It’s Finally Fall!


Eeks! I am thrilled that my favorite season has finally arrived. I’m so excited to experience the fall in my new city! I’ll be sure to post about my favorite autumn activities along the way, but I am looking forward to pumpkin everything, pretty scenery, layering, and crisp air!

In order to make sure I get everything done, I figured I would share my list of FALL FOR-SURES with you!

1. Pumpkin Cupcake Crawl. Yup, totally serious. Not all in one day, OBVIOUSLY, but I want to try all of the best cupcakes in NYC in the best flavor and then cast my vote! Molly’s, Sprinkles, Georgetown, Magnolia. Any others I should add?

2. Oktoberfest. What can I say? I can’t resist a festival with good beer. Especially in the fall because of the liquid blanket!

3. Football Game. I can’t believe this is actually on my “list.” Normally, I attend most, if not all, Illini football games, a few high school football games, and maybe even a Bears game. Now that I’m on the east coast and 1,000 miles from my teams, hopefully I can attend some sort of football game out here! I won’t make it back to my alma mater for Homecoming, but maybe I should look in to going back in November for an Illini game… Hmmm…

4. Pumpkin Patch. They still have those in New York, right?? Please tell me it’s not a midwest thing. I miss Curtis Orchard already!

5. Apple Picking. Which obviously isn’t complete without apple cider, caramel apples, and apple cider donuts! Did I mention how much I miss Curtis Orchard? Fortunately, I am heading to Connecticut to visit Marissa with Erika and a few more girls in a few weeks to go apple picking and do fun fall things!

6. Central Park. Wander through the park a few times this fall to take in the changing of the leaves!

7. Travel. I think I’ve got this one covered so far… I’m visiting Chicago for a weekend in October, heading to DC to visit my aunt over Thanksgiving, and also heading to Connecticut in October. Maybe a weekend trip to Boston? I’d also love to visit Vermont or Maine. So many options, too few weekends!

8. Explore. Now that the temperatures have cooled off a bit, I need to WANDER! I was able to explore the UES last weekend, but I would love to make my way through the UWS and Brooklyn, too! Maybe even pay a visit to Hoboken. I also want to make sure I take a long walk up and down the Hudson and the East River.

9. Bryant Park. Bryant Park has been one of my favorite spots since the first time I visited NYC, but I’ve yet to go since I moved here. I would love to go and spend some time with a good book! Comfy cozy sweater, boots, and a pumpkin spice latte, of course! I also need to remember to hit up their holiday shops, just like I did on my very first trip to the city.

10. Pumpkin EVERYTHING. Have I mentioned how much I love pumpkin? Definitely a taste inherited from my father. Pumpkin-colored clothing, pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin carving, pumpkin decorating (like this), pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin butter, pumpkin-scented candles and soap… Okay, I’m going to stop before I sound too much like Bubba Gump.

And finally, some of my favorite autumn outfits from last fall!

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  1. 9.22.12
    Dr. Dad said:

    Glad to see you inherited something (besides incredibly good looks and a huge IQ). ha-ha Now excuse me while I go finish off some pumpkin pie and pumpkin ice cream. GO ILLINI!! – TC won in the softball state tourney yesterday and plays today in the semis – finals to follow. Payton- 1-hitter, K’ed 14.

  2. 9.22.12

    OMG – is that really your dad that commented? Laughing hysterically right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Really love this post – it’s so fun to see a snapshot of all your fall outfits like this too…yay for fall!

    • 9.22.12
      Jessica said:

      Haha YES. That would be my dad… I’m laughing out loud right now, too! Apparently he thinks a blog comment is the best place to let me know about my cousin’s softball tournament. Cracking up. Gotta love supportive parents ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 9.22.12
        Debra said:

        That comment from your dad is awesome! I don’t think my dad even knows what interests me. How sweet!

  3. 9.22.12
    Agi said:

    Great outfits and I love your “Fall” to-do list. I’m not a big fan of Fall, as raining season sets in here, but I am looking forward to going to the Pumpkin patch with my son and to the corn maze. I love Thanksgiving and Halloween. I make a mean pumpkin chiffon pie. I’m also looking forward to warm cozy fires and warm sweaters. Thanks for making me re-think Fall. Happy weekend.


  4. 9.22.12
    Amy said:

    This sounds like so much fun! I am excited to see some of your fall outfits this year! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. 9.22.12
    Cait said:

    You have to try Butter Lane in the East Village. By far my favorite cupcake in the city!

  6. 9.22.12
    Ellen Landgren said:

    This post made ME so excited for fall! Thank you for that! What a fun post, can’t wait to see you in October!

  7. 9.22.12
    Erika Sheffer said:

    OMG. First of all I’m dying that your dad comments. That. Is. Awesome.
    Second, I CANNOT wait for our CT weekend!!! It’s gonna be so good ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. 9.22.12

    I love this post! Gets me even more excited for Fall!!

  9. 9.22.12
    Lisa said:

    Try baked by Melissa & tribeca treats too!

  10. 9.23.12

    Between your dad comments and your mom’s fab arm party on insta, you have the most supportive family! Too cute! So let me help you out with one….pumpkin picking. May I suggest East Long Island, specifically the Jamesport area where not only will you find pumpkin picking but also wine tasting! You can rent a car/party bus/limo and spend a Saturday or Sunday out there. Let me know if you need more details. I spend a lot of time out there!

  11. 9.23.12
    Laura said:

    Love all of your fall outfits! Such an exciting season ahaead ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 9.23.12
    AJ said:

    I LOVE FALL!! And I love your fall list! I want to do every single one of those things. I’m SO jealous of your pumpkin cupcake crawl…yum! And your fall outfits from last year are adorable. Can’t wait to see what you have for this season!


  13. 9.23.12
    Minela said:

    pumpkin = fall, for me too!

    I know how you feel about alma mater football, I haven’t been able to attend a football game since I graduated. Hope you get to tick off these items from your checklist!


  14. 9.23.12
    Ashley said:

    Love your fall list!!
    You have to try Crumbs! One of my favorite bakeries in NYC =)

  15. 9.23.12
    Leanne said:

    OMG you have to try Two Little Red Hens on the UES. Best cupcakes in the city hands down!!

  16. 9.23.12
    Rachel said:

    Love all the outfit shots of your fall looks! So cute! haha and its hilarious your dad commented! so funny

  17. 9.23.12
    Natalia said:

    I got inspired to write my own Fall Bucket List ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m a proud cupcake addict, so here you have some places I recommend โ€“besides Magnolia Bakeryโ€“: Billyโ€™s Bakery, Butter Lane, Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery (mom can’t eat gluten) and Chokolat Patisserie (found this little place while visiting the Manhattan School of Music.)

  18. 9.24.12
    Alice said:

    Just want to say love your blog, you have brilliant style! I’m from England and completed my fashion internship in NYC las year, needless to say I tried too manny cupcakes! (It’s a must really :P). I would recommend Crumbs and Billy’s Bakery (fab Key Lime Pie here)! Have an amazing Cupcake Crawl and enjoy Autumn!

  19. 9.24.12
    Simone said:

    Thanks so much for the Fall inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE the bright orange sweater (elbow length arms and possibly a boat neck) in your pics from last year, do you happen to remember which store you purchased it from?

  20. 9.28.12

    I was reading another blog, SequinsStudsNRoses, and it reads almost exactly like this post and was posted two days after yours.
    Very suspicious, and I would check it out. I like your blog, and I would hate to see it being plagiarized.

  21. 9.28.12
    Sarah said:

    yay, we’re going to Curtis Orchard next weekend! So excited to see a girl from around here in NYC! Keep it up! =)

  22. 6.27.14

    Love all of your fall outfits! Such an exciting season, I wish to buy them Airport Limo Long Island.