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7 fall essentials that DON’T involve pumpkin or spice

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When I set out to make a “for fall” list I gave myself one rule – no pumpkin spice.

No pumpkin, and no spice either, for that matter. Just 7 non pumpkin spice things that are my jam for an autumn in Southern California. And really, I did have another rule for this list. Everything needed to be quality – things that will last at least the whole season, and ideally, become dependable staples that can be used year-over-year.

Top 7 things for fall I had to have (and where to buy them)

1. Amazon
Time to get real: a cast iron dutch oven by Le Creuset

These dutch ovens are gorgeous. Also, not cheap. But worth it? Definitely. And even if I have to save up for months to get one, it is worth going for the higher quality – it will last longer and make you a much better soup.

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It's not cold enough for sleeves - the Patagonia fleece vest (Who needs sleeves anyhow?)

My outdoor enthusiast compatriots have nicknamed this brand “Patagucci” for a reason. It’s expensive. It’s also well made, lasts forever, can be recycled, and supports amazing conservation and social projects all over the world.

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3. Barnes & Noble
Cook’s Illustrated 20th anniversary edition - because cooking helps you feel warm and fuzzy

This is by far the best and most used cookbook in my house – and I am married to a chef-turned-butcher. This edition has over 2,000 of the most used recipes, which have been tested left, right and sideways to give you the most reliable cooking methods.

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4. Amazon
A mid century modern fire pit keeps things warm so you can enjoy a chilly evening

This fire chimnea looks like it could be in a ski chalet at Squaw Valley when the Olympics were held there. Its wide base means you can build up a nice sized fire with enough heat to be comfortable and the chimney has a screen to catch flying embers.

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5. Nordstrom
When the going gets sloppy, pull on the Hunter galoshes

I live on 8 acres at the end of a dirt road and I needed work boots. These Hunter galoshes are a little more posh than the cheaper workhorse alternative, but they fit my feet more snugly and I can wear them for longer.

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Yeti Mug is a beast - one that I can't live without

I love this Yeti mug. It keeps coffee hot for literally the entire day. The lid seal is strong and it’s easy to clean with no screw top or sliding closure.

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7. Amazon
"Leather" handbag that fits more than I thought it could

I'm all about eco-friendly, and Matt & Nat is a vegan brand, meaning this looks and feels like leather... but it's not. And, all the handbag linings are made with 100% recycled plastic bottles. Looks & feels fab: Win-win.

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