Fall Favorites 2013

I’m kind of obsessed with Autumn. I’m overly obsessed with being cozy and snuggly and the fall is the perfect excuse to put on cozy socks and melt into the covers of my bed. I haven’t been doing favorites posts during the other seasons because I usually hate everything, but the fall just brings out the best in me. Here are some of the things that I’ve been loving lately:d152c0d4ee089dcb637848ed64a11004

Lighting candles. My town is slightly behind the times and only recently acquired a Bath and Body Works. B&BW is no big thang in the states because they’re at every crap mall across the country. However, since I’ve lived without one for so long, I never realized how much I needed them in my life.

If you didn’t already know, they have deals galore all year long, and they just happen to have the best smelling candles during the fall and winter seasons. I really had to limit myself and only purchase two candles even though I wanted a dozen. I went home with one called Creamy Pumpkin and another called Flannel. I absolutely love Creamy Pumpkin–I burn it almost every chance I get. I also have another, small candle in my bedroom that I got for a birthday present from my mom called Angel Food (by Boulangerie from Anthropologie). It smells so uber sweet when it isn’t lit, but when you light it, the scent mellowly wafts around the room and it’s perfect.

Taking baths. My obsession with Lush bath products has risen to a severe degree. Like, I need to stop. I never used to take baths (maybe once or twice a year) and now I take them trice a week. It’s mostly due to the fact that I’ve had fun bath bombs and bubble baths to play with. Soaking in the tub is just so comfortable and warm after a long day of doing nothing, ya know? There’s a Lush bath bomb called Fizzbanger that smells like apple and cinnamon and has Pop Rocks in it so as to mimic the sound of a crackling fire. Perfect for a fall bath!tumblr_msy5nuWrif1qbu7zuo1_500

Reading. This hasn’t just been particular to the fall time–I’ve been reading non-stop this year and I’ve never been more proud of myself. I’m a slow reader, so the fact that I’ve almost reached my goal of reading 25 books this year is pretty incredible to me. I ignored books for so long in college. It’s nice to be able to get back into them and snuggle up when it’s chilly outside.

Macintosh apples. Oh my g. I forgot how delish Macintosh apples are. I saw some extra shiny ones at the grocery store the other day and ended up purchasing quite a few. I couldn’t stop eating them. They were so soft and buttery. Like, nature’s candy. Macintosh apples were always a favorite of mine as a child. And apples are really filling. So if you’re looking for a good Autumnal diet tip, eat lots of apples!

Chai Tea Lattes. If you don’t want any diet tips, then make sure to drink lots of Chai Tea Lattes from Starbs. I know people get crazy-faced for their Pumpkin Spice Lattes and their Peppermint Lattes in the winter time, but I’m a tried and true Chai Tea Latte fan and you won’t catch me straying. I haven’t yet had a CTL this year only because it’s been really nice out and it didn’t feel appropriate to whip out the spicy clove drink quite yet. But I will. Trust me, I will. Also, I get mine sans foam because foam is sick.Full Leaf Tea Latte

Knee socks. I was so excited to wear my knee socks the other day. Cozy deluxe. I actually wore leg warmers, but they were tucked into boots so you couldn’t tell. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I’m a fan of mini skirts and short dresses. A great way to transition into fall is to pair those outfits with some long socks. And Mary Janes.

Tocca perfumes. I was soooo excited when I discovered these perfumes in a boutique store downtown. They looked familiar, but I couldn’t place where I’d seen them (Sephora, derrr). They have the prettiest floral scents ever and lovely little glass bottles. All of their scents have unique girl’s names which I absolutely love. I was of course drawn to their new scent Lilianna, but they only had it in an $85 bottle and girl, I do not have $85. So I opted for a collection of three miniature bottles for $55. That way I could get to know a few of their scents on a personal basis without feeling super guilty about the money either.toccatrishot-1024x546

I got the Classic scent trio which included a bottle of Stella, Florence, and Cleopatra. I think Florence is my favorite so far, but I really like them all.

Cleopatra: Grapefruit, Jasmine, Tuberose, Rich Vanilla Musk

Florence: Bergamot, Gardenia, Pear, Soft Woods

Stella: Blood Orange, Freesia, Spicy Lily, Sandalwood

Do you have any favorite things this fall?



Welp, it’s here. My birthday month. I’m aware that everyone thinks their own birthday month is the best, and that’s cute. But they’re wrong. Except for people born in October. They know what’s up.

The thing I don’t like about October though, is that other things occur during the month that have nothing to do with my birth. This makes it hard to appreciate “The Perfect Month” as I’ve deemed it. One of the reason I refer to it as “the perfect month” is because it’s not too long after summer and not too far away from Christmas. It’s right in the middle of loveliness.

How I feel once it’s October.

One occasion that I’ve had to share with my birthday month is Halloween. This holiday has haunted me (get it?!) since I was born. The idea of me having to share my birth month with a holiday where I’m required to dress in costume is just way too much for me to handle. I mean, it could be worse. I could have a December birthday. All you December babies got gypped! Halloween is fun and everything, but there’s always so much hype and so little pay-off. Also, my birthday month is associated with the color orange which is just cruel and unfair.

Another recent thing that has taken over the entirety of my birthday month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Honestly, why can’t everyone just be aware of my birthday? Lily’s Birthday Awareness Month. I’m all for people being aware of breast cancer, but can’t we just figure out that it’s around instead of dedicating a whole month to it and ruining the color pink for everyone? I’m not trying to offend anyone with breast cancer or anyone that knows someone who died of breast cancer (because I know that’s what everyone thinks and everyone likes to get mad at me, yeah yeah yeah) I just don’t understand why we need a month for it. Same with Black History Month. Can’t we as a society acknowledge that black men and women are a strong part of our history as a nation? Are we supposed to forget about their history after February? Are we supposed to ignore breast cancer after October? Why do we have awareness months at all? Can’t we all just be freely aware? DON’T FORCE ME TO BE AWARE, WORLD.

After moving to Canada I’ve also had to share fake Thanksgiving with my birthday month. Canadian Thanksgiving is in early October which is dangerously close to the date of my birth. In fact, this year it’s a mere 3 days after my big day. Way too close for comfort. How about Canada just realizes that the only thing they need to be thankful for is me living in their country and dedicate this holiday to moi? Just throwing ideas around.

This October, instead of worrying about other traditions and holidays, I ask you to think about my birthday and how great I am. It’s been a quarter of a century since I’ve been on this earth and I think I deserve some respect.