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Falling into Autumn #OutrageousOctober

16 Oct

This is my goal!

Bring on the Fall! For once in my college life, I am completely aware the seasons are changing and autumn will be among us soon! Every year, I somehow let October slip through my fingers and by the time November hits, I question if October even occurred. From Halloween fun, to Midterm stress, and my father’s (and my) birthday, this month is probably the most hectic time for me. However, THIS October will completely different. I am preparing for my favorite season and going to fully embrace the fall. Below I have made a list all of things I am going to do to welcome the new season and I invite you to embrace fall with me!


I NEED this! I wonder if it smells better than other pumpkin ones I’ve tried.

1. Make my home smell like Fall
I love candles to the point where my boyfriend says I shouldn’t buy anymore, but I do it anyways! They are so peaceful and also gives my home an amazing smell, which is always nice. This one is also a great and simple way to embrace the wonderful season because anyone can do it – if you can’t use open flames, there are diffusers, plug ins, sprays, and so many more options! If you like the aroma of fresh-baked goods, the woods, or other autumn scents, I can guarantee it is out there!

From online shopping to your favorite grocery store, there is always a section for candles, incenses, and air fresheners, which has all of the smells. There are seasonal fragrances that are great to fill your home with in order to enjoy the seasons even more. This year, I want to buy candles that smell like apples, cinnamon, and even find a pumpkin one. Unfortunately, I have not had any luck at finding a good smelling pumpkin candle, so if you know a good one, please let me know!


My inspiration!

2. Update my wardrobe to match the changing seasons
Do not be mistaken when I say, “update my wardrobe”. I am not trying to change my whole wardrobe around to make it all fall attire because: 1. I am a college student who has bills and 2. I don’t have time for that. All I want to do is incorporate a few pieces that can give off a fall vibe like cute booties, a few shirts with dark fall tones, and maybe (if I’m feeling adventurous) a fun scarf with plaid on it. I think this is always a fun thing to do because you don’t have to spend a lot of money on changing your wardrobe. Just buying a few things that are something you don’t typically wear, vamp up your whole wardrobe. 

This doesn’t exactly relate to wardrobe, but I also want to incorporate fall colors and Halloween images into my nails. I use to do this all of the time when I was in high school (because I had time then), but I definitely want to at least change my nails twice to match the season. Also it’s a little difficult to do this now because I am a sculptor and my nail polish chips off WAYY too soon. 

3. Dye my hair to fit more in with the fall colors
This one is probably the most bold, reckless, and permanent thing to do on this list, but too late, I already did it! The reasons I wanted to dye my hair in the first place were: I’ve been really into changing my hair lately, I’ve never tried an auburn/red/orange color before, and Pinterest. There were so many creative things that were popping up on my feed to embrace fall colors with hair and I could not resist. Also, with my blue eyes I knew I had to give it a shot because it would make them stand out A TON.

After four hours of sitting in a salon, two ladies drying my hair at the same time, and a little pricey bill at the end, it was TOTALLY worth it! I love my new hair and to my surprise I love it more than my natural hair and all of the other experiments I have tried (blonde and purple balayage, for example). This new look also gave me a huge boost of confidence and a little more sass throughout the day. If you have ever been skeptical about changing your look, just go for it! Worst case scenario, if you’re not in love with it, express that to the person who did your hair and they will change it for you to like it once again. You may also find you love yourself with a new look and it will bring you more confidence than you had before. 

4. Eat/Drink all things pumpkin


I love PUMPKINS! This turtle is too cute 🙂

Okay, okay. I know everyone thinks pumpkin spice is very overrated and “basic” when fall season hits, but I have no problem indulging in pumpkin anything. At first, being the cool person I am (just kidding), I did not want to participate in purchasing pumpkin items because I disliked that everyone went overboard with it, but after trying my first pumpkin spice latte, because my friend made me, I actually loved it and still do today. It brings warmness and nostalgia whenever fall comes around because I treat myself to this every autumn.

Other than the typical Pumpkin Spice latte at Starbucks, there are other goodies out there that are great to enjoy in this fall season. For the first time, I found pumpkin pie ice cream at the store, which was to die for! Not only did it taste exactly like pumpkin pie, but there were also pieces of pie crust which was a lovely surprise. There are pumpkin spice Oreos (?? which I guess is a thing now), pumpkin creamer (if you like to make your coffee at home), and pumpkin spice cereal (lol who knew?) out there to try. Unless you’re allergic to pumpkin, I would suggest trying some of these new pumpkin items if you haven’t already. Even though it is overrated, you may actually find you like pumpkin things and that’s great!

5. Go ALL out for Halloween
Usually I am putting together Halloween at the last-minute and last year it got so bad to the point my boyfriend and I got our Halloween costumes the day before. This year, it is not going to be that way. Because I am a planner (good joke), I have already took the initiative to plan what I am going to be this year with my boyfriend and started putting up Halloween decorations. We are going to be creepy clowns this year, thanks to the inspiration from IT (even though we haven’t seen the new one yet… lol)! Being an artist, I love to have costumes that incorporate face paint. For example one year I was a scary bunny, a skeleton, and a wolf. All of these costumes, I went all out on my face paint and it was a lot of fun! The Halloween fun does not stop there! Like I said we have started to put up Halloween decorations up (thanks to my boyfriend’s mom for letting us use some of hers). We are going to have scary decorations up for the majority of October, which might be terrifying or bring in more holiday cheer. 

The decorations will be perfect addition to our small get together we love to do every Halloween where our friends come over all dressed in costumes. In the past, we lacked the decorations because we shopped for Halloween last-minute and it was a little weird that the only Halloween aspect of our part was our costumes…but this time will be a lot more fun! I am also going to tap into my baking skills for this event to make Frankenstein cupcakes and Ghost cookies!

Another aspect that ties into the Halloween theme that I love to do is watch scary movies. Rob Zombie has incredible movies he produced, the SAW movies are intense, and The Nightmare Before Christmas is a classic and great because you can watch it over the course of two holidays! Other Halloween favorites include Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, and Casper the Friendly Ghost (I know they’re kids movies, but I just can’t resist). Watching scary movies really gets me in the Halloween and October spirit, especially when there’s actually a Friday the 13th this month!!!

6. Take time to enjoy it all
Last, and especially, not least I am going to go out of my way to actually enjoy this month. With my hectic schedule (and I am sure you can relate) time goes by way too fast and I hate it. Honestly, I can’t even get over the fact we are already in the third month of the semester; where did the time go?? I am going to try my hardest to enjoy each and every day of this month to not only celebrate the fall season, but to also make the time go by slower. 


I hope this blog inspires you to try to embrace the fall months, even if this is your least favorite time of year. It is great to at least try to enjoy every moment of the year, especially when you are in college. These years you are spending in college will go by quickly (trust me, this is my last year) and it is important to enjoy the path rather than to try to race to the finish line

Enjoy the Fall Season!

Top 5 Halloween TV Episodes

27 Oct

Halloween is a holiday that just rings with nostalgia. As it approaches, I can’t help but think about all of the costumes I wore over the years, the trick or treating, and the candy! Whenever Halloween rolls around, I always find myself looking for blasts from the past, and these five Halloween TV episodes hit the spot!

1. Even Stevens: “A Very Scary Story”

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Remember when Louis had to find out why everyone around school was drinking milk and  missing their eyes?!

2. That’s so Raven: “Don’t have a Cow”

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I don’t know about you guys but this episode had me rolling on the ground laughing! Check out those ears!

3.  Boy Meets World: “And Then There Was Shawn”

Boy Meets World

Wow throwback, Cory (played by Ben Savage) did not know what was coming when the gang tried to find the infamous killer in John Adams High.

4. SpongeBob Squarepants: “Graveyard Shift”

Spongebob Squarepants

Let’s just admit that we all pull a SpongeBob move when we have to take out the trash…at night.

5.  The Simpsons: “Tree House of Horror” episodes!

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These episodes only need one description: classic.

Enjoy your Halloween with some of these throwbacks! Remember be safe, be cautious, and make that trip to the dentist worth while!




Top 5 Halloween Movies

24 Oct

It’s that time of year again, pumpkins popping up everywhere, scary decorations, and lots of candy on sale. Halloween is right around the corner. and what better way to get in the spooky mood than curling up on your couch with some popcorn and a Halloween themed movie? So here are our top five picks for the season, enjoy!

1. Hocus Pocus

People might be tired of this one, but it’s a Halloween classic. So it’s number one.

2. Halloween

This one is on the scarier side. You could opt for the 1978 original or the 2007 remake. Or both.

3. Nightmare On Elm Street

The old version is a classic, the new…not so much. Either way, you get your Halloween-y dose of Freddy and that’s what really matters.

4. Scary Movie

Need a few laughs to get through those horror movies? Scary Movie is essential to your Halloween lineup. Wassssupppppp!

5. Halloweentown

A Disney Halloween gift to us all! Halloweentown still holds a place among the best since its premiere in 1998. (I was only four years old, so it probably scared the bejezus out of me back then.)

So heat up some cider, crank up your A/C so it actually feels like October should, and settle in for a night of freaky Halloween fun!

Honorable mentions: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Scream, Beetlejuice, Monster House, Edward Scissorhands.

5 Tips to Stay Safe on Halloween

24 Oct

So it’s your first year tasting college freedom. And boy, you can’t wait to use Halloween as an excuse to celebrate and consume copious amounts of those overpriced Fun-Sized candy bars (I know I can’t)!


But before you you head out for a night of spooky celebration, consider these 5 tips for staying safe:


It is crucial to keep a keen eye on the general setting, no matter if you are going out to celebrate at a party, or are hosting a get-together in your dorm/apartment/house. If you are having guests over, know who is staying, coming, and going. If you are going out, it is best to always have someone else with you, have emergency numbers in contact, and to have a safe means of transport to and from the location. All in all, just be prepared!


You might be thinking how obvious of a suggestion this is, but trust me, the festivities on All Hallows’ Eve can get really serious real quick. If you are going somewhere you are unfamiliar with, pay attention to street signs and parking signs. Be smart. Don’t drink excessively and get sloppy on Halloween night– the police tend to watch college campus activities very closely during this time.


For your own safety and the safety of others around you, don’t drive under the influence. You may not even want to wear a costume that includes props that could be mistaken with a real weapon. It also isn’t the best idea to dress up and pretend to be a cop either. Just don’t be an idiot. Period.



You’re thinking: “Also another given.” But you would be surprised how many people could use a reminder. Don’t accept drinks from strangers. Stay away from rowdy, overly crowed areas where people are under the influence. If a fight breaks out at an event you are attending, make sure to steer clear of anything or anyone that could harm you.


Above all, whether you stay home and stuff your face with a bowlful of candy corn or go out for a night on the town in your eeriest ensemble, make sure you’re havin’ some fun!


Happy Halloween!


When Halloween is Just Another Day

24 Oct

With all the buzz about Halloween coming up, sometimes people forget that not everyone actually celebrates this holiday. This could be for religious, personal, or other reasons. The worst thing about not celebrating a popular holiday is that while YOU may not celebrate it, chances are a good portion of your friends do. This leaves you in a bit of a predicament. Have no fear, I have some great ideas of what you can do this upcoming Halloween that doesn’t involve getting dressed up, or even leaving the house.

1) Stay in and binge watch Netflix. What could be better than watching all 9 seasons of Supernatural in one day? Watching all 9 seasons of Supernatural AND all 9 seasons of Criminal Minds!!!

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2) Catch up on your house work. Sometimes throughout the week you let things slide that you normally wouldn’t. Those dishes that have been piling up in the corner? Yeah, it’s time to take care of those…like now.

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3) Get ahead (or catch up) in your classes. You know how you have to read 300 pages by Tuesday? Why don’t you get started on that this weekend? By breaking the assignment up into smaller chunks, it will seem less daunting and you might actually enjoy it!

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4) Get ready for Registration! Go to UAccess and add classes into your shopping cart. Registration is just around the corner, and since you have some free time, why not spend it getting ready for next semester?

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I know that you do these things everyday, but that is the point! This is just another day that someone finds a little bit more important than you do. There is no reason that you should treat this day any differently than the rest.