Sunday, 4 October 2015

September Favourites


Hello Lovelies? So apparently we're already in October and it honestly feels like someone has pressed the fast forward button on my life. I'm not complaining though, as I really do love October for one reason - Halloween! Not that I ever do anything particularly interesting on Halloween, honestly I just like handing out sweets to the kids every year. I live in a place nicknamed Nappy Valley and the Baby Belt so every Halloween we have about Ten Billion kids come to our door.  It's actually a little overwhelming, but the little kids are adorable and it gives me an excuse to pig out on the left over sweets. Do let me know what you do on Halloween, as I'm always a bit curious! Anyway this month's favourites are a whole mix of different things. I've never really been good with favourites, especially beauty as I always forget what I've used so this month is a real mix of things that I hope you enjoy.


My food/drink favourites this month are super basic and stereotypically English: Twinings Earl Grey and Waitrose Duchy Organic Shortbread Fingers. Usually I stick to basic tea like Assam and English Breakfast but this month I fell back in love with Earl Grey. What can I say? It's just a great blend of tea. Also as a big fan of Shortbread (I have a real obsession) I was a bit too excited by these Waitrose Duchy Organic Shortbread Fingers which are possibly the best Shortbread I've ever tasted! And coming from me that means a lot!


One of my all time highlights of this month was going to get the new Christmas and Halloween collection at Lush. It wasn't only really exciting, but the staff were so helpful and I had a lot of fun talking to them about the whole collection which really made it a bit of an experience for me. I bought the Heebie Jeebie Pumpkin Gift Set and I absolutely loved the  Lord of Misrule Bath bomb inside it. It's definitely one of my all time favourite bath bombs, and I am very tempted to buy one for this Halloween. One of my other favourites is this Shea Moisture Hair Smoothie* which I got given at the London Fashion Week Blogger's Beauty Bar. It's actually really helped to bring out the natural curl in my hair and has left it feeling amazing. I'll probably write a proper review of this soon, especially as I'm going to Shea Moisture's UK launch this week! So exciting. 


If you live in the UK, you've probably heard people raving about the TV Series Doctor Foster which is on every week after the Bake Off. It's been a while since I've had a series that I couldn't wait to see the next episode of but Dr Foster is so riveting. The series follows Dr Foster who suspects her husband is having an affair and decides to turn detective and find out what's really going on. Ultimately what makes the series is Suranne Jones's (Dr Foster) brilliant acting and the intense tension that runs through the series. 


If you're a fan of period drama, then you should definitely watch The Go-Between based on the book of the same name by L. P. Hartley. The film is from the perspective of 13 year-old boy Leo who gets tangled up in a affair by exchanging love letters between Marian the daughter of a rich family and the poor farmer Ted. All of the actors did an absolutely amazing job, especially Jack Hollington who had such touching and believable acting. Plus the film itself is filmed beautifully, and Marian's clothes in the film are so pretty that you could probably watch this film on mute and still appreciate it.  


The Refugee crisis is something that has really been in my thoughts this month. It's made me appreciate how lucky I am to live in the UK and have a safe home. Humans Of New York are doing a series about refugees, and one of the stories that particularly touched me was Muhammad's. The above picture is the final chapter of his story after some very horrible and horrendous events where he finally gets his Austrian citizenship. It inspired me for two reasons. One that he could be so determined to learn Austrian after all the ordeals he has been through. And secondly that kindness really pays off. Fritz Hummel helped Muhammad because he remembered Syrians being very kind to him, which just shows the impact and power that simply being kind can have. 


This month I did something that I didn't expect to do, put my name on the Organ Donor's list. For years I had been hesitant about the idea. I'm super squeamish and always really hated the thought of being cut up after death. But as I'm an atheist, other than that I have no problem with my organs going to someone else at all and I would much rather they go towards saving a life than going to waste. After reading Josie's blog Sick Chick Chic, where she talks about her cystic fibrosis (alongside some great outfit posts and beauty) I decided it was about time I signed up because if I could help someone like her, then it would definitely be worth it. So anyways on a serious note, if you haven't signed up to the Organ Donor's list do think about it. Obviously it's a very personal decision, so you should never feel pressured to, it's just something to think about! 

Thank you for reading lovelies! Do let me know what you loved this month and what you got up to!

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  1. Such lovely photos! I would love to try that tea and biscuit combo, yum. Tea and biscuits are my weakness! Also really want to read that book it sounds interesting! xxxxx

    www.romantiquely.com

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    1. Aww thank you :) Haha they are actually my weakness too and this is a great combo! Yeah it's a great book, my sister got it for me at Christmas. xxx

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  2. I really need to watch Doctor Foster! I love Suranne, she's a lovely lady and a fab actress.

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

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    1. Oh she isn't she? I've actually never seen her in anything before but very impressed by her acting!

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  3. I love a good cup of tea, Earl Grey is such a lovely tea - I really like the floral taste to it!

    Rachel - Cake Doesn't Count x

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    1. Yeah the floral taste is lovely. I think it's one of those teas that you either really love or hate!

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  4. I'm loving the current series from Humans of New York. It's so powerful & heartbreaking, but it raising awareness for all those poor people..

    Lovely post.

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    Small&Blonde♥

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    1. Yeah, it is heartbreaking but I feel like it's one of those things that you just need to read x

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  5. Lovely post and I was just in LUSH yesterday buying some new goodies from the Halloween/Christmas range :D x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

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    1. Ooh yay that's so exciting! I'm in love with their seasonal range x

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  6. Very nice. Would love it if you could check out my AW15 perfume picks including fragrance decor ideas!
    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love 

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  7. I absolutely LOVED your September Faves, hon!!!
    Especially HONY bit. It is amazing <3
    I have also done Sep Faves on my blog - so nice to look back and appreciate things we enjoyed :)
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aww thank you so much Nadia! Will take a look at yours too :)

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  8. Eek, I've been hearing loads about Doctor Foster; I need to watch it as soon as possible! It's wonderful that you put your name on the Organ's Donor list. I want to do it but I've got a blood disorder which disables me from making any donations, ahh.

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    1. You really do, I put off watching it and I really regret it because it's so good! Aww that's a shame! I'm glad I've finally done it, it's been on my mind for a while!

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  9. Great choice! Stylish, warm and classy!!! I love dress

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  10. The Go-Between! Funny enough, I'm studying the book for my A Levels and my English Lit friends and I are planning t get together and watch it for a movie night! I bet it's going to be awesome! Haha! And it's wonderful you put your name in the Organ Donor's list. Even though it's scary, it's incredibly selfless of you <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

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    1. Oh really that's awesome! I was actually thinking that I should really read the book because I love the film so much. Aww thank you, I'm glad I finally got round to doing it <3

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  11. This is such an amazing post, Victoria. The HONY refugee coverage has broken my heart and you're a better person than me for signing up as an organ donor! Some great TV here too! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

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    1. Thanks Martha! The Hony coverage really is so heartbreaking x

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  12. ohhhh I love a good period drama, might need to give this show a go! Love this list :D

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  13. I have been following HONY's refugee posts too! I can't even count how many times I was broken hearted after wards. HONY is one of my favorite pages/blogs ever, it just shows so many aspects of humans and humanity and how everyone has a story to tell.
    Also, props to you for going on the Organ Donor's list! I've been wanting to do it for a long while but I somehow never did it, I don't even know why.

    www.rosegoldheart.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah I always end up reading HONY because I love how it helps me to look at my life in a different way. And yeah I was like that, but glad I finally did it!

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