New Movies and Shows For Fall

I feel like there’s alot of new releases coming out in October, perfect for getting us in the Halloween / fall mood. This is vital, because with the lower temperatures I think I’ll be staying in even more, so I’ll definitely need some entertainment! Below are some shows/movies that I’ve watched recently, as well as new releases I’m waiting for!

  1. Rebecca (Netflix – Oct 21st) – Based on the novel of the same name by Daphne Du Maurier I’m excited to see how this Lily James version compares to the original from Alfred Hitchcock starring Joan Fontaine. This movie incorporates two of my favorite genres for fall, romance and mystery.
  2. Emily in Paris (Netflix – Out Now) – If you want an easy breezy escape this show is binge worthy! Starring Lily Collins as a quirky optimistic American in Paris, it is full of beautiful scenery and swoon worthy outfits.
  3. Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix – Oct 12th) – Follow-up to Haunting of Hill House (although not sure if it’s a continuation of same plot line), it’s a supernatural thriller.
  4. The Devil All the Time (Netflix – Out Now) – I’ve watched this movie and to be quite honest it’s quite dark but I did finish the whole thing so I guess that says something. It’s a combination of unfortunate events and how they all end up being related.
  5. Ratched (Netflix – Out Now) – I remember reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as part of an assigned reading in high school and despising Nurse Ratched’s character. This story follows her journey prior to meeting the infamous McMurphy. I was a bit disappointed with this series as I was hoping it would help us in understanding why Ratched acted they way she did but it more of conveyed to the audience that she was who she was even prior to meeting McMurphy…
  6. I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Netflix – Out Now) – I would describe this as a slow burning psychological thriller, which *spoiler* ends up being quite sad. It gives you a lot to to think about. But the way the story is delivered keeps you on the edge of your toes. Although this is open to interpretation, my key take away from this movie is to be nice to everyone because you don’t know what internal/external battles they are facing.
  7. Death on the Nile (I believe in theatres – Dec 18th) – Part of the Agatha Christie Series, following Murder on the Orient Express. This story follows Detective Hercule Poirot investigating yet another murder, taking on a cruise ship on the Nile River. Also starring an ensemble cast, similar to it’s predecessor I’m excited to see Gal Gadot star in this mystery!
  8. The Witches (HBO Max – Oct 22nd) – Remake of the movie by the same name starring Angelica Houston as the head witch trying to scheme in order to get rid of all the children, this is definitely a fun one perfect for Halloween! And did I mention Anne Hathaway will playing Houston’s character in the remake??!!
  9. Holidate (Netflix – Oct 28th) – This seems like a light hearted romantic comedy, starring Emma Roberts and the pressures of having a date for holiday events. Something to get us excited for the holidays!
  10. Blythe Spirit (I believe in theatres – Dec 25th) – I actually watched the original version of this remake and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! The story is about a man who remarries and during a séance, accidently summons the ghost of his dead first wife. The rest of the story follows the hilarious interactions between the first wife, the second wife and the man. Really excited about the casting for this one, it stars Isla Fischer and Leslie Mann.
  11. The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix – Oct 23rd) – Starring Anna Taylor Joy from Emma, this series follows a child chess prodigy and there seems to be an added mystery aspect along the way of madness vs. genius.
  12. Enola Holmes (Netflix – Out Now) – This movie I feel like is made for a slightly younger audience. Although it is still entertaining, the plot line was pretty simple. If you’re a Millie Bobby Brown fan this is worth a one time watch!
  13. Welcome to Blumhouse (Black Box, The Lie, Evil Eye, Nocturne) (Amazon – Starting on Oct 6th )- A series of horror movies, I believe this is probably the scariest movies on the list! The trailers for these movies are intense…

Lots of content to look forward to!

Things to Look Forward to Look to for this Upcoming Season

As I’m writing this, I’m going through my Sunday night scaries so I thought what better way to cheer myself up other than to to think of things to look forward to! I would hands down say Fall is my favorite season of the year! Because it’s the season of anticipation…the season is sprinkled with a few holidays but the anticipation is building for winter break, Christmas (or what ever holiday you may celebrate) and New Years. You’re not at the point of time when all of these have already occurred but are in such a merry mood looking forward to these celebrations and much needed time off with loved ones. Fall itself is like a welcome to the holiday season, full of many of its own holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. So here are a list of things to look forward to for the fall season:

  1. Sweater Weather + Fall Fashion – I feel like fall has the perfect weather! Although it’s been a bit different these past couple of years with summer weather creeping in through early fall, my “optimal” weather time is late Oct/early Nov when its not too chilly, but a cardigan would be preferred. Not to mention I love fall fashion! All the cozy sweaters and snugly robes… I might even be inspired to wear jeans just so that I can wear some of my fall sweaters even if it is just for a grocery run!
  2. Halloween – Halloween holds a special place in my heart! Even though it’s not like I dress up every year, it’s a tradition between my best friend and I since middle school when first started going trick treating together that we do something fun for this holiday! Although we’ve out grown trick or treating, we always have sweets and watch Halloween movies on that day! I’ll have a blog post coming up highlighting my favorite Halloween content but off the top of my head, Hocus Pocus is probably my favorite movie for the holiday! Not to mention my favorite treat other than chocolate are the Pillsbury Halloween cookies. I’m sure you know what I’m taking about, they’re plain sugar cookies with fun Halloween designs like pumpkins, witches or ghosts! There’s just something about them that reminds me of childhood and not to mention, they taste so good!
  3. Thanksgiving – I can’t wait for Thanksgiving!! Full of such good food and some much needed time off to spend with family! My favorite food for this holiday is mashed potatoes and gravy, although I’m still working on my skills in mastering the recipes for this one. Also, though this may be controversial, I feel that this is a fully acceptable time to start listening to holiday music and start watching holiday movies 🙂
  4. Fall Content on TV- THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD FALL CONTENT COMING TO NETFLIX!! Not sure about other streaming services, but I’ve been keeping track of new Netflix releases and there are so many I’m looking forward to that I’ve started compiling a list. I’ll be sharing that list in another blog post!!
  5. Holiday Food – So growing up whenever I thought of holiday food I thought of Costco. Not for a specific holiday, but just for the season as a whole! During this time around Costco always comes out with so many holiday themed treats, from their cookie boxes to there pumpkin pies to their popcornopolis bundles to their huge bags of lindt truffles. My mouth is watering just thinking about this!! I always tend to indulge a bit during the holiday season, as it’s a time for guilty pleasures. Although this year I’m magically hoping I won’t gain as much weight from these tasty treats, as I’ve already packed on some pounds during quarantine.
  6. Cozy Nights In – It makes me so happy thinking about staying in and snuggling up with a warm blanket and reading a thriller or watching holiday a rom-com with a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate…
  7. Fall Drinks – I know everyone is obsessed with PSL but I’m into something a little less strong. I’m seriously looking forward to the Maple Pecan and Chestnut Praline lattes for the season! Also love my hot chocolate, I love the Trader Joe’s one and Ghiradelli’s! One of my friends got me into the hot chocolate stirrers last year and I’m seriously considering buying some for this year as well!
  8. Color Change in the Leaves – I love the fall foliage and warmer tones to the leaves as the weather changes! Seriously looking forward to my bike rides and being able to observe the change in colors of the leaves!
  9. Fall Music – I don’t know why but during the fall time I become extremely obsessed with Taylor Swift and Indie music! I’ll be having Red and Folklore on repeat in the coming months for sure! There’s just something soothing and calming about listening to this type of music during fall.
  10. Black Friday – Shopping galore..do I need to say any more? As per usual I’m sure there will loads of tempting offers. As I said before, I have made a list of items I will be purchasing for Black Friday and will not be shopping for clothes till then, wish me luck!

Obviously this year has been very different compared to others, and with the upcoming flu season ontop of Covid most of us like we’ve already been doing will be spending the majority of our time at home. I’m hoping that with it being fall, being at home all the time won’t feel as bad as it did in the summer where we were all missing our time in the sun. Since, typically prior to Covid alot of us tended to stay in more regardless, during the fall/ winter months. Here’s hoping that some of things mentioned above give you something to look forward to as well!

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Fall Fashion & the Temptation to Buy

Honesty I’m having a love hate relationship with fashion and shopping in general right now. It seems like with all the sales and everyone being at home with their phones and computers 24 x 7 at their disposal right now, the temptation to shop has become even greater than usual. I’m torn, on one hand I justify shopping because these times are stressful and as I am spending less in general (not spending as money on other categories such as travel, gas, activities with friends and eating out) why not treat myself on something that brings small joys. But on the other hand these things are not necessities and I could be saving this money instead, potentially investing it. Plus, where am I seriously going to out in these new clothes, I mean maybe to the grocery but between you and me I’d feel slightly over dressed. To be honest it’s a constant fight inside my mind, seeing IG full of bloggers and sales being advertised on brands that typically weren’t as affordable the temptation is real. So my strategy has been to limit the content I intake on social media advertising fashion (there’s sections on FB and IG where you can opt of seeing ads from brands that you find tempting to look at) & to have balance. I’m not going to completely avoid the joy I get from shopping for clothes but I am going to come up with a game plan by limiting myself to 5 things for both the fall and winter season and purchase them only when they go on sale. Below are the 5 trends I’ve seen and the shops I’m eyeing them at. Also for the remainder of the year I’ll only be shopping during Labor Day and Black Fridays sales as I feel these will be the times I’ll able to get the best deals on the below items.

  1. Cardigan + Tank Matching Sets
  2. Polo Style Everything
  3. Colorful Ribbed Tanks for Layering
  4. Puff Sleeve Garden Dresses for Fall
  5. Black Jeans

I think the key is treat yourself to a few items that bring you joy but to stay strong and limit the purchases you make. Make a list before hand and stick to only getting those items. Don’t casually browse shopping websites, but only go on when you know the items you’ve identified will have a deal. Good luck: )

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