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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

October's Greatest Hits

serene brighton seaside

So welcome to November guys! I hope you all had a wonderfully Autumnal, slightly spooky, productive, healthy, happy October. My October has been pretty memorable, and very surreal in parts, and a lot has happened, so here's the low-down.

October's memorable moment

countryside sunday walk

The latter half of October has been a frenzy of work-related stress, last-minute tickets to shows and events, and of course, finally buying our flat, so I am finding myself drawn to mention some of the more serene moments from the beginning of October, such as walking along Brighton beach and watching the sun go down, filling our lungs with fresh air in the fields near Dan's parents' house, or reminiscing about all of the weird things I've collected over the years.

I was also lucky enough to attend an event to celebrate the UK launch of a fashion app called The Hunt, where I got to meet up with some of my blogging pals Angelica and Charlotte, as well as meeting the bloggers behind the fellow Owlishly named blog Two Little Owls, and ogling Rosie Fortescue from Made in Chelsea from afar. The venue was half aeroplane-themed and half 70s disco-themed. A bizarre yet winning combo in my opinion.

October's Instagram moments

countryside living cambridge skyline
kings cross commute twentysomething homeowners

This month, I indulged my rural side, admired the Cambridge skyline from the top of a multi-storey car park (some of the best views are from the top of car parks - pro-tip!), continued to commute to work on the ricketiest trains imaginable, and... bought a flat. Say whaaaaaaaa......?!

Songs on repeat in October

I have to say, I've definitely been on the Taylor Swift bandwagon this month. I made a decision some time ago, to stop being a snob about popular music, and to just enjoy it. Gone are the days when I tut and shake my head at a song just because it is popular rather than tapping my feet and nodding my head because I actually appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into creating it. Plus, in the case of Taylor Swift, you can see such personal progression and development when you listen to all of her albums back to back, which I really enjoy. I'm not going to write an essay about her here (although I totally could), but if you're one of the 0.5 people who hasn't already listened to Out of the Woods then you should get your act together and experience its dark synthy nostalgia now. I've also been listening to Starman by David Bowie because I was recently reminded of the time I begged my Dad to call up the local radio and request it, but they didn't have it so they played me Rebel Rebel instead. I was about eight years old, and I was so angry that they didn't have the entire Bowie back catalogue. HOW DARE.

Blogs I've loved this month

My friend Freya is a very eloquent and very beautiful young woman who writes with painfully sharp accuracy about how it feels to live with a mental illness. I've known Freya for a very long time and I thought I'd give her new blog a bit of exposure here because she has a lot to say and I think that it's really important to read first-hand accounts of things like depression and anxiety, whether you suffer from these things personally or not. It's good to know that someone feels the same way that you do, if you do feel that way, and it's vital that you begin to understand how people live with mental illness if you are a mentally well person. That said, if you are triggered by frank discussion of mental illness, it's probably best to give this a miss for the moment.

Another blog I've loved this month (and will love foreverrrrr) is A Certain Adventure by my new friend Tamsin. We were both at Cambridge but managed to miss one another until recently when we stumbled into one another through the internet. Tamsin writes about food and frolics and all of the fun that I absolutely love to read about, and she is just so friendly! So you should definitely give her blog a read!

What was your highlight, this October? And tell me if you did anything exciting for Hallowe'en, because I didn't even dress up in the end! Everything was so hectic!

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60 comments:

  1. It looks like a great month! Here's hoping November will be just as good, settling into your new place and making it feel all homely! I didn't do anything for Halloween either, I wore a witches hat and took a selfie with a pumpkin and that's as far as it went, I look like the living dead every day of the year anyway!

    Hayley-Eszti // www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

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    1. We probably won't be able to move in until just before Christmas, as the flat needs new floors, new walls, a new kitchen and a new bathroom... WHYYYYY did we choose a fixer-upper?! Oh wait... because it was a fraction of the price of a flat that is already liveable! Booo!

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  2. I've heard about The Hunt from so many people! Gotta try it one of these days :)

    — Michelle | MXP STYLE

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    1. If you're into that sort of thing, I think it's probably a really good app!

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  3. These are such beautiful pictures! Your blog is just gorgeous :)

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    1. I'm so glad you like my pictures! I take them all myself - photography is my favourite! :)

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  4. "I made a decision some time ago, to stop being a snob about popular music, and to just enjoy it."

    THIS. I wish more people were like this! Enjoy the music that you hear as best you can and don't knock it down because to some people that might be "their song" that "gets them" and to brush that off as some irritating fly can be hurtful (I've had bad experiences with people who are music snobs, lol).

    Congrats on your new flat!

    Also, your scenery in the photos is breathtaking.

    xx
    Jenny
    www.mishmoshmakeup.com

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    1. It's so much less stressful to just enjoy what you enjoy, I totally agree!

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  5. It sure looks and sounds like you had a great month, I'm so excited for you and Dan! Probably the best memory of October is my birthday when my husband bought me a PS Vita... I have been wanting one for soooo long. haha

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. OMG that's an epic present! Happy birthday by the way! :)

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  6. Wow, quite a fast month! But definitely some good moments there! I'm also loving Taylor at the moment :) October was a bit of a weird month for me as it was the first full month I spent in University halls, however I had a great Halloween movie evening with my friends and although we didn't dress up, there were Halloween themed snacks...what could be better?!

    Heather x
    http://heatherrrrm.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Ooh, I'm glad that university has been good - living in halls for the first time is definitely a strange experience! And Hallowe'en themed snacks sound perfect!

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  7. Congratulations on getting the flat! That's really exciting! :)
    Starman must be one of my favourite songs ever. It's brilliant.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. Eee thanks! And yes, Starman is EXCELLENT! When I was 4, I was in a nativity play and they put Starman on whenever the big star turned up (to lead the wise men to the baby jesus)...

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  8. Amazing pics! I love the post:)

    Theprintedsea.blogspot.com

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  9. I didn't dress up either!! My dad has been visiting from Aussie for the past couple of weeks which has been great but meant halloween fell to the side. Congrats on buying the flat! :) x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Aaaaa, it must be wonderful to see your Dad! I wish my mum would visit from Aus! :P

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  10. You're such a sweetie for mentioning my blog, Candy! Thank you so much! Big big love, I'm so happy you commented on my blog so I could discover yours. It's fast become one of my favourites. Also adore that you ascended a car park for those pro views of King's! Serious photo dedication right there. My favourite vantage spot was always Castle Hill :) Huge congrats on buying your flat this month - so excited to hear about where you're bound next! xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

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    1. Castle Hill is a great one - I took some wedding photographs for my friends up there! And I've watched many a firework display from the top.

      I <3 you Tamsin! <3

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  11. I was invited the The Hunt launch, but I couldn't go! What a shame!

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    1. I'd be lying if I said it was the event of the year, so I wouldn't worry too much! ;P

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  12. Ooh, congratulations on the flat!!! Very exciting!

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  13. What a busy month! Congrats on the flat too. Here's to a great November!

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    1. Yeay, thank you! And yes - let's all have a marvellous November!

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  14. I just love looking at your Instagram photos, you post so many amazing and inspirational ones! And congratulations on the flat! x

    Love,Sara Wallflower

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    1. Wow, I'm so glad you like my instagram! I have a lot of work to do on it, I think!

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  15. It's funny how time has passed so quickly, The app launch sounds like it was a really fun and quirky event!

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It was definitely quirky! And yes, time is passing at an alarming rate!

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    1. It was definitely eventful, that's for sure! :)

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  17. Lovely post! I love Taylor Swift too! I love your first few photos they're very good! Abi :)
    MyW0rldMyView

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  18. Congratulations on your new flat, sounds like you had a hectic but very memorable month :) xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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    1. I can't even begin to describe the hecticness! (That's not even a real word...)

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  19. The first sky pic is so so amazing! Good luck for your "new" life :)
    Want to follow each other on GFC and bloglovin? Let me know!

    Greets from the EDELFABRIK
    Chrissie

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    1. What a kind comment - thank you! :)

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  20. Congrats on the flat!!!
    Beautiful pics!!!
    Kisses, ♥ Paola.

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  21. You bought a flat!! Congrats!!!! I loved the pic of you and your man and the key!! Stunning! Have fun decorating and making new memories!! :)

    Hey I think many of us are on the Taylor Swift bandwagon... seriously.. her new stuff is pretty epic if you ask me. I have been caught numerous times belting out the lyrics and dancing in my seat while stopped at traffic lights in town :)


    www.bohemianmuses.blogspot.com

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    1. Singing in the car is basically the best hobby, isn't it?!

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  22. Great post! Congratulations on getting a flat, Cambridge looks so pretty this time of year.

    http://worldbloggers.net/

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    1. It really is! It's getting greyer by the minute though. :S

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  23. Wonderful pictures dear! Really love your hair :)
    The Bexter Review

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    1. Yay, thanks! My hair loves you too! :)

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  24. OMG.. stunning pictures and place! Loving that sunset! =)
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    NEW POST on http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

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    xoxo,
    Jess

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    1. There's no sunset like a Brighton sunset!

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  25. Such a nice post! Very entertaining :)

    XO CHAMA FASHION
    www.chamafashion.com

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    1. I'm glad you were entertained by my post! :)

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  26. I didn't end up doing anything for Halloween either, because I had a swim meet the day after! Well, I only use that as an excuse. I was really just too lazy and had more than enough candy in my dorm already :P My October felt pretty busy and I haven't had many serene moments, but November is only going to get busier for me! Hopefully I'll find a day or two to relax :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  27. Wow, all these pictures are stunning!
    By the way, I really love your blog, that's why I decided to nominate you for the Liebster blog award (to know more about it: http://merrygoroundgirl.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/liebster-blog-award/). Let me know if you accept or not, I'd be really happy to know your answers! :)

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    1. Ooh, THANKS! You're so kind to nominate me! :)

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  28. I hope you're having a lovely weekend! =D

    NEW POST on http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

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    xoxo,
    Jessica

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