Well, I am just exhausted. Today is definitely a day for relaxing and only getting up off the couch when absolutely necessary… Yesterday, P and I had a few friends over for Friendsgiving and it was wonderful! I cooked up a huge feast though, so I’m taking a break today! If you need me, I’ll be curled up with a nice hot cup of tea and a Attenborough documentary. Now onto November!
Blog Posts I Loved
Oh my god, there were some truly incredible blog posts this month! I’ve discovered a new way to save them as well, which is to DM to myself any tweets with posts I want to read. That way I don’t lose them! I’m just going to list some of my favorite posts I’ve read this month, because there are a lot of them!
• Megan’s post about staying motivated in the winter. Great tips to ward off being a sloth all winter.
• Grace’s spot on post about finding her personal style. LBH, I’m still trying to find mine!
• Callie really hits the nail on the head with her incredible post, aptly titled, “I don’t want my child to be fat either.” Do yourselves a favor and just read it.
• Sara’s very thoughtful post about some of the insights she’s learned about life.
• I agreed with every point that Jaye Rockett wrote about why she’s buying less clothing.
• Lauren’s post about why it’s okay if you’re not ‘killing it’ (her words) was real food for thought.
• Laila sharing her #metoo’s. I commend her courage for speaking up, and just want to add… me too.
• Adrienne’s post, giving some full on motivation that I totally need to hear right now.
• Anna’s post for the early risers who need to be a bit more productive with their mornings (i.e. ME)
• I love reading Kristabel’s posts all about blogging and her latest is no different! So helpful!
• Alice Catherine’s post about a few of the things we as a community need to work on.
• Zoe’s fascinating post about how being a blogger can change relationships.
• Jazmin’s post was a great reminder to remember that the little things make us as happy as the big!
A Little Bit of Life
Ah, November, what a whirlwind month it’s been! I’m still recovering from Friendsgiving (yesterday! SO MUCH COOKING… and wine!) but that’s not all I got up to this month! Earlier this month, I stopped by StylistLive, which was such a fun day! I went to last year’s event in Angel, and this year, it was so big that they moved it to Kensington Olympia. There was an insane amount of stuff going on! I’ll be honest, I didn’t enjoy it as much as last year, but I think that’s due to the fact that I was there alone, and I could only go on the Friday, when a lot of what I wanted to do was on the Saturday. A few friends were there on the Saturday as well, so I felt a bit like I missed out. I also headed to Kew Gardens to check out the Rebecca Louise Law exhibit, which was really cool to see! It’s on through March 2018 if you have any interest! Outside of that, November has been a month of catching up with old friends, and meeting new friends too!
What I’ve Been Watching
Now that the daylight hours basically call it quits at 4pm, I’ve been spending a lot of cozy time on the couch with the remote. Luckily, there are some pretty great things to watch at the moment!
Stranger Things has of course made it on this list. Would it be weird to admit that I’ve watched the second season 3 times already? Not in one sitting, but Mr. Actually doesn’t like binge watching shows, so I would rewatch episodes 2 or 3 at a time until we watched a new one! Super nerdy I know.
The second season of The Crown is upon us in a few weeks, so I thought I’d revisit the 1st season. I have to say, I enjoyed it just as much the second time round! I’m also insanely excited for Olivia Colman to be taking over the role and I can’t wait to see what they do!
Up next, we’ve got Mindhunter, which was a find of Mr. Actually’s, actually! He was watching it, and I kept catching enough little snippets to intrigue me that I decided to give it a watch. I’m obsessed! It’s a real thinker, and has very dark themes, but Jonathan Groff is just so good that I can’t stop watching it! It’s an interesting look at when the FBI started interviewing serial killers to better understand (and potentially help catch and prevent them) why these crimes happened… so interesting!
I missed out on The Handmaiden’s Tale, but was very intrigued by Alias Grace, which also has a darker theme to it. Grace has been in prison for a murder for 15 years, but there’s this creepy question of whether or not she did it, and what her life has been like that might drive her to. As it’s set in 19th Century Canada, the role of women is explored in a really interesting way as well.
Lastly, and much more lighthearted, we have Blue Planet II. Can I just talk for a second about how much I love Richard Attenborough, and how ashamed I am that I didn’t know who he was until I moved to the UK? The man is a national treasure! I have watched Planet Earth and Blue Planet more times then I can count, and since 2017 was the year of sequels (hello Planet Earth II!) this was of course going on my list. It’s a repeat watcher for sure, especially on a cold Sunday afternoon when the idea of going outside is just too much!