|Stock photo - this isn't me!|
Weather issues aside, let's have a look at what made me happy during September:
*MY BIRTHDAY! I celebrated my birthday right at the beginning of last month & had a fantastic weekend in the city with the 'rents. We did dinner at Hurricanes in Darling Harbour on the night of my birthday (because I wanted ribs dammit!) & oh lordy they were good (I'm salivating as I type), as was my Game of Thrones inspired cocktail. The hotel we stayed at also kindly sent up a slice of their Mississippi mud cake as a little birthday treat, which was nice. Rest assured, I remembered to take photos:
|My GoT themed cocktail - her name is Khaleesi & she was delish.|
|I shared these - no way in hell can I eat a full rack of ribs!|
*Getting my hair cut & coloured just before my birthday. My hair right now is the shortest its been in about 5-6 years but I'm loving the shorter length, especially when straightened. (Soz, no piccys, although you would've seen my new length in the August/September Shopping Cart anyway.) I also liked my new colour too, despite it not being a great deviation from my previous colour; but my grown-out balayage has re-appeared sadly. Still trying to work out how to go lighter but not blonde....I feel like I need a frickin' colour book like hairdressers have!
*Exercising + cutting down on unhealthy foods. As I've mentioned several times now, this year I made it a mission to become fitter & more active until I injured one of my toes back at the end of February, thus halting any plans I had. My toe has now healed sufficiently (thank Christ) & with a combination of shiny new activewear + the weather warming up, I've been able to kickstart a plan of sorts. Since starting this personal regimen a few weeks ago, I've already lost around 1 1/2 kgs & I'm starting to feel better in the clothes that I wear, which is all I wanted in the first place. My health has taken a little bit of a battering this year & I've really realised how much better I feel when I am active & not indulging so damn much. Granted, I am allowing myself some indulgence here & there (because let's face it, deprivation is not fun), but I don't beat myself up about it. I've still got a couple of kgs that I wish to lose (nothing drastic), but seeing these gains already is spurring me on.
*Getting my brows tinted for the first time. It's something I've been thinking of doing for a while now as without colour I have 1/2 brows. Although I was taken aback at how strong my brows looked at first (was feeling quite Cara Delevigne, possibly Groucho Marx tbh), once the colour wore off a bit I began to like it a lot more. I tried taking some before & after photos but they were all shit tbh so sorry, you won't get to see the evidence.
As per usual, I'm gonna spread some blogger love like peanut butter & share with you my favourite posts from others:
*If you're utterly confused by the latest skincare brand taking the world by storm, then check out Jess from Little Henry Lee's review & guide to The Ordinary because it is probably one of (if not the most) comprehensive & detailed guides out there.
*Vix from Vix Meldrew had me nodding throughout her post 7 Conversations You've Had If You're Socially Awkward AF. I can relate to #1, somewhat to #5 (I have called someone the wrong name before, only to find out it wasn't their name after all *cringe*) & #7 (I'm terrible, I know).
*Caroline from Un-Fancy got all confessional in her own Life Lately post & reading about how she was struggling at the time (and is still struggling somewhat) made me kinda reflect on my own struggles as well. Let's just say that the day I read that post was an emotional one for me. I also took the Enneagram test she linked to in her post & I can't say I'm surprised with the results I got.
*Tenneil from Like Neon Love shared the little things that make a big difference in blog photography & whilst visuals are not my thing (I know I've got a lot of work to do in improving my photo game), I do like that she mentioned that visuals are not everything. It made me feel better about being so wordy in my posts....and I doubt that will ever change.
*Rebecca from From Roses shared her thoughts on why getting older is more awesome than you think & I for one agree with her on all these points. Whilst I still struggle a bit with what people think of me, I also know that I'm a lot better on that front than what I was at 18. I also agree with her on the body love point she made & it's something I'm aiming to discuss in my own post later this month.
*Staying on a UK tip, the rather underrated (Queen) Jessie Ware has returned to the music scene in a big way during September, giving us 3 new cuts from her upcoming 3rd album Glasshouse. Whilst I'm not a fan of Alone & wasn't a huge fan of Midnight until recently, I am absolutely loving the Spanish guitar-flecked Selfish Love. (There's also a Spanish-language version called Egoísta, if you're keen to listen.) Really looking forward to hearing more tunes from Glasshouse when it comes out as I've been a fan of Jessie's ever since her first ever single Running (and her first album Devotion).
*I forgot to mention this in the last Shopping Cart post, but I finally scored a copy of KT Tunstall's last album Kin as a post-birthday present to myself. I don't know why it was never released here & I really should've bought it when I was in America last year, but that aside I've been enjoying listening to it at long last. I'm a huge fan of this Scottish singer-songwriter & I'm quite interested in this "mind, body & soul" theme she's got going on for this album + the next 2 albums she's got in the works (the next one she is currently working on with Franz Ferdinand guitarist Nick McCarthy). This one is all about the soul & reading the lyrics she's definitely spot on with it. Tunes like Hard Girls (with Mel C in the video!), Maybe It's a Good Thing & the brilliantly titled It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am (with a self-directed video) encapsulate this theme perfectly.
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What made you happy during September? Were there any tunes that stood out to you? Any other blog posts that stood out to you too?