As I write this, I am enjoying a much-needed family break in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall. Fresh air, surfing, afternoon naps and cream teas – just what the doctor ordered. It has been the perfect way to round off October and although I am normally a creature of habit who likes to spend their birthday at home, it has been so nice to have a change of scenery.
What a view to wake up to on your 47th birthday! This has definitely been a ‘little love’ worth mentioning.
What about all of the other things that have been brightening up October?
Read in October
I’ve got a confession to make…I totally gave up on The Couple Next Door. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced this before – when a book that everyone has raved about, just doesn’t do it for me. Am I allowed to say that it was badly written? Someone on Instagram suggested that I just go straight to the last few pages to find out what happens in the end but I’m not sure I even care!
I have however stumbled across some excellent blog posts this month and one I would suggest reading, is a post called Showing Up or Showing Off? by Gail from Wellies on the School Run. I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging and social media lately, thrashing out the reasons behind my embarrassment to share what I spend a lot of my time doing, as well as questioning everything I post on social media (that old chestnut ?). I loved Gail’s view of sharing your life online – it’s not ‘showing off’ as so many people accuse it of being, it is in fact ‘showing up’ and that takes guts!
I took a few books on holiday with me but I was most excited about getting stuck into these two magazines. Nothing says ‘holiday’ to me, more than a new magazine. Who knew that I was old enough to enjoy Woman & Home? I’ll confess to picking it up thinking it was Good Housekeeping but was pleasantly surprised by the content – yep, I’ve definitely reached middle age!
Heard in October
For a bit of fun, I’ve been singing along to Olly Murs’ latest single featuring Snoop Dogg – it’s a real feel-good tune! If you haven’t heard it, now’s your chance…
And on a completely different note, this song on Lauren Daigle’s new album, sends chills down my spine – Love Like This.
Watched in October
There have been so many fantastic films/clips/YouTube videos/TV programmes grabbing my attention this month but I’m going to focus on two that stood out…
Stacey Dooley Investigates – Fashion’s Dirty Secrets
This girl really doesn’t shy away from hot topics, does she? Her investigation into the fast fashion industry, really got me thinking last week and it has caused quite a stir on social media.
You know I love clothes shopping and probably always will but my habit of buying (fairly cheap) high street items so that I can justify ditching said item after one season, is having a devastating impact on other parts of the world. If you’ve not seen the documentary, please watch it. Stacey’s closing lines really got me…
“The few pounds we spend on an item of clothing isn’t the true cost – the real cost is the millions of gallons of clean water that was used to grow the fabric, or the millions of gallons of fresh water that was polluted with toxic chemicals to dye the clothes. It’s a situation that needs addressing – and fast. There has to be a sense of urgency now because to be totally honest with you, we’re running out of time.”
A Star is Born
Oh my, have you seen this film yet? I went to the cinema to watch it with my daughter a few weeks ago and I am still unable to summarise my feelings about it. I think I’m in shock!
Lady Gaga’s performance was absolutely phenomenal, if I didn’t know it was her, there’s no way on this earth I would have guessed. Her acting was outstanding, she completely morphed into her character and the depth of emotion portrayed was almost too much to bear at times.
Obviously I didn’t cry (I never cry at films) but it was an emotional rollercoaster alright. It was also a film of two halves – completely uplifting and fun in the first half, utterly devastating in the second. You simply have to see it.
Wore in October
Before even watching Stacey Dooley’s investigation, I had already decided that October would be a ‘No New Clothes’ month. Instead I’ve been resurrecting much-loved items from last year and co-ordinating them with some of my newer items.
I do find that when my wardrobe is over-stuffed, I can’t work out what goes together and hear myself saying far too regularly “I have nothing to wear” which we all know (no one more so than my husband) simply isn’t true!
We’ve had a few warmer days but on the colder ones, I’ve been able to my new favourite jumper from New Look (bought back in September, before you ask) and this amazing faux fur/suede gilet from Mint Velvet which I purchased in the autumn sale last year.
I’ve also been trying to work out how to style these leopard print boots from Office (also purchased in September!). I think you can dress these up or down but on a more casual day, they look great with blue denim jeans and mustard.
Made in October
I’ve actually made some really good meals over the last month or so, largely thanks to Slimming World. Before you mention it, I know that I don’t need to lose weight and have no intention of doing so, but one member of our household has been wanting to eat a little healthier so this seemed the easiest way.
To my surprise, the Slimming World website offers the most delicious recipes! I’ve been cooking from scratch a lot more, using fresh herbs and not taking so many short cuts. I’ve really enjoyed making some different family meals and it’s helped me get out of the spaghetti bolognese/sausage and mash rut, that I was in. I can highly recommend their meatballs and the cod in breadcrumbs is so tasty.
In all honesty, October has been a weird month of ups and downs but as this is my happy place, I’m choosing to focus on the positives. Please never assume that our life is perfect based on what you read here (or see on social media); I can assure you that it is just the same as anyone else’s but I’m choosing to put my trust in Him.
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Have a wonderful weekend all and make every day in November, count – are we really almost in November?!