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.
2. Backcountry.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adrienne Fuller leads the publishing team at finder.com. She has one goal: to deliver the accurate and transparent information she wishes she had when she made some of life's important financial decisions. When she's not helping folks save money, she's hiking with her two Catahoulas around her home in San Diego.
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