Welcome to the first edition of my Monthly Favourites: September. Clearly late. A damn good type of month, arguably one of the better ones if you’re talking about plosive pronunciation. Three dashing syllables of Autumnal heraldry! It makes me think of embers in a sept – a fiery redheaded Scottish clan collecting coins for the Jacobites. Sexy Outlander reference there. It’s been a month of minor changes and progress, mainly centred around my commencement of Bullet Journalling – probably another post in itself. So my mascot for the month was a little geometric fox, beautiful and fierce and fragile and admittedly foxy. Let’s dig in, shall we?
- Television: The Great British Bake-Off
We had a legitimate launch party for the Bake Off this year and it was the most delicious little night – this might convey just how excited this programme makes me. Obviously due to some element of sheer madness and utmost treason the show will be shortly disbanded, and cut up into futile little vol-au-vents of its former gloriousness. I choose to watch this series in denial of this fact. May the illegitimate sexual chemistry between Selasi and Benjamina continue to delight us all.
2. YouTube: Jenny Mustard
I have never been so fascinated by someone whose life and principles are so utterly different to mine. Jenny is a Swedish vegan food/lifestyle vlogger and minimalist. The reason I watch her videos is because I find them incredibly calming (I think the accent is 87% of this), and everything looks so monochromatic and uncluttered, and delicious in pretty much all cases. I fully intend to attempt her recipe of fettuccine twirls with garlicky purple cabbage and cheesy chickpea sauce. Divine!
3. Film: Kubo & The Two Strings
Whimsical and elegant and straightforward yet painstakingly gorgeous. Watch it mainly for Kubo’s artful origami-samisen storytelling.
4. Film: Morgan
I’ve heard this small film garnered mixed reviews, but I loved it. Admittedly I may have glossed over several plot errors due to RACS (Ridiculously Attractive Casting Syndrome), but it was still a very interesting violent take on sci-fi.
5. Film: Bridget Jones’ Baby
I can’t remember the last time the anticipation and delivery (ha) of a film brought me so much joy. It’s not even close to a guilty pleasure, I bloody love Bridget Jones.
6. Food: Al Forno Pizza.
I went to the theatre with my partner this month to see a play called Mindgame, which was completely bonkers, and with our tickets we received a voucher for 2-for-1 on Pizzas and Pastas at Al Fornos. A heavenly proposition. After much deliberation we decided on a seafood pizza for him, and a prosciutto and rocket pizza for myself. DIVINE! It helped that we were situated on a table in what we liked to call Foodporn Alley, right next to the kitchen. That’s the stuff.
7. Food: Cooplands Pokeball Shortbread
To actively consume my repressed anger at not being able to play Pokémon Go on my ridiculous Windows Phone, I bought myself a Pokeball biscuit. My review: It was good.
8. Drink: Short Mile Bay Merlot
Partnered with the pizzas – we will always go for the house wines, doesn’t everybody? It was scrumptious, and didn’t leave that familiar bitter taste in my throat – it was almost creamy, and vanillary, and just marvellous.
9. Skin: Vita Coco Coconut Oil
I started moisturising my body using coconut oil, which I thought would be pretty perilous as I have pretty ridiculously sensitive skin. I was proved wrong, it is particularly perfect for my dry legs and has caused no flare-ups thus far. I mix a little vanilla essential oil with it to give it more of a fragrance kick.
10. Dress Most Wanted: Dolly Dagger “Lulu”
As I recall this dress was around £140 – absolutely would not buy, I am far too clumsy and prone to dribbling tea down myself to fork out on such an extravagance. However, it is beautiful and I can’t help but swoon.
I’m not 100% sure on the layout of this Monthly Favourites blog, but I am not going to let significant room for tweaking stop me from doing it altogether. I’ve had some wonderful memories this month, including skipping down my student mainstreet with my partner, wearing my green polkadot LindyBop dress and not having a care in the world, pretty damn tipsy after wine tasting with the most delectable cheeseboard. So here’s to September, and as always, to cheeseboards.
I’ll be back soon with another blog.