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The Autumn Tag!

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It's that wonderful time of year: autumn, or as we say in the states, "fall." (I know, that's such a weird name for autumn once you start thinking about it. It's like Americans were all, "hmm. We know we want to be different from those Brits but we can't take all of the U's out of the word 'autumn' so that wouldn't work. Oh hey, look at all of those leaves falling! Wait a minute...") It's my favorite season and I love everything about it: the crisp, cool weather, the falling leaves, the sweaters, pumpkins everywhere, Halloween! It honestly is such a fun kickoff to the holiday season. It's cool but not cold and you're not as stressed about Halloween like you are with Thanksgiving and Christmas (ugh, the stress of Christmas is just awful!). It's honestly just such a perfect season and I can't think of a better way for a blogger to share their love of autumn than with an autumn tag!

The rules are simple: answer the questions, tag others to continue the tag, provide the questions for them, and thank the person who tagged you! Easy-peasy!

Thank you so much to Frankii over at quitefranklii for tagging me! Check out her amazing blog and follow her on social media cause she's awesome!

My Answers:

What Signifies Autumn to You?

The changing of the seasons and orange, red, and yellow fallen leaves and that wonderful earthy, damp smell they give off just symbolizes fall perfectly to me.

What Is the Best Way to Spend a Rainy Day?

If I could spend every single rainy day just reading and snuggled up on a comfy chair or couch while listening to the rain outside, I would! Bonus points if I have a cup of hot chocolate to drink while reading said book!


What Is Your Most Fond Autumn Memory?

I think my favorite autumn memory is probably of when I was a kid and I raked up all of the leaves in the backyard and jumped into the pile and tried to cover myself completely in leaves. I was not successful, but I remember having a grand ol' time. But then I think I found a bug among the leaves and skedaddled out of there, haha. It was fun while it lasted though!


What is Your Favorite Autumn Scent?

I love love love the smell of fireplaces or fire-pits on a cold autumn night. It just smells so cozy and warm and reminds me of nights with friends and family celebrating the holidays.

What Are You Most Excited About This Autumn?

I'm always so excited for Halloween when autumn arrives! To me, Halloween signifies the start of holiday season and it's my favorite holiday ever, so Halloween is always the highlight of fall for me.

What Is Your Favorite Autumn Song?

I don't know if I have a favorite autumn song! I know there are a few Halloween songs and Christmas songs, but I don't think I have a favorite autumn song. They have so many dang songs about winter and Christmas, they should have more about fall! Michael Buble, get on my level!

What Is Your Favorite Autumn Movie?

I could always say the very first Harry Potter movie but I love You've Got Mail because #1: it's a classic and wonderful rom-com, #2: Tom Hanks is just delightful in it, as he is in most things, and #3: the movie starts out in New York City in the fall, and Meg Ryan is describing how much she loves the start of fall and the smell of school supplies. The start of the movie is the perfect representation of that happy feeling I feel in the fall, the hopefulness that comes from the changing of the seasons and the excitement of things to come.

What TV Show Are You Most Looking Forward to This Autumn?

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, hands down. There aren't a lot of TV shows that I was super excited for this fall, but after how the last season of CEG ended, I was desperate to see how things were going. Seriously, if you haven't watched Crazy Ex-Girlfriend yet, you should. It's so so good! I've actually lost count on how many times I've talked about it on this blog, so if that's not enough of a recommendation for you, than I don't know what else is!

What Is Your Favorite Autumn Color?

I love a dark maroon, like the deep reds on fallen leaves. I think it's just such a stunning color on pretty much anyone, plus I think it's also very timeless and won't go out of fashion anytime soon (no offense mustard yellow!).

What Is Your Most Loved Outdoor Autumn Activity?

Does sitting around a fire-pit with friends count as an activity? Because if so, that's my favorite! I love gathering around a glowing fire-pit on a cold night with friends and just chatting about nothing and everything.

What Is Your Favorite Autumn Fashion Trend?

Cozy and warm sweaters! Nothing says fall like when you finally break out your thick, comfy sweaters in fall colors or even muted pastels or grey. So cute!

If You Could Have a Familiar/Spirit Animal, What Would It Be?

A cat, hands down! What better way to celebrate fall than with the ultimate symbol of a witch's familiar? (Plus I'm totally a cat person, so it all works out!)

Name One Place You Wish You Could Visit During Autumn?

Speaking of witches, I think it'd be fun and very interesting to visit Salem, Massachusetts to visit this historical site. It's such a sad part of American history, but incredibly fascinating. And nothing says autumn as much as witches and the fall foliage that you know New England has practically trademarked!

What Is Your Favorite Photo You Took Last Autumn?

The picture doesn't have to be of me, right? Does it? Okay, well how about I post two, one of my very favorite and the other of my favorite with me in it? Deal? Deal!

The first is of the giant Hogwarts model at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London which I went to last September. This is probably my favorite picture of the trip (and probably one of my favorite outings of the trip), just because the picture turned out so well considering I absolutely suck at taking photos.

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And this is my other favorite picture from the trip, except this one has me in it (well, obviously, it's a selfie). This one is from that same trip to England last autumn but this picture was taken at Stonehenge (not pictured in selfie). Look at my happy but very, very jet-lagged face! And that wind swept hair! Ugh, can I go back to the UK already???

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What Are You Being This Halloween?

I love Halloween, but I honestly haven't dressed up in about two years! No one I know has really given a Halloween party in a while, so I've mainly just been spending the money I would have spent on making a Halloween costume on Halloween decorations. I'm a bit obsessed... But I hope I get invited to a Halloween party next Halloween so I can finally wear a costume again!


Those were my autumn themed answers to the autumn themed questions! Now it's time for me to tag some others to keep the tag going:


I Tag...

Amber @ mylifeinlimbo
Bexa @ hellobexa
Arielle @ littledismaid
Meagan @ meagan_lambert
North @ thenorthleft
Fazelah @ likeaparisienne
Jazz @ allthatjazz720
Brynn @ BrynnieBlogs
Cassie @ ZombieGoddessxi
Danielle @ dmcdowall129

Sorry if I've tagged someone who's already been tagged and has done the tag! And if someone just doesn't want to do the autumn tag, no worries! But if you do end up doing the tag, let me know so I can read your answers, I can't wait to read them!

The Questions

1. What Signifies Autumn to you?
2. What Is the Best Way to Spend a Rainy Day?
3. What Is Your Most Fond Autumn Memory?
4. What is Your Favorite Autumn Scent?
5. What Are You Most Excited About This Autumn?
6. What Is Your Favorite Autumn Song?
7. What Is Your Favorite Autumn Movie?
8. What TV Show Are You Most Looking Forward to This Autumn?
9. What Is Your Favorite Autumn Color?
10. What Is Your Most Loved Outdoor Autumn Activity?
11. What Is Your Favorite Autumn Fashion Trend?
12. If You Could Have a Familiar/Spirit Animal, What Would It Be?
13. Name One Place You Wish You Could Visit During Autumn?
14. What Is Your Favorite Photo You Took Last Autumn?
15. What Are You Being This Halloween?

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There you have it! A little late, but a still relevant autumn tag! Thank you so much for reading post. Who else loves autumn out there? And do you call it "autumn" or "fall"? Let me know in the comments!

Stay Weird,
Emily

September & October 2017 Monthly Favorites

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I know, I know, I'm very late on my Monthly Favorites October post. And I'm very very late on my Monthly Favorites September post. Which is why I'm putting them together and making this duel Monthly Favorites post! Two is better than one and more is always better, right? That makes up for this being super late, right? I think so! Plus I talk about a few of my favorite books that I've read, TV shows I've been watching and lots of other fun stuff, so I know you'll forgive me for my lateness. (I mean well! Life just gets in the way!) So please enjoy my September and October edition of my Monthly Favorites!


Music:


I've re-fallen in love with my favorite band, the Arctic Monkeys. I know that sounds strange, but it happened! I first discovered the Arctic Monkeys when their first album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" was released years ago and I've been smitten ever since. But you know how it is when you get distracted by shiny pop music and before I knew it, my Arctic Monkeys CDs were gathering dust (sometimes I still listen to CDs, okay?). But one random day, I decided to grab one to listen to on a long car ride and when the opening music of "My Propeller" started, I was reminded of why I fell in love with their music in the first place. And then the shame set in: how could I have not listened to my favorite band for years??? Thankfully I'm making up for lost time though ♥ (Also, how good was "AM" and also WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO COME OUT WITH ANOTHER ALBUM???)

(Want to read a total throwback post from when I first started blogging? I wrote a post all about how I finally got to see the Arctic Monkeys in concert a few years ago and it's a total trip. You can read it here. Also, I apologize for the awful concert pictures. Me plus the camera on the iPhone 5 really didn't mix well)

Movies:
Netflix
Yaaassss, Gaga, yaaaaassss!- is what I was saying after I watched Lady Gaga's Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two. I've always loved Lady Gaga and got to see her in concert a few years ago (it was right before she cancelled her tour to have hip surgery and I felt so grateful I got to see her before that happened!) and she is just an absolutely brilliant musician and performer, so I was super excited to see this documentary. It pretty much all takes place as she recorded her latest album "Joanne," and her preparation before her big Super Bowl performance (pretty much the only reason why I watched the Super Bowl last year) and it gets deep and real. So, basically I loved every second of it and I found it fascinating to see the real Gaga, rather than her stage and music personas. I may be biased though because I love Lady Gaga so much, but I highly recommend giving the documentary a try!

YouTube Originals
I know, another documentary? I've been on a documentary kick lately and I've admired Demi Lovato and her openness about her struggles for years, so I was pretty happy to see that she had released a free YouTube documentary about her journey to where she is today. And you guys, it's super inspiring. It's probably one of the most honest documentaries I've seen about someone dealing with mental illness (and drug abuse) and I found it incredibly powerful, honest, and thought-provoking. I think it's a must watch for anyone who is has struggled with mental illness (or still is struggling), especially young girls. I honestly wish this documentary had existed when I was a tween so I would have known that I wasn't the only one going through something tough. But I'm glad it exists now for everyone who needs some reassurance that they are not alone in their struggles. I think Demi is doing a wonderful thing because when you speak up about an issue, you're also reaching out to people affected by it and that's honestly one of the bravest things you can do (and something I'm hoping I can do more in the future!).

TV:
Netflix
I had forgotten how obsessed I was with the first season of Stranger Things and it took the second season to remind me that not only was I obsessed with this show, but I honestly think I'm a super fan. While I think I liked the first season a tiny bit more, I loved the second season and the character developments were so good (who knew Steve would be the best baby-sitter ever? And who knew we'd even like Steve??). But I think my absolute favorite part of the season two probably had to be Sean Astin as Bob. They seriously could not have picked a better actor to play such a lovable and sweet character. Plus, having 80's queen Winona Ryder and Sean Astin aka Mikey from the quintessential 80's kids movie the Goonies paired up together just made my heart so so happy. But now that I've finished the second season (I watched two episodes a night, to try to space it out. It still did not last long enough for me), comes the wait for the third season. Sigh. I guess I'll just rewatch the first season again!

The CW
This was probably the show I was most excited about coming back this fall. If you haven't watched Crazy Ex-Girlfriend you are missing out on probably the most unique, funny, and honest show on TV.  I don't want to give too much away, but it's about a woman who moves to her old boyfriend's home town and is convinced they're meant to be and imagines her life as a musical (yes, there are original musical numbers and they are all brilliant). It may sound weird, yes but trust me, it's hilarious (and you will fall in love with every single odd and strange character, I can promise you that), but it also deals with mental illness in such a genuine way and the last episode that just aired....oh my goodness. I'm still in shock about what transpired, but I'm also so impressed that they handled it with such honesty and truthfulness. It was such a powerful moment and I really appreciated that they portrayed it so sincerely on a platform directed at an audience where it could make a big difference by being aired on a popular, youth-centered TV channel. But you should really give it a try from the first season and I bet you'll fall in love with this weird underrated little show, hilarious and serious moments included.

Books:

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*Hedwig's Theme starts playing* I have such a soft spot for the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books. I think Jim Kay's illustrations are beautiful in a messy, zany, and imperfect way, which I think is exactly how the Wizarding World looks. Not that I don't love the movies and their interpretation of the books, but I think Jim Kay's vision is the closest to what I imagined Harry's magical world to actually look like. Though thanks to all of these new additions of the Harry Potter books, my Harry Potter bookshelf is getting a bit crowded. I may need to turn it into a Harry Potter bookcase. Do I need more copies of every single one of the books in the series? No. Do I want to buy every single new edition with new covers and artwork, added information, notes from JK Rowling, illustrations, embossed images on the images? Heck yes I do!

(I wrote more about my love for the Harry Potter illustrated books, more specifically the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition over on this blog post. Can you imagine how long the illustrated edition version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is going to be? That's gonna be one thiiiiiiiick book!)

Harlequin Teen
Oh. My. Goodness. I. Loved. This. Book. And. If. You. Want. To. Know. How. Much. I. Wrote. A. Book. Review. Of. It. Here. And. Seriously. You. Need. To. Read. It. Or. Else. I. Will. Continue. To. Bug. Everyone. About. It. For. The. Foreseeable. Future. (But seriously, can at least a couple of you read the book so we can discuss how great it was??)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
I have been waiting for this book for YEARS! Libba Bray is one of my favorite authors ever. She could write a book about the most boring time period in the world (what's a super boring part of history? Just pick the time period you always wished you could skip instead of study in your history class and apply that to what I just said. So yeah, that boring) and it would still be an engaging and wonderful read. She can literally do no wrong in my eyes (literally, because she writes books). Before the Devil Breaks You is the third installment in her Diviners series, about a group of teens in 1920's New York who all have some sort of psychic gift and use those powers to defeat evil, supernatural forces. It's definitely a supernatural thriller, but it's set during the roaring 20's, so we have speakeasies, race issues, radio shows, gangsters, political unrest, and so much more packed into one teen series. The thing that I love about Libba Bray's work is that it always has a little bit of everything, despite the genre: there's always humor, heart, and memorable characters who just feel so real, like you know them or would like to know them. Plus, the witty 1920's style banter in the Diviners novels is just so fun and transports you right there to those days of jazz and illegal booze (or what I imagine it was like. Man, I wish I could time travel).

Youtube:

Watching YouTube is definitely one of my guilty pleasures. If I had the chance, I'd either be reading or falling down a rabbit hole of YouTube videos (I finally stop watching when I get to that weird side of YouTube. You know what I mean, we've all been there). I've never been one to watch reaction videos- I mean, you're just basically watching people watch YouTube videos or other things like that, which is exactly what you are doing whenever you watch a video. But I had heard of Dwayne and Jazz aka Couple Reacts, thanks to Shane Dawson's podcast and decided to watch a few of their videos. And you know what? I really like them! I think it helps that they're a very personable, fun couple and they honestly react in such a genuine way that you know isn't fake or like they're acting for the views or thumbnail. Plus, after a while you really start liking them as people and especially as a couple. I tried to watch a couple of videos where they prank each other (i.e. one where Dwayne makes it look like another girl is texting him and Jazz sees or where Jazz pretends to break up with Dwayne) and I almost had to turn it off, it made me so sad to see how angry and hurt they got because you know they really love each other. They post several videos a day of them reacting to lots of different things, plus a lot more videos of them doing other things, so you won't run out of things to watch! (Which I've been super grateful for since I've been having a hard time falling asleep lately and I turn to Dwayne and Jazz to pass the time!)

Check out Dwayne and Jazz's videos here and subscribe if you like 'em!

Holidays:

To me, nothing says autumn (or fall, as we say here in the states) like Halloween. I think it's the perfect holiday to start fall off with. It's getting darker and colder out, the leaves are falling, you start wearing cute, comfy, and cozy sweaters (well, none of that really happens where I live. It gets slightly less hot and eventually gets to our winter which is what most people call "autumn"), pumpkins are everywhere and then there's Halloween. The ultimate fun holiday celebrating all things spooky and dark. Plus there's candy! It's a very underrated holiday but definitely one more people should embrace and enjoy. And I need to brag about something: I always allow myself every year to buy a few Halloween decorations and I'm so so proud of myself: this year I only bought three decorations. Only three! Though to be fair, after I took out all of my Halloween decorations out from storage, I decided I probably had enough Halloween decorations after these last three decorations were added. Well, at least for now. Until next year you know when you know all the stores get their new Halloween decorations in. Aww, I can't wait for next year's Halloween!

(Want to read more about why Halloween in the freaking best holiday ever- in my humble and most likely right opinion? I wrote a blog post about the top 10 reasons why Halloween is the best here if you're a Halloween nerd like I am. Which I'm totally proud to be!)

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Voila! Better late than never, these were my Monthly Favorites from September and October! Have you watched the second season of Stranger Things? What did you think of it? Are you super excited it's fall? Let me know in the comments!

Stay Weird.
Emily

Need to catch up on my past Monthly Favorite posts? Well, look no further because you can read them all right here! (Your life is totally complete now. You're welcome!)