My friend JD and I went on another photography adventure earlier in the month. For some reason, when we arrived at the park, I had an urge to take photos for the purpose of editing them and making them look gothic. Since Halloween is right around the corner, I hoped that this would be a great post. Obviously all of the photos here were edited to have a creepier vibe.

The first photo above was of a bench. We tried to take a lot of creepy bench photos. JD even said he would be a nature and bench kind of photographer. I'd say that was a great start!

Photography credit: JD
The next photo was a shot of a tree branch. JD was definitely quite excited and proud to have taken this photo. Have I mentioned he was a natural at this?!

Photography credit: JD
Next we have a slightly gothic shot, again, courtesy of JD. I remembered him being so happy with this shot, so I thought it definitely deserved recognition. I really enjoyed editing this photo. I wanted a red leaf, but as I only used PicMonkey to edit these photos, I had to settle for adjusting the saturation and temperature to achieve the effect you see here.

Some people already started their countdown for Halloween even before October started, which was yet another reason I wanted to do this post. Also, did you notice her staring at you? If not, look again. I totally added a ghost in the photo. 

Last but not least, I wanted to take a creepy house photo. I went with an old school look for this one. You know, the kind of photo that had been around for centuries and was recently rediscovered? Yep, that's the one.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know which photo was your favorite in the comment!

x Ayre

Photo credit: JD

I haven't always been a festive person. I still don't think I am now, but this year, I decided to decorate my room for the sake of my videos. Wow, I never knew I'd be so happy with it!

More than anything, I love the colors of autumn. I don't really know why, but the oranges and browns somehow makes me feel cozy. I also love that unlike spring or summer, the colors aren't overly bright. Autumnal colors are just right.

It's not too cold, and it's not too hot. Perfect weather, basically. I love smelling the clean, crisp air in the morning and even at night.

Aside from the fact that I'm still struggling to exercise regularly, I love the coziness of sweaters. I actually just bought a new one that I featured in today's YouTube video, and it was the coziest sweater I've ever owned. It was so soft and so comfortable. It looked thin, but it was actually quite warm and comforting.

I haven't lived in a place where I was allowed to light candles until now. And oh my, I'm so glad. I am not a big fan of eating pumpkin-flavored foods, but I absolutely love pumpkin-scented candles! I love the warm and spicy aroma that it gives my room. I just feel extra cozy because of it.

I love watching really festive youtubers get excited about the season. So, even though I'm just starting to make an effort, I love living vicariously through them. Ahem, Zoella, ahem. :)

I'd love to know in the comments what you love about autumn!

x Ayre

This is the secret to looking young for as long as possible...

Okay, that might have been a stretch, but this Pacifica Glow Baby Youthful Face Scrub was amazing. Made of only natural ingredients, this face scrub had a subtle scent and really small beads. I purchased it because, although I had an exfoliating mask, I wanted a scrub with actual beads so that I felt like I was actually clearing away the dead skin on my face.

I try to use this product once a week, but as laziness would have it, I would use this twice a month. When I would use it, my face would become extremely soft. All the dead skin were scrubbed away and I was left with literally a youthful face, so smooth and soft.

One thing to always remember with this product is to make sure your face is damp. I made a mistake when I first used it and scrubbed my face so good while it was dry. This would cause irritation for a few days, so please, make sure you wet your face before applying this scrub.

Overall, this had been the best scrub I had ever used in my life. I highly recommend it! Let's all join the youthful beauty club with this product as our mascot.

x Ayre

Photography Credit: JD
People with mental illness usually suffer alone and it shouldn't be that way. 

I cannot speak for other countries, but here in the United States, it is Mental Health Awareness Week (October 2-8). I haven't done much to spread the word and try to stop the stigma around mental illnesses because to be honest, I didn't know that I could. All I knew how to do was to write blog posts and share my stories, but even then, I didn't want to often do it because there would always be people who didn't understand or didn't care to understand. 

Here are six ways you can help spread awareness whether you know someone who have a mental illness or you, yourself, have one.

1. Wear anything lime green throughout this week. As for me, I would paint my nails lime green so that I can wear the color even after this week. 
2. Educate yourself. Do some research. If you have a loved one suffering from a mental illness, you can start by researching their specific illness.
3. Tweet about it. Compose your own tweet or tweet this post.
4. Seek help if you think you might have a mental disorder.
5. Let your loved one know that he or she is not alone. This week, more than ever, would be a great time to offer your support and make sure that they don't suffer alone.
6. Share your story.

Check out the illustrations below by Marissa Betley. I hope they would help you understand.

I work in a place where the patients we work with have some sort of cancer. You would never tell someone "it's just cancer. Get over it". Just because mental illness isn't as visible as cancer, doesn't mean it's okay to treat it like it's not real. It's very real for those who suffer from it. It could be so debilitating that getting out of bed or simply smiling would seem the hardest task. 

Do not judge people with mental disorders because YOU HAVE NO IDEA about their sufferings. Don't add to their pain just because you're ignorant now. Educate yourself. Don't be just another insensitive person who chose to hurt someone instead of supporting him or her. 

Don't be that person. Stop the stigma and speak up about mental health. 

x Ayre

Photography credit: JD
It would be a rarity for me to choose red meat over white meat, but on occasion, I quite enjoy a good ol' burger. When my friend brought me to Oink and Moo, I was surprised to see how small the restaurant was. My first impression was that it had a very intimate setting with a lot of character. They had tables, booths, and then there were the two high tables in the back. There was also a bar, but we didn't venture there.

We were seated in one of the two tall tables in the back, so we were able to oversee the entire restaurant. It was really cool because the chairs were rooted to the ground, but the table moved. Since I am vertically challenged, I literally had to climb my way up to the chair, and then I couldn't get back down until after the meal.

There were beautiful fixtures all over the place, and a couple odd electric fans as well. Behind the restaurant was a garden where they picked fresh herbs, literally harvesting them as they prepared the food that the patrons ordered. It was very cool.

The servers were great and very friendly. The whole place almost had a family vibe to it. It was so cool being there as if it was a small community enjoying a feast. I didn't notice it until later, but they also had really interesting salt and pepper shakers.

As me and my friend were very hungry, we perused the menu online prior to arriving to the restaurant. When the server introduced herself, she informed us of the day's specials, and one of them was a berry lemonade. Well, I was starving, but I was also thirsty, and a regular lemonade just wouldn't do when there was a berry option! My friend opted for a spiked regular lemonade as you could see from the first photo of this post.

As for our appetizer, my friend decided to go with Frings, which consisted of waffle fries and onion rings. It came with the most delicious ranch for dipping. It was a glorious start to our meal.

As for my burger, I decided to build my own with a medium well quarter pound steak with lettuce, tomato, special moo sauce, caramelized onions for taste, and avocado as a burger bling. It was so delicious! I could only finish half of the burger until I was feeling really full. We were offered dessert, but we turned it down. I only asked for a box, so that I could take my burger home, and a glass of water.

When the water arrived, I greedily drank from it, and then regretted it. If you were picky with the kind of water you drink, I would not recommend their water at all. Anyway, we made our way down the tall table and my friend warned me to be careful. I said it didn't look that high, but when I landed, I was proven wrong as I almost hurt myself. I didn't, thankfully, but that should teach me a lesson for next time.

Another bummer of the trip? I left my leftover on the table! I was so bummed, even as I wrote this post. The burger really was delicious and I wanted to have some more for dinner...

Alas, I simply must go back and bring another friend there. This time, we would make a reservation just to make sure we would be seated quickly, in case the place happened to be completely packed. 

Let me know in the comments what fixings you like on your burger!

Oink and Moo Burgers and BBQ
121 N Pico Ave
Fallbrook, CA 92028
(760) 451-6005
Open Wed-Sun 4:30-9:00pm (8:30pm on Sundays)

x Ayre