In a mere week or so, according to the September calendar, many of us will plunge into the full transition of summer into fall. Many consider the autumn season one of renewal, of fresh starts; not necessarily as beginning on January 1st. During this time, many are beginning school again and leaving behind the more relaxed pace of the summer. It is a time to refocus on all areas of life.
I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with fall. I love the colors, the warm days and crisp evenings, the fashion, and the pumpkin-spiced EVERYTHING. However, I’ve never enjoyed knowing that the blustery winter days are right around the corner and that the days of having my sunroof open in my car, with the sunlight beaming in, are numbered. I’ve often felt bouts of melancholia as I watch the leaves change and drop, albeit gorgeous in the process.
I wonder how Duchess Kate feels about it. I’m inclined to believe that she loves the fall and prepares for it with great enthusiasm and a renewed sense of vigor. Perhaps, in the following ways, she ushers in the season for herself and her family.
Taking Stock of Personal Health
I’m sure we all indulge in the summer more than other times during the year (excluding holidays!). We might eat a little too much ice cream and imbibe in a few too many libations. With fewer distractions, now would a nice time to take advantage of a walk in cool mornings or a run if you’re so inclined as we know the Duchess favors this activity. I like to think that this time of year for the Duchess means more nature walks with the family, with Lupo in tow of course! It’s a time to listen to what our bodies need. Are you drinking enough water? Are you setting aside some time for yourself?
…And Taking Stock of Mental Health
As I mentioned above, I’m prone to feel a bit melancholy during the fall so I focus on activities that will raise my spirits. Visiting pumpkin patches, curling up with my other half with a blanket in front of a cozy fire at night, or a hot bath often do the trick. I see the Duchess as someone who revels in taking things slower, too, and enjoying the little things that come with the season.
I’m quite sure the Duchess has a field day with this one! All matters of autumn décor likely brighten the walls, tabletops, and hallways in her home. During the visit from the Obamas, we saw how very well lit her home is so I have no doubt that bringing in light is how she accentuates the warm tones of the season. For example, think festively lit garlands for a mantle or entry way – they aren’t just for the winter! I recently visited a friend’s home and she had autumnal LED lights everywhere in her living room – it was beautiful! They were weaved in and out of centerpieces, wreaths, and garlands.
It has certainly been a hot summer with minimal kitchen prep so bring on the baking! Healthy banana-nut muffins, warm apple pies…especially when little hands can provide help! I think the Duchess is the type of mother who would pick a simple recipe that Prince George could assist with and Princess Charlotte could taste-test!
Books, Books, Books
If you’re a reader, it’s time to begin prepping your fall TBR list. Few things are better than apple cider and a good book. While we’re talking about autumn being the season of new beginnings, why not try a genre different than what you normally read? I see Duchess Kate as one who likes to stretch herself in new experiences and ensure her mind is in a constant state of learning. Personally, I think I will always feel a little itch to begin learning again in the fall.
It’s also time to reevaluate your closet. What is it missing? I’m sure Duchess Kate views her closet with a discerning eye as to which pieces she needs without going overboard (Read: what can you use from last year and buy core pieces). For myself, I want a Burberry cape but that’s a bit outside my budget so I’ll be looking for a close second.