October Moods

When I think of autumn, I think of the falling leaves, warmer temperatures to eat cinnamon rolls with sugar glazing and a glass of apple cider drink, the gentle transition into the chilly sweater weather, and carved pumpkins for Halloween. It's the time of the year when you have the perfect excuse to throw in some scary nick-nacks all over the house and rewatch Gilmore Girls for the thousandth time; just like it is to scroll through your social media timeline for a peek of something woody and underwood-like.

In my reality though, there is no telling when October comes if not for your desk calendar or some deadline reminders from your phone. It is just another month to go through without any notable holiday to anticipate; therefore I didn't see why it wouldn't be slipping away like the rest of the earlier months. I realized that sometimes it's not the season or the leaf color that should be altered, however. It is how I pick the right mood, weave it into the air, and hold it close to my heart. 

Having said that, I chose to take the opposite approach this year: there is no reason good enough to argue as to why I shouldn't be developing the autumn mood around even if we don't have the said season here. This vantage point makes me all the more grateful, and so here are some photographs I took perpetuating the indoor fall ambiance I had created.

After finishing Squid Game and Modern Family, I'm continuing my Gilmore Girls journey which was taken to an abrupt halt at the end of the fifth season last year.

I'm a scaredy-cat. Instead of picking up something nerve-racking, I decided to pose with a mystery book in my comfortable pajamas with a big bottle of apple cider my Mom had bought earlier.

Playing with lighting and photography. I went for these creepy-edition magnetic bookmarks as decorations in the spirit of the approaching Halloween.

Some wood-scented candles with a touch of eucalyptus. The entire house had never smelled so good.

Justifying wearing a color-coordinated sweater on these hot October days because at this rate no one knows for sure when will the rainstorm come. It could be knocking at our doors anytime soon.