The Sunday Six

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Happy October, y’all!

October is my favorite month of the year for countless reasons (it’s my birthmonth for one!) so I thought it would be fun to kick off the month with the introduction of a new series…The Sunday Six! It’s most likely exactly what you think it is, a count of my favorite things at the moment. I’m actually pretty late to the party on this one so let’s just get to it before it comes the Monday Many (not cute).

#BoosAndBows

In case you haven’t heard, Tara from Beaus and Bows and I are hosting a photo-a-day challenge over on Instagram. You can find the prompt and today’s post right here. Feel free to follow along and use the hashtag #BoosAndBows. I can’t wait to see how creative we can get with each day’s prompt. If you join in, you might even find yourself featured right here on Magnolia Moon.

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The Catch Up

I went out to celebrate my birthday a little early last night (it’s on Tuesday). Honestly, it was probably the first time I’d been out to a bar with my friends like that since college and at the risk of sounding like the “mom friend” that I am, it was surprisingly fun! We did everything you’d expect from a group of girls in a bar. Group bathroom selfies, the shot wheel, too many mixed drinks, obnoxious flash selfies, we even yelled “Free Bird” at the band. That last one is probably just a Southern girl thing but you get the picture. Later on in the night we met up with a group of guys we went to school with and my best friend and I realized a few of us had known each other for over 23 years. That’s longer than my little sister, who was also there, has been alive! I loved every minute of catching up with everyone and can’t wait to do it again…in a few weeks because, you know, balance.

Lip Paint

Sephora recently had Tarte’s Tarteist Lip Paint on the Weekly Wow for $11 so I snatched up 2 different shades, Deep Nude and Killin’ It. They’re pretty typical as far as liquid lipsticks go but I do feel a slight difference in the level of comfort on my lips compared to a formula like the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. I’m a fan of both but Tarte does feel a bit more comfortable for everyday wear.

Pumpkin Spice on Ice

This is really my first year diving into the whole Pumpkin Spice thing and I have to say…I regret nothing. Currently I’m obsessed with iced pumpkin spice lattes because even if it is October it’s still 80-90 degrees on any given day so ice is necessary. I also hit Trader Joe’s wide open and snatched up Pumpkin Waffles, Pumpkin Crisps, and Pumpkin Ravioli. All were life changing and highly recommended.

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Louisville

I’ve been traveling to Louisville, Kentucky once a month for about four months now for doctor’s appointments and I’m realizing that I’m pretty much falling in love with the city. So this is more of a call to action than a favorite pick but if you have any travel guides to Louisville or happen to live there, let me know! It’s made it’s way onto my list of possible cities to live in and I want to know all I can about the city.

What’s the Tee

I’ve had a strong love for RuPaul since he played the Witches Council judge on Sabrina the Teenage Witch circa 1997. With that being said, I tend to listen to a lot of true crime or political podcasts that can weigh pretty heavy on the heart sometimes. That’s where RuPaul: What’s the Tee comes in. It’s a laugh every damn time. It’s honestly become my fool-proof, instant pick-me-up method. I’ve even started listening to episodes over again. I’ve probably heard the ep with Katya at least 3 times now. Also, there is no sound more precious than the cackle of RuPaul, it gets me every time.

 

There ya have it, y’all. A little rushed, a little thrown together but that’s the beauty of it. Stay tuned for more of The Sunday Six soon and in the mean time, be sure to follow me on Instagram for the #BoosAndBows challenge.

 

xx

Merisa

 

 

 

Sweater Weather Tag

This post is a bit like the Fall Favorites Tag but seemed like fun when I saw Elle Fowler do it on her YouTube channel so I decided to give it a go here on the blog.

1. Favorite candle scent? – As you may know from the Fall Favorites Tag, I’ve really been loving the Trick or Treat candle from Bath & Body Works but I just found where I had packed away my absolute favorite candle scent ever and that is Vanilla Cedarwood from Bath & Body Works as well. As you can probably tell from the picture below, this candle was burned down pretty far when I rediscovered it. I guess I tucked it away in my cabinet sometime ago to save it. I’m glad I did though because I haven’t been able to find it in store.

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It smells so warm and makes your whole room so cozy. It really is the perfect scent for Fall and Winter.

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? – Tea. Hands down.  I am a HUGE tea drinker. I have a cup every morning and probably have about six different kinds in my cabinet at all times. During the Fall and Winter I love mixing in seasonal coffee creamers with PG Tips brand tea because it’s super strong and that keeps me from loading it down with a ton of sugar. My favorite creamers are Bailey’s Red Velvet Cupcake and Coffee Mate Peppermint Mocha.

3. What’s the best fall memory you have? – One of my favorite fall memories is also one of my earliest memories. I was in preschool and both of my parents came to pick me up from school which never happened. My dad had gotten off of work early so he came with my mom to get me that day. I remember being so excited to see them both then holding their hands going down the “big kid” hall at school. When we got outside they held my hands and lifted me down the stairs between them. We then went to pick my baby sister up from daycare and went to the park. We were the only ones there and it was so fun just running around with my dad and posing for my mom’s camera. We even walked the little Indian trail above the park and ran through the leaves. I was probably 4 or 5 but every time I look at pictures from that day it brings back all those fun memories. My parents aren’t actually together any more so I appreciate those moments even more now.

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? – Uhm. Both! Why must I choose? I mean I’ll pretty much wear winged eyeliner any day but I do tend to keep the dark lips for Fall so if we’re talking Fall trends it’s definitely a dark lip. They look great together though, right?

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that’s some serious selfie game, y’all

5. Best fragrance for fall? – I don’t really switch up my perfumes all that much between seasons but I have definitely been reaching for my bottle of Gucci Guilty Black more now that the weather has cooled down.

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6. Favorite Thanksgiving food? – Sweet Potatoes and Green Bean Casserole. Two separate dishes, by the way. I’m not even a huge fan of green beans as a side but I love green bean casserole. I think it has to do with those French fried onions. Yum. And who doesn’t like sweet potatoes? They’re like a side dish and a dessert in one.

7. What is autumn weather like where you live? – I live in the South, so autumn weather can be a variety of things. Take yesterday for instance, it was freaking freezing and today it’s sunny and 73. Mother Nature’s a bit indecisive when it comes to weather below the Mason-Dixon but we really wouldn’t have it any other way because once she finally decides to let the autumn weather stick around it truly is a sight to behold.

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8. Most worn sweater? – My Gap camel cable knit sweater. I’ve had this sucker for years and every fall I break it out and wear it to death. Year after year I’m always so pleasantly surprised to see that it’s still kickin’ (that’s what I call a good investment, folks).

9. Must-have nail polish this fall? – OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. It’s a wonderful deep, deep, deep purple that looks practically black on nails so it’s absolutely perfect for this time of year so close to Halloween.

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10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? – Football games, for sure! Football is pretty much a religion in my high school’s town (We’re 3 time State Champs, y’all!), so it’s pretty much ingrained in us since birth. Plus, the last time I jumped in a pile of leaves I ended up falling on a chestnut burr…which is pretty much the opposite of fun.

11. Skinny jeans or leggings? – Skinny Jeans. I pretty much only wear leggings as pajamas and just hanging out around the house. I’m definitely more of a skinny jeans and a sweater type of girl.

12. Combat boots or Uggs? – Is it okay if I say neither? I’ve already broken the rules of this tag so I’m going to say yes. As you know from the Fall Favorite Tags, I love motorcycle boots. I’m not really into the harsh edges of combat boots and I’ve never really liked Ugg boots all that much, love they’re slippers and moccasins though but I don’t think those really count. So, I’m gonna stick to motorcycle boots.

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? – I would say yes, because it’s delicious not because it’s a “totally white girl” thing to like or is “so basic.” Which brings me to another point…stop hating on people! That’s what you’re doing when someone is “basic” for liking something that a lot of other people like. It’s stupid. You shouldn’t be afraid to like something if you truly enjoy it. Of course there’s going to be people who don’t like something, this goes for anything, but just because you like something that seems trendy or really popular doesn’t mean you’re “basic” it just means a lot of people feel the same way you do. We talk a lot about not hating on people for being different so the same thing should go for people being similar. End rant.

The point of that was…yes, I enjoyed pumpkin spice flavored/scented things during the fall. 🙂

14. Favorite fall TV show? – The Walking Dead

Oh. My. God!

That’s pretty much the phrase I’m left with after every episode of The Walking Dead. The new season just premiered two Sundays ago but it’s already so crazy intense. I am so not joking when I say intense. I feel like I have to watch Disney Junior after each episode just to calm down a little. However, that doesn’t stop me from coming back week after week.  I have honestly never been so emotionally invested in a television show before and if you’ve read Thoughts of a TV Addict or pretty much any of my monthly favorites then you know I totally get invested in my shows.

Seriously though, while watching the premiere episode one of my first thoughts was “Wow, look at how much Carl has grown.” Then there was the whole Carol and Daryl reunion hug that almost sent me over the edge. This is a show about a zombie apocalypse…people are dying left and right. That’s not exactly the best type of situation to get emotionally involved with the characters, but alas, it still happens. I watch every episode on the edge of my seat and pretty much stay there the entire time.

15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit? – I couldn’t really think of a specific song that got me in the fall spirit but then I remembered this little gem…

Come little children, I’ll take thee a away.

Who doesn’t love Hocus Pocus? This song definitely gets me in the fall spirit.

If you’re reading this then you are officially tagged to do the Sweater Weather Tag! Leave me a comment below linking to your post or video, or better yet tweet it to me @angelmerisa23!

until next time,

xo

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