What I loved this month: October 2018

I swear it rolls around to the end of every month, and for every single one I sit here like ‘it can’t be that time again already’! Well, here goes. In October I took a much needed post-wedding season holiday, did a few shoots that weren’t wedding related (!), and started to embrace cosy autumn nights in.

  1. Dominican Republic

This month I took a trip to the Dominican Republic for some rest and relaxation with my other half 🙂 We were after some autumn sun and mainly wanted to relax on a beach and do not much else. I’m generally rubbish at these sorts of holidays and get bored, but I must say, it was a real delight. I read four books.. FOUR! I swam, we drank lots of cocktails, and generally ate our body weight everyday.

2. Brand Photography

This month I shot some stuff that wasn’t wedding related :O As part of a rebrand at my day job I’ve been shooting brand photography and portraits in our London office. It’s been great to get some of my London colleagues on camera! I also did my first sports shoot, with Marc from Pure Fitness in Shoreditch. As someone who loves fitness, I was pretty excited about this one, and it was great to do something a bit different. Shooting in a dark studio was challenging but really fun!

Trendy looking female writer sat outside in Shoreditch

3. Back to 2005 with Bloc Party

Last week, I went to Ally Pally with my best friend to see Bloc Party play Silent Alarm in full. When Silent Alarm originally came out, I was fully obsessed and immersed in the indie scene of that time, but never managed to see Bloc Party until about their third album. The show was absolutely incredible – it truly took me back to that era. Even though half the band have now moved on, the performance was exceptional and I am so impressed by their new drummer – she was a machine! Fingers crossed for ‘A Weekend in The City’ tour as that is actually my fav BP album.

4. Getting the chop

I’ve been growing my hair for what feels like forever, and hadn’t had it cut since January (don’t tell my hairdresser). In that time I’ve experimented with pink and some changes in colour and after coming back from holiday decided it was in an appalling state. On a whim I decided to get it all chopped off. I used to have an A line bob about 5 years ago and it was my absolute fav hair cut… so its back! It’s so refreshing.. although not used to having a cold neck!

5. Redemption 

On Friday night I welcomed in the weekend with a relaxing dinner with a friend at Redemption. It’s an all vegan and alcohol free restaurant in Shoreditch, specialising in the healthiest food in London. We had been before but had the summer menu, so it was great to try their more hearty options. We both had the mushroom and walnut bolognese.. not even kidding, it was the richest and most comforting bolognese I’ve had in forever! We were going all out, so ordered a dessert each as well – if you’re going, I can’t recommend the banoffee pie enough. It was INSANELY GOOD. Sadly, we couldn’t even finish our desserts as we were so full – next time we know to share them!

6. The Vietnam War – Ken Burns

This month, I’m off to Vietnam with my best friend for 3 weeks. I absolutely can’t wait! Through all our planning, I realised I actually didn’t know much about the history of the country. I knew there had been a huge war with America, but had never really learnt about it or knew the full story. I’m about half way through Ken Burns’ documentary series on the subject, which you can find on Netflix. It’s a heavy watch, but is thoroughly interesting. It touches not just on the Vietnam war, but pretty much the last 100 years of Vietnam’s history. It’s definitely opened my eyes, not just about Vietnam’s geography and history, but also American history.

Ok, here comes my reading list review for October, which thanks to holiday is probably the longest list in a few months. I also got a deal which means I have Amazon Unlimited until Christmas, so these books are all available on there. So far I’m a bit disappointed with their selections, so if any one has recommendations or tips, drop me a comment!

The Note –  Zoë Folbigg: This book is a bit of a love story, about a woman who gives a man on her train a love note. Ensue a long game of ‘will they, won’t they’, but an enjoyable read, particularly as it was set in London and very relatable. 4/5

Things We Never Said – Nick Alexander: Another bit of a romantic story – I guess I go for easier books when I’m on holiday! The story of a widower who is left a box of photographs by his just passed wife. I really enjoyed this book – It affirmed the importance of photography in life, and was a refreshing take on love. It showed that across a life time theres up and downs, but also leaves you with the feeling that you shouldn’t take any of that for granted or leave things unsaid. 4.5/5

Silent Victim – Caroline Mitchell:  This was meant to be a thriller, but while it kept me turning the page, it wasn’t as dramatic as I was hoping. The end felt quite rushed and over quickly. Still, a good holiday read. 3/5 

What have you been loving in October? Hope you are enjoying the seasonal period – Happy Halloween (and bonfire night!)

 

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