Friday, August 31, 2018

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall


While the first day of fall isn’t until September 22nd, the internet this week was all things fall, from upcoming movie premieres and the return of the PSL to odd fall fashion trends. Also, some fast-food chains are making noise in the news this week. Here are my favorite finds:

Welcome Back #PSL: It may not feel like fall just yet, but that won’t stop the return of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte at Starbucks. According to Vox, within a decade of its launch in 2003, the PSL became Starbucks’ top-selling drink, with more than 200 million of them sold. In 2015, Forbes estimated the PSL brought in around $100 million in revenue over a single season. And, now it’s a cultural phenomenon signifying summer is coming to an end. Cheers to fall!

Fall Movie Season is Here: From Awards bait to reboots, it’s time to map out what to watch and what to skip this fall. Harry Potter fans can rejoice because the most anticipated movie goes to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. For Lady Gaga admirers, get ready for the reboot of A Star is Born, also starring and directed by Bradley Cooper. And, cue the Halloween theme song… Michael Myers is back in the new installment of Halloween, returning Jamie Lee Curtis. Click links for trailers and read more via Deadline.  

Fall Fashion Trend Alert: Fashion brand Balenciaga this week announced a $9,000 (yes, $9,000) layered, oversized parka, which is literally seven jackets sewn together. The Internet was quick to catch on that the look is very reminiscent of a scene from Friends when Joey wears all of Chandler’s clothes at once. “Could I be wearing anymore clothes?”

KFC’s Latest Marketing Stunt: KFC announced on Wednesday that it will give away $11,000 toward a college education to the first baby named Harland on September 9. Harland is the first name of the fast-food company’s founder, Colonel Sanders, who was born on September 9th, reports The Atlantic. Beginning on that day, parents can submit the name, date and time of their baby Harland’s birth. How far will you go for your kid’s college tuition?

Pizza Wars: In response to a letter Papa John’s Founder John Schnatter issued earlier this week, a special committee of the company's board of directors released an open letter accusing Schnatter of disobeying the board and undermining CEO Steve Ritchie, according to CNN. This is the latest in an increasingly heated exchange between Schnatter and Papa John's current leadership. Food fight!

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