The Sunday Summary | September 29

And just like that, September is gone and October is only a few days away. I'm very excited as this fall and early winter hold so many fun things I can't wait to see, from theatre to movies. I'm also very excited for the start of Victober, a reading challenge from a group of BookTubers, that involves reading as many Victorian books as possible. What are you looking forward to in October?

In addition to seeing Downton Abbey a second time (with my friend Kathleen!), I watched the 1971 "Fiddler on the Roof" film in preparation for a Next Best Theatre podcast. Keep your eyes peeled for that to come up on my Twitter once it's done being edited. I wasn't the biggest fan of the movie but I did appreciate its scope and I could tell that I would really enjoy the show onstage. 

On Friday night, my dad and I went to see Raleigh Little Theatre's "Blood at the Root." It's a bit of a heavy play, based on real events in a Louisiana high school in 2006, but it's well worth a watch for its commentary on race relations in America. Check out my BroadwayWorld Raleigh review.

People who follow me on social media will likely already know of my love for former Disney Channel star, Dove Cameron. She released her first two singles this week and both of them are perfect autumnal bops. While I love "Bloodshot"'s moodiness, it's the more playful "Waste" that has my heart.

1) I'm aware that it would be silly to go all the way to Disneyland just to get a Spiked Hard Apple Float and yet Maxwell Glick's video makes me want to.

2) Does anyone else like watching children's clothing hauls even though they don't have kids? I loved Louise Pentland's autumn clothing haul for her two little girls, especially the little boots and tutus!

3) I always love Lucy Moon's videos, but I especially enjoyed her second-hand shopping video which I finally caught up with this week. I love watching hauls, but it's nice to have a way to get to watch someone go shopping while being more environmentally-conscious.

The Sunday Summary | September 22

It's crazy how quickly September is going by. September is definitely my favorite month of the year; I'm an autumn girl at heart.

I recently rewatched "Bride and Prejudice" for my first article for In Their Own League, a new film website focused on women in film. This movie is a Bollywood-style adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" set in modern-day India. It's such a delight, and a clever adaptation of Jane Austen's classic as well.

Naturally, I went to see the "Downton Abbey" movie when it had a special early release across the country on September 12. I absolutely love the series and the movie was the perfect add-on, full of heart and warmth and fun (and zingers from Lady Violet). You can find my full thoughts in my review for Next Best Picture.

If you're looking for a song with some great autumn vibes, then check out Zach Adkin's recent release "Dexter Hall." It's part of his EP which comes out later this year. You might know Zach from playing Dmitri in Broadway's "Anastasia" and I'm very excited to see him as Tony in North Carolina Theatre's "West Side Story" next month.

1) Another Sunday Summary, another bestdressed video? You bet. In this video, Ashley shares some tips for keeping a journal consistently, something I've always struggled with and am trying to get better at.

2) My favorite BookTuber, Lucy Powrie, is one of the hosts of an October reading challenge called Victober. The hosts have set different challenges all related to Victorian literature and I can't wait to take part. This video contains more information.

3) I'm so thrilled that SophieBelleBrown is posting to her personal channel again. This Primark haul is adorable and full of wonderful floral things.

The Sunday Summary | September 8

Happy Sunday! I've decided to do these every other week if I don't have enough content to warrant doing one. I hope that works for you all. x

I finally got around to seeing Blinded by the Light on Memorial Day and it's so absolutely endearing. It's the story of a young Pakistani man living in Luton, England in the 1980s who wants to be a writer against the wishes of his more traditional father. He falls head over heels for the music of Bruce Springsteen and it catapults him into following his dreams and finding his voice.

Even for someone with limited Springsteen knowledge like me, this film is a beautiful love letter to the power of music and art and one generation's relationship with the one before. The cast are phenomenal, particularly Viveik Kalra and Meera Ganatra. I love the 80s fashion, the British slang, and how the main character's love interest Eliza seems like an actual high school girl -- and he's interested in her for her personality and her activism. God bless female directors!

Today, I got to see Theatre Raleigh's production of The Scottsboro Boys which is an incredibly powerful piece of theatre. It's a minstrel show-style musical about the trials of the Scottsboro Boys in the 1930s and while it's uncomfortable to watch at times, I think it's very important. Check out my full review for BroadwayWorld Raleigh here.

1) If you've recently gone back to school, you might be starting to run out of cute outfits. One of my favorite YouTubers, Ashley (known as bestdressed), has a great video with 30 back to school outfit ideas. Or even if, like me, you're done with school, it's just great autumn outfit inspiration!

2) I love food and I especially love food at Disney parks, so I adored this video of Disney YouTuber Maxwell Glick reviewing the three course prix fixe meal at Epcot's Les Chefs de France.

3) It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Dove Cameron's and while I absolutely can't wait for her to release her original music, I love this beautiful video and cover she made of Kacey Musgraves's "Slow Burn."

What have you been reading, watching, and listening to this week? Let me know in the comments x
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