The Paris in Springtime Bias. (Blogtober #4)

Admittedly, I have this bias. Perhaps you have this bias. When I think about Paris–which you’re learning is pretty often–I almost always imagine it covered with spring. Trees bearing light pink blossoms that gently blow in the breeze. Couples walking hand in hand along the River Seine, the light air adding a delicate touch to their sweet love. Monet’s gardens, vintage sundresses, and berets. This is the Paris I invariably think of; the other three seasons don’t seem to factor when I think about the City of Lights. (Hey, I went to Paris in August and reminisce over it with a spring-y touch.)

But can you blame me? “Paris in Springtime” is a phrase we’ve all heard. Artwork, quotes, songs, poetry–Paris and springtime have been linked since time began, it seems. Do you wonder why? Me, too. I don’t have an answer. But if we want to envision one of the most romantic and inspiring cities on the planet (I’m so biased, but that’s ok) within a season that we associate with beauty, rebirth, and shedding off the harsh skin of winter and beginning anew, I seriously have no problem with that.

But there are three other seasons. And as my good friend and fellow participant in Project Blogtober, Laura, mentioned so eloquently in her recent post, I do wonder what autumn is like in one of my favorite cities. Is it like the New England-y fall vista that I typically associate with this time of year? Well, in the age of Pinterest, let’s see what I found when I looked up Paris in Autumn.

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Seems about right.


the thing about trends…(Blogtober #2)

Surprising to no one, This Square Peg rarely goes the trendy route. (You learned last week that I only just started wearing peplum, so I feel like you understand.) Anyway, most of the time, I’m far too sleepy and/or uninterested to check out the latest trends. Despite having been intrigued by fashion as long as I can remember, my intrigue is more the lady in the backseat studying what passes her by rather than being actively behind the wheel and making decisions based on what’s on the runway or in the magazines. If anything, my style choices are entirely based on how I’m feeling about something. Anyway, that said, I was nevertheless curious about what the style “gurus” are calling in the way of fall fashion this year. So I went on a Google tour and found out. Here are some of the more interesting, eyebrow-raising things I saw:


Pastels. (Photo courtesy of Glamour magazine)


Animal accents. Yeah, you read that right. (Photo credit, also Glamour magazine)


Robe coats. (Photo courtesy of Elle magazine)

I raised my eyebrows because normally, pastels don’t come to mind when I think of autumn style. Add to that owls on your sweater or coats that look like your bathrobe. I do understand that the fashion industry is all about pushing the envelope, but I daresay that the average woman on the street won’t be decked out in shearling, which is another big trend I saw. To each their own, though. And to be fair, I also saw trends that I think capture the season well: orange and gray were big colors, and capes were, as well. In the end, however, trends or not, I basically stick to a certain autumn uniform/pieces, if you will: skirts and boots and scarves and tights and jeans. Oh my. And, really, fashion is all about what makes you feel great, isn’t it? So wear that owl-bedecked sweater with pride.

What do you wear in the fall?

Project Blogtober! (Blogtober #1)

Hi there. So because this marks the beginning of my favorite month, within my favorite season, and it’s my intent to be regular with posting, I hereby deem October 1 as the first day of Blogtober.Blogtober

What is Blogtober, you ask? For the remaining 30 days of this month, I will post every day and will incorporate autumn as the theme in each post. And I invite all my other favorite bloggers to do the same! The only rules are, again, to post every day this month and somehow include autumn in said post. How this is accomplished is totally up to the blogger. Join me, won’t you?

To start, below are some beautiful quotes about this season from some of the best literary minds. (All photos courtesy of my favorite place to get lost when I’m online, Pinterest.)

Happy Blogtober, Everyone…






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Autumn Promises.

morefallDear Autumn,

I promise to breathe you in when you get here, and I won’t mind that you arrive late and stay for just a little while, as you tend to do.

I promise to walk outside as much as possible and gaze at those orange moons you prepare for me.

I promise to take in the electricity of my favorite season and use that spark to write, write, and continue to write.

I promise to find the snazziest boots and skirts this side of planet Earth for my autumnal ensembles.

I promise not to worry when the days get shorter and the darkness seems more profound than usual. ‘Tis the season, right?

I promise to get myself to Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire–places where I know the vivid shades of you are waiting for me on a silver platter.

I promise not to allow the wishes to share my favorite season with a Mister by my side to prevent me from simply taking in your beauty (beauty is beauty, whether accompanied or solo).

I promise, though, to briefly wonder if the Mister might be waiting for me at the end of a leafy path…

I promise to defend you to those who complain about your brevity with a kind just enjoy it.

I promise to spend at least one afternoon outside with a good book and a mug of something yummy.

I promise to regard October and my greeting of a new age with curiosity, goals, and optimism. And if those things should fail, to simply laugh and move on.

I promise not to frown when I see you eventually pulling away from me at the end of your tenure, but to keep you alive with fiction, poetry, and James Taylor’s Walking Man.

Here’s to the coming autumn and enjoying every bit of it.