What’s Occuring Wednesday: October Favourites

How is it November already?! I can’t believe it’s less than a month til my 21st, then it will soon be Christmas. Especially with the recent weather! Yes, when it’s bad it’s pretty horrendous, but I went out in a thin cardigan on Saturday. I haven’t worn anything thicker than a trench coat yet…

Having said that, I have been making the post of the darker nights. I spoke a few weeks ago about how they can make me miserable, so I’ve been making sure I have some good old me-time. A candle-lit soak in the bath, candles burning, fresh flowers, some good hot chocolate. I’ve been working my way through a variety of Options sachets, so far I’ve not been impressed with the white chocolate, but loved the orange version. The ginger one comes a close second.

1441238_10152069947758516_1130915187_nI’ve been getting to work on my New Year’s Resolutions too! It may be 10 months late, but I’ve finally made my own bread! I followed James Morton’s recipe (doesn’t he look identical to my boyfriend?!), and it turned out pretty damn good. Served with homemade soup (I’ve made three different soups in 10 days, with another on the menu tomorrow…) it’s so much better than bought bread. I’m less bloated, and it just tastes far nicer. Mine was a little burnt, hence I’ve sneaked a photo of the bread my boyfriend baked a few months ago!

 photo 3e96256d-3aec-4f6a-adc7-f473e558001c_zpsd031a75b.jpgAlso in the kitchen – popcorn. Need I say more?! I had a craving for it a few days ago, but decided to make my own. Best. Decision. Ever. It’s ridiculously easy, so delicious, and can be made quicker than I can walk to the corner shop. My first batch was a mix of salty and sweet, my second included cinnamon. Look forward to plenty of recipes in the coming months! I’ve been loving curling up with a good book. I’ve really enjoyed “Where I Found You” recently, but was distinctly unimpressed by “One Day” – I was expecting so much better, but I actually found it quite badly written. Popcorn and reading – there isn’t a better combination!

 photo c1f3f2b9-db92-4479-b6e8-9a5a2bc6d213_zps094cf7f3.jpgIt’s been a quiet October really. We celebrated our fourth anniversary of being together (over Skype), paid to cook our own steak, I’ve found my favourite budget beauty buy of the year, and I’ve started applying for summer internships. To finish off the month, I found out I’d won the #CurrysStudentHacks with this post, and now have a shiny Chromebook on its way to me – no more lugging my laptop up and down the country every few weeks! And tonight I’m off out dressed up to an awards evening with my boyfriend – expect a post about my lovely dress very shortly!

How was your October?

What’s Occurring Wednesday: September Favourites

I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone! The 12 months since last September has been pretty tough for me, but I’m pleased to say things are looking a lot brighter now. I’m pretty useless at regular series of posts so I thought I’d hide behind my WOW posts and occasionally post monthly favourites. Something I swore I’d never do as they actually drive me crazy. My favourites are going to be pretty lifestyle-y though, and hopefully not too many ‘posed’ photographs, with most being taken throughout the month. *justifying myself*

This month I’ve virtually lived in pyjamas. Being ill, tired and my living situation (living with three lab mixes = a lot of hair) means wearing proper clothes after work felt like a bit of a waste, so I’ve been climbing into PJs virtually straight away. I did invest in some slightly less ‘sleepy’ looking ones though – I’ve fallen in love with ones fitted at the ankle, and I could just about get away with popping to the corner shops in them if I really had to. I’ve actually stolen this image from Pinterest though (cheeky!)…I couldn’t find the one I took!

 photo 2014-09-27203207_zpsce380b12.jpgI’ve developed a bit of a peanut butter addiction. Not only have I taken to scooping it out of the jar with dark chocolate (shush!) and baking yummy treats with it, but I’ve been eating ice cream and hot drinks laced with the stuff. I loved the Peanut Butter hottie, although it was a little sweet. Perfect for before bed as it made me feel really sleepy. Shame about the price…

Our Zoo. I wasn’t expecting much from this program, but I was hooked from the first episode when I accidentally left my TV on after Bake Off. Such a good period drama – decent story line, believeable characters, some excellent acting (particularly from the vicar), and it’s nice to see something without any kind of sexual scenes. I’m no prude, but sometimes I just want something easy to watch on the train without funny looks from the person next to me…

Other than being ill, lazy and working, much of the past month has been spent starting to look for a dress for my 21st (less than 9 weeks to go!). Not sure whether I’m more excited about my birthday, or the fact that it will be the first bit of time I have off work since I started in July. I’m looking for something lacy but different, either in black, plum or a nice green/navy. Not too long, but I don’t mind a bit of cleavage. I’ve fallen in love with this dress (and this one) from Anthropologie, my new favourite shop. How gorgeous is the first one?! Way out of my budget though…