Doing White After Labor Day!

Doing White After Labor Day!

Doiing White After Labor Day! www.mytributejournal.com

My mother would have told you that when I was growing up, I was prone to break some rules on occasion…so how can I not go against accepted protocol and do a little white after Labor Day!  Besides, some rules are just meant to be broken!

Except, wait–it’s not what you’re thinking…

…stay with me on this one, you just might find yourself wanting to do some white now after Labor Day too!  (Who makes up these rules anyway?!?)

Although the fall air has a definite cool, crisp feel to it, and our white capris are stored away until next summer (sigh!)–here’s how I’m doing white after Labor Day…

When you first enter a grocery store now, or go for a drive in the foothills, you can’t help but notice all the beautiful fall foliage…their rich colors certainly help me to better embrace the fact that fall is fast approaching!

Fall foliage www.mytributejournal.com

How beautiful are the colors of fall reflected in a simple white vase!  If you don’t already have some white vases, most HomeGoods stores and a lot of vintage thrift shops always seem to have a good supply that are reasonably priced.   

Potted plants www.mytributejournal.com

My daughter went for the opposite look and put these white flowers in a neat, vintage ceramic pot.  Kalanchoe are a hardy, indoor flowering plant that helps the feel of summer linger a bit longer–even if it has to be inside our house!   

Oh, and if you want some unusual, eclectic white vases to add to your Halloween décor, how about these skull ones?

Halloween decor www.mytributejournal.com

Sort of creepy-cute in a Halloween sort of way!  You’ll find these at Etsy.com in the Brooklynglobal store.  I love the neat succulent plants in them!  

The other day after work, I had to run to my car in pouring rain and sleet–since I was soaking wet, I actually ended up turning on the heater as I drove home–say what!?!  My husband overheard me when I was grumbling under my breath while changing, so he went and got this white, terry cloth robe we’d received as a gift on our vacation last spring to the Dominican Republic!  I hadn’t really wanted to use it during the hot summer months.

White terry cloth robe www.mytributejournal.com

Wrapping up in this warm, white robe instantly lightened my mood –I could still smell the scent of the magnolia and eucalyptus oils the spa had used too!  I have seen an assortment of spa robes in various styles available on Amazon.com and at Bed Bath and Beyond.  

I’ve also come to realize that evenings spent reading a good book on my patio are pretty much over until next summer, as well.

White cable knit afghan www.mytributejournal.com

My husband and I recently found ourselves wondering around our local Pottery Barn store while we waited for dinner reservations.  I couldn’t resist this white, cable-knit afghan–it should be perfect for snuggling up in when I want to read during the cold, winter months ahead! 

Of course, you can’t just read books wrapped up in a cozy, white afghan all winter long–you can watch movies and play some games in it too…!

Erin's White Cheddar Popcorn www.mytributejournal.com

I consider myself somewhat of a popcorn connoisseur.  My mom’s caramel popcorn is just one of my many popcorn infatuations–but if you’re craving a lightly salted, cheesy snack, I’m telling you, Erin’s Natural White Cheddar popcorn is it! 

Speaking of yummy snacks–nurses are well known for having to grab a little something to eat on the run…

Trail Mix w/ White Chocolate Chips www.mytributejournal.com

I always try to have something on hand that is somewhat healthy in my locker at the hospital…adding white chocolate chips to a bagful of unsalted mixed nuts is the perfect, not-too-sweet treat!  My very favorite white chocolate chips are the big ones from the Private Collection brand–they are so creamy and good!  

Regardless of the time of year, a classic white shirt is always a good addition to anyone’s closet–add some eyelet, find it on a clearance sale, and it’s sure to go home with me!

White eyelet shirt www.mytributejournal.com

Worn with a tailored skirt or a pair of pants in any one of the pretty autumn colors available now, a cute, white shirt makes for a great summer to fall transition outfit.  This shirt is from Loft, but I think this one at L.L. Bean is also darling.

It’s a cool, fall evening and my husband is getting ready to go on a business trip.  While he packs I think I’ll fix us a little treat.

Vaniila Bean Ice Cream www.mytributejournal.com

In doing white after Labor Day, a bowl of Vanilla Bean ice cream seems perfect.

Especially when served with our favorite Nyaker Gingersnap Cookies we picked up at World Market the other night!

Nyaker Gingersnaps from World market www.mytributejournal.com

When I eat these thin, crispy cookies, they always remind me of everything I love about the fall season!

Have you broken the rules before and done some white after Labor Day?  Please share! 

Happy Autumn!

–Mary

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