October Favourites

It's finally Halloween and I don't know if I'm happy about that or not! I always put so much into Halloween (since it's my favourite time of year after Christmas!) that come November 1st I feel a bit empty, haha! I hope I'm not the only one who feels that way... is that weird?! Probably! I actually can't believe that it's pretty much November! It's getting colder, the heating is on pretty much 24/7, it's basically winter and that makes me sad because my favourite season is nearly over! I hope you've all had a lovely October though, full of pumpkin carving, Hocus Pocus and Halloween costume anxiety, haha! I have certainly had all of those things, actually as I'm writing this I'm very aware that I haven't fully sorted out my Halloween costume yet - you wouldn't think that I am one of those people that starts deciding their outfit at the end of September, would you!? Anyways, I've had a fair few new obsessions this month (as I do every month!) so here's my latest favourites! Let me know in the comments what you've been obssessed with this month! Also, as it's Halloween, let me know what your plans are for tonight and whether or not you're dressing up!

30 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Not to worry you but Halloween is in two days... what?! You still haven't decided what you're dressing up as?! Don't worry, I've got you covered! If you're not like me and you didn't have your Halloween costume picked out and made/bought before the 1st of October (I just get too excited okay.. lol!) you don't need to worry, there are plenty of amazing last minute costumes that you can probably make using clothes you already have in your wardrobe! So, for all you last minute people out there I've made a list of 30 DIY costumes that you can definitely put together before Halloween - now you have no excuse to not dress up! I hope you enjoy this list of costumes, let me know in the comments what your favourite costume from the list is/what you're being for Halloween this year - I'm going as a vampire! Also, if you're feeling Halloween-y be sure to check out my other Halloween posts including the Halloween Tag post, where I talk about Halloween memories and my favourite scary movies and my Pumpkin Carving Party post where I show you the little party that I hosted for my friends where we carved pumpkins and did all things Halloween-y! 

Update #10 | Pumpkin Carving Party!

We're finally on the run up to Halloween and obviously I am absolutely buzzing! As I mentioned in my last post Halloween is definitely one of my favourite times of year for so many reasons! One of those reasons being you get to carve pumpkins whilst eating all the chocolate you want and no one can tell you to stop, haha! I combined both of these things with little pumpkin carving 'party' that I organised for two of my close friends and Ethan, I know it's pretty early for pumpkins (and actually we did this more than a week ago!) but it's the only day where we all had a day off so! It's actually becoming a sort of annual thing since we've now done it three years running so hopefully we get to do it for many more years! Obviously pumpkin carving and a spooky buffet calls for so many photos, so I decided to share a couple of snaps from the day in this post and let you guys know what we got up to! Also, Let me know if you have any traditions that you love doing on Halloween, I would love to know. 

Spooky Halloween Tag

Halloween is for sure one of my favourite times of the year, you get an excuse to dress up in really random clothes that you wouldn't normally wear, you can eat all the sweets and chocolate you want without the guilt and you get to binge watch Hocus Pocus over and over and no one can stop you! As you can probably tell I am getting pretty excited about Halloween now! I've already carved a pumpkin, (I've got an entire post about that out soon!) I've already got my two costumes made and ready, I've already eaten my fair share of chocolate and it's still a week until the actual day - oops! But anyways, to get even more into the spirit (not that I need it - also pun not intended, lol!) I decided to do a little tag post, I've made up all these questions myself but feel free to answer them all yourself in your own blog or answer a few in the comments below! Also, please let me know if you're as excited as me about Halloween - or am I the only one...? Probably!

Lazy Sundays | My Typical Sunday

Now that I'm back at University, I still work part-time and I also aim to get blog posts up every other day you can imagine that my week gets pretty busy. To be honest, I do love being busy, especially when it comes to blogging since I love being creative with writing down my little thoughts and taking photos so I don't mind TOO much! Even so, often at times it does feel like I don't really get much time off, but obviously I do make sure to have some me-time every now and again just to relax and refresh! Sundays have pretty much become my one day off where I give myself that time to de-stress and and put my to-do list aside - and I definitely make sure that I don't need to leave the house unless absolutely necessary... (this means I don't have to leave my pyjamas or my bed, haha!) So today I decided to share my typical Sunday with you guys and just share some of the things that I enjoy doing on a typical day off! 

New Homeware & Decor | Decorating For Autumn

So, as you guys may or may not know, I moved house last September - if you missed it you can read all about that here if you like. Obviously, the best part about moving house is getting to decorate and go shopping for all the homeware and knick knacks and when we lived in the flat we never really decorated the place properly, so moving into this house was like a completely fresh start...So you can imagine the excitement I felt when it was time to go shopping for all the homely bits! Also, I was very lucky that it was just coming up to Autumn when I went shopping for these bits so a lot of my decorations at the moment are very Autumnal and seasonal! My first port of call was obviously Home Sense (aka: the mothership..lol!) so a lot of the bits I picked up are from there but also we stopped in Asda because they actually have some really lovely bits in there too! So yeah, here are a few of the homeware pieces I've bought recently, I obviously haven't taken pictures of everything because that would've just taken bloody ages, but I've tried to add a link to something that's at least similar if you're interested in seeing what the bits actually look like!

Every Day Makeup | Autumn

The transition from Summer into Autumn is probably my favourite time of year, not only the transition in weather (because let's face it, we're all bored of the heat by mid August.. even if we don't get much sun here in the UK!) or the transition in clothing from pastels and strappy tops to burgundys and oranges and oversized jumpers. Mainly I love the transition in makeup! I must admit, now that I have to wake up at 5:15am for work I really can't ever be bothered to do my makeup and I've barely worn any for the last couple of months, but trust me since the weather has been getting colder and we've been getting further into Autumn I haven't been able to stay away from my Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette! I feel like Autumn is the best time to experiment with different makeup trends and get a little bit out of your comfort zone, whether you want to try out a more dark, vampy look or go for a bolder lip colour - you can't really go wrong! So I recently realised that I've never really shared my every day makeup routine with you lot, and since my Autumn makeup routine is a just slightly more interesting than every other time of year, I thought now would be the best time to finally write this post! (I also haven't written a makeup post in bloody ages, so it's about time!) Also, let me know what makeup you are wearing this Autumn down in the comments, I definitely need an excuse to go out and buy new makeup, haha!

What I'll Be Wearing This Autumn | Autumn Style Picks

I am in no way a fashion blogger... in fact, when it comes to clothes most of the time I just chuck whatever on and hope for the best! I really am pretty lazy with fashion most of the time and I tend to wear the same staple items for each season of the year, but I feel like Autumn is definitely my best season for buying and wearing loads of new and different clothes and also for getting out of my comfort zone a little bit - especially when it comes to colours, since I tend to go for black, whites and greys most of the year, haha! There are obviously so many clothing essentials when it comes to Autumn, from boots to scarves to oversized jumpers and I wanted to share some of my favourite pieces that I think are vital for this time of year! Let me know if you agree with my picks for this season and also tell me if I missed anything from my list that you love wearing this time of year, I'd love to know! 

Autumn Essentials

You're probably all bored of hearing this but clearly I can't say it enough... Autumn is my favourite season! And although in my own little world Autumn has been upon us for at least a month already, now that the shops are all stocking pumpkins and even Christmas bits I feel like I can properly unleash the true excitement I have about Autumn.. haha! So yes I am for sure getting out the fluffy socks, sticking on a bit of Hocus Pocus and getting cosy with my pumpkin scented candles! Now, during Autumn there are a number of essentials that are absolutely necessary to live the season to the fullest, to feel the most festive and the most Autumnal! I've decided to write this little post just to let you guys know what a few of my Autumn essentials are this year! Let me know if you agree with any of the things on my list and also comment if I've missed anything out that you definitely need to have the best Autumn, haha! 

20 Things To Do This Autumn | My Autumn Bucket List

Autumn has been pretty hectic so far, trying to balance working 3 mornings a week with uni, a blog, writing putting off my dissertation and at least attempting to have a social life is proving to be pretty stressful actually and I haven't really been able to enjoy Autumn as much as I would like to.. I mean it is my favourite season after all! So I thought I would write out a quick Autumn to-do list to get me more in the mood for the season and spending time do more Autumn-y things...haha! Otherwise, it'll be over before I know it and I won't even have carved a pumpkin and that would be pretty terrible...omg imagine! I hope my list will also inspire you all to go out and do some of these things, let me know in the comments if you have any plans to do anything I hope to do! Also, let me know if you're doing anything that I haven't mentioned because I would love to be inspired too! 

The Things I Love About Autumn

Get out your cinnamon scented candles and put on your oversized, chunky knit scarf because it is officially starting to feel like Autumn... Believe it or not I am actually loving the fact that it's starting to get a little colder now because it genuinely feels so Autumnal out there, the leaves are starting to go brown and gah, I love it! As you may be able to tell by my over-enthusiasm towards a bloody season... Autumn is by far my favourite time of year and there are so many things I love about it so I thought I would share a few for this little post so we can all get super excited whilst we get cosy with a hot chocolate and watch Hocus Pocus! You don't understand the joy it actually gave me to go on this cute little Autumn walk with Ethan though... Obviously it was purely for my blog and we HAD to go just to get some photos of crunchy Autumn leaves lol... but oh my lord did it make me feel so Autumn-y and festive! Right, so here they are, my favourite things about Autumn. Let me know if you love any of these things too and also comment if I've missed anything else that you love! 

Lush Christmas 2016

So, I had a bit of a Lush splurge... Christmas is by far my favourite range that Lush brings out, as I am sure it is for a lot of you out there! And so every year I go out and I spend a littttle bit too much in Lush, but it's okay because I love it all and I love having baths in Autumn/Winter and gah! I must admit I went a little overboard this year, but they have so many cute things and I can't wait to use them all and feel super festive again!! (Is it too early for that... nah!) I actually went shopping with my Mum which was lovely, we obviously ended up in Lush and it made me feel so festive because one of the ladies in there used all the Snow Fairy products on my hands (including the new Snow Fairy body conditioner - which is amazing by the way, espeically if you want a more subtle smelling version of Snow Fairy, since it isn't quite as sickly sweet as the shower gel.. I didn't actually pick this one up though as I had already done enough damage, but I might just have to go and get it before Christmas is over!) I wanted to just pick up a few bits, but well that didn't really happen - but I've justified it because I had to throw away a load of old bath bombs that were lost to water damage. I don't know what it is about my new bathroom or shower, but I'm storing all my lush bits in exactly the same way and they're all going crumbly and weird, so I'm definitely going to start storing them in my bedroom instead where they are safe! I also missed my local Lush Christmas launch because of work so I treated myself to a few festive bits! Also, I know this is super early to be getting festive and talking about Christmas.. I mean it is October at the end of the day, so if you're not feeling Christmas-y enough just yet they you can click here to see what I recently got from the Halloween range (and a few other online exclusives!) since Halloween is just around the corner and Sparkly Pumpkin is just amazing, seriously if you haven't smelt it already.. you just have to!

*Just so you know, I only picked up a selection of the bubble bars in the collection, since these are the bits I love the most - this is definitely not the full collection, you can click here to see everything including, bath bombs, soaps and more!

Berry Nails & Bubble Bars | The Autumn Tag

Autumn is by far my favourite season, despite being defeated by a cold only a few weeks in to the season I actually really love the cold weather - there's just something about wrapping up warm in a cosy, chunky scarf! So I thought I would do a quick tag because I love doing them, they're simple and easy and to be honest that's what I need right now, what with this cold! Also, October has been a busy month for me so far - I'm around 2 weeks into university and I still feel like I'm super disorganised and that I haven't actually started the course yet.. oops! I swear I actually haven't sat down a relaxed in about 5 days (this is why there has been a lack of posts.. but we won't mention that.. haha!) Basically I am definitely in need of a lush bath, preferably a Sparkly Pumpkin lush bath... Right, I'm going to answer these questions now, if you want to answer these on your own blog be sure to link me to all your answers or you can just write down a few of your own answers in the comments as I would love to read them! 

Autumn Lush Haul (+ a few bits from the halloween range!)

It's that time of year again where Lush basically becomes my life and I spend every waking hour in the bath with some sort of cinammon scented bubble bar.. and I freaking can't wait! I actually haven't made that many lush orders this year so far but you can bet me and the delivery man who drops off my lush parcels will be on a first name basis come Christmas, haha! Speaking of Christmas... I actually ordered this little haul before the Christmas range came out, so don't worry, I haven't forgotten about it and I will for sure be doing a Christmas haul at some point in the near future, so get excited! I was actually planning on going to the Christmas launch in my local Lush this week but work overran by so much that I completely missed it.. so as you can guess I was not a happy bunny in the slightest, but I definitely can't wait to make a Christmas order soon! But anyways, this Autumn haul obviously features a few bits from the Halloween range (which I always love every single year!) I didn't buy everything from the range, since I'm not the biggest fan of bath bombs, but you can click here to see the whole range! I also got a few bits from the online exclusive range, since I've pretty much tried and smelled everything in my local store and I wanted to try something completely new, so if you want to try these out for yourselves definitely get an online order! Also, can we just talk about how, in the online orders, they include a cute little polaroid of lush kitchen actually making a few of your products... how cool is that!? Also, let me know in the comments what your favourite bits from the Halloween range are and also tell me how much you also love sparkly pumpkin.. because I can't get enough of it, haha!

How To | Survive University (+ University Tag)

Yes I know, this post is pretty late considering Freshers week is now well and truly over and all the new students have most likely settled in... But still, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to write a University post since now that I'm in third year I like to think that I have experienced enough to pass on a little bit of advice! So yeah, I decided to write a post sharing some tips about university that I thought were quite important to pass on, not only to the new freshers but also to anyone, whether you're in third year or thinking of going to uni in a few years. I also did a little University tag that was created by the lovely Alice Thorpe, aka ohhitsonlyalice (who's University videos I have been obsessing over recently - so if you're in the mood for some more University advice or vlogs that show a typical day at University definitely check out her YouTube channel here! Or you can check out her answers to the questions here!) I hope you find these tips helpful, if you think I've missed anything important feel free to comment down below and if you're a new student let me know if you're enjoying university so far!