My October Essentials

October is the start of one of my favourite times of the year, it’s the start of Autumn then heading into Halloween, Winter and Christmas. So I’m still on mission to swap my wardrobe over from season to season, but my hair and skin essentials are already there! So let me share with you my October Essentials. . . 

First of this is the one thing I cannot live without, I’m utterly obsessed!!! It smells amazing (I love coconut) and reminds me of the long summer days, plus it does amazing things to my hair.

After I decided, basically over night that I wanted to go back to being grey again, I kinda went a bit crazy and started bleaching my hair.  Which everyone knows isn’t good for it, but hey when has that ever stopped anyone?!? So with my hair all dried out and frizzy I headed to Boots to find something, anything that might save my hair.  And wah-la I found my Coco Loco Coconut Spritz and believe me when I get paid I’ll be investing in more of Lee Stafford’s Coco Loco products and spoiling my hair.

Another Lee Stafford product I picked up to save my hair was this Bleach Blondes Golden Girl Oil and I tend to use it more during the day as a de-frizzer.

As for my skin I’ve been using No7 Micellar Cleansing Water to remove my makeup and day and night. It’s great on my skin and super easy to apply just with a cotton pad, so I can be lazy and do it in bed, rather than a full routine in front of the mirror over the sink.

Followed up by No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream again day and night to keep my skin as moisturised as possible.

As for my lips I’m using the new scent/flavoured Peach and Mango Carmex Lip Balm I picked up in Superdrug, it’s another reminder of the summer flavours and smells and doesn’t have that same tingle as Carmex usually does.

Finally my latest obsession especially for these colder months is tea and not just your regular tea but Twinings Pomegranate White Tea.  Really refreshing and not too fruity, something different when I want a light tea taste without milk.

What are your new season essentials? I know for sure I will need to get myself some eye drops to moisturise my eyes now that I’ll have the heating on in the car.  Can any of you guys recommend any? I’d probably need ones I could use when I’m wearing my contact lenses too.

Help please! Xx 

In the Highlands 

Last weekend I had the most fantastic time in the Highlands of Scotland for a wedding and long weekend. My first time in Inverness and my first authentic Scottish wedding.

My long weekend started off with me getting my hair cut and coloured by the fabulous Hayley in Headrush in Bangor.  Loving my grey hair, it was in desperate need of a touch up and colour boost!

Sad as I am, I was extremely excited to be flying from Belfast to Inverness with Flybe on the off chance I’d be able to pick up a Krispy Kreme donut.  Well they do advertise this now and we can’t get them in Northern Ireland, and as you can see I got one!!!! £2 and just the ring donut but yay they had them on board and I was able to get one, it tasted even better after dieting all month for the wedding! 

Inverness did not disappoint when it came to those stunning Scottish views! As we were early to check in we ended up dumping our bags with the hotel reception and ventured into town.  Heading for some lunch we also soaked in all the stunning views, especially those of the River Ness.

We also soaked in the sights of some of the bars and took full advantage of happy hour and the Friday deals.  Well when on holiday. . . It would be rude not to! 

We made sure to test out as many as possible. Have to say Bar One up near Eastgate shopping centre had a great selection!

I tried out my first Gin mojitto and it was delicious.

After a few more drinks and dinner with my other half’s family we finally headed back to the hotel to check in.  We were staying about a five minute drive/20 minute walk from the centre in the Premier Inn West.  My first time staying in the Premier Inn and it definitely won’t be my last, great value for money, fantastic staff who were extremely helpful and a spacious well lit room. And hey Lenny Henry is 100% right, those beds are soooo comfy, slept like a log!!!

The next morning was the big day.  After a mammoth breakfast we got ready and headed out.  Finally getting to wear my cream fascinator from Accessorize, let me tell you this was a nightmare to get over without squashing or breaking it!

And hey we scrubbed up well! I loved my ‘wiggle’ dress (a recommendation from my best friend Amy) from asos, which I teamed with my fascinator from Accessorize, shoes from Next and my clutch that I borrowed from my bestie from River Island. Oh and not forgetting my tan by Cocoa Brown.

The bride was absolutely stunning, we started of with the traditional Scottish wedding in a little church in Dingwall (loving the names of these places).

No traditional Scottish wedding would be complete without men in kilts and my goodness there were a lot of kilts! The groom looking the most dashing of course.

Such stunning flowers in the bouquets and reception hall.

Sticking with the Scottish theme, I loved the colour scheme!

The wedding reception was in a stunning little village called Strathpeffer (again loving the name) and in the Spa Pavilion.

There was so much thought and detail put into every element of the big day, nevermind signing a guest book we all printed and signed our own finger prints.

In the wedding favours, the gifts to the wedding party and the fun cards we were left to fill in at our tables.

This was the first time I’ve seen something like this and might just have to steal it one day lol, so much fun to fill in and see other people’s self portraits!

Such a beautiful hand made wedding cake from a family member, believe me it tasted as beautiful as it looked.

The small, personalised details even went as far as the paper bags for our sweets.

Oh I nearly forgot, no traditional Scottish wedding would be complete without some Haggis. These were haggis bonbons, I’ve had haggis before at home and liked it, but these did not even compare, they were delicious.

Even the music for the had a traditional twist with Rhythm and Reel performing throughout the night, covering both modern and traditional songs.  I was mesmerised with the Highland dancing, oh how I wish I could dance like that!

There was even a photobooth, and you all know how much I love a photobooth! The girls from Bliss Photobooth were fantastic and look how fab the gold sequence back drop is!!!

With the prosecco and wine flowing spirits were high all round.  The day was full of smiles, laughter, love and chat!  I had an absolute ball and was so grateful to be included in such a wonderful day!

The next day after a good lie in and an Irn Bru, the other half and I decided we wouldn’t waste such a beautiful day. So the comfy shoes went on and we headed out to explore some of the scenery again and aim to stay out of the pubs.

First off was a walk along the canal really close to our hotel.

Next up we headed up to Inverness Castle, boy that hill was tough after spending the day before in stilettos!

The views were definitely worth it though.

We spent a good hour just taking in the views, snapping pictures and sitting contently in the sunlight listening to the nearby church bells.

Having worked up an appetite we had dinner at Zizi’s, an Italian restaurant in Inverness.  The food was authentic and to die for, I went for the aranchi (I’ve always wanted to try it) followed by the duck ragu. 

We ended the night with a few more drinks in the popular local Johnny Foxes and then that was us off home the next morning.

Really can’t wait to get back to Scotland for New Year and we will definitely be visiting Inverness again!