I thought that September would be the restful calm after the celebrations that August brought with it but I'm ending the month feeling quite exhausted. It was a far busier month than I expected but I've just checked my diary (and the weather forecast) for October and I think that next month is going to be a lot more relaxed with a smidgen more free time ... and also quite sunny. A mild, sunny October. That's the autumn dream, right there. But before the clock ticks to the tenth month of the year, here's what I've fallen for and been up to in September.
I have nothing to share on the beauty front, this month. Plus, my mornings are so crazy trying to get my two out of their pyjamas and out of the house in time for school, that I have a mere ten seconds to apply way too much blusher and stab myself in the eye with a mascara wand. Not the best look. Earlier today, this gorgeous picture from Hush popped up in my Instagram feed and I swooned at the sublime burgundy nails and cheek tint. And I'm also wondering if I could pull off a similar hairstyle. I adore the whole look. Time to book a manicure and makeover!
Fashion-wise, this has been the month of researching and thinking. I really, really love big, thick, cosy jumpers but I really, really don't like to hand wash them. I wear them a few times and then they tend to sit at the bottom of the laundry basket and die a fluffy death before I throw caution to the wind and chuck them in the washing machine and keep my fingers crossed that they don't shrink. They nearly always do. Trying to find a good quality jumper or two that you don't have to hand wash is a challenge.
Florals, fabric and autumn treasures snuck in to my home in September. It's a wonderful time of year for dressing window sills and fireplaces. I'm planning a pegboard update in a week or two, as well. Expect leaves and conkers!
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Ball mason jars. I have quite a vast collection that I use as vases, storage and for craft projects. However, up until a few weeks ago, not one of my jars had been used for its traditional purpose ... preserving jam. To rectify that, Ball were kind enough to send me a home preserving starter kit. I had no idea that making jam could be so much fun and so amazingly simple. Back in August, the boys and I popped to our local farm to pick the last of this year's strawberries and then headed home to crush them and and turn them in to gorgeously thick and spreadable jam. So this month, we've been enjoying strawberry jam on pretty much everything ... bread, toast, scones and cakes. I think we might give blackberry jam a whirl next.
AND FINALLY ...
I took my eldest little dude to the Good Life Experience a couple of weeks ago (massive thanks to Cerys from Mascara and Mud for the tickets), and we had the best time. I miss him now he's in school full-time and it was a joy to spend the day with him without his brother. He climbed walls, threw axes at targets, flew high in the sky on vintage fairgrounds rides and was even allowed his very own glass of lemonade. It was perfect. And a perfect September day. One for the core memories (you'll only understand this if you've seen Inside Out).