Halloween/Fall Tag

So Halloween is quick approaching and with that the end of my favourite month of the fall season. But what about it makes me so calm, happy and cosy?

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Well here’s some questions and answers all about my love for Halloween and Fall:

1. What is your favorite Halloween movie?

Oh hard question straight off, and I really can’t decide so check out my 10 Favourite Halloween/Fall Season Films

2. 1-10, how much do you enjoy Halloween?

To quote Mean Girls, “The limit does not exist” lol

3. What is your fondest Halloween memory?

Anything to do with baking or carving pumpkins

4. Have you always been a Halloween lover?

For as long as I can remember definitely

5. How do you get into the Halloween spirit?

Honestly I think I’m in a constant state of Halloween spirit, it’s all I think about throughout the year =^.^=

6. Favorite Halloween decorations?

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PUMPKINS!

7. Favorite Halloween/Fall scent?

ooooh anything cinnamony

8. Favorite candy?

Over fall or Halloween I tend to opt more for sour or hard candies, don’t know why

9. Vampires or zombies?

Vampire every day all day

10. What is your weird/odd fear?

Mirrors/Reflections [insert blush face]

*11. Do you believe in ghosts?

Absolutely

12. Favourite thing to do during Fall?

Light a candle (usually cherry cinnamon), make a hot beverage, grab a blankie and either put on a movie or read a book

13. Favourite Fall food/drink?

Favourite fall food: Gingerbread Mummies from Starbucks
Favourite fall drink: either warm apple juice with cinnamon or spiced chai latte

14. What is your go to Fall clothing piece?

hmm difficult very difficult *coughs Harry Potter quote cough* but probably an oversized knit jumper or my brown knee-high boots with knee-high wool socks

15. Go to makeup look?

Nudes or grey semi smokey eye, cat flick eyeliner and gothic lip

16. Favourite Halloween Outfit you’ve ever worn?

Most definitely has to be when I was a gothic marionette, loved it and got some interesting looks in public for it hehe then again could have something to do with the fact I was an “adult” dressed up for Halloween.

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*First 11 questions taken from halloween forum

So there’s my list what about you? Feel free to answer the questions yourself and tag me, would love to read your answers.

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10 Favourite Halloween/Fall Season Films

So Halloween month is well and truly in full swing and my favourite thing to do in preparation is to watch at least one “Halloween” movie (Halloween in is quotations because honestly I watch them almost every day) a day. So here’s my list of favourite films, along with my favourite quote/s from it.

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So first things first HALLOWEENTOWN, family friendly funny film revolving around Marnie Piper who on her 13th Halloween finds out from her grandmother that she’s a witch from a long line of powerful Cromwell witches. It’s great and I love all the characters, the monsters and the story makes me feel nostalgic for being a kid at Halloween.

[Favourite quote/s: Magic is really very simple, all you’ve got to do is want something and then let yourself have it.” or Being normal is vastly overrated“]

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Next up is Twitches: ‘Two teen witches who were separated at birth and were adopted by two different families meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born, where their birth mother still lives.’ It’s another light-hearted feel good Halloween movie and great to watch with the family or just like in my case snuggled with a cup of tea and the cat.

[Favourite quote/s:  “I went through some ’70s wallpaper that is going to scar me for life.]

 

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So probably one that everyone knows and loves, and I’m no exception to the rule is Hocus Pocus (and yes I know it’s another Disney movie but what can I say, I’m obsessed): ‘After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.’ I loved this film as a kid and even more so as an adult because I can appreciate it more, my favourite character is Thackery Binx. If you haven’t seen this then I would definitely recommend this, the plot and characters are just incredible.

[Favourite quote/s: Oh look, another glorious morning. Makes me sick! another favourite,  Winifred: Why was I cursed with such idiot sisters? Sarah: Just lucky I guess”]

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One of the most interesting storywise in my opinion is Trick r Treat. ‘Five interwoven stories that occur on the same block, on the same night. A couple finds what happens when they blow a jack o’ lantern out before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far, and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater.’ Seriously I love this film, all the stories are incredible, based on different Urban Legends surrounding Halloween which is something that interests me immensely as well as the fact that they are linked in some way makes it even more intriguing. Not one for the kids but adults who enjoy horror films will definitely enjoy this one.

[Favourite quote/s: My my … What big eyes you have.”]

 

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Next film I watch more often than is probably sane to do so is Practical Magic; ‘The wry, comic romantic tale follows the Owens sisters, Sally and Gillian, as they struggle to use their hereditary gift for practical magic to overcome the obstacles in discovering true love.’ It’s sad and happy, fantastical and yet somehow realistic in its portrayal of how prejudice can affect communities, people and families. The whole story is a rollercoaster of emotions, something I love in a movie.

[Favourite quote/s: “Since when is being a slut a crime in this family?”, “There’s a little witch in all of us.”, “Hang onto your husbands girls!”]

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The Craft: ‘A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.’ This is great if you’re into angsty teenage movies made better with the added magic and crazy, a must watch any time of year but especially love it around Halloween.

[Favourite quote/s:  “We are the weirdos, mister” and “Be careful. You don’t want to end up like Nancy.”]

 

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If you’re into the gore side of horror movies, with plenty of gore and a plentiful story then I recommend Thir13en Ghosts for your horror fix and why? well here’s the summary: ‘When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts!’

[Favourite quote/s: “I sure as hell hope I don’t bleed to death. That would *suck*.”  and “Did I say there’s a petting zoo downstairs? NO, there are ghosts downstairs, Arthur!”]

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Now Carrie is a bit of a cult classic and has had some remakes in the past but honestly the 1976  version is my favourite it centres around ‘Carrie White, a shy, friendless 17 year-old girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.’ It’s one of those movies that you can just really get into and understand, some people are bullied in school this film just shows what happens when that person can fight back (even if it is with mystical powers).

[Favourite quote/s:  “Margaret White: Take that dress off. I can see your dirty pillows. Carrie: They’re called breasts, mama, and every woman has them]

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There’s one film that I’ve watched at least 5 times since it came out in cinema here, Crimson Peak: ‘In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers.’ The story is incredible, the scenery, the director Guillermo del Toro knows how to execute a horror story brilliantly, the ghosts aren’t like those you’ve seen before and you don’t expect a lot of the twists that happen which is what makes it even more thrilling.

[Favourite quote/s: Ghosts are real, this much I know. There are things that tie them to a place, very much like they do to us. Some remain tethered to a patch of land, a time and date, the spilling of blood, a terrible crime… There are others, others that hold onto an emotion, a drive, loss, revenge, or love. Those, they never go away.”

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Last but certainly not least is a relatively new film to the horror scene, The Witch the plot centres on a family in 1630s New England torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. This film quickly became one of my favourites because it’s not a stereotypical horror film, there’s no jump scares. it’s subtle; instead playing on paranoia and deception rather than gruesome blood filled scenes (don’t get me wrong there are some) but at the end of the day the film has an unexpected twist that makes the viewer gasp. A must watch if you like psychological and subtle horrors.

[Favourite quote/s: “Wouldst thou like the taste of butter and a pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?”

So what is your favourite movie to watch in the Halloween season, and do you have a favourite quote from it?

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Creams Cafe Review

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Pictured: Chocolate Fudge Mess Waffle, Coffee Bean Latte Sundae

So after a particularly difficult set at the gym my partner and I decided we really needed to eat and both had the urge for something sweet. On our way home we noticed Creams Cafe, and decided to pop in and try it. We were greeted by a member of staff and shown to a booth, the overall atmosphere was lovely, it was relaxed and the purple and black aesthetic was to die for. There were tv’s everywhere to entertain the customers, and each booth had its own personal tv; as it’s October the film Hotel Transylvania was playing (which is one of my favourite films to watch around this time).

We were given a menu , chose what we fancied; which was no easy task given the sheer variety of options and went up to the till to order. The food arrived promptly, we barely waited before our food arrived. I chose the Coffee Bean Latte Sundae which consisted of “Crushed wafer base, Cappuccino, Dolce Latte and Vanilla Icecream, chocolate shavings, chocolate coffee beans and chocolate and caramel syrup”. And my partner ordered the Chocolate Fudge Mess Waffle, a waffle with crumbled fudge cake and toffee sauce, you could choose icecream or whipped cream (he chose icecream).

When it arrived we were both pleasantly surprised. Not just by how delicious they both looked but by the sheer size of them. I didn’t want to eat mine, for fear of ruining the perfect swirls of icecream and toppings but I did and OH MY GOODNESS. The icecream was soft and flavourful, the chocolate, vanilla and coffee blended together perfectly, it was like eating a latte in icecream form. I have to admit I struggled to get through it, there was just so much to eat and even though I personally don’t like caramel or chocolate syrup, it was still enjoyable because the coffee was the more prominent flavour.

In the end the two dishes cost just shy of £15, which honestly was worth the price. I would definitely recommend checking them out if there is one near you.

If you wish to find out if there is a Creams Cafe near you check here: Creams Cafe Stores

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My Fall Loves

There’s nothing better than Fall. In all honesty it’s my favourite time of the year, the crisp leaves, the smell of rain on the air, the subtle waft of spices on the wind and best of all sitting down at night, blanket wrapped around yourself watching Halloween/Spooky films  with a hot chocolate in hand. So it’s probably no surprise to anyone that some of my favourite things in life are associated with the season.

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Albert Park in Fall*

My first favourite thing about the season is walking through the park near my home. The leaves have turned golden and dropped to the ground crunching under feat, squirrels are in abundance collecting nuts for the winter or just scurrying about playing in the leaves. There’s something homely or comforting about walking through and taking it all in even if the wind is nipping at my cheeks or the rain is pouring down heavily. I’m quite lucky that to get to univesity I get to walk through this every day.

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Jack Skellington Pumpkin

There’s something about carving a pumpkin that brings about a childhood whimsy, a sort of nostalgia of simpler times. That’s why every year I try to carve at least one, I love sitting down, tools in hand some cheesy halloween movie like Halloweentown or Twitches in the background and carving away. Either something classic like a spooky face or something unique and complex like a film reference or interesting design.

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Knee High Socks, Teapigs Chai tea and Lipsticks in Scorned and Aubergine Kiss

My last three favourite items I consider my comfort items for the Fall season. I adore feeling snuggly and warm which is why my go to items either for daytime or nighttime, walking about my town or walking about my house are a good pair of fluffy socks. At home I wear slippers or slipper socks and out and about I wear knee high woolen socks (depending how the weather is). I usually pair this with a dress or a jumper, and a dark vampy lip my two favourite colours in Fall being Collections Gothic Glam in Scorned and Collections Lasting Colour in Aubergine Kiss. I tend not to wear matte lip colours in the Fall because I like to be kinder to my lips so these two colours in particular are really mosturising and the colours are still bold enough that I don’t feel naked.

And lastly what’s better on a crisp Fall day than a steaming mug of something hot, in my case it’s usually a Chai Tea Latte from my local Starbucks or something similarily at warm and comforting made at home from my Teapigs  set of teas. Seriously the amount of tea, coffee and hot chocolate I go through on a regular basis pales in comparison to my consumption during the Fall season, it just makes sense to me.

To me there’s nothing better than being all bundled up, with my knee high socks, vampy lip, surrounded by leaves, pumpkins, squirrels, the sweet scents of spices and enjoying a large mug of tea or coffee.

What’s your favourite thing/s about Fall?
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Nosh Healthy Kitchen Juice Review

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SLIM-N-TRIM Juice*

So this week was freshers at university and whilst I was out I popped into my local Nosh Healthy Kitchen to check out there new juice bar. Everything on the menu sounded delicious and originally I ordered the ‘Immune Builder’ but changed last minute to try the SLIM-N-TRIM and I don’t regret it.

The SLIM-N-TRIM has apple juice, mint, spinach, kale and lime, although you’d expect it to have a overwhelming earthy taste it doesn’t. The mint is the prominent flavour so you do have to like mint, but the flavours together make it a pleasant tasting juice. My only downside is that it was a little bitty, but this doesn’t take away from it.

Next time I go in I think I’ll try the Muscle Man (espresso, almond milk, chocolate drops and protein powder) or the Immune Booster albeit without the pineapple ( blueberry, coconut water, spinach and lime juice).

Do you have a favourite juice or juice place?

*image taken from Nosh facebook page.

 

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