“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite Fall things…” – The Sound of Music
Today is the first day of fall (my favorite season). Can you smell it? Pumpkin spice and firewood have already filled the air. With the summer officially over, it’s time to put away your bathing suits and swap them out for cozy sweaters. In honor of the change in seasons, shorter days, and longer nights, I compiled a list of a few of my favorite fall things, from fall beauty items and fall fashion, to my favorite fall foods and wellness products.
Facials from Holistic by Nona
The fall brings cold weather and harsh winds, which can leave your skin dry, itchy, and damaged. This is where Holistic by Nona comes in. I love her holistic approach to glowing skin, which is why Nona has been my esthetician for over 15 years. With an understanding that each person’s skin is unique, she takes the time to study each client’s skin to curate a special facial treatment for them. Let Nona assess your skin and formulate the best plan to ensure it looks radiant and glowing throughout the season. Contact Nona for rates and availability.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask
Replenish your dry skin and lock in moisture with this sleeping mask. Made for all skin types, this fall beauty must-have will have you age backwards overnight. Simply apply the mask after washing and toning your face, and like Beyoncé sang, “You wake up, flawless.” $67.43; Available on Amazon (as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases)
Lipsticks from Fenty Beauty
For the fall, “Put your mood where your mouth is with Fenty Beauty by Rihanna lipsticks.” With hues ranging from nudes to bold reds to sensuous dark plums, Fenty lipsticks are the perfect complement to your fall look. And did I mention Fenty Beauty includes a shade finder for you to virtually try on the colors and find your match… Smooches! $20+; Available online at Fenty Beauty, Sephora, Ulta Beauty, and Boots
BoHo Fringe Crossbody Purse
I love, love, love this boho fringe crossbody purse. I have it in black and brown, and I get compliments on it pretty much every time I wear it. The vintage look is in this season, and this purse is a fall fashion must-have. $22.97; Available on Amazon (as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases)
2-Piece Sexy Workout Set
Just because the weather is cooling off doesn’t mean you have to wear sweats to the gym. The fall may be here, but you can get in a good workout and still look fashionable. This sexy 2-piece workout set is EVERYTHING. Flattering on all body types, the racerback crop tank and high waist short leggings offer tummy control while also lifting your butt. Yes, please! $9.99+; Available on Amazon (as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases). Here’s a tip for your yogis: throw in a matching yoga mat bag to complete your look. $15.99; Available on Amazon (as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases)
YITTY: Shapewear Reinvented, By Lizzo
Our girl Lizzo has done it again. The Emmy and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is reinventing the shapewear game with YITTY. The new clothing line is taking the fall fashion scene by storm with its cute sets and bundles, comfy bottoms and tops, sexy dresses, bold bodysuits, and the most flattering catsuits I’ve ever worn. $25+; Available online at YITTY and in-store at Fabletics
Double Dutch Premium Mixers
Gone are the days of plain tonic water, spirits, and a lonely garnish of fruit, thanks to vegan-friendly, carbon neutral, low in sugar, and absolutely delicious Double Dutch Premium Mixers. Founded by Dutch twins Raissa de Haas and Joyce de Haas, Double Dutch mixers were designed to be enjoyed with and without alcohol. Double Dutch’s reengineered Ginger Beer and Tonics use vibrant natural flavors such as lemon, watermelon, pomegranate, and cranberry. Have a home spa day or keep the vibe going after your yoga flow with Cucumber and Watermelon. Level up your home brunch with a Bloody Mary Soda or Cucumber Margarita with Chili Soda. With Double Dutch, you never have to drink dull again. And, for the cocktail lovers at heart, Double Dutch has us covered with signature cocktail recipes, perfect for holiday parties or potluck dinners. Find Double Dutch in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and Palm Springs at places such as E.P. & L.P., Grand Master Records, Hi-Time Cellars, Brockton Villa Restaurant, The Draycott, and Cecconis. Not in California? Double Dutch still has you covered at Bluestone Lane in New York.
Espresso Martini Classico at Sofitel’s Estérel and Riviera 31
Across from the famed Beverly Center sits the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Inspired by local culture, tradition, and the French “art de vivre,” the Sofitel offers a unique, one-of-a-kind luxury stay and dining experience. Guests can cozy up at signature restaurant Estérel and the sexy lounge Riviera 31, where director of nightlife Aidan Demarest has outdone himself with his Espresso Martini Classico. This smooth cocktail was made for the fall and is the perfect companion to keep you warm on those cool autumn nights. $22; Please refer to the website for hours of operation; Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills – 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048; 310.770.1654
Ramen Nagi’s Secret Off-Menu Ramen, The Lamb King
For the first time ever, Ramen Nagi, the delicious Japanese ramen shop, debuts a secret, off-menu ramen, The Lamb King. This secret dish is now available – but only when asked – as a ‘secret’ pork-free ramen at the Westfield Century City location. Warm fall comfort food anyone? Various prices; Monday – Friday, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5 – 9:00 pm, and Saturday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and 5 – 9:00 pm; Westfield Century City – 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067
Gratitude Journals from London Blake
The fall is the season for gratitude and for taking the time to appreciate all of our blessings. I love these two gratitude journals from author London Blake because, as someone who has struggled with bouts of depression, they help keep me grounded and positive along my mental health and wellness journey.
- The Cherry On Top Of My Day: 5 Minute Daily Gratitude Journal To Help You Learn To Appreciate ALL The Moments That Bring You Joy: This 180-day 5 minutes a day gratitude journal is designed to help you identify the good aspects of your day, the appreciated people in your life, and anything you may have learned from the moments or people. There is no moment too small or big for the journal as long as it made you experience a level of joy or gratitude. You might not already be where you want to be in life, but through identifying your moments of gratitude you can learn to embrace the journey to reaching your goals in life. $8.99+; Available on Amazon (as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases)
- Today Kinda SUCKED: Venting And Gratitude Journal For Days When Life Feels Like It’s On Level Hard: This 90-day complaint/venting and gratitude journal encourages you let your frustrations and anger for the day out on paper. Then, when you’re done complaining about what went wrong, it helps you remember the good things that happened that day too. $6.99+; Available on Amazon (as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases)
Hot 8 Yoga
Sweat. Smile. Repeat. Ignite your fire within at Hot 8 Yoga, California’s premier hot yoga destination. With temperatures ranging from 100 to 110 degrees, Hot 8 offers the following eight hot yoga class styles: high-intensity power, sculpt and barre classes, traditional 26 & 2 classes, relaxing Yin, and more. Hot 8 classes are great for burning fat, building muscle, lifting your booty, and detoxifying your skin. Basically, Hot 8 gives me LIFE! New students can take a welcome week of classes for just $30. $30 (single class and new student welcome week), $269 (10 classes), and monthly memberships; Various hours and locations
Plantmade – Health & Wellness Designed for People of Color
Shaun Nzeribe, the founder of wellness company Plantmade, set out on a mission to “Redefine the relationship between people of color and the world of health & wellness, and develop a safe space where they can heal, innovate, and discover true happiness.” Nzeribe wants to be clear, Plantmade was born to bring wellness to people of color, BUT all are welcome in the family. As an advocate for health, Nzeribe understands that wellness starts from within. His line of vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO unique supplements such as Super Multivitamins, Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies, and Protein Powders was carefully curated to promote healthy digestion, boost your immune system, increase energy levels, maintain weight loss, support muscle mass, improve skin & hair, and more. $14.99+ (Use coupon code HOOPLABLOG for 10% off); Available online for nationwide shipping at Plantmade, and you can find them most Sundays, 11:00 am at the Vegan Exchange – 5300 Bakman Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91601