Baking Apple Crumble

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Last week I decided, on a whim, that it was time to finally bake the apple crumble that I've been dying to bake for ages. Weeks ago, I stopped at an apple orchard on the way home from school and picked up a ton of apples, then cut them up and stored them in the freezer with intentions of baking this beloved autumnal dessert. But then I got busy, other things became a priority, blah blah blah, you know how it is. But last Friday, my mum and I went out, bought the ingredients we were missing, and then I baked this lovely dish.

It's probably important to mention that until baking said apple crumble (or 'apple crumbly' as I call it), I had never baked anything before in my life. I know, it's crazy that a nineteen-year-old has never baked before. But for my first attempt, it went very well, judging by the deliciousness of the forkful I snuck after it had cooled down :)

I used a recipe I found off Pinterest to bake my apple crumbly, as I found it was a very straight-forward guide that I could easily follow as a first-time baker. My apple crumbly turned out amazing. So I'm gunna have to give this recipe two big happy thumbs up. If you want to make your own apple crumbly, you can find the recipe I used here.

What is your favourite autumnal dessert or treat?

Felicia x

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

October Favourites

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Is it really almost the end of October?! This month whipped right past me. And truthfully, I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted to... But, oh well! There's always next month. And November means that Christmas is right around the corner!!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am for the Christmas season this year. My December is jam-packed with fun things, and my mum and I have already started purchasing some decorations for our first Christmas in the new house. Anyway, I'm getting distracted haha. What I'm really here to talk about today are my monthly favourites! I have quite a few favourites to go over this month and I'm very excited to share them all, so let's just jump right in.

The first thing I've been loving this month is the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick. I purchased a tube of this liquid lipstick in the shade Kitten Heels in an order from one of my favourite online shops, Lulu's, and after the very first experimental use, I fell in love with it. I already own one of these lipsticks in Life's a Beach, which I leave in Florida as it's a coral that looks best with a tan. So I was happy to add another one to my collection, this time in a gorgeous bright red shade. I have loved wearing this with darker clothing, primarily the black turtleneck I purchased at the same time from Lulu's (don't you love when things work out like that?) as I find the contrasting dark-clothes-bright-lips combo is very flattering. It's not a terribly drying lipstick, either, which I obviously like.

Continuing on with make-up, I've found that I've often been reaching for the Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner. Wow. That's a mouthful.I received this a long time ago in an Ipsy bag but kinda forgot about it for awhile and recently we have become reacquainted. It's been awhile since I consistently wore a winged eyeliner look, which used to be the only make-up look I ever wore back in high school. But lately, I've been "winging it" more often (haha) and I've been using the Skone eyeliner to do so. I have recently fallen out of love with former go-to eyeliner, the Maybelline EyeStudio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner (again, a long title), for a number of reasons, but mostly because it doesn't make a very dark line no matter how black the shade of liner is. But this Skone liner goes on very dark and stays on very dark, thankfully. So I think this one will stay in my day-to-day makeup look from now on.

Moving onto skincare, I've probably mentioned this product before, this is the Bio-Oil PurCellin Oil. It's a product used primarily for stretchmarks, scars of any kind, uneven skin tone, aging, and dehydrated skin. I have been using this on my acne and minimal acne scarring for awhile now and I've really started to see an improvement this month. I have a cluster of spots on the side of my face and some scattered elsewhere, so I just take a bit of this oil and rub it in all over my face. It makes your skin look and feel a bit oily so it's best used at night before bed or when you're sure you'll be staying-in, but once it soaks in, it's like magic. Obviously, it doesn't work overnight, but it does make a difference over time and I'm okay with waiting as long as it works!

Jumping over to haircare products, the Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Treatment has been my bff this month. I used this religiously when I lived in my old house, but when I moved, it got misplaced and I never went out to buy a new one for reasons unknown. So I dealt with my frizzy, poofy hair for months. But, luckily, I found it at the bottom of my haircare bin in my bathroom earlier this month. I'm a happy gal. This argan oil is used in a few pumps on either dry or damp hair, as a styling product, or before bed as a treatment. It honestly does wonders for my very dry ends. My hair looks silky, even the day after using it. I don't know how I lived for a few months without it!

Now, moving onto a bit more random, non-beauty-related things I've been in love with in October...

This month, I received my brand new iPhone 8+ in the mail and I'm in love with it. Coming from an iPhone 6, it's been a huge adjustment, but totally worth it. The camera is to die for, and the new features are an absolute bonus. But, aside from just the phone, I received my new case for the 8+ in the mail, and it's BEAUTIFUL. It is the Casetify iPhone 8 Plus Castle Classic Grip Case. It's see-through on the back, with a bubblegum pink exterior and a beautiful image of a castle on the back. Usually, when buying a new phone case, I go onto Amazon and pick out a cheap, cute case. But this time, I saw this gorgeous case while browsing Casetify's site and had to have it. It totally screams Cinderella's Castle in Disney World (pretty sure that's what they intended) and since Disney is so important to me, I thought there was no better case out there for me. SOOO I dropped nearly $50 Canadian on it... Yikes. But so worth it.

Another random online purchase I received in the mail this month was Catherine Mason's "I Drink Coffee Like a Gilmore" Coffee Cozy. If you're not familiar with coffee cozies, you're probably not alone. I came across the concept when I was browsing the hundreds of accounts I follow through my Disney account on Instagram. A ton of people seemed to be taking photos of their coffee mugs around the parks with cute Disney-themed crochet cupholders. I clicked a link on one of the pictures, which brought me to an Instagram account and eventually to a website-shop, where I found this beauty. Am I obsessed with Gilmore girls? Yes. Do I love coffee? Yes. So, I decided this coffee cozy had to be mine. I ordered it back in July but unfortunately, with making the product and shipping it out, I didn't recieve it until a couple weeks ago. But it's here!! And I love it. I use it whenever I grab a Starbucks or a Tim's. My dad thinks it's ridiculous haha, but I just think it's so cute.

Lastly, this is something both my boyfriend and I have been loving, and that is The Office. I mentioned in last week's Friday Thoughtspost that my boyfriend and I have been watching this lately. But when I said watching, I meant bingeing. And by bingeing, I mean we watch it every night before bed. It's such a funny show and it's lovely to get tucked into bed in our pjs, wrap up into plush blankets, and throw on an episode (or three) of The Office before we call it a night. I'd say my favourite character is probably Pam, but I find everyone hilarious (except Andy ugh I hate Andy lol) especially Dwight. And yes, obviously my boyfriend and I are praying to god that Pam and Jim get together because that's meant to be.

So, there ya have it! Those are all the things I've been obsessed with in October. I hope you all enjoyed reading. Let me know in the comments if you're also a superfan of The Office haha.

Have a great week, everyone!

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