the weekend list no. 70

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— Pablo
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There’s been quite a lot going on in the past two weeks since Weekend List No. 69. We went to see a stage production of Pride & Prejudice which was a more farcical twist on the original, so that was fun. Since then, I’ve been studying a lot and taking practice tests for the GRE, as I’m scheduled to take the real test on October 28th. I’ve been dealing with a bit of work stress, but counteracting it by doing all that I can to enjoy the fall season.

It’s been very drizzly here the past few days, which has created a nice autumnal vibe. We’ve made chili and baked pumpkin cookies as well as pumpkin bread and there’s lots more baking to come. The same weekend we went to the play, we went for a farm day to spend some time with the horses and goats. Also, I’ve started getting caught back up on Outlander (I’m on season three) after taking a break and I don’t know why I ever stopped! I forgot how much I love this show. I’m currently halfway through season three during the storyline on the ship to Jamaica and it is completely enthralling.

This weekend, I plan on having tea with friends, studying some more, and hopefully getting to watch a fall movie and get some more items checked off the seasonal bucket list.

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Yet another flawless (and affordable) look from the Duchess of Cambridge.

Love, love, love this feature on Hannah Brown that Marie Claire did, which reminded me of the book The Marriage Plot in a way.

I wholeheartedly agree with this perspective on dating.

Jane’s fall outfit formulas are perfection.

The important reason why Meghan Markle rewore a lot of outfits on the South Africa tour.

Principal dancer Isabella Boylston’s beauty uniform was fascinating to read about.

Sally’s trip to the pumpkin patch in Germany looks so cozy.

Christy Nockels’ lullaby album is absolutely magical for getting to sleep.

Need a recipe for mulled wine?

I want to try out this 7-day sleep challenge.

spooky movies to watch this october


Truly, what is October if not a month for sweet treats, cozy reading, and spooky movies? While I’m certainly equipped to cover all of these topics, today I’m hitting on the latter with a list of spooky movies to add to your watch list this month. Pair with your best blanket, an enormous bowl of popcorn, and your favorite pre-Halloween candy.

I’m not a fan of your average horror film at all for reasons I won’t get too far into, namely the exploitative nature of the violence, the frequent misogyny, and just the common lack of good filmmaking. There have been some well made horror films recently, especially Get Out, but for the most part, it’s just not my thing.

What I do love are spooky films, the kind that isn’t really made anymore, but there are plenty of classic options out there. Here are my favorites:

night of the hunter //
One of my favorite spooky films is Night of the Hunter, in which a deranged preacher (Robert Mitchum) stalks two children through the countryside after murdering their mother. It was made in 1955, but has elements that feel very contemporary, such as the preacher’s “love/hate” knuckle tattoos and Lillian Gish with a shotgun.

rebecca //
For a classic Gothic ghost story, definitely watch Hitchcock’s adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier book Rebecca. A woman visiting Monaco is swept off her feet by the wealthy Maxim de Winter who marries her and takes her back to his grand country estate which she soon comes to find is haunted by the ghost of his deceased first wife.

bram stoker’s dracula //
Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of Dracula is as stylish as it sounds, starring Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and Anthony Hopkins. It’s set between London and Transylvania and heavier than the typical, campy take on vampires.

the house on haunted hill //
The 1959 film stars Vincent Price as an eccentric millionaire who invites five people to his home for a haunted house party, promising $10,000 to whoever stays the entire night through.

suspiria //
If you want something stylish, artistic, and terrifying, Suspiria is for you. I’m talking the 1977 version by Dario Argento. It’s an Italian film set in a German ballet school where a young dancer Sophie discovers a coven of witches.

carnival of souls //
A woman, the sole survivor of a mysterious accident, moves to Utah for a fresh start where she begins having visions of a terrifying man. She soon finds herself drawn to a carnival on the outskirts of town which seems to hold the secrets of her situation.

beetlejuice //
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love Beetlejuice? If you’re not familiar, it’s about a couple who die in a car accident and are stuck haunting their country house. When a new family moves in, they use all methods to try to scare them away.

a cozy fall bucket list

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It’s day three of Autumn 2019, so I have to assume that all of our fall celebrations are well under way. Whether or not you’ve gotten your sweaters out yet, there’s no time like the present to start working on a cozy fall bucket list. Luckily, I’ve got one prepared for you.

host a fall movie marathon with chili + cornbread
Cozy up at home with a big pot of chili, skillet cornbread, and a marathon of fall-inspired films. I suggest You’ve Got Mail, Dead Poets Society, and Harry Potter.

treat yourself to a new sweater
Get cozy for the season by investing in a beautiful sweater. I recommend Boden, J.Crew, Mango, and Everlane for mid-range options and A.P.C, Theory, Joseph, and Max Mara for splurges.

read a spooky novel
Or two or three! October is the perfect month for reading all the spooky novels. Some classic options are books by Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Daphne du Maurier, and there are tons of newer spooky novels out there such as The Possession by Michael Rutger, The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox, and A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Although if you want the ultimate spooky read, it has to be Macbeth.

bake something new + cozy
There are so many cozy things to bake for fall from cookies and pies to breads and cakes. My favorite things to bake in the fall are apple tarts, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, fresh bread with herbs, and various flavored hand pies.

order a caramel apple spice drink at starbucks
Every year, I look forward to the day this drink returns to the Starbucks menu! It’s the Caramel Apple Spice, which is steamed apple juice with cinnamon syrup and a caramel drizzle. It’s so simple and satisfying.

go leaf-peeping on a hike through nature
If you’re fortunate to live in a landscape where the colors change in the autumn months, take advantage by spending a crisp morning on a long hike. One of my best fall memories was hiking with a friend in the fall in Kentucky and being showered with golden light and falling leaves everywhere we went.

have a drink at a biergarten
There’s just something so cozy about a biergarten, isn’t there? A fun idea for this fall is to get wrapped up in your cutest fall outfit and spending the day at an outdoor biergarten with bottles of yummy hard cider. If you’re in New York, check out Radegast in Williamsburg.

carve or paint an intricate pumpkin design
Challenge yourself this fall to try a new, exciting design for your front porch pumpkins. Martha Stewart always has great ideas.

buy a new fall candle
As soon as you possibly can, head out to collect some new fall candles for the season. Trader Joe’s Vanilla Pumpkin is a great soy candle option that’s under $5. I also love French Baguette from Bath & Body Works which smells like bread and butter. For some higher end options, check out the Witches Candle from HausWitch, Antique Candle Co., Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir, or Diptyque Ambre.

find an opportunity to volunteer
Find some time in your schedule this fall to volunteer in your community. Whether it’s at the local food bank, soup kitchen, refugee services center, retirement home, or animal shelter, I know they’d all love the help.

listen to a playlist of autumn-inspired jazz
It’s become part of my weekly routine in the past few weeks leading up to fall to turn on a fall jazz playlist in the morning and let it play all throughout the day while I read, bake, clean, write, or do a number of things. My favorite ones right now are here and here.

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notable movies i've seen lately + ones i'm looking forward to

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Happy Friday! Today’s post was originally going to be the eighteen month update for my 101 in 1001 goals, and I’ve actually made quite a bit of progress on them but I’ve decided to abandon it and here’s why: I’ve just found that a lot of the goals I made 18 months ago are no longer relevant. A lot of them were New York oriented and I no longer live there, so there were many that just weren’t going to get ticked off the list.

Instead, in the spirit of autumn which is one of my favorite seasons for movie watching, I decided to share some films I’ve seen recently and loved as well as a few I’m really looking forward to seeing in the coming months.

things i’ve seen recently

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019)
I’m a huge Tarantino fan, so it came as no surprise to me that this was the best film I’ve seen in awhile. It touched on so many interesting themes like memory and nostalgia, masculinity and cultural violence, all wrapped up with the outlandish Tarantino touches his fans love so much.

Aquarela (2019)
This was a beautiful documentary from Victor Kossakovsky about water that I recommend you must see in theater for the visual and audio impact. There was such a poetry to it, almost like Pale Blue Dot, where it makes you feel very infinitesimal and demands respect for our planet’s power.

Little Women (1994)
I still can’t believe it took me this long to see the iconic ‘90s adaptation of Little Women with all my faves like Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon. This film was 110% my vibe, with cozy shots of Concord in winter and scenes of painting portraits in French gardens. The thing that struck me most was Christian Bale’s performance as Laurie, thinking about how Timothée Chalamet is playing him in the new version, because watching Bale was like watching Timothée before he was even born. The similarities in the mannerisms was eerie.

movies i’m looking forward to

The Aeronauts (2019)
Three of the movies in this section are ones I saw trailers for when I went to see Aquarela, funny enough. This one, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, struck me because it had a steampunk vibe that was done differently than I’ve seen before. It was steampunk, but much more colorful and magical.

Little Women (2019)
Now that I’ve fallen in love with the originals, I’m dying to see Greta Gerwig’s adaptation. She’s a favorite director and performer of mine and the casting is just perfect: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep. Can’t get any better. Judging by the trailer, it seems like it’ll have a little bit of a Sofia Coppola twist on it in that the dialog is quite modern in a historical setting. Plus, the thought of Louis Garrel as Professor Bhaer kills me in the best way.

The Current War (2019)
How is it possible for a movie about Thomas Edison to look so sexy? I mean, this trailer is insane. So, this is a Scorsese film about the rivalry between Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse. It hasn’t gotten the best critical reviews as of now, but I still want to see it only because the trailer is so well done.

Jojo Rabbit (2019)
This movie just won the audience award at TIFF which means it’s on its way to the Oscars based on recent trends. The story is about a young boy who is imaginary friends with a comical Hitler but has his beliefs tested when he meets a young girl. This is being called an “anti-hate satire” and it’s certainly a touchy subject that harkens back to Mel Brooks’ Springtime for Hitler in its satirical nature, but I kind of think that’s what contemporary culture needs at the moment.

the weekend list no. 68

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
— Edward Abbey
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It’s been a fairly eventful past two weeks with the summer winding down and hurricane season in full swing. We went further inland for a few days during Hurricane Dorian and were lucky to have great weather there, but things also weren’t bad at home. The power didn’t even go out which was a shocker! Our holiday away from the storm basically just included a lot of Italian food, reading, and work as usual during the day. After that, it was back to business as usual.

Last weekend was mum’s birthday, which we celebrated with even more Italian food from Prato in Winter Park. We had a tremendous Margherita pizza, arugula salad, then blackberry gelato and coffee cake with blueberry compote for dessert. Before dinner, we went into a new-to-me store around the corner called Piante, which had the most beautiful floral designs and pieces for the home.

This weekend, we’re going to see the new Victor Kossakovsky documentary Aquarela, which is described by Variety as “the most metal documentary about water you’ll ever see”, so I am definitely looking forward to that! After that, I’m hoping to spend part of Sunday with a friend, baking a tarte Normande while she makes homemade cider and kicking off autumn with some cozy movies.

Two weeks from now, we’re going to see a stage production of Pride + Prejudice that I’m really excited about and then, before you know it, it’ll be October and time for all things Halloween! In the meantime, here’s a great list of links for you this weekend:

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Such great reminders on career.

Jane’s guide to creating a secondhand capsule wardrobe for fall is spectacular.

Love these ideas for switching up your fall work routine.

I’m so inspired by these back-to-school outfits.

Five lessons learned from living in Paris.

Treat yourself to a French girl facial massage.

How to style your black booties for fall. I love #1 and #7.

Loved reading Coco Gauff’s feature on ITG.

Have you stocked up on Trader Joe’s fall products yet? I have my eye on the pumpkin ravioli.

I can’t get over this dress! And of course, the incredible work she’s doing.

Five ways to eat the apples you pick this fall.

I think I’m going to need to plan a trip to Bath. Because of this too.

Such gorgeous interior design work.

As an enormous fan of Audrey Hepburn and Charlotte Rampling, a resounding yes to this.