Fall has officially arrived! What are you looking forward to (I mean, apart from eating Reese’s pumpkins every night after dinner)? If you want to get excited, here is a juice-y list of fun stuff to read/watch/cook/wear this season…

Movies: King Richard (November 19) stars Will Smith playing the doting, determined father of tennis champs Serena and Venus Williams. “One of the greatest honors as an actor is to be able to celebrate someone’s legacy while they’re still here creating it,” Smith wrote on Instagram. My hope is that this biopic won’t be a hagiography and shy away from the more complicated sides of each person; fingers crossed. Side note: how much do you love the track jackets?

Tomorrow night, I’m going to see I’m Your Man (September 24). The German film follows a scientist in Berlin, who must live for three weeks with a humanoid robot designed to be the perfect life partner for her. As you can imagine — especially because the robot is played by Dan Stevens — she starts to have complicated feelings. “Don’t humans say, ‘Love knows no bounds?’” he asks her, but, she wonders, can you love something that’s not real?


TV: Succession‘s third season drops October 17th — is your calendar marked? The satirical drama about the wildly rich Roy family, all fighting for power and control of their media corporation, is one of the most fast-paced, jaw-dropping TV shows I’ve ever seen. To be honest, I hated the first couple episodes — the characters were just so awful — but then got swept up and now I’m addicted. Do you watch it?

And who else is excited for Insecure‘s fifth and final season (October 24)? In the fourth season’s finale, Issa learned that Lawrence’s ex-girlfriend is pregnant, and now we’ll discover what happens next. “Whatever it is, I just want her to find her footing and be okay — and also not broke,” says Issa Rae, co-creator and star.

For kids, The Wonder Years reboot started last night, and The Baby-sitters Club‘s season two premieres October 11th.

Books: Comedian Phoebe Robinson — co-host of 2 Dope Queens — wrote a new collection of essays, Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes (September 28). She discusses her relationships with her boyfriend (nicknamed “British Baekoff”), her decision not to have children, and the continual struggle to love her 4C hair — but honestly she could write about staring at a brick wall and I would still preorder this book.

This October 19th, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout (author of Olive Kitteridge) is coming out with a new book, Oh William! It centers on an older woman embarking on a road trip with her ex-husband; and while that premise might sound mundane, I can tell you, THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I was lucky enough to nab a review copy, and I want to shout from the rooftops about this gorgeous novel, which reads like you’re chatting with a dear friend who tells hilarious anecdotes and analyzes people you both know. Strout just gets the human condition.

Other notable books this fall: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr and Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead.

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Recipes: What are you cooking these days? I bookmarked bright chicken salad to have in the fridge for quick lunches. And for dinner? Zucchini butter spaghetti from Deb Perelman, who always gets it right.

Beauty: Fall is such a fun season for beauty. Recently, I’ve been skipping lipstick and instead doubling down on rosy cheeks. For a beautiful berry color, I LOVE this stick. Also, maybe a good old hair tuck? For silky skin, our marketing director Maureen swears by Follain Glow Oil after showers; and of course this little guy, always and forever.

Fashion: Lastly, every time we sit outside for a drink or walk around the neighborhood, I spot women wearing Mary Janes. The shoes look cool and casual with jeans and a top. Also, here’s a great workhorse shirt and a ruffle blouse with Döen vibes. (By the way, major applause to Old Navy for now carrying ALL their styles in sizes 0-30, both online and in stores. Also, when on their website, you can see different models wearing small, large or extra large sizes, so you can better envision what pieces will look like on your body. Bravo!)

What other recommendations would you add? What are you looking forward to this fall? xoxo

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(Top photo by Stella Blackmon.)

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