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Hello everyone,

its been far too long! I had quite the hectic summer…

Some highlights :

  • A weekend workshop at the wonderful Omega Insitute.
  • A trip with my entire family (on my Moms side) to Bermuda!
  • My first family wedding.
  • Celebrating my 2 and a half year anniversary (cuz why not? :))

I would like to begin with my story about the Omega Institute. I was reading an amazing book called “The Tools” when I learned that the two authors would be doing a weekend workshop at a beautiful retreat in Upstate NY. I had to go! My mom and I made the three hour trip to the woods where we learned more about our spiritual side and ate extremely healthy food with some kind-hearteded people..

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The authors, also professional therapists to some major celebrities, were funny and seriously helpful. Though their ideas are complex at times, with practice and concentration you can seriously change your life for the better. Everyone should give this book a shot.

 

Now I am starting off at a new school on the Upper East side of Manhattan. So far it has been amazing! I love this area of the city, the vibes are great. Though I loved living downtown, I am really feeling better up here. The energy is great. I am finally in my major: Acting! I am feeling optimistic and love my Professors.

One major theme for me this month is pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I am diving more into music and writing music, working with garageband. I just want to do everything! I start my days now at 7 am and soon hope to wake up earlier. I want to push myself and do the unusual for me. I am thinking of mood boards, visualization projects and organization. Most importantly though: hard work. I really did not work hard for what I wanted last year, this is definitely going to change with my new journey.

 

I have already gotten into the Autumn spirit. I baked a pumpkin pie and pulled out the comfy sweaters.

Currently I am listening to a cool, new young band called Echo Smith. They are incredibly talented and uplifting .

A couple weeks ago I took Mike for his birthday to go see Arcade Fire at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It was such a beautiful experience it inspired me to want to perform at a few open mics. So we shall see how that goes!

 

I shall keep you posted on some new endeavors.

 

 

xx Olivia

 

 

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My First Fall in NYC

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I am a big big fan of Autumn. And this is the first time I am living in NYC starting as a college student. So far I am enjoying it ! It is such a change from living in the suburbs of NJ.

NYC in the fall can be absolutely beautiful. And I am so grateful to be able to wake up every morning and experience it.

Some of my favorite Autumn quotes ….

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
― George Eliot

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
― John Donne

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
― William Cullen Bryant

Time Out Magazine has a list of things to do in the Fall in NYC which is so much fun! Theres 101 choices but some of my favorite are…

  • Watch the leaves fall at Green-wood cemetery and New York Botanical Garden.
  • March in the Village Halloween Parade
  • Pay respects at the 9/11 memorial
  • Go see an indie rock band at Webster Hall
  • Visit the New York Philharmonic
  • Hit up Spa Week!
  • Go up to Queens County farm and find some pumpkins 🙂
  • Get lost in central park
  • Shop at Brooklyn Flea Market

I hope everyone is getting ready for Fall and had a wonderful summer!

xx Olivia Mullen

Pumpkins!

 

 

Have you all been pumpkin picking on this beautiful fall? To those who don’t have an autumn where you are you can still celebrate!

My neighbor brings over the most delicious pumpkin bread. I decided that I must make my own this year!

Here is the recipe:

1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 (15 ounce) pumpkin puree
1 3/4 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

TOPPING
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons milk

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In a medium size bowl beat eggs and mix with sugar, oil, water and pumpkin.
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In another bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients only until just blended. Do NOT overmix.
3
Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan. This bread fits perfectly in an 8.5 x 4.5 loaf pan. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes.
4
For topping: In a small saucepan mix butter, brown sugar and milk. Boil only 2 1/2 minutes while stirring constantly. Immediately drizzle on top of loaf. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and press pecans lightly into topping.
5
Wrap and store until next day for serving. This will keep moisture inside.

Its absolutely delicious! Here some more pumpkinny things:

some incredible pumpkin decorating ideas!

cant forget classic pumpkin pie

decorating with mini pumpkins!

I hope every is having a wonderful month. Sorry I havent been on in soo long!

Fall is in the Air

 

good things about autumn:

  • the leaves change color
  • cloudy skies
  • cardigans
  • sweatpants
  • boots
  • jeans
  • big sweaters
  • baking
  • cinnamon scented candles
  • crunchy leaves
  • daily cups of tea
  • halloween
  • the way everything smells
  • pumpkin patches
  • my birthday!
  • nature walks with Mike!

Okay guys I had to be that person. I am dying for fall. According to my Dad, its going to start feeling like it here on Monday! Well in New Jersey anyway.. but I absolutely love fall. The chilly weather, the warm drinks and clothes. Its a beautiful time of year! And it leads into some awesome holidays. I have been waiting all summer for fall. My paleness never seems to work for summer… but it does work for fall! And to top it all off my birthday is October 2nd! The big 18! Very excited. It’s going to be a great Autumn this year, I can feel it 🙂

Last Few Summer Days…

 

I’m glad to say that I feel like I have accomplished what I wanted to accomplish this summer.. Theres a few things here and there that I should probably still get done… but in terms of creativity and memories I think this summer was successful. School is starting in 3 days.. yikes. I’m going to have a difficult senior year, but with a good outlook it can also be an exciting year. I hope you are all having wonderful final days of summer. And if school has started, I hope its treating you well. Remember to accomplish those things you wanted to do this summer before its out of reach and we welcome my favorite time of year, autumn 🙂

I’ve found some things you guys may be interested in…

Have a beautiful night…

Back to school clothing

With Catholic School I have the great opportunity to wear uniforms. (I know what I am wearing every morning!)

But I have such a love for fashion and need  to share some of my themes for this fall!

Sorry summer,

bring on Autumn!