Lifestyle: October Favourites

Woah, this month has been weird. In the blink of an eye we’ve gone from a glorious Indian summer to grey skies, short days and cosy evenings. I’m getting home in the dark (which I find deeply depressing) although the upside is the stunning sunrises I see most mornings.
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Celebrating 6 Years Gone & 2 To Go

I still can’t believe myself and W have been together for six years – it’s gone so quickly, but equally it feels like a lifetime. I definitely can’t imagine a time without him now! We celebrated on our anniversary with a gorgeous meal at Mac & Wild (review to come, it was insanely, struggled-to-walk-cos-so-full delicious). We also toasted that it’s now officially less than two years to go until the wedding. It almost feels as though we can begin to plan a bit more now, though I do wish it would hurry up!

A Good Haircut

I got pretty disillusioned with my hair over the summer. I’d grown it quite long during my final year of university (vainly wanting it to sit well under my graduation hat!) and once I’d had it chopped back into shape I decided I was bored. Typical, right?! Well I’ve gone for an itsy-bit of a change now, ditching the choppy-ness and going for longer layers. It’s a work in progress but I’m reassured that it will only get better. And at least longer layers means more choice for bridal styles…
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New Shelves

Since moving in I’ve been a little bit frustrated with our bedroom. It’s not small, but with a king-size bed there’s not a huge amount of spare space. And with only 25cm between the bed and the wall on ‘my’ side I was unable to have a bedside table. Which during spider season was not ideal. Fortunately, W came to the rescue and BUILT these gorgeous ladder-shelves. Sure, he made a bit of mess in the process and I’m not convinced the neighbours would have appreciated the noise, but I love them. I’ve added Primark fairy lights, pretty books and candles and now the whole room feels a lot cosier.

Escape Rooms

For my teams away day right at the end of the month we spent the afternoon in an Escape Room right in the heart of the city – next door to our office in fact! I’d never done one before, now I’m trying to round up a gang to do another. Logic puzzles, physical challenges and a whole load of laughs, it was such a good way to spend the afternoon. It was great to meet more of my wider department in a social setting too – I’d been pretty much thrown into work and some of them, I’m ashamed to say, I hadn’t spoken to before.
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All The Burgers

You know me, I love a burger! Over the past few weeks I tried London’s Best Burger of 2015 (post coming soon, I promise) and sampled some of GBK’s newest additions to their menu. Next on my list is Honest – they are right next to my office!

Baking with Co-Op

The Co-Operative Food sent me a hamper filled with all kinds of exciting goodies last week, designed to get me in the spirit of Halloween, to get me into the kitchen. I have to admit I haven’t quite followed the spooky theme, but W did make some amazing S’mores Brownies with the ingredients. They also have some super-yummy recipes on their site, which I’d never actually visited before. These Chorizo Bean Burgers are going on our menu plan very soon!
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New ‘Pets’!

So, we live right next to a park, taking the entire top floor of our (admittedly small) block. We’re pretty much right in the trees, and our super-wide window ledges have turned into a bit of a squirrel run. We’ve had Stuart (as we’ve christened him) nibble on his breakfast, have a scratch and even a nap right outside our window, just next to our sofa. And then there was the Sunday he, erm, brought a friend to visit. Which was interesting. And slightly embarrassing as they were ‘getting to know each other’ as two AO delivery men dropped my freezer off. Ahem…

Dark mornings mean pretty sunrises.

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Oh you Mother Clucker 😍

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And then there’s all the little things that I’ve loved this month. Finding a new favourite fruit tea (Blackcurrant & Blueberry, SO good). Sunday morning snuggles with Saturday’s papers. Yummy dinners. Discovering a new favourite cocktail, with a name so filthy I can’t bear to repeat it here (mine and W’s parents probably will read it!). Kicking through Autumn leaves. Kerb at Camden (though not the upset stomach that followed for us both!). Playing tourist and going on a riverboat – and learning an embarrassing amount of fact about London. I have to say I’m loving living in the capital, and I’m so excited to spend my first winter here.

What was your favourite thing about October? Are you loving the Autumnal weather or hating the colder days?

  • Sounds like a great month 🙂 building shelves and making smores brownies, it sounds like you’re marrying the right man!! We’re getting married year after next too and haven’t sorted ANYTHING but I keep telling myself we have loads of time… Eek! Xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • ninegrandstudent

      You do have loads of time! Though I tried to book a band this month and they were already booked! Also congrats! x

  • Chloe salisbury

    Ahh I do love October! As you say it’s a little bit rubbish coming home in the dark daily but cosy evenings are the best!
    I almost envy you having so much time until your wedding, we’re down to nine months away now and I’m starting to feel very disorganised already, which I’m sure I don’t need to but we’ll see! The shelves look fab, well done to your fiance for building them! Hope your November is every bit as lovely as your October looks! xx

    • ninegrandstudent

      See, I am definitely jealous of you! I’d love to get married sooner but it just wasn’t going to work out for us – unless it had been this year which would have been a little stressful!

  • Vanessa

    Congratulations on your engagement!
    That burger looks delicious, I will be looking out for your post.

    Vanessa x |

  • The ladder shelves look great, I love the lights! I hope you enjoy your trip to Honest – there’s a branch just down the road from my office as well so I’ve been a few times now. I’ve only tried the veggie burger but I can tell you that the chips are lush, very crisp with lots of rosemary flavouring 🙂 xx


    • ninegrandstudent

      I’m gutted, still haven’t made it to Honest!

  • I’m loving autumnal fashion but the cold weather? Not so much! The escape room sounds like so much fun and as always your post has made me hungry haha. Happy Anniversary to you two as well! x
    Sick Chick Chic

    • ninegrandstudent

      An escape room is such a fun day out, highly recommended!

  • Um… d’you thing W would like to make me some of those shelves too? They’re super cute! x

    • ninegrandstudent

      He has a long list of other things I need him to build first, aha!