The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

Is there a more perfect way to launch yourself into autumn than with a Sunday lunch? I think not.

Last Sunday, on a beautiful sunny day that had just about enough crisp-ness to count as autumnal, Dom and I headed out of Bristol to the Ethicurean.

Based in the pretty little village of Wrington, the Ethicurean has been building quite the name for themselves, producing some of the freshest, seasonal meals around.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

And really, words don’t do it justice, so I’ll just let you look at the photos for a while.

We had some lovely pork, with varies purees (I’ve got all the lingo…), with roast potatoes that have been in my dreams every night since.

Just joking… 

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

We sat in the little conservatory, basking in late afternoon sunshine, content that we’s chosen the best way to end the weekend.

Then pottered around their walled garden, taking in all the hundreds of vegetable delights that they are growing for autumn.

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You can even buy some should you be needing anything for the week. One thing I love about autumn is a great bowl of soup at lunchtime. The only thing that spices up the day spend at my office desk, and the Ethicurean had some cracking winter squash available for just that.

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Make sure you swing by before the menu changes to something more wintery – or just pop back again for round two! I’m not judging, I’ll probably see you there…

I am in full autumn mode now, where most of my time will be spent under a blanket watching Escape to the Chateau, or crunching through autumn leaves if you believe all that happens on Instagram… The only thing I can hope is that I haven’t hit peak autumn just yet.

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Autumn arrived rather suddenly, didn’t it? It seems one day I left for work and was suddenly hurrying along the road in an effort to get out of the cold quicker, stopping to pick up a warming coffee on the way. The drop in temperature and changing of the leaves has left me completely unprepared and I’m left staring at my rather sorry looking knitwear collection that’s definitely not going to last me through the winter.

Although I may not have the layers prepared, I have switched around and picked up a few makeup items that I feel are lending themselves to a slightly (and I mean very slightly) more autumnal look I have going on at the moment.

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After months of swapping around with various bases I finally relented and bought the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue with the hope that it will help with the textural issues I’m having at the moment. It’s not actually a foundation, but more of a BB cream (although it’s not marketed as that either) and it doesn’t have as much coverage as my previous bases have done. But it smooths out my skin adds a nice healthy glow and, best of all, it doesn’t sit in any dry patches or flake away throughout the day. In fact I think it’s adding moisture which is just perfect with winter fast approaching.

Along with the Complexion Rescue I’ve also been trying out the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Concealer. This is much more liquid-y than most others I’ve tried before, but as I’ve found out with the base, it’s also a pretty good fit for my dry skin type. It takes a bit more blending as it spreads quite far, but a little goes a long way. I think I’ve found a new favourite with this one.

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For blush I’ve tried to have a swap around so I’m not using the pinkest and shimmeriest of blushes that are best saved for summer. Instead I’ve got out my H&M blush in Brown Sugar that’s a nice muted pink for this time of year. Another item that’s worked it’s way into my everyday routine is the Collection Speedy Blush. Most people tend to get the cream blushes out in spring/summer, but what with my new found moisture and glow from the Complexion Rescue, I have been loving adding this to my cheeks to compliment the dewy-ness.

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And finally the lip choices I’ve been making recently. A new favourite is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick which I’ve already mentioned before, but I’m still using it all the time and Lolita II is a great colour for Autumn. Another lip item is my MAC lipstick in the colour Cosmo, which I’ve also spoken about before. I may have mentioned this in the summer, but I’m also finding it a great colour for everyday in autumn. I’m yet to wear the liquid lipstick during the day at work, so Cosmo is filling the void very nicely.

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I know most people start wearing bronze-y eyeshadows and berry lips in autumn but I’m very much a simple makeup kind of gal, so these pieces have been working very nicely recently. What do you swap out and in to your makeup bag for the colder months? Let me know what I’m missing from my collection.

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Every single autumn I have this huge urge to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. It’s mainly to do with the fact that summer fashion doesn’t appeal to me a great deal because I’m not one for crop tops and I can’t really wear bardot tops and strappy dresses to work. So autumn is when I get the most excited about new clothes and trends. I plan on picking up a few pieces from my Autumn wishlist here. Most definitely number 6, 7 and 9. The top will be a perfect addition to my working wardrobe, the jacket just looks so damn cosy and the dress, well I can never resist something with stripes.

Autumn is also all about burgundy, mustard and deep wine colours so I’ll be searching for a few little additions to get my colour palette in order!

I hope you enjoy this little Autumn wishlist, I do love putting them together and getting all inspired about the new season.

If you fancy it you can follow me on Bloglovin to catch all the new content around here. There’ll be lots more Autumn-y goodness coming soon!

  1. Glamorous dress
  2. Herschel Supply Bobble hat 
  3. New Look Velvet backpack
  4. Asos black dress
  5. Lost Ink biker jacket
  6. New Look Pyjama shirt
  7. Asos Borg jacket 
  8. First and I frill dress
  9. Asos stripe dress
  10. MinkPink pyjama set 
  11. New Look chunky loafer

 

 

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It seems strange to be writing this post while it’s currently as warm as it has been all summer. Yes, my wish of an Indian summer came true and we’re all still basking in the sunshine in mid-September. But nevertheless Autumn is just around the corner and with it being one of my favourite seasons I have come up with a list of things that get me excited for the colder months.

If some of these points don’t make sense or are written badly then it’s because I’ve been on a blog hiatus for a week or so. This was not self inflicted and it was a very stressful few days, but I’ll touch on this in another post later and for now let’s move on to exciting autumn based things!

 

Red leaves – A bit of an obvious choice but what’s more beautiful than trees full of bright red leaves, and then, later on in the year, piles of orange-y toned leaves just waiting for you to stomp and kick your way through.

Cosy nights – I’d heard of the concept of Hygge before but after reading Hannah Gale’s post all about the Danish specialty I’m fully ready to embrace it in my life this Autumn/Winter. Think cosy nights in with lamps on and candles burning, piles of blankets, hot chocolates and film nights. Perfect. Having recently been to Copenhagen I can say hands down that the Danes seem to be the most content of people and I reckon that’s also why they’re so stylish.

Bonfire night – Having neglected Bonfire night for many years it made a comeback in my life last year and boy did I enjoy it. This year will be more of the same, perhaps maybe even some mulled wine thrown in for good measure. I think Bonfire night marks the true start of the winter-y season.

Pumpkin spice – I can’t help it, I love it! I know it’s horrifically high in calories and sugar and all bad things but it tastes so bloody good!

Red lipstick – All the berry tones will be coming out this year. I’m not really one to wear a bright berry/red lip to work, mostly for fear it will end up smeared down my chin and no one will tell me, so I’ll be dabbling in a nice muted lip stain to get in on the trend.

Big trips – How many times have I mentioned the possible trip to NYC on here? Too many, I know that. But now it’s actually happening! In November I’ll be off for a week in the Big Apple and I’m so excited. I’m currently making a list of all the places I want to go, see and do, so if you have any recommendations then please throw them my way. There may also be a mini European city break later in the year too.

Fashion – I find summer quite difficult to dress for, particularly now working in an office, so for me Autumn will always be the champion in the style stakes. Woolly jumpers, coats and jackets, ankle boots, skirts and tights – I’m ready for all of it!

Crisp mornings – There’s something about walking to work in the crisp chilly air and sunshine that just sets you up for the day right.

Comfort food – Out with the salads. In with the stews, is what I say. It’s also surprisingly easy to make hearty meals that bit healthier too. It doesn’t all have to be buttery mash potatoes and Yorkshire puddings (I’d never turn one down though…).

Winter TV – The TV in the colder months is just so much better than the rest of the year. The current top favourites are the Bake Off, Poldark, Victoria, Our Girl and it looks like the BBC have a few more cracking dramas up their sleeve for later in the year. There’s also the return of Gilmore Girls in November which I for one have made a reminder for.

 

Let me know in the comments below what things you’re looking forward to this autumn. September almost feels like a second fresh start for me – probably because of all the years spent starting new school years, but it feels like the perfect time to look forward to things to come. You can follow me on Instagram if you fancy photos of all things autumn-y (and of that exciting trip coming up!) and on Bloglovin to catch all the new content around here.

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I feel like we’ve hit the time of year, between the end of autumn and the start of proper winter, when you’ve lost the joy and nostalgia of autumn but not yet in full festive swing of December. It’s a tough time of year. Maybe you’re saving all your pennies for Christmas, or maybe you’re trying to dodge the never ending rain that we seem to get this time every year. Whatever the case may be, it can be hard to ‘keep your chin up’, to coin my Mum’s favourite phrase. Here are a few ideas that I like to make sure I do each week, or whenever I feel I need a little cheering up and setting back upright.

  1. Fresh Air

Fresh air can really do wonders for you. It clears your head, helps you feel freer and if it’s particularly windy it can give you some nice rose-y cheeks that make you look like the picture of health even if you’re feeling the opposite. Whatever it is that’s worrying you, just leave it where it is and go for a brisk walk. When you get back you’ll have a clearer mind, a new perspective and things won’t seem so bad.

  1. Get Active, Stay Healthy

Similar to getting some fresh air a little bit of exercise can really help when you’re feeling less than energised. Going for a run or trying out a new gym class can really take your mind off what’s bothering you and by the end you’ll be left feeling ten times better for it. Likewise with staying healthy – I will admit that I sometimes don’t practise what I’m preaching here. For me when I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed/stressed/sad, whatever the feeling, I have a really bad habit of thinking the answer is in the bottom of an ice cream tub. IT’S NOT and I guarantee I always feel worse after. It’s time to learn my lesson and go for a banana instead.

  1. Treat Yo’ Self

This may sound like I’m contradicting myself here but the key is to find other things to treat yourself with. There’s no sense in pushing yourself more and more when your unhappy – it’s time to take a step back, have a bath, buy that new bag you’ve been looking at for months or go to the cinema. Whatever you think you would make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside is exactly what you should do right now. Treat yo’ self!

  1. Friends

I don’t mean the TV show here, although that is also a sure-fire way of creating a happy atmosphere too. The worst thing you can do when you’re feeling sad is make yourself sad and alone. Invite some friends round, have a catchup, have some wine and maybe even a cry. By the end of the evening you’ll be really glad you did and you’ll probably have laughed more than you ever thought you would at this point.

  1. Set a Goal

This is not something that I do on a weekly basis, but have a think about something you really want to achieve and work out the steps to get you there. Maybe it’s a career goal, a personal goal, a fitness goal, or maybe you really want to go travelling in the near future. Break it down into small small steps and complete them every week, until you get to the end goal. You might learn something along the way, or the goal might even change. But change can definitely be a good thing, you just gotta get going!

These are just a few little ideas that I like to think about occasionally. My favourites are #1 and #4, possibly even #5 too. What are your tips and tricks to keeping a smile on your face? Let me know if there are any other points I should include!

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