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Mind Ready [Tuesday]: Cozy Up for Fall

Today’s Mind Ready Monday is coming to you late. I didn’t want to make you read on a holiday.

Good news: it’s already Tuesday. Bad news: summer’s over. I even got a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. That means it’s officially fall.

I’m already nostalgic for summer. Work doesn’t seem bad when you’re never more than five days out from a bikini and a BBQ. Enough about summertime, though. Here’s how to get excited for my favorite season, from cozy sweaters to caramel apples…

COZY UP: Sometimes, all it takes is a new sweater to get excited about fall. I’m loving this one from J.Crew. It’s light enough to wear while it’s still warm, yet perfect for layering when it gets cooler. The scarf is an old buy, but you can achieve a similar look from Nordstrom hereor here.

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GET ORGANIZED: This is a productive time of year. I think all of us feed off the back-to-school effect. There’s a new sense of drive to finalize pending projects or to start a few new ones. Organize your space with a small desk calendar and notebook. Leave the scented candle at home if you work with others. Your coworkers may not appreciate it as much as your roommate does. 

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CREATE CARAMEL APPLES: I’ve been dreaming up this caramel apple idea all summer. I’m not exactly Martha Stewart, but I love playing hostess, so I get creative with easy treats and cocktails. For this sweet snack, slice up a variety of apples, drizzle caramel over top and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. It’s quick to prepare and presents well. If you’ve got a nut allergy, try granola instead.