Fall 2017 Favorites
One thing you should know about me is that the fall is my favorite time of year. I know that it can sound cliché and I won’t pretend that I don’t enjoy the same warm blankets, fuzzy socks and oversize sweaters that 90% of the Internet is talking about right now, but it goes beyond that. The transition from close-to-unbearable summer warmth to the crisp air of autumn brings along a big sense of relief – I am half Swiss, half Canadian, after all.
Then come the color-changing leaves. You can keep your winter wonderlands and flowery fields – nothing puts me in a better mood than driving through a forest and discovering new colors at every turn, from green, to red, to yellow – and even the already-bare trees. And if you, like me, are lucky enough to live in a place filled with vineyards, I don’t have to tell you how beautiful they look once they have taken on this light shade of brownish orange. The only thing that can top that is seeing a flock of birds flying over your head, on their way to a warmer place.
You get the picture: there was no way I wasn’t going to make a post about the fall. I decided to go for a mishmash of what I guess you could call ‘favorites’, both fall-themed and not themed at all. While I was at it, I treated myself to a little shopping spree and decided to go for a photo shoot. So without any more rambling from my part, please enjoy this very hectic mix of random things that I’ve loved this fall!
Eye shadow palette. If you are looking for a very affordable fall-colored eye shadow palette, you should definitely check out Forever 21 make-up. The colors in this one go perfectly for this season, with lots of reds and golds. Of course, the quality and pigmentation are not the absolute best, but you can definitely make it work and it’ll fit easily in your budget!
Breakfast recipe. The next item is actually a recipe for overnight oats and has been my new go-to breakfast for about a month now. It is really easy to make, delicious, and keeps me full until lunch. Here is how to make it:
Put some rolled oats into a jar (about 5 tablespoons), then put powdered cinnamon and mix it up a little. Then pour in some almond milk, just enough so it covers the oats but not to the point where they are floating in it. Cut up half an apple in small pieces and put that over the oats. Let it rest in the fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning!
You could make this with any other fruit, skip the cinnamon, add some extra sugar, or of course use a different kind of milk. I think the mixture of apple and cinnamon is great for the fall!
Phone case. This is one that is completely unrelated to the fall. My best friend gave me this FRIENDS phone case for my birthday in early July, and it has not left my phone since. Not many people actually get the reference, but it’s totally worth explaining it a few times a week.
L'Analphabète. This book was written in French by a Hungarian writer who lived in Switzerland, Agota Kristof. The English translation of this book is called The Illiterate and I highly recommend it! It is very short, easy to read, but extremely interesting. Kristof talks about her childhood in Hungary, her move to Switzerland and her difficulties adapting to her new lifestyle, while dealing with an unexpected feeling of nostalgia for Hungary.
Lipstick. This is the Kat von D liquid lipstick in the shade Lolita. I bought this over the summer, and I think this lipstick was made to be worn in the fall. And, of course, the quality is amazing, as is to be expected with this brand – and cruelty-free!
Movie. Finally, the last thing, which is not really an item but which I really wanted to mention, is the movie Detroit. It just came out in Switzerland and beyond the fact that it is incredibly well made and that the actors are all amazing, I think it's really important for as many people as possible to see this movie in order to spread awareness about the issue at hand (because yes, even if people discuss it every day, it's still not enough). Just to say a word on the movie itself, the only negative-ish piece of criticism I can offer is that the whole sequence in the motel was a bit long - yes, it's the main plot of the movie and it is important to show what went on in that period, and confronting people with images of that violence is a good way to do so. But after a while it was repetitive and lost the "entertainment" aspect a movie should also provide. Other than that, the story was very well handled, the dialogue was exactly what it should be, realistic as well as striking - showing the tragedy of the situation.
This is it for this very random post - hopefully you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading and have a great fall!