Growing up in the south, fall never felt like a profound transition. Sure we went back to school and started following football instead of baseball, but the weather remained temperate, if not hot, well into October.
This year, at almost the exact moment we transitioned to the autumnal equinox, fall fell on New York City. The air has started to get cool and crisp in the early morning and at sunset, and there’s a distinct sensation that something is shifting.
The changing of seasons can be time to slip into a slump or, oppositely, get caught up and carried away with transformation. I urge you to ease yourself into autumn, and start fall in style with five of my favorite seasonal activities:
1. CURL UP WITH A NEW BOOK
One of my favorite fall pastimes is holing up in my apartment on a Saturday with a good book and a warm cup of tea. When weather permits, it’s also lovely to embrace the chill in the air, pile on a scarf and some layers, and soak up the last remaining months before winter by posting up on a park bench and reading outside.
2. STAY ACTIVE
Bikini season is over and the weather is getting cooler, but it doesn’t mean it’s not important to stay active in the fall and winter months. Prepare for rich foods and overindulging during the holiday season now by maintaining your exercise routine. Staying connected to your body will also help you weather the transition!
3. RECONNECT WITH FRIENDS AT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD BAR
Fall is a time when everyone tends to return home and settle into their typical routines. Now that everybody is back from irregular summer schedules and trips, it’s a great time to come together and reconnect. Simply gather with your friends on a Friday night at your neighborhood bar and catch up!
4. REASSESS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE
When the weather changes, so should your beauty routine. With cooler temperatures, drier air, and increased winds, it’s important to keep your skin nourished. Reassess your bases, like moisturizer and foundation, and invest in products that will keep you hydrated into the winter.
5. SUPPORT THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE
Concerts are a great indoor activity for fall whether you’re planning a date night or enjoying a girl’s night out. Indulging in artistic entertainment will help boost your spirits and eliminate the cold weather blues. Scope out your city’s venues, check out the tour dates for your favorite artists, and support the local music scene this season!
I don’t know about you, but I am beyond pumped for the start of college football season. I take immense pride in my alma mater, the University of Georgia. I bleed red and black and am a die hard DAWG fan. Games kicked off this week, but the DAWGS play tomorrow, so that’s when my season officially starts.
Sadly, I no longer live in Athens (or Georgia for that matter) and won’t be at Sanford Stadium to cheer on my DAWGS in person as they go up against Clemson. Have no fear, I will be participating in the red out, dressed to the nines in my school colors, cheering on my team all the way from Madison, WI.
If I do make it to a game this season, there is one essential item I won’t leave home without: my GirlyGoGarter.
My mom actually discovered GirlyGoGarter while on a buying trip at AmericasMart Atlanta last January. She brought home a couple samples, and instantly, we were hooked. I remember thinking how perfect the GirlyGoGarter would have been for New Year’s Eve – a night where I struggled and scrambled around trying to figure out what bag I could stand to lug around all night. Never again! Since then I have used my GirlyGoGarter at concerts, festivals, or just a night out. Now, I can’t wait to get to Sanford Stadium and use my GirlyGoGarter on GAMEDAY!
This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Atlanta-based alternative rock band Amsterdam Station. When I was approached by band member Greg Jarvis (vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist), he explained that the band was in the process of re-branding. They released their first album three years prior and have since developed a more polished, mature sound. Amsterdam Station was looking for a united concept across the board that both reflected and complimented their new album, “Stories from the Subtext.” The band recognized that their personal style would be a key component of their new look, so they enlisted me as stylist.
The first step was styling Amsterdam Station for a photo shoot for their new album. We started by discussing the band’s style influences, which included Interpol, The Killers, and Queens of the Stone Age. The next step was, of course, listening to the new album to gain inspiration. After going back and forth with a lot of notes and ideas, we landed on four cohesive yet unique looks, each of which were slight variations on the dressed down suit – replacing a blazer with a trench coat, trading slacks for jeans, adding a tee under a button down, opting for suspenders instead of a tie.
Photographed by Alyson Jarvis of Alyson Jarvis Photography
The next step was styling the band for their Album Release Party. We wanted to keep with the established style while ensuring the ensembles were performance friendly. Originally we discussed sticking to basic jeans, button downs, and strong accessories, like great shoes. As the show grew closer the band’s vocalists decided they were going all out and adding ties despite the potential for hindered movement during the performance.
Greg opted for a bold, statement look with mixed patterns on the tie and button down. He added a solid vest to neutralize the prints and finished the look with dark denim, classic leather shoes, and fun socks for a unique pop of color.
Chris Connelly (vocalist and guitarist) complimented Greg’s look with a solid black button down, patterned tie, jeans, and some amazing black boots that I sadly didn’t snap a photo of. He also coordinated his guitar with the ensemble, bringing in burst of color.
Having the pleasure of watching Amsterdam Station perform live was an unparalleled experience. The night of the show I realized I had never been to a concert where I personally knew the musicians. Their new album, “Stories from the Subtext,” is characterized by thought provoking lyrics, seamless composition, and an elevated sound. While you can preview and purchase the album on their brand new website, I highly recommend you attend one of their concerts if you’re in the Atlanta area. Amsterdam Station has an outstanding stage presence and a contagious energy. Bottom line: they put on a kick ass show.
Their next performance is set for Friday, October 24 at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta – show starts at 8pm, Amsterdam Station goes on at 9pm. Stay tuned to their Facebook and Twitter pages for more details on the event!