Oh, Halloween. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Other than Christmas, Halloween is probably my favorite holiday of the year. And unlike Christmas, it’s a zero-stress, zero-hype holiday. In fact, most years I just end up staying in and snuggling up for a favorite Halloween movie with tons of candy (Reeses and Kit-Kats FTW).

It seems like a lot of people think Halloween movies and they think Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th. And while those classic slasher films definitely have their place, I like movies that take me back to my childhood. Back when Halloween meant trick-or-treating and free candy (because we had no way of going out and getting candy ourselves) and it was totally admissible to get a ton of candy and eat to our hearts’ content.

1. Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus
You can’t look at any list of Halloween movies without seeing this one on there. It’s such a classic – funny, spooky, great storyline. My family watches it every year and I admit that I sometimes watch it multiple times throughout the season.

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas

You can’t make a list of Halloween movies without at least one Tim Burton film and this one is a classic. In my opinion, The Nightmare Before Christmas is 50% Halloween movie and 50% Christmas movie.   The claymation gives me all the nostalgic feels and the music is soooo good.

3. The Worst Witch
The Worst Witch
Okay, so Netflix tried to re-make this and I can’t speak to that series since I haven’t seen it, but the original – oh my god. It’s so cringey to watch Tim Curry be a love interest but it’s so wonderful and 80s that you just have to watch it. It’s like the original Hogwarts.

4. Halloweentown
Halloweentown
Okay, so this is another super cheesy movie that was originally made for TV and aired on the Disney channel. However, if you can get past the cheesiness, it’s actually a really great storyline. 

5. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
You just have to admire Linus’s Halloween Spirit and adherence to his belief in the great pumpkin. A man of principle, Linus sets an example for us all this Halloween.

 

What are your favorite Halloween movies? I plan on watching all 5 of these SEVERAL times over the next week. I know, I have problems. Happy Halloween peeps!

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Fall is just getting started here in Virginia but I’ve been loving a few products and fashion pieces so much over the last few weeks, that I thought it’d be worth sharing.

1. Alpha Skincare 14% Serum
Alpha Skincare 14% Serum
Paula says you shouldn’t use glycolic acids of over 10% on a daily basis but despite that, she gave this product a raving review – and so do I. I used it every other day for a week, (after doing my 10 day skin detox), and my skin has transformed. Also, it’s worth noting – I’m no stranger to glycolic acid. I use the Paula’s Choice 8% gel on a semi-regular basis and this stuff DEFINITELY took things up a notch.

2. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Sanctuary
Kat Von D Lipstick in Sanctuary
I never thought I was a liquid lipstick person. I tried the one from Lime Crime and several from Anastasia and they just weren’t for me. That is, until, I picked up the Kat Von D one. The applicator is very firm but also pretty small so it’s easy to get a precise lip look with just one coat. I have 4 shades so far but I’ve been loving this spooky one for fall. It’s sort of a grey-ish taupe but it’s oddly flattering on my fair skin.

3. Short A-Line Skirts
Ya know when you discover a type of clothing that works for your body type and then you just start buying them in bulk? Yeah. That happened.

Short a-line skirts with buttons or zippers, in denim or suede, embroidered or basic – I can wear them without tights and some sandals or flats for warmer days, or with tights and ankle boots for cooler days. Something about how it nips in at the waist and then flares outward over my lower tummy (ie., my danger zone) is just so flattering. If you have a similar shape to me, and have a small high waist but tend to bloat in your lower tummy area, this style might work for you too.

4. Harry Potter
This is more of a lifetime favorite – but this time of year I love to break out these movies and books and just dive back into that world of magic. It makes me feel like a kid again and gives me all the nostalgic feels. FYI, I’m in Ravenclaw. Luna Lovegood FTW. What house are you?

Morning Walks

Looking serious but feeling lighthearted on a breezy morning stroll.

5. Morning Walks

As the weather gets cooler, but not TOO cool, I like to take advantage of it by doing nice little saunters outside in the woods behind my apartment. There’s a little trail and it’s the perfect distance (about 15-25 minutes there and back) depending on how fast I walk and how much time I have. I’m not gonna lie – sometimes I’m lazy and I definitely don’t do it every day. But when I do (mostly on the weekends), I find that it just does WONDERS for my mood. Sometimes I listen to music but usually I just walk in silence and listen to the wind in the trees. It’s a great way to be alone with my thoughts, and start my day off on the right foot.

6. Nest Indigo Perfume

Nest Indigo Perfume
I’ve had this one for a year but hadn’t worn it much over the Spring and Summer. I recently started wearing it again and I forgot how much I loved it. I’m a big fan of the Nest fragrances in general – they’re all so unique and the packaging is beyond gorg. Sephora describes it as warm, aromatic and mysterious with notes of Moroccan tea, kashmir wood, cardamom and wild fig. Seriously, perfect for fall.

7 & 8 Eyeshadow Palettes (because I couldn’t decide and they’re similar) – Urban Decay Heat and Marc Jacobs Scandalust 
Urban Decay Naked Heat and Marc Jacobs Scandalust

Both of these palettes are amazing quality and contain perfect shades for fall – lots of warm burgandies, plums, warm pinks and browns. The Urban Decay one has more shades and was oddly a summer release, despite the fact that the shades are so perfect for fall. I purchased the Marc Jacobs one more recently as a birthday present to myself and I’ve been enjoying switching between the two.

9. Trader Joe’s White Truffle Potato Chips
Trader Joes Organic White Truffle Potato Chips

I thought it couldn’t get any better than the honey butter potato chips – but I was wrong. These chips taste so amazing. If you don’t like the flavor of mushrooms, you might not like these. But they’re so herby and greasy – it’s the perfect thing to snack on while you watch all your fav. Halloween movies.

10. Celestial Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea

Celestial Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea
This stuff basically tastes like apple cider. It’s zero calories and feels like such a treat anytime of day.

I don’t know if anyone will read this. I don’t care. This is for me. For my records.

I write this at 10:00 pm at night, after just eating 4 pieces of pizza – after ordering a whole pizza, just for myself, for no damn reason. After a full day of heavy eating, donuts, fried chicken, dumplings, wine…

I guess I felt like I deserved it, after eating somewhat healthily for a week. I thought I wanted a “treat.” But this wasn’t a treat – it honestly feels like I’m just treating myself like crap.

It’s so different from how I used to be – I used to order in all kinds of unhealthy food and never thought twice about it. I also used to be 20 pounds heavier, but I never thought about it. Sure, I wasn’t 100% happy with how I looked in certain outfits, but I was pretty confident.

Now, I’ve lost weight and I’ve developed a slightly healthier lifestyle. But now that I’ve reached my goal, I’m finding it tough to stay motivated – to keep trying to be healthy.

But I have to keep reminding myself – being healthy isn’t about losing weight. It’s about feeling good, living long and being strong.

I want to stop this wasteful habit of ordering waaay too much food online, eating too much, and throwing away half of it.

NO MORE FOOD DELIVERY.

Unless of course, I’m sharing it with someone. If I want to treat myself to something – I should eat something in my crowded fridge, or cook something new.

Also, while I’m at it, I want to get back into working out. At the very least, twice a week. I think I can manage it, it’s just something I have to make the time for – even if it’s just a 20 minute walk in the morning.

That’s it. Pinky swear it to myself.

  1. No more food delivery on solo nights.
  2. Exercise twice a week.

Delivery is great, but sometimes these modern conveniences are too convenient for our own good. Enough is enough. Not just for me, but for my wallet too.

Goodnight world.

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