The September Issue
There are some traditions that stay very, very consistent in my life, and kicking off autumn with September issue fashion magazines is one of them.
Admittedly, because I tend to poke through the online versions, I don't always end up buying physical copies of magazines anymore (with the exception of house and home magazines, which am constantly buying while I plan the build of my dream house). I'd rather click on an interesting headline here and there, or scroll through the photo galleries when I need to kill an hour.
But come September, I am all in, fully invested and ready to buy the hard copies of everything I can get my hands on. Part of this is tradition - is there anything more glorious than Vogue's September issue? No.
The other part is the very real desire I have to refresh on the change of seasons. A need that is amplified tenfold on the summer to autumn changeover. I don't ever have QUITE the same need when spring slides into summer, or autumn gently folds into winter.
It could be that this seasonal switch is a more marked changed - the weather is a bold switch in Canada from shorts and tanks to jeans and sweaters, the leaves change color, the winter sports all kick off again. It could also be that feels like you could become something new and fresh if you really wanted to - trees are shedding their old foliage and SO AM I.
Which brings me to my early September evenings and weekends where I pour over the fashion mags, looking to see what the new up and coming trends are, while I mentally evaluate my current closet to see what I can mix and match to change things up. I make lists of things I need to find to compliment what I have. I purge out my drawers and make a donation to a local charity. I toss the items that have seen better days but that I have held onto. I drag out all my sweaters and scarves and jackets and boots and I tuck away all my shorts and bikinis (but not too far away, a girl has to beach vacation).
I love it all. I love the feeling of starting again. I love the crisp feeling that purging old items leaves behind. I like feeling lighter, brighter and stronger. I relish in feeling motivated and inspired and curious. Its the September issue, of my year.