Fall Into Beauty

It’s Autumn in New England which means crisp air and Nature’s palette at her best welcomed into daily living. Think farm fresh apple cider, your favorite cashmere sweater, and leap peeping opportunities abound. It means shifting routines, nourishing beauty rituals, adding richness, layers and texture to interiors, and colorful weekend sojourns. Here, echoes of Autumn leaves and earthy Amber hues from the natural world invite a sense of warmth and comfort to enhance your seasonal outlook. May you Fall Into Beauty love, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. style!

Set an Autumnal tone this season and give your space and wardrobe enlightened energy by embracing an elegant soft Apricot color. For the love of the garden, let’s welcome beauteous Begonias and marvelous Marigolds to inspire the season. Apricot is a peaceful and pleasant color that elevates to create an ethereal mood, and as an almost Orange and not quite Pink, finds its sweet spot along side a natural palette from Cream to Green to Brown. Infused with light, it offers all the welcoming warmth of a Fall leaf or a favorite flower. New England charm style!

Wake to candlelight each morning with a sunshine accent wall and seasonally inspired accessories that cultivate that just right Autumn ambiance. Apricot glows happy and bright alongside white in the bathroom and forecasts a lovely Autumnal hue for the day. Perfect project if you’re feeling positively painterly! Reminiscent of a Fall Sunday morning walk through the forest a Farmhouse Pottery hand poured Vermont Wood Candle with notes of Fir, Cedar and Sandalwood, offers a sophisticated plus transportable celebration of the season. A Himalayan Salt Lamp has a magical and inviting presence with its warming healing glow when lit. A really nice lightweight option for desk, bedside table or office space is one with a wooden base for a natural look, allowing it to match most decor. Carved out of Pink Himalayan salt from Pakistan, it cleans the air in your space, soothes allergies, boosts your mood, helps you sleep and more!

Diffuse your way to a fragrant Fall with a fabulous Plant Therapy Finally Fall Essential Oils Kit. Set includes: Fall Rain, Maple Leaf and Harvest Moon in a limited-edition Autumn themed box for artful gifting!

  • Fall Rain: The crisp, coniferous scent of Fall Rain reminds us of rainy days spent in the forest. One sniff of this lovely blend will instantly transport you to beautiful, coastal, wooded forests. Therapeutically, Fall Rain will help ease breathing, calm the mind and body, and encourage a restful night of sleep.
  • Maple Leaf: The perfect Fall scent to instill a sense of warmth and comfort during cold Fall days. Sweet notes of vanilla Oleoresin and German Chamomile CO2 reminiscent of warm days spent hiking in Autumn. Cedarwood grounds the blend with a subtle woodsy sweet note and Cardamom brings a hint of spice.
  • Harvest Moon: A perfect blend to bring that crisp, clean smell of Fall indoors and freshen up any room with its uplifting scent. Bergamot adds that citrusy note. Cedarwood offers that woodsy outdoor note. Fir Needle and Juniper give the blend that forest-fresh feeling. Cardamom tops it off with spiciness. Together these oils can help to ease congestion during times of seasonal illness and soothe sore muscles due to exertion.

A modern take on an American classic, each decorative white band is hand painted by master potters at Farmhouse Pottery on their Yellowware Collection which includes pitchers that are picture perfect for the Fall table. Effortlessly beautiful, functional and timeless filled with ideal seasonal blooms such as Apricot Courier Chrysanthemums ~the stalwart champions of the Autumn garden. Farmhouse Pottery pieces are household essentials that bring pleasure to everyday utility. Wares tastefully crafted in a neutral palette that appeals to Wonder. Wisdom. Words. aesthetic, so that food and flowers are the center of attention. Handmade in their studio shop which also carries Vermont’s favorite treat. Experience the authentic New England tradition of enjoying real Vermont Maple Syrup on your pancakes this season!

Ladies, to ensure your Fall style is fresh and feminine, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. has gathered together a few ideas from what’s on our radar this season for some Apricot infused inspiration. Consider an of-the-moment Plaid Longline Coat with retro vibes from Nordstrom Mural with a crisp White T-Shirt, or a Silk Pussy-Bow Blouse from Max Mara destined to bring a touch of sophistication with its sleek tailoring and pretty in Peach palette when paired with a great pair of jeans. When donning yours, keep your hair out of focus to embrace the casually chic mood. Add a Cartier Orchid Ring, in 18K Rose Gold set with 1 Diamond to demonstrate polished feminine fare with one beloved statement piece. This queen of flowers is meticulously sculpted by skilled craftsmanship, first used by the iconic jeweler in 1925, the Orchid is now a classic motif in Cartier jewelry. Fashionable forever flower power!

As the weather shifts, so do our skin’s needs and we’re navigating the change in season with Kiehl’s tried-and-true gender neutral skincare favorites. If you’re serious about acclimating your skin to the changing weather, it’s going to need a little help, morning and night, so make these two words your mantra “stay hydrated.” Three old-world apothecary since 1851 cult classics make the season’s list for good reason. Start with the Calendula Herbal Extract Toner for a gentle alcohol-free cleanser + toner packed with powerful petals to soothe and protect. Follow with the Ultra Facial Cream for 24-hour hydration, formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein and olive-derived Squalane for visibly soft and healthy-looking skin. And lastly, indulge with the elegant Creme de Corps, a rich, non-greasy body lotion with Cocoa Butter and Beta-Carotene to leave skin beautifully moisturized. Tip: pick up Kiehl’s beloved classics in large/liter size so that you and your significant other are set for this season into the next!

Fellas, welcome these sartorial suggestions for feel good style that captures the spirit of the season. Inspired by their bestselling Ludlow suit jackets, J.Crew gave this elevated Bomber Jacket the same interior Bemberg lining and sleek fit. Equipped to work well with dark denim, it’s a bomber for all occasions. Not to mention, they went to Connecticut’s storied American Woolen Co. mill (est. 1899) for its ultra-warm and stylish camel hair fabric. Worn over one of Crew’s Flannel Shirts, it’s a solid choice. Flannel shirts don’t get much more comfortable or classic than this. Made in a premium midweight cotton that’s brushed both inside and out, this shirt is supersoft, comes in a timeless plaid and is just heavyweight enough to keep you warm. Add a must-have manbag for a weekend jaunt ~we’re fond of the Carhartt Work In Progress Small Essentials Bag, so you, and all your stuff get there in rugged refined style!

‘Tis the season to find supernatural Autumn adornments from Hort & Pott ~short for horticulture & pottery, at the wondrous destination garden shop in upstate New York. A hub of vision and creativity nestled in the Catskill Mountains where two artful artisans liven up seasonal style with wild and unexpected botanicals. Offering handcrafted uncommon botanical goods as well as unique workshops and creative garden services. A seasonal palette of cultivated and foraged botanicals crafted into Autumn Wreaths & Bouquets are now available in the shop. These exceedingly long lasting wild arrangements will bring many seasons of joyfully warm color to your home. A great gift for someone special to show Autumnal sentiment shipped from New England with a sweet card. Note: Their stunning storied habitat is featured in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens. A must see and an inspiring read!

Fall-Blooming Native Plants offer food for wildlife and a feast for the eyes; no matter where in the country you live, there are good species to choose from. Let’s maintain habitat this season to this year’s bounty of beneficial beauties and critical creatures that make countless contributions to our everyday world. If you build it they will come!

  • Goldenrod is a mecca for wildlife; bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects drink nectar and take shelter, songbirds eat the seeds, and rabbits and other small mammals browse the leaves. There are many different native species found around the country.
  • IronweedJoe-Pye Weed are butterfly magnets and provide seeds to songbirds; there are several native options in the eastern two-thirds part of the country.
  • There are more than 150 native species of Asters, they attract butterflies, song birds, and native bees as well as host plants for several butterflies.
  • Other blooms to consider for your Autumn Garden: Black-Eyed Susan, Coneflower, Dahlias, Mums, Sunflowers + Marigolds ~just to name a few!

In New England, we are fortunate to have our pick of cosy inns set on sprawling tree-filled estates. The Pitcher Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property in Vermont, is about as country chic as it gets in Fall foliage season. This gem is the sister boutique property to Winvian Farm in Morris Connecticut ~a Wonder. Wisdom. Words. local favorite. The Pitcher Inn is laid back luxe in the heart of a charming Vermont village surrounded by the Green Mountains and the Mad River Valley. Set in the framing of a magical rustic barn, with classic farm-to-table cuisine and rooms decorated by 14 different designers that feature everything from vintage signs to antique skis, it’s truly enchanting!

Colors Of Fall Road Trip Guide: 25 Autumn Tours In New England By Jerry & Macy Monkman, 2nd Edition, 2018.

Come Autumn, New England is a celebration on the continuum of color as the abundance of trees change colors and their leaves blanket the ground. Naturally, this makes for a wonderful time to explore the great outdoors here, and so popular is this annual pilgrimage to see the Autumn foliage, that it has it’s very own verb ~to leaf peep!

For the perfect road trip companion, consult this guide that details 25 of the best scenic tours during Fall foliage season in New England. Trips vary from short drives on the coast to all-day excursions in the region’s mountains and forests. Detailed maps and itineraries complement trip descriptions that tell you what you’ll find along the route ~with 90 color photographs and 25 maps. In addition, sidebars suggest short walks and hikes that are great diversions. This guide will surely motivate any leaf-peeping exploration or road less traveled expedition. Experience the inimitable sights of Autumn in New England, and leave no leaf unturned!

Note: For Additional Autumnal Advice + Seasonal Sense See Previous Posts From 2018 Fall Forecast + Falling Forward. Still Relevant Reads.

Fire Cider Love

For The Love Of Fire Cider. The change of season is Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite time to make a batch of fire cider for use Autumn into Winter. Fire cider has been used and shared by herbalists for generations as a remedy to ward off illness and promote health. If you don’t have a recipe, not to worry, you can pick up Rosemary Gladstar’s newest book! Here, Gladstar compiles 101 original recipes for fire cider, wonderful illustrations plus stories and songs, in celebration of the health-boosting tonic and the community of herbalists who make it, share it, use it, and love it. Forthcoming October 2019.

  Traditional Fire Cider Recipe ~Excerpted From Fire Cider!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup grated fresh horseradish root
  • ½ cup or more chopped onions
  • ¼ cup or more chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup or more grated ginger
  • Cayenne pepper, fresh (chop it up) or dried (flaked or ground), to taste
  • Apple cider vinegar (preferably raw and organic)
  • Honey

Directions

  1.  Place the herbs in a half-gallon mason jar and add enough vinegar to cover them by 3 to 4 inches. Seal the jar with a tight-fitting lid. Place the jar in a warm spot and let sit for 3 to 4 weeks. Shake the jar every day to help in the maceration process.
  2.  After 3 to 4 weeks, strain out the herbs, reserving the liquid. Warm the honey (so that it will mix in well) and add it to the vinegar, to taste. “To taste” means your fire cider should be hot, spicy, and sweet. The honey also helps cool the heat, moistens, and balances all the fiery ingredients.
  3.  Bottle, label, and enjoy! Fire cider will keep for several months unrefrigerated if stored in a cool pantry. Best to keep refrigerated.
  4.  A small shot glass daily serves as an excellent tonic. Or take fire cider by teaspoons throughout the day if you feel a cold coming on. Take it more frequently, if necessary, to help your immune system do battle.

Fire Cider! 101 Zesty Recipes For Health-Boosting Remedies Made With Apple Cider Vinegar By Rosemary Gladstar, For decades, best-selling author and popular herbalist Rosemary Gladstar has been touting the health benefits of fire cider -a spicy blend of apple cider vinegar, horseradish, onion, ginger, garlic, and other immune-boosting herbs. Her original recipe, inspired by traditional cider vinegar remedies, has given rise to dozens of fire cider formulations created by fans of the tonic who use it to address everyday ills, from colds and flu to leg cramps and hangovers. Fire Cider! is a lively collection of 101 recipes contributed by 70+ herbal enthusiasts, with energizing versions ranging from Black Currant Fire Cider to Triple Goddess Vinegar, Fire Cider Dark Moonshine, and Bloody Mary Fire Cider. Colorful asides, including tribute songs and amusing anecdotes, capture Gladstar’s passionate desire to pass along the fire cider tradition.

About

Rosemary Gladstar has 40+ years of experiences studying and teaching about the healing properties of herbs. She is a renowned educator, author, activist, entrepreneur and founding director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, the New England Women’s Herbal Conference, and United Plant Savers ~a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinals and has led herbal educational adventures around the world. Gladstar lives in Vermont.

Nature Sanctuary

Butterfly Celebration Festival Sharon Audubon Center CT To Shine A Spotlight On These Beautiful Creatures.

The celebration will kick off with “A Guide To Restoring The Little Things That Run The World”, a presentation on creating sustainable habitat in our own backyard by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, Friday, Sept. 13th, 7 pm at the Litchfield Community Center. The festivities continue at the Butterfly Celebration Festival Saturday, Sept. 14th from 10 am-3 pm at the Sharon Audubon Center with tours of the new Butterfly House, Caterpillar Rearing Lab and gardens; presentations on native butterflies, planting for butterflies, native plant sale, music, food and more.

The Sharon Audubon Center encompasses four nature sanctuaries and 3,000 acres in Northwestern Connecticut, an education center, a Wildlife Rehab Clinic, a small history museum and an Audubon Nature Store. The immediate grounds include Raptor Aviaries, the Herb Garden, the Eleanor Loft Bird & Butterfly Garden and a sugarhouse. Whose mission is to protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats by creating life-changing experiences that inspire community members to appreciate, understand, and protect the natural world. Support the work here

Kripalu Kitchen

The Kripalu Kitchen: Nourishing Food For Body And Soul: A Cookbook By Jeremy Rock Smith, April 2019

The Kripalu Center for Yoga + Health, nestled in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts, attracts fifty thousand plus people a year. Guests visit not only to deepen their yoga practice but also to experience the healing power of its  delicious food. Now you can bring a taste of Kripalu’s dishes to your own table.

Kripalu’s longtime executive chef, Jeremy Rock Smith, embraces a mindful approach to eating and a seasonal approach to cooking. In The Kripalu Kitchen, he offers 125 easy-to-follow recipes, dozens of variations, and countless smart eating strategies designed for a variety of dietary preferences ~from vegan + vegetarian to gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. The 5-ingredient and 30-minute recipes ensure that even the busiest of us can enjoy this phenomenal food. We ♥ It!

Honoring the wisdom of Ayurveda healing practices, The Kripalu Kitchen also includes a quiz to determine your personal nutrition profile, or dosha, and every recipe is marked to guide you toward the optimal diet for your type. More than just a healthy cookbook, The Kripalu Kitchen will revitalize your body and nourish your soul.

Pollinator Power

For The Love Of Spring. Pollinator Power.

For the love of  Spring. Let’s all be eco-conscious and wait to clean up our gardens until after temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees. Many bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are currently overwintering in the dead leaves and hollowed out stems of last year’s plants. Please leave the leaves! If you clean out your gardens now you will be destroying habitat to this year’s bounty of beneficial beauties and critical creatures that make countless contributions to our everyday world. Allow pollinators to wake on their own carefully calculated timeline. This small act of mindfulness will help them to survive and thrive.

Nourish & Nosh

The change of seasons can easily throw us off-balance in body, mind and spirit. Fortunately, we can rely on ‘food as medicine’ to help this transition be one of ease, health and wellness. While Wintriness lingers in our neck of the woods, as Nature moves in long strides, enjoy these Rescue Remedy Recipes to avoid a cold, fortify the body, lift the spirits and warm the soul. Nourish & Nosh!

Carrot Ginger Soup is a sweet and sunny, satisfying bowl of supercharged nutrition, while Matcha Rose Latte is pretty in Pink and Green to help you harness fresh, brighter, blossoming energy, open the heart chakra, and restore an overall sense of well-being. Plus perfect pairing of complementary colors for the Spring holiday brunch. Celebrate the season with sustenance in style!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 cup of organic almond milk
  • 1 tsp of organic rose petals
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey

Instructions

  1. Heat the almond milk and rose petals in a pan on low heat until warm, then stir in the honey and heat for another minute.
  2. Turn off the heat. Add the mixture and the matcha to a blender that can tolerate hot liquid, and blend for 30 seconds.  You can also use a hand blender in the pan until the mixture is blended and foamy.

 Moon Juice recently added a ‘magical’ matcha to its Moon Dusts line. An energizing and beautifying Green Tea Skin Food with Tocos and Silver Ear Mushroom to nourish skin, edible Hyluronic Acid to increase moisture levels, and adaptogens like Amla, Schisandra and Ashwagandha to target the effects of stress, and expand your beauty, luster and glow. Moon Juice is a holistic lifestyle resource for plant-sourced alchemy, beauty tools and next level natural remedies for daily nourishment to elevate body, beauty and consciousness.

Carrots -loaded with carotene, provide a powerful nutritional punch, enhanced with the cleansing abilities of freshly grated ginger and a dash of probiotic miso and garlic, gives this soup that hint of heat, deep flavor and healing. One of the most delicious culinary combinations, the roots of carrot and ginger combine to create a savory synergy. It’s just what the doctor ordered to ease one out of a Winter funk, support the immune system, and transition into Spring.

Ingredients

  • 1 organic onion
  • 1 lb. organic carrots
  • 1-inch piece ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp cold-pressed olive oil
  • Pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 quart water plus 1 Tbsp light miso
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp fresh herbs for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin or sunflower seeds for garnish

Directions

  • Peel and coarsely dice onion. Peel & slice carrots. Peel & slice ginger (scrape skin off ginger with the dull back-side of a paring knife). Peel & chop garlic.
  • Warm olive oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add onion, carrots and ginger. Sauté over medium heat until starting to soften. Add garlic, and continue to cook for a minute longer. Add cayenne, water and miso, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Next simmer and cook, covered for 15 minutes. Taste, and add salt and pepper as desired. Continue to cook another 10 minutes, until soft.
  • Puree in the blender until smooth. Adjust seasonings and add more water if too thick. Stir in lemon juice.
  • For some crunch, garnish bowls of soup with pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Makes 6 servings -about one cup each. Bon Appétit! Be Well!

We Heart It

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. hasn’t written a We Heart It post in a while. Wish granted! Curated clever companies and creations to contemplate, curios to captivate, covet, conjure curiosity, and cultivate conscious consumption.

Star Animal Sundays talismans are a modern-day expression of style and spirituality that exists at the crossroads of symbolism, nature, and wellness. They offer you a unique way to find and connect with animals while forging a stronger connection with yourself, nature, and loved ones. Choose an animal that reflects the qualities you already possess, or find an animal that exhibits the characteristics you hope to embody. Let the powerful spirit of your animal find and guide you. Handmade in Los Angeles and NYC of repurposed 14K Gold and ethically-sourced Diamonds. Each charm piece is blessed by a shaman. Plus 10% of net income is donated to The Nature Conservancy to help conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Animal Spirit Wisdom.

Eminence Organic Skincare Wildflower Collection,Winner of the Yoga Journal Editor’s Must Haves Award, will restore mind body skin spirit soul. Inspired by Hungarian heritage, the new Wildflower Collection Cleansing Balm and Ultralight Oil are superior multi-functional products that will transform your skin scentsationally. A combination of European wildflowers and conditioning therapeutic botanical oils not only nurture the skin but provide a gentle scent that evokes flowering fields in full bloom. Containing Poppy, Cornflower, Echinacea, Evening Primrose and Linden Flower Extracts. Crafted from flowers harvested from the award-winning Eminence Certified Organic Farm, that since inception in 1958, has been using sustainable farming and green practices to create Biodynamic products. Beneficial Beauty.

Prana Yoga Travel & Adventure Clothing, A versatile lifestyle brand offering sustainable wears|wares for yoga, travel and outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Love their motto. Clothing for people who live fully, play long, and travel well. Founded on a core belief that companies should give much more than they take from the world, sparked by their adventures and rooted in sustainability. Prana’s refined urban-to-adventure style, durability + easy-going comfort has been time-tested and perfected. City streets to mountain peaks, Prana strives to create, inspire and educate with eco-friendly minded products for the conscious consumer. Join The Movement.

Big Picture Farm Goat Milk Caramels, Big Picture Farm is a small hillside Goat dairy and farmstead confectionery and creamery located in southern Vermont. Their award-winning Goat Milk Caramels and farmstead cheeses are made with fresh, raw, creamy Goat’s milk from their herd of 40 healthy and happy, free-ranging companions. An Animal-Welfare-Approved farm, the health and happiness of their animals is the center around which the farm and farm products revolve. Their mission is also to integrate agriculture and narrative in a fresh way that properly evokes the place, animals, and work in order to bring to life the exciting and unpredictable evolution of their products, farm, and lives. Big Picture Life Goals.

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards By Alberto Villoldo & Illustrator Jena DellaGrottaglia, A deluxe-packaged oracle deck based on the wisdom and beauty of the shamanic world from energy medicine teacher Alberto Villoldo -Director of the Four Winds Society. Every card is a dynamic snapshot of sacred symbols belonging to the realm of archetypes and the collective unconscious, the spiritual common ground shared by peoples modern and ancient. When you consult the oracle, you summon power and insight that can help you understand the present, heal the past, and influence the course of your future. We can become our own prophets and visionaries. Each card has three important messages: The Essence. The Invitation. The Medicine.

Coral & Tusk Linens & Decor, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite textiles are inspired by a love of animals, travel and adventure. Magical experiences everywhere from Wyoming to Nepal inform the imagery and humor behind Coral & Tusk designs. The artist owner, an RISD-trained textile designer, first creates her cheeky storyline scenes and irreverent characters as original pencil drawings before she painstakingly redraws them stitch by stitch using special computer software then finishes by hand. Every machine-embroidered pillow, table linen, and artwork retains the story-telling spirit and hand-drawn allure of the original illustration. Smart Design Mix Of Magic + Mischief.

Farmhouse Pottery Studio & Collection, Elevate your dining experience with the truly authentic handmade feel of signature farmhouse pottery design and timeless elegance. Durable American stoneware wheel thrown in Vermont. The owners + makers, a husband and wife team at Farmhouse Pottery are old-world potters with simple tools and strong beliefs in process and authenticity. They believe the farmers, craftsmen, and makers are the core of our communities, and that farm-to-table isn’t a foodie trend, but rather the rediscovery of a more sustainable lifestyle and value system. Studio Events include: Farmhouse Pottery Workshop Tour; Farmhouse Pottery Wheel Throwing Demonstration and Personal Pottery Lesson with their master potters to create your own piece of American stoneware. Old School Style.

The Humane Gardener By Nancy Lawson, In this eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, journalist + gardener Nancy Lawson describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and encouraging natural processes and evolution in the garden. Principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures that share our world. Wildlife Wellbeing.

The Return

Northern cardinals bring splashes of splendid color to the Grays and Browns of a Winter environment. The male Northern cardinal is unmistakable, thanks to his Rose-Red plumage, pointed crest, and Black mask. The female cardinal has a more subdued fashion sense, preferring pale Tan and Brown with a few Rosy accents on the crest, wing, and tail. Both sexes have the same heavy, bright Orange bill. Cardinals are year-round residents in New England, and frequent forest friendly flyers on Wonder. Wisdom. Words property. Year after year, during the coldest months of the year, a visiting patriarch and matriarch pair’s clarion calls alert us to their presence dusk to dawn. Soulful birdsong thanks for sharing some survival sustenance.  Same Time Same Place.

Falling Forward

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Fall Into Winterland Worthy Wish List. When it comes to dressing the part for New England weather and preparing for the upcoming season, as the first snowflakes begin to fall, there’s some element of advance planning that’s required. Fall into Winter in style with these wonderful wish list worthy wares. This minimalist guide will ensure you are 100% ready with realistic, really enjoyable trends to try out. The infusion of traditionally tried-and-true, tasteful textures, cushy comfort, plus beautiful and beneficial Winter-strength protection, is something to take pleasure in.

The Old Farmer’s AlmanacAmerica’s oldest continuously published periodical! Always timely, topical, and distinctively useful, with a pleasant degree of humor, the Almanac has been beloved for centuries by people from all walks of life. As the nation’s iconic calendar, each year’s edition will mark the days, months, and seasons; preview astronomical events; and cover a range of related topics: weather forecasts, cultural and culinary trends, gardening, anniversaries, recipes, home remedies, pets, folklore, amusement, contests and more, all in the inimitable way it has done since 1792.

Keep warm dry and stylishly seasonal with these rural landscape classic wares. Best-in-class Bar Harbor Boots from L.L. Bean, the quintessential American company based in Maine known for its iconic boots and catalog, plus clothes and gear designed for getting out there, with cutting-edge technology for staying safe and warm. Whose motto is the outside is inside everything they make. Complete the theme with an equal parts rugged and refined unisex Bleecker Backpack from Coach. The traditional American company considered a global leader in luxury handbags, that continues to innovate each season, while also retaining their coveted vintage styles. Every Winter, Coach Bags and Bean Boots top many a New Englander’s Christmas wish list.

Ultra-versatile Autumn-hued his and hers Patagonia picks, the Radalie Parka and Nano Puff Jacket with recycled Thermogreen insulation, will keep you warm in sustainable style whether you’re headed up a mountain or caught in a sudden storm. Driven by a love of wild, beautiful places and design that favors simplicity and utility, Patagonia has grown from its roots in alpine climbing to delivering a wide range of athletic performance gear while minimizing its environmental impact. Founder Yvon Chouinard’s environmental philosophy expresses deep concerns about the planet’s health in the face of climate change with his philosophy for responsible business: Do Good. Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire, and challenge the culture of consumption that is at the heart of the global ecological crisis.

We’re navigating the change in season with Kiehl’s tried-and-true gender neutral skincare favorites. If you’re serious about acclimating your skin to the changing weather, it’s going to need a little help, morning and night, so make these two words your mantra “stay hydrated.” Three old-world apothecary since 1851 cult classics make the season’s list for good reason. Start with the Calendula Herbal Extract Toner for a gentle alcohol-free cleanser + toner packed with powerful petals to soothe and protect. Follow with the Ultra Facial Cream for 24-hour hydration, formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein and olive-derived Squalane for visibly soft and healthy-looking skin. And lastly, indulge with the elegant Creme de Corps, a rich, non-greasy body lotion with Cocoa Butter and Beta-Carotene to leave skin beautifully moisturized.

When the days turn cold and wet Dr. Hauschka’s Spruce Warming Bath Essence is an invaluable aid. Resinous Norway Spruce essential oil has a calming effect and lets you breathe freely while jojoba moisturizes your skin. It also supports your circulation and offers intensive, long-lasting warmth for your body, both inside and out. A blissfully beneficial bathing product from Dr. Hauschka. Tip: Add a few drops to a small bowl of water to bring a fresh, deep forest scent to any room. Another seasonal favorite from the iconic brand is Hauschka’s Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil. A hard-working healing hands remedy that features hydrating flower and seed oils to soften and support. Hauschka’s holistic skincare line since 1967, has focused on preparing botanical extracts based on rhythmical exposure to elemental polarities and homeopathic principles, to activate the skin’s natural healing process to achieve balance.

Soothing Balancing Fortified Honey from Naturopathica, Wildflower Honey, a staple of the 19th century herbal medicine chest is infused with Passionflower, Chamomile, Lavender and Rose Blossoms to calm the nerves and rebalance the mind. Enjoy a spoonful daily right out of the bottle or add to tea or beverage of your choice or drizzle over oatmeal, toast or yogurt to nourish the body. Naturopathica has a simple mission: to educate people on the benefits of holistic health and its connection to beauty. For over two decades they continue to draw from the founder’s knowledge as an herbalist, esthetician and aromatherapist to develop an informed and useful product line.

A blend of glossy, Green and Golden leaves makes this fresh, hand-crafted Magnolia Wreath a stylish selection for Fall into Winter decorating. From Terrain, a Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite and renowned garden, home, and lifestyle brand with a fresh approach to living with nature. An approach that bridges the gap between home and garden, the indoors and the outdoors, and embraces decorating with plants to invite the garden into living spaces. Fresh and rustic door decor epitomizes New England farmhouse style + charm.

The Hidden Life Of Trees: The Illustrated Edition By Peter Wohlleben, A visually stunning journey into the diversity and wonders of forests. In his international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben opened readers’ eyes to the amazing processes at work in forests every day. Now this new illustrated edition brings those wonders to life like never before. With compelling selections from the original book and stunning, photographs of trees from around the world, this gorgeous volume distills the essence of Wohlleben’s message to show trees in all their glory and diversity. Through language highlighting the interconnectedness of forest ecosystems, the book offers fascinating insights about the fungal communication highway known as the “wood wide web.” Beautiful images provide the perfect complement to Wohlleben’s words, with striking close-ups of bark and seeds, panoramas of vast expanses of green, and a unique look at what is believed to be the oldest tree on the planet. For the love of trees A+ reading material.

 Woodland Perfume, This homemade unisex blend truly smells like you just walked into an enchanted forest. Uplifting, grounding, meditative, and comforting. Woodland Perfume is for you if you love the fresh forest aroma and the great outdoors. Perfume you make yourself is free from synthetic chemicals and is fully customized to your personal taste. Creating your own essential oils signature scent is a powerful way to express your individuality. Scentsational.

Ingredients

4 drops wild harvested Spruce essential oil
2 drops organic Fir Needle essential oil
2 drops organic Cedarwood essential oil
1 drop organic Vetiver essential oil
1 drop organic Bergamot essential oil
1 tsp (100 drops) organic Jojoba Oil

Directions:

  1. Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle of your choice & snap on the roller ~we prefer a clear roller ball bottle for practical and aesthetic purposes.
  2. Roll between palms to evenly mix the oils. Add Jojoba oil, and roll again.
  3. Create a label to further personalize the perfume for yourself and or for gifting. Share it! Enjoy!

Notes:

Use essential oils that are 100% pure aromatic distillates, certified organic, sourced from reputable distillers. As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. If you have sensitive skin or any serious medical condition, do not use essential oils unless advised by a medical professional that it is safe.

Fall Forecast

When we think about Autumn, there is a color that quickly comes to mind: Orange. That being said, Autumn Maple is a hue that is one of the top color trends each Fall season, a Wonder. Wisdom. Words. perennial favorite for introducing dazzling warmth into any palette. A quintessential Autumn shade that blends Tawny and Russet, and instantly infuses any outfit or home with energy and vitality. A rich, textured color that looks good enough to eat!

 More than any other color in the palette, Autumn Maple tells a visual story through its expressive Fall coloration. It speaks of sleepy maple trees with leaves that hang low, exhausted from the Summer sun, exuding an Orangey-Brown glow that compliments the seasonal changes with a storyteller’s touch. Lots of brands are embracing the beloved color this season. A surprisingly versatile hue, it is one that you can integrate into your everyday wardrobe, but also dress it up to standout for a special sartorial occasion. This warm shade in various tones radiates optimism, and brings depth and refinement for a worthy wardrobe, and inspires any seasonal interior design project on the menu.

Keep the color going in your Fall garden with a combination of annuals and perennials with an Autumn Maple color scheme. For the perfect late-season bloomer, you can’t go wrong with Fall Mums, perfect for mass plantings with their domes of rich, jewel-tone colors, and tight, mounded habit and stunning bloom cover. To get the maximum effect from far away, stick to only one or two colors. A large grouping of Mums can awaken any drab Fall landscape.

Pumpkin Butter’s festive taste and intoxicating aroma make it a Fall classic. The name is a little deceiving because there’s actually no butter in the recipe, but you use it like a spread or jam. It tastes like delicious pumpkin pie -sweet, rich, and full of flavor. The look plus taste of Fall! It’s also vegan and gluten-free. Plus, it’s fun and easy to prepare. As you might expect, this packs well and makes a handsome Autumn Maple gift. Just don’t forget to make a batch for yourself! It also keeps in the fridge for a few weeks and freezes well so you can make it now to share, and have one on hand to savor the season. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup organic almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and mix thoroughly.
  2. Simmer the mixture on a low heat until it thickens ensuring to stir it constantly to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. It should take approx 20-30 minutes to thicken.
  3. Meanwhile, sterilize a canning jar by washing it in very hot soapy water, rinse thoroughly and dry in a low oven for about 15 minutes. In the last 5 minutes put the lid in the oven.
  4. When the butter has sufficiently thickened transfer to the jar & screw the lid on immediately.
  5. Decorate with burlap twine and label and tag for gifting.