Monday, December 30, 2013

Snapshots from the Holiday

Hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely Christmas! I had such a great time with family and friends this holiday season. Here are a few snapshots from my Christmas:

I'm so excited for New Years! Do you guys have any plans? I'm resolving to get a more regular blogging schedule, so expect to see more of me around here! Enjoy the rest of your holiday season, everyone :).

Monday, December 16, 2013

Merry Mail Ornament Exchange Link-Up!

When I saw that Kenzie of Chasing Happy and Amber of And Yes to Joy were hosting a DIY ornament exchange, I was so excited! What a fun way to meet new bloggers and get some holiday crafting done! It was a great experience, and I'm so happy I got to spread (and receive!) some holiday cheer.

Not to mention, I got to come for winter break to this fun little guy! The very sweet Amy of Club Narwhal noted that I liked animals with little santa hats on them, and totally ran with it :). How cute is he?! He looks great on my tree.

I was so happy to have been paired with Amy: she loves to bake, travel, write, and design. Soul sisters! I embraced the travel idea, and made her this Mod Podge globe ornament:

I also got the chance to meet Jenny of Growing Up Jacobson, and her super cute kids! She told us a great story about a nutcracker she loved as a child, so I decided to make her this nutcracker-based scrapbook paper ornament.

If you'd like to know how I made these little guys, tutorials are coming tomorrow! In the meantime, thanks again to Kenzie and Amber for hosting this fun exchange, and thanks to Amy and Jenny - it has been awesome participating in this with you!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Home for the Holidays

Hi, friends - sorry for the absence! I just came home from school for winter break and I've been decompressing after the semester and the final projects and papers. I absolutely love being home this time of year — as you may have gathered, I'm a big Christmas fan. I adore walking down Comm Ave, seeing the lights in Boston Common, watching the tree lighting at Faneuil Hall, and decorating my apartment, but there's nothing like being with your family this time of year!

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for gingerbread baking, present wrapping, hot cocoa by the fire, mulled wine, and claymation Christmas movies! I missed out on some of the season last year because I was in Europe through half of December, so consider this my love letter to Christmas. I picked out the tree yesterday (though it has to compete with my sweet Saul tree, which just had to come home with me), there's a good old New England snow storm coming this weekend, and I'm ready to rock!

How are you all getting into the spirit? Hanging your stockings? Going sledding? Do tell!

Friday, December 6, 2013

November in Instagrams

So this is a bit late. Even when I pretty much have a handle on finals time, it still drains me! Especially when it bumps so much against the holidays. What cruel calendar god decided that was a good idea? So anyway, sorry for the radio silence is what I'm saying :).

Here's what I was up to last month:
1 // A delicious tofu scramble and sweet potato homefries breakfast! 2 // Pumpkin pie soda?! 3 // Some apartment decorations. 4// My friends trying their hand at deer hunter for a 21st birthday celebration. 5 // Gingerbread lobsters! 6 // My chalkboard seasonal greeting. 7 // A major award! (I saw A Christmas Story: the Musical with my family) 8 // The Faneuil Hall Christmas tree! It is a monster. 9 // Rosco just can't bear the weight of his big ol' head sometimes.

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Christmas Playlist

Happy Black Friday, everybody! I hope you have fun getting started on your Christmas shopping, whether you're a mall shopper or an online deal-hunter. And I hope your Thanksgiving was absolutely wonderful. Because it's officially the day when you're allowed to start listening to Christmas tunes, allow me to share the "Best of" my embarrassingly long Christmas playlist:

Guaranteed to make road trips 300% more awesome. Please share some of your favorite Christmas songs with me! And have a very happy holiday weekend.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gift Guide 2013: A Very Geeky Christmas

Hey guys! You remember how I said I was super good at giving gifts? I figured I'd try to back that up this year with a fun holiday gift guide! It's not that the holidays sneak up on me ( all...hence the Christmas tree on my wall), but sometimes I wait just a bit too long to order people's presents online, and it cuts way too close to Christmas. I think the lateness of Thanksgiving is going to throw off my schedule even more. So even though it might seem like the Halloween decorations just went up, it's time to start thinking about those gifts!

Let's start with one of the most fun categories: the geek gifts. There are a ton of super awesome, quirky things to get the geek in your life - if you've never looked around the internet for a unique Star Trek gift, well, you would be amazed. I'm trying to keep these at a reasonable price point, so none of them exceed $40. Check it out!

1 // Game of Thrones House Pillows via ThinkGeek - These are so neat! And they look pretty cozy, which is important know...winter is coming. ha. hahaha.
2 // Chop Sabers via ThinkGeek - Lightsaber chopsticks?! These are the coolest! Craig and I get sushi take-out all the time, so I snagged him a pair. Good thing he doesn't read this blog ;).
3 // The Hobbit Moleskin Notebooks via ThinkGeek - This is a super classy geeky gift, maybe for a traveler or a writer? It also includes Toilken illustrations inside, which is super cool.

4 // Whooz? iPhone Identification Stickers via the Grommet - This is for a techy family. Each person gets a cute little sticker to identify their iPhone earbuds and charger! Genius! And so adorable.
5 // Star Trek Pint Glasses via Amazon - These are for the beer-loving geek. I love the comic-strip art style on them!
6 // William Shakespeare's Star Wars via Amazon - This is a fun little stocking stuffer - it's a hilarious adaptation of Star Wars in the style of Shakespeare. Perfect for the literary geek in your life.

7 // Mulder and Scully Friendship Rings via Etsy - These are just the cutest things! The other side of the ring has a UFO embossed into it. They're wonderfully subtle. I think these would be adorable for couples or best friends.
8 // Doctor Who Print via Etsy - This is one of my favorite quotes from Doctor Who! I love dictionary prints, as well, and this one is nice and clean. A lovely gift for your favorite space/time explorer/typography enthusiast.
9 // Marvel Bowtie via Etsy - This is a fun and dapper way to spice up a button-down shirt! A good way to help someone feel a little super.

These are a good starting point, but I encourage you to go out and look around to find the perfect gift for your beloved geek! ThinkGeek and Etsy are great places to start - just type in what they like best into the search bar, and be amazed at how much stuff there is out there! If you prefer to go DIY, check out this adorable Lego Star Wars Death Star Ornament that's a mouthful!

Do you have any geeks you're finding great gifts for this year? Let me in on your secrets! I won't tell.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Vegan Cider Waffles With Apple Cranberry Topping

Don't tune me out at the word vegan, y'all. I personally dip my toes in vegan baking pretty frequently, as I am a semi-lactose-intolerant vegetarian who lives with a dyed-in-the-wool vegan. I can say with confidence that this is among the easiest vegan "pastry" recipes ever. There are no flax or chia eggs, no Ener-G egg replacer, only really simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

But seriously, YUM, guys. These are light and crispy, spicy and aromatic, and they pretty much taste like fall on a plate. The apple cranberry topping is a quick and simple touch that take these to the next level. They don't take that much effort to make, and they will totally make your Saturday morning the best one ever. Trust.

RECIPE (adapted from Art of Dessert)
Makes 3 large waffles

Waffle Ingredients:
1.5 cups + 3 tbsp flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1.5 cups almond milk
6 tbsp apple cider
5 tbsp coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Apple Topping Ingredients:
2 medium apples (I used Gala, but feel free to use whatever you like)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
3 tbsp coconut oil (or vegan margarine)
3 tbsp dried cranberries
Dash of maple syrup (optional)

Waffle Instructions:
Preheat waffle iron and spray with non-stick spray
Stir all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth
Pour 1/3 of the batter into the iron
Repeat until you have achieved a warm waffle trifecta

Topping Instructions:
Peel, core, and slice your apples
Preheat coconut oil in your pan
Add spices, sugar, and cranberries, stir until combined
Add apples, saute for about 5-7 minutes or until apples are tender
If using maple syrup, stir it in right at the end and get it out quick to prevent sticking
Pour on top of warm waffles and enjoy a taste of the season!

P.S. the waffle maker we have now is an old one of mine from my parents' house. It's shaped like a princess carriage. So every breakfast is 300% more awesome for this fact. Look on in envy:

Friday, November 15, 2013

HoliDIYs: Quickie Twinkle Light Christmas Tree

Hey guys! It may only be the beginning of November, but I am already ready for Christmas. I let the season go as long as reasonably possible. I may or may not be typing this while I'm wearing a reindeer sweater, is what I'm saying.

I love doing fun DIYs for the holidays, so I thought I'd share them with you this year! This one is very quick and simple, but it adds such a fun pop to a blank wall. Here in my apartment, we most definitely can't have Christmas trees (hello, small 3rd floor walk-up). But when I saw a commercial for Command Hooks, I got inspired to craft one out of a single string of lights! It was much easier than I thought it would be, and it looks so fabulous.

2 packs of clear Command Hooks
1 string of green lights
"Star" (light-up yellow object of your choice)

Forgive me, the picture doesn't do it justice. I think this would be a great trick for a Christmas party, or to add some pizzaz to a space that can't necessarily accommodate a big tree. It couldn't be simpler. All you have to do is align the command hooks sparsely, in 7 rows that are about 5-6 inches apart. I only used 2 command hooks per row, and one per corner bend. Just push them closer together as you get up towards the top. Then string your lights around like a snake, hooking them into place as you go. If you're a perfectionist, you could do more measuring than I did. I promise it'll look fine when you light it up no matter how you do it!

Et voila! Our "star" is a chintzy $2 wreath I found at Ocean State Job Lot. Get creative with it! Anything that lights up is going to look fun. Everyone who has seen it so far was amazed at how such a simple idea can light up a room!

In other news, I didn't have a small enough star for our little Charlie Brown tree, so my roommate cut out a tiny Saul Goodman (of Breaking Bad) to sit on top of it. Our Christmas decorating is a bit nontraditional, to say the least...

But I laugh every time I see it!

How about you? Are you in the spirit yet, or does the Christmas music at the mall infuriate you to no end? Inquiring minds want to know!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Style Files: Tall Girl Problems

Hey guys! I'm here today to address a super serious issue: tall girl problems.

(I'm actually 281m tall. It's hard being a giant. Just kidding, guys. But you should consider yourself lucky that my commitment to this joke extends to me including this really unflattering photo of myself.)

I'm 5'8 and mostly legs. Short girls think they have the monopoly on height-related problems, but I beg to differ. I'm the girl who has to crunch down in group photos, the one who has to be super conscious of how short dresses are, and the one who is always "expecting a flood" because my jeans are not long enough. Why don't they make all jeans for women include an inseam? Men get all the luck.

I'm here because I know that some of my friends out there in the blogosphere have the same problems with finding good clothes as I do. Whenever I meet a fellow tall girl, we always ask each other: "where do you get your _____?" Let's face it, the women's fashion industry doesn't make it easy for girls of any size, so sometimes word of mouth is all we've got. I'm throwing out my fave brands for a few of the trickiest clothes to find in long-leg-friendly sizes: jeans, tights, and dresses.


Everyone knows that Levi's makes good jeans, but when you buy them online (and sometimes at JC Penney), they have different-sized inseams! Awww-right. I like the Demi Curve Skinny Jean the best, but the style is up to you: just know if you get the long inseam, people won't be seeing your socks.
And somewhat counter-intuitively, teen girls' clothing brand Delia*s makes super awesome skinny jeans. You'll probably have to size up, and you might want to order online to avoid being blinded by the bright colors and twee-ness of the store, but with some well-timed coupons and a BOGO deal, you can get 2 pairs of high-waisted skinny jeans for $45! Sweet. I wear these embarrassingly often. You can get longer inseams online, but strangely enough, I find that the plain old Skylar High-Waisted jeans work just fine for me.


I'm all department stores for my tights. Tall girls know the struggle of tights falling down all day because they're about an inch too short for your legs. Simply Vera Wang tights last a long time for me, and they're pretty inexpensive at Kohl's. Most importantly, the legs stretch out to be pretty long! Wahoo. Target's Merona brand comes in size medium/tall, which is a fantastic tight-related innovation. I like Vera Wang for patterned or lace tights, and Merona for brightly colored tights.


I'll preface this by telling you that my favorite dress length is an inch or two above the knee. I have no problem finding super long dresses, nor do I have a problem finding super short dresses, but finding my ideal length with the length of my legs is always dodgy. I have had great luck on (with the ASOS brand specifically) - and if the dress doesn't fit, you can send it back for free. Just make sure you check the size conversion chart - go by your waist size in inches, because their conversions can be a little wonky! As for Francesca's, I find that their lengths tend to be appropriate 75% of the time, which is more than I can say for a lot of companies, and they have a great constantly-rotating selection. I would advise going into the store and trying it on, though - you just never know!

Now, fellow giants, let me know where you get your favorite threads! Swapping tips is the best way to put an end to tall people problems :).

Friday, November 1, 2013

October in Instagrams

Happy post-Halloween, guys! I hope you didn't OD on candy. I can't believe it's November already! I've got my Christmas music curated and ready to go for every annoying T grumpy can you be while listening to Frosty the Snowman, am I right?

This has been a super fun month! Here are some highlights in Instagrams:

1//Some daisy-chained photos above my vanity! 2//Can you believe I kept these pretty mums alive for a month?! 3//The most beautiful sunset above Coolidge Corner. 4//A lovely day in Boston. 5//Halloween greetings from Jesse Pinkman and Walter White (not pictured: Craig had $10,000 and a pack of cards to become "New Hampshire Walt" LOL). 6//Happy tiny pumpkin! 7//My adorable coworkers and I dressed up for Halloween. 8//I met Wes Craven this month!! He signed my Freddy doll. I was geeking out :D.

Now onto Thanksgiving and holiday shopping...Happy November, everyone!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I'm Gonna Soak Up the Sun...

Hi, guys! I had the good fortune of being tagged with not one but two Sunshine Awards! I feel so loved :'). Since my darling Z (of Sometimes Z Takes Pictures) got to me first, I'll answer her questions - but thank you so much for thinking of me, Jess (of Bookworms in Dresses)!

The rules:
You have to post a picture of the Sunshine award in the blog post.
Post 11 random facts about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate 11 wonderful bloggers.
Write 11 questions for them to answer.
Also let the bloggers you nominated know you have nominated them.

11 facts ahoy!
1. I go out for ice cream after a long day like some people go to the bar. I would go out for ice cream in a blizzard. I think it's a Massachusetts thing?
2. I've been a vegetarian since I was 13 years old.
3. This might be evident from the pictures on the blog, but at least 50% of my wardrobe is polka-dotted, and at least 50% (but probably more) of my accessories are animal themed.
4. I once visited 4 countries in one day.
5. I used to compete nationally in public speaking.
6. I consider myself to be a very good gift-giver because my memory retains every small detail about everything that people like.
7. I'm a Writing and Publishing major, and my favorite thing to write is horror stories! This is often confusing to people in my workshops because I am prone to wearing things like dog-printed collared dresses (see fact 3).
8. My very first job was working for a NYC-based burrito restaurant in a centralized call center. It was as strange as it sounds.
9. I'm obsessed with fruit-flavored Mentos. I literally always have a roll in my purse.
10. My usual Starbucks order is a Venti Iced Soy Green Tea Latte - as delicious as it is pretentious-sounding.
11.  I start listening to Christmas music on November 1st.

11 answers!
1. How do you read blogs? Morning/afternoon/evening? All at once? Sporadically?
I binge-read sporadically - it's like how some people unwind with People magazine, I read a ton of blogs when I'm looking to chill for a bit.

2. What's one item from your childhood that you've held onto?
I still have a Mickey Mouse doll from a childhood trip to Disney World - now, he sits on my windowsill! :)

3. What are you going as for Halloween?
I'm Jesse Pinkman, and Craig is Walter White! Ignore the creepy implications of that and instead focus on me in a giant sweatshirt and beanie, because it's hilarious.

4. Are you a big accessory person? What's your favorite to wear?
I wear a lot of accessories! I always wear my Claddagh ring from Dublin, but my favorite is without a doubt my grandma's white elephant necklace.

5. If you could hop on a plane and go anywhere for a week, where would you go?
That's a tough question! I'd like to go back to Italy and maybe see Venice or Florence.

6. What wakes you up in the morning?
A very annoying alarm. I give it funny notes like "Ghoul-d morning" and put a lot of emojis in it so that I can smile a little bit when I turn it off, hah! Unless this question was supposed to be more metaphorical instead of which case, oops.

7. Socks, slippers, or bare feet?
SLIPPERS. Nothing is worse than cold wooden floors. My mother got me a great pair of Ugg slippers and they are so comfy.

8. Do you have any tattoos? Do you want any?
I don't have any, but I've toyed around with some small ideas - I want to make sure I'm totally sold before I make it permanent, though! :)

9. If you could have lunch with any famous person, alive or dead, who would you choose?
AHH this is such a loaded question. I'd really like to chat with F. Scott Fitzgerald - I think he'd make for very interesting dinner conversation!

10. What's your favorite season? Why?
I'm a very seasonal person - I find things to love about each time the temperatures change. I guess that fall would probably be my favorite, though!

11. What's your current obsession?
So many things! I'm getting into Mad Men now, so there's that - but I also just started reading David Sedaris, so...this is a struggle.

Tag, you're it!
1. Mollie of Molliepop
2. Laura of Girls Fighting Evil
3. Ayley of American Sunday
5. Churrts of the Astronista
6. Isabella of Sincerely, Isabella
7. Jennie of Jennie & Husband
8. Rachel of Daydream Frenzy
9. Jess of Jessthetics
10. Bel of Rags of Love
11. You! Please do link up and share in the sunshine! :)

Questions for you lovely ladies:
1. What was your best childhood Halloween costume?
2. If you could move anywhere for a year, where would you go?
3. What is your dream job?
4. What's your favorite Thanksgiving food?
5. What was the last book you read?
6. What's your must-have wardrobe staple for fall this year?
7. What are you looking forward to most about winter?
8. What was your favorite subject in grade school?
9. What was your first job?
10. What was the last movie you saw in theaters? Was it any good?
11. If you were on Supermarket Sweep, what would you stock up on?

Thanks for tagging me, Z and Jess! This was fun :).

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fright Nights: Last-Minute Costume Ideas

Hey everyone - happy almost Halloween! I thought I'd cap off this (very) mini series with a few tips on making last minute costumes, if you happened to get invited to a Halloween party you weren't quite ready to get dressed up for. As I mentioned before, I work at a Halloween store, so I've seen a lot of people blow through with some pretty creative ideas! These are some of my favorites:

"What Does the Fox Say?"

This is a Leg Avenue fox kit we sell in my store. You can find it online, too. Literally all you have to do is put on a cute/comfortable outfit, pop on the ears and tail, and wear a sign that says "What Does the Fox Say?" Or, you know, only respond to people by saying "WA PA PA PA POW" when they try to talk to you. Or communicate by mo-o-o-o-orse. Whatever floats your boat.
Effort: minimum. Pop culture impact rating: 9.

"Rosie the Riveter"

Do you have a chambray shirt and jeans? Do you also have a bandana and a curling iron? Boom, Rosie'd.
Bonus: you can spend the whole night flexing and making fierce faces at people. And you never have to think about your pose in group pictures!
Effort: almost none. Pop culture impact rating: 3.

"Minnie Mouse"

The old standby. If you have a lot of bows and red and white polka dotted things at your disposal (Lord knows I do), then you can definitely do this. All you need is some mouse ears, which many people already have from a trip to Disneyland. If you don't, they're pretty cheap at Halloween supply stores. This costume is very cute, and really fun to accessorize - you can definitely make it your own.
Effort: minimum. Pop culture impact rating: 4.

"Grumpy Cat" >:(
My friend told me she was going as "Hipster Grumpy Cat" this Halloween, and I was so delighted. Every costume store has tons of cat ears, tails, and whiskers for sale, and if you're good at makeup, you can take this costume from "vague reference" to "OMG your costume is the coolest." Any tan-hued outfit will do.
Bonus: you can make this face at everyone all night. And that is awesome.
Effort: minimum to medium. Pop culture impact rating: 8

"Walter White"/"Heisenberg"

This one will probably require a trip to the thrift store, unless you have a penchant for dressing like a chemistry teacher who also likes fedoras, and sunglasses. All you need to get is a black jacket, a plaid shirt, a black fedora, a bald cap, shades, and a fake goatee, if you can't grow one yourself. Dipping sticks are optional. A serious 'tude is mandatory.
Bonus: get your friend/significant other to dress like Jesse. Buying the components for Jesse is both cheaper and way more fun (really obnoxious oversized sweatshirts and graphic tees). I may or may not know this from experience. Okay, Craig and I are going to be Walter and Jesse for Halloween.
Effort: moderate/high (my store is out of fedoras already). Pop culture impact rating: 10.

But seriously, what are you guys planning on being for Halloween? Spill the beans. I LOVE hearing about peoples' costumes.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Off-Campus Style: Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

So I realized "Boston Campus Style" doesn't make much sense when I don't live on campus, eh?

I don't know if it's just this time of year, but I've felt crazy busy the last couple of weeks! I didn't think midterms were going to be a big deal this year, but I've been buried in work and school obligations for days. Every night I just hit the pillow and fall right asleep! So in a way, I guess it's good?

It was a beautiful fall day last week - not too warm, not too cold. The nice thing about this new 'hood is that there are plenty of big, green outdoor spaces to hang out in! It's the perfect stress reliever. So Craig and I went and had a picnic in the park. He's getting good at these outfit photos, don't you think? :)

Dress: Primark
Cardigan: Target
Tights: Alloy
Belt: Forever 21
Shoes: Minnetonka
Earrings: Flea market

Guest appearance by Craig's shadow.
An aside about this dress: a few weeks after I got it, I saw Aidy Bryant wearing it on SNL! I died. She has the cutest style.
ETA: I just realized this is my 50th post! Wow! It feels like a lot more than that, but maybe because I'm so bad at consistently updating :). Thanks for coming on this ride with me - here's to 50 more!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fright Nights: The Best Horror Movies on Netflix Instant

Hi, guys! Somehow I didn't foresee that my job at the Halloween store became more demanding as it neared Halloween. Fantastic insight on my part. But even though I missed a week, I felt like I should carry on sharing some of my favorite things from my favorite holiday with you!

I really, really love horror movies. I'm the first in line to see every crummy new scary movie at the theater, just hoping to be one of the first to uncover a diamond in the rough (a la the Conjuring and You're Next this summer). In high school, I even tried to watch 100 horror movies one October. Um, obviously I don't have that kind of time on my hands anymore. But I still make sure to watch a few of my favorites (and try to scope out some great new flicks!) this time of year, and frankly, all year round.

 A list of the best scary movies is all well and good, but where the heck are you supposed to get them, Blockbuster? Every time I see something on a list I want to check out, I instantly cross-check it with Netflix Instant. Since everybody and their brother has Netflix, I thought I would save you guys the work, and share some fantastically spooky things you could watch this very minute, if you were so inclined. The horror section can be a dreadful and treacherous place filled with bad acting and even worse special effects, so trust me to weed out the truly stupid and point you in the right direction. I'm practically a professional.

Cabin in the Woods is an absolute must-see if you're a fan of horror movies. I'll try not to say much more as it's better to go in blind, but know it's incredibly inventive, genre-subverting, and nothing like you'll expect - in the best way possible.

The Evil Dead is a total classic if you're into cheesy B-Movie horror. If you've only seen the remake, you don't know Evil Dead. Remember when I said I would steer you away from stupid? I may have lied just a little bit, but Evil Dead is worth it. It's gross, silly, and inspired 1000 imitators - but there's nothing like the original.

The Caller is a surprise hit. I found this one on a whim this weekend (Craig and I were amused by the casting of Bill the True Blood vampire against Victoria the Twilight vampire), and was pleasantly surprised. It's not perfect, but the concept is pretty unique, and there are enough surprises, thrills, and chills to keep you hanging on the edge of your seat til the end.

Red State is a rare foray into horror by slacker-comedy god Kevin Smith, and watching it made me surprised he didn't live in the genre in the first place. This is an exploration of just how scary cult-like Westboro Baptist-type churches can be. This isn't a jumpy-scare flick, it's truly terrifying in the way that movies that seem as if they could really happen are.

Okay, I'm kind of cheating. After horror movies, my secret Netflix Instant obsession is the documentary section. I've talked about that, and this movie, before. The American Scream is a really cute little movie about people in a small town in Massachusetts who put a whole lot of effort into making free haunted houses for trick or treaters in their backyards. If you're not feeling like getting spooked tonight, but you still want to get in the holiday spirit, this is your best bet.

I saved the best for last! Pontypool is one of my top five favorite horror movies of all time. It's both a deep exploration of how we as a society interact with language and a very scary zombie movie almost exclusively set in the sound studio of a radio station. There are a lot of twists, turns, and secrets about how the zombie disease mutates so I won't give anything away, but know that it's really smart and so, so awesome.

Do you have some spooky Netflix recommendations for me? I'm always looking for new movies to fall in love with!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Boston Campus Style: Hot Spiced Apple Cider

I have been craving a hot apple cider for about 3 days, I'm not even going to lie to you guys. This outfit seemed like the physical manifestation of that drink. Fall camouflage, if you will. The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and it's time for tights, riding boots, and cozy sweaters! And also peacoats, apparently, because I was pretty chilly in this outfit. Is it very cold where you live? I just wasn't prepared for this!

I'm a Looney Toon.

Dress: Forever 21
Tights and Cardigan: Target
Boots: Kohl's
Earrings: Betsey Johnson
Necklace: ? (super old)
Tote: Shakespeare & Company

I was reunited with my beautiful blogger buddy, Z! I missed her photographic assistance/frolicking around the Common with her. I love my new neighborhood, but I do miss having this beautiful space as my backyard!

Did you notice the big change on my head (other than my ridiculous roots)? You may remember I was thinking about getting a pixie cut - and about a month ago, I took the plunge! It takes me much less time to get ready in the morning, it looks less less silly when I wear statement necklaces and big earrings, and I feel a lot more "me" this way. I'm very glad I did it!

How is your fall going? Have you picked out your Halloween costume yet? As a Halloween pop-up shop worker, I like to know these things :).