If some of my recent posts didn't give it away, I absolutely adore Halloween. I think it's such a magical, fun, silly little holiday. I'm fortunate enough to be part of a family who always celebrated it, even when the rest of our country seemed entirely reluctant. My Mum is a sucker for all things spooky and decorating the house to fit any occasion, so it's no wonder she took to Halloween the way she did. Growing up, I never really celebrated with friends. Instead, Mum would decorate the house and dress me up as a gruesome little witch - we had two cats and one was black, after all - and she'd make 'Halloween Punch' for us all to enjoy (which, looking back, I'm sure had wine in it…!) We'd carve pumpkins each and watch spooky movies on TV and we always managed to include the wonderful Disney short 'Trick or Treat' from 1952 - the tune is still sung regularly around our house this time of year!
When the evening drew in, Dad would take me out trick-or-treating, which really translated to walking me across the road to one specific neighbour in a pre-arranged visit, where I would be armed with a sweet or two. We lived in a small village, and our particular area had no children or younger families really, so even though we decorated the house, we rarely actually received any trick-or-treaters ourselves.
Still, growing up, the night was magical. I grew up in a house where occasions were truly celebrated and where everything was exciting.
When we went to Florida for the very first time, we went in October and it was mind boggling to me how full-on the Americans went for Halloween! How they decorated their houses so beautifully, and how the theme parks went mad for the season! If there's something I'd take away from the Americans, it's how they put so much passion and enthusiasm into everything they do. Coming from the UK where so much is met with a 'mustn't grumble' mentality, it really is refreshing to actually see people embracing and enjoying silly things and just plain having fun.
As a teenager, I discovered and subsequently became obsessed with the band Oingo Boingo. Known most famously in California for their Halloween Party Anthem, 'Dead Man's Party', Boingo are a band heavily associated with Halloween. I made several trips to the West Coast in subsequent Octobers to meet friends I'd made through the band, and even went to a Halloween party in Hollywood dressed as the Queen from the Boingo-centric b-movie 'The Forbidden Zone'! And though they disbanded in 1995, I was lucky enough to fly out to LA for their first ever reunion show which was, you guessed it, on Halloween!
So if I was ever meant to 'grow out' of Halloween, it certainly didn't happen. If anything, my love for the holiday only grew as I gained friends who shared my interests. In recent years, also, the UK seems to have started to embrace the spooky season, so we usually find something fun to do as a family. For example, a couple of years ago, we went to S.S. Great Britain in Bristol, for example, to enjoy their 'Spooky Ship' event and had a wonderful time!
I guess my figuring is, life is short and it can be incredibly monotonous if you allow. Halloween offers a chance to dress up, put on some crazy makeup and just plain have fun. If you're a convention goer like me, you probably don't need any excuse to dress up in a silly costume! But a lot of people don't get the opportunity very often, so why not don the silly hat, stick a bin-bag on your back and find your nan's old broom? Magic and make-believe doesn't have to stay behind with childhood, after all!
Autumn isn't just for rusts, oranges and browns, though of course those colours are perfect for the season. However, I'll never turn down the chance to wear some pretty pastels, too - pastels aren't just for Spring, after all!
I recently picked up this jumper from Matalan and it is so lovely! It's such a lovely dusty pink and it's really light, stretchy and soft, perfect for wearing over dresses, under dresses or with cute dungarees or pinafore dresses, too!
Jumper - Matalan
Dress - Urban Outfitters
Leggings - Primark
Boots - Charity shop find (no obvious brand)
As the evenings draw in, long and dark and cold, I've taken to watching a lot of Netflix. Nothing beats snuggling up in a blanket, scented candle burning away, as you catch up on a new show. Here's a few I've been enjoying lately!
Emily in Paris
Okay, so this show is new on Netflix and became a big talking point on social media, so I had to check it out. Honestly? It isn't very good. It's fluffy, ridiculous, unrealistic and, quite frankly, a bit rubbish. And I binge watched it in two days. It's fun. And it's pretty. It is light-hearted and it draws you in. The story of Emily, a girl who transfers to a Parisian office and navigates the world of new workmates, new romances and new challenges - all with a language barrier - is not realistic at all. She sails through trial and tribulation, breezes through difficult encounters and wins out, every time. But, it's what I feel I needed, in 2020. A little escapism (Paris through the rose tinted glasses of a tourist who dreams to visit someday), a little hope, and a little romanticism - we could do worse than to enjoy this fluff in 2020. It wasn't a very good show, but I can't wait for season two!
Dead to Me
My Mum and I were hunting for a new show to watch together and I happened on this one a while ago. I watched the first few episodes and got completely hooked, and demanded she watch along. Every single episode in season one seems to end with a twist. It is engaging, funny, emotional and addictive. The lead characters, Judy and Jen are completely compelling (and their actors are so, so incredibly talented). The plot centres around two women who meet at a bereavement counselling group following the death of Jen's husband by a hit and run driver. I won't say any more, because honestly, you have to watch it.
I am a sucker for teen dramas. It's honestly my favourite genre. I saw Trinkets advertised on Netflix because Season two had just landed, so I figured I'd give it a go. Trinkets is the story of three teenage girls who wouldn't normally cross paths in their high school social groups, but who meet at a 'Shoplifters Anonymous' meeting. The show unpacks a lot for each character, and I honestly found myself feeling as though I knew the girls personally. Sadly, there's only two seasons, though the show does have a proper, complete ending. I very much appreciated the closure, but dang, I'll miss these girls.
Another ridiculous show, but one I've followed for a while now. Season three only recently hit Netflix so I've been catching up. It's your typical Rich Americans Are Brats show, but I absolutely love it, and love pretending I also can enjoy their fancy lifestyles. Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon Carrington) is such a talented actress and honestly, Fallon is sassy, girl boss goals. Even if she sometimes messes things up, a lot.
I know, I know. I bought into the hype. But honestly, for the same reasons I love shows like Dynasty, I love reality tv like Selling Sunset. I like to be a voyeur into the lifestyle of the rich and glamorous. It's nice daydreaming and pretending, right?
I've always loved Autumn, and oddly enough it's the time of year where I find myself drawn back to blogging. Something about the long dark evenings, warm cosy jumpers and cups of steaming hot cocoa really makes me want to snuggle up with my laptop and pour my heart out to the world. Autumn holds so much promise to me, so I thought I'd write up a little list of my five most favourite things about this beautiful season.
These days, against my better judgement, I find myself using Instagram more and more for my ‘day to day’, lifestyle blogging. It's easy, convenient and it's where all the cool kids hang out these days. Only… I swore I’d never do that. I made it my goal to turn this blog around and make it an online diary I’d look back on someday and reminisce about the girl I was. Instagram, for all its reach, connections and aesthetics, never felt like a true blogging platform. I like lots of words, backed up by multiple photos, and I like those photos at a 6:4 ratio, haha.
Still, I'd be remis to ignore Instagram completely. I thoroughly enjoy the platform, despite its questionable algorithms! So I thought, in a way to keep both places current and active, I'd do a monthly series here called 'Life in Square Pictures', where each month I'll collect together my little square photos and post them here. Who doesn't love a pretty photo collage anyway?
Hi! I'm Selena an artist, blogger and gamer!
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