That day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall...
Apparently, September 23rd marks the official end of summer. In the mornings, now, there’s a breeze in the air that has a distinctly crisp fall-ish feel to it. Perhaps it’s all my time spent in school/academia, but this time of year always feels like a beginning to me. New cashmere coat, knee high boots, stacks of reading material and a renewed sense of purpose and plans and dreams. As I bid summer goodbye, I wanted to reflect on another wonderful silly season, one I’ve spent zipping about so fast my feet have barely had time to touch the ground. Vacations in far-flung places- ranging from Tennessee to Bermuda- and my home away from home in the gorgeous Hamptons. It’s truly been a hot one!
But I’m a little sad to see it go. There are so many things I love about those sunny months between May and September. School’s out, sunglasses are on and in the city, the air seems to fizz like a freshly-poured Aperol Spritz. I love the farmers markets filled with flat peaches, bursts of buttery-yellow sunflowers, Bardot dresses, bikinis, rooftop bars and villa parties that last long into the wee hours. The days are longer, the shorts are shorter and unadulterated fun seems to wait around every corner.
I feel intensely playful in summer. More than anything, it’s a reminder of the adventures I crave. The pressure of the heatwave just begs to be broken; the hum of a lazy August afternoon aches to be filled. An entire season of Friday feelings, the world becomes a confectionary of color: frosé-pink sunsets, gem-blue infinity pools, contrasting tan lines in coffee and cream.
That said, I’m excited for fall to get into full swing. I have so many plans - hot cider and Moscow mules, flannel shirts and football season, mountain hikes on fresh mornings and chilly evenings spent wrapped up with someone special. But there’s more to fall than pumpkin spice and sweater weather. After the fast-times and scorching nights of summer, fall is all about turning over a new leaf (and kicking through crisp, orange piles of them too) and I’m so excited to see what these next months have in store!