The start of a month just doesn’t feel right without a ‘fun things to see and do list.’ Here’s mine for November:
2/ Celebrate Bonfire Night. I had originally planned to go to Lewes, East Sussex, with a group of friends to see their famous 5th November celebrations, but disrupted trains and rail replacement buses put us off (eh, we’re not as young as we once were…). Instead, I may go to one of the firework displays in London, or I may just have a cosy night in and cook something easy and warming like a one-pot sausage bake (I admit, I much prefer firework displays in the warmth of summer!).
3/ Get some hair inspiration by visiting the Hair by Sam McKnight exhibition at Somerset House.
4/ Diwali celebrations continue until November 3rd, so why not be inspired to visit the magnificent Neasden Temple in North London? The temple’s beautiful stone and marble was hand-carved in India before being built in London, and it’s certainly a sight worth beholding.
5/ Try recipes from Ina Garten’s just-released cookbook, Cooking for Jeffrey. I received my copy in the post over the weekend and have been reading it avidly ever since. I love the many personal anecdotes Ina shares about her 40+ year marriage with Jeffrey (they are my ultimate #relationshipgoals couple), as well as the growth of her business and adventures in cooking. The recipes look as mouth-watering as ever too; I can’t wait to cook some. If you haven’t got this book for yourself already, put it on your Christmas list!
6/ I like to reread Dorothy L. Sayers’ The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club around Armistice Day.
7/ From November 11th, the Southbank Winter Festival returns. It’s the perfect place for a romantic stroll along the river and is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit. Also, catch the first of London’s Christmas Lights.
8/ Get excited for the release of the KENZO X H&M collection on 3rd November. I’ve fallen for all of the stunning, brightly printed tops and dresses.
9/ Treat yourself to an express service at the newly opened Elizabeth Arden Red Door experience at Debenhams. I went to the opening event last week and got to try out their 15 minute oxygen beauty blast (£20, redeemable against products). I had skin supporting minerals applied to my face through a cool mist which felt wonderfully refreshing at the end of a long day and left me glowing. I want to take my mum along soon as I know she’ll love it too, and we all need a little pampering when the cold weather truly sets in.
10/ Plan an intimate meal at a favourite restaurant with your best friends. The lead up to Christmas can get frenzied, and I like to make sure I take the time in November to plan some memorable, fun occasions with my closest friends.
// A few other things I’m looking forward to this month //
++ The launch of my podcast, Tea & Tattle. It’s coming very soon…!!! I’m hosting some exciting interviews this month that will be featured on the podcast, and I can’t wait to share them with you.
++ Plans to meet some lovely girl friends for cocktails. I’m trying to decide which bar to go to – decisions, decisions!
++ The launch party of my friend Milly’s beautiful new Cornwall Guide.
++ Fun blog events, including a press breakfast for a fabulous sounding pop-up shop in Lamb’s Conduit Street.
++ Planning a trip. I had hoped to go to Geneva this month, but as I’ve got a lot of commitments in London at the moment, I may have to put it off. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy planning my next visit there, or perhaps I’ll be spontaneous and end up going somewhere else!
What are your plans for November? I’d love to hear them!