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Happy Halloween

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May your day be spooktacular!
The cats and I are just about to snuggle down and watch Hocus Pocus. Best Halloween movie, hands down (in my opinion, but I don't like scary films!). New post coming up tomorrow ^^

7 of my book favourites

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As any proper book nerd knows, choosing one is hard/impossible. However, there are some standouts for me. This list is subject to change, and maybe in the future I will update it. We shall see.


Author: Agatha Christie
Christie's books are a guilty pleasure of mine, whenever I want a book treat, or am unsure what to read, hers are sure to please. I LOVE the Poirot mysteries, and have just started the first of the Miss Marple books.

Series: The Harry Potter books (J.K. Rowling)
I do believe I re-read these every single year. They helped define my middle and high school years. I don't think I will ever tire of them, and I doubt they will move from this spot.

Stand Alone: The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield)
I still can't explain what it is about this book that I love so much. Everything about it draws me in, and even when I reread it, I remember how I felt the first time I read it. It's about time to seek it out again...

Movie Adaptation: The Devil Wears Prada (Lauren Weisber…

Autumn foliage at Gyeongbokgung

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It seems I never posted these photos last year, and since I'm missing proper autumn, I figured I would post a few of them now. These were taken roughly a year ago when I took a friend for her first (my third!) trip to Gyeongbokgung. I love walking around the palace, and the colours were stunning.






Books: The Knockoff

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"The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy Magazine, who discovers her twenty-something former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock her off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine to an app."

I initially wanted to read this one because everyone seemed to herald it the new Devil Wears Prada, but with issues currently faced by the magazine and fashion industries. I had high expectations going into this book, but I was a bit disappointed in it.

Imogen is woefully out of touch, so much so that it felt unbelievable. There is no way someone in her position could make it to 2015 without being able to read her emails. I've met and know a few people who are in high positions, and all of them have adapted with the times. Especially those in news related fields. As such, I felt annoyed by Imogen initially, thankfully she adapts and learns. It just seems like she should have experienced this long before this year.

Eve, on the other hand, …

The Sunday Post 01

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First up, this week on Instagram: (a) I went to Cirque du Soleil for the first time last weekend, see more about it below. (b) My family and I went out for dinner on Thurs. to the nearby Nutty Brown Cafe. This photo just screams Texas to me, am I alone in that? (c) Sunday's are for Netflix marathons, and Mochi's got the controls.

Cirque du Soleil's Kooza came to Austin, and my friends got tickets to go. Now, I've never been to one of their shows. So, I was ridiculously excited for it. The show was at the Circuit of the Americas, in a tent set up in one of the parking lots. Having never been out there before, I found the venue pretty cool, too. Especially hearing the race cars going round the track while we were parking.

The cats are 5 months old! How time flies, and how quickly they grow. Both have remained sweet and well behaved, so I'm happy and feel lucky to have such sweet kitties around. As I type this, Mochi is playing with my hoodie, and Pekoe is half dra…

Fashion: Transitioning from hot to (very) warm

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Well, autumn seems to have come to Austin. The weather has gone from hot (100+) and humid, to low humidity and, slightly, cooler weather (90s). Mentally, I am in full-autumn mode, I want to be wearing sweaters, or light jackets, jeans, etc. these days.

This is my first time living in an area that isn't starting to get properly cold at this point, so I've been figuring out ways to mix my fall favourites with the summer-like heat.

Light sweaters and shorts seem to be my favourite so far, so here's a look similar to what I've been wearing.


151009 by andiekp13 featuring a white sweater

Autumn candle haul (Bath & Body Works)

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It feels as though Bath & Body Works' candles have become a real thing in the past couple years. It feels cliche to say, but I love their autumn scents. I also like a couple of their Christmas ones, and the Lavender Vanilla one. However, their spring and summer scents tend to give me a headache, please tell me I'm not the only one?

Anyway, recently they had a couple different candle sales, and I decided to pick up a few of my favourites.


Autumn - "Fall into the season with notes of bright red apple, cedarwood & fresh balsam."
I bought this one in both the medium-size candle sale, and the three-wick candle sale. Fortunately, I adore it for it's fresh, crisp, and clean scent.

Sweater Weather - "Fall's here! Grab your cable knit and enjoy a mix of eucalyptus, juniper berry & fresh sage."
This is a new scent for me. I was partially drawn in by the packaging, How cute is that squirrel? There's a piece of plastic around the top that reads, &…

September in books

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First-Time-Reads

Why Not Me?: (Mindy Kaling) 5/5
Mindy Kaling's second book is just as amazing and hilarious as her first, I LOVED her stories, wisdom, and jokes.

Go Set a Watchman: (Harper Lee) 5/5
The controversial, and much-debated sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird," you can read my thoughts in this post.

Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight: (Sarah J. Maas) 4/5, 5/5
One of those absolutely addicting teen-fantasy series. This one revolves around an 18-year-old assassin, who is released by the prince to be his contestant to be the King's assassin. It's actually decent, and the second book was better than the first. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.

The Knockoff: (Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza) 4/5
I'm planning to do a review of this book next week, so look out for the post, which I will link here once it's up.


Re-Reads

Saving Fish From Drowning: (Amy Tan) 4/5
Art collector Bibi Chen planned a trip through China and Myanmar over Christmas …

September Favourites

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Beauty: Clinique Pop Lipsticks in Nude Pop and Melon Pop. These have become my go-to lip products. Both are wearable shades, moisturizing, and long-lasting. In Nude Pop, I have finally found my perfect MLBB colour. Melon Pop falls into my favourite orange-coral lip colour, but in a more natural shade. 

Book: Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling. I LOVED this book and flew through it. Kaling has a relaxed writing style, which makes it feel a bit like reading a letter from a friend. Also, she is hilarious and all-around awesome.

Song: I'm So Sexy 댄싱게놈 JYP & 유재석. I find myself singing this more than I'd like to admit, it's mega catchy.

TV Show: How to Get Away with Murder. This show is addicting, I was finally able to catch up after Netflix added season 1. I was hooked instantly and marathoned the whole thing over a few days, which worked out, as I was able to start this season on time.

Misc.: I love my Plum Paper Planner, it's helped me stay organized, and I love spending time decor…