Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE fall — but when I’m rising for work and it’s still dark outside, I’m not exactly shining. One thing I’m hoping will help get me out of bed and over to the espresso machine with ease is a new alarm clock. A new alarm clock that looks old. Urban Outfitters has a promising 70’s alarm clock with a retro color palate and funky font. Reviews say it has a loud alarm (which is good because I’m a heavy sleeper), and at $19, it’s a bargain, and portable, too! Twemco‘s flip clocks (pictured above) take me back to my childhood and my parents’ loud and gigantic alarm clock, but have ten times the style. Find a variety of models and prices on eBay. I’ve always wanted one of L.L. Bean’s classic Big Ben Moonbeam clock, available in five shades, including a new Dove Gray shade (yum!) and have heard the flashing light alarm is a gentle yet effective method of waking up — can anyone chime in with their own experience? — Megan B.