One of my favorite things about living in Tennessee is that you truly get to experience every season. There’s something about the change of seasons that gives the feeling of the chance to start fresh. There are so many things to look forward to in each season, and fall is no exception. While I’m always sad to see summer go, I grow more and more fond of fall every year. We’re fortunate here to have a long, beautiful fall full of natural beauty and fun activities to look forward to. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite fall essentials that help make fall even more enjoyable. It feels like yesterday we were pulling together our summer essentials, but alas, fall is at our door, and we’re here to embrace it!
Pumpkin Seed Face Serum: You can’t have a fall essentials list without something pumpkin, right? I was introduced to this serum at one of my favorite natural apothecary shops here in Knoxville, and I love everything about it from the smell to the feel to the ingredients.
Spiked Apple Cider Candle: Brooklyn Candle Studio crafts some wonderful, high quality candles with no added dyes or chemicals, and this one is perfect for a cozy fall evening. I also love the warmth brought in by the amber glass.
Dutch Oven: My Le Creuset dutch oven is one of my most prized and used possessions. While you can cook most anything in it, it’s especially great for fall dishes like homemade soup and casseroles.
William Sonoma’s Soup Cookbook: Speaking of soup, this is one fabulous cookbook. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a slight cookbook addiction, and this one rises to the top time and time again as one of my most used cookbooks. Soup is cheap, fast, and a great way to use up leftovers. What I love about this cookbook is the diversity and seasonality of the recipes. It has a recipe for every single day of the year! If I have leftover tomatillos on hand, I know I can go to this book and get at least three ideas on how to turn them into a great soup!
Classic Button-Up: I adore Tradlands and have been slowly adding in a few pieces from them to my wardrobe that I know will remain staples for years to come. This gingham button-up has a fall feel, but I like the subtlety of the grey and white compared to bolder plaids you often see.
Flu Shot: I wouldn’t be a good public health professional if I didn’t take the chance to add a reminder about the yearly flu shot. Flu shots are so important because they save lives, and the more people who get their shots and avoid getting the flu, the more we can protect some of our most vulnerable populations who are most susceptible to the harmful outcomes of the illness.
Men’s Olive Pants: I’m pretty sure Adam has these pants in just about every color. They have a great slim-fitting look and are so versatile. The olive color is great for fall.
Low-Maintenance Bike: It took me an embarrassingly long time to learn how to ride a bike, and my accident-prone childhood may have steered me away from most things with wheels. However, in recent years, I’ve been heavily weighing trying it out again, and what better time of year is there to try it out than fall? Priority makes great, straightforward bikes at a good price with parts and technology that cut down on maintenance, which is good for a novice like me.
Immune Tea: Reclaiming Your Roots is a great local, herbal tea brand that I’m always stocking up on. The Immune Boost Tea is great for fending off fall colds and is a soothing way to wind down at the end of the day.
Mazama Mug: If you need a lovely vessel for your fall teas and cider, Mazama has some wonderful options. We have two Mazama mugs, and they’re always the first to get used up each time our dishes are clean. The classic white is a favorite.
What are some of your favorite fall essentials?