Fall is in the air! Taylor and I share a deep appreciation for this beautiful season. The sun is still hot, the nights are crisp and the changing leaves are the stuff of poetry.
Here’s what I’ve loved these past couple weeks:
1. End-of-Summer sales and my quest to nest: The boy and I have a big announcement: In one short week (fingers crossed), we will call a real live house ours. Three bedrooms, two baths, a wood-burning stove, a fireplace, a one-car garage, a real kitchen and even a hot tub will be ours. No more landlords. No more spider infested rentals. No more moving. No more strange and noisy neighbors (the kind that keep odd hours and walk directly above your bedroom). We are blessed and fortunate and beyond excited for this next step.
It’s a good time to nest — we recently went to Boise for some big-kid furniture shopping (that $16 side table from Ikea with the leg falling off just isn’t cutting it anymore). While Cha-se proclaims he will “never step foot in a TJ Maxx again,” I am hooked. We didn’t pay full price for anything during our bargain hunting adventure. Only disappointment? Apparently Costco observes national holidays. Who does that?
Here are some of our finds. I can’t wait to slowly (out of respect for my bank account) make this place ours!
2. Fall closet updates: One disadvantage of working in a school is seeing all the cute back-to-school wardrobes of the kids and wishing back-to-school shopping still existed with my parents. My solution?
1) I cleaned out my closet to result in two garbage bags full of clothes to go to a thrift store, two grocery bags to the dry cleaner, and one canvas bag to the consignment store.
2) I traded in my summer dresses for my sweaters that were in a bin in my closet.
3) I made some purchases that I’m very proud of (the bargain hunting continues!)
Here are some of my favorite wardrobe updates, most of them from Forever 21:
3. These fairy tale dresses: We have this hilarious and embarrassing home video of me talking about how I want to put on my “Party Dress” (pronounced “Paaaartay Dreshh”) when I’m about three years old. I want to put on just about every party dress in this Monique Lhuillier collection. Too pretty!
4: A twisted kind of fairy tale: When my friend Rachel sent out this list of “8 Great New Books by Women You Should Definitely Read,” I was immediately drawn to the book Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. I was sold when I read the description “As seen on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, where it was described as ‘gloriously unsettling…evoking Toni Morrison, Haruki Muramaki, Angela Carter, Edgar Allen Poe, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Chris Abani and even Emily Dickinson,’ and already one of the year’s most widely acclaimed novels.”
The book is a sort of dark and twisted post-modern fairy tale with infusions of magical realism and themes of vanity and race in the 1950s. I’m not quite done, but I highly recommend it!
5. Battle of the Blades: You may have heard of the TV show Battle of the Blades. I can’t say I’ve ever watched it, but I’ve never missed the local Battle of the Blades — a fundraiser for our local Figure Skating Club. “Local celebrities” are paired with the very capable professional skaters of Sun Valley to skate for the sake of bringing home some cash for another local nonprofit. The results are hilarious.
We saw numbers that tackled Bollywood, Blades of Glory (I was laughing so hard I cried), The Little Mermaid, Wayne’s World, the list goes on. Our good friend Maggie rocked it in a very courageous number that included being swung around by her feet so her head grazed the ice. She took home a very deserved third place. It was a great way to spend a Friday night, and even the boys (despite their obvious hatred for ice skating) had a great time.
6. Changing colors of a new season: Fall in Sun Valley is stunning. The trees in town and in the mountains are starting to turn shades of yellow, and soon they’ll turn to oranges, reds, purples, and then finally, brown. Here are a couple shots of the turning season.