Finally, we are moving away from the awkward ‘need a jumper in the morning, and shorts in the afternoon’ weather, and into turtleneck season! With September done and gone, I deem Autumn to be well and truly here. Autumn is when I thrive; I’m a rainy day, hot cup of tea, crispy leaves kind of woman. And with saying farewell to September, let me show you what I’ve been loving this past month as I give you my favourites for September 2019!
As a belated birthday gift, my partner took me to London to see a show and see the city. We met up with some friends, toured the South Bank, saw Nick Offerman live, and visited the Tate Modern. Put me in an art gallery and I could wander around non-stop, like a little wind-up toy.
Towards the end of our time there, I came across one of my all-time favourite works; Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘WHAAM!’ (I’m a sucker for pop art). I jumped around like a little child, beaming and getting as close to the canvas as I possibly could. One hour later, I’m stood outside having a little cry because my boyfriend bought me a t-shirt with the print on it (look, I know that seems overly weepy, but he didn’t have to do it, he had already given me a wonderful day, and I’m a constantly emotional mess).
This is a high quality t-shirt (and I’d like to apologise for the creases here, your gal didn’t have time to iron it). For a white t-shirt, this material is thick, and I love it (ain’t no flimsy material going on here!). The shirt itself is a rather boxy fit as it is unisex, and sits rather oversized on me, but that is perfect for what I like. It look great with a pair of jeans for a casual look, tucked into culottes for an office look, and I am so tempted to dress it up for a night out with a pencil skirt and boots. This is hands down my favourite item in my wardrobe.
If you’ve been following this blog over the last six months, you would have seen my steadfast decline into becoming a Body Shop fanatic. Look, if a brand is good on my skin, the environment, and my bank account, then I am in. I picked up two products in September from TBS that have proved to be excellent, and I don’t use that term lightly.
The products in question are their Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion and their Fresh Nude BB Cream. For quite some time, I have been on the lookout for cruelty-free face products that also give me a boost of SPF coverage. One super helpful Body Shop employee later, and I walked out of the Winchester store with a little bag and a smug look on my face. Their Moisture Lotion is a great all-around moisturizer, and I use it mainly for my morning routine. On your hand, it looks a bit like a sun-cream, but as you apply it to your face, it goes on smooth and absorbs right on it. Their BB Cream is best applied using your fingers so the product can get warmed up. It’s a light coverage, but that’s all I really want and need.
My food favourite this month certainly boujee but budget. I’m on about roasted chickpeas. At the moment, I am a big savoury fan, and tend to snack on flavoured crisps and crackers which is not very good for my weight loss and fitness regime. I have had roasted chickpeas before and loved them, so I look a leap and learnt how to make them for myself!
My favourite bit about making this snack is that I can control what goes into them. I know how much salt and seasoning I want or need, and won’t have any nasty surprises in the form of added chemicals and whatnot (my Heavens, I sound so drab here). My current favourite topping is garlic and paprika, cooked in olive oil. Sounds like something you wanna try? Don’t you worry, I’ve got a post scheduled aaaaall about my boujee and budget recipes, and this one features in pride of place.
Although I technically read this in August, this book has stayed on my mind all month. I started a Masters in English Literature this September, and as such, I was presented with a lot of books to read for my first module; mainly books that present characters with mental illness and disability. Instead of starting with a book on the reading list, like a sensible person would, I chose a book that wasn’t on the list. Well done me. Although, it is connected!
Girl, Interrupted is famous for being an honest and female-centric look into the lives of those who were institutionalised in the 1960s, and that fits the themes and theories of the module I am currently studying. Beyond the book inspiring hundreds of essay topics in my brain, it was also a wonderful read, and I really struggled to put it down. The characters were relatable, the structure of the novel is refreshing, and Kaysen writes with such honesty and vulnerability. This book has moved straight into my Favourites List.
At the time of writing, I only have 28 days until I’m on my way to Florida (I AM BEYOND EXCITED). My partner and I will be spending most of our time at Walt Disney World (with a few days at Universal Studios), so have set ourselves the challenge of watching as many Disney movies as we can. This month was full of peak Disney movies, in my opinion. I am a child of the nineties, so I grew up with Pocahontas, The Lion King, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
It was a joy to watch them after so long, and I always find it interesting to spot the more grown up jokes that went over my head as a child! After watching all of the notable 90s Disney films, my overall favourites have got to be Hercules and Mulan (love me some strong female characters), but Hunchback certainly has the best music.
My Wildcard choice this month has got to be my Masters. I’ve been wanting to get back into studying for two years now, and I finally have! I am studying for an MA in English Literature, and aim to be basing my research on theatre, music, and representation of disability. I’ve only had two lectures so far, but I’ve had a fire re-lit within me. If I’m not at work, blogging, or making some kind of theatre, you’ll find me curled up with a book all about disability in the arts. And I couldn’t be happier about it.
So, those are my favourites for September 2019. Let me know in the comments what you think, and what you favourites are!