On any given day, it’s easy enough for me to ignore the word “September” on my calendar, tune out the pumpkin latte talk, not read anything fashion-related (Oh, cable-knit sweaters are in? That will go great with the 100 degree weather!), and pretend that it’s still summer for everyone. But the whole denial thing will only take a girl so far, so a couple of weeks ago, I decided to just accept that fall is happening elsewhere without me and decorate my apartment a little bit.
I went to Hob Lob and realized that I couldn’t get into the whole “harvest” look here in Texas. I love it when I’m at home, but when you walk from palm trees and steamy heat into a home filled with orange, gold, brown, and red, something feels a little…off. I mean, fake leaves have their time and place when you’re in a situation when the leaves could be real, but down in Houston, they would look faker than the cast of Real Housewives.
I decided to go Halloween Lite and buy these cream-colored pumpkins.
They don’t really make any more sense than orange pumpkins — it’s not like white pumpkins grow down here so I’m representing my new climate by displaying these– but they feel a little less jarring to me. On the one hand, I feel like the girls who say their fake tits are “really natural!”, and you’re like, “Right, except they aren’t….” because ceramic white pumpkins are no more real than ceramic orange pumpkins, but it’s working for me.
It’s actually not easy to find decorative fall items that aren’t traditional fall colors, so I didn’t go too crazy with the decor. (Nor did I want to, because, again, it feels weird to see tons of fall items inside when people are by the pools outside.) But to match my neutral pumpkins, I bought a leaf plate that I use mostly as a spoon rest on the stove…
…and these dark silver salt and pepper shakers from Target.
Target had a lot more cool, creepy, modern items like this in black and dark grey that I might add once October hits, but I wasn’t really feeling putting up sexy Goth candelabras in September.
Fall is pretty difficult for me in Houston. It’s my favorite time of year and my family gets really into Halloween; I really miss being able to soak in every aspect of fall, especially the weather. Last year I went home for Halloween and it helped a lot. This year, I couldn’t afford the $400 (!!!!) plane ticket. I was pretty emo about it and finally found a compromise — I’m going to Chicago for Halloween!
I love Chicago. I was born there and lived there until I was five, and then lived there again for a year after high school, so I feel very comfortable there. Almost all of my friends live there and it’s a five-hour drive from my house in Michigan, so my family can come down to meet me for a couple days over the weekend. Eric is coming for a few days too, and it will be the first time some of my best friends get to meet him. While I can’t believe that in a month, I’ll be somewhere with brown, crunchy leaves and can wear a jacket, I’m so excited to start planning my trip!
And planning our costumes!!! Two years ago my mom made me a great sushi costume and last year’s deer in headlights/truck driver costumes were pretty amazing, so I am not sure quite how to top that this year.
Anyone have ideas?? Or suggestions for where should we go/what we should do in costume the weekend of October 28th??? I’m so excited to start planning!