Friday Favourites: 2nd October 2015

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Oh hi October, how ya hanging?

I’ve never much liked October, it’s the first month that those hideously unsettling signs of SAD typically like to make themselves known to me, but y’know what? There’s been so much OCTOBER AND AUTUMN AND LALALA ALL THE HAPPINESS over social media and the general bloggersphere over the last couple of days that I’ve got this renewed sense of energy. Like, I might actually start to love this time of year because it’s been thrust in my face so much. Good work everyone, your propaganda has brainwashed me.

Oh and just btw, I’m mega soz that I missed Friday Favourites last week, I was in Mykonos and wasn’t entirely sure I had enough new favourites before I went to make it worthwhile.

I’ve had a bit of a reflective week, thinking about where I want my life to take me next, what the next challenge should be, what little adjustments I can make to make myself happier every single day. It’s weird innit, this constant re-assessing of what needs to change in order to reach peak happiness, rather than just being pleased with our lot. Maybe this is where I should get into the whole mindfulness thing, I’d like to appreciate my own life more rather than constantly feel like I’m searching out new ways to add shiny new elements.

Bloody millennial generation, never happy with what we’ve got and always wanting more, eh?

I’m going to stop typing out my inner monologue and get on with this, my bad.

 

1. PROTEIN BALLS

Call the police, I’ve gone missing.

Here’s something groundbreaking – I haven’t eaten a McDonald’s in about two months. I don’t recognise myself, I feel like a slightly duller version of myself, bet my organs are cartwheeling away inside though.

Anyway, I jumped on the protein ball bandwagon and y’know what? They taste JUST like those Elevneses bars that everyone ate in like 2005. Yummerz. I’ve been eating them for breakfast with a cup of tea – they work phenomenally well for people like me who don’t like cereal and find toast dull and fruit and yoghurt not enough.

I stuck about half a cup of rolled oats in a blender with two teaspoons of honey, three teaspoons of nut butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon, six medjool dates and a handful of desiccated coconut, and then added a bit of water to make it stick. Then I rolled the balls up in my hand and rolled them about in some broken up cashews I had floating about for an added texture.

They’re best kept in the fridge so they get all fudgey. Now someone come and punch me in the face and gimme a cheeseburger chaser plz.

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2. EYE SHADOW ON MY BOTTOM LASHES

I wonder if this is just one of those things like how some people just never use mascara on their bottom lashes, but basically, yeah, I’ve started using eye shadow BELOW my eyes. Groundbreaking.

I haven’t got a proper photo of it because, well, make-up selfies just do not agree with this face of mine, but if you kinda squint and use a magnifying glass then you can kinda see it here (lipstick is Illamasqua’s Soaked).

I did this mega simple eye shadow look using the shade Dirtysweet from my Urban Decay Smoky palette, which is just like a pale gold metallic kinda colour. And after I’d finished blending it onto my eyelid I took an eyeliner make-up brush and coated it in the same shade and just ran it under my bottom lashes.

It’s something I’ve seen about on Instagram of late and well, I’m kinda looking to up my eye make-up game because I’ve been stuck in one hell of a rut this past decade.

I stopped wearing kohl eye liner on my bottom lashes in about 2006 and well since then I haven’t really mixed it up. I’d love to hear your tips below though, and I will FO SHO be applying more happy shimmer under my eyes on days when yeah, I’m going to be all wild and actually leave the house.

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3. STAR LAMP

You’ve probs already seen this if you perused my George home post earlier this week (here) but I just thought I’d give this lil guy another mention. N’awww, just look at him, so happy go Larry.

I’ve been toying with the idea of a novelty lamp since forever but kinda didn’t know where I’d put it in the house – well, turns out, the best thing was just to remove the lamp Chris had bought for the living room and replace it with my star lamp.

Because that’s how relationships work, yup.

Anyway, it looks lovely and all Pinterest and it has a dimmer switch on the back which just makes it absolutely dandy depending on whether I want board game lighting or creepy Dexter lighting. Good work, Asda (shop it here).

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4. BRUNCH

Since working from home I’ve become seriously into my brunch. I’m never hungry first thing, so the fact I can have something small to set me up for the day and then go to town with something delicious and sexy and Instagrammable later in the day gets ALL the yeses from me.

I made this this week and am so happy about it. It’s just everything I want in life. Like, maybe I’d marry it if I could. Look how happy it is.

Anyway, this is one slice of toasted Tesco Finest sunflower seed cob with mashed avocado, pepper and lemon juice topped with chorizo, chilli and an egg fried in their juices. Oh mumma. Definitely one for Saturday with a cup of coffee and a scroll through Bloglovin and Mail Online.

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5. AMERICAN HORROR STORY

About 17 years late to the party* (* I exaggerate the tiniest bit), but I’m finally onto season three of American Horror Story. I kind of got put off moving past season two because all I could hear was SEASON THREE IS SO BAD TRALALALALA from everyone in the world, but alas they were all wrong.

It’s about witches and is by far the goriest and dirtiest season so far. Like, it makes me flinch and want to stop chewing on my protein ball and I’m not usually easily put off things.

I think I like it because I have a thing for Emma Roberts. Wild Child is in my top 5 films of all time and I’ve seen it about 54 times and so, well, I have to love this because I get to see that pretty little Hollywood face of hers over and over again.

Oh, and also I quite fancy Alexander Dreymon in it but now I’ve just Googled him and no, not so much now. Alex babes, you had a good thing going, whydya have to ruin it?

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6. OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

You all deserve a standing ovation for how you made me feel about wearing over-the-knee boots last week. I was completely overwhelmed by the response to this Instagram picture and now I feel like I could fly. And THIS is why I love blogging, women empowering women and giving each other confidence and positivity and lifting them up. We got this, sisters.

Anyway yeah, I’ve had these Ted & Muffy boots since last winter but hardly wore them last year because they majorly freaked me out and made me self-conscious about my thighs, but this year? This year I am SO on it.

I’m proof that you don’t have to have fashion skinny legs to pull them off – you all can. Plus, they make you feel seriously mega sassy and like you got game, so yeah, that’s the main reason you should invest in a pair and trot about in them like a goddess.

(Budget version available here)

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7. VLOGTOBER

That time of year is upon us, and I’m jumping aboard team YouTube. Choo choo this train is now departing the station.

Oh gawd I make myself cringe.

I failed Vlogtober last year because well, I can’t actually remember why. I made it about a third of the way through the month and then I *think* I had a bad day and didn’t want to film and then yup, that was it, my streak over.

But this year I’m doing something slightly different. I’ll be uploading videos every day throughout October (well, 2nd October until 1st November), but they won’t all be vlogs. There’ll be chatty things and stories and whatever else comes into my head as the month trundles along. I’m hoping it’ll be fun and keep building my camera confidence. So if you have any video ideas then please do hook a girl up, and if not, well then I hope to see you on the dark side for a bit of chat and Hannah Gale eye contact. Oo-er.

Catch me on YouTube here.

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