Month: October 2016

October, Over and Out

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Happy Halloween, guys!  I can’t believe how fast this year is going by.  I mean, tomorrow basically starts the holiday season, doesn’t it?

It seemed like October flew by!  I did enjoy:

[1] A weekend trip [2] apple picking in New York [3] fall foliage with a side of a matching Vespa [4] discovering this little bridge has been named for David Ortiz [5] an awesome pokémon card pull! [6] some spooky weather around my favorite public art installation [7] a quick trip to Nashville [8] tons of jack-o-lanterns (stay tuned for this vlog!) [9] and reading again!  I finished Magonia yesterday and absolutely loved it.

I’m psyched for November, which is my favorite month because it means my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is coming!  Also, SUN & MOON is just 18 days away!  What are you looking forward to in November?

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Autumn B&BW Haul

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This is a candle haul in disguise, basically.  Full disclosure: I bought this all in September on a 90 degree day (it could’ve been late August for all I remember) and am just getting around to sharing it with you!  Better late than never.

Bath & Body works just happened to have 2 for $24 3-wick candles when I went in looking for more wallflower refills.  Everyone knows this is the best time to buy these babies!  I came home with 4 wallflower refills and 5 candles, all delightfully autumn-scented.

For the wallflowers, I selected: Sweater Weather, which I bought in candle form last year, Autumn Sky, a candle contender, Harvest Gathering, and Flannel!

The candles I chose this year were:

Flannel: Yes, I doubled-down on the Flannel.  I decided too late last year I wanted this scent, so I knew I wanted to pick it up this year.  This is a pretty masculine scent; even my boyfriend loves it.

Pumpkin French Toast: Ugh, they had such cute packaging this year!  Pumpkin French Toast was one of their new pumpkin combinations.  Since I love pumpkin and boyfriend loves maple, this was obviously coming home with me.

Pumpkin Woods: Another new pumpkin scent and another adorable package!  I love, love, love woodsy scents.  This can easily transition into a holiday scent.

Cider Lane: This smells exactly like a caramel apple!  The apple is actually pretty subtle, so it really just smells like the caramel on a caramel apple.  It might not be quite cider to me, but it does conjure up images of fall.

Woodland Forest: This is that beautiful marble jar you see above.  It was not part of the 2 for $24 deal, (otherwise I’d have six candles!) in fact, it was a bit more expensive than a regular 3-wick candle.  These marble jars were so beautiful I would’ve bought them all, had it not been for the price!  Woodland Forest smells like magic to me, an enchanted, light scent that I can burn all year round!

I know I’m late, but what are your go-to autumn scents?

 

Alex & Ani: Numerology

This Alex & Ani addict is dying for a trip to the Newbury Street store– the holiday collections are just calling my name!  I’m surprised, though, at how interested I am in the Numerology Collection.  What I love about Alex & Ani is how much these little symbols inspire me, and I think everyone feels tied to specific numbers.

These numbers go beyond your birthdate– each makes a statement, so here’s my when-to-wear guide!  Also, since the holiday season is right around the corner, I’ve included a gift guide here too!

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Sun and Moon: Demo Thoughts

Pokémon Sun & Moon’s demo came out just a couple of days ago.  It was a busy Tuesday night for me– I had a vlog to edit and dinner plans, but the desire to download the demo was just too strong.

I managed to get everything done & finish (I think?) the demo.  Here are my thoughts on the demo and Sun & Moon now that we are less than a month away!

The Demo was short.  And easy.  The Greninja didn’t hurt there.  How do I get this Ash Greninja into my game later?  Let me know in the comments!

What I liked was of course, starting a new Pokémon adventure.  The story of the demo was very linear and straight-forward, thus beating your first trial is an actual piece of cake.  Seeing new Pokémon is always exciting.  Unfortunately, the only one I came across in the wild was Pikipek.  I really loved that it starts showing you how effective your moves will be against your opponent!  This is super helpful for someone who doesn’t have type charts memorized.

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Thanks to data mining, we have the entire Pokédex & shiny sprites!  This alone gets me pretty amped to play the full game.  I’m particularly interested in the pre-evolutions of the legendary Pokémon.  And, I’m officially Team Popplio!

I do worry, though, about these Ultra Beasts.  Though Nintendo’s confirmed we can catch them, I assume that officially makes them Pokémon.  So, like what’s the deal?  I’m sincerely hoping they aren’t human transmogrifications…

Thoughts?!  Ideas?!  Demo feelings?!  Tell me things!

Essie Gel Couture

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Lately, nothing compares to Essie Gel Couture.  I love this nail polish, guys.

Let me start by saying I’ve never gotten a gel manicure before in my life.  I own far too many bottles of nail polish to pay someone else to do them.  I have tried the at-home version before with a brand I thought I liked.  I bought the special polish and the special gel top coat but I actually found the quality to be worse than if I did regular polish & regular top coat.  I thought I’d never bother trying again.

Something about Essie swayed me though, and I picked up the Gel Couture color Pre-Show Jitters. It was the exact color I was looking for; though it’s technically white, there’s just a slight pink hue.  I picked up the Gel Couture top coat too, and instantly it felt different than my previous foray into at-home gel manicures.

I loved the color and rocked Gel Couture at a wedding I went to recently.  I didn’t notice a single chip or scratch, despite doing my nails 3 days before the event.  When I do my nails, I usually get a good week out of a manicure– usually 5 days and I push it to 7 with some chips and scratches.  With Gel Couture, I went a full 2 weeks without a chip.  They looked completely fresh for a good 10 days, with maybe some minor scratches by the time day 14 rolled around.

I’ve done my nails many times since then, but I keep thinking about that Gel Couture… and I can’t wait to add new colors to my collection!

Get yourself some Essie Gel Couture now and thank me later.