Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Muse: Autumn Love!

Hi everyone! Welcome to Monday Muse! Aaah, I missed writing these posts. It's just so refreshing to write something crazy and not entirely bookish related sometimes. You, my poor readers, have to put up with my rambling though! ;)

Oops, I almost forgot to tell you. Our post today is all about...

Ah, I love Autumn. Or as Americans call it, fall. ;) Although I technically live in two-seasons country, it still doesn't mean that I can't have autumn spirit, right? And yes, we are currently in the middle of Autumn! Still, I think it would be fun to explore autumn thingy. Better late than never. ;)

Autumn Books

1. The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer

This is not a book for everyone, but I think you should give it a go if you have time. Demon, bells, and Italia. Sprinkled with gorgeous writing, and you get great combination for fireplace read!

2. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Ah, good old Harry Potter. Recommended to read in any season, really.

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Everything you can ask for a story is in this book. So enchanting, I'm hopelessly in love with this book! My heart flutters just thinking about this book. ;) A definite autumn/winter read.

4. Kiki's Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono

I don't know if any of you have ever read/watched the animation from Ghibli Studios in Japan, but I think this is perfect for autumn read! The movie is very cute too, although more suitable for younger audience. :)

Oh! Looks like the theme of autumn books is magic! Or maybe it's my personal preference LOL! x)

Warm Drink

As you might have already known, I'm a big tea drinker! I love drinking tea with milk in rainy days. There's nothing better than watching the rain falling outside while you're inside your warm house, seeping your warm drink. Because I looove chocolate (in whatever form possible), I get you a recipe for a very simple yet delicious chocolate drink:


Chocolate Bar Hot Chocolate

1 (1.55 ounce) bar milk chocolate candy bar, chopped
2/3 cup milk, or more to taste
1 pinch ground cinnamon (optional)

Place chocolate pieces in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
Add milk and whisk constantly until chocolate is melted and well blended, about 5 minutes.
Whisk in cinnamon. Remove from heat; add more milk if desired.
Serve in a mug.

Sounds easy, right? It tastes really good too! You really should try it at home if you have time. :)

Autumn Fashion

It's time for sweater, scarf, cardigan, and cool boots to show up! I love cute clothes, and especially when they are warm and comfortable. ;) Bring in (literally) the fifty shades of brown! ;)

And of course: guys in sweater. I admit that I have weakness for boys who wear sweaters. Makes them look more preppy and neat in a good way. Sweater also has special effect that make them look one hundred times cuter, don't you think so? :P

SMITTEN here! ♥ ;)


When we talk about autumn, of course we also talk about Halloween! :) To tell you the truth, the nearest mall in my city has already decorated the entire floors with pumpkin decoration since early September! I know: WHOA. Someone is excited for trick-or-treat party. Here we call it Pumpkin Festival, not Halloween. :)

Costume inspiration:

I-monsters and Doggy Krueger!! Run for your life, people!

Or you can dress classy, dance shamelessly in front of your friends, and ask them to call you PSY (Gangnam Style)! I bet that everyone will have good laugh hehe! ;)

Wow, there are so much things to do in autumn, right? And soo many things to look forward! :) Maple leaves, cute scarf, warm fireplace, Halloween... the list just goes on and on! And.... this is the end of today's post! I hope it can brighten your day even just a tiny bit! Stay inspiring, get inspired, and have inspiration! Happy Monday, awesome people! ♥

Tell  me in comments, what is your favorite thing in autumn? :)


  1. this post is SOO CUTE! I LOVE the books you picked, and the coffee recipe! mmmm! so yummy! i absolutely love all the clothes you picked as well! lovely!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  2. The Night Circus is an AMAZING book. So glad you love it too :)

  3. Chocolate bar hot chocolate? YES PLEASE HILDA!!! And today is cold and rainy, so it's the perfect day for it I think:) I just want to curly up in comfy close with my mug and read all day. Too bad I have to work. Fail. Such a fun post!

  4. The thing I love about Autumn is watching the leaves change colors and fall all around me. I also love the fashion!! Sweaters, scarfs, hats, and boots are my favorite things to wear =) I love that you included a hot chocolate recipe, it sounds so yummy!!

  5. Ahh, I love autumn! <3 Hot choccy, comfy clothes, Halloween and of course cute guys in sweaters! ;)

  6. Mmmm hot chocolate! My favorite drink after tea. Fantastic muse! I never really thought of boys in sweaters before, but your right they do look cute in them.
    It was great to hear from you last week! I miss talking to you too. Sorry it took me so long to reply. I have been spending every moment the last few weeks on schoolwork and play practices.

  7. Lol, of course, boys in sweaters. ;) I think you've read my mind on whats good about autumn. I love all these things in autumn. I love The Night Circus and Kiky's Delivery Service (the movie.)

    Sangita @ Whisper of Reads.

  8. Mmm. Autumn is loveely. Though I live in a two seasons country too and I'm waiting for the rainy season! Love sweaters on guys too. And haha such hilarious halloween costumes <33

  9. Ahh you mentioned The Night Circus! Yes please! No kidding climate will decrease and you'll get to wear comfy sweaters. Maybe one of those guys will lend them your jacket then? XD I want actually autumn to come already! Even though it's "supposed" to be fall season, but it's still in the 90-100 degrees! D: Seasons are whack in CA! But Halloween will come right on time. :)

    Lovely post, Hilda! <3 It!

  10. LOL! Let's dance Gangnam Style!!!! EEEEE, The Night Circus! I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book, Hilda! It's just magical. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It's spring for me but autumn is one of my favourite seasons ;) I pretty much love everything by Studio Ghibli too!

    Awesome post, Hilda ♥

  11. I actually liked the Demon Catchers of Milan... the descriptions of Italy are beautiful! and *sigh* you're really lucky. In Singapore (I miss Canada for this reason!) we don't get the beautiful colors of fall like you all do. It's just...rainy or sunny :P Thanks for the cool recipe, the pics of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and all things fall :D Happy Halloween!!

    Rabiah @ Confessions of a Readaholic

  12. I love Autumn too, Hilda! Love the Chocolate Bar Hot Chocolate recipe and these fab pictures. *sigh* :)

  13. Oh my gooooooodness. Autumn is definitely my favorite season! I am in love with the colors in nature: the brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. It's so gorgeous. And I totally love finally getting to wear my sweaters and scarves outside in the chilly weather. <33


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