Blogtober Day 8: Fall Reading List

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I’ve been slacking on my reading because: Vine. Have we talked about how I only recently discovered Vine & I’m obsessed. My head is packed with Vine content & I’m not ashamed, well, maybe a tad. Shout out to all of the people out there doing god’s work & supplying me with endless hours of Vine compilations. Seeing Ted Cruz being heckled with Zodiac Killer accusations will never get old. I’m sure that he is real over it at this point but it makes me cackle like a maniac. But seriously, I need to at least read a couple of books this month ๐Ÿ™‚

Autumn Killing: Mons Kallentoft – I have read part of this book before, the plot is good but for some reason I just can’t seem to finish it – this is the year. This is the third book in the Malin Fors book series, I believe it is considered a Nordic Noir. When a body is found floating in the moat of a very posh estate, a family’s dark deeds spanning lifetimes are uncovered. The atmosphere is very ooky-spooky & I like Malin Fors as the tortured, burnt out DC who is also brilliant at solving complicated cases. My goal is to finally finish this one, I know that once I get into it I will fly through it.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow – I’ve heard that this series is almost as good as Harry Potter. Aside from that, it sounds fascinating – Morrigan Crow is destined to die on her eleventh birthday but somehow escapes her fate with the help of Jupiter North. I think it’s a YA novel but I’m always game for a fun read now & again.

The Witches: Roald Dahl – Have I read this book at least a million times? Yes. Am I going to read it again so that I am primed for the release of the new adaption. Absolutely. I’m so excited for this film, it looks like such a fun, modern version of this already beloved classic.

Empire of the Wild: Cherie Dimaline – Another YA novel but listen, apparently this is the only genre cranking out spooky books! I’m most interested in this because it centers around a Canadian Metis legend of a werewolf’esque being called the Rogarou.

October is quickly slipping away but I think this a good, fun list of books to get through this month. I also want to get a copy of Katya & Trixie’s book but I don’t know if that is a book that one truly reads ๐Ÿ˜€ Do you have any spooky book recommendations? No Dan Koontz, he’s a lot for me even being a horror fanatic ๐Ÿ˜›

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Misery (1990) Popular novelist, Paul Sheldon is rescued from a car crash by his biggest fan, Annie Wilkes. Wilkes promises to nurse him back to health but not before inflicting physical & psychological wounds that he may never recover from.

Blogtober Day 7: Monster Mash Playlist

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Have you ever heard a song while you’re out & about, don’t think it’s that great but then you get home just to spend hours obsessively trying to find it. Me, last night at about 2:30 & I still haven’t found the damned thing. Probably because what I think the lyrics are aren’t actually what the lyrics are…anyway, I have some seasonal favorite songs that I do actually know all of the words to ๐Ÿ™‚

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Does anyone remember when MTV aired a Halloween special with Elvira & Alice Cooper? I don’t officially remember seeing as how I wasn’t born yet but I have watched the live Detroit concert almost every year on Halloween. Anyway, this song is such a classic but the lyrics are appalling. You know how sometimes you’ll just be sitting there really listening to a song that maybe you like but never really listen, listened to? This happened to me at a stoplight & I was pretty shocked but also love this song as well as Alice Cooper. Those skin tight leather pants, *chef’s kiss* Also, just a total rock legend & complete badass – my intention is certainly not reduce him to his ability to wear pants ๐Ÿ˜›

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I feel like this is a good mingling song with a funky beat but people could still be getting to know each other over a cheese platter. The lyrics aren’t overly dark, it’s just a fun teaser of what’s to come. The vocals are pretty awesome, I think there’s a trumpet in there, an unexpected crowd pleaser I have found.

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First of all, Eddie Van Halen’s passing is a total bummer & just the cherry on top of this 2020 shit cake we’re all currently partaking in. This is always a Halloween classic although, I have one friend who hotly debates this with me almost every year. Maybe it does not overtly scream Halloween but when else is it socially acceptable to be running with the devil?

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Another one with really odd lyrics, was he eating beef chow mein or was this code for human meat chow mein? Also, who is Warren Zevon?! For ages I thought this song was by Steppenwolf but honestly know idea why I thought that. Again, just another funky banger good for dancing, everyone knows it, total crowd pleaser. If you have not watched the music video, please do so immediately.

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I am begrudgingly including this because I’m just not a fan of this song. I have found that even though we’ve collectively heard this one a number of times that is not quantifiable in this universe, people expect the mash. Can someone remix the mash, could we get an updated version? I mean, it’s fun but just so played out.

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If you show up to my Halloween party & you can’t bust out a half way decent Time Warp – you better just get out. No, I’m kidding & we’ve played it so many times now that everyone can Time Warp.

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This classic, sultry, jazzy hit given a makeover by the Sanderson Sisters is my party closer. I love Nina Simone, her voice is pure honey & I never tire of this one.

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Oddly polarizing, people either love it or think it’s too much. I am on the love it side of the spectrum but the Talking Heads are certainly an acquired taste – I’ll only play it once, promise ๐Ÿ˜›

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He could have been talking about the FBI but also, Dracula because he could have totally been hanging outside of Rockwell’s bedroom window waiting to drink his blood.

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I think this Creedence classic is especially fitting since this year’s Halloween coincides with a full moon.

That’s just a taste of the fabulously spooky tunes that I spin at my Halloween gatherings, which won’t be happening this year because #covid. I listen to most of these outside of Halloween though too so it’s not like I’m totally missing out but it’s not as fun when I’m just driving to work howling to Werewolves of London (still happens though). Let me know what your favorite Halloween tunes are ๐Ÿงก

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Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) A young couple gets more than they bargained for when they stop to use the telephone inside of Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s delightfully eccentric mansion. Little do they know that they’ve crashed the Annual Transylvanian Convention, Brad & Janet are in for a night of murder, mayhem, debauchery & all around fun.

Blogtober Day 6: Halloween Leggings Collection

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I am a sucker for Lularoe Halloween leggings, I used to have a friend who sold them & I would clear her out when she received her seasonal stock. Now, I know that we have all heard the horror stories of how Lularoe treats their employees & issues with MLMs all around – I tend to only purchase used pieces from Ebay or Mercari if I am in the market for some new (to me) leggings. I honestly prefer to purchase used clothing at this point & these leggings are generally still in really good condition even if they were pre-loved. I think that the fabric of these leggings has changed over time because some pairs are definitely thicker than others but they are all ultra soft & stretchy. Don’t be shocked if in a few weeks I am posting a leggings haul because I’m hunting at the moment ๐Ÿ˜› I don’t necessarily wear any of these out of the house, I usually only wear black leggings if I am wearing them to work or out running errands. It brightens my day to throw on a pair of printed leggings even if I am just wearing them around the house. Also, I only wear black (sometimes with white) out of the house so my fashion options have become a bit limited. I’m not complaining since this was a conscious decision that nobody is forcing me to adhere to aside from myself.

I call these my Monster Mash leggings, they were part of a classic monsters collection. Victor Frankenstein’s monster is probably my favorite Halloween monster, I don’t think that he gets nearly enough recognition. I love the crazy neon colors against the dark sketch of the monster, unexpected but the chaos makes perfect sense.

These black & white ghosties are very well loved – I have been looking for another pair because these are starting to get pretty worn. The colors haven’t faded at all but they are starting to pill in places, they are showing their age. Just a classic, fun print that I actually have worn out of the house dressed up with a black sweater & boots.

Feed my Frankenstein…yet another pair featuring my favorite monster. I believe that these came in a few color ways & there was a point in my life that I desperately needed them but that has passed, I am plenty content with these beauties.

This next pair I purchased with the black & white ghosts, they are definitely the old fabric & these are getting a little worn as well. I think these came in purple too & I would still snag a pair if I was lucky enough to find them in the wild. The disjointed, dancing skeletons remind me of the old Mickey Mouse Halloween special for some reason. Like, they make me think of the macabre organ music they play – does anyone know what I’m talking about ๐Ÿ˜€

They’re freaking bats! Not much to say here, another classic Halloween pattern that gets lots of love.

Ugh – two of my absolute favorite pairs that I spent weeks trying to find, there is a black pair as well that I’m still on the hunt for. I’ve worn these to work many a time, they are just so stinking cute. There is something about the fake plastic Dracula teeth that transcends generations, it’s hard to explain but it’s like when you see them you just know what they are.

Sticking with the Dracula theme, we have these fun ones that are also very old. Dracula is my second favorite ghoul. Outside of the association with Halloween, the history of who he could have been is fascinating. I’m also a huge fan of bats, throw some bats on it & I’m sold.

These look terrible on me, for some reason the sizing is way off which is not something I have experienced with any of the other pairs. They are baggy & just hang weird, it’s too bad because this is one of my favorite patterns.

This is an interesting pair, I think that the seller just wanted to unload them & they came with my wolf boy leggings as a 2 for 1 deal. They’re fine, I think that if the headless horseman character was sketched out similarly to the classic monster collection that I would like them a lot more. The pattern just has so much detail that it’s overly busy. I’ve only worn them 1-2 times but I really like the color scheme so I keep hanging onto them.

Another favorite from the classic monsters collection, my wolf boy leggings.

I am unsure if these can be called Halloween leggings but they have spaceships & I only wear them during spooky season so I am counting them. I purchased these brand new, they are the newer fabric & I ended up poking a hole in them with my acrylic nails. I was not pleased, I was able to repair the hole with a tiny stitch but I know that overtime the fabric will start pulling away. In my opinion, this really speaks to the older pairs being more durable. I have not experienced any other issues like color fade or pilling but still disappointed.

These are my witch leggings, any time I want to feel subtly Halloween-y, these do the trick. They are not Lularoe, I picked these up from Old Navy & they are much thicker & supportive than Lularoe. Another super simple pattern that I tend to associate with Halloween.

Another Old Navy pair, they don’t scream Halloween but the purple does it for me ๐Ÿ˜›

Do you have any holiday specific clothing? I think it started when I was teaching, I fell into the habit of having at least 1-2 holiday themed clothing pieces. Now, I just blame it on my Halloween obsession. Let me know what you’ve been up to and as always – I hope that you are happy, healthy & just doing the best you can ๐Ÿงก

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Totally off topic yet completely on topic – Buffalo Bill’s house is for sale yet nobody that I discussed this with had any idea why I thought this was so exciting. Could you imagine living in a house made famous by one of the most heart stopping horror scenes in movie history? I think the moth thing would gross me out too much even though they probably weren’t infesting the home as depicted. Anyway…Tonight’s film is The Silence of the Lambs (1991) a thriller that chronicles an FBI manhunt for a disturbed serial killer with the help of a cannibalistic genius.

Blogtober Day 5: Favorite Candy

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But first, a rant. I work retail on a part-time basis, you will probably be able to guess where after this rant. I generally only work Sundays, which is new release day at my store. Apparently, ColourPop released a Hocus Pocus themed collection & it was wildly popular selling out on their website in mere minutes. I had no idea that we would be getting the collection in-store but it hit me when I was having to tip-toe through a line waiting in front of the door before opening. I’ve worked many a Black Friday & have experienced much larger crowds but never have seen such hostility & entitlement from a crowd ever. After finally getting to the door, one lady asked me if I was an employee, another lady chimed in saying that she hoped that employees wouldn’t be illegally purchasing the collection early. I was stunned, absolutely stunned. A crowd of 30-40 grown ass women, lined up outside of a luxury retailer, in the middle of a PANDEMIC heckling me while I’m trying to get to work. Just to clarify, employees are never allowed to purchase new, highly anticipated products – James Charles, Sailor Moon, Madison Beer – it’s just not allowed. Second, we have no control over how much product we get & ColourPop notoriously sends very little product when it comes to their limited edition releases. Finally, Colourpop isn’t great makeup, this was a boring, ugly collection & they just ripped off something that was hugely popular in its own right knowing it would sell because they don’t have their own creative ideas. I won’t be supporting the brand after this, they are the equivalent of fast fashion to me, their products are boring & recycled until they slap some nostalgic character on them & everyone goes nuts. It’s really, really unfortunate that something that should have been fun got turned into something very ugly and not very fun at all. Rant over.

So let’s talk candy – the thing I always wanted as a child, was rarely given & now rarely eat in my adulthood because that’s just how life works. Since these candies aren’t vegan, obviously I don’t eat them anymore but here’s a list of my all time favorite candies with compelling arguments as to why they are the best.

I honestly cannot explain why I loved these so much, I think it’s because my siblings did not like them & I would always agree to trade for them. I love DOTS though, the gooey, filling busting texture, the distinct flavors that absolutely cannot be described, the fruity scent, the appealing little shapes. I’m a huge fan. My favorite flavors would be the orange & yellow ones, green was never very good.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – not the bats, not the pumpkins, just the original cups. I feel like the texture of the peanut butter is completely different in the shaped candies, the original cups just have the perfect chocolate to PB ratio & the best texture. I don’t think I’m wrong on this.

The Tootsie Caramel Apple Pops are extremely hard to find for some reason. If you don’t manage to snag a bag right when the holiday candy comes out then you’re probably out of luck. I only recall receiving maybe 1-2 of these in my trick or treating haul if I was lucky & I would wait far too long to eat them. The tart apple flavor wrapped in caramel is just perfect. I don’t even like caramel apples yet think these are just perfection – explain that to me.

Again, not the crisps not the cups – just the original Butterfinger. I’ve never actually determined what the candy inside of the Butterfinger is but it’s buttery & flaky – heaven. I think the fun size is just enough, I don’t know how anyone eats an entire Butterfinger.

Those are my top candy picks – all the rest is just filler crap. Jelly beans? Tootsie Rolls? Sadly, those were the most received candies when I was kid. Those different colored Tootsie rolls with fruity flavors, what are those? Let me know what your favorite sweet treats are & if you plan to pass out anything this year ๐Ÿงก

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When a group of unsupervised, inexperienced teens are tasked with opening the allegedly cursed Camp Crystal lake where a camper died 5 years ago – what could possibly go wrong? Tonight’s pick is Friday the 13th (1980).

Blogtober Day 4: The Witches (1990)

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I know that I said that I would not be posting stand alone 31 Nights of Horror posts but this movie was just so stinking delightful that I can’t help myself! I recently saw a trailer for the new film adaptation of this Roald Dahl classic & for some reason, I thought that the Angelica Houston version was the newer one. To my surprise, it was the only one and I had never watched it before. What?! I’m a huge fan of the book & in 9th grade I placed first in a dramatic speech competition with the Grand High Witch’s convention tirade ๐Ÿ˜‚ I was more Carol Channing than Angelica Houston, probably because I’d never seen the movie! Obviously, I had to check it out & was not disappointed.

The Witches is a story about a young, recently orphaned boy’s (Luke) encounter with a group of witches while on holiday with his grandmother. His grandmother is a stogie smoking badass who tells Luke all about witches & how they hunt & kill children. She even has her own account of a run in with the Grand High Witch that cost her a finger when she was a girl. While they are pretty good at disguising themselves as ordinary women, their purple eyes, square toed shoes & scalp rash can give them away if you’re paying attention. Luke is skeptical until he is accosted by a woman who offers to give him a snake, seeing her glowing purple eyes immediately gives her true identity away & Luke alerts his grandmother.

Shortly after this, grandmother falls ill & the doctor recommends a trip to the sea side. Their stay coincides with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children convention (actually witches) & we get our first peek at the Grand High Witch (Houston) who uses the name Eva Ernst. Grandmother recognizes her but can’t remember where from, Eva recognizes her as well though & subjects her to a series of misdeeds.

While his grandmother is sleeping, Luke takes his pet mice to train in a conference room at the hotel only to be trapped under the stage while all the witches of England plot to kill all the children in the country. The witches remove their shoes to reveal their stump feet, their scalps are patchy & red under their wigs & they’re all around hideous. For the 90’s, the special effects aren’t half bad & I could see my younger self being pretty terrified.

Eva reveals a potion that she’s concocted that turns anyone who injests it into a mouse. It’s Formula 86 Delayed Action Mouse Maker & the witches plan to buy up all the candy shops in England so they can disperse it to the population. Eva demonstrates on another boy staying at the hotel, Bruno and Luke when he is inevitably discovered.

Bruno & Luke can still talk, they make their way back to Luke’s grandmother who obviously totally believes them & doesn’t assume she’s gone senile ๐Ÿ˜‚ They plot their revenge & lace the witch’s banquet soup with Formula 86 giving them a taste of their own medicine. Unfortunately this does not turn Luke back to a boy but he seems content being a mouse.

I thought it was a really fun, well cast adaptation that didn’t skimp on the plot. Mr. Bean (not as Mr. Bean) plays the persnickety hotel manager which was hilarious & adds some comic relief to a fairly tense movie. I’m not sure this is really a kid’s movie, turning children to mice & stamping on them is pretty gruesome. It’s so good though, check it if you haven’t seen it. I’m definitely adding this one to my annual film rotation. The actual new film is being released later this month starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer & Stanley Tucci – I can’t wait ๐Ÿงก

Blogtober Day 3: Too Old for Dolls?

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Disclaimer, this has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween aside from the fact that I sometimes like to see if American Girl is releasing any Halloween costumes for their dolls, this year I did not see any. Which is a bummer, I recall one year they released a cat suit with miniature pumpkin candy bucket & miniature candies – super adorable. That being said, I stumbled upon their newest doll Courtney an 80’s era doll that comes with a slew of 80’s themed playsets with everything from Care Bear pajamas to a Pac Man arcade game & I have never, ever wanted a child’s toy more in my entire adult fucking life. Are you kidding me?!

American Girl & I go way back, I never had one nor did I have any other toys that weren’t hand me downs. Ratty-haired Barbies, a Teddy Ruxpin with no tapes, a stick horse, Monopoly without the money because my older brothers used it to start fires with shotgun scopes. You know – farm kid shit. We just didn’t get toys, we were often gifted practical things like clothing, socks, toiletries & tons of books, which was fine. Nothing is more shameful to a child than being made fun of for the clothes that they are wearing or appearing unkempt. My parents really worked hard to ensure that we did not look poor and I appreciate that. They spent a lot of money on rodeo stuff for us as well so we did receive fun things too. I also grew up with mostly other farm kids so it’s not like every girl my age was walking around with the oh so coveted American Girl doll. But the few who did have them were the envy of every young girl at recess & pretty much life in general. One of them was the prom queen her junior and senior year (older boyfriend) so girls with American Girl dolls were clearly going places ๐Ÿ˜›

In my youth, I wanted Felicity – an American Revolutionary War era doll that came with many flouncy dresses & accessories that were to die for. From hats to little leather slippers, a candlestick and bed warmer for her canopy bed *sigh* Apparently, they do not make the historical dolls anymore with their full collections which is such bullshit. The historical accuracy and meticulous detail of the collections is still what makes the dolls appeal to me in my adulthood. I think that they are really doing a disservice to young girls who might be interested in the stories & context of the historical dolls by discontinuing them. Also, I am a complete hypocrite because I about peed my pants when I saw the 80’s themed doll & to my knowledge her books aren’t about the Red Scare, fall of the Berlin wall or the Iran Contra Affair & that doesn’t really bother me ๐Ÿ˜› Courtney is the embodiment of 80’s excess with her big hair, jean jacket, mini Caboodle (shut up) & neon Walkman. To be fair, it does look like the Challenger launch is included in her book but the newer dolls just don’t have that educational appeal that the older dolls did. I still want her.

The question is, as a 30’ish year old female who can afford to buy herself nice things, is this what I am getting myself for Christmas this year?! I mean, she is still expensive & I probably need the whole collection plus I can never tell any of my mom friends (or anyone) because most of them have a strict NO AMERICAN GIRL DOLL rule in their households (believe me, we’ve talked about it). Plus, what would I do with it? I can’t imagine that I would be posted up on my bed watching Netflix, dressing my new doll. Or is that exactly what I am imagining? I mean, people collect vintage toys (Star Wars) and that’s not seemingly weird…? I’ve also watched a few toy unboxing channels that are run by adults, it could be for review purposes ๐Ÿ˜‚ Had you asked me this back in March when quarantine just started, shit yeah I would have been at home dressing my doll & fixing her hair – fuck society. But now I’m torn, maybe if we go back into quarantine I’ll treat myself ๐Ÿ˜›

What’s your stance on expensive children’s toys? I feel like kids in general are so expensive, I don’t know how parents keep up. Is there a toy from your youth that you never received but still want, would you splurge if you could? I need to know, final thought – I really hope they do release a Halloween costume because I’m gonna need it for my new doll ๐Ÿงก

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Tonight’s film is Poltergeist (1982) Carol Anne makes contact with supernatural beings through her families television. All hell busts loose & she is sucked into the other side. Of course, we come to find out that the property where the housing development was built is on top of a cemetery. After rescuing Carol Anne, the family promptly packs up & moves.

Blogtober Day 1: Fall Lifestyle Favorites

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Happy first day of Halloween – just kidding, well mostly. I am very, very excited for it to finally be spooky season & will be posting for Blogtober. I will not be doing 31 Nights of Horror posts, I will wrap up each blog with my movie recommendation & posting to Instagram primarily for that! I rewatch a lot of the same movies from year to year & just don’t know how interesting it is to rehash anyway, today’s post is all about some fall’ish lifestyle favorites. Enjoy!

Casaluna Bedding from Target: I think this was a summer launch at Target but also I hadn’t been in Target for over 6 months & have no idea. The sheets come in a few different materials including linen and jersey – these grey sheets are the jersey. They are soft, stretchy, not too warm but not too cool – I just love them. The two big pillows came in linen shams, they are so comfy & I really want the linen comforter but have been waiting since I don’t really use comforters. The knit blanket has been great for summer & just enough for this cool weather – the only thing that I don’t like about it is that it snags on most anything! I really love this collection, I hope that Target continues to stock it.

David’s Tea Juniper Joy: Is it fall without tea? I will drink any tea, a few weeks ago I was using up a bunch of Christmas flavors & finally got to open this one. It’s a black tea with notes of lemongrass, blackberry & apple – the juniper isn’t really the standout note. It’s light & delicious, I think juniper berries have something in them that make you tired so I only drink this at night.

Threshold Sandalwood & Smoke Candle: I don’t purchase candles too often anymore but usually treat myself to one seasonal candle if I can find one that I really enjoy. Typically, I would purchase Bonfire by Woodwick but apparently, Target doesn’t carry them anymore & I’m not sure who does. This candle has a similar scent but smells more like a fireplace fire…if that makes sense. I prefer woodwick candles because of the crackle & this one does not disappoint. Though it is very small & already half gone!

Stars & Above Sleep Cardigan: I purchased this last winter & believe that I included it in a favorites post. It’s still a favorite, I hope that the brand releases something similar this year. It’s just the right weight for layering over pretty much anything, I wear it constantly.

Airwick Cinnamon Apple Plugins: Can you tell that I was splurging at Target recently? I put these in my bathrooms, I don’t even like apple scented stuff but these smell amazing – definitely more cinnamon than anything. Very potent too, the scent definitely carries throughout the entire apartment.

Skull Candy Wireless Earbuds: I thought that I had found the perfect earbuds last winter but unfortunately, they only lasted a few months & then wouldn’t charge. I realized that I probably needed to invest in a better quality pair rather than saving money. I found these, on sale (still saved money), at Target & I really like them. The sound quality is great, the only complaint is that you can’t charge one while using one – I don’t usually use both earbuds so I like being able to rotate them so that one is always fully charged. Other than that, they’re pretty great!

Honestly, I think that this pandemic thing really worked in Target’s favor – aside from the being able to stay open, once those of us who hadn’t been doing any leisure shopping finally wandered back in, we probably all went wild binge shopping. I got my fix & have vowed to stay out of Target for the foreseeable future ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m doing pretty well, I have not even been in to look at their Halloween decor! Anyway, let me know what you are loving this fall & I hope that you are happy & healthy & just doing the best you can ๐Ÿงก

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Kiss the Girls (1997) Forensic detective Alex Cross is tasked with finding his niece’s kidnapper which ultimately leads him on the trail for Casanova, a serial kidnapper and murderer who holds young girls hostage only to release them to their doom. It’s a twisty, turny kind of thriller & the ending is pretty shocking!

It’s a Fall Tag!

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It’s fall-la-la-la-la-la-la-la…I will see myself out ๐Ÿ˜› Seriously though, I think it’s here – the inaugural apple crisp came out of the oven this morning & I think the heat might have to be turned on tonight. I’m feeling cozy & thought it would be fun to do tag! Does anyone still do tags, I feel as though I ask that each time I do a tag…

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Apple cider with a shot of coconut milk and caramel drizzle. Caribou has a really tasty apple cider but if you get it with almond milk it just isn’t quite the same – still good though. They also offer it all year round so if you are feeling fall’ish in July, you can indulge in this treat.

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I particularly love the smell of fall, it’s crisp & clean unlike spring/summer that often smell like manure. Also, I don’t have any fall allergies which is really nice since this means I can enjoy the scent of fall with full ability to breath through both nostrils. I also prefer fall fashion to any other season, sweaters, boots, tights & you can wear these just for fun (not because you’re freezing).

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Anything with oranges, cloves, vanilla – I saw this recipe to make your home smell like Williams Sonoma & love simmering that on the stove when I am cleaning. I don’t purchase a lot of candles any more but if I do, the Woodwick Bonfire Nights is one that I will splurge on.

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Probably apple, the texture of pumpkin pie weirds me out but I do like the flavor. Thinking about it now seems odd since I really like sweet potato pie & the texture is similar but just different enough. Does any of this make sense? Do food textures bother anyone else?

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I’m not worrying too much about makeup these days but a recent discovery that I have been loving & wearing almost every time I wear makeup are the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks – they are so good for a quick, polished eye look.

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I don’t think they are traditions as much as they are just things that I enjoy doing during fall. I like going to the Farmers Market, visiting an orchard or two, getting the flannel sheets out…things like that. Overall, I am just not a traditions person – I think it’s a nice idea but I don’t have any that come to mind.

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Absolutely Halloween! I know that people really love Thanksgiving, I know some Thanksgiving enthusiasts but I don’t get it. I like the extra days off from work but that’s about it. And the potatoes, I look forward to all of the potato recipes that accompany Thanksgiving feasts.

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The first year I moved to Minnesota, it rained all fall – at least it seemed that way & I was really down about it. I graduated from a very old university with very old dorms that were drafty & damp – I hated it but I spent a lot of time in the library & those are my best memories of college. To this day, I like to sit inside with lamps on & read books or bake.

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Chili, homemade bread, waffles – all foods that I associate with fall. Pumpkin chili is something that I have recently started making & it’s so good. What’s your go-to chili recipe? Ohhh, cornbread too – I love cornbread.

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What are anyone’s plans for Halloween?! We were already told by building management that trick-or-treating is not allowed so I won’t be making treat bags as usual. I think this will truly be the end of trick-or-treating all around. Haunted houses won’t be open…I don’t know what my plans are – probably sitting at home watching old Halloween specials.

That’s it – I hope that you enjoyed this tag, let me know what you are up to this fall. Are you planning anything for Halloween or sitting it out this year? Happy fall ๐Ÿ–ค

Weekend Whirlwind

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Let’s start with Friday because that is where the madness began. If you didn’t know Tati released a palette, I was going back and forth on whether or not I wanted the palette. If you haven’t seen the palette, it’s all neutrals in different finishes which I think is a very cool idea because I primarily wear neutrals and love a monochromatic look. They are easy, I’m usually just doing my makeup for work and I don’t often wear color. So, 12 PM rolls around and I was still on the fence. I ate my lunch, listened to some of my book and then took to Twitter to see how the launch was going. I figured that if it sold out immediately, then I didn’t need it. Well, it did sell out but not right away and I ended up ordering one when I got home that night. I’m really interested to see what the formula is like and if I enjoy it well-enough, I think it will be time to throw out my Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette which is several years old. Expiration date, who? I did not need another palette, after getting rid of 3/4 of my makeup collection, I still have about a dozen or so but I’m happy that my purchase contributed to her sell out!

Friday night, I had a Halloween party, it’s the only bash that I attend as my friend has been hosting it since college and it’s basically a lifetime commitment. I’m not feeling super Halloween’y this year, I just tossed on some green eyeshadow and an old witch costume. I usually get put to work anyway so it’s not like anyone cares what I’m wearing. The bash was fun, I don’t drink socially so when people started getting real blitzed, I snuck out. I also had to work early Saturday morning at ULTA, we unpacked so much product for the holiday – it was nuts! I cannot believe all of the sets and holiday kits that are coming out. I don’t know if I will be purchasing anything, you just never know what you’re gonna get with holiday releases. We had to be in full Halloween makeup since the store was open for a couple of hours while we were still working. I had to work that night for my day job’s Halloween event so went home, scrubbed my face and tried to sneak in a nap. The nap did not happen because my neighbors who are being evicted this week after they had a huge domestic incident (really tragic) are deciding to be assholes to all of the neighbors who spoke with the police by blasting music, banging, slamming doors, etc. Friday is their last day, we only have to make it to Friday. It’s wearing on everyone, most of the neighbors are on really good terms and we’re just burnt out on these people’s bullshit. Anyway, so I watched a movie and did some laundry then got in full makeup for the night. I had to sneak out since the asshole neighbors have also taken to accosting people in the hallway. You’d think that I live in a trap house, I don’t.

Saturday night was non-stop, it started with me picking up two 15-gallon bags of popcorn. You wouldn’t think popcorn would weigh very much but you’d be surprised. Also, if you drive a small car like myself, it isn’t going to fit in your trunk. After a moment’s panic thinking that I would have to secure the bags to the roof, I pushed my front seats forward as far as I could and peeled out. The event was fun but long and there were lots of sticky kids. Being Minnesota, it was pretty brisk but at least we didn’t get rained on. Then it was home for the evening, removing my face yet again and trying to sleep before my 7 AM shift at ULTA on Sunday. I have to say that my face was unhappy after three makeup changes in less than 24 hours, it was red and dry from the windy evening too.

Sunday was fun, we got to put out most of the holiday goodies that had been unpacked the day before. ULTA is almost totally decked out for the holidays, it does seem a bit early but the sheer volume of product that comes in kind of forces retailers to start phasing it out. I’m not ready for Christmas carols or snow but it is fun to see all of the sparkly packages and winter-themed displays. I then treated myself to some Taco John’s potato oles, my favorite cheat food and took a 10-hour nap. Today I overslept but still got work on time and think I’m sick which makes a lot of sense after a weekend of junk food and no sleep. I’m over Halloween *gasp* and will probably put out the Christmas stuff this weekend ๐Ÿ˜ Did you go to any Halloween events this year? I am looking forward to trick or treaters but I’m tapped out otherwise.

๐Ÿ–ค

Another Fall Tag P. II

Blogoween

Are ya’ll ready for Christmas yet? I think Mall of America decorates the first week of November and I am really looking forward to it this year. There is a local restaurant that I am dying to check out, they have decorated the entire establishment in 50’s holiday kitsch and changed their menu with all kinds of retro recipes. Now, the 50’s weren’t good to the vegans but I still want to check out the decorations. I feel as though, November is really just pre-December, aren’t we all skipping past Thanksgiving and getting ready for Christmas? Maybe that’s why I feel that fall goes so fast, I skip right over November anyway ๐Ÿ˜› This will be my last tag post for the season and then I’ll do some favorites or recipes or something.

Shelldon Regular

Turtlenecks and the corduroy this year are blowing my mind! I saw the chicest pair of corduroy culottes at Zara recently and wanted them desperately but since I am 5 foot nothing, they just looked like really wide-legged pants on me.

Shelldon Regular

The same music I listen to year round, I don’t really have seasonal playlists.

Shelldon Regular

Neither, I have these headband/ear warmer things that I wear. Yes, I know that all of the heat is leaving off the top of my head up I can’t stand hats.

Shelldon Regular

Relief, in the boujee suburb that I work, the residents are waging a war on geese. I won’t get into it but the methods to control the population are cruel. Then, what’s even more hilarious is that the same people complaining about the geese want the coyotes removed. Not realizing the if nature was allowed to take its course, the coyotes would pick the geese off, naturally controlling the population and wouldn’t be wandering the neighborhoods looking for food. When I see the geese leaving, I feel tremendous relief that they will survive another season without Yoga Pants Betty and Patagonia Vest Steve murdering them.

Shelldon Regular

Usually but I also have to clean my oven and there is nothing I detest more than having to clean the oven. I hate the smell of oven cleaner and I’ve used various other cleaning solutions on it but they don’t work as well. It’s a disgusting job, I hate it and so I have not baked anything yet this year. Plus, the first batch of anything after you clean the oven tastes like poison.

Shelldon Regular

Soups of any kinds, roasted brussel sprouts, mac & cheese.

Shelldon Regular

Yes, any time of year. I’m reading a really good book right now about the most haunted city in the South – it’s so good.

Shelldon Regular

Probably candles but closer to Christmas, I will have both out.

Shelldon Regular

Nope, Halloween then straight to Christmas.

Shelldon Regular

So, here’s the deal – do you recall things tasting more intense when you were a child or at least up to like you turned 25? My favorite tea used to be cinnamon and cardamom, like the most intense, spicy flavor – I had a cup a couple of weeks ago and it was so weak! It was a new bag too, I’m so disappointed. Anyway, the store where I purchase my loose teas had some other fall’ish flavors and I will give them a whirl but I’m disappointed. Is this aging? Everything tastes bland so you just stop eating.

Shelldon Regular

Yes, but not the fun, plaid-wearing version. I’ve had to harvest pumpkins before and it’s a nightmare. You feel like you got hit by a truck the next day and for many days after. I prefer strolling into the grocery store and purchasing pumpkins that someone else harvested. It’s all fun and games until you have to pick 500 pumpkins.

Shelldon Regular

Pumpkin chili or pumpkin breads are my favourite.

Shelldon Regular

Karma Kream.

Shelldon Regular

Whichever one most hides the fact that my lips are chapped.

Shelldon Regular

Apple, pumpkin pie always reminds me of baby food in a crust. Gag.

Shelldon Regular

And all at once, summer collapsed into fall. – Oscar Wilde

For me, fall has always happened in an instant when you step outside and the air isn’t thick and stagnant anymore, the birds are quiet, you feel a collective urgency as all the creatures start preparing for winter – it’s like someone snapped a finger and it’s finally fall.

That’s it – I hope you enjoyed, what fall things have you been up to recently? And be honest, are you already preparing for Christmas ๐Ÿ˜›

๐Ÿ–ค