October Favourites

A new month and a new favourites post! Here's what I've been loving in October...

Favourite item of clothing: New Look khaki parka
I've been after a classic khaki parka with a fur-trimmed hood for a while and was lucky enough to get this as a birthday present (thanks Mum and Dad!). It's been absolutely perfect for the recent burst of cold and wet weather we've been having as it's super-warm and the hood is great for covering up in the rain. Plus it has really deep pockets which are great for keeping your hands warm and keeping your phone, keys and travelcard. I can definitely see myself wearing this constantly throughout the winter.

Favourite beauty product: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
Flicky eyeliner is one of those beauty things I've always longed to master, but have never really been any good at it (I had to get my friend C to help me with it for my wedding day as she is the queen of eyeliner flicks). This, however, has changed that. I got it free with a magazine a while ago but hadn't really experimented with it until I wanted to try practising eyeliner again and came across it in my makeup bag. And I'm really glad I did - it's properly black, goes on really smoothly and is incredibly easy to control. I haven't quite got the perfect flick yet but this is definitely making it a lot easier!

Favourite book: The Gospel of Loki by Joanna M. Harris
This was also a birthday present and kept me occupied on our flight back from Rome (more on that later this week). It's a retelling of the legends of the Norse gods told from the point of view of the trickster god Loki, which isn't something I knew an awful lot about but ended up really enjoying. Harris gives all her characters, particularly Loki, very distinctive voices and builds the setting of Asgard well too, as well as making the stories flow together which is not an easy task. It does get a bit repetitive on occasion but I'd recommend it if you like your fantasy novels with a dash of humour.

Favourite TV programme: Strictly Come Dancing
Well was it going to be anything else at this time of year? Regular readers will know that I am obsessed with Strictly - I was even lucky enough to get to be in the audience last year which you can read about here - and so once October rolls around I can be found on my sofa every Saturday night tapping my toes to the theme music. I get completely immersed in the amazing routines, the fantastic costumes and amazing make-up and it becomes the highlight of my week (helped by the Guardian's brilliant live blog). This year I'm rooting for Katie and Anton; he's been my favourite for ages so I'm really pleased he's finally got a good partner! All together now - 'da-da-da-da, da-da-daaa, da-da-da-da-da...'

Favourite music: Carrie Underwood - Storyteller
Carrie Underwood is one of my favourite musicians and I'm really excited that she's going to be playing the Country 2 Country festival next March (which I have already bought tickets to. Yes I'm sad). Storyteller is her fifth album and has been the soundtrack to my days ever since it came out, and true to its title it's packed full of story songs that make you feel right there with the characters. My favourite track is the lead single 'Smoke Break', but I also really like 'Renegade Runaway', 'Dirty Laundry' and 'Heartbeat'. I can't wait to sing along to this at her shows when she comes over to the UK in the spring.

Favourite thing to do: Stylist Live
I had quite a few contenders for this slot this month - honourable mentions to my birthday and going to Rome - but Stylist Live has to be the winner. It was a really great day where I learnt loads of really useful things (like how to do the perfect smokey eye from Sam and Nic of Pixiwoo and how to become a beauty editor from Stylist's Joanna McGarry), ate some amazing food from Crosstown Doughnuts and Anna Mae's Mac 'n' Cheese, and got to meet two of my blogging heroes - Lily Pebbles and Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup. You can read all about everything I got up to here.

What were your favourite things in October?

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