October: A Month of Firsts

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, chances are you'll have noticed that I'm not usually one for writing favourites posts, monthly roundups, and the like. However, I am a big fan of "favourites" style posts such as those written by Hels and Steph, who share not just the products they've been loving in any given month, but their favourite days out, moments, and life events too! Since October for me has been a big month, jam-packed with many "firsts" and new experiences, I thought that these would be worth commemorating in a dedicated post, which (surprise surprise!) is what you're reading right now! There's something for everyone in this post, from party dresses to historic days out! Let's dive right in to my month of firsts!

First Explorations

At the start of October, I began my PhD programme at the University of Leicester, which has meant relocating to a new city, sorting out my new student digs, and finding my feet in an unfamilar place. I've been spending time at the weekends scoping out what Leicester has to offer and I've really enjoyed it! A particular highlight was visiting the Richard III Visitor Centre, where you can actually visit the spot where king's body was excavated back in 2012, in the middle of a car park! The museum also showcases how the archaeologists identified Richard's body, how his face has been reconstructed, and why his skeleton is missing its feet! My favourite room of the whole exhibition vividly recreates the Battle of Bosworth where King Richard was killed, using immersive projections of the cavalry across the darkened walls - it's a must-see and well worth the £8 student entry fee!

A Beauty First

Now I'm sure that most people who know me would say that I'm a fairly low-maintenance gal on the beauty front: I barely wear foundation, a curling iron is entirely foreign to me, and as for doing anything to my eyebrows - forget about it! However, that changed this month when I was invited along to the opening of Leicester's newest waxing salon - nkd. The Leicester branch is the second owned by nkd's founder, Rebecca Dowell, complementing her existing store in Nottingham. During a cocktail and nacho fuelled evening at the salon, several prizes were handed out to the excited attendees, and I was lucky enough to be a winner! I was treated to my first EVER eyebrow wax, courtesy of the lovely Jade. I approached the treatment chair with a bit of trepidation, expecting it to really hurt, but I was pleasantly surprised not to experience any pain! Jade was very reassuring and knowledgable, sticking to my natural brow shape and giving me a great tidy up. Based on this experience, I'll definitely be returning to nkd. All of the staff were very friendly, and the treatment rooms are welcoming and stylishly decorated. This was my first visit but it certainly won't be my last!


First Time (in a while...) 

When I was younger, I used to be a bit of a water baby! I adored swimming lessons and racked up as many achievement badges as my Mum could sew onto my dinky pink costume. I used to swim twice a week as a teenager, competing in the occasional gala and even once completing the Swimathon. However, in recent years, I've been a lot lazier and I've barely been in the water besides the odd dip on  holiday. But with a swimming pool just around the corner from my new flat in Leicester, I decided not to make any more excuses and to dive straight in again (teehee). To help give me the push I needed, I was also sent some fab new goggles by the lovely people at SwimFreak. I was gifted the SilverSlick triathlon goggles* in white, which I was really impressed with. Completely leak-proof as well as comfortable, sleek and stylish, these googles are easily adjustable and come with interchangable bridges in order to fit them perfectly to your face. The free nose clip that was also included was a nice touch too! My only comment about the design would be that having two bands around your head instead of just one would make them even more secure, but really I had very few quibbles and would recommend SwimFreak's range.

First Class Friends

September was a fantastic month for meeting up with my blogger friends, as I made last minute plans to travel down to Leeds for the #BloggersBlogAwards, which was a brilliant weekend! October continued along the same vein, as I was lucky enough to meet up with Hayley for the first time. Hayley and I have been friends for what seems like forever, so to meet her in person was such a thrill! In addition, I also got the chance to hang out with two of my other blogger besties this month: Hels and Kate! We spent a wonderful crafty weekend in Hels' lovely London flat preparing all of the Pinterest inspired DIYs for Hels' upcoming wedding reception, with plenty of pizza and wine to boot! These two mean such a lot to me and I wouldn't change them for the world. Towards the end of the month, I also went along to PrezzyBox's Christmas #JingleMingle event with my garlic bread loving gals Debra and Chloe, who are both such good fun and absolute sweethearts, and I finally met the wonder that is Laura, who I've known since the start of my blogging career, too! I think I'm doing quite well on the socialising front...

First Signs of Christmas

Oh yes, the dreaded C-word! I know some very industrious folks who have already started buying wrapping their Christmas prezzies already and while I'm not quite on that level yet, what I have been thinking about is Christmas party season! There's nothing better than getting dolled up for the office do, and I've already got my outfit sorted! Quiz clothing gifted me this gorgeous Red Frill Detail Jumpsuit* from the recently launched Gabby Allen Edit, which I'm really looking forward to wearing more this festive season. I dressed mine down slightly (well, as much as you can dress down a fire-engine-red jumpsuit...) with a jacket and flats, but you could easily ramp up the glam with simple heels and a faux fur coverup too! Huge thanks to the lovely Kate for taking these photos for me!

Jumpsuit: Quiz Clothing*
Jacket: Next (similar)
Shoes: H&M
Necklace: H. Samuel (similar)

There we have it - my month of firsts! Has October been kind to you? What have you got planned for November? Comment down below and let me know!

Until next time,

A x

*This is a collaborative post containing affiliate links: I received the items marked with an asterisk free of charge in exchange for a feature on my blog.