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SG’s Picks of the Month for September

MY FAVORITE FINDS FOR KICKING OFF AUTUMN

Each month, I share my favorite finds – from music to clothes, books to body products, and more –  for you, the reader. Share your own in the comments, then check out past SG-approved months hereherehere, and here.

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1. Turtlenecks

I know, I know—they’re so hard to pull off! And there’s obviously other autumnal sweater options out there. I’m with you. But there’s something so The Way We Were-era Robert Redford—rugged-preppy-old-school handsome about them. Maybe it’s the confidence needed to pull ’em off, maybe it’s the marled knit of a really good, chunky version. But when I see a guy wearing one well, I feel like he could make me a fire with wood he chopped himself, and I like that. (l to r above: John SmedleyGant, and Billy Reid.)

2. Kusmi tea

You guys know I gave up coffee back in January as prep for a juice cleanse and have been riding the java-free train ever since. While I generally feel really refreshed by tea, the garden-variety grocery store stuff can get, well, boring after awhile. But I’m not quite up to going whole-hog with the loose-leaf variety (it just seems…pretentious?). That’s why I was excited to discover this French-by-way-of-Russia brand recently. All the teas smell amazing, and are beautifully packaged to boot. The green tea with menthol is what I’ve been waking up with recently.

3. Clapton: The Autobiography

Fall always brings out the ’60s rock-god groupie in me, which got me thinking, I should really read this autobiography from one of the era’s most influential rockers. Delving into the crazy times with an unflinching honesty about his own actions (both good and bad), the Derek and the Dominos and Yardbirds frontman gets really real about life, maaan.

4. Fall cocktail

The Maple Leaf (as seen above prepared by The Landmarc). According to my pal Mark Byrne, an associate editor at GQ, “Nothing says fall like maple syrup (an underutilized sweetener) and whiskey.” After tasting one—okay, a few—for myself recently, I’m inclined to believe him.

Here’s how to make it:

2 oz. rye whiskey

¾ oz. maple syrup

¾ oz. lemon juice

Shake with ice and strain into a glass over ice

5. The Chelsea boot

I recently rewatched A Hard Day’s Night, a classic in my family growing up, and could not get over how cute the Beatles looked in their mod rocker looks. Sporting a Chelsea boot requires a slim silhouette, so it’s not footwear for the faint of heart. But it’s perfect to try for fall, and if you get it right, you just may have all the girls singing, “I want to hold your hand.”

6. Cleansing facial oils

Aesop, a super design-y brand (it’s like an Australian Kiehl’s), makes some of my favorite skincare products—I swear by the facial exfoliant, especially during the summer, when it feels like my skin is buried under a half-inch of sweat, grime, and sunscreen. But here’s why you should check this out now: Fall’s the right time to get set yourself up with seasonally-appropriate cleanser, which can mean switching to a facial “oil.” I have no idea why they call it an oil—seriously it makes me think of my mom pulling out the corn oil to make old-school popcorn on the stove—but all you need to know is that a facial oil like this one will cleanse without stripping out the moisture.

7. Ryan Adams’ self-titled new album
Ryan Adams’ new album is everything you want out of a fall playlist—moody and lyrical. You can practically smell the hay rides and hot chocolate you’ll be enjoying while humming the tunes this season.

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WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE FINDS THIS MONTH?

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