Fall Favourites: Beauty, TV & More

Would I really be a blogger if I didn’t do a favourites post? Um, I don’t think so! I’m not going to commit myself to doing a monthly favourites series simply because I don’t tend to stray from products I love very often so you’d just be seeing a lot of the same stuff over and over again. However, I think doing seasonal favourites will work well because I do tend to try out new things every few months. For now we’ll make this a one-time thing and see where it takes us!

Over the Autumnal months there have been lots of new things from beauty products to television shows that I’ve fallen in love with as well as some old time favs. Fall is my second favourite season (after Winter) as this is when the days get shorter and we get to pull our cosy jumpers out from the back of the wardrobe. It’s also the time when we begin to make plans for Christmas and if you know me, you’ll know that I LOVE Christmas! So anyway, here’s a few things that I’ve been loving in Autumn:

Food Favourites

Porridge: In summer I tend to swap out warm breakfasts for yoghurt and fruit or cereals like bran flakes and Oatibix. This year I went for an even healthier option and became obsessed with smoothie bowls filled with all sorts of superfoods, fruits and nuts but once the mornings began to get colde,r I started to crave my trusty bowls of porridge! Porridge is a nostalgic food for me as it brings back memories from my childhood of eating Ready Brek with my siblings before school or pouring crazy amounts of sugar into my oats at a close family friend’s house! Now that I’m a bit older I’ve been leaning towards the more traditional bowl of Flahavan’s porridge oats topped with berries and nuts but I also experiment by adding grated courgettes/carrots or whisking some egg whites in to the pot.

Almond Butter: I do love me some good aul’ peanut butter but recently I’ve been opting for almond butter as more affordable pots have been released by Aldi and Tesco. I drizzle this nutty delight over porridge, spread it on some sourdough bread with banana slices or simply eat it straight from the spoon. YUM!

TV Favourites

Stranger Things: I’m sure the majority of you did the same as me and re-watched the first season over the Autumn months before last week’s release of Stranger Things 2! I have to say I was worried that the second season wouldn’t live up to the hype considering the first was so good but luckily It didn’t disappoint. It was great to see some major character development as the kids in the show grow older and the new plot was so original and exciting. I was an emotional wreck after watching the last episode and I’m looking forward to season 3!

Beauty Favourites

Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Water & Aloe Vera Shampoo/Conditioner: I’ve always been a fan of the Ultimate Blends range by Garnier as they incorporate natural ingredients into their products to treat different hair types. I’ve been receiving loads of compliments lately on the condition of my hair and am regularly asked if I’ve been to the hair dressers. I can most definitely put this down to using the new Coconut Water & Aloe Vera shampoo and conditioner. When I use these products my hair is left feeling silky, looking shiny and smelling amazing and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in split ends!

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The Beauty Chef Products: During the summer I started using products by The Beauty Chef as I heard about their amazing gut healing ingredients and their ability to make your skin glow. The brand has a nice range of products such as probiotic containing superfood powders, skincare products and tonics. I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my gut health, my hormonal imbalance as well as the condition of my skin and I’ll definitely be purchasing more from the brand!

Cafés/ Restaurant Favourites:

The Bookshelf Coffee House: Over the past three months I’ve payed quite a few visits to The Bookshelf Coffee House in Tralee as they offer plenty of healthy options to suit a wide range of dietary requirements. The café uses ‘The Barn’ coffee which is absolutely divine and their matcha lattes are my favourite drink ever! I’ve also fallen in love with their paleo blueberry muffins and I plan on purchasing one of them for my upcoming birthday instead of a traditional cake! Bookshelf is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for some yummy breakfast or lunch options and they also have a café in Cork! I 100% recommend this place to anyone and everyone.

Random Favourites:

Half Hour Hero by Roz Purcell: I’m sure if you follow me on social media that you’re sick of hearing my go on about it but I simply could not make a favourites post and not include this cookbook! Half Hour Hero is a brilliant recipe book for those seeking to make healthy meals in under thirty minutes as well as a few sneaky snacks. I’ve been recreating recipes from the books almost every day since its release in September and I have yet to find one that isn’t delicious and easy to make. You can check out my Instagram if you want to see some pictures of the recipes that I’ve made and I’m sure you’ll be purchasing the book soon after!

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Julie Clarke Candles: I first got my hands on one of these candles a few months back and I’ve been hooked since. I’m a sucker for anything that smells nice and what makes these candles stand out is that they are made with natural ingredients. They also have the added bonus of being reusable as the pot can be used with a nightlight once the original product has been used up and it acts like a lantern. The Christmas scent ‘Snowdrops and Holly Berries’ has just been released and its got to be one of my all time favourite candles!  You should definitely try to get your hands on one of these if you’re like me and love to make the house cosy with lights and candles.

There are plenty of other things that I’ve been loving over the past few months but these are the ones that I know I’ll still be loving in the coming months! I hope that you’ll try out a few of my favourites and let me know in the comments below, on social media or by email (lovedbylaurenblog@gmail.com) what your current favourites are! I’m open to all suggestions!

Until next time,

Lauren x

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