Whether we like it or not, early fall brings with it a craving for all things pumpkin. It’s one thing to nom on pumpkin pie and or those oh-so-popular Starbucks PSLs, but sometimes the autumn lovin’ goes beyond food. Fortunately for those moments, you really can buy a pumpkin-themed version of just about anything. Whether you’re looking for your own fall fix or a treat for someone else, here are 15 goodies to get you excited for the season.
According to a “Rants & Raves” Craigslist personal ad, two Manhattan ladies are on a quest to find themselves a pair of fall boyfriends to replace their casual summer hook ups, because “now is the time you must start dating someone in order to spend the holidays together/go on ski trips/have a NYE kiss you’re stoked on.” Dudes without a “chill group of bro friends” need not apply. These guys must be six-foot or taller (those with sparkling personalities may be able to pass if they’re just one inch shy), an Ivy League education, and an affinity for Instagramming homemade autumn meals and couples’ selfies. These chill bros’ sartorial choices should include “Driving mocs, Barbour coat, Half-Zips (at least three, please send pics if possible), Ray-Bans (Wayfarers or Clubmaster preferred, but open to other styles), loafers, Patagonia vest(s), Vineyard Vines, basketball shorts for me to sleep in.” Access to a summer share in the Hamptons is a plus. Keep reading »
Like most people who live on planet Earth, I adore me some Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I never expected the drink to be as healthy as say, kale, but as it turns out, its ingredients give a whole new meaning to the word “junk food.” In the midst of all the pre-autumn pumpkin hype, Vani Hari, the woman behind the healthy living blog Food Babe, is on a public mission to make Pumpkin Spice Lattes healthier. In a post on her blog, she shares an eye-opening list of what’s actually in the beloved PSL. Among lots of icky artificial flavors and preservatives, a serving of the drink includes two doses Caramel Color Level IV, a food coloring that sounds harmless in name but is actually made with ammonia and considered a carcinogen. Hari wants that food coloring taken out of the recipe. She’s also hoping to pressure Starbucks to do away with other harmful additives, offer organic milk at all store locations, and make the ingredients lists for their products publicly available. For a company that goes to great lengths to frame itself as transparent, health-conscious and socially aware, these requests hardly seem extravagant. Keep reading »
Not to sound like a fall cliche of a human being, but this weekend I went apple picking on a small farm in New England. And as these activities which snap you out of your everyday routine tend to, apple picking led to my own mini-spiritual awakening. As I was harvesting my bushel of fruit and feeling one with nature, I had a few bite-sized revelations: Keep reading »
Looking for a way to be glamorous this fall? When I stumbled across this Karl Lagerfeld metallic knit sweater, I fell in love with the style but not the price. This easy to wear sweater can easily be paired with fitted skirts, shorts, jeans, and leggings. The metallic compliments this season’s bold buckled trend. Can you blame me for my obsession? After a through search, I found these two low-priced versions that had me considering silver and gold!
Carving pumpkins is ambitious and messy. You set out to create a masterpiece like this, but once you start hacking away your pumpkin looks like this. Fail.
We suggest you skip the mess this year and try one of these easy no-carve pumpkin decorations. No Band-Aids required.