Autumnal Decor

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I absolutely love decorating. I always have. Interior design is something I've been interested in for a long time, and picking up little pieces from home decor shops is one of my favourite pasttimes. So, being able to decorate our house for autumn was something I was definitely looking forward to. It's just a little bit of sprucing up that I think makes a big difference to the overall look of our house, on the outside and inside, and since it always puts a smile on my face, I thought I'd share it with you all to give you some home decor inspo!

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Our main focus of decorations inside the house is our mantelpiece, which has been something I've been dying to decorate ever since we saw this house for the first time back in February. In the old house, we had a fireplace but the mantel was quite thin so you could only place photo frames or cards on top of it. But since this one has a lot of space, we've got a lot to work with. It's quite sparse right now, but I'm sure by next year we'll figure out what to do to fill out the space. But for now, we have a few pieces decorating it.  

This side of the mantel is my personal favourite. The plastic fake pumpkin is from Michaels, the craft store, and the "Home is where the haunt is" sign is from Hallmark. They were both decently priced and I like the nod to Halloween (as we all know, I'm a huge fan of the holiday). The itty bitty pumpkin is just so cute, and I think the two pieces really compliment each other.

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On the other end of the mantelpiece, we have a large basket which was gifted to us by our real estate agent who helped sell our old house. It came with a bunch of goodies inside, but now we use it as a flower holder for these fake flowers, which are also from Michaels. There are a few bundles of these flowers inside, that we've mixed up to create an assortment of fall-coloured bouquets. I love how this turned out. It definitely spruces up the room. 

Lastly, in the centre of the mantlepiece, we typically have a candle. Currently, the Bath & Body Works Hello Sugar! Warm Apple Pie candle is in that place. This is my favourite autumnal candle, as it really does smell exactly like the scent of apple pie baking. I love lighting this candle up and cuddling up under a blanket to watch a film, which is how I'm tempted to spend my evening tonight haha.

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On the exterior of our house, we currently have this beautiful autumn wreath hanging from our door. Again, another Michaels' find. Can you tell I spend a lot of time at Michaels?! I love placing wreaths on our front door, as they're a subtle way to decorate for any season, especially the Christmas season (stay tuned for a Christmas decorations post in the next month or so!!). We got this wreath for about 60% off, which was an absolute bargain as it was originally, like, $70.

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Last but not least, we have this adorable little set-up in our front yard. Our yard has this little area, with a stone pathway and bench nearby a miniature waterfall. It was the perfect area to put a bunch of outdoorsy autumn decorations. We bought these hay bales from (no surprise) Michaels, and decorated them with pumpkins that we purchased just from our local grocery store. We didn't want to pick out average-looking pumpkins so we went with some odd looking ones, like this white one on top and the two funky Cinderella pumpkins. We left a space for the pumpkin that we're going to carve, which we plan to do this weekend in preparation for Halloween. We also have this cute little scarecrow guy hanging out in our front yard. At first, we weren't sure if he would be able to sit out front, but we tied him to the short gate which you can see if you look closely behind the bench. I love that the first thing you see when you pull up to my house is our little scaregrow guarding our mini pumpkin patch haha :)

Have you decorated your house for autumn or Halloween?

Felicia x

Favourite Autumnal Films

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Ah, autumn. The coziest season. The weather is becoming crisp, the leaves are changing, everything is beautiful. And although autumn is one of the best seasons for getting bundled up in warm clothes and taking a lovely stroll, one of my favourite things to do is to cuddle up under a thick blanket with a cup of hot chocolate while watching a great film. There a ton of great films which are very reminiscent of the lovely season upon us, that I think are just perfect for watching on a chilly Sunday afternoon. It would be completely wrong if I didn't start off this post with the ultimate fall classic, Hocus Pocus. I have not come across a person who has seen Hocus Pocus and disliked it. It's hard not to be completely amused by the Sanderson sisters and their shenanigans. I've loved this since I was a young girl and I still get super nostalgic every year when I watch it.

Above all, my favourite autumnal/Halloween film is Practical Magic. If you've never heard of it, it's a late '90s flick starring Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, and Stockard Channing (yes, Rizzo from Grease). It's a warmhearted film about a family of witches and the curse placed upon them which dooms every man who falls in love with them. The film covers the bond between sisters, true love, and lots of tequila. I promise you, it's not to be missed in your autumn film line-up.

If you have not seen The Addams Family, do it. Once you have, pop in Addams Family Values and prepare for greatness. Addams Family Values is as eccentric as its predecessor and its television series, but also just as entertaining. I have always loved Wednesday in this film. Her dark persona blended with witty one-liners is perfection. Not to mention, Morticia and Gomez are just, like, the best, aren't they?

With Halloween just around the corner, I must include my favourite scary film, which is the Hitchcock classic, Psycho. After watching about two episodes of the television series, Bates Motel, I decided I had to see this film and I was not disappointed. It really is so intense and gripping. I'm not a fan of gore or especially jump-scares, which makes Psycho perfect for me because even the scariest scene of all doesn't show much blood or explicit violence (if you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about). It's more of a psychological thriller, which can sometimes be the scariest kind of film.

It is my belief that any holiday or season is a good time for a Harry Potter marathon, but autumn especially is the best season to sit down and watch a film (or eight) of this series. If you haven't seen a Harry Potter movie, now's the time! Every film (save for the last) begins with Harry and his mates preparing to head back to school, which we all know is the first sign of autumn and the time for a fresh start.

And although it is not a film, it would be a shame to not use the opportunity of the seasons changing to sit down and watch the "Fall" episode of Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life, my personal favourite of the 4-part installment. The original series itself seemed to be set in perpetual autumn - including the opening credits which had a reddish, autumnal filter on it. "Fall" is a full 90-minutes of pure autumn loveliness. Not to mention, if you're a huge Gilmore Girls fan like myself, it's a tearjerker (in a good way!).

♥ What are your favourite films to watch in autumn? ♥

 

 

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5 Favourite Autumnal Lipsticks

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Autumn is nearly upon us, everyone! I cannot believe that the summer season is nearly gone. As sad as I am to see summer go, I am very excited for autumn to roll in because it is by far my favourite season! Everything about autumn is delightful - the clothes, the leaves changing, Halloween, the candle scents, and best of all, the makeup. I love fall-inspired makeup looks, especially lip colours because I feel lips are the most expressive component of any makeup look, and lipstick is for sure this girl's best friend. These five lipsticks are my go-to's in these cosy autumn months.

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(1) NYX Lip and Cheek Souffle in Cocoa Bean

Gotta love NYX products. This one actually came to me in an Ipsy subscription bag back in May or June, before I cancelled my subscription (you can read about why I cancelled that subscription here). I was a bit sceptical at first - but who wouldn't be? I was like, is it a lipstick that goes on your cheeks, too? Or a blush that goes on your lips? I gave it a go and was pleasantly surprised. It's a lovely product, as both a blush and a lipstick. I always think a neutral colour, such as this one, is very nice for when you're looking for a lip product that isn't too out-there or you want a more conservative makeup look.

(2) Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Mama

I purchased this Colourpop lippie early in the summer in a bundle of three liquid lipsticks called Up and Away. 'Mama' quickly became my favourite shade of the three (not to belittle the others, of course). As described by the website, it is a burnt orange shade that really pops on the lips. I think this is a perfect autumnal lipstick because the shade is very reminiscent of the colour of falling leaves. I use this more as a full-faced special occasion type of lip product, but it can certainly be used as a day-to-day product if you're brave enough to do so.

(3) NYX Lip Lingerie 12 Exotic

One of the first liquid lipsticks I've ever purchased with this one by NYX and it quickly became one of my favourites. I use it religiously in autumn. It's a gorgeous mauve that lasts for hours, even through eating and drinking. I think it is easily paired with any outfit and it's perfect for when you're on the go as it rarely requires reapplication. Another bonus is that because it is an NYX product, it is inexpensive - so purchasing one of these bad boys (or a few in different colours!) won't break the bank.

(4) Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 30

For the longest time, I have loved Kate Moss' collection of Rimmel London lipsticks. I own a few but my personal favourite for this season is this plum purple lipstick. I love wearing this shade, I think it looks so nice with a neutral brown eye look on a cool autumn day. Because it's a deep colour and it's pretty matte, I find it can dry out your lips easier but that problem is easily avoided if you coat your lips with a layer of lip balm before applying the lipstick.

(5) L'Oréal Colour Riche 402 Blake's Red

Of course, I had to include a red lippie because it's absolutely classic and, in my opinion, a perfect colour for fall. I am in love with this collection by L'Oréal and this shade of red is my favourite out of all the ones I own. It is a lovely long-lasting matte shade that really pops on the lip and I think it would really compliment any skin tone. I typically wear it with minimal eye makeup because I think it looks best as the main focus on the face.

Felicia x