September favourites

From new beauty discoveries to our commuting page-turners, here’s what we’ve been loving in September!

 Beauty

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Balance Me Radiance Face Mask

One of the many lovely treats that have arrived in the post courtesy of Birchbox recently. This mask is soft and smells amazing. It contains ground walnut shells which gently buff off dead skin. And it wipes off easily after a few minutes of soaking into your skin. Mess-free facemask = good with me.

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Fleur Loves lashes by Eyelure

I have a new favourite set of falsies! I only usually like to wear lashes for special occasions like weddings or big nights out, and even then, I like to keep the effect quite subtle. These fluttery Fleur Loves lashes (made in collaboration with blogger Fleur De Force) are perfect. They blend seamlessly with your natural lashes, they’re great quality, and the 3/4 length means I don’t even have to trim them before application. I’ve already had four wears out of my current pair and they’re still going strong – so they’re great value for money!

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Fashion

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Strappy Gathered Crepe Dress

Is it just me or has ‘wedding’ become another word for ‘weekend’? This is the latest addition to my nupital wardrobe. It’s already got one wedding under its (non-existent) belt and is destined to be transformed for a few winter ‘I do’s later this year.

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 Floral Maxi Dress, Topshop

It’s another wedding one from me. I wore this to our friend Rosie’s wedding at the start of September and I love it! It’s a beautifully, crepe-y wrap dress, with on-trend off-the-shoulder frills and a large vintage floral print. I just about got away with it for the end of summer – it’ll have to be packed away now until the spring!

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Books

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The Course of Love 

Philosopher Alain de Botton has written another novel about love and relationships. It’s about what happens after the ring on the finger, after kids, after the supposed happily-ever-after. It’s about what it takes to really make love work long-term – and it’s truly fascinating.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

When I realised I wouldn’t be getting tickets to see this in the foreseeable future, I gave in and downloaded the script to my kindle on a recent long-haul flight. It’s a really quick read, and I whizzed through it in a few hours. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, so all I will say is that if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you won’t be disappointed. I can’t wait to see it on stage!

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Entertainment

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Casual, Amazon Prime 

Hulu series Casual dropped its first series on Amazon earlier this year and I inhaled it in record time. It’s about a recently divorced woman who, with her teenage daughter, moves in with her brother, who is the inventor of a hit dating app.  The second run is now on there too and it’s brilliant, funny stuff.

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Parks and Recreation, Amazon Prime

Amazon have added a couple of extra seasons of Parks and Rec to their Prime membership, which I am very happy about. Everything about this show appeals to me: the humour, the kick-ass women, the brilliant characters. If you like shows like the UK office, this is one for you. Anyone fancy emigrating to Pawnee with me?

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London favourite

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Daunt Books

Ah bookshops. There’s nothing better than a browse around an old-fashioned bookshop. Especially for a former English lit student (am I right, Emma?) And Daunt Books are the absolute best. They are beautiful shrines to paper, ink and all things bound.

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Venerdi, Chatsworth Road

Sorry guys, it’s another E5 fave from me. Chatsworth road is an absolute hipster goldmine of quirky little shops, delicatessens, market stalls (at the weekend) and independent cafes and restaurants. Being the Italian-food fiend that I am, I’ve been wanting to try Venerdi since we moved in, and I wasn’t disappointed when we finally made it on one impromptu date night this month. The food was tasty, the atmosphere cosy – it’s the perfect place for a casual date or dinner with friends.

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