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Getting Ready For Fall With Delmarva Style

by Keyanna Bowen

Keyanna Bowen will give you a few tips to get your wardrobe and home ready for fall.

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, this can only mean one thing... summer is almost over. Now I know that's not the kind of news you wanted to hear, but the fact that Fall is just a few weeks away is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to fashion. The cooler months bring out some of the most amazing and need I say comfortable clothing options. I mean who doesn't love chunky sweaters, cool boots, and fun scarves? Just like we transition our wardrobe from season to season, we should also change our home d├ęcor to reflect the cooler months. So today I'm going to give you a few tips to get your wardrobe and home ready for fall.

First, focus on color. Autumn is known for the rich colors in the falling leaves, so you'll want to begin incorporating some of those warmer hues into your style. Pantone, the color authority of the world, released its most popular colors for fall 2015 and nature inspired hues were all the rave. So let nature be your inspiration when choosing a color palette for this season. You can slowly transition your bright summer clothing into fall by pairing one bright item and keeping the rest of your outfit neutral. Keeping a neutral base allows you to add a bright pop of color without looking "out of season". For your home, add a splash of color by painting with fall inspired hues. If you're not up for painting a whole room, then make a statement with an accent wall, or paint a small piece of furniture like a coffee table or nightstand.

One of the easiest ways to transition you wardrobe and home into fall is to swap out your accessories for more seasonally appropriate pieces. For example, when it comes to your wardrobe, instead of wearing a necklace, throw on a scarf instead. A scarf is one of those iconic fall wardrobe pieces that has this mysterious ability to make an outfit appear more stylish. And of course, it's super functional for that unpredictable seasonal weather. When it comes to your home you can change your doormat and decorative pillows to ones that have autumnal colors and patterns. Also, swap the fruit basket for a glass bowl filled with seasonal vegetables, such as acorn squash, pears, figs, and small pumpkins.

The next thing you want to do to get your wardrobe and home ready for fall is layer up. Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn't mean you have to stow away your summer clothes just yet. Layering allows you to wear your favorite summer outfits right into fall. Take your summer outfits and pair them with a cardigan and jacket, and top it off with a scarf. You can really have fun and get creative with what you pair together.

Just like layering adds warmth and texture to an outfit, you want to do the same thing for your home. A great way to do this is by layering area rugs of different textures and patterns, or bring out those cozy throw blankets. Also lining your curtains with heavy fabric will help keep your power bills lower by blocking out the cold air that seeps through the windows.

Now that you and your home are looking more like fall, it's time to smell like fall. My fourth tip to get ready for the season is to change up your scents. Swap your zesty summer perfume for a richer fragrance that fits the mood and feel of the season. For your home, exchange beach scents for festive aromas. Light candles that smell like your favorite seasonal dishes such as pumpkin spice or warm apple pie. An all-natural way to fragrance your home is to simmer a pot of spices on the stove. All you have to do is fill a small saucepan with water. Add your favorite fruits and spices like fresh cranberries, orange and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to simmer. Your home will be filled with this warm and spicy aroma all day long.

This last tip to get your wardrobe and home ready for fall is not the most fun thing to do, but definitely essential, and that's fall cleaning. Most people wait until the New Year to go out with the old and in with the new wardrobe. But a seasonal purge is more ideal and less stressful. That's because you're only accessing a portion of your clothes, instead of everything you own.

Take a good look at your fall wardrobe and get rid of anything that looks shabby, is covered in lint balls, or has holes. Donate clothes that you no longer want or fit, or you can host a clothing swap party where you and your friends get together to trade clothing and accessories. You could end up with a whole new wardrobe for free!

For your home, take care of little things like cleaning gutters, sealing gaps and cracks around windows, and chimney sweep. Now it the perfect time to fix any exterior maintenance issues while the weather is still mild.

On the shore we have a problem with crickets this time of year here. So an all natural way to prevent cricket invasion is to mix 2-3 tablespoons of Tabasco sauce with water in a recycled household cleaner spray bottle. Spray this at suspected entry points outside along your foundation and at doorways.

And after a summer of bare feet and beach sand it's time to steam clean those carpets. And don't forget those small area rugs as well.

Now that you have a few tips that will help get you ready for fall, sit back, relax, and enjoy these final days of summer. For these tips and more, you can visit my blog at eastandlane.com