Unfortunately, I live in a place that knows no fall. Orlando, Fl.
Our leaves don't change. Our air does not get cool. There are no corn mazes, and pumpkin patches tend to happen in parking lots with sad pumpkins lined up on pallets. The closest we get to fall is buying a cinnamon broom at the grocery store.
This is why I have to break out my Pretend Fall Survival Kit. It is an essential tool for those of us living in southern states who yearn for the beauty and wonder that is fall, but are missing out on the required crisp, cold air to bring it about successfully.
Ingredients For A Pretend Fall Survival Kit
- Hats - Knit hats. Wool hats. Hats with buttons. Hats with ribbons.
Hats are essential for giving you that fall feel.
- Fall-Flavored Drinks - I have Apple Cider and orange coffee on my shelf right now. Anything Pumpkin Spice flavor will also work. (You get bonus points if you have an orange mug with which to toast the arrival of fall.)
- Fall Books - Anne of Windy Poplars always makes me feel like fall is in the air.
- Fall TV & Movies - My family watches all the episodes of Gilmore Girls with changing leaves when we want to pretend it is fall. In movies, When Harry Met Sally has great fall scenes in it, and so does Stepmom. You've Got Mail also has some beautiful fall moments, including the line "bouquet of sharpened pencils" if you are willing to overlook the fact it is the movie that kills dreams. For other fall fun, and a movie that also is very much about pencils, check out The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, which is one of our new fall favorites.
- Fall Scented Candles - Pumpkin Pie. Apples and Cinnamon. Apple Pie (any pie scent is great for fall). Spiced Cider. Frosted Cranberry. Leaves. Vanilla Shortbread.
- Fall-Colored Accessories - You might not have deep, red leaves around you, but you can carry a deep, red purse.
- Boots - The only shoes I love that aren't flip flops.
- Scarves - I like to make my own, but that isn't required.
You can't have fall, or pretend fall, without a nice scarf.
- Socks - Not pictured because they are currently on my feet. They are yellow with white stripes, and quite cozy. My friend Tia sent them to me. I've turned the air conditioner down extra cold, because there is no such thing as sock weather in Florida.
That's how we pretend fall is here at my house. It works pretty well - as long as we don't actually walk outside very often.