Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

I can’t believe today is the day, the season has come and gone so quickly for me this year! As I said in my previous post, I didn’t manage to do all the things I had planned for but there is still something to be grateful for.

I hope you’ll have a spooky Halloween, my friends!

Alice xo

P.s. If you want to experience some spookiness all-year-round, be sure to check out The Samhain Society, there are many great Halloween bloggers there!

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When Your Favorite Season Doesn’t Go As Planned

When Your Favorite Season Doesn't Go As Planned

I had so many great ideas for this blog. I started planning it in August, during the most terrible heatwave of history, and I wanted to consistently publish my posts during the season (the plan was to post once a week during Autumn and then once/twice a month in the following seasons). But the day after launching the blog, I received a freelance writing job offer and my Autumn plans fell through the cracks.

I’m incredibly grateful for this job and I love it, but it requires my writing skills, so the last thing I want to do during my free time is more writing. That’s why the blog has been quiet in the last few weeks.

I didn’t want to write this post at first because I was afraid of sounding ungrateful and depressed. The truth is that I am grateful, I’m just bummed that my plans got cancelled. Sincerity is something that often lacks in the online world and admitting your own failures can be uncomfortable, but if there is one thing that made me love the Spooky Little Halloween blog, is the authenticity and honesty of the author, Miranda. She doesn’t pretend to be someone else and her last Instagram Stories inspired me to write this post.

When Your Favorite Season Doesn't Go As Planned

Needless to say that even my bucket list got neglected, but here is what I’ve managed to do:

  • get two spooky T-shirts to wear in October: one with pumpkins and one with ghosts
  • wear my bat necklace every day
  • enjoy my minimal Halloween decorations in my bedroom (I wanted to do way more, but oh well)
  • watch Hocus Pocus the night of my Birthday (which was yesterday, by the way!)
  • get two decorative pumpkins
  • spot some spooky decorationsΒ on sale at a local shop (Flying Tiger for my fellow Europeans)
  • use Halloween stickers on my planner
  • have a couple of delicious pumpkin meals (salted pumpkin cake + pumpkin soup)
  • admire the changing leaves and take some photos
  • go to a local pumpkin fair
  • play in the corn maze and the haunted house of my favourite video game

Some of the things were on my bucket list, others weren’t, but they managed to let me cultivate some great memories of this Autumn.

It’s easy to just complain and say “it didn’t go as planned, my Fall season has been disappointing”, but looking closely, there is always something to be grateful for. Also, I’m going to attend a small Halloween party this Wednesday and I’m going to wear a simple DIY Maleficent costume, I’m so excited!

To be honest, I don’t know when I’m going to write here again, but I will keep this blog. Maybe, I’ll be able to do what I had planned next year, who knows!

In the meantime, you can still find me on Instagram and Pinterest.

Top 5 Movies to Watch this Autumn

Top 5 Movies to Watch this Autumn

The Autumnal Equinox is just around the corner and, even if the weather is still pretty Summer-ish, I can’t wait to spend my evenings wrapped in a blanket with my cat watching cosy movies.

Today, I’d like to share with you my top 5 choices for this upcoming season. These aren’t new movies, they are just my favourite movies.

Practical Magic

Practical Magic. I discovered this movie only a couple of years ago and it immediately took a special place in my heart. I love everything about it. It’s cosy and spooky and romantic and funny, it’s the best! Oh, and can we talk about the amazing kitchen of the Owens family house?

Good Witch

Good Witch. This is a TV show, not a single movie, but I really enjoy watching it. They recently added the last season on Netflix and I’m slowly (I want to savour it, rather than binge-watching it) getting through it.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus. No need to say anything for this one, right? πŸ™‚ Also, it has just celebrated the 25th anniversary!

Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This is my favourite movie of the entire saga and I love the cosy atmosphere of Hogwarts, also, the Halloween scene is amazing with all those pumpkins in the Great Hall!

you ve got mail

You’ve Got Mail. This one has nothing to do with the spookiness of the season, but it has the perfect “back-to-school vibes”, in my opinion. I’m pretty sure the 90s have been the best years ever, speaking of movies!

That’s it! These are my top 5 movies I’m going to watch this Autumn. Any favourite one to recommend?

My Autumn Bucket List

My Autumn Bucket List

There are still some days of Summer, left but September 1st always feels like the beginning of Autumn to me and, seeing what people are sharing on the internet, I guess I’m not alone.

I never do Summer bucket lists because it’s usually the most boring season of the year for me. The weather is so hot that I can barely function, it’s impossible to stay outside, visiting new places or just walking around. Also, I’m usually stuck at my desk studying for exams or, in this case, writing my thesis with a very loud and old air conditioner running all day. It isn’t surprising then if Autumn is like a rebirth to me!

Today I’m sharing my own bucket list for Autumn 2018. I decided to pick easy and actionable activities, otherwise I would get discouraged for not completing them…but also because I love to check things off! I’d usually jot my list down on a piece of paper and hang it to the wall, but this time I decided to make things funnier and write it inside my blog notebook (it was also a good excuse to use some nice stickers because, you know,Β  #stationery!).

Autumn bucket list

Reread Harry Potter. I’m not planning to reread the entire series in 3 months, but I’d like to pick a book or two since it’s my favourite saga and I think Autumn is the perfect time of the year for that.

Get a seasonal candle. I have tons of Christmassy scented candles, but I lack Autumn/Halloween inspired ones, so I’d like to get at least one this year.

Watch Hocus Pocus. Because OF COURSE. I’m actually planning to start hunting for great Halloween movies on Netflix and make a list of the ones I’d like to watch. I’m not a fan of horror movies, but cosy ones like Casper, Ghost Busters, and similar are always nice!

Bake a cake. This might look like a silly thing to put on a bucket list, but you have to know that I’m a horrible baker/cook mostly because I don’t actually enjoy staying in the kitchen, to be honest. We don’t have Starbucks in Italy, so I still don’t know how a pumpkin spice latte tastes, but I LOVE pumpkins so I’m hoping to bake something yummy with it.

Decorate my bedroom. I have a couple of Halloween themed candle holders that I display every year and other decors, but I’d like to do some easy DIY too this year. Just to add a little bit of atmosphere.

Wear seasonal accessories. I’m planning to write a blog post about it, so stay tuned!

Create a themed playlist on Spotify. This is totally new to me since I don’t actually listen to music that much (am I probably the only person in the world?), but I’d like to have a nice playlist to listen while driving my car. Do you have any song recommendation?

Take photos of autumn leaves. I love nature and fallen leaves are always so beautiful! I’ll share my favourite photos on Instagram.

That’s it! I hope to be able to cross things off during this upcoming months. Do you have an Autumn bucket list?

Also, be sure to check out my dedicated Pinterest board!

Welcome to October Sisterhood

Welcome to October Sisterhood

October Sisterhood was born during an insanely boiling afternoon of this past heat wave. With more than a decade of blogging under my belt, I’ve come to the conclusion that the time to solely write about personal stuff had come to an end. I had almost stopped reading blogs (since many of my favourite bloggers left during the last few years or just switched to micro-blogging on Instagram) and I was browsing Pinterest looking for some nice photos of my favourite season (while hoping for Summer ending soon), when I’ve suddenly realised that blogging about Autumn, sharing round-ups of my favourite DIYs, chatting about magical movies and books could actually be an option, a nice way to get back into blogging for my own pleasure rather than numbers and fame.

I’ve always been an Autumn lover since I have memory, probably because I was born at the end of October when crispy leaves and gloomy mornings were in full swing (unfortunately, they are less frequent now, due to climate change). But the passion for all things witchy, spooky and Halloween, in general, started during elementary school when our English teacher taught us the story behind this tradition and made us celebrating it in class crafting masks and singing cute scary songs (while learning English, of course). Halloween isn’t a traditional holiday here in Italy, we just celebrate November 1st, All Saints’ Day, which is a Christian festival and doesn’t have anything to do with Trick or Treating around wearing nice costumes. Since then, my friends and I started a little tradition of ours going door by door in our little village asking for cadies to unaware people who gifted us the most disappointing treats (from a child’s point of view), like oranges, bubble gum, walnuts and even fruit juice.

Since then, things have changed a lot in our globalised world. You can now see stores and houses decorated with pumpkins and ghosts even here and I always make sure to have tasty treats to give to the children who will knock at my door. I even started a little tradition of mine to celebrate my birthday the same night of Halloween along with my friends, when possible, since it’s the only kind of party I’d love to attend/host.

I’m not into horror movies, gore and super scary stuff, but I hope you’ll still enjoy my attempt to celebrate the cosy side of Halloween. My goal for this blog is to bring back some of that nostalgia from my childhood, sharing things I love about my favourite season and my favourite holiday (right after Christmas, I have to admit) and meet like-minded people along the way.

Hopefully, there is going to be a new blog post every Friday.

xo Alice