Thursday, 5 October 2017

September Round Up

Blogger round up of September 2017 featuring Mother!, Northern Ireland, a Beth Lamont brooch and a yellow Hilary Grant scarf Watching: One of the films I talked about most last month was been Mother! It seems to have well and truly divided people but I have to say I definitely fall into the 'for' category. While I thought the first half was a little on the slow side, it more than made up for it in the second half. Some people have been surprised when I say I enjoyed it but I just really loved how nuts it got.
Another film I enjoyed was It. Though not super scary, I thought there were plenty of fun creepy elements. I also enjoyed how funny it was and how great the young cast were. Looking forward to the second instalment already!

Doing: I feel like I've managed to fit rather a lot into September, and that's with a couple of lazy weekends under my belt! At the start of the month I ventured across to Northern Ireland to visit my friend Ashley. I didn't get much sight seeing done but I did eat a lot of great food, drink a lot of gin and just have a generally wonderful time. After I returned I took part in a bunting making Craft Sunday at DCA with East End Press. I screen printed my own neon bright donut bunting and had a rather fabulous time doing so. There was also Kirsten Manzi's new collection launch, visiting the Louise Bourgeois exhibition in Perth, Abandon Ship's shop launch and a make a mug session with Steph Liddle. Phew!

Buying: I may have treated myself a few times last month. It all started just after I got paid and I bought myself one of Syrah Jay's new necklaces from DCA Shop. Working in DCA has definitely put me in dangerous proximity to lots of lovely craft items, as demonstrated when I then treated myself to a Hilary Grant scarf a couple of weeks later. Being away from work didn't help either as I also ventured to Tayberry Gallery in Perth  (which is lovely) and a Beth Lamont brooch came home with me. I really am too good to myself!

Clicking: Speaking of Hilary Grant, I was very excited to see her new collection popping up online. It is full of some beautiful knitwear! While I only just treated myself to one of her past season scarfs, that doesn't stop me dreaming of this gorgeous yellow one from the new collection.
I've also been spending a lot of time online searching for Halloween inspiration. I'm doing #31daysofhorror again (that's one horror film each day for the month of October) so I did a bit of research to put my list of films together. This list has been super helpful. I've also started a Halloween board over on Pinterest so be prepared to see that fill up as we head towards All Hallows Eve.

Watching: I've been trying out the new Star Trek Discovery series, which has just started on Netflix. I grew up with Star Trek (and a dorky Star Trek nickname of 'Captain' at uni due to my surname) but quite honestly I haven't watched it in the last decade unless visiting my dad. The series is only 3 episodes in and has a very slick, modern feel with plenty of special effects. I'm not sure how Star Trek-y it is though (or maybe I mean how 90s soap opera in space).

Doing: I had a snoop around historical buildings during Edinburgh Open Days, run by The Cockburn Association. I've lived in Edinburgh for a decade (good grief, I'm old) but there's always a wee hidden corner you've not heard about. This year I joined a tour of the New Calton Burial Grounds, which are undergoing a bit of a revival. I also ended up at a poetry recital at the Burns Monument by accident. When pulling looks for our Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend outfits, I also caught the AW fashion event at House of Fraser, which gave me some good style inspiration (and a huge wishlist!).

Buying: I have been looking for a smart backpack for work that is sturdy but won't break the bank. A friend swears by Fiorelli, which I'd overlooked in the past, but after seeing hers I couldn't stop thinking about it. It has a padded insert for your ipad, as well as a pocket on the underside(back?) near the strap so you can keep your phone or keys safe and retrieve them without taking it off. The only catch was that my favourite design was past season. I finally found it for a steal on Depop! Yes!

Clicking: If you follow me on Twitter, all I moan about lately is my gluten free diet. Since my coeliac diagnosis, my google searches have largely been "is X gluten free?" My dietitian recommended the Coeliac UK subscription and it comes with an app. The app has info and a food/venue check list to  help you tell which foods you can and can't eat. It's alright but there are a lot of gaps. I have found that I just have to phone restaurants in advance to see if they can cater for me. One that was brilliant lately was The Sun Inn. I've been a couple of times before but they've expanded recently. I was concerned that this has affected the quality of the food but it was actually extremely delicious and they worked around my needs. Yum!


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