So I thought September flew in, well October just whizzed past! I’m a bit late with my October round up, with it now being November, but hey better late then never and yeah I’ve cut it down from my top 15 to my top 10, basically because I’ve barely had any time to do anything. So check out my top 10 favourite obsessions for October, they range from food to skin care.
I haven’t actually read this book yet, but I have started it and that is a start. I just know it will be good, I came across Liane Moriarty a few years ago and have loved all her books! I found it really refreshing to read a book that wasn’t based in Ireland and it was actually my first time reading books set it Australia, I loved Big Little Lies (read this ages before it was made into the TV show with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman), Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband’s Secret. Hopefully by the end of November I will be able to give you a quick review of Nine Perfect Strangers for you all.
2. Savoury Recipe
Kinda became a little obsessed with this Ginger Chicken Biryani this month, made it loads and randomly preferred it cold the next day for lunch (not cold, cold, but room temp). It’s a recipe I got from the Joe Wicks Cooking for Family and Friends that I actually borrowed online from Libraries NI, click here to try it out for yourself.
3. Netflix programme
Absolutely loved The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina! Yeah I think I got through this new and slightly twisted version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Netflix in about two days. My name is Zane and I’m a Netflix binger! I say slightly twisted, but it’s more like a completely different show. Yes it has the same premise of a teenage witch called Sabrina who lives with her two aunts Hilda and Zelda, there’s her love interest Harvey and of course Salem, (who doesn’t actually talk in this one). Bur like the title says it is a little darker and not suitable for little ones, it is a 15, however if you are into the supernatural and witch craft like me, then you’ll love it!
I’ve recently really got into listening to podcasts in the car on the way to and from work each day, I spend so much time driving I wanted to be more productive. This month on Acast I’ve been listening to John Bishop in Conversation with . . . it’s been nice listening to it, as I missed a lot of the conversations on the TV Show. Any other podcasts you recommend please leave me a wee comment or get in touch.
I haven’t really been out on any proper big walks this month (I don’t think so anyway), but when I’ve been down home in Bangor I have been taking advantage of being down at the beach (oh how I miss it now that it’s no longer in sight or on my doorstep in Lurgan). The beach I grew up playing on and walking over again and again is Ballyholme Beach (pictured above) and it 100% is home!
6. Nail Polish
So kinda cheating here with this one as I am sharing my gorgeous nails that I just love, that I didn’t do myself but the very talented Jenna from Serenity Beauty Lurgan did for me. They are my natural nails with an acrylic overlay and then gel polish with gold leaf on the statement nails. They are just perfect for Autumn and amazing; I’ve had so many compliments on them.
7. Product I can’t live without this month
A product or products I’ve really loved using this month has been this Environ skincare alongside the facials I was so kindly gifted by the Little Beauty Box . I’ve noticed a real difference in my skin and have got into a proper skincare routine. I’ll have a full blog post on it all soon, so be sure to keep an eye out!
Love the fun in this photo, two of my favourite people enjoying sparklers while I play about on my camera with the new techniques I’ve learnt in my photography course.
10. Piece of Clothing
This month I was invited down to CastleCourt for an NI Blogger Brunch, it was a fantastic morning and during that time we were really kindly gifted a £50 voucher for Debenhams. I was so grateful for this and with money being very, very tight the last few months it was lovely to go and spoil myself. An that is just what I did, I treated myself to this gorgeous Nine by Savannah Miller leather jacket, which had a fantastic 30% off at the time too, so I got an amazing deal. Fancy this jacket for yourself? Just click here.
11. Sweet Recipe
So this is the recipe I found on BBC Good Food it was actually a vegan recipe, but I chose it more for the fact I had an avocado I wanted to use up and just switched the recipe to what I had in the house, which was not dairy free/vegan ingredients. It was lovely and moist and lasted about 5 days (it probably could have gone longer if we didn’t all scoff it). If you want to try this recipe just click here.
12. Place to eat
One of the places I love to eat when I’m up in Ballymena (which I will be a lot more often) is Middletown Coffee. It’s the loveliest wee coffee shop with amazing food, cool decor and the friendliest, welcoming staff! I 100% recommend you pay them a visit!
So there we have it, my top 12 obsessions for October, now to obsess over a few more things for November. Any suggestions of what I should give a go?