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Ah, Halloween....what's not to love?
From the costumes to the candy to the crunchy sound of your hair the morning after you've crimped, dyed, and teased it until it's basically falling out.
My Halloween costumes growing up included Lucille Ball, a cowgirl, and Fran Drescher (Do the laugh for us!).
When it comes to costumes now, the stakes are both higher and lower: no one cares really if you dress up, but if you do then it'd better be good. And to that point, the most well-received costume I've ever seen was done by my friend Krista two years ago when she went as Gap's failed new logo.
Last year, I was Rayanne from My So Called Life:
The year before I was one of my cats:
This year? I have no freakin' idea. Derrick's going as Walt from Breaking Bad, so it's been suggested that I go alongside him as blue meth. That could happen, but if it doesn't, here are some options:
1. Julian Assange—When in London, eigh?
2. Lena Dunham—dream girl
3. Reverse Commuter—Since this year I completed the Pilgrim reverse commute (full disclosure: I did not come up with this phrase)
4. My teddy bear, Bowtie—Currently winning the race
5. Someone from Downton—SPOILER ALERT: dead Sybil? Too soon? Baby Sybil?
6. Rob Brydon
7. Rebecca Brooks
8. A hashtag
F-in right it's the weekend, and there's something about weekends during the in-between seasons like fall that makes everything seem kinda' perfect. The weather's not too hot but not too cold, you've got a lot of room for flexibility when it comes to outfits, and there's tons of seasonable activities to be photographed doing while you're wearing your new fall coat.
The bad thing about fall? It's generally pretty short (like, two months short) so you've got to take advantage of it while you can.
Here are some things you can do to enjoy short-lived fall no matter where you live:
1. Go Outside!
No matter where you live fall's pretty freaking beautiful, so you should take the time to leave the house and enjoy the scenery.
Is it still warm where you are? Go camping.
Is it chilly? Go for a walk in the park/woods/on your street/in your yard, wherever, as long as your outside long enough to enjoy the middle of the road weather and the scenery that comes with it.
Is it already cold? Read the next weekend suggestion.
2. Watch a (Good) Documentary
Watching a documentary just makes you feel good. Maybe it's because they make you think, or because afterwards you'll feel like a super intellectual type who just drops documentary references in everyday conversations. Either way, it's a nice break from your normal television + movie routine.
3. Drink Some Local Fall-Themed Beer, or Apple Cider
Last Friday, we went to a Columbian restaurant in Brixton Village (which I am now obsessed with). Afterwards we bought some local beers and strolled around* Brixton in the chilly fall air. It was perfect.
If fall does one thing right, it's drinks. Whether you're after the alcoholic variety or prefer some warm apple cider, it's the perfect time of year visit an orchard, brewery, or a supermarket to get something yum yum yummy to drink.
*I'm still not used to the whole idea that it's legal to drink in public here, so I was super duper nervous carrying the beer. I keep waiting for a cop to get mad at me, or for a teacher or some other authority figure to look at me disapprovingly.
4. Eat Candy
It's Halloween, for pete's sake.
This year has been an expensive one to say the least.
Every dime/10p I've earned over the past 10 months has gone to visas and plane tickets, which is exciting in a big picture kinda' way, but actually just expensive in an everyday kinda' way.
Needless to say, there hasn't been a lot left over for my favorite pasttime of internet shopping + wearing PJ's + eating raisins out of a bowl. So, as soon as I get my first British paycheck I'm going to do some good ol'British High Street shopping.
Here's a few things I might buy:
P.S.–if you don't already shop at Land's End, you totally should. They have good quality stuff at decent prices and some of it is really cute...totes not just for moms (not that there's anything wrong with moms).
Well folks: it's the weekend, it's chilly out, and it's time to make the most of all of those fall activity Pinterest boards and blog posts you've bookmarked.
It's nice to imagine yourself packing a sturdy canvas bag with a warm thermos of tomato soup—plus grilled cheese sandwiches for good measure—a wool tartan throw, and what's sure to be your New Favorite Book and heading off for an afternoon at your local park. This park is not only picturesque but also happens to have plenty of dry, comfortable, and unoccupied places for you to sit and enjoy your afternoon of quality reading time.
If you're anything like me you won't make it to the park or (maybe) even out of the house. Instead, slip on that baby pink Victoria's Secret fleece bathrobe of yours, curl up on the couch, and try out one of these:
Crazy good short stories that are absolutely not boring. The first story is told from the perspective of a lion who's in love with his keeper so, there's that.
2. Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss
This is one of those technically YA novels where your age doesn't matter. You won't want to put this book down and will relate to its lead character in every way even if you've been out of your "young adult" years for a really (really) long time.
3. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
This book has actually made me slow down (kind of) and appreciate the small things in everyday life, which I already told you about. A pleasant read that's absolutely worth your while. And on another note, I was lucky enough to win a copy of Gretchen's second book which I'm excited to start soon. Thanks guys!
4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
You know when you see a movie or read a book that describes exactly how you feel? Now, imagine that you then find out that one out of every two-three people also feel that way. That's how this book was for me. And if you're too lazy to read the book, here's a TED Talk from the author.
5. The Giver by Lois Lowry
I read this in the New York Times Magazine when I was home last weekend, and now I can't wait to read this book again.
Looking for a place to buy one of these books?
And if that's not enough to keep you occupied this weekend, Ira Glass was on Reddit on Friday.
If you’re not familiar with Emerson Fry, you totally should be.
Aside from the fact that Emerson herself seem super normal and relatable (not to mention that her name is awesome), her stuff is nice, basic, and wearable with just the right amount of cute trendiness.
Her fall pieces have just gone on pre-sale and I’m really eyeing these pupperinos:
Speaking of pupperinos, check out her dog!