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!

Little Joys Getting Me Through Quarantine

I just wanted to share a few things that have been getting me through this period in time. Just a couple of fun things that may lift your mood or give you ideas on what to do during your free time.

  • Sparkling Water -> I really like both La Croix and Waterloo. My current obsession is the La Croix passion fruit flavor. Also love the Waterloo mango, watermelon and black cherry flavors.
  • Online Chess, NYT Daily Crosswords, Scrabble, Puzzles (Jigsaw Puzzle App)
  • Reading (I have a blog post of books I’ve read during quarantine and what I’m planning on reading) -> Just finished Where the Crawdads Sing and I highly recommend!
  • Streaming TV: HBO Max, Netflix, Amazon Prime (I have blog posts with my favorites) -> Current favorites shows are Friends (HBO Max) and The Order (Netflix).
  • Podcasts / IG Lives
    • LadyGang Podcast-> It’s basically about three girlfriends that are discussing topics relevant to their day to day lives and they each have really funny commentary to add about each other. They also have guest speakers join sometimes as well, like authors and TV personalities.
    • Giggly Squad -> From Paige and Hannah from Summer House. They get real on how they’re feeling and discuss pop culture news. If you want a 45 minute distraction definitely tune into their IG live, which is typically every day!
  • Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream -> I love the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Flavor and their dairy-free option is really good too (it has a coconuty flavor to it cause I think they substitute it with coconut milk)! Also sold at Wholefoods!
  • Dark Chocolate -> I’m addicted to sweets but I know that if I have a ton of sweets at home I won’t have self-control and will eat all in one sitting (especially since we’re basically home all the time now). With dark chocolate, it satisfies my craving for sweets but doesn’t force me to want more sweets for the rest of the day, and I feel less guilty for eating it cause it’s on the healthier side (so I see it as a win-win). My current favorite brand is Theo!
  • Getting fresh air (of course while wearing a mask) -> It clears your head after being indoors all the time, plus you get some sunshine!
    • Bike rides
    • Walks
  • Naps -> Sometimes we need a mid-day refresh!!
  • Journaling -> It’s a great way to get what’s on your mind out!
  • Rummy -> My first “adult” card game I’ve learnt during quarantine, many rules and you need to be on your strategy A-game but worth it for the fun!!
  • Cleaning / Decorating -> When I got notice that I would be working from home, I decided to give my space a bit of a refresh since I figured I would end up spending a lot of time here. I was on budget so I didn’t do too much just added a few pieces to my room a bit more “homey” – a rug, pouf and bed table. I’ve also done a closet refresh and have cleaned up spaces in my room that I’ve neglected. Trust me, you’ll feel so accomplished after doing this!
  • Listening to Vintage Music – The French Cooking Playlist on Spotify is one of my go -to’s!
  • Online Classes – At one point I felt like all I was doing with my days was working my job and then watching Netflix. I felt like I was wasting my time after work, so I decided to do a bit of learning. Whether it be improving your technical skills or just learning about topics your was curious about, I think taking a class is great use of time. I of course, still make time for alot of Netflix!
    • Masterclass -> Love Kelly Wearstler’s class on Interior Design!
    • Udemy -> Taking an Intro SQL class that’s great for beginners like me, looking understand the fundamentals.
    • LinkedIn Learning -> Will be taking a class on Google SEO, as this seems very interesting to me! Be on the lookout, sometimes employers will offer discounts or have subscriptions to these kinds of learning resources. Also, comes with your premium LinkedIn membership.
  • Working Out (I have a blog post on all my go-to free workouts) -> Currently obsessed with the Body by Simone classes.
  • Something creative – This period in time has really allowed me to explore the creative side of myself. I used to put off these things as “I don’t have time to do this” but have always been curious about trying. Well this was the perfect way to keep myself busy, feel productive and try something new!
    • Baking (See my blog post of things I’ve tried baking) -> Most recently I baked brownies with walnuts, which came out tasting decent but the texture was more crumbly then chewy. So I have some work to do!
    • Calligraphy -> Bought this intro book and this starter pen set. Would highly recommend both if you’re a beginner looking to learn!
    • Procreate -> Trying out new graphic design techniques with this tool! Procreate is relatively easy to learn on but they have so many features and functionality, it took me time to and I’m still learning to how to make use of everything. (I have blog post on a few designs I’ve created).
  • Making lists of all things I want to do post-Covid -> Lol I created this list to give me hope, and to know times will get better. It gives me something to look forward to!
  • TAKEOUT – I think this has been my number one favorite! Food is what brings me joy and ordering takeout makes me very happy. Support your local businesses and thank you to all the employees that are working during this time!
  • Coffee – This is something I definitely look forward to when I wake-up. Whether it be cold brew or whipped coffee (I still am into it!) it gives me an extra boost of energy and I love the taste!

This is definitely not a favorite, but in some ways it has been helping me cope with the quarantine. Although it may come as a surprise and is debatable if it’s helpful, personally for me it has been. And its crying. I don’t want to lie and say everything has been smooth sailing and quarantine has made me a better person. I want to be honest and let others know who might be feeling the same way, that this uncertainty and the decrease in normalcy and human interaction does have side effects. For me personally its resulted in quite of few tears and that’s okay, its just a coping mechanism. I just let them out because the feeling after getting a good cry in is like having a burden lifted off your shoulders. I want to keep it real here and although it’s good to focus on the positive things, it’s all also equally as good to be in touch with your feelings and not to ignore them.

I’ll end on a positive note from a quote from one of my favorite books.

“Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it… yet.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

P.S. Another one of my favorite pass times is virtually hanging out with friends. But I’ll be dedicating a whole entire post on new ideas to liven up phone calls or Facetimes with friends.

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Current Favorite Movies & Shows

I’ve spent so long on the internet looking for shows or movies to watch..sometimes it feels like there’s nothing to watch and other times the options feel so overwhelming, I don’t know where to start. So below I’ve short listed some of my favorite movies and shows I’ve watched starting from quarantine till now (hoping to save you a couple of minutes or umm hours in my case, scavenging the web for options):

Netflix

  • Shows :
    • Dark -> This a German show but it’s been dubbed in English. It’s so unique in that its a time travel story done so “smartly” with a mystery element that keeps you intrigued on how past, present and future are related. This is a show that definitely makes you think. You have to be paying attention the entire time because even missing the smallest detail can leave you feeling lost later on.
    • Never Have I Ever -> So relatable if you are a first generation American, reminding you of your awkward teen years! The main character is hilarious and definitely steals the show with her confidence, humor and wittiness.
    • The Politician Season 1 + 2 -> Every single one of the characters are so likable on this show and unique with such strong personalities. This show is so creative in that they spotlight politics for a younger generation, making it interesting but also educating you on the inner workings of entering political arena. I would say it’s similar to Knives Out, in that its an over dramatic comedy with an ensemble cast. Also, I have to add the fashion choices on this show are top notch, with each character’s wardrobe reflective of their personality!
    • You Season 1 + 2 >- Definitely a dark show since it’s based on a stalker but Joe, the main character has something about him that makes you want to see the good in him. Definitely worth the watch if you want a scenic NY/LA landscape with an intriguing plot line. Also Joe is essentially Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl, if he were to completely embrace his dark side.
    • Locke and Key ->With Covid happening, sometimes you just want to take an escape into a fantasy land. Enter Locke and Key, full of literal “magic”, mystery and quite an interesting trio of siblings. It’s kind of reminiscent of Stranger Things.
    • On my radar: Imposters -> Comedy with a side of mystery. A female con artist marries various rich people and then deserts them after having robbed them. The comedy part enters when some of the people she’s conned get together and gang up on her to get their money back. The Order -> Not too acquainted with the show other than it deals with magic and the cast is reminiscent of Gossip Girl type characters. That’s enough to make me want to watch the show!
  • Movies:
    • Carrie Pilby -> This has definitely been my favorite movie discovery of all of quarantine. It’s about a 19 year old genius that’s already graduated college (Harvard, may I add) so although intellectually she’s mature, socially not so much. Her blunt honesty and witty sarcasm make her so likable. She’s also very relatable in that she’s navigating the uncertainties of life, such as her romantic endeavors and making friendships. I would also like to add, someone from the Adventures of Narnia makes an appearance in this movie.
    • The Guest -> Made in Spanish but dubbed in English. This is the thriller you’ve been waiting for and it does not disappoint. You know those movies that have such a build up but then let you down at the end??!! Well this is definitely not one of them. It’s so good, I’m just going to tell you to watch it cause I don’t want to give away any details that would spoil the suspense.
    • Tall Girl -> This is one of Netflix’s Orginal rom coms that they are famously known for. I picked this one over many of their others because I think it does a really good job of depicting the awkwardness and insecurities we’ve felt while growing up. Even though the insecurity you might have faced isn’t height related, you still find a way to connect with what the main character is experiencing. Also Jack gives me serious Ducky vibes from Pretty in Pink…
    • Dumplin -> This movie encompasses so many elements, mother-daughter relationships, loss, insecurities, friendship and romance. This is a feel good movie that deals with all the above topics in a way where you feel for all the characters involved and see their progression through out the movie.

HBO

  • Shows :
    • Friends -> I’m probably the last one to watch this show but I’m on Season 2 and after multiple failed attempts, I now understand the hype around the show! I think it’s the fact that the show is based on the interactions of the 6 main characters, who have such strong personalities and opinions on each other’s lives. It essentially revolves on each of the character’s reactions to the highs/lows each of these friends are facing.
    • Love Life -> This show was a hidden gem! With Anna Kendrick’s quirky humor and her girl next door persona, each episode follows a different relationship her character, Darby has been in. As the show progresses, you get to also see how Darby has progressed in life and how each relationship has affected her character development.
    • My Brilliant Friend -> I watched this during the beginning of quarantine when I had major travel withdrawals (since the vacations I booked were cancelled). This is a coming of age story between based on the friendship of two girls from a village in Italy. It’s so raw and real sometimes, it makes you feel for the characters. The visuals are beautiful, set in Italy and gives a sense that you’re with the characters enjoying the joys they feel and the pain they suffer.
    • On my radar: Search Party -> I’ve only watched the trailer for this show but it seems intriguing. Elements that stood out to me was quirkiness, mystery and comedy. Honestly, at this point in time it feels like all of us are lost and from the trailer it seems like the characters are on the same boat. As the show progresses it feels like the characters might potentially find themselves through their friendships.
  • Movies:
    • Casablanca – An OG that I think everyone should see! I watched it because I feel like anyone who’s interested in film says this is a must see, plus I’m really into black and white movies. Set in Morocco during WWII, it’s based on a love triangle. Many have debated whether Ingrid Bergman’s character made the right decision at the end of the movie. It’s also received a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes if you don’t believe me!

Amazon Prime

  • Shows :
    • On my radar: Homecoming -> I listened to the original podcast when it came out so I’m really interested in seeing the show adaption, especially since it stars Julia Roberts (season 1) and Janelle Monae (season 2). I would describe this as a psychological thriller regarding a suspicious wellness company that supposedly helps veterans overcome trauma. The premise follows the story as to what the company’s motives are.
  • Movies:
    • Knives Out -> Mystery with an ensemble cast! Highlights include watching the entire family bickering with each other, the famous white sweater and the line “CSI KFC”. I would say the reason this mystery stands out is because it’s also has a side of over dramatic comedy.

Cable

  • Shows :
    • Bravo – Summer House -> Watching twenty something year olds party it up every weekend of the summer in the Hamptons and all the drama that ensues with living together each weekend. It’s a reality show btw!
    • Starz – Sweetbitter -> Coming of age story in NYC, with a backdrop of what it’s like working in a restaurant. The imagery on food/wine is an added bonus! Also be sure to read the book the adaptation is based on!
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