September is here which means autumn is here as well. Personally, I couldn’t be happier. I have always been more of a fall/winter person than a summer person. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy those late summer nights and eating dinner outside but for me, there is just something nostalgic and magical about autumn. The way you’re putting layers upon layers because the days are getting colder. How the leaves change from green to golden colors like red, yellow, brown and orange. Hot drinks instead of the longing for cold water on a warm day. Shorter days and longer nights. I love everything there is to love about fall and everything it has to offer. The leaves haven’t changed their colors yet but hopefully, they will soon. In the meantime I can make up a list about every autumn related thing, I’m going to do for the next months.
Music is something that makes fall extra special, and there is nothing more relaxing than listening to a chill playlist while going for a walk or just laying on your bedroom floor (yeah I do that sometimes) and dreaming yourself away. I love indie/folk, and I can listen to it anytime of the year but in the autumn it just makes it so much more soothing, and it makes the whole season make sense. I get a lot of my music inspiration from movies and TV shows, so if you watch them as much as I do, you can probably recognize some of these.
Northern Wind by City & Colour
Could It Be Another Change by The Samples
Something Wild by Lindsey Sterling ft. Andrew McMahon in the Winderness
Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow
Comin’ Home – City & Colour
Ocean by Seafret
Hold You In My Arms – Ray LaMontagne
Bottled Up Tight by Luke Sital-Singh
Vapour by Vancouver Sleep Clinic
Wild Ones – Bahari
Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked
Mikky Ekko – Time
Night Lunch – Love Inks
Books are also a necessity for autumn. My list of books to read is never-ending in the autumn/winter season. There are just so many good books to bundle up with on those chilly and rainy days. Here are a few books I’m planning on reading this fall.
- Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling – I’m almost through with this book, but I’m not sure how many of them I will read this season. When it comes to autumn, I’m more into watching the movies rather than reading the books (as much as I love them).
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman – This is a must for autumn (so I’ve heard). It’s about a girl named Coraline who finds an alternate world behind a door in her new home where she finds her “other” parents. At first, the place seems like paradise as supposed to her boring life until she realizes that her “other” parents are planning to make Coraline theirs, forever. The books are meant to be chilling and intense, and somewhere between pleasant and horrible. To me, it seems like the perfect read for Halloween time.
- The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – I just finished Percy Jackson and The Olympians series this summer and I totally fell in love. I’m telling you, those books are beyond amazing! After I had finished the last line in the fifth and final book of the series my heart broke and I knew I had to own every single Percy Jackson related book there is on this planet. I am going to continue with the Heroes of Olympus which is the sequel series of five books that also takes place in the Percy Jackson universe but follows new characters.
Movies and TV Shows are musts for autumn. Sitting inside on a rainy day and just having a movie marathon or binge watching your favorite series is just right. There are a lot of movies I just love to re-watch, and there are always new films I’m looking forward to seeing.
- Harry Potter (all of them) – Obviously, this is no surprise since I already mentioned it. These movies are just made for autumn, end of story.
- Once Upon A Time – I don’t know why but this show seems so much more enjoyable in the fall season. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure almost every episode starts with autumn colored leaves either falling from a tree or scattered across the street by the wind. Like does summer even exist in Storybooke?
- Snowden – This is a movie I’m excited about. It is based on real-life events and follows Edward Snowden who reveals top secret information. In the film, he tells the world that the US government and the NASA were developing programs that gave them access to personal information about innocent civilians. The storyline overall is interesting, and I can’t wait to see Joseph Gorden-Levitt in the role as Edward Snowden.
Etc – There are tons of fun and creative things to do in the fall season. Here are a few of them to get you inspired.
- Carve a pumpkin.
- Take photos of/in the autumn colors.
- Decorate your room with autumn-ish things. I am sure you can find some DIY inspiration on Tumblr and Pinterest and make your room all autumn like.
- Make a journal of anything you want. Quotes, drawings, books to read, movies to watch, or pictures you’ve taken. Anything you want.
- Go for long walks and enjoy the presence of nature.
- Be grateful – this is not something you should only do during autumn. Just in general be grateful for what you have and the people you have in your life. Don’t take anything or anyone for granted and always be kind to everyone you meet.
Words by Pernille Raven // Photography by Grecia Villa.
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