How To Enjoy Fall Without Being Basic

How To Enjoy Fall Without Being Basic

The Basic Fall Girl won't stop talking about fall, so here's how to enjoy it just like she does!

Autumn is finally here after a long, hot, sweaty summer, and we fall-lovers couldn't be more grateful. But, with the return of fall also comes the return of the Basic Fall Girl, the BFG. You'll know who she is immediately because she is, "like, literally in love with fall." With her pumpkin spice latte and her desire to go to pumpkin patches, she's almost impossible to avoid.

Instead of trying to avoid the BFG, learn how to enjoy her favorite fall things, without becoming basic yourself. If you can't beat them, join them, just don't Instagram the whole thing. Here are seven ways to enjoy fall, like the BFG does.

1. Pumpkin Spice everything.

Pumpkins are the typical fall vegetable and most associated with the season, so companies have managed to turn pumpkin spice into any item you want. There's pumpkin spice cookies, donuts, candles, lattes, cakes, ice creams, and even condoms.

We have to give credit for those that indulge in pumpkin spice everything because, after a while, it can get a bit nauseating. The BFG was the first one in line when Starbucks started selling the Pumpkin Spice Latte for the season, and she will remind you every time she gets one that she's having one.

2. Cozy Fall looks.

Autumn fashion is truly the best fashion. The BFG will tell you how much she loves fall because she can wear a big comfy sweater with leggings and boots, and it's "just so cute and cozy, right?" We're going to side with her on this one.

There's something wonderful about a nice cozy, warm sweater during a chilly fall day. It's the best time of year to wear those warm earth tones and get all bundled up. Be on the lookout for the endless #OOTD posts on Instagram of the BFG and her favorite fall fashion looks.

3. Pumpkin patches.

As cute and cool as pumpkin patches may seem, they're really not all that. In reality, it's a mini marketplace for people to pick out a pumpkin either for pie making or carving. Somehow, every BFG has found a pumpkin patch and deemed it "totally Instagram-worthy."

If you decide to stop by and grab yourself a pumpkin, you can bet there's a group of BFGshaving a photoshoot among the pumpkins. If you decide to go to the pumpkin patch, get ready to awkwardly shuffle around the photoshoot to grab a pumpkin that's been sat on. But, make sure to take pics of any dogs you might find having their own photoshoot in the pumpkin patch! That's a must!

4. Bonfires.

Some people only experience bonfires around this time of year, which is quite sad. The BFG will post numerous Snapchats of her at a bonfire with friends, with the obvious "Bonfire!" caption. Bonfires may be more enjoyable around this time because of the weather, but don't let that fool you- they can be enjoyed any time of year.

Put on a thick jacket and drop the tailgate for a nice night under the stars with friends. Just don't let people know it's your first time at a bonfire.

5. Flannels.

What used to be a cute, edgy clothing piece is now the BFG's go-to statement piece. Flannels are supposed to provide warmth while working at a lumber mill (shout out to all the Lumber Jacks who started this trend), but the BFG tries to incorporate flannel into every outfit.

She'll most likely be wearing it around her waist. If you choose to wear a flannel, pair it up with a denim jacket or some tan leather. Don't be basic.

6. "Friendsgiving."

Ah, another one of the BFG's favorite fall festivity. The Friendsgiving is an excuse to get all your friends together to eat poorly made turkey and green bean casserole (because let's face it, Jennifer cannot cook at all) and Instagram it for the less fortunate people that only have time and money for one Thanksgiving.

If Friendsgiving is your time to spend with true friends, and truly enjoy each other's company, then put a little extra effort into the occasion. Buy the decorative paper plates and light way too many candles. Show your friends how thankful you are for their company.

7. Watch classic Halloween movies.

Alright, this might just be everyone's favorite fall activity. The BFG won't stop tweeting about how badly she wants to lay in bed with someone, wearing fuzzy socks and drinking a PSL, watching scary movies all day. Don't succumb to that. You don't have to be basic to enjoy this, as long as you don't tweet, Instagram, or Snapchat the whole occasion. If you're going to watch Halloween movies, grab a few friends or your significant other, and pick the comfiest spot on the couch for an afternoon full of classics. It isn't a significant event, so it doesn't need to be documented.

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19 Things To Do On Your 19th Birthday

You only turn 19 years old once, so spend the day doing these awesome things!

Nineteen isn't a fantastic birthday. It is not your 18th birthday where you can start saying, "I'm legal," it's not your 16th birthday when you can have a Sweet 16 birthday party and it is not your 21st birthday where you can finally drink legally.

So here are 19 things that you can do to celebrate your 19th birthday and make the most of it.

1. Sleep in.

Unless you need to wake up early for something, don't set your alarm. Catch up on your sleep and relax for the morning. Enjoy waking up and not having a place to be.

2. Make yourself a nice breakfast.

You only turn 19 once, so make sure it is a good breakfast to start your day off right. Make yourself some eggs, toast, bacon and a nice cup of coffee.

3. Go get a manicure.

It is your birthday; make sure you treat yourself right! You deserve to be pampered on your birthday!

4. Go to the beach.

There is nothing better than getting some sun on your birthday! Enjoy the warm weather and the heat. Swim in the water and soak up some sun.

5. Go to an amusement park.

For those of you who like the thrill of roller coasters, an amusement park is the way to go. Ride roller coasters and eat some fried dough with your friends.

6. Have a party.

This is the most common way to celebrate your birthday. Invite friends to come over and make food. Spend your birthday surrounded by friends and family.

7. Have a bonfire.

This is what I love to do on my birthday. Surround yourself with your best friends, enjoy some s'mores and sit around the fire.

8. Go on a hike.

For the nature lovers, this is the ideal way to spend your birthday. Grab a friend and go to the Adirondack mountains and spend the day hiking.

9. Buy yourself something nice.

That pair of boots you've been staring at for the last two months or that Michael Kors wallet you've been dreaming of? It's your birthday! Go buy it. You deserve it.

10. Have a movie night.

Invite a couple friends over, make some popcorn and have movie theater candy on hand. Watch a couple movies and eat some snacks with your best friends.

11. Call up an old friend.

I'm sure that old friend has been thinking of you too, so why not give them a call? See if they want to go out and get lunch with you.

12. Buy some lottery tickets.

Who knows? Your birthday could end up being your lucky day. Maybe you'll lose all of your money, but maybe you could win some back too.

13. Go to a concert.

What is better than music on your birthday? Hopefully there will be some good music groups in town during your birthday.

14. Bake a cake.

If you love to bake, then make a birthday cake! Decorate it all specially and put your favorite colors and flavors of frosting on it.

15. Do something on your bucket list.

At one point or another, all of us have made a bucket list. Take it out and find something on your bucket list that you can cross off and complete!

16. Spend your day with family.

Enjoy your day surrounded by your family. They will know exactly what to do for the day and how to make sure your birthday is a good one.

17. Visit your favorite place.

Whether you love going to the zoo and seeing the animals, or there is a nearby city that you love going to, spend the day there.

18. Get a haircut.

It is a new year and a new you! Get a haircut!

19. Do something you love doing.

Whether you love reading or love to run, spend the day doing whatever it is you love. It is your birthday and you should spend the day doing what you love.

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Why I've Never Not Had A Valentine

It's the day of love. It does not mean it has to be romantic.


If my memory serves me correctly, I have always had a valentine. By that, I don't mean that I have had a boyfriend every single year since I was five.

In Spanish, Valentine's Day is also referred to as "Dia del Amor y la Amistad", which translates to the day of love and friendship. I'm not a big fan of the holiday, because to me someone should show me love every single day, not only one specific day because "everybody else is doing it".

On that note, however, I have always had a valentine. In elementary school, we celebrated the holiday and everyone was each other's valentines. Even that girl (the one who stole your game that you won on Friday because you accumulated enough points to pick it from the prize box) would be your valentine.

In middle school, my grandpa or dad would get me those little chocolate hearts, which are about a dollar at Walmart. I don't recall ever going without one. Then, the next day they'd take me to stock up on candy because of price drops!

In high school, once my friends got their driver's licenses and part-time jobs, we'd finish classes and go to Highway 55 and celebrate Galentine's Day or stock up on cheat day food and go to the park. This year we've all gone our separate ways. We've gone to different schools and maybe communication was just lost, but I'm so thankful for the memories I have with everyone.

This year I'm my own valentine, (which no, it is not shameful) because I learned to love myself enough to celebrate it with myself. Love doesn't always have to be romantic, it does not always mean dinner dates and engagement proposals. Love means calling your mom, your dad, or grandma and wishing them a happy Valentine's Day. It means telling your friends that you're proud of them.

Love means recognizing yeah, it's been a hell of a week, but you got through it. Valentine's Day sometimes means going to your nearest Target, grabbing a bottle of cocktail juice, and putting on a face-mask while catching up on your favorite TV show. Valentine's Day is so generalized to be about romantic love that some people feel alone. You really shouldn't.

If you feel alone, just remember someone loves you for you and maybe it's not your time for romance. If that doesn't help, then I count as your valentine.

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