Well hello, and happy penultimate month of 2018. Grab a cuppa and get comfortable because after having a rather slow September, I have quite a few October highlights to share!
John Lewis Blogger Event
First up is one of my favourite highlights of the month: my first blog event. I adore John Lewis, so to receive an invitation to their Cambridge store for an evening of fashion and beauty talk was super exciting. An added bonus was getting to meet some wonderful Cambridge bloggers, including the lovely Esther, who I’ve had an Instagram friendship with for a while now.
Another firm favourite from the evening was meeting Michelle from Clarins, who gave me a mini back massage on Clarins’ famous red chair. Battling my initial reluctance to get a ‘relaxing’ massage in a room full of bustling people was one of the best decisions I could have made. Despite my hesitation I completely relaxed almost instantly. The downside is that I’m now painfully aware of how in need I am of a full back massage.
Aqua Sana Spa Evening
One of my oldest friends recently bagged herself a marketing job at Centre Parcs which, lucky for me, means access to their Spa at a huge discount. I’ve spoken about my love for Aqua Sana before and so as expected, a catch up at the Spa was much more luxurious than our usual trips to Costa or the Waitrose cafe! Neither of us opted for treatments but with so many Spa Experiences and only a few hours, there wasn’t much need. Every time I visit I’m reminded of the calming effect that simply shutting your phone (and therefore the rest of the world) in a locker and taking even only a few hours out can have.
Visiting an actual Pumpkin Patch is something that I’d not had the pleasure of doing until October of this year. All I can really say is move over Tesco. Thanks to the power of Instagram, I discovered Undley Farm pumpkin patch. To our pleasant surprise, we realised that it’s only a pretty short drive from where we live! J and I popped there one Sunday morning and I couldn’t believe how much fun we had.
I was literally only expecting a field dotted with pumpkins but Undley Farm actually holds a whole event; pumpkin bouncy castle, food stalls and all. This would be the perfect seasonal event for kids, if you have them. There’s also something lovely about picking a pumpkin straight from the place it grew and purchasing locally. By chance, we got to the patch pretty early (about 10:30 just after it opened) and I’d definitely advise this. By the time we left (around lunchtime) it was absolutely packed and there were cars queued up for miles trying to get in. Unsurprisingly the ‘car park’ is a pretty bumpy field, so we were glad we’d borrowed a Jeep for the weekend.
It’s safe to say that a new tradition has been made.
Horsey beach during seal season is one of my absolute favourite places in Norfolk. There’s something so incredible about seeing so many beautiful creatures frolicking in the sea or laying out on the beach.
Many of my latest fashion posts have expressed just how much I love Summer fashion and how difficult I find A/W in comparison. For that reason, my including Autumn fashion as a highlight may come as a shock (it has to me). What I’ve found wonderful about this Autumn is the weather. Although notably a little chillier in the mornings and evenings, it’s still lovely throughout the day. I’m very cold blooded so I tend to struggle when it comes to looking nice and making sure I’m cosy enough, but this year I haven’t had a problem. Cosy jumpers have usually been enough to ward off the chill, and if not I’ve just chucked on the latest addition to my wardrobe; the teddy coat.
TV & Movies
We’ve all been aware of environmental issues for a while now. Recently though, they’ve been dragged to the forefront by passionate activists and have (rightly) become a hot topic. Last month I actively educated myself by watching a few documentaries and must give a mention to the one which most dramatically moved me; A Plastic Ocean. I won’t go into it in too much detail as I have content planned which will elaborate on this issue further, but I would recommend it to anyone (watch through the first 10 or so minutes, it finds its feet pretty quickly).
My excitement surrounding going to the cinema to watch Venom was fuelled only by food and Tom Hardy; the two great loves of my life. Jamie was really eager to see it, and seeing as I knew nothing about Venom, I was very pleasantly surprised. Tom Hardy’s versatile nature and his apparent ability to effortlessly become whichever role he takes on constantly amazes me. I also have to give a little mention of the Eminem track which was played during the credits. It fits the movie perfectly and I found that it really captured my attention; I’ve since added to my Apple music library.
I also feel the need to quickly mention my love for the Pink Moscato featured in the Tesco’s Finest Dine in for £10.00 offer which is kind of what we’ve been living off of for the last month or so. A little random but you can thank me later.