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 Seasonal Sense See Previous Posts From 2018 Fall Forecast + Forward Falling + Just Breathe. Still Relevant Reads.

Dickinson’s Garden

Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life By Marta McDowell, Forthcoming October 2019 From Timber Press. Author Meet & Greet At The Bookloft Great Barrington MA October 5th 3-5pm 2019.

Emily Dickinson was a keen observer of the natural world, but less well known is the fact that she was also an avid gardener -sending fresh bouquets to friends, including pressed flowers in her letters, and studying botany at Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke. At her family home, she tended both a small glass conservatory and a flower garden. In Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life, award-winning author Marta McDowell explores Dickinson’s deep passion for plants and how it inspired and informed her writing. Tracing a year in the garden, the book reveals details few know about Dickinson and adds to our collective understanding of who she was as a person. By weaving together Dickinson’s poems, excerpts from letters, contemporary and historical photography & botanical art, McDowell offers an enchanting new perspective on one of America’s most celebrated but enigmatic literary figures.

For The Love Of Dickinson, enthusiasts can visit the Emily Dickinson Museum ~which comprises two historic houses + garden in Massachusetts with programs dedicated to amplifying Dickinson’s revolutionary poetic voice from the place she called home. Open March ~ December.

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.

Seasons Spring

 Springtime Salutations. Quote By Pioneering Twentieth Century Biologist, Conservationist & Natural History Writer Rachel Carson, who is credited with sparking the modern global environmental movement with her groundbreaking and thought-provoking book Silent Spring, and for crafting an equally timeless and timely cultural message, in the posthumously published The Sense of Wonder. Books that endure as magnificent manifestos for the vibrant curiosity with which we are all born, and which we risk losing if we imperceptibly, yet steadily, slip into apathy and resignation. Above all, she extends a reminder that the faculty for wonder is our most precious natural resource and our greatest responsibility to conserve.

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.

 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.

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.

Au Revoir Oliver

RIP Beloved Poet Mary Oliver January 17th 2019.

Mary Oliver won many awards for her poems, which often explore the link between nature and the spiritual world; she also won a legion of loyal readers who found both solace and joy in her work. She was someone who is in tune with the deepest mysteries of the universe. In her poem When Death Comes, Oliver wrote this about the inevitable: “When it’s over, I want to say all my life/ I was a bride married to amazement.” Oliver’s Instructions For Living A Life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

Oak Tree Recipe

Ever wonder how to grow Oak trees from acorns? It’s easy! Late Fall is the perfect time of year to collect acorns to start growing new Oak trees over the Winter. Late dropping acorns (October and November) are typically healthiest. A healthy acorn specimen suitable for growing an Oak tree is one that is plump with a cap that is loose and/or easily removed. A naturally split or cracked acorn is fine, but do not collect damaged or crushed acorns.

How To Grow Oak Trees From Acorns:

  1. After inspecting the collected acorns, place them in a mixture of 1/2 peat and 1/2 loose barley in a clear zip-lock plastic food storage bag. Do not crowd the acorns. They should be loose in the mixture and the bag should not be more than half-full.
  2. Seal the bag and store it in the refrigerator throughout the Winter. Periodically check the moisture level -it should be damp, but not wet. At some point during the winter, the acorns should split open and white sprouts should begin to appear and grow.

When To Plant Acorns:

  1. In early Spring (late March to early April), fill individual plant pots with clean potting soil. Place the sprouted acorns horizontally in the soil about 1 1/2 inches deep and water. Place the pots in a south-facing window or under an artificial light source and keep the soil moist.
  2. During the next few weeks, the acorns will sprout into a sapling, with a few tiny, yet visible Oak leaves. As the trees grow, transplant them into larger containers. Do not allow the trees to become root bound, or dried out.
  3. You may keep your trees in plant pots indefinitely, or until they have reached a desired size to plant outside. Before planting them in the ground, introduce the trees slowly to the outdoors by placing them in cooler areas such as on a porch, or in a shed or garage for a few days at a time. Transplant them outside in the early Fall before danger of frost.