Five Ways I’m Embracing the Fall Season … on Today’s Weekend Meanderings

Embracing the fall season with food, drink, cozy throws & more, today on Weekend Meanderings.

Happy weekend, friends!

It’s Saturday and I’m joining Elizabeth and Kim for Weekend Meanderings.

Two glasses of ice tea on woven tray.

Monica Vargas Photography

I can’t believe it’s September.

And Labor Day Weekend.

It was another busy week at Snowberry.

We returned from Hood River Oregon where we celebrated niece Megan and Greg’s wedding!

And what a wedding!

Surrounded by beautiful vineyards overlooking Mt. Hood.

Wedding overlooking Mt. Hood

Niece Megan & Greg’s wedding, taken by niece Tony

We were greeted with Aperol Spritz.

And during cocktail hour … local oysters and French champagne.

Jim was in heaven.

And instead of the 95-degree temps we expected, it was the mid-70’s.

Absolute perfection.

Here’s a little snippet of the beautiful day.

My Misa dress worked out beautifully and it’s great for fall weddings too.

Woman standing in front of tree scape at wedding.

Dress / Earrings / Bag / Sandals

The last of our grands headed back to school.

Twins on their first day of 3rd grade.

Grandnieces Halle & Leila

It’s still before Labor Day and you know how I feel about that nonsense.

Now that it’s September I’m ready to start thinking about fall.

Eucalyptus wreath on blue dutch door

Monica Vargas Photography

My fall decorating moves through four stages.


The Four Stages of Fall Décor:

Phase One (September, post-Labor Day) – a hint of fall color

Phase Two (October) – here come the real pumpkins

Phase Three (mid-October) – bring on the spook & gore

Phase Four (November) – remove the scary stuff, add turkeys and gourds


You can see last year’s less-is-more fall home tour here.

With that said, here are five ways I’m embracing the fall season.



A couple of weeks ago Kim mentioned her fall reset and inspired me to make salads. My girlfriend, Jane, came for lunch this week and I made mini-charcuterie (again!) and a green salad with chicken, apples, red grapes and walnuts. You can change out the fruit, nuts, or any of the ingredients to showcase what’s in season. This salad is light and healthy with a little fall flair … and a yummy vinaigrette dressing.

Bowl of salad with apples, grapes and walnuts.


Here’s the recipe ~

Bowl of salad with apples, grapes and walnuts.


5 from 3 votes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4



  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger


  • Big Bowl of Salad Greens Spring Mix & Little Gems
  • 2 cups Shredded Rotisserie Chicken
  • 1 Apple, chopped into pieces
  • 1 cup Red, Seedless Grapes cut in half
  • 1/2 cup Chopped, Toasted Walnuts Toast in 350 oven for 7 minutes


  • Add vinaigrette ingredients to a cruet, shake until well blended
  • In a large bowl, add salad ingredients. Add a little salt and pepper, if desired, and toss Add vinaigrette and toss again. Serve with sliced baguette.


There will be left over vinaigrette, so refrigerate and make more salads!


Aperol Spritz is a great year-round cocktail, but I love it even more in early fall. The weather’s still warm hot and the vivid orange/red color reminds me of turning leaves. I mentioned earlier that at niece Megan’s wedding we were greeted with Aperol Spritz. They were served in the coolest glasses (a lot like these) and created a stunning display as we arrived at the spectacular wedding venue. Jim asked me to make them last night.

Aperol Spritz cocktail and candle on outdoor ledge.

I recently bought these wine glasses because I love the more angular design.


Aperol Spritz is a classic and a super simple drink to make … over ice add 3 oz Prosecco, 2 oz Aperol, 1 oz Club Soda, stir and garnish with an orange slice. You can see my video here.



Pillow, trays, and throws is my decorating trifecta. They represent simple ways to refresh a space and add a little spirit of the season. Today I’m talking about throws. After a seasonal front door wreath and mat, throws are the first thing I update for fall. Throws that are a little heavier and chunkier … cozier for the cool fall evenings that I hope are coming … soon.

In addition to pretty season décor pieces, throws are great for protecting furniture from kids, pets, and spouses. For purposes of dog and cat protection I have what I refer to as our ‘house throw’ … that I buy in multiples. They’re inexpensive and easy to toss in the washing machine … they’re the workhorses of throws.

My go to stores for throws are Target (house throws)


And Pottery Barn.  I love this one, this one and this one. Our cat, Abby, is particularly fond of the Colossal throws. Sigh.


Just before Thanksgiving I switch our front porch bench or foyer throw to this neutral plaid and faux fur throw. It’s on clearance so it won’t be around much longer.

Foyer bench decorated for Christmas



I love fall clothes. They bring back the thrill of back-to-school shopping and all that excitement. Not the excitement of going back to school, but of wearing new clothes back to school. And the big, thick September issues of Seventeen, Glamour and Mademoiselle letting us know what to wear. Now I look forward to Vogue … the current September issue is on my nightstand waiting to be devoured. The downside of course is that new fall clothes are rarely compatible with September temperatures. But we’ll get there.

Here in northern California the transition to fall clothing is a lot like the weather change … slow and subtle. The temperature can fluctuate a lot in a day … starting off cool, getting hot only to cool down again at night. Layers are the way to go … and I love a light sweater to throw over my shoulders.

I wore this transitional outfit to breakfast with my sister this week.

Woman taking selfie with fall sweater over shoulders.

It was cold when I left the house and hot when I left the restaurant.

Fall Outfit Collage.

Long Sleeve Henley / Boatneck Sweater / Wide Leg Pant / Tote / Mule Loafers

A couple of weeks ago I had an appointment at the Apple’s Genius Bar to address issues with my unruly laptop. Ugh. And ended up needing to buy a new one. Double ugh. I was parked in front of Loft and clearly the laptop debacle called for a little retail therapy. I wandered into Loft, where I hadn’t shopped in eons, and was pleasantly surprised by a store full of stuff I loved. Suddenly things were looking up. I bought this cute flounce dress that I wore on the plane to Oregon last weekend. And this lightweight sweater to throw over my shoulders when the temperatures cool. I found a few other things too.

Loft Dressing Room Try On Collage.

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I’m happy to see loafers trending. But let’s be real. Loafers are always in style. I was pretty young when I got my first pair of back-to-school loafers. My parents called them penny loafers and my dad actually put a penny in the front pocket. I’ve been a huge fan ever since. A quick history of the penny loafer.

Woman sitting on bench wearing loafers.

Oh my gosh, I just found this classic, black penny loafer at J.Crew! Memories. It’s 40% off with code LONGWKND. Their Rowan Penny Loafer has a chunkier heel. And, look, it comes with an animal print upper too (it’s also 40% off this weekend … same code LONGWKND)!

I’ve worn loafers with jeans and loafers with miniskirts and loafers with everything in-between. My current pair is Paul Green’s Topper Loafer. Sadly, they’re no longer available. But I love their Naomi Platform style and their Natasha Leopard print upper with lug sole is so good too. Oh my gosh, I really like the leopard loafer. They’re even showing loafers with heels. I love loafers. If I still worked in an office (does anyone still work in an office?) I’d be wearing them every day.

This season’s loafers are platformed and lug soled … they’re chunkier. I’m not one to shy away from a chunky shoe. Especially a chunky, black shoe. Years ago, a friend looked into my closet and said, ‘you sure have a lot of chunky, black shoes.’ What can I say, the heart wants what the heart wants.


There are mule loafers and tassel loafers. Loafers, loafers, loafers. I just remembered I have a pair of mule, tassel loafers by Madewell. They don’t make them anymore, but they do make a mule, penny loafer. OMG!!! In fact, Madewell makes a number of great looking, and reasonably priced, loafers. And Nordstrom has an huge assortment by tons of brands. If you want to splurge, who can resist a classic Gucci loafer!


Coming back down to earth this Naturalizer lug sole loafer is well priced and probably very comfortable.

Jim loves loafers too. His favorite is Ferragamo. And he three pair … including the classic driving shoe. He’s way more hoity toity than me.

Loafers feel very fall to me, very back-to-school even though I wear them year-round. I’d really like a pair of the animal print upper loafers. Hello, Mr. Russell, my birthday is coming soon.

Denim / Blouse / Sweater / Sunnies / Loafers no longer available

Nothing ruins a day faster than a blister and I put these heel protectors in any hard backed shoe. Including especially my loafers.


So, there you have it, five ways I’m embracing the fall season at Snowberry.

And I’m dreaming of cooler days while sipping lots of ice tea on the patio.

Let’s see what Elizabeth and Kim are up to this holiday weekend!



In Other Fall Related News ~

College football is back! I’m a huge fan of the Navy Midshipman. My dad was USNA class of ’55 … and Navy football was something I grew up with. Jim takes his USC Trojan football very seriously. (A little too seriously if you ask me.) For all our sakes, let’s hope they have a good year. Go USC! Our sports obsessed nephew-in-law, Michael, (Go Boise State!) says this is a great place to keep up with the ups and downs of your college team. Go Navy!

My favorite pumpkin, caramel, butter candles are back!

I rejoined Costco this week, after a eight year lapse. Are you a Costco shopper? What are your favorite things to buy there? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share?

Loft is having a big sale … and 75% off end-of-summer sale and 30% full-price fall styles with code YAY.

If you missed last weekend’s meanderings, you can catch up here.

As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.

Wishing you the very best Labor Day Weekend.

Woman in dress standing in garden.

Cheers from Snowberry!



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  • Hi Juliet,
    I love your blog thank you! My son Is getting married today and l cannot sleep l am so excited so l am up early reading my favorite blog posts:). Favorite things from Costco…the virgin olive oil,the goat cheese,the balsamic vinegar, the flowers. I ordered the candle you mentioned and l just love the dress you wore to the wedding so beautiful. Great finds from Loft too thanks for sharing.
    Happy weekend 🙂

    • Good morning, Francesca! Thanks for the Costco tips, I’m writing them down. But phooey on that … today is a BIG day. Your son is getting married! So so exciting and you’re going to have the most wonderful and amazing day. I hope you’ll update me on how it went … you know how I love weddings. Best wishes to your adorable couple! xoxo

  • We joined Costco this year for the first time. We rarely use it, but I did love their large outside planters we bought in the Spring and their alcohol prices are great, especially for weddings or big events. Congrats to Francesca and her family on their wedding today! Always enjoy your posts, Juliet!

    • Good morning, Kelly … thanks for the Coscto info. My fear is we won’t use it that much either … we’ll see. I love things that are unexpected, like planters. That you didn’t know you needed until you see them (and that’s a Costco positive and negative, right?!). Thanks for you input and have a wonderful weekend. And, yes, all the best to Francesca’s son and new DIL!!! xo

  • Good Morning! There are some good buys at Costco. We buy our 18 0z package of blueberries for $4.99 – $5.99. Organic available too. Also convenient are the bags of avocados, 24 pack organic eggs, oat milk and the list goes on but let’s not forget TP & PT. Have you ever checked out their Optical station? Great deals on Sunglasses, readers, etc. They do it all! Enjoy…….

    • So many great things to add to my list and I hadn’t thought of optical. I had to buy new tires for my car this week … at the dealer. And then someone said I should have got them at Costco. Oops. The blueberries will definitely be in my cart … and avocados. My husband love them (I now everyone loves them, except me!!!). Happy weekend! xo

  • Costco I hate it but THE ITALIAN does all that shopping SO I LOVE IT!
    He runs in there about once a week and is in and out in minutes as he knows where everything is by now!We have been members since the GET GO!
    We buy all the paper essentials there plus we too use their olive oil for cooking!We buy it by the case!!!
    They do have the BEST FISH AND MEAT IN TOWN
    Clams and muscles are another run when he is hosting neighbors for dinner for the first course PASTA!

    • Contessa! Once a week … wow! Which one does he go to … San Ramon?! I need one of those zip lock machines. Back in the day when I did a monthly Costco run I’d buy ground beef, pork chops and chicken breasts and divide them up into freezer bags. It was quite a procedure. I’ve gotten lazy. I was going to go today, but it’s too hot … so sometime next week. Maybe in the evening. I know I’ll buy way more than I needs and lots of things not only list. Oh well!!! xo

  • Hi Juliet! Really fun post and apparently I need to get my loafer game on. I have a few chunky ones that have a Stella McCartney look and I also bought a lower more classic pair by Stuart Weizman last year that feel like butter on. I am checking all these out as I always like to add a new pair in fall! Love Aperol Spritz’s also. The wedding looked so beautiful and your dress was perfection. You look gorgeous in that blue!!

    . I am with you on fall decor.. No pumpkin stacks for me until nearly October. I hate the rushing of seasons. I do not belong to Costco and haven’t for ten years, but I occasionally go with my dad and buy Kirkland Sheets. The percale ones are actually really good! We just never use that much food and aren’t big frozen food people either..Now that it’s just me and Max we shop a few times a week.

    Oh also cute finds at Loft! They have some great pieces. You look great in everything and love this little shopping trip. xo

  • We love Costco’s Kirkland Signature canned albacore, olive oil, and organic peanut butter, and we find good prices on wines. I’ve also been buying something called Caffe d’Vita for making my own hot and cold mochas. A 2 TBSP serving is 100 calories and about 15 cents—compare THAT to Starbucks! I put 1 TBSP in my afternoon cup of decaf for a mildly sweet treat.
    I’ve been wanting to try a pair of lug sole loafers, so thanks for the inspiration! Also for the Loft try-on. For reference, if that’s not too intrusive, can you share your height and size?
    Love your fun posts!

    • Sarah … great suggestions and I’ll look for that cocoa! So many people have mentioned the tuna too! No intrusion … I’m not quite 5’5″ and I weigh 115 lbs. Although after the past couple week it might be more. 😉 Thanks for being here and yes, go for the loafers … I adore those chunky, lug soles and they’re so comfortable. Just protect your heels! xo

  • Juliet I forgot to comment on the loafers.. LOVE the Paul Green. I have a pair of their shoes and they are so comfy. Both Paul styles are fab and the Madewell with the lug sole looks cool too. xo

  • 5 stars
    My Labor Day weekend has started, I’m sitting on the beach in Tahoe reading your postI love this part of technology!
    I was honored to dine at Snowberry last week and that salad was so delicious, making it for my Book Club this week. Definitely got me in the Fall mood. Despite the heat,
    I ordered a pair of chunky loafers this week to update my Fall work wardrobe, I hope I like them.
    Stay cool this weekend and enjoy some downtime!!

    • Sitting on the beach in Tahoe … boo hoo! It’s 1008 degrees back here! Ok, not that bad but you get the idea. Hope your book club loves the salad! xo

  • Happy extremely hot Saturday to you! I’m hoping this terrible heat will be the last for this season, and no new fires. And you are so right, school should absolutely not start until this coming Tuesday, especially in the hotter places.
    I always enjoy your Saturday Meanderings. It’s relaxing and I love everything you share (except the clothes, I’m a bigger girl, so a lot of them just don’t work for me). I think the loafers are great, although I just can’t get past the idea of a closed-toe shoe without a sock or hosiery of some kind.
    Costco – as our boys have grown up, we are not needing the bulk items as much. I love the seasonal things they have. Patio items are always good quality, I find their bedding to be a good find most of the time, their small appliances are great prices, and I’ve had good luck with their battery-operated candles. Food items-we love the fresh organic blueberries and the refrigerated fresh produce. Their pesto sauce is always good to have on hand for pasta, salads, or a spread. I’ve bought their large bags of organic Peet’s coffee for years (can’t beat the price!), environmentally friendly canned tuna, butter, cheeses, organic peanut butter, and their frozen organic fruit.
    I need to find that eucalyptus wreath on your front door – it is a good ‘non-seasonal’ wreath.
    I’m also very excited for football. Fall and football are my favorite time of year!

    • Hi Janet … I love and appreciate all your Costco suggestions. I hadn’t considered bedding … great idea. and organic blueberries, pesto sauce … my first trip back is going to be an expensive one I fear! I’m on the lookout for another eucalyptus wreath, the local florist that made it isn’t doing them this year and I’m so disappointed. It was way too hot for football this weekend but I enjoyed it anyway … who’s your team? xo

      • I am a lifelong 49er’s fan – my dad used to take me to see them play out at Candlestick. Special memories for me

  • I loved your individual charcuterie boards! Such a great idea! I saved the salad for when I get off vacation and force myself to eat nothing but salads for the next few months!! This salad looks Devine! As usual, you looked darling fir the wedding!!

    We are currently in the Mediterranean / land of the Aperol Soritz- so I had my first one last night with dinner!! Sooo good!
    Well Ciao, from Malta on to Sicily next!

  • Hi Juliet, Can’t believe it’s Labor Day weekend! I love spritzes too! Costco has many great items even for a single person or couple. Fresh Avocado individual servings, Nosa yogurt, Faz yogurt, Kirkland Albacore tuna in can, Stacy pita chips, large bags of popcorn, Copper River fresh salmon when in season, Shelled Walnuts, various Keurig coffee pods, fresh bouquet and potted flowers, large variety of cheeses, small book section, hummus, cat litter, variety of salad and slaw mixes, fresh fruit/veggies, cinnamon coffee cake loaves. The availability can be inconsistent as all items aren’t always in stock. (Italian canned San Marzano tomatoes, Greek olive spread). Enjoy!

    • Dottie, there are so many good things here that I’m adding to my Costco list. My husband’s a huge avocado fan (me, not so much … I know I’m in the minority). San Marzona tomatoes are always needed in quantity! Now I’m excited for my first trip to Costco in 8 years. Hope you’re having a great Labor Day Weekend and there’s a spritz in there somewhere. xo

  • Hi, Juliet — Great post! I bought some classic Sperry Topsider loafers last year, but haven’t really had the chance to wear them. Maybe this fall? There have been rumblings that I may need to return to the office once per week.
    I had some great black penny loafers in my youth, but kept a dime in them, for an emergency phone call — you know, from a public phone in a phone booth!
    Husband 2.0 is in charge of cooking and is a big fan of Costco. Now that he’s retired, he will go midweek with the list, which is fine with me! He gets organic rainforest coffee beans, Skinny Pop popcorn, organic peanut butter and line-caught canned tuna, frozen organic blueberries, fresh power greens and organic bananas for our morning smoothies, bag salad, evoo and avocado oil, tp and pt, blocks of Tillamook sharp cheddar, smoked salmon, wine, low carb tortillas, vitamins/supplements, … I guess we do get quite a few things there! Also the four pack of butter is great to freeze and don’t forget the four pack of tofu – great prices!

    • Hi Julia! Yes, I love Sperry’s too … and should have included them. Remember when (pay) phone calls cost a dime?! What’s a pay phone says my youngest niece. Sigh. I love that your husband cooks … yay. And does the Costco run. Double yay. Skinnypop and big blocks of Tillamook cheddar are items I always have on hand so I’ll add them to my Costco list. I’m afraid my first Costco run in 8 years is going to be an expensive one. Eek. Interesting that you may be returning to the office, albeit one day a week. How do you feel about that? xo

  • Great post, Juliet. Lots of useful tips. We don’t have Costco here in New Zealand but I have heard a rumour they are coming soon. I remember shopping there when we lived in Canada. I use a similar place in our city called Moore Wilsons which means that when Costco does come, I will probably shop there too.

    • Oh, interesting, I thought Costco was everywhere. You’re probably better off without it. It’s one of those places you come out of with way more stuff then you needed. As you probably well remember. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend! xo

  • 5 stars
    Loved your post. It’s still to early for me to think Fall. Although I have one huge pumpkin growing. The wedding looked beautiful as did you.

    • Ellen, I’d love to see a pic of your pumpkin. I didn’t grow any this year … and it will be another month before I buy any. It’s so HOT. Hope you’re having a great Labor Day Weekend. xoxo

  • 5 stars
    Juliet! I am a huge fan of loafers and wear them when they are “in” and “out”! But I am happy when they are in style! I love a pair of Bass Weejuns…but boy, are they stiff in the beginning. I’m going to try your solution. I love your style Juliet, the way you mix a pair of pants from Target with a top from Frank & Eileen and a sweater from Loft! You always look amazing!

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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