October Faves

AAAHHH!!!  It's almost November, guys! Where does all the time go anyways?
Soon it'll be winter, and Thanksgiving, and my most favorite time of all...Christmas (but let's not get too ahead of ourselves)!
While it's still October, here's a list of my favorite things from this month:

October Faves

1. Skirts:  The thing is, in junior high no one wore skirts unless it was a required dress-up day.  If you wore one on a regular day, everyone looked at you like you had three heads (junior high, oh junior high), so I haven't worn a skirt for the past four years. Then I got to high school, and everyone wears skirts (or pretty much anything else they want to wear...what a concept), and they're actually really cute!  I just got this one the other day, and I can't wait to style it!  

2. Burgundy:  I'm not exactly a person who looks good in red, which really stinks because my school's main color is crimson.  I've found, however, that I can actually look decent in burgundy, and now I'm loving that color!  Just imagine a burgundy sweater, jeans, white Converse...so fall.

3. Bows:  I've been really inspired by Kate Spade this month.  Probably because there's so much gold and it's just great for fall.  I'm also loving the bows, which is really ironic considering about a year ago I hated them.  I love these bow earrings and this bow sweatshirt, but here's a disclaimer:  I still refuse to wear a bow in my hair.

4. Painted Pumpkins:  I think for most people the highlight of October is, frankly, the very last day a.k.a. Halloween!  And one of the fundamental parts of Halloween is, of course, the pumpkins!   I've seen so many amazing painted pumpkins, from Lilly prints to monograms to Vineyard Vines to Monsters Inc... I think I'm going to do a painted pumpkin next year because I'm probably the worst carver ever, and I can't be that terrible at painting, right? Right??

5.  Candy Corn M&Ms:  These things are the bomb dot com.  'Nuff said.

6. Oversized Sweatshirts:  Sometimes I really, really, really don't feel like dressing up just so I can go to school and take three tests.  Since it's getting too cold to wear t-shirts, I've been shrouding myself in sweatshirts instead.  Add one to yoga pants and tennis shoes, and you've pretty much got my "lazy day uniform."

Any other faves from this month that you'd like to share?

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Current Reads

So, ever find yourself lazing around with absolutely nothing to do?  You know what you could do?
R-E-A-D!  (I'm very aware that I sound like a really annoying middle school teacher right now)
I'm sure for some of you reading is about #450 on your list of "Things I Do When I Get Bored Out of My Mind" list (right between taking practice standardized tests and watching documentaries). However, I think everyone needs to check out these books. Most of them aren't really new releases, but they're some of my favorites that I love re-reading on lazy, dull, boring fall days.

Current Reads

1.  Jane Eyre- Kill me for putting one of those AP English books up there, but this one has some pretty radical ideas and situations, especially considering the time period it was written. Plus, it's a die-hard ROMANCE ladies!  We can at least appreciate that aspect of it, right?

2.  All Things Bright and Beautiful- Especially recommended if you are going into a medical field!  My mom told me to get this book because I want to be a veterinarian (considering it is the memoirs of a veterinarian), and honestly, at first it was like reading a textbook.  After getting into it, though, I've really enjoyed it.  James Herriot is a pretty darn good guy.

3.  The One- The last installment of one of my favorite series.  Sort of like The Bachelorette except the girls are competing for the hand of the prince (who, by the way, is the greatest character ever).  This is the final stand: Prince Maxon is finally going to choose "the One!"

4.  A Voice in the Wind-  It really surprises me that a book we read in school turned out to be one of my favorite books I've ever read.  Set right around the time of the second diaspora, the book is the story of a Christian Jew, Hadassah, who is enslaved and taken to Rome after Jerusalem is destroyed. There her story becomes entwined with that of Marcus Valerian, the powerful (and very handsome) son of her owner, and Atretes, a Germanic warrior taken from his homelands to fight in the Colosseum.  Lovely ending, I must tell you.

5.  Cinder- Think Cinderella, except that her one of her stepsisters catches a deadly disease, her sidekick is an android instead of singing mice, there is a malevolent queen who lives on the moon (aka Luna) that wants to take over the entire Earth, and the heroine herself is a cyborg.  It's impossible to find a book more original than that.

Any suggestions for me?


Dog Days of Autumn

I think it's finally going to be fall.  Time for that bittersweet time of leaves dancing in the air and pumpkins everywhere (I should be a poet).  Today is a holiday, and I was feeling pretty cooped up in the house (and rather disgusted with myself because of all the Kit Kats I'd eaten), so I decided not to let this fall day go to waste.
One of my absolute favorite things to do is go for a walk.  I used to think just walking was pretty tedious, but once I started paying attention to what I was walking past, it got a lot more interesting. Even my little neighborhood can be an interesting place. Bringing along one of my favorite buddies made the walk even better.  I took a few pictures whilst out perambulating.  Enjoy!
Prep For A Day

Hmmm, did I mention that my best buddy also happens to have four legs and thinks he's a Great Dane?
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He really is the best thing in the entire world...and so photogenic.  
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He loves to go right up to the edge of the pond, and I'm really surprised that he's never jumped in before.  He also insists on going up to every drain to inspect for cats...
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*trying not to be dragged into the pond by Toby while taking selfie
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I'm the king of the pond!
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I'll admit, sometimes living in a small town isn't the greatest thing ever, but it's days like this where I don't envy the people in the city.


Thorougly Quotable

Let's face it:  life isn't always a box of chocolates.
There are times when it seems like life is purposely trying to throw every single loop in the world at you simultaneously. Those times usually make for a pretty stressed out you, which then leads to a frantic you, and then it only goes downhill from there.
Sometimes you just need some positive reinforcement.
Reworded a little differently, sometimes you need someone who knows just the right thing to say at just the right time.
I don't know about you, but there are some cases where that person is a little hard to find.  So what do you do?  You go on Pinterest, of course!  It's a horde of quotes and lessons, so you're bound to find at least five sayings that will improve your mood in one sitting.
In a bad mood now?  Here are some of my favorite pins for when I'm in a less-than stellar mood:

1. "Be brave, my darling.  You have faced dark times before and you're still here now."-- C.T.L.

2.  "It all fades away in the end."

3.  "God has not called you to 'fit in.'"--1 Peter 2:9

4.  "Give the gift of your absence to those who do not appreciate your presence."

Give the gift of your absence to those who do not appreciate your presence.
5.  "The meaning of life is to give life a meaning."

6.  "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny."--C.S. Lewis

7.  "She needed a hero, so that's what she became."

8.  "When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad.  For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps."--John Lennon

9.  "Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale..."

10.  "'What if I fall?'
'Oh, my darling, what if you fly?'"

Hmmmm, maybe I could be a professional quote-hoarder when I get older...