Laura Loves-October 2015

As it’s the end of the month I think I will share with you what I’ve been loving this October. 

5 Favourite Things Oct 15

1) Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

For me I really needed something to watch that I wasn’t going to get addicted to and have a need to watch in every spare moment.  Since I’ve already seen every Gossip Girl episode at least once it was a good choice when I felt like I needed to watch TV without being too invested.  I could watch half an episode before I needed to go out, or spend a whole day watching episode after episode; this felt great on my first day off in 6 weeks.  It’s nice to have a programme to dip in and out of.  When you’re watching something new it gets hard to watch regularly and a few weeks go by, and by the time you get to finally watch the next one you’ve forgotten what the series is even about.

2) River Island Jacket

I got this jacket a couple of years ago as a present.  I have had to hem the sleeves a couple of times but I have definitely had use out of it.  What I love about it, is that it is quite light so when the autumnal weather is ever changing and unpredictable I can have a jacket without sweltering when the sun peeps through the clouds.  It works well over a thin t-shirt or dress, as well as over jumpers when the weather is becoming colder but not quite cold enough for my winter wardrobe.

3)  Estee´ Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Powder in Desert Beige

This powder has been excellent for me.  I only discovered it a couple of months ago but it is already a firm favourite.  It is great because on days where I feel my skin needs to breathe I can wear it on its own either by applying with a sponge which gives good coverage, or using a brush giving a lighter but still effective look.  It evens out my skin tone and gets rid of any unwanted shine.  I also use it over my liquid foundation to give a nice finish, and again eliminate shine.

4)  Estee´ Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Plum Couture

This colour has become a staple for me, particularly as we came to the end of the month.  On some skin tones this colour will look very gothic, which is great if that’s what you are going for.  On me it was dark enough to have that darker look without being overbearing.  I often wore without eye makeup to make my lips stand out, occasionally at college I would combine with a smoky eye making the look darker and more mysterious.

5)  Batiste Dry Shampoo with heavenly volume

This product truly has been a lifesaver for me this month.  I have been a fan of dry shampoo for many years, however this month I definitely became more attached.  Training to be a professional dancer has its perks, but my hair isn’t always a fan.  After a pretty sweaty class or after my hair has been scraped back this product can revitalise my hair so I don’t look like a drowned rat when entering my next class.  Since I have very fine and flat hair the added boost of volume did me wonders.  The added volume will add a slightly stiffer feel to your hair so personally I would suggest the original dry shampoo for everyday use if like me you prefer your hair having a soft texture.  However for when you want your hair looking fuller without a hairdryer this is a great product.

That’s it, my first favourite things post.  I wonder what next month will include.  Probably something to keep me warm as we head into Winter.


Jumping Ship

Recently I decided that I was following the wrong path.  I left University and decided to follow my heart.  I changed my mind, and that’s ok.

When I made the decision to take the leap I was in two minds.

I felt that I was now about to lead the life that deep down I always knew I would.  That this is a decision that will make me happy.

On the other hand I knew that there were reasons why I didn’t follow that path when I first had the opportunity.  There were logical reasons which did still make sense.

I knew that although those logical reasons still existed they didn’t matter as much to me anymore.

I had gotten all I needed out of University and it was time for me to move on.

I became better attuned to myself and what I needed.  I needed a more creative life.  I needed a life that would allow my main focus to be something I was truly passionate about.

“I will not follow where the path may lead,

but I will go where there is no path,

and I will leave a trail”1

So I jumped.

What is important is that I jumped for the right reasons.  I wasn’t escaping this voyage because it was too hard or too scary.  I knew that I was meant to be on a different journey.

It is not always the best decision to jump ship half way through the adventure, but if there is nothing more for you to gain find another adventure that will be beneficial to you.

I do not see my detour as a waste of time as it has helped make me who I am today.

If you know you are meant to be somewhere else, find out how to get there.

If you haven’t found out yet who or what you want to be, get out of life what you can, it may help you find where your next destination will be.


  1.  Strode, Muriel (1903) “Wind- Wafted Flowers.,” The Open Court: Vol. 1903: Iss. 8, Article 5.

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