Good as Gold

Martha Stewart Living - - Editor’s Letter - El­iz­a­beth Graves, Edi­tor in Chief el­iz­a­beth@marthastew­art.com @ebgraves

THE BLUE HOUR, that time of day right be­fore sun­rise and af­ter sun­set, cer­tainly has its mer­its when it comes to beauty. But I love the magic of the golden hour, those mo­ments just af­ter sun­rise and be­fore sun­set when the world turns soft, sun-dap­pled, and par­tic­u­larly st un­ning. It’s the per­fect light for cap­tur­ing breath­tak­ing out­door pho­tos—seem­ingly ev­ery­thing (and ev­ery­one) is il­lu­mi­nated. Happy hour, in­deed.

For me, Oc­to­ber is the golden month of our year, and it’s one of my fa­vorites. It bor­rows its bril­liantly bal­anced weather from the warmer months that pre­cede it, and the cooler ones that fol­low. The light dur­ing this time is also awe-in­spir­ing. Thanks to the sun’s new an­gle, it cues up crisp morn­ings and st retches out over beau­ti­ful au­tum­nal af­ter­noons. Add fall’s fiery leaves and the bumper crop of gourds and pump­kins to the mix, and we have quite a sub­lime sea­son to soak up.

Speak­ing of golden, this is­sue is brim­ming with ways to get in the spirit—from fun Hal­loween ideas for all ages to crowd-pleas­ing ones for meal­times to smart sug­gest ions for dec­o­rat­ing your home in st yle. Happy Oc­to­ber—let’s glow with it!

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