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fall feelings

In case you missed the memo, it’s finally October. Except it’s 80 degrees and humid here in Brooklyn so that Fall feeling isn’t really happening. However, I came across this festive Fall survey over on Nadine’s blog (who found it here)and even though I’m tardy to the link up party, I’m going to do it anyway because I can’t resist.

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Favorite Fall Sweet Treat? 

hmm.. apple cider donuts. good ones though because sometimes they could be dry. i like the ones with the cinnamon sugar on them, sometimes they’ll throw some apple bits in too. my mouth is watering.

Red, Yellow or Green Apples?

RED. like my home girl Snow White, i can’t resist a perfect red apple. just hold the poison, thanks.


Favorite Fall Sport to Play?

NEXT QUESTION.


Best Drink for Fall?

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Favorite Fall Activity?

i would love to say apple/pumpkin picking but i haven’t been in years. i would also say watching football, but again, that hasn’t happened for me in forever. so, who knows.


Must have Fall purchase?

cardigans, boots, leggings, skinny jeans, BLANKET SCARVES.


Pumpkins: Pick your own or store bought?

pick my own. i just feel like there are some things you shouldn’t just throw on a grocery shopping list. 

Real or Fake Pumpkin?

REAL.


Favorite Halloween Costume?

i just had this conversation with my mom. as a kid, i went as “my mom” where i put curlers in my hair, a nightshirt and pajama pants, a robe and carried a coffee mug. that was a big hit, except my mother has never walked around in curlers and a robe a day in her life so, semantics? i was also a phone. there should be pictures somewhere on here from last year’s halloween post. if not, picture a Zach Morris cellphone with my face where your ear would go. also, it rang. surprisingly, i was never bullied.

more recently, i was a martini, which was one of my favorites. this year i was thinking of going as 90’s mom on vacation, complete with a fanny pack and scrunchie but some other parts of the costume i was building in my head don’t easily come in my size (a neon windbreaker, acid wash jeans) so i bought a headband with a crown on it from the dollar section at target and voila, i’m a princess.


College Football or NFL?

NFL. go Giants!


Fall or Halloween Decor?

Fall, unless it’s cute halloween and not scary halloween.


Raking Leaves or no Leaves to Rake?

we have leaves but we don’t rake them. we sweep them up along with the acorns the squirrels throw at us. i’ll pretend like i do this on a regular any kind of basis, but i’d be lying.

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Favorite Soup?

all of them. loaded potato, autumn squash from panera, clam chowder, lobster bisque, french onion, minestrone. yum


Favorite Fall Candle scent?

specifically, i like Leaves from bath and body works and home sweet home from yankee candle. in general, i like spicy scents for Fall.


Love or Hate Pumpkin Spice?

i’ve grown away from it. i like a nice pumpkin spice frappuccino once in a blue moon, but i’m more of an apple kind of girl.


Short Booties or Tall boots?

both. i’m actually on the hunt for short, black booties, so if anyone knows where i can find some in a very wide width, let me know!


Favorite Halloween Candy?

reeses and almond joy. i love the fun size bars of basically any kind of chocolate.

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PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte): YES or NO?

very, very very occasionally.


Hayride or Corn Maze?

have you ever seen the episode of impractical jokers where Sal’s punishment is a “haunted” corn maze and they strap a camera to his chest so they can capture his every expression and he freaks out over everything (as usual)? that’s me. so i’m going to go with a non-haunted hayride.

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Favorite Fall TV Show?

oh man, you know how I feel about TV. This Is Us, The Little Couple, Jane the Virgin, The Good Place, Bob’s Burgers, The Mindy Project, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Chrisley Knows Best.

There’s just so many.

What are some of your favorite Fall things? If you do this survey, leave me a comment or let me know on Facebook or Instagram so I can read your answers!

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sweater weather tag! (totally not the candle)

The other night I was scouring the internet for something, anything to inspire me. I was in my usual funk of I have things to say but don’t know what to write. I went through all of the writing prompts on Pinterest, tried to come up with a witty list, possibly entitled 20 Things To Do When You’re Home Alone That Doesn’t Involve Hulu or Netflix. Except, what is there to do besides catching up on Hulu and Netflix when you have the TV to yourself? I was about to give up when I clicked the refresh button on my Reader. Up popped a new post from Kristen over at Peaches and Poppycock. It was a tag! And she tagged me! ask and you shall receive. So, thanks Kristen! She put a limit on her word count, but you guys aren’t getting that lucky with mine.

So, without further ado:

favorite candle scentLeaves by Bath and Body Works or Home Sweet Home by Scentsationals (you can get it at Walmart. it’s actually those wax cubes for the tart warmers. wax that smells good = candle)

coffee, tea or hot chocolate?  first of all, if i’m drinking coffee, it’s iced. second, I like all of those beverages so it just depends on my mood.

what is the best fall memory you have — i don’t really have one. early fall usually reminds me of school and sometimes i forget how old i am and i start to look for my backpack to get my homework started. old habits die hard, i guess. honestly, the only other thing that comes to mind is doing blogtober last year. i really loved that challenge (and a challenge it was!) and all of the people i’ve “met”/found because of it.

best fragrance for fall — Chloe by Chloe or Burberry Body

favorite Thanksgiving food — Stove Top stuffing. sorry, i’m just not a fan of the homemade ones. my aunt also makes this corn bread/pudding thing that i would eat the whole pan of if i could.

most worn sweater —  i don’t wear a lot of sweaters because i’m always warm.

football games or jumping in leaf piles — ohh tough choice. i’m going to go with football games. we all know i feel about men in uniform.

favorite type of pie —  apple or cherry, both with vanilla ice cream.

what is autumn weather like where you live — gorgeous. and the views aren’t bad either.

which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged liner — dark lips, hands down.

what song really gets you into the fall spirit —  the monster mash?

is pumpkin spice worth the hype — it used to be and then starbucks thought it would be cute to release it in august. then dunkin donuts, for some reason, decided not to release their apple cider. NOT COOL. how else are we supposed to fight against the great pumpkin (spice)?

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favorite fall TV show —  does “You’ve Got Mail” airing on ABC Family (or wherever) count?

skinny jeans or leggings? — leggings if i could find a long enough, light enough sweater or tunic. otherwise, skinny jeans. who am i kidding? elastic waistband for the win.

combat boots or Uggs — gun to my head? Uggs. but really, riding boots.

Halloween: yay or nay — nay. or should i say nae nae?

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fall mornings or evenings — do i have to choose? 

what do you think about Black Friday? — it’s cool, but no thanks. too many people, too much pressure. i think it’s bullshit that stores are not giving their employees a chance to enjoy the holiday. opening at 6pm on thursday? by that time, my pants are still buttoned and i’m not looking for the fennel to help me to digest yet. #italiansolutions. i mean, what kind of shit is that?

one Fall 2015 trend you love — blanket scarves #baaaasicccc

Now for the tagging.

I tag:
Libby @ Honestly, Libby
Mallory @ Mallory Can’t Even
Laura @ Life with Lolo
Allison @ AA
Anyone who wants to do this. Really! Feel free.

Can’t wait to see everyone’s answers! Just make sure you tag me or leave a comment or whatevs.

Later gators!

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delusions of grandeur

This past weekend Nicole and I took a trip to Central Park because the neurotic in me was convinced that if I didn’t get there soon, I would have missed all of this year’s beautiful foliage. Like the park doesn’t have enough trees in it’s nearly 843 acres.

Here are some photos I took. I used picmonkey to enhance them, but I didn’t really have to.

It’s days like this where I wish I lived close enough to call this my backyard. I’ve always imagined myself living in an apartment that is a cross between Meg Ryan’s in “You’ve Got Mail” (the windows! the french doors! the built-in bookshelves!) and Mr. Bedford’s from the 1994 version of “Miracle on 34th Street” (the window seat! the view of the parade! the park!) In my bigger delusion of grandeur, I imagine I would live in Blair Waldorf’s apartment penthouse and enjoy her use of a chauffeured limo. Although, Meg Ryan’s brownstone and Mr. Bedford’s prime location apartment would cost a pretty penny so I guess they’re all a pretty grand delusion.

Hope you enjoyed! See you next time!

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Blogtober14 Day 16: Fall fashion

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Another day, another picture heavy post.
Day 16 is all about Fall fashion. I scoured Pinterest and Polyvore for some “If I had the money, body and time to put this together, I would totally wear this” outfits. Enjoy!

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love that scarf and those elbow patches!

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excuse me while i drool over this coat

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with leggings and boots.. sign me up.

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At the end of the day, I should really just live in  this shirt.

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Blogtober14 Day 13: fall recipe

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Day 13 involves one of my most favorite things – food!

A few years ago I went out to dinner at a bar/restaurant in my neighborhood. I looked over at the dessert menu that was posted on the wall and saw that they had apple cobbler. I ordered it and fell in love. The way the brown sugar thickened around the apples, the chewy and crumbly topping, the cold vanilla ice cream on top. I needed to replicate this at home. So I did what anyone who needed a recipe would do, I logged on to Pinterest. I didn’t know which one to choose so I printed out the one whose picture looked the best.

I put my mom in charge of actually making the crumble. I know how to follow a recipe and am usually pretty good at it, but if this was a total fail I didn’t want to take the blame. In my mother’s hands it came out great, naturally. Now she makes it as soon as it gets chilly or as soon as we go for apples and pumpkins, whichever comes first.

I couldn’t find the original recipe that I used so I went back to Pinterest to find another one to include. This one is from Maria and Josh over at Two Peas and Their Pod.

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Doesn’t that look delicious? It almost makes me want to grab some vanilla ice cream and crawl through the screen.

What are some of your favorite fall recipes? I can’t wait to try some out!

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Blogtober14 Day 5: Fall bucket list

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Day five and still alive!

Today we’re supposed to talk about my Fall bucket list. I almost skipped today because to be honest, I don’t have a regular bucket list so I certainly don’t have a Fall themed one. Sure there are things that I want to do/accomplish/see in my lifetime, but whenever I say “I need to do ____ within ___ days/weeks/years” and then I don’t do it, I get annoyed and frustrated with myself. So to avoid heartache and eventual regret I tend to shy away from bucket lists. However, I’m really trying hard to be a better blogger and in the spirit of being a good sport, I’ll try to muster one up.

1. I want to build my photography portfolio so I need to get out there with my camera more. Luckily for me, I live a train ride away from one of the most beautiful cities in the world. New York in the Fall- that’s a bucket list item if I’ve ever heard one.

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2. Keeping with the New York theme, I’ve wanted to go to the top of the Empire State building for a while now. I would prefer to go when it isn’t snot freezing cold though. Better go sooner rather than later.

3. One tradition that my parents and I like to keep is taking a ride to New Jersey to pick a pumpkin. By “pick” I mean we pick the best looking one off of a table full of pumpkins. We also pick up my favorite Fall treats like apple cider, apple cider donuts, caramel apples (how do you like them apples?). One time we went to a pretty well-known orchard in Jersey and of course, when it was time to check out my caramel apple ended up in my parent’s pile of goodies. My father paid the bill and when we got to the car he looked at the receipt and asked me if I knew that my delicious caramel apple, that was already pulling my fillings out, was $10. I played dumb, but of course I knew. I wish I could say my behavior could be chalked up to being a spoiled kid, but the truth is, I wasn’t a kid when it happened. Spoiled? yes. A kid? not so much.

This isn’t much of a bucket list so I think I’ll end it here. I guess my bucket list could be as simple as Blogtober and posting something everyday. If that’s the case, I think I’m doing a pretty good job.

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