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October Favourites

In a blur of cool air and pumpkin spice everything (seriously, I bought a PS Bailey’s for Christmas weeks ago!) October is gone and seasonal festivities are creeping up on us.

Today I’m sharing my favourites of the beginnings of autumn, and looking forward to the month ahead.

Skincare

Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution

The Body Shop Tea Tree Solution

Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution

Everyone struggles with problem prone skin in their lives and unfortunately for me, and many others, it doesn’t stop as soon as you hit adulthood. The Body Shop have regenerated their tea tree range with the #ZitHappens campaign and this serum-like lightweight solution caught my attention. It works as a preventative product and has really improved the condition of my skin, making it clearer and reducing redness! Find it online here.

Travels

Manchester

The majority of my university friends live in and around the Greater Manchester area, which means they’re accessible but not as often as I would ideally like!

So I booked the sofa in my friend’s flat and spent two days surrounded by good food, cocktails and the infectious positivity of amazing friends. It was the perfect opportunity to remove myself from the constrains of my own mind and spend time with people I love.

Zoe and I

Standard puppy selfie

London

Earlier in the month I visited Sarah in London. As well as getting to spend time with my sister and enjoy a high-speed train ride through the countryside (I like trains), I got to explore little pockets of London by myself. I ended up at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. I happily lost myself in there for some hours and landed myself a delicious curry for lunch. If you get chance to visit, their stained glass collection is stunning.

The courtyard played host to an Engineering Season exhibition called Elytra, described as a responsive shelter inspired by the naturally lightweight shells of the flying beetle. Sensors mapped the areas visitors congregated in, ultimately affecting how and where the canopy structure would be robotically woven. I sat on the edge for about twenty minutes in the hope my own presence would stretch the structure further!

The pavillion of the V&A with the canopy structure

The V&A pavillion is stunning

Currently listening…

Hurts – Emeli Sande

Perfect Illusion – Lady Gaga

Shout Out to my Ex – Little Mix

Angels on my Side – Rick Astley

Ain’t My Fault – Zara Larsson

#WhereIsTheLove – The Black Eyed Peas, feat. The World

Currently Reading…

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey

 

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Snapshots from Devon

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Last week my family and I spent a wonderful seven days down in South Devon.  A spot of sunshine, plenty of coffee, and a view of the ocean and estuary kept us all happy.  Here’s a couple of photos because we had lots of fun! 🙂  Sometimes, travelling within your own country is perfect.

 

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Warsaw’s Fun Guide

Near the end of June, after dissertations and diplomas were completed, Sarah and I celebrated by using the plane tickets she bought me for my birthday and spent three days soaking up the sunshine, culture, and beer of our namesake! #warsawsinwarsaw

Here’s our Warsaw’s Fun Guide to Warsaw!

Warsaw’s Fun Guide

 1. Live like a local. Travelling on the cheap, we booked ourselves in to an Airbnb apartment and lived there. Even only for two nights! The studio apartment was amazingly compact and perfect for the two of us.

2. Sample the Cuisine. The pair of us have always been big foodies, so trying the local delicacy was a must! If only to keep holiday hanger at bay. Poland’s version of traditional fast food comes from Milk Bars, which were certainly an experience! Instant service and instant uncertainty. Delicious breakfasts were found at the café To Lubie in the Old Town; hot continental croissants with fluffy cream cheese and jam. Amazing. We returned on our second morning to try the local version too!

Amazing breakfasts at To Lubie


 

3. By foot… Walk everywhere! Seriously comfortable shoes are a must, a fact I learnt the hard way. We did manage to wander off our intended path every now and then, but always found our way back. Top sights to see include the Multimedia Fountain Park, which comes to life on Friday and Saturday nights, and Stalin’s Palace of Culture and Science!

Sarah and I


Palace of Culture and Science


 
4. By train… Avid readers of Warsaw’s World will understand how much Sarah loves a good Underground system. Warsaw’s Metro is clean, quiet, and every couple of minutes; a delight in itself, especially compared to the local rail network in Liverpool!

 

5. Play the Tourist. We picked up a phase book and gave the lingo our best shot!  Everyone we spoke to pronounced words differently, so it definitely wasn’t the easiest to get your head, and tongue, around.  But gallons of fun regardless!
Play Spot the Mermaid and keep your eyes peeled for statues of the Mermaid of Warsaw, the city’s symbol, which also decorates their Coat of Arms. We managed to find four across the city! 

What fun things do you love getting up to in new places? I’d love to know any recommendations! 


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Heartbeat in Covent Garden

While in London last week, I heard about an installation by French photographer Charles Pétillion, which is in Covent Garden.

On Wednesday afternoon, we ventured into Central to see over 100,000 white balloons, each with their own dimensions and lit from within.  Entitled Heartbeat, it’s part of a photograph series called Invasions, in which these white balloons occupy unusual spaces.

Heartbeat

 

It is by Péttillion’s design that the slowly pulsating light from within the balloons, which stretch down the length of the Market Building, represents how it is the beating heart of the locality; vibrant and alive with energy!

I can certainly feel this energy; Covent Garden is one of my favourites places in the whole of London!

The installation is on display until the 27th of September, so if you get chance do check it out and let me know what you think!


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Keeping Busy!

Such a successful week:

1. Monday morning saw me take on motorway driving without bringing harm to others!

2. I spent Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday down in London Town. My friend and I walked across the city, ate too much delicious food, drank the infamous Pumpkin Spice Lattes (FYI, amazing), and visited the National Archives in Kew. 

Pumpkin Spice Lattes are definately worth the hype

Strolls in St James’ Park with the bestie

3. On Friday I packed up my clothes and extra bits and pieces to move properly into my university room on Saturday, ready for Fresher’s Week and the start of term! 
4. This week I have also started my second Blogging U course, Blogging 201; a free and casually timed series of assignments to improve the blogging experience for both blogger and reader. Such a busy week means I’m super behind on this whole course, but who’s checking, right?! 

Have you been busy too? Sharing is caring…


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Photography Thursday – Three Queens, Liverpool 

My photograph of Queen Mary 2 during the Three Queens event

Over May Bank holiday weekend my local city, Liverpool, helped celebrate Cunard’s 175th Anniversary by playing host to three of Cunard’s cruise Ships; Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2.  

This marked the beginning of Liverpool’s One Magnificent City – 7 weeks of cultural celebrations! 

So for this month’s Photography Thursday I wish to share the beautiful work of my fellow Instagramers and the local press!

Photo by kevjamesl19 over on Instagram – click to go to his profile!

  

Photo by Mark Easton over on Instagram – click for link to his profile!

 

Birds-Eye view from the Liverpool Echo – click for the link

  

Cunard panoramic


Find out more about Cunard at their website here