September is here and as the chillier weather whisks by, adjustments must be made. Especially here in Canada where a couple days ago I was sweating in a dress and today, I was shivering in jeans and a sweater. If you’re anything like me, you love summer – it’s when you are at your best. And when the summer days are slowly over, you’re no longer the happy camper you were. Tomorrow marks the first day of fall and here are the tips that get me through the stump:
- Layer, layer, layer! Transitioning into fall does not mean your favourite summer dresses should be put away so get extra mileage out of them for as long as possible. Throw on a denim jacket or pull out that faux leather jacket of yours. Pull a blazer or cardigan over, tights under, or add on a scarf. The options are endless and the best part is you could get pretty creative with how you style your outfits. Layering is the best strategy for extending all your summer favourites, just remember not to overdo it.
- Say no to the hose. Don’t let your summer tan go to waste just yet! I despise pantyhose and avoid them for as long as possible. They irritate my skin, constantly slide off, and rip before I even finish putting them on. If you have the same distaste, avoid them while you can. As it gets chillier, opt for closed shoes and thicker fabric before you throw on the pantyhose. You have all of winter for those.
- Be prepared for the weather to mess around. Remember when I said layer up? Seriously, do it. It’ll be a huge life savour. Keep an umbrella at work and even a pair of rainboots at your desk if you can for one of those days the weather man got it wrong. It could be cold in the morning, hot in the afternoon, and cold in the evening. It could start out sunny and end up pouring. It’s nice to be prepared.
- Leave more time for commutes. September means back to school and back to school means more students to cram the commute. Set aside more time in the morning to leave a bit earlier and prepare yourself for backpacks slamming into you on the subway. Make the most of it and fill up your playlist with your new favourite hits or pick up a new read for the rides.
- Give your skin love. Season changes always require a little change in your skin routine. Personally, my skin starts getting a little more dry in the fall so I have to switch up my light moisturizer for something a little heavier. Further, I make sure to end my summer with a full massage, facial, and body scrub to recharge my skin going into the new season. We all deserve to give our body a rest so this is the perfect excuse!
- No more beach days doesn’t mean no more ‘ME’ days! The more you practice self love and care, the more productive and happy you’ll be when putting on your hustle. Take on yoga, invest in some new books or a cool new class, allocate time for bubble baths – whaetever get you in zen mode.
- Fight off the allergies. My allergies kick in every season change and it’s brutal. Runny nose, sore throat, plugged ears – you name it. Find your source of annoyance and target it accordingly. What works for me is tons of fluids, hot steamy showers, a humidifier, baths with lavender oil and Epsom salts, and lots of rest. When all else fails I have to turn to Sudafed but I keep that as the worst case scenerio. Find what helps you most.
- Load up on the Vitamin D. Now that you aren’t having fun in the sun, you got to make up for it. I take a multivitamin containing Vitamin D and consume produce like eggs, yogurt, cheese, orange juice, and cereals that are high in Vitamin D.
- Smile because it’s not winter yet. Unless you’re one of those peculiar folks that love snow and negative degrees celsius, embrace the chillier weather with open arms and keep your whining for the winter days that are soon approaching. Love the pretty colours around you, take advantage of the fun outfit options, jump in a pile of leaves, and enjoy the pumpkin spice lattes.