Ooof September has been a wild month and not just in terms of British history and politics.
I’ve been in and out of doctor’s surgeries and hospitals, working on the start of a new academic year at my IRL job, and dealing with a leaking roof, a hole in the ceiling, and an out-of-bounds DIY hellscape of a bedroom. Yeah, it’s been a month. I feel like I haven’t been able to take a breath since September began and now it’s October. Still, there have been some wonderful things guiding me through this busy month, giving me sparks of joy and keeping my wellbeing well. Would you like to know what they are? Of course you would.
If you’ve been following me over on Instagram, you will know all about the book I am reading. The book in question is The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki. I knew nothing about this book when I bought it. All I did know is that it won the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction and a series of book bloggers I admire all agreed that this book was a must-read. Call me easily influenced, because the next thing I knew, it arrived on my doorstep.
Fifty pages in and I am in book heaven. To say it reminds me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime would be true but would also do it a disservice. Despite the fact I am only in the exposition section of the novel, I can say it deals with bereavement, mental health, and … talking books? I don’t want to give too much away because going in blind to this book was such an excellent decision. All I will say is if you fancy something different to the trend of fantasy-romance, pick this book up.
We are back on twice daily skincare and I’ve got one product to thank for that – The Body Shop’s Edelweiss Liquid Peel. This isn’t a product you can use every day thanks to the peeling aspect, but that is what makes it so wonderful. Two or three times a week, I do my usual two step cleansing routine, dry my face, and rub in the skin peel. Oh, it’s so gross and yet so satisfying. It lifts off the dead skin as well as impurities, and even pollutants! Plus, you only need a small amount to work on the whole face. It really does make my skin feel fresh and glow-y, without having to pay £80 plus for a facial.
When the trailers dropped for She-Hulk, I was a little sceptical. Something just seemed off with the CGI. How dare they ruin Jennifer Walter’s story via the trailer alone? Well, thank goodness I gave Disney the benefit of the doubt. She-Hulk, you are a beast of a TV show. It’s hilarious and it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it packs a punch of that grit that Marvel has developed. It’s thoroughly feminist with an incredible soundtrack, as well as having incredible cameos. If you are a Marvel fan, or even just looking for something light with a fleck of drama to watch whilst eating dinner, give She-Hulk a go. The full season isn’t even out yet and it’s already up there with WandaVision for me.
Does anyone else have a routine in which they check their apps? Mine goes – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Depop (and then Tiktok, but that then steals my soul for a few hours). Two months ago, after sorting out my wardrobe full of clothes I’ve held on to for six years and four size changes, I decided to turn to Depop. It is a really easy way to sell clothes that you no longer wear but it’s wonderful to use from a consumer perspective too. I’ve got my honeymoon coming up in November, so I’ve been keeping my eye out for some light, loose dresses I can take abroad, but also layer up whilst I’m in the UK.
Enter, my favourite Depop find. This dress is by the brand Nobody’s Child. Originally priced at £49 in store, this cheeky little Depop buyer got her hands on it for £8. It’s giving milkmaid, it’s giving cottagecore, it’s giving ‘no-one can see my hairy legs’ chic. Whilst it is a wrap dress, a style me and my double D boobs are normally fearful of, the triple tie aspect feels really secure. I can already see my Converse pairing well for a day in the parks, as well as leggings, a jumper, and my Chelsea boots for when I get home. A sustainable, stylish, good quality, rewearable bargain – what more could you want?
It wouldn’t be a September favourites if the wildcard wasn’t AUTUMN BABYYYYY! The change of the seasons is here, I’m carrying a cardigan around with me, and the inhaler is getting a lot more use. Some people love a party – I love a cosy evening in, surrounded by candles, wrapped up in three blankets whilst I read The Hobbit and listen to the rain on the window. My season is here.
So, those were my September faves, and without further ado, it’s time to welcome in October! Are you a fellow October fan? I’m talking pumpkins, rainy days, Doc Martens, thick socks, dark evenings, the whole shebang. Let me know in the comments below. Whilst you are at it, what have you been loving this past month? What has been bringing you joy? I’d love to know.
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4 thoughts on “September Favourites 2022 | Second-hand Clothes, Sustainable Skincare and More…”
I’ve been loving She Hulk and went to see avatar Re-release 😊❤️
You look lovely in that dress! 🧿🦋✨
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YES to a fellow She-Hulk fan! Ohh I bet that was phenomenal on the big screen. Ahh thank you so much ❤
loving that dress, it looks amazing! x
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Thank you so much! ❤