Hello, it’s me again!
To tell the complete and honest truth, I completely forgot that I had even started this blog. I came back to it earlier this week after almost a year and remembered that I do love to sit and write about this and that, and have therefore decided to apply no pressure to myself and dip my toe back into the WordPress pool, if you will.
It’s a new month (can you actually believe that it’s October, somebody stop the world I wanna get off) and I thought there was no better place to start than to wax lyrical about the things I loved throughout September. Without further ado, here is “What I Loved in September”.
For most of my adult life I have been hunting for the kind of perfume that people recognise you by. You know when you catch a whiff of a certain scent and from that you can be sure that a certain person has been there? Well, in September I stopped being tight and bit the bullet after years of leaking droplets from a tiny sample vial and splashed out on a bottle of Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir. And I can tell you, I have zero regrets about this decision. At first I thought maybe it was a bit too grown up for me – too spicy, rich and dramatic for someone who is only one of those things (figure that one out for yourself) but it has really grown on me and is most definitely going to be my A/W scent of choice. It has staying power and settles well on my skin, and considering I don’t know anyone else who wears it, it could well become my signature scent.
I have been following Liv Purvis on Instagram for a few months, and this month she has cost me a bit of money by influencing me to buy new clothes. Props to you Liv, it’s is no easy task. Despite having a full wardrobe, I do try my hardest to not buy clothes unless I absolutely love and cannot live without them. That’s certainly the case for this star embroidered jumper from Mango. It’s the cosiest jumper and is so easy to chuck on and yet still look like you put thought into your outfit. I’ve been styling mine with dark blue skinny jeans and white Converse, as well as this gorgeous jacket that I just had to buy from M&S, seeing as we’re between seasons here in Cumbria. Another chuck on item (are you sensing a theme?) that I’ve truthfully worn every day since I bought it in the first week of September. I don’t wear a lot of grey but find that this is smart-casual perfection.
However, the main splurge this month has been on this console table/desk that I discovered in the clearance section in TK Maxx after deciding only 2 hours earlier that I desperately needed a desk. And dear reader, I couldn’t have wished for anything more perfect. I’m not really blessed with space and needed something that would be compact enough not to infringe on my bedroom and yet still wide enough to host my laptop and a few extras. My wish was well and truly granted for less than 50 quid. It’s so nice to have somewhere quiet to sit and be able to use my computer properly and feel productive, and I hope it might even encourage me to stick at this blogging malarkey (don’t hold your breath).
Why do you need to be productive if you aren’t planning on sticking at your blog, Isabelle? I’ve actually been teaching myself how to code this month. After 2 years of watching my boyfriend get himself a degree in typing gobbledegook/computer science, I’ve been bitten by the coding bug and was so thrilled a few weeks ago when I made a mock-up website homepage about cows (what can I say, I was in a cow mood) and it actually worked. I’ve been learning from an amazing resource called W3Schools and doing exercises and quizzes in an effort to upskill myself in the language of computers. It might not take me anywhere but in this digital age it can’t be a bad thing to have on your CV …
I’m still loving swimming a year later! In fact I’m currently taking part in the Aspire Channel Swim in which I need to swim 22 miles/1416 lengths in the space of 12 weeks. I won’t lie, it’s been a bit tough, I’m currently at the end of week 3 and have had to really push myself out of my comfort zone to hit the 120 lengths I need per week to hit my target on time. Saying that, I managed a mile, or 64 lengths, in 2 of my sessions and felt strong and fit afterwards. I’m definitely feeling myself getting stronger even if I am going through ibuprofen gel at an alarming rate. At the time of writing I’m on 5 and a half of my 22 miles with 9 more weeks to go! Touch wood I’ll stave off the bugs that are doing the rounds at the moment and get it finished on time.
Aspire is a charity that helps people suffering with spinal cord injury, and provides them with opportunity, independence and choice. If you’d like to find out more about Aspire then click here or if you’d like to sponsor me then please click here.
Well, almost 1000 words later and I think we’re caught up! Thanks for sticking with me and hopefully I’ll see you soon! But let’s not make this about me – what did you love in September? Leave me a comment and let me know. Speak soon!
Love, Isabelle X