Autumn feels and my October favourites

Autumn leaves

Hurray for October! It’s the last day of term for Holly and Rose today and we have exciting plans for the holidays, namely pumpkin decorating and carving which is one of our favourite things to do at this time of year. Rose has been asking me every single day “Is it Halloween yet?” which is sweet because she’s excited about celebrations and of course, trick or treating.

A pumpkin decorated with a scary face

I’m actually loving the colder weather, for me the start of Autumn means I can get excited about wearing chunky knitwear, and I must say after a recent trip to Primark my jumper game is strong! Here are a few of my October favs and things I’m loving this Autumn…

Fragrance – DKNY Nectar Love*

I always switch up my perfume in the cooler months, however, I’ve been wearing one that was marketed as a summer scent but it has turned into a brilliant transitional fragrance for me. It’s got the warm honey notes that you’d expect given its name, as well as mandarin, beeswax and vanilla. It is wonderfully sweet without being overpowering and the bottle is so beautifully ornate it has claimed a coveted space on my shelf to be worn whatever the weather. Bravo DKNY!

DKNY Nectar Love available from Boots 

DKNY Nectar Love

Wearing – Lighthouse yellow raincoat*

Keep your eyes peeled for a post with lots more pics of my new favourite raincoat. It’s bright, it’s yellow and it’s got a hood. What’s not to love?! I’ve wanted a yellow raincoat for so long now and finally have one. I’ve been keeping it in the boot of my car which makes rainy school runs and dog walks a doddle. This sort of clothing item just makes me feel happy when the weather is grey and gloomy. I love it!

Yellow raincoat available from Lighthouse 

Lighthouse yellow raincoat

Skincare – Swiss Clinic Skin Renewal*

I first heard about micro-needling a couple of years ago, I remember thinking it sounded like a painful process but I’ve recently been trying it out for myself and can report that it doesn’t hurt at all. In fact, it works absolute wonders! The Skin Roller makes small micro-channels in the skin, causing the skin to respond as if it’s been damaged. This triggers the healing process and the production of collagen. These small micro-channels also help the skin to absorb large amounts of active ingredients from the subsequent Rejuvenating Serum treatment.

I’m at an age where I am starting to notice that I the skin of my face is ageing more rapidly. This skin treatment kit from Swiss consists of two products that actively work together to stimulate collagen production. Skin Renewal claims to minimise fine lines, wrinkles and scars, make skin firmer and smoother, improve elasticity and reduce enlarged pores. I’ve been using microneedle roller after cleansing my skin and then applying the Skin Renewal. My skin is so soft and smoothe after using I don’t even need moisturiser! I’ve definitely had fewer breakouts and my skin is noticeably more even. This system is not as expensive as you might think at £89.00 for the two products it’s a thumbs up from me.

Skin Renewal system available from Swiss Clinic

Swiss 0.2 micro needle roller Swiss Skin Renewal review

Drinking – Pinã Coladas

If you like Pinã Coladas (you’re all singing it now, right?) Oh I know it’s possibly the tackiest cocktail there is, apart from maybe Sex on the Beach. But I bloody love a Pinã Colada and I’m not ashamed to say it! On a recent trip to London for the BritMums Live blogging conference, we visited a few bars, laughed our socks off and had a wonderful jolly. Weekends away with the girls, plus cocktails are just what the Doctor ordered at this time of year.

Pinã Colada Cocktails available at a tacky bar near you ;-)

Pina Colada cocktail

Eating – Dela Restaurant in Bristol

I’ve saved the best for last. There’s nothing I love more than discovering a new restaurant that serves fabulous food in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and Dela didn’t disappoint when we visited recently. Dela means ‘share’ in Swedish and celebrating time spent sharing food and eating together is fundamental to the Dela ethos. When we arrived, Rose was displaying typlical toddler behaviour but the Dela staff didn’t even bat an eyelid. This scored immediate brownie points in my book because there’s nothing worse than being made to feel uncomfortable when your kid is kicking off in a restaurant.

Once the food arrived Rose certainly perked up and even though her demands for spaghetti fell on (our) deaf ears: we want her to try lots of foods, not just spaghetti. It was lovely to see the whole family tucking into the Swedish delights with plenty of “ooh that’s so nice’ and “have you tried the pickled stuff yet?”. We had such a good meal and by the end of the evening, we reflected on how lovely it was to go out and sit around a huge table sharing a meal and spending some family time together. If you’re in Bristol I would highly recommend Dela for the amazing food plus its relaxed family atmosphere. We will absolutely be visiting again.

Opening hours are: Tuesday–Saturday: 9am–11pm Sunday: 9am–3pm. Dela restaurant can be found on Mivart Street in Easton.

Enjoying a meal in Dela, Bristol

*Denotes Pr sample

So there we have it, that’s what I’ve been eating, drinking, and wearing this October. I hope everyone has a wonderful half term break and a super spooky Halloween! Tell me a few of your favourite things in the comments.

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