This morning I woke up shivering even though I slept under a comforter. I can no longer deny that fall is here and I need to replace my sandals and open-toe pumps with boots and chunky heels. Ready or not, the crisp bite of fall has descended so here are some 7 tips to make the transition easier:
1) Change over your closet. I hated to do it, but I had to. When I opened my closet doors this morning, my colorful tank tops and skimpy sundresses looked at me like “B*tch please.” With tears in my eyes and a shaky hand, I removed the wardrobe that bought me so much joy and so many compliments this summer. I replaced it with knit sweaters, long sleeve shirts, and wool pants. Next I rotated my sandals to the bottom of my shoe rack making space for my winter shoes. It was tough and I’m still a little shell-shocked but a summer-to-fall closet change-over is necessary evil.
2) Purge, purge, purge. Before packing away my summer wardrobe, I decided to purge any items I didn’t wear over the past few months. My purge principle was simple: If I didn’t wear it once from May to October, then it goes in the Goodwill pile. I didn’t try it on and I didn’t hesitate. Purge now so you have room to replace later.
3) Accessorize. For all its shortcomings, fall does have two wonderful fashion perks: boots and hosiery. In fact, I got a little giddy when I was in a department store a couple of weeks ago checking out the fall shoes. Ankle boots, fur-lined booties, causal wedge heels, thigh-high leather…the right boots will definitely heat up your ensemble. I love wearing dresses and skirts all year round, but in the winter I don’t dare go bare. I protect my legs from the cold with the cutest collection of pantyhose, tights, and leggings. Pair sassy, sheer tights with simple, sexy booties and take your outfit to the next level of sophistication.
4) Step up your beauty regiment. The environment and change of seasons have a great effect on our bodies. Now is a great time to get a deep cleaning facial and full body exfoliation to clear away dead skin cells and unclog pores. The colder air and dry heat from vents, fireplaces, and wood-stoves will cause dehydration by depleting the water from your outer protective layers. It’s really important to use the right and right amount of moisturizer on your skin, lips, nails, and hair.
5) Check and wash your winter gear. I wouldn’t make it through a Chicago winter without my Northface jacket and wide array of gloves, hats, and scarves. They served me well last year but when winter was over, I just pushed them all to the back of the coat closet without a second thought that they would spend the summer covered in last year’s germs. Before I put on any of my winter gear, I must sanitize it all. Follow the cleaning instructions to know if garments go to the cleaners or washing machine. And this year I will finally give up hope of finding long-lost gloves mates from winters past. Any unpaired gloves will be properly mourned and discarded.
6) Winterize. Being a responsible adult means getting things fixed before they break. Winter is right around the corner. It’s extreme temperatures and elements can wreak havoc on your home and car. Winterize your home by cleaning the gutters, heat ducts and furnace, sweeping the chimney, reversing the cleaning fans, insulating the pipes, plugging any leaks, and putting up storm windows. Winterize your car by changing the oil, replacing the windshield wipers, checking the battery, belts, hoses, tire pressure, and fluids, switching to snow tires if necessary, and storing an emergency kit in the truck.
7) Make it count. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the holidays will fly by. Review your 2012 resolutions and before-I-kick-the-bucket list to see if there’s anything you can accomplish in this year’s remaining weeks. Spend quality time with your family and friends. See a good movie. Sip some hot chocolate. Snuggle under your winter blanket (that could be a cute companion or a cotton comforter). Nevertheless, stay warm and enjoy the season.
Deanna Burrell is the author of the explosive novel, Single Girl Summer. Described as “If Waiting to Exhale and Sex and the City procreated, the bouncing baby would read like Single Girl Summer,” the novel tells the story of three women navigating the ups and downs of life during one special summer in Chicago. Find out more at http://www.singlegirlsummer.com.