October 2019

Thursday, 31 October 2019

monthly recap october 2019This blog post contains affiliate links.

The last 3 months of the year are always my favourite! Sadly this month has literally been flooded with rain which has made autumn, my favourite season, a pretty wet and miserable one so far. However, there is so much to look forward to in the lead up to Christmas making October, November and December usually my favourite months of the whole year! I'm actually one of those crazy people who prefers winter over summer (I know, I know...) So, here's what I've been up to this month.

Continuing Our Pumpkin Patch Tradition

The October tradition continues! For the past 3 years, me, my best friend and our mums all make our way to a pumpkin patch to pick some pumpkins and lots os squash. I just love visiting a pumpkin patch in October, I go quite early on in the month because it gets busier the closer we get to Halloween. Sadly, the weather this year has just been awful and so on the Saturday that we ventured out to Foxes and Farm Produce (in Basildon) it was spitting all day.

We still came home with plenty of produce and another day to remember.


Uploading More on YouTube

I've definitely been slacking with my content since coming back from Portugal in the summer (which was over two months ago now but the feeling definitely still lingers). There have been various reasons why I struggled to upload on a weekly basis including the awful weather we've had on repeat for weeks, a lack of inspiration and a few sick days in between so I really wanted to up my game for the rest of the year.

Mid-way through this month, I decided to increase my weekly uploads to twice a week. I've done this a few times in past years but there are times when it's too much for me to focus on and other times where I strive, so it's all about finding the balance really. I was working towards twice weekly uploads only until the end of the month but honestly, I've really enjoyed more frequent uploads and I feel like there is still so much more content I want to share between now and Christmas that I'm carrying it on for the rest of the year I think.

There's so much coming up that I'm looking forward to: more autumnal content, my How To Style series, some countryside escapes (which I'm so so excited about), Christmas, this year's gift guides and my 25th birthday. These last few months of the year are always my favourite!


70k Instagram followers

Every milestone is so exciting for me, a real achievement, and I'm sure I will continue to celebrate every milestone as they come. It's so easy to not acknowledge what we achieve so I think it's really important to celebrate what you're proud of and I'm definitely proud of my growing platform.


Books

I finished reading If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon, an ok read, it dragged on a little bit for me because I had already guessed the ending. I quickly got through The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown and I think it's down to its genre. The first few books I read were thrillers/crime related and that is by far my favourite genre, I just get through those types of books really quickly. However, I will say that I found The Truth About Keeping Secrets a little bit dark at times so I tried to get through those parts quickly. Currently I'm currently reading The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan, I'm about 10 chapters in and it's a lovely read. I'm still getting to grips with the multiple characters and going back and forth in time but enjoying it, although getting through it pretty slowly.
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A Weekend In Stratford

We've been away again this month at another London hotel, this time in Stratford. I think I've only ever been to Stratford twice and both times it was to go to Westfield Stratford so when I was invited to spend a night at The Stratford Hotel, my boyfriend and I were keen to visit.

Admittedly, we didn't do much in terms of exploring because Stratford is really quite bland. It's an area filled with skyscrapers and not much to do although I will admit, we were more than happy staying in our room because we loved it! We were upgraded to one of the suites which was dreamy, with floor to ceiling windows surrounding the room and even in the bathroom which delivered a gorgeous view from the freestanding bath. We dined at the hotel restaurant and went up to the terrace on the 7th floor for more panoramic views of the city.

I've stayed at a few different London hotels this year and created a highlight with all of my stays on Instagram. See my hotel stays Instagram highlight here.

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