10 Halloween Movies

I am going to just go ahead and admit to the fact that I am pretty much a baby when it comes to watching movies. I can’t do too much scary in one movie or even an episode, creepy or weird are a little better but I can only take it to a degree. I watched The Adams Family this month and I actually really liked it but any more and it would have been too much for me. This is a list of my favorite, non-horror, halloween movies.

Halloweentown: I have been watching all of the Halloweentown movies since I was probably ten and they are still not getting old. For me watching Halloweentown is how I start my fall. It christens the season. Yes it is definitely cheesy and get more cheesy with Halloweentown 2 and Halloweentown High.

Practical Magic: While movies like Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus are classically ‘Halloween’, Practical Magic is my favorite witch movie. It is a little darker than other films and not for kids but I really like it. It follows the women in a family of witches who were first persecuted in Salem and are now cursed in love. The story revolves around two sisters and their struggles to find love and break that curse.

The Adams Family: This was a new one for me this year. I have always heard it references but never got around to watching it. At first I was very creeped out. It is about a very strange and twisted family whose lives take a turn when Fester returns home.

The Craft: I thought I would really like this on since I am a big Charmed fan and I love Practical Magic. I found that the characters thought we just really not very likeable. The whole plot was kind of strange. The good thing was that I didn’t really expect anything that happened and I did actually like the main character by the end of the movie.

Hocus Pocus: This is iconic halloween. The month of October is not complete without watching Bette Midler and her witchy sisters at least three times. Strangely enough this season I have seen the first half probably five times but have yet to finish it.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: I was kind of reluctant to watch this one because for some reason I remember really not liking it. It must have been because I was young and terrified of all the creepy dolls but I loved it this time. It is so good! It is also just perfect in general since Christmas is also not too far away. For me its not really a kids movie but its definitely a classic.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch: By this I mean the movie although the show is pretty good too. This one is probably the most relatable since it follows Sabrina on a journey through high school. The big difference is that she discovers that she is a witch.

Beetlejuice: Beetlejuice is the comedy movie of this list. It is funny and involves lots of ghosts making it the perfect watch for some halloween laughs.

Hotel Transylvania: This movie is the most kid friendly of this list. It is an animated movie about Count Dracula, his daughter and a human boy. It is a great one for halloween fun with kids, be warned though there are many monsters involved.

Casper: There are so many Casper movies and shows to fill your halloween TV needs! Casper (the original movie) is my favorite. It is about the adorable ghost Casper and the adventure that ensues when some people come to find some treasure in the manor he lives in.

Happy Halloween!

Erin

Navy Peacoat

With all this cool weather finally hitting us I wanted to share my favorite navy jacket. For these photos I wore it with jeans and hunter’s since we have started getting some rain, especially in the mornings. I love the weight of this jacket because it is actually pretty thick and perfect for cool fall days. I shared some of my favorite double-breasted jackets in stores now at the end of this posts.

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Great peacoats: this one from Old Navy is super affordable and very cute, also this one from Thread & Supply on Nordstrom’s website is such an amazing deal (comes in great colors as well!)

Erin

Around the Web

Happy Monday! The October weeks are passing so quickly. This past weekend was homecoming weekend at my college so it was filled with lots of amazing friends, a concert and good food. I really needed that time with some of my close friends and it has motivated me to plan some time in the coming year to spend with them.

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Revisionist History: I am really surprised that I haven’t shared this one in an earlier ATW post because I started listening to this podcast about a month ago and I absolutely love it. I went through the whole first season in about a week and now I am working through the second. Every episode is about something different, a small part of history that was either largely neglected or misinterpreted in some way. It is amazing! I could really write an entire post on this podcast alone. I do really want to do a post dedicated to great podcasts that I have listened to in the past year, as I have mention in a previous Around the Web post, but I just couldn’t help but share this one. I think my favorite episode is still the very first one of the first season, The Lady Vanishes, because it touches on some big problems women have dealt with. Every episode is very worth the 30-40 minutes.

Lupita Nyong’o on Harvey Weinstein: The news has been filled with harassment cases against Harvey Weinstein and sexism in Hollywood (eg. James Toback). In this article Lupita accounts her own encounters with Weinstein. Even though she was able to get out before it turned even worse, the conversations made me shudder. I get very worked up knowing that women need to be nervous (for good reason) in conversations with many men in power.  We are no where close to equality for women especially in the work force and that can be a very scary thought.

National Geographic’s Jane Goodall: As a lover of animals and science Jane Goodall was definitely a hero throughout my childhood. I am very excited to see this new film on her life and revisit some of her work as a woman in a male dominated field. Her persistence and drive to do what she wanted is incredibly inspiring. It is such a great reminder for me right now since I definitely feel like lots of people are telling me I should do certain things or I can’t do certain things.

H&M Outerwear: I am not sure why this has been on my radar this week but I am loving the H&M outwear selection right now. Having some great jackets for fall and winter can really bring an outfit to the next level, however they are ofter pricier. H&M has some pretty affordable options right now. I love this biker jacket and this khaki green parka as lighter weight options. Also this wool blend and this felted coat are classy options for both work and nights on the town. This faux fur hooded jacket is another great one plus it is a statement piece and looks very warm.

Shawn Johnson’s Word On Miscarriages: This video of Shawn Johnson’s experience with a miscarriage has been trending since it was posted. It is pretty long but I think the point of including it in the roundup for me is that although it can be an incredibly difficult and emotional experience, miscarrying is actually very common. Also most of the time it is because something was not developing how it should and it is not anyone’s fault. I guess the message is that some things are out of our control and learning to accept that can be hard but it is important.

Have a great week!

Erin

Facing Homesickness in College

Homesickness is something that effects everyone in very different ways. It also shows up at different times in our lives. It is however very common to feel homesick during college, especially freshman year. I decided to write this post on how I coped with homesickness during college and some good was to face that feeling.

The end of the fall semester and the beginning of spring semester of freshman year can be the toughest time for many students. This is when the novelty of the college experience wears off and a sort of reality sets in. You are on your own and are responsible for keeping your commitments and making decisions. College is definitely a cushion from the ‘real world’. However, realizations of your independence can cause a great deal of homesickness, especially since for many people you are also physically far away from the people who cared for your for your whole life.  It can be a really tough time despite the fun you may be having in college. It is especially hard if you have not found your niche of people quite yet. There are several things that helped me a lot when I was homesick during college.

Friends and mentors are really helpful in dealing with personal feelings. This can be tough in the first year of college because you may not have made friends yet that you trust enough to talk to about how you feel. I recommend trying to find a mentor, someone who is older and already has gone through similar experiences. This may be a sibling, a professor, a coach or community member. There is no exact formula for finding your right mentor. This can be really hard for people if you aren’t comfortable reaching out to people. It is important to know that there are many people out there who are eager and excited to share their experiences. Try volunteering or speaking to an advisor/professor. Not everyone will be open with you but you won’t know until you try. If you don’t want to find someone new, reach out to an older sibling, cousin or aunt/uncle.

My biggest way of combating that homesick feeling was staying busy and focusing on the present. There is so much to do in college beyond just classes and homework. I highly recommend finding some sort of hobby/club/class etc… that you really love. Something that really lets you be present and not be thinking about home. It may be soccer, painting, photography, dance or maybe you love to learn about a certain subject.

An important part of dealing with homesickness is also facing it, not just burying it. Your hobbies/passions are really important especially for the moments you are feeling unmotivated and sad however you will create a much healthy environment for yourself if you stop ignore the feelings of homesickness. I did this my creating a balance in my life between my present life in college and my life at home. I called my parents and friends from home around once a week. This gave me space to adjust but also helped me keep up my relationships back home. Creating a physical space that encompasses positive parts of your life back home can also be really helpful. Decorate with pictures and other items from home. Another great strategy for facing homesickness is to work a meditation or reflective journaling exercise into your daily routine. This allows you to get the thoughts you are having out and really reflect on what you are feeling and why you are feeling this way. College can be a busy time but just allow 10 minutes every morning or after dinner to give your thoughts some reflection. The important part of facing homesickness is creating a balance.

If the environment is right for you, that homesick feeling will grow into a positive relationship with your family and hometown. I say grow because being homesick is really part of becoming independent. You aren’t leaving everything in the dust, you are growing into your own independent human being, with your own life. If homesickness is affecting your performance in school and your relationships I recommend first trying some of these techniques for dealing with homesickness, but if you still feel that way, asses your environment. It may not be the right school for you, for many reasons. This doesn’t mean transfer right away. It just means assess what is going on around you and see if it meets your values and how you want to be living.

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I just wanted to make a few notes on the outfit and location from these photographs. This is the historical location for Gennett Records in Richmond, Indiana. The studio was very well known and recorded many famous musicians (including Louis Armstrong). The tribute now is very beautiful! These are my new favorite pants. When I ordered them I loved the color but was definitely nervous about being able to pull off the style. I am still getting used to the fit just because I have never owned anything like it before but they are so incredibly comfortable and I really like how they fall. So cute and great for looking dressy but being very comfortable.

Thank you for reading, I hope this was helpful. The process for writing this piece was actually incredibly reflective for me. It helped me think about my college experience more and how I have changed throughout the past four years.

Erin

10 Fall Favorites Under $50

Today I am rounding up my favorite items under $50. Most of what I included has been on my own wishlist for several weeks. I think affordable fashion is definitely a priority for most people, myself included, so I want to do some sort of series in the future that focuses on looking great on a budget.

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Collage created using TurboCollage software from http://www.TurboCollage.com

1. Velvet Bow: This is just the perfect fall accessory. It would be great for the holiday season and can easily carry into winter. I have mentioned it before in my post on Fall Trends but I couldn’t help but add it to this post as well since I have been eyeing it for so long.

2. Tie Booties: I am not sure where I original saw these posted but I found them again while looking at that statement bootie trend. I bought several pairs of shoes from Sole Society this summer and I like their styles as well as the quality for the price.

3. Ruffle Sweater: There have been at least three J. Crew sweaters that I have been looking at recently. I am so impressed with some of their styles and prices this season. This sweater is great because it is on trend for fairly cheap and the color choices are perfect (they go with anything!).

4. Plaid Blazer: This one I am seriously thinking about purchasing. The plaid blazer is such a classic piece, especially for fall. I have been looking for one that is good quality but not too expensive. This one seems great but I can’t be sure of the quality yet.

5. Leather Belt: A leather belt is a staple wardrobe item. Especially a brown leather belt. I love the equestrian embellishments on this buckle, its just such a classic touch that could really pull an outfit together.

6. Grey Sweater: This sweater caught my eye because it is one that won’t really go out of style. In a neutral I would wear something like this for so many years to come (very worth the price).

7. Burgundy Bag: Burgundy is very in right now and it is a great color for both the fall and winter seasons. I found this bag when I was looking specifically for pieces in that color. I didn’t get it but I keep coming back to it since it looks like such a great bag (in both color and style).

8. Slide Loafers: Loafers are an essential shoe to have. The are comfortable, work appropriate and very classy. Slides are so easy to just slip on, immediately taking an outfit to the next level. Nicer ones can be pricier but these seem like a great pair, for relatively cheap.

9. Watch: I am on the search for a good watch that will look great with my outfits. I have always been the type to wear super simple and durable watches but lately I have been feeling the need to step up my game. I think I am going to ask for one for Christmas however I have been looking for some cheaper ones and this one caught my eye.

10. Plaid Skirt: Plaid in general is definitely a very fall/winter pattern. Even though the styles have changed quite a bit, plaid skirts are classic items and definitely are worth it. This one is not too expensive and I like the simplicity of the pattern.

As always feel free to share any thoughts, items or questions. I love the feedback and I love engaging readers!

Erin

Burgundy & Fall Flowers

This beautiful ASOS sweater is my new favorite. I love the fall color, its absolutely beautiful. The detailing on the back is so fun and I love how the sleeves taper. It is also very comfortable and perfect for walking in the mild fall weather, cool mornings and warmer afternoons.

I have been taking lots of photographs of all the fall flowers in bloom right now. They are so beautiful and I never have associated flowers with fall so its a nice change. I am really loving it and am trying to search for different colors in different places. I chose my favorite photos so far to add to this post and they are just so pretty!

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Sweater ASOS, Pants similar, Boots Tory Burch

Have a wonderful day!

Erin

Around the Web

Good morning! I hope you are having a good start to your week. I just spent half the weekend watching Harry Potter films on Freeform and the other half watching Broadchurch (my first ATW pick). I guess its a strange sort of mix but both are amazing and for some reason Harry Potter always reminds me of the holiday season. I love it! Here are my picks from around the web this week.

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Broadchurch: This show is on Netflix right now and it is amazing. My friend kept recommending I watch it so I finally got the chance to watch it this weekend and I am totally hooked. We binged the first season (luckily its only eight episodes) and the second is already so good. The characters are all so intriguing and relatable plus the mystery just keeps on coming. The premise is basically the journey of two detectives trying to solve the murder of an eleven year old boy in a very small coastal town, where everyone knows each other and everyone has something to hide.

Eco-Friendly Brands: I am always looking for lists like this because I love supporting brands that are conscious of the environmental impact humans have, especially the fashion industry. I have been really into Reformation for a while but they can be a little bit pricey. I hadn’t heard of some of these brands before but I will definitely be using them in the future.

Fall Photographs: This photos on the National Geographic website are very beautiful. They are depictions of fall in different places. I felt that they are different than your typical fall foliage photo but really inspirational and gorgeous. I think upstate New York will be my goal destination for next fall. Such gorgeous photos.

On Just Being You: I really respect this stylish woman’s take on being you regardless of age. Society puts such a huge pressure on everyone to look very young and youthful but she makes the point of saying she just wants to be herself, to look her age and a very positive way. I enjoyed looking at the posts in general on Advanced Style because it is such a different aspect then a lot of what is out there, a different generations take on current style. It also reminds me of my grandmother who had a major influence on my life, especially on my love for style.

Stranger Things Season 2: Yes this one has been seriously anticipated and I am so excited. It official comes out on Netflix on October 27th. The trailer has me hyped and I am sure it won’t disappoint. The timing around halloween is perfect (although I know very planned).

Erin