, Mango, and Everlane for mid-range options and A.P.C, Theory, Joseph, and Max Mara for splurges.

read a spooky novel
Or two or three! October is the perfect month for reading all the spooky novels. Some classic options are books by Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Daphne du Maurier, and there are tons of newer spooky novels out there such as The Possession by Michael Rutger, The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox, and A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Although if you want the ultimate spooky read, it has to be Macbeth.

bake something new + cozy
There are so many cozy things to bake for fall from cookies and pies to breads and cakes. My favorite things to bake in the fall are apple tarts, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, fresh bread with herbs, and various flavored hand pies.

order a caramel apple spice drink at starbucks
Every year, I look forward to the day this drink returns to the Starbucks menu! It’s the Caramel Apple Spice, which is steamed apple juice with cinnamon syrup and a caramel drizzle. It’s so simple and satisfying.

go leaf-peeping on a hike through nature
If you’re fortunate to live in a landscape where the colors change in the autumn months, take advantage by spending a crisp morning on a long hike. One of my best fall memories was hiking with a friend in the fall in Kentucky and being showered with golden light and falling leaves everywhere we went.

have a drink at a biergarten
There’s just something so cozy about a biergarten, isn’t there? A fun idea for this fall is to get wrapped up in your cutest fall outfit and spending the day at an outdoor biergarten with bottles of yummy hard cider. If you’re in New York, check out Radegast in Williamsburg.

carve or paint an intricate pumpkin design
Challenge yourself this fall to try a new, exciting design for your front porch pumpkins. Martha Stewart always has great ideas.

buy a new fall candle
As soon as you possibly can, head out to collect some new fall candles for the season. Trader Joe’s Vanilla Pumpkin is a great soy candle option that’s under $5. I also love French Baguette from Bath & Body Works which smells like bread and butter. For some higher end options, check out the Witches Candle from HausWitch, Antique Candle Co., Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir, or Diptyque Ambre.

find an opportunity to volunteer
Find some time in your schedule this fall to volunteer in your community. Whether it’s at the local food bank, soup kitchen, refugee services center, retirement home, or animal shelter, I know they’d all love the help.

listen to a playlist of autumn-inspired jazz
It’s become part of my weekly routine in the past few weeks leading up to fall to turn on a fall jazz playlist in the morning and let it play all throughout the day while I read, bake, clean, write, or do a number of things. My favorite ones right now are here and here.

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