Month: October 2012

Random Thursdays: Things I Love About Fall

It’s Thursday, which means it must be time for…

This week’s topic:

Well, I actually just wrote a post about my favorite fall things yesterday! But I certainly don’t mind revisiting the subject of autumn and favorite things. I have so many.

I love the food: pies, hearty soups, hot chocolate, fresh cookies.

I love the clothes: boots, corduroy jeans, cozy sweaters, cute hats, comfy jackets, scarves galore.

I love the sights and smells; the way the leaves change color, the way the wind smells different. I love the way leaves crunch underfoot.

I love that it’s not too hot and not too cold.

I love that the weather is the perfect excuse I need to spend my free time snuggling under a fluffy blanket with a cup of tea and a good book.

I love apple everything: pie, cider, donuts, applesauce, or just fresh orchard apples.

What do you love about fall?

Me, Myself and I link party: October 2012

Geez, Martha, get with the program! I forgot to post this yesterday, and I don’t even know why. It’s been a busy, stressful month, and so many things are slipping my mind. Ugh.

But since I remembered today, I’ll go ahead and post it.

1. What is your favorite season?

Autumn! I love everything about it: the fashion, the food, the smell of the air, the leaves changing color, picking apples and baking cookies, curling up with tea and a good book, knowing that I have an excuse to pig out on Halloween candy…

2. Talk about a moment that changed your life.

Probably when I found my loveable stray turned king of the castle, Max. He was sick, starving, and abandoned, and terribly shy; I wasn’t in a good place after a crappy breakup; we both need a lot of TLC and I think he helped heal me as much as I helped heal him. It was good to have someone to care for, who cared for me (kitty kisses!), and who reminded me to quit feeling sorry for myself and get up to play every day! As you can see he’s really a couch potato.

3. If you could be any Crayola crayon color, what would you be and why?

Probably pink–I love pink! Or black–I wear tons of black.

4. Describe yourself as a superhero: Superpower? Name? Sidekick?

I’ll go with “Writergirl”, since that’s the tag I use all the time anyway. I would be psychic and able to teleport myself wherever I wanted to go. My sidekick, obviously, would be feline. :)

Source: via Alba on Pinterest

5. If you had all the money in the world and could only shop at 3 stores, where would you shop?

I’ll probably never stop loving Forever 21. Piperlime–does that count since it’s online? And Anthropologie? If not, then I guess I’d load up at Kohl’s and Target. I almost always find clothes I love there.

Your turn! Tell me about yourself…

Things I Love About Fall TAG

Apparently I was tagged for this post by reading it over on Paperbacks and Polish! So instead of just listing my faves in the comments, I decided to post them here as a new blog post. You’re tagged now, so tell me your faves in the comments or in your own post! Ready, set, go!

1) Favorite Fall lip product?

I’m mostly a balm girl, but when autumn hits I start craving vampy lips. Wet n Wild Mega Last lip sticks come in some great deep berry shades; the color payoff is amazing, and they’re really cheap.

2) Favorite Fall Nail Polish?

Right now I’m loving grey polishes!I just picked up Zoya Evvie, and I can’t wait to try it–it’s a lovely grey-green hybrid. I’m also really into holographic and duo-chrome polish right now.

3) Favorite Starbucks Fall Drink?

The pumpkin spice latte, of course! Sipping happily away for years.


4) Favorite Fall Candle?

I actually don’t burn a lot of candles because of the cats. But I do love all of the autumn scents from Bath and Body Works and I usually try to find a candle that smells like pumpkin pie for autumn gatherings.

5) Favorite Fall Scarf or accessory?

I have a beautiful printed fall floral scarf that I bought at Romy a few years ago. It’s lightweight and oh so lovely.

6) Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?

Can I say, none of the above? I’ve never been! But this year the hubby and I are going to try to check out a corn maze, so I might have some fun stories to tell about that later on!

7) Favorite Halloween movie?

Not a huge fan of Halloween movies; too many are not scary enough. If we’re talking horror in general, the last one I watched was ‘The Woman in Black’. Poor Mr. Max had the misfortune of napping on my lap during one jump-inducing scene, and I actually got so startled that I jumped up shaking him and screaming. For some reason, he prefers napping in his catnip lounger now.

8) Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?

I CAN’T CHOOSE! I’m a huge chocoholic, so anything chocolatey = happy me. Reeses, Twix, and Milky Way bars all make me extra-happy, or anything dark chocolate. I also love candy corn. And this year I picked up a bag od pumpkin spice Hershey’s kisses, which aren’t chocolatey but are really, really, good–they taste just like pumpkin pie.

9) What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

I don’t know yet! This will be the first time in five years that I’ll be home for Halloween, as opposed to working. Last year I dressed up as a pirate and went to work in costume; no one else even bothered dressing up. Killjoys.

I might recycle the pirate costume this year but I’m thinking of doing something more elaborate, since my work costume couldn’t involve heels, makeup, or a wig (for safety reasons). Right now I’m kind of torn between a mermaid and something steampunk.

10) What is your Favorite thing about Fall? 

The smell. I love the food, the colors of the leaves, the fashion, on and on–but there’s something about the smell in the air during the fall months that just can’t be replicated any other time of year.

Haircut pics!

I’m back from the ULTA salon with my new haircut! I wanted to show you all what it looks like. :)

I got a super-lovely stylist named Sara. I showed her my pics of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Beckinsale and told Sara that I wasn’t sure whether I should stick with long layers or take the plunge with full fringe. Her suggestion: something in the middle. “It’s best to ease into these things slowly,” she said, sectioning off a small amount and snipping in long bangs.

The result: I have long, face-framing fringe that can be swept down across my face, pulled out delicately for a few wisps, or tucked behind one ear on the days I don’t want it in my face.

I really love these long layers; my hair doesn’t seem that much shorter and it looks and feels twice as thick. I really like the face-framing pieces because now I have some movement around my face and some long fringe to pull out when I’m wearing a loose updo.

These pictures aren’t all that great–we’ve had really odd autumn weather here all week, so the light is strange and my hair looks blue-black (it really isn’t). And, ugh, I’m not wearing makeup. These were the best pics I got though to show the layers.

My ponytail is so flippity-bouncy now! This pic does a poor job of showing the long fringe but you get the idea–I can pull out the pieces and style them with a ponytail or updo so my hair won’t just be pulled straight back in a severe knot.

While I was in ULTA for my cut, I grabbed these stylers from Giovanni to style my new cut. They retail for $8.99 each, but both had $2 coupons attached, plus ULTA is offering Buy One Get One 50% Off on Giovanni hair care, plus I had my printable 20% off ULTA coupon to use. Whew! Talk about stacking up your savings! In the end it was like getting one styler free. One is a leave-in conditioning and styling creme while the other is a flat-iron spray; both have Brazilian Keratin and Argan Oil. These are both vegan products.

Hopefully I’ll be able to pull out my hot rollers soon and show you guys how my hair looks with more of a wave in it. It’s pretty straight in these pics because of the salon blow-out.

The really nice bonus to this haircut is that I’ll only need to pop back in every 6-8 weeks for a trim, so it isn’t high-maintenance at all. Always a good thing in my book!

Still not sure whether I’ll get heavier, shorter fringe next time I go in. For now I’m just happy to have a hairstyle that I’ll enjoy wearing down and loose, instead of tied back. Thanks so much Sara!

Cute Shoe Monday: pumped up kicks

I got so busy today that I almost forgot to hit “post” for Cute Shoe Monday. Silly me! What better way to remedy Monday than with a pair of cute shoes?

I’m not even sure how I feel about these sneakers, if they’re wildly impractical or really funky. All I know is that when I first heard the term “wedge sneaker” I laughed, and now every time I see a pair in a store I have this crazy urge to buy them. Maybe next payday…

I also heard this song on the radio last night and it immediately made me think of these shoes. A little Googling made me realize I’m not the only one connecting the two–apparently “pumped up kicks” is how just about everyone is describing these sneakers!

Faux leather sneaker wedges, $35.99, AMI Clubwear