I’ve seen this Tag on numerous blogs including: Hello Kaily, Polished by Amy, rylie*style, chicandpolished, but to name a few! I love Autumn and I intended to do this Tag at least a week ago, but here’s the thing about the changing season: it brings out the laziness in me. This whole week it has been SO difficult to even drag myself out of bed – and I’m normally a Jump Outta Bed, Let’s Get This Day Started kind of person. Alas, I was actually tagged to do this by Ryane Zamora Beauty and Natalie’s Beauty Base so I decided to finally jump into the proverbial pile of leaves as well. 🙂
Firstly, here’s a spooky photo I took in Capilano, BC during an Autumn visit a few years ago:
I entered a calendar photo contest at work and I won with this entry and the image is appropriately for the month of October so I get to see this image all month long! 😀 Now, onto the Tag…
1. Favorite candle scent?
I don’t really burn candles (as previously explained, I have this phobia about depleting a room’s oxygen supply when burning candles) but I like smelling them. For Autumn, I like crisp apple scents. I got caught up in all things Autumn this year when I went into BBW and bought a couple of mini candles and a cute little owl candle holder:
I picked up Pumpkin Apple and Autumn which both feature apple notes. I will try to burn them this Autumn / Winter (I say this to myself every season) to appreciate them more, but besides, does anyone else find that candles don’t smell as good when they’re burning vs just in the jars?
2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Coffee is a year-round beverage for me so it can’t be counted in the consideration. So the natural choice for me is tea. Every Autumn, I ramp up my tea conception – I enjoy drinking teas with a spicy kick, especially ones featuring cinnamon, peppermint or ginger. My top 2 tea picks and ones I always stock in my cupboard are Teavana Zingiber Ginger Coconut Rooibos Tea and The Good Earth Sweet & Spicy:
3. What’s the best Autumn memory you have?
September is when I met my SO, so the best memory of Autumn is of us beginning to date. What’s better than meeting up for brunch or sushi dates on a cool crisp Autumn day? 🙂 (awww *gag*)
4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?
I love the look of dark lips against paler skin. I want to rock the look this year and I intend to finally bust out my MAC Party Line lipstick for this purpose.
It’s so daunting to me to wear dark lips though!
5. Best fragrance for Autumn?
I like warmer scents when the temperature drops so notes of vanilla and light musk are more of what I gravitate toward. I wear Prada Candy (caramel musk) more regularly now. I’m also considering buying Donna Karan Cashmere Mist – by description alone, it’s not usually a scent I’d like, but I received a sample of it and on my skin it’s smells soft and comforting.
6. Favourite Thanksgiving food?
Stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy. I could just eat a plate filled with those items and skip the turkey altogether. You didn’t ask, but I’ll tell you what Thanksgiving food I DON’T like: pumpkin pie.
I hate the taste and the texture. Adding whipped cream on top of it does not help disguise either of those qualities.
7. What is Autumn weather like where you live?
It’s fairly stereotypical Autumn weather – it’s cool and crisp and all the leaves start turning fiery shades of yellows, oranges and reds. It can get quite windy. And layering clothes is essential since the mornings will start off quite cool and by afternoon when the sun is out, it gets warm enough to not need a jacket or scarf anymore. Right now we are experiencing a cooler than normal temperature range at around 15°C for the daily high (~60°F) and we have overnight frost warnings.
8. Most worn sweater?
Is not a sweater per se but a hoodie jacket in a sweatshirt material from the Canadian yoga apparel brand Titika.
It’s just like this one but mine is in a red / orange colour and it’s got a belt.
9. Must-have nail polish this Autumn?
I’ll go against the grain and not name a dark vampy shade – I’ll say a good beige or caramel creme shade! (check out Polished by Amy’s post about Autumn nail trends) A few good options: Nails Inc Basil Street, Nicole by OPI Southern Charm, and Essie Brooch the Subject.
10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
Here’s one thing you should know about Canadians – we don’t care about football here. Sorry Americans, it’s all about hockey here. And well, right now it’s also about baseball since the Blue Jays are doing so well. We also prefer basketball or soccer over football. So I guess the answer to this question is: the sport of jumping in leaf piles.
11. Skinny jeans or leggings?
Skinny jeans. I don’t own leggings. And until maybe 3 years go I didn’t own skinny jeans either. I just didn’t like skintight bottoms, but then I bought a pair of tall riding boots and needed some pants to wear with them. Skinny jeans aren’t my go-to pants of choice but they do look good with tall boots.
12. Combat boots or Uggs?
Neither, I have ankle boots, riding style boots and booties, but I don’t own combat boots or Uggs. I have nothing against combat boots – it’s just not my style. And Uggs… UGGGH, don’t get me started except to say: Uggs are NOT meant for outdoor winter usage. They look so ridiculous and I hope they all get ruined by salt stains. 🙂
I am thinking of getting a pair of Blundstone boots though – they’re a bit more rugged than I normally go for, but I like how they look. Has anyone owned a pair?
13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
Pre-2015 PSL was worth the hype! I finally tried the new reformulated PSL at Starbucks a few weeks ago on the first day of Autumn and it was a disappointingly boring sugary flavour without the warmth or spice. However, I should say that disappointment prompted me to try a new flavour called Toasted Graham Latte (TGL) and that has now replaced PSL for me. It is a warm, sweet, and comforting treat – like if BBW and Starbucks got together and made one of the BBW candles into a drink. 😀
14. Favorite Autumn TV show?
I don’t really watch TV or follow any shows so I’m sorry I can’t answer this question! I know that my bf likes to watch Walking Dead and Game of Thrones so I guess that’s what WE are looking forward to. 😉
15. What song really gets you into the Autumn spirit?
Not really sure if there’s an Autumn song, but I suppose it’s the songs that we’d listen to when we went back to school (university) so they’re all typically drinking songs. Here’s one: Home for a Rest by Spirit of the West
I just noticed a couple of questions missing from this version that I saw on Ryane’s post so I’ll add them now:
Favorite type of pie?
Apple! Preferably à la Mode.
What do you think about Black Friday?
In Canada, Black Friday isn’t associated with Thanksgiving since our Thanksgiving occurs in October. So Black Friday never used to be a thing at ALL. And about 5 years ago, retailers here started offering special Black Friday sales in November to coincide with the American Thanksgiving, and they even started opening early just like in the US. I’ve only started to partake in Black Friday a couple of years ago – mainly at Sephora (are you surprised?) – I even went to the malls early to get the best deals. I got some good stuff and overall, I’d say that I bought lots of stuff I didn’t really need. The most useful item I bought on Black Friday is my winter coat from Aritzia and I only got 10% off it. This year I won’t be going out due to my No-Buy!
And finally, since this is the Sweater Weather Tag, this is the kind of sweater I’d like to wear these days: