Friday Favourites: 20 October 2017

Happy Friday, everyone! What a week it has been. It almost feels like a blur. This week’s favourites features a lot of videos, but they’re really short, so give them a watch — I promise they’re worth it (especially the bonus clip under my favourite event)!

Favourite Event

Although it’s been an event at public libraries across the country for sometime, Drag Queen Story Hour made headlines this week in Long Beach. Check out this 60 second clip of a queen reading to kids at the New York Public Library to promote acceptance of what makes us unique, acknowledgement of our shared humanity, and love for ourselves.

Bonus

Here’s a clip of Alex Jones, of Right Wing Watch, throwing a chair because the event makes him so mad 😂

Favourite Fantasy

This year’s Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. Stacking up at 276 pages, the 91st edition is undeniably an American tradition, dating all the way back to 1926. It famously includes a “fantasy gifts” section, which has some insane gift ideas for those rough and ready with their cash.

Favourite Laugh

Ellen’s new segment, “Oh, Straight People,” which pokes gentle fun at the zany things heterosexuals get up to.

Favourite Accessory

Anderson & Sheppard Cotton-Twill Maplewood-Handle Umbrella

Favourite Read

College Advice I Wish I’d Taken by Susan Shapiro

Photography: Mr Porter

Tuesday Ten: My Autumn Essentials

Autumn is in full swing and with it, I feel just a little happier. From pumpkin spice lattes to leaves turning beautiful shades of red and gold, it’s time to dust off those cardigans and take a stroll down an old cobblestone footpath. To celebrate my favourite season, here’s a look at ten of my autumn essentials.

Candles

Autumn is the best time of the year to go on a candle binge. With the weather starting to cool off, I find nothing more comforting than my home scented with nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. My go-to autumn selection is always Bath & Body Works/White Barn. Usually I choose one scent to last from September through November, but this year I decided to mix it up.

Pumpkin (and/or Apple) Picking

Similar to a pumpkin pitch, going to an apple orchard and picking apples is another activity autumn is known for. Once you’re done choosing your apples, make the day even more memorable by dipping the apples in caramel or making a fruit pie.

Tailgating

Nothing rings in the beginning of autumn like the return of football season. Standing in cool air with friends, sipping on cocktails or chugging beer, it just doesn’t get more quintessential.

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Haunted House

Autumn really is the best of all worlds, as it also happens to be the spookiest time of year, thanks to Halloween. I love to indulge in the anxiety-ridden, fear-inducing tradition of haunted houses with friends.

Oktoberfest

If you can’t make it to Germany for the traditional Oktoberfest, there are sure to be festivals near you — or host your own! Check out these photos from Kate’s (of Mountain Cravings) Oktoberfest party guide. To really get in the spirit, set your table with the traditional blue-and-white diamond pattern and serve beer from steins!

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Autumn Beers

Once the temperature dips and the leaves start to turn, it’s time to break out the spiced, sweet and toasted brews. Here are some of my picks for best autumn beers…

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest

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Southern Tier Warlock

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Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Leaf Peeping

Unfamiliar with this term? I was, until several years ago when a friend told me that her parents drive all over New England viewing the colourful leaves. I was intrigued. Leaf peeping is just that — traveling to view and photograph autumn foliage. A few weeks back, I mentioned a bucket list item on a Friday Favourites — watching the foliage change aboard Amtrak’s “Great Dome” car through Upstate New York [x].

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Baking

A warm home with the aroma of pumpkin pie or cinnamon apples… it doesn’t get much better than that (hence why I love autumn candles). I made this autumn fruit pie (apples and blackberries) this past weekend and it was quite scrummy!

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Don’t limit your baking to just fruit pies. This is also the perfect time for savory pies, such as the classic chicken pot pie or a beef pie with filo crust.

Decorating for the Season

Proper decorating can really help put you in the spirits of ghouls and goblins, or perhaps you prefer a more traditional and rustic look. Either way, bring the pop of colour to your front porch can really make a difference. I start decorating the front of the house the first day of October with a Halloween theme (this year is a take on Disney’s Haunted Mansion Holiday — photos to come in a separate post).

Halloween Films

Next week’s Tuesday Ten will feature my ten quintessential Halloween-themed films, so I’m going to be brief here and just saw that the curling up on the couch with a glass of red (or a pumpkin beer), some popcorn and tucked into a blanket is the perfect way to watch Debbie Reynolds in Halloweentown, Jamie Lee Curtis as the OG scream queen in Halloween or the Scream franchise. (P.S. I’ve mentioned it here and here, but have you watch MTV’s Scream: The TV Series? It’s pretty good!)

What’s on your autumn checklist year after year? Share in the comments or @ me on Twitter (@BobbyRemis).

Photography: Kate Hubbard, Mountain Cravings; Emily Malan, Town & Country Magazine; Michael Kiser; craftseeker.tv; newschoolbeer.com; Rob Palmer

Music Monday: 16 October 2017

You don’t need tickets or a Passport to hear this week’s picks of my favourite music tracks from around the world.

Listen to this week’s curated tracks below, or check out all of October’s new music picks on my monthly curated playlist on Spotify. Have a song I should hear? Leave a comment or email me with your suggestion!

Bishop Briggs — Dream

Alexander Jarl (feat. Emmsjé Gaut) — alla ævi

Cheat Codes (feat. Betty Wap & CVBZ) — Feels Great

Ola Salo — I Call Your Name

Peking Duk (feat. Icona Pop) — Let You Down

VASSY & Afrojack (feat. Oliver Rosa) — LOST

Dagny — Love You Like That

Ødyssey (feat. Kimberley Krump) — Mind

Daya — New

FRANKIE — Paper Doll

Yoke Lore — Truly Madly Deeply

HAIM — That Don’t Impress Me Much

Naaz — Up To Something

GRANT — Waterline

Jonas Blue (feat. Moelogo) — We Could Go Back

Kiiara — Wishlist

Jón Jónsson — Þegar ég sá þig fyrst

 

Photography: SirLeeHam

Music Monday: 09 October 2017

You don’t need tickets or a Passport to hear this week’s picks of my favourite music tracks from around the world.

Listen to this week’s curated tracks below, or check out all of October’s new music picks on my monthly curated playlist on Spotify. Have a song I should hear? Leave a comment or email me with your suggestion!

I have to start by sharing my obsession with Rationale. His album dropped last Friday and it has been on repeat all weekend long. His voice, the rhythm, it’s all just magical. You’ll find Oil and Water on this playlist, but be sure to check out all of his tracks — there isn’t one that will disappoint. A close runner up for favourite from this selection of tracks would be Jesse J’s Not My Ex. The lyrics are really beautiful and Jesse J delivers with passion.

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Music Monday: 02 October 2017

You don’t need tickets or a Passport to hear this week’s picks of my favourite music tracks from around the world.

Listen to this week’s curated tracks below, or check out all of October’s new music picks on my monthly curated playlist on Spotify. Have a song I should hear? Leave a comment or email me with your suggestion!

I think this week’s selection is a sign that we’re going to have great music to vibe to the rest of the month. I’ve fallen head over heels for E^ST’s Life Goes On; Waterfall from Petit Biscuit (feat. Panama) and Elohim’s The Wave. What tracks do you have on repeat?

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