Go (f)all out
If you’re from New England like me, you know that fall in the Northeast is as temporary a miracle as the splitting of the sea—except that it happens to “split” every single year. But really, somewhere between this inconveniently recurring 80 degree trend, and the schizophrenic Northeast snow that is bound to fall any time now, we’ve got to take fall by storm while we still can. In case you’re not from around here, and foliage is a thing you’ve only see in movies—or you’ve just been having too much summer fun—here are some ideas to mark this fleeting seasonal transition!
1) Wear a fabulous pair of sandals one last time. Wait for the first cold day, and then just do it. There’s nothing like feeling cold fall air on bare feet…And then you can promptly switch into your Uggs. (But—if you wear your sandals with socks, you will get dirty looks…)
2) Shop a sidewalk sale with other New Yorkers. (Did that lady who is furiously flipping hangers next to you really just park her stroller-with-child in the middle of the sidewalk to beat you to that cute discounted dress?!). While you race her to it, just be careful not to spill your Starbucks on the overpriced polyester gems (that’s right, you will be drinking Starbucks, and it better be a hot drink, because iced is so two months ago and anyway, you’re saving up your stars so you can get that free drink at the end. It’s definitely worth the $5 you spend every time).
3) Put cinnamon on everything. My mom says Italians don’t put flavoring in their coffee and that sprinkling cinnamon on a latte defiles its sanctity.
#PumpkinSpice #Caramel Mocha #Apple Cider hmu asap
4) Trace over a leaf. Even if anything but Photoshop is beneath you, color outside the lines for once. Very therapeutic during mid-term season. A short demo if you forgot how this is done:
Video courtesy of Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VovNkkXq1wY )
Disclaimer: You MUST use crayons. If it’s too much for you, just decorate a pumpkin, prep style (buy your pumpkins from the farmer’s market on Broadway).
5) Go to Open House New York next weekend (Oct. 12-13) and be an NYC VIP for a day. I mean, who would pass up exclusive limited-time access to some of the most elite sites in the City? This event is part of a larger network of city Open Houses around the world (studying abroad anyone? Check it out!) and many of the programs are free and don’t require reservations!
6) Don’t forget to get a flu shot, you know, just in case winter does hit us early. Columbia’s hosting. It won’t be this bad, I promise:
7) Go outside with wet hair. This is your last chance. In just a few short weeks, you will experience the hair-turned-to-icy-straw phenomenon that is quite prevalent over here. And then, get a haircut, for God sakes! Even the trees are taking a trim, and you might as well go with the flow.
8) And, if you’re not too busy, reread your favorite book, because like fall, it faithfully delivers every time.
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