We know what everyone else in the country is thinking: "LA, stop trying to make fall happen." But here's the deal. We refuse to give up the season that ushers in football, pumpkin spice lattes and Christmas-tree smell. Maybe the air isn't quite as brisk here; maybe it's fallen palm fronds crunching under our feet instead of turned leaves; maybe we'll even spend a sunny November day at the beach. But we will commit to the season, damn it, with a fervor unmatched by those who live in places where fall gets taken for granted. Here are 21 ways Angelenos are celebrating autumn (whether it's actually happening or not).
RECOMMENDED: New York may have a more bonafide fall, but we're still the better city. Read why here.
Looking for more ways to make it feel like fall? We've got you covered.
1. Ordering (iced) pumpkin spice lattes.
2. Bringing a jacket if the forecast says it will dip below 75.
3. Canceling plans for a night in with Netflix if we see just one tiny raindrop on our windshield.
4. Calling fallen palm fronds "foliage."
5. Acting like it's too cold for a beach day, even though we know our friends on the East Coast would kill for such perfect beach weather.
6. Lighting only cinnamon- or pine-scented candles, starting in August.
7. Wearing rain boots in a drought.
8. Stocking up on Trader Joe’s seasonal offerings, like butternut squash soup, sweet potato latkes and boxed stuffing. Mmm, stuffing.
9. Ordering soup instead of salad.
10. Trading golden ales and sours for stouts and doppelbocks.
11. Shopping for a new fall wardrobe, even though we always come home with more t-shirts and sun dresses.
12. Baking, even if it makes our kitchens unbearably hot.
13. Tweeting about LA’s rare "bad" weather to feel camaraderie with the rest of the country.
14. Asking about fall specials when gazpacho and melon sorbet are still on the menu.
15. Drawing the blinds and playing all our rainy day records (we’re looking at you, Astral Weeks), even when it’s not raining, or even cloudy.
16. Accessorizing our tank tops with scarves and boots.
17. Agreeing to an outside table, but only if it’s near a heat lamp.
18. Hosting a way more elaborate pumpkin-carving party than our East Coast friends, because we have something to prove.
19. Hiding in a sports bar for 8+ hours, during which time we will pretend it’s too cold and inhospitable outside to leave, so we might as well watch another quarter.
20. Buying three different varieties of apples at the farmers’ market and calling it apple picking.
21. Enjoying the brisk 80-degree weather while it lasts—wintry highs in the 60s are just around the corner. Brr.
Follow Kate on Instagram @kate_em_up