Boston

Boston

This past weekend, I was on fall break. I drove home to D.C. after my last Thursday class, then up to Pennsylvania. The next day Ben and I drove up to Boston to visit his sister and his brother-in-law. We stopped in his tiny hometown in Connecticut and had a fantastic brunch, and he drove me around town and to see his old home. I felt touched that he wanted to share it with me, and I loved it all, both for his sake and for its own.

Early October is a wonderful time to visit Boston, by the way. The leaves are just beginning to change, and the weather was delightful – typically sunny, and cool in the shade. The night air bordered on cold. As I live in North Carolina, where it has been in the high eighties since, it seems, the dawn of time, with no end in sight, I embraced and revelled in the cool. It was nice to wear long pants with boots and a jacket and a scarf at night, instead of walking in the hot, damp blanket that is the Southern night air.

The apartment was utterly charming, if a fourth-floor walkup. I think I’d like an apartment like that someday, when I have my own place – or our own place, as the case may be. It was in a historic building, and definitely had enough space for two and a dog. It felt like a home, in that way that you know it’s full of love between its occupants. I stayed on an air mattress on the living room floor, and for some reason I always sleep terrifically on an air mattress, even when it’s lost much of its air.

We did a bit of everything, as much as could fit into a weekend. We went to the North End for pizza, the Boston Public Library (which was having a book sale), the Public Garden, the Boston Common, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, a brewery, Cambridge and Harvard.

Honestly I’m half in love with it, Boston. I will always be a Southern belle, and D.C. will always have my heart, but I hate Southern winter with a passion. It’s all gray and brown and dirty green and a cold that gets into your bones because of the constant humidity, with no snow to insulate or make anything prettier. And, of course, it almost never snows enough to cover the grass. It’s hot too long, and then the cold is bitter to make up for the heat.

Yes, I’m tired of the South, though it lives in my heart. Another thing Boston has going for it that D.C. doesn’t, partially because it is an older city, is that it’s pretty. D.C. can be lovely – the cherry blossoms are a wonder of the world. But there’s something whimsical about Boston, where D.C. is touristy or all business. Boston seems greener to me than D.C. and New York, though it probably is about the same.

I’ll attach my pictures here for you, so you can enjoy what I did. I want to thank Meghan and Ryan for their hospitality, kindness, and generosity. I had a wonderful time, and they’re great company. I am deeply grateful for their accomodation.

 

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Fall Date Ideas

Go pumpkin- or apple-picking.

Pumpkin or apple picking are essential fall activities. Go pumpkin picking with your love, and take the pumpkin home for carving. Two activities in one! Or, go apple picking, and figure out something to make or bake with the apples you pick. Again – two activities in one!

Explore a corn maze.

Corn mazes are fun. There’s something about everyone trying to make their way out of somewhere that adds excitement. It’s a silly and fun activity, one that hopefully will take you less than an hour.

Take a walk.

Walk through the beautiful fall foliage and enjoy the cooler weather as you walk. Take pictures, if you like. Be sure to look up at the trees more than down. Crunch through the leaves on the ground.

Have a picnic.

Fall is the perfect time to have a picnic. The bugs are dying, the air is cooling, and there’s a blanket of leaves on the ground. Take a big blanket or two or three, a few games, some picnic food, and maybe some alcohol (to help keep warm) and have a grand old time.

Have a Netflix binge-session.

Crack open a window, light a fire, make some tea or cocoa, pop some popcorn, and snuggle in blankets and pillows to watch five seasons of an old favorite or a new obsession. You can take breaks to make more tea or popcorn where you can talk about the show or anything else. Be sure to order delivery, to make the night complete!

Go to a bookstore.

Ah, the bookstore. The perfect non-date date. You can choose to go your separate ways and peruse the books, or you can sit in the comedy or romance section and read to each other and have a good laugh.

Watch some scary movies.

Personally, I have never enjoyed scary movies. I’m easily startled, and jump-scares can and often do begin a panic attack in me. But some people sure enjoy scary movies. Find some favorites and use it as an excuse to get closer – adrenaline can increase affection, and scary content can be an excuse to cuddle.

Go to a game.

This could mean your local football team, or a game at the end of the baseball season. Either way, live sports are always fun. Get some beers and hot dogs and cheer. Don’t forget to bumdle up – or do, it’s another excuse to cuddle!

Go on a ghost walk.

Perhaps the most or second-most famous holiday of the fall is Halloween. Autumn nights with a chill in the air are the ideal time to walk around your city and learn about the famous local hauntings. Is that just a breeze, or did a ghost just walk by?


Attend a fall festival.

You can see the livestock, or eat festival food, or ride the rides. There’s enough at a county fall festival to keep anyone occupied for a few hours. Plus, with the combination of the leaves and the neon lights, it’s a great place to snap some pictures!

 

Autumn Playlist

  1. Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole
  2. Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys
  3. Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran
  4. I See Fire – Smooth Progressions
  5. Dog Days Are Over – Florence + the Machine
  6. 40 Day Dream – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  7. Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
  8. Where Are You Now – Mumford and Sons
  9. Curse Your Branches – David Bazan
  10. Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
  11. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2
  12. On the Way Home – John Mayer
  13. Gold – Once the Musical OBC
  14. You Ain’t Alone – Alabama Shakes
  15. There Goes the Fear – The Doves
  16. Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene – Hozier
  17. October Road – James Taylor
  18. Arsonist’s Lullaby – Hozier
  19. You’ve Got the Love – Florence + the Machine
  20. Solace – Scott Joplin
  21. Shrike – Hozier
  22. Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford and Sons
  23. Back to You – Selena Gomez
  24. Crying Wolf – ZZ Ward ft. Kendrick Lamar
  25. Hold On – Alabama Shakes
  26. April Come She Will – Simon and Garfunkel

Fall Essentials

Hello, fellow basic white girls. Our favorite season is upon us; smell it, see it, most importantly, feel it. Fall, glorious fall!

These are my must-haves for this wonderful season. They involve clothing and beauty products, as well as a few miscellaneous items. I hope you enjoy!

 

CLOTHING and ACCESSORIES

Scarves

Scarves are a great way to add not only color to an outfit, but texture. It adds dimension and interest. Plus, with cooler weather, protecting your neck is important.

Cardigans

Cardigans are another way to add color and dimension to an outfit. But the reason I really love them so much is that they’re a great way to turn summer pieces into fall pieces. Suddenly that sundress is more appropriate with a cozy colored cardigan over it. Versatility is important – especially for your wallet!

Boots

I love boots. I have loved boots for a long time, especially riding boots. The best thing about boots is that no matter what you’re wearing, whether it’s a T-shirt and jeans or leggings and a sweatshirt, you’ll always look a million times more put-together when you’re wearing boots. I don’t know why this is, but I enjoy and utilize it immensely.

Statement earrings

Because the weather is getting colder, more skin is covered during autumn than in summer. This means scarves covering throats, and sleeves covering wrists. I believe because of this that the best way to make a statement with and show off jewelry is with earrings. Whether your hair is down or up, a glimpse of sparkle is always delightful.

Floppy wool hat

I may be biased here, because I’m told I look very good in floppy hats. I don’t like wearing them during the summer, but in the fall they’re great. Floppy wool hats, like boots, make your clothing more fall-appropriate, and help you look more put together. Plus, during those misty fall days when it’s not quite raining, they’re a great umbrella substitute!

 

BEAUTY PRODUCTS

(Tinted) Lip balm

With the cooler temperatures, the air becomes less humid, and your lips can dry out. Lip balm is a great remedy, and tinted lip balm gives you that effortless flush.

Cleanser and moisturizer

Fall is a funny time. Some days it’s still summer-hot, and other days it’s almost cold. That’s why I believe that a good cleanser and moisturizer are essential; cleanser gets rid of all the oils and sweat on the face, and moisturizer replaces the needed moisture on the face.

Rosy mauve lipstick

Summer is the time for bright and bold lips, like my favorite orange-red. Winter is for those sultry cranberry shades. Fall, though, because of the natural flush of the cheeks due to falling temperatures, is somewhere between the two. I think a more natural color is the way to go, in a matte-satin shade, like my favorite lipstick with its fall-themed name, “Touch of Spice” by Maybelline.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Tissue packs

Many of us, though we love fall, have seasonal allergies. There are also those who suffer from asthma, which can be aggravated by the mold in the air. Tissue packs are important whether you suffer from these things or you’re just prepared for someone else to need them.

Favorite fall- or Halloween-themed movie

There’s nothing like a movie with those gorgeous autumn leaf colors to get you in a good mood. One of my favorite movies of all time is Hocus Pocus! I look forward to watching it every year, and you can bet I watch it from September-Christmas.

Books, books, books!

Books are great for those days that you just want to curl up inside your room and have a quiet time. There’s an almost enchantment about fall that can help you become completely immersed in a book.

Cute Yeti

Yetis are great. They keep things hot or cold for a very long time. Whether you’re a tea, water, or coffee person, no matter how you take it, a Yeti is a good investment.

Cozy blanket

When there’s a chill in the air and you’re adjusting to it, there’s nothing like a soft, warm blanket to curl up in with a book or for a Netflix binge-session. Plus, they make great decor!

 

What I Love about Fall

What I Love about Fall

Fall is coming, and people everywhere are rejoicing. Personally, I’m tired of melting. It’s early yet, but I’m so excited for fall I put together a list of my favorite things about autumn.

First there’s the obvious: the cooler weather. There’s something invigorating about having a nip of chill in the air after the soupy, languid days of summer. Something about a slightly lowered temperature is awakening: something is beginning. Of course logically we know it’s winter beginning and with it, the beginning of the end of the year, but despite this, it still feels like something new.

Different fashions and articles of clothing come out to play, including some of my personal favorites: cardigans and jackets and scarves and boots. The colors are darker and more muted versions of the bright and bold ones of summer and the pretty pastels of spring. Things become softer, thicker – cozier. Clothing feels less like a burden and more like a comfort.

There’s a greater variety of colors in nature in the fall. Autumn is second only to spring in terms of the variety of colors found in nature during the season. During the summer everything is verdant, it’s true, but in the fall it is as though all of nature has resolved that if it is going to die, it is going to do so in style. There are warm browns, bold oranges, glorious yellows, burning reds, rich burgundies, cool dark purples, you name it. It’s so beautiful.

Fall activities are fun, too. Pumpkin picking, hayrides, haunted houses, apple picking, taking walks, baking, making cider – all are fun things to look forward to, and to do. In addition to this, there’s fall foods. They center on apples, squash, pumpkins, maple, cinnamon, nutmeg – all number of sweet and fragrant ingredients.

Then there’s that almost indescribable smell of autumn. It’s a combination of mold from the leaves, coming rain and fallen rainwater, autumn blossoms, spices from cooking seasonal foods, and fires from end-of-season cookouts and beginning-of-season fires in fireplaces. All in all, it’s a homey smell, welcoming, cozy, and warm.

What do you love most about fall? Is there anything on my list you enjoy? Is there anything you’d like to add? Comment down below!

 

Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List

Hello all!

Today was the first day in a very long time where the temperature was below seventy degrees. I wore leggings and boots and a thermal shirt. My hair was down and I didn’t feel the need to pull it up away from my neck.

I don’t know about you, but I actually enjoy summer and the heat of it – until I’m done with the heat, and then I am DONE. And I am currently DONE.

So, imagine my delight today when it was almost cold! I am in the fall spirit, y’all, even though it’s supposed to get back up to the eighties tomorrow for the foreseeable future. I thought I’d compile a list of possible things to put on your fall bucket list. Let me know your favorites, if you try any, or something I may have missed!

Go to a pumpkin patch

Take a ghost tour

Go to a farmer’s market

Sit by an open window and enjoy the crisp air

Go apple picking

Watch your favorite fall movie (mine is Hocus Pocus!)

Learn to crochet

Cook with butternut squash

Take a fall foliage drive/walk

Make chocolate chip pumpkin bread

Bake your favorite pie

Bake cookies

Volunteer at a food pantry

Read outside

Play catch

Read a mystery novel

Take Polaroids

Decorate for Halloween

Think of all the things you’re thankful for

Hope you enjoyed! Have a happy fall, y’all!