The Little Things #24 – GBBO, Pumpkins and Weekends Away

Austin mural
To say October was a busy month is something of an understatement, and it’s months like this that I’m glad I jot down the highs and lows on here. This month I competed in my third triathlon, spent weekends in Texas and New York, started a new job and – crucially – devoured all of GBBO, without hearing about a single spoiler before the final. *insert hallelujah hands emoji here*

Here are some Little Things that made the month such a standout…

Blogging about: My gradual acceptance of Northern California style, AKA denim jackets and yoga pants. This month I also wrote a piece for Stylist about the connection between witches in pop culture and fourth wave feminism, if you fancy a meatier read.
Watching: Aside from the aforementioned Bakeoff (Briony was my favourite), this month I saw A Star is Born (emotional, but not without a fair few flaws), Tea with the Dames (a documentary that involves a raucous Judy Dench and Maggie Smith? Perfection!), Colette (give me all of Keira Knightley’s costumes and the figure to wear them, please), the latest season of Younger (I don’t know why I keep watching it – I think it’s mostly for the clothes and Diana Trout) and Parks and Recreation reruns (soothing for the soul).
Making: Carved pumpkins! Last weekend we spent some time with family in upstate New York, which included dog walks, hot chocolate, Hocus Pocus, and pumpkin patch visits. It was my first time carving one and it felt so festive lighting them up once we were all done.
Buying: A last-minute triathlon registration. I took part in my third and final race of the year earlier this month with about a week’s notice. As a result my time was definitely slower, but I’m always so amazed that my body can get me through one that I don’t care.
Reading: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger, My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, and Educated by Tara Westover. As always, mini reviews of all the books I read can be found over on Instagram.
Listening to: The last episode of Non/Native. I had been hoping to include a couple more episodes this season but unfortunately guest schedules didn’t pan out. It feels a little abrupt, but season two will return in the spring, and I can’t wait to start working on it. We also got to see KT Tunstall live at the Great American Music Hall, which was pretty darn good.
Wearing: An 80s sequined dress – complete with aggressive shoulder pads – and a face full of zombie makeup for Halloween.
Eating: My first Voodoo Donut in Austin, delicious Doughp cookie dough, poké with friends, topnotch happy hour snacks, and lots of Mexican food.
Enjoying: A bit of pampering (including my first time at a Korean spa which was… an experience), Contemporary Muslim Fashions at the de Young Museum, pub quizzing, street art in Austin, and fall colours of New York.
Looking forward to: Thanksgiving, lady brunches and a slower few weeks!

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