October was a month full of opportunities and new experiences. I feel like this month has gone by incredibly quickly and to be in November so suddenly feels utterly bizarre. But of course, throughout the month there have been some pretty rad things to come about that made October that more special. These are my October 2016 favourites.
1) Cold Feet Series Finale
So I mentioned the return of this British born comedy-drama my September 2016 favourites post, but this time I’m sadly discussing the end of such an incredible and breathtaking series. The series focused on the gang’s current relationships and how getting older doesn’t mean being boring. Adam finally realised that really being in love again after losing Rachel 13 years ago was okay. Karen and David may not be together as a couple anymore, but they’re still a power couple that will always have each other’s backs. And finally Pete and Jenny went through Pete’s clinical depression and even suicidal thoughts. They kept this story line honest and vague, it was brutal but it was honest. And the characters relationships have never been stronger. It was such a bitter-sweet ending to the series, we saw my favourite character, Ramona, return with Karen and David’s son Josh whom she used to look after. That was probably one of the highlights for me, Ramona will always be the life and soul of the party and to see her still have a connection and a bond with Joshie made my heart melt. The fact that Josh came out as gay and she accepted him and agreed to help him keep it a secret for as long as he wanted just made my love for her character that much stronger. Having said that, the fact that both Karen and David accepted Josh for who he was reduced me to tears. They created such a simple concept and made it beyond powerful.
The series caught up with the gang, and I’m hoping that the next series will have delve into their lives even more as they grow older and start experiencing new things. I will always recommend watching Cold Feet if you’ve not yet watched it!
2) Shout Out To My Ex – Little Mix
Little Mix. My girls. My loves. My heroes. I adore everything Little Mix do and I’m such a fangirl for them, so it’s quite obvious that Shout Out To My Ex was going to be on the list no matter what. After receiving nasty and hateful comments for their outfits during their X Factor Live performance and then having to receive comments accusing them of plagiarising G.R.L’s song Ugly Heart, the girls didn’t let this phase them, and I’m so glad that it didn’t. This song is beautifully empowering. The song encourages girls to be free of their exes, if he made them feel awful, then he gan go and do one. I loved the fact Perrie finally seemed happy after all the Zayn drama that’s been happening non stop. You can feel every tiny piece of emotion she has/had through her voice, the lyrics and the music itself. My girl Perrie is finally free of that heart ache. Jesy, Jade, Leigh-Anne and Perrie encourage people to leave toxic relationships / cut away from toxic people by showing that they’ll be better off without them. The song isn’t just an easy listen and a catchy tune to sing along to in the shower. It’s full of Girl Power, love, respect and hope. It’s a step in the right direction for feminism as not only do they appear stronger than ever, they’re looking out for each other, their fans, and anyone who may be listening that needs that nudge to leave that negative and toxic person holding them down. Good on you Little Mix, good on you!
3) Sleepy Body Lotion
If you’re like me and suffer with insomnia, or if you just can’t get to sleep, then Sleepy is definitely for you! I know putting Lush items in my list seems a bit like a cop-out, but honestly, this stuff is a God sent. This all over body lotion contains fresh French lavender which not only acts as a natural antiseptic for any sore or aggressive areas on the skin, but also helps calm down your senses and relax you completely and utterly. The softening and conditioning fair trade and organic cocoa butter will moisturise even the driest of the dry skin. This feels absolutely amazing when you just want to wind down after a day with your mind going at 100 mph. To top it off it has the sweet scent of tonka absolute to give it that wonderful distinct smell. Lather it on your hands, arms, body and I promise you will have a lovely night sleep! Plus, it also smells like my favourite bath bomb Twilight, so what’s not to love about it?!
Retailed Price: £13.95 – 215g / £7.95 – 95g.
4) Machines – Camryn
Camryn’s music video for one of her most empowering songs she has ever written is nearly at 100k views on YouTube. But that’s not why this video is on my list of October Favourites. I absolutely adore this song and video. The cinematography is unique and presents a futuristic / mechanic style which is what Camryn is trying to avoid happening to humanity in the not so distant future. The time and effort that went into creating such a simple yet effective video must have been incredible! To come up with a video with an incredibly high standard should always be appreciated. The song itself should be listened to and the lyrics considered. Are we just doing everything like automated machines, or are we really living our lives doing what we love and what we enjoy? Take a look at the video and let me know what you think below!
5) Mr Sandman Dusting Powder
You know that sometimes sticky feeling you get after having a gorgeous bath? Don’t you wish something would come along and help mattify your skin a tiny bit? Well look no further! Mr Sandman is once again a product from Lush, and it does actually go with Sleepy body lotion. It contains that lovely balancing and soothing lavender oil along with chamomile powder to give you a very sleepy and relaxed vibe when using it. Seeing as it smells like Twilight – just as Sleepy does – it made for one of the most relaxing bathing experiences I have had. I sprinkled this magical dusting powder all over after having a bath with our beautiful Twilight bath bomb, popped some Sleepy on before slipping into bed and finished off with the wonderful Mr Sandman. And if this wasn’t dreamy enough for you, you can even dust it over your pillows, night-clothes, bedding and so on to surround yourself even further with those relaxing scents. This honestly has helped me get to sleep so much easier the past few weeks that I’ve been using it. I honestly couldn’t recommend this enough! Whether or not you’re a crazy insomniac like I am, or just enjoy those chilled out evenings, this would be the perfect product for you!
Retailed Price: £7.50 – 40g.
6) Black Mirror TV Series
I’ve seen adverts for Black Mirror everywhere, and it’s been on my ‘To Watch’ list pretty much since it came out. So finally, one of my best friends, Frank, and I decided that we were going to watch it. And it was honestly one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. If you don’t know what Black Mirror is, it’s pretty much an anthology series (which basically means each episode is completely different, following a different narrative, different characters, different genres etc, however there is a possible link between them all) that is utterly captivating. Not only does it delve into your deepest and darkest psychological horrors, it also captures a very scary yet very possible outcome for our not so distant future. To binge watch it on Netflix within 2-3 days shows just how incredible the Black Mirror really was. Of course there were some episodes that were better than others, and of course you’d find ones that won’t appeal to your interests. But overall the entire show is incredible. The futuristic style explores how far we can potentially take technology within the next few decades. It also looks at how damaging we’re being to our environment, thus putting robotic bees and such in natures places. If you’re looking for a spooky and psychological, yet sweet and futuristic TV show to watch, then Black Mirror is the one for you!
7) Fifth Harmony’s 727 Cardiff show
I think it was pretty obvious that this was going straight on my list for October! Fifth Harmony’s 727 show was probably the highlight of my month. I wrote about my experience at the show and about being on the guest list for that particular show in my review post (check it out here!)
In short, the show was breath-taking. The bands that performed were so incredibly talented. They spoke about feminism, respect, love and were overall incredibly powerful role models for their younger members of the audience. Seeing Camryn again after three years (and meeting her and the band) was one of the best moments of my life, and a time that I will treasure forever. They were all so lovely and had time for every single person. But during that night I discovered an even bigger love and respect for Fifth Harmony than I already had. They were stunning inside and out and I’m honestly obsessed with them since seeing them live – I even dreamt I saw them again the other night (don’t ask, I have no idea why). To find out more about the girls individually and to see what an impact they have on their fans was such a lovely and uplifting experience. They had time for every single person. To see their friendship and bond on stage was a very emotional thing for me. They had so much love and so much respect and kindness towards one another – it was something that everyone should strive for in their friendships, but also towards the people they meet every day.
I am so excited to see them again and I’m so incredibly proud to call myself an official Harmonizer. If you ever get the chance to see them, even if you don’t listen to the girls, definitely go to their concert. You will not be disappointed by their talent or their stage presence. Who needs a stage full of gimmicks and backing dancers when all you need is a backing band and yourselves?! Fifth Harmony sure don’t.
8) Dreaming of Neverland – Garin Fitter
One of my best friends, Garin, actually wrote a song for me recently. And I’d be lying if I told you it didn’t make me cry. I sobbed from the second it started playing to the second it ended. I have never been so in love with a song in my entire life. Peter Pan is one of my absolute favourite things in the entire world and my life is pretty much inspired by keeping my inner Lost Girl alive. So when I had an opportunity in university to create a short film/ video I obviously wanted to create something magical and representing Neverland. Garin spent so long making this for me, and it is utterly perfect. I’ll be sure to leave his information and the song’s information down below so you can have a cheeky listen and maybe even give his Facebook page a like and maybe even a cheeky Tweet to his Twitter account.
The song is perfect. I’ve listened to it practically every single day since he released it and I love it beyond anything.
9) The Walking Dead Season Premiere
This next one is a very, VERY, touchy subject for me. Even thought it was probably one of the most heartbreaking episodes I have ever seen in the show, it was also one of the most pleasing ones to have aired. As far as season premieres go, The Walking Dead stole the show! Not only did one character get brutally killed by having their head caved in by a bat named Lucille, another character that has been in the show since day one for 7 years was also killed off… UNEXPECTEDLY! So, just in case you haven’t seen it yet – I won’t spoil anything. I’ve already written a review/ reaction to it if you did want to know exactly how I felt about it. I had to put this on my list because not only did it hurt my soul, it was utterly breathtaking. It had me sat at the edge of my seat clutching my teddy, Fudgie for dear life wishing it was all a dream. The Walking Dead has checked a lot of boxes for me over the years, but this episode utterly blew them all away. It set a brand new standard, and gave me ever higher expectations. What will come next? I think I’ve figured it out, but who knows. Maybe I am completely and utterly wrong.
Watch it at 9pm (UK time) on Mondays!
Brittyy44 is one of my favourite YouTubers and this year she did something so amazing in October. She created Brittyween, so every day (well the days she usually uploads) she would post a new Halloween themed video. Brit’s channel is all to do with creepy, supernatural events and urban legends, so some would argue that every day is Halloween on her channel. But Brittyyween was so fun to watch. Each video was different and, Brit even had a different costume every time. She put so much effort into every single thing she did this year it was incredible. She also build countless sets in her basement just for Brittyyween. Her effort and passion for what she does fills me with so much joy and happiness. Not only does she make content that is very much appealing to me, she is also one of the nicest people you will ever come across. If you haven’t already seen Brittyy44 on YouTube, then definitely check out her channel. If you love those spooky and scary stories, then you will adore Brit.
Well, those have been my October Favourites for this year! If we’ve had any similar favourites or if you’ve tried/ seen anything that I’ve written about, let me know in the comments below! Until next time, have an awfully big adventure!