There was a time, a little too long ago, that I used to get excited about seasons in a different way.

Trends and Outfits

Flipping through a teen magazine in the fall, I would be enthralled by the wine colored lipsticks and the deep gold eye-shadows and the fall tweeds and schoolgirl inspired trends. It would suck me into the season with motivation and hope for the year to come. I would want to wake up early and show my new fall colors and outfits, even though the reality was I probably couldn’t afford any of them.  Still I managed to bring out a plaid or pleated skirt and steal my mom’s Wine With Everything lipstick that had gone untouched for the previous months. It made me feel renewed.

Our Thoughts This Fall

Now when we think about fall, we are probably automatically stressing about sports schedules and school-night meal planning. We may be thinking about autumn wreaths or pumpkin home décor and cozy slow cooker dinners.  We may be thinking about back to school clothes and supplies for kids, and more than likely barely fitting our own basic needs in between.

A Fall Refresh

I used to color my hair darker, “my fall color”, for years in my twenties… until I finally got the hint from so many people saying, “Oh thank GOD, you are blonde again” when spring rolled around.  But it was fun! A change of pace. A refreshed look to spice up the season.  But lately, I just look at home magazines and family magazines and (eek) social media.  Believe me, I love my home décor and cooking tips, but this fall, let’s go back and do a little fall invigoration for ourselves!  Grab a true beauty/fashion magazine and spice up your lipstick game, spring for a cute pair of boots, or go crazy and throw some low-lights into your hair color! Do something to make yourself look in the mirror and say, it’s going to be a great fall!

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Gia is a native Californian who has lived all over the state from San Diego to Trinity County, plus Washington DC for a short time. She recently relocated to Ventura County with her family to build a compound property together with her sister’s family so that they could always share wardrobes and parenting responsibilities for their 5 combined children at home. Gia graduated from UCSB with a degree in Linguistics (which she thinks entitles her to make up words). It took her just three years, as she was eager to graduate early to go live with her long distance boyfriend and his toddler daughter at the time. That seemed to work out, as the boyfriend got promoted to husband years ago and her step-daughter promoted her to grandmother recently! Gia’s husband is from East Africa and runs their Bed and Breakfast in Tanzania from near and far. Gia is a Human Resources Director who has a major obsession with watermelon and eggnog lattes, depending on the season.

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