The musings of a final year medical student

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Review: Real Techniques makeup brushes

Real Techniques has been around for several years now, and is available in the UK and USA. I didn't realise that RT brushes are way cheaper in America, which I didn't expect given the Chapman founders are British! Before Real Techniques I had never spent much money at all on makeup brushes. However, what is good about this brand is that it is the perfect compromise between price and performance. Some people will never deviate from MAC, but personally I don't have the luxury of spending £25+ on one brush. Most of my Real Techniques brushes I have had for 3 years and they still work just as well and I have had no problems with them at all. 

What's good about Real Techniques brushes?
- Cheap (compared to MAC, Chanel, Suqqu, Haku Hodo etc.)
- Synthetic hairs (makes them easier to wash, cruelty free, less/no shedding)
- Attractive
- Soft
- Easily available in UK/US
- Most brushes can be stood up on a counter

What's bad about Real Techniques brushes?
- Some brushes can only be bought as part of a set
- The more 'Bold Metals' collection is more expensive but no better quality, gimmicky even

I have bought Real Techniques brushes in their set form and also individually. I will review each brush below.

Real Techniques buffing brush 
I use this every day. Enough said! Great for applying liquid foundation quickly and easily. Can leave streaks. Purchased as part of the Core Collection Kit for Face (£21.99). This is by far my most loved brush. 

Real Techniques pointed foundation brush
Crap. Time consuming to apply foundation, leaves streaks. Purchased as part of the Core Collection Kit for Face (£21.99).

Real Techniques contour brush
Quite good for contour, this is great for placing the contour exactly where you want it but once you have applied the contour I think it works better to use a bigger, fluffier brush to blend it out and avoid any harsh lines. Purchased as part of the Core Collection Kit for face (£21.99).

Real Techniques detailer brush
This brush is great for applying dark eyeshadow close to the lash line. Apart from that, it is a pretty redundant brush. You could use it for pin point concealing, but personally I am happy using the doe-foot applicator of my preferred concealer. Purchased as part of the Core Collection Kit for face (£21.99).

Great brush. Love the silver metal design, but that isn't really important is it. This does exactly what you want to do, apply a dark contrast in the eyelid crease. Really recommend this brush if you like to shade your eye crease. I bought mine during the 3 for 2 offer at Boots, so look out for that!

Real Techniques blusher brush (Core Collection) £9.99
Brilliant blusher brush. Incredibly soft. Joy to use. Diffuses the colour really well across the cheekbone which is where I like to apply my blusher. Got this in the 3 for 2 offer at Boots recently.

Real Techniques powder brush (Core Collection) £12.99
Brilliant. Again, so lovely and soft! It makes you want to set your foundation. And does a really good job. Bought during the Boots 3 for 2 offer. 

Had a stressful week but really enjoyed celebrating my 1st year anniversary with my boyfriend and relaxing over the weekend. Hope you all have a fantastic Halloween! 
Kate x

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Friday, 30 October 2015

Recipe: Sweet potato and lentil curry

I'm trying to eat healthier but still keep costs down, so I took a look at the BBC GoodFood website for inspiration. If you haven't already used it, I thoroughly recommend that you do! I looked specifically in the 'cheap eats' section, and there were tonnes of options. I changed a couple of bits about the recipe to suit what I like.  Here is how you make it:

Serves 2

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 red onion
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tbsp medium curry powder
100g red lentils
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped 
500ml vegetable stock
400g chopped tomatoes (I used a can and some fresh tomatoes)
1 lime
1 satsuma

1. Heat oil in large pan, add red onions and allow to soften

2. Add spices to onion, stir and then add stock, lentils, tomatoes and sweet potatoes

3. Bring to boil then simmer for 15 minutes

4. Once the sweet potatoes are soft, add the juice of the lime and rip the satsuma segments in half and add to the curry. Serve with either rice or naan. 

This meal was so filling but also really healthy. 

Here is the link to the original recipe

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

I've just made a new Instagram account for the blog, so give it a look if you're interested. @TheMedicJournal 


Thursday, 29 October 2015

3 books everyone should read

Confession time: I hate reading. I have always been a restless person with a rather short attention span. Anyone who has sat next to me in a  lecture will find me extremely annoying because I can't keep still! I am also a very literal  realist person, in that I can find it quite hard to escape into a novel's story line. Consequently, after I finished my GCSEs in English Language and English Literature, I barely read any fiction at all. The only books I now read (and only occasionally) are non-fiction. 

However, in spite of my lack of interest, there are 3 books that have changed the way I think massively. Throughout life, traditions are forgotten, culture updates itself and society evolves new ways of being politically correct. For this day and age, the 3 books I want to discuss really help ourselves to see the world for what it really is, rather than how it is portrayed; the heresay and the stereotypes and the misconceptions. 

1 - Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

Every day we are bombarded with news. News from our towns, news about celebrities, news about crises across the globe. Stories come out, research gets published, and sometimes it's hard to tell fact from fiction. This is particularly true when it's shared by irritatingly inaccurate newspapers like The Daily Mail and The Telegraph. By reading Bad Science, I began to see newspaper articles for what they really are. Goldacre decodes and educates us to think twice and look closer at poorly mediatised research claims. If you read this book, Goldacre will explain many phenomena like the MMR vaccine, do anti-ageing creams really work, the lies of Gillian McKeith and a lot more. Once you read this book, you will never read a newspaper article the same way. His writing is easy to understand and concentrate on, and the chapters do not have to be read in order. He has also written another book called Bad Pharma, which I think every medical student MUST READ. It's all about the lies behind the pharmaceutical industry and a more complex sequel to Bad Science, and a bit trickier to follow. 

2 - How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran

Regardless of gender, everyone needs to read this book. Moran has no shame into delving into all the hidden parts of what it's really like to be a woman in scarily graphic detail. When I read this book, I thought "Thank God someone has actually made it okay to talk about this". When you read this book you will be angry that you ever felt obliged to shave your legs in P.E, and everyone will see why feminism still matters today. 

3 - Depressive Illness, The Curse of the Strong by Dr Tim Cantopher

When I saw this book, I was very underwhelmed. Quite gimmicky book title and shitty cover art. But the content is brilliant. One of the biggest problems we have in society is the fact that so many people think depression is either a fallacy or not a real illness. Dr Cantopher studied medicine at UCL and is a psychiatrist. He knows his stuff. He explains depression thoroughly and accurately, and whether you have depression or not, it will teach you to be more understanding and empathetic. 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Medicine and Mental Health

This is a topic I have wanted to discuss for a long time, but sometimes it's hard to know where to start. 

First of all, I will show you the results of the Student BMJ's survey on 1122 UK medical students:

15% (167) of the survey’s respondents revealed that they had considered committing suicide at some point during their studies

30% (343) declared they had experienced or received treatment for a mental health condition while at medical school
From this group, 80% (276) thought the level of support available to them was either poor or only moderately adequate

I find this data both shocking and unsurprising. Almost one in three medical students receive treatment for a mental health condition. When we think of doctors we like to think they are wise and stoic members of society: robots even. We trust our doctors with information we may not even tell our partners or our family. Not just health problems, but love problems, money worries, housing issues. And sadly, there is something jolting and unnerving about thinking that your GP, your physician, your surgeon, has a mental health problem.

Why do we think less of people with mental health problems? I suppose in the past if times were tough you were told not to grumble and to have a 'stiff upper lip'. If someone appears unable to get out of bed, it is and has often been assumed that it is caused by laziness, not disease. In fact, it's easier to assume someone is lazy or selfish than having a true disease - it can be easier to cure sloth than a complex psychological problem. 

The combination of both ingrained negative heresay about mental health diseases and the tall order of being in the medical profession silences the many unhappy, stressed medics. Whilst a career in medicine is a great privilege and to pursue arguably the most satisfying job in both academic and altruistic perspectives, that doesn't make it any easier. In fact, it can worsen the burden. How do you explain to a colleague at hospital that you had to take a couple of days off because your anxiety was becoming unbearable without feeling guilty and inadequate? How does a medical student fill in an absence form and simply write 'depression' as the cause of absence? Are these problems really going to be accepted by the working professionals? They should be accepted, but currently they often are not. 

On top of this, there's the looming head of the quasi-legal GMC guidelines. Due to some of its ambiguity, many students and doctors fret that admitting they are struggling with a mental health problem means they'll be booted out. That is simply not the case. The NHS or the medical school does not need to be notified by your doctor until it reaches a point where the disease(s) spirals out of control, reaching into dangerous behaviour and unable to care for oneself. 

However, the truth is medical students should be precisely the ones admitting that they need support. Sometimes lovely friends and family are not enough. By engaging with the various therapies out there for mental health problems, ranging from medications to talking therapies, the student can accept they have a problem and be 'proactive' about it. Sometimes it can take years for someone to admit they have OCD/anxiety/depression/an eating disorder/etc.. I'm not saying it's simply a case of nipping the problem in the bud, but by making the time to take stock of whether they're coping or not will fundamentally improve their outlook. I have several friends studying medicine that have resisted medications and talking therapies like counselling/CBT for a long time, and once they tried it they kicked themselves for being so hesitant. 

It is worth noting that most medical schools do not do nearly enough to help their students. Most medical schools do have some contacts with counselling and such but often it is not advertised clearly to the students who want or need it. Instead of medical schools glossing over the problem or failing to address it, the  taboo of mental health problems needs to be obliterated and tackled head on. Doctors will always be around, and you can't change the fact doctors and medics will unfortunately develop mental health issues that are only exacerbated by their chosen profession. 

It is often said that doctors make the worst patients. However, medical students and doctors need to accept that by being attentive to any mental health issues they may have it will only help benefit themselves and help them to be better doctors. 

Here are some links I thought might be helpful if you are a medic (or not) with a mental health issue:

Friday, 23 October 2015

What I love about Liverpool

When I came up last year to this crazy new city I had no idea what to expect. I had been to the open day and to my interview, but that was all I had to base what Liverpool was like. None of my family are from the north of England, so I've never had a reason to go there. Truly, the north of England was like another country in itself! Completely different dialects and weird jargon. However, once I got here I quickly fell in love with Liverpool. So I thought I would share why I love Liverpool!

The night life
Off the top of my head, I can count 16 night clubs I know of in Liverpool. I'm sure there are many more! All the main clubs in Liverpool are based around Concert Square, and the nights I've had in Liverpool have been absolutely amazing. On top of that, it's such a cheap night out. Lots of clubs are free entry, and then taxis home are also really cheap. Compared to my home town which has one club that you pay £6 entry (extortionate!!) and only has one floor, I was amazed by how good the night life is. And you can go out any day of the week and still have a good turn out and buzzing atmosphere. I never would have thought Monday would be a good day to go out clubbing, but it is in Liverpool, especially if you're a medic.

The architecture
If you go into central Liverpool, there are several beautiful churches and cathedrals, and lovely stone buildings such as the Lewis's building, The Adelphi Hotel, The Liver Building and St George's Hall. It's lush.

The Albert Docks
The docks are gorgeous. Really nice restaurants and bars and some good museums, too. 

Bold Street
This is probably one of my favourite parts of Liverpool. As you walk up Bold Street you come across loads of cool vintage shops and kitsch independent coffee hangouts. It's a really nice vibe, and at the top you come across St Luke's church, known to Scousers as the 'bombed out church'.

University Square
The university campus is really nice in my opinion. The famous red-brick Victoria building is where the tradition of 'red-brick universities' began. 

If I'm on a bus sat next to Scouser I more often than not end up having a good chin wag with them. The little old grannies are so nice and talkative! I also really like how seriously some Scouse girls take their beauty and fashion. Perfectly curled hair, head to toe fake tan, smokey eye,  false lashes and platform heels seems to be the norm for them. The Scouse brow isn't for me, but I do admire these girls who really make an effort and do look amazing for it. 

The obsession with chicken shops
Okay, this is just for a laugh, but it really shocked me how many chicken shops there are in Liverpool! There's probably one in my hometown, but I swear nearly every street in Liverpool has a fried chicken takeaway. I've spent some good times chilling out at Chicken Bazooka with my friends at 4am after a night out. 

The Victorian houses
My current student house is a traditional Victorian house and it's lush. I cannot believe how cheap it is, and I have a lovely room with a high ceiling. I will miss that room so much!

Hope you enjoyed this post xx

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Tag: the 11 things

Thank you so much Hannah from Pull Yourself Together for tagging me. I do love tags, they give a much more personal feel to a blog and you get to know the authors better. 

Here are the questions Hannah has asked me:

What was your last tweet?
Last night, "I miss composing so much". I absolutely love playing piano but I don't have a piano/keyboard at uni. Sometimes I practice on the upright piano in the Guild, but it's not a very good piano and pretty out of tune. I think I will buy an electric piano over Christmas and bring it back to Liverpool because I miss playing so much. It's a great way to relax and escape from your thoughts. 

What is your greatest achievement so far?
Probably getting a distinction in my grade eight piano exam. I was very stressed and low in mood at the time of the exam and I had also done my chemistry A level exam a few days ago. I have never been good at piano theory, just the performance, so I was really worried I wouldn't get enough points to get a distinction. I am also really proud that I went ahead with the double jaw surgery because it was the hardest thing I've been through. I really don't think you could pay me to go through that again.

If you were on Come Dine With Me, what would you make?
Hmmmm, probably a fig and cheese tart for starter, lamb shank for main and chocolate melty in the middle pudding for dessert. 

What is your middle name?
I have two: Eleanor and Mary. Eleanor was the name I was going to be called but my Dad didn't like it, and Mary is my grandmother's name. 

If you could be any animal, what would it be?
Labrador without hesitation! I used to have a black lab called Kiara, and she was absolutely gorgeous. 

Out of all the blogposts you've written, which is your favourite?
I don't think I have one! I like helping people get into medical school because I know that older medics helped me out so much, so it's probably my medical interview advice.

What one thing can you not leave the house without?
My iPhone and lipstick for sure. And keys, of course!

Any guilty pleasures?
Nutella. I ate 750g of it in a week recently. And coffee. I am completely addicted to coffee. Costa, not Starbucks though. 

Do you have a party trick?
Tying cherry stems in a knot with my tongue, does that count? Or just constantly hogging the party food. 

Which season is your favourite, and why?
Winter for sure. I absolutely love skiing, and my birthday is on 21st December, the same day as my Mum. I love wrapping up in thick woolly jumpers and scarves. 

What is your first memory as a child? 
I remember being in the swimming pool at Centre Parcs and seeing deer outside from our cabin thingy. I think I was around four at the time. 

Hope you enjoyed this post xx


Monday, 19 October 2015

Times I've been very stupid at medical school...

Today I was in a lecture and suddenly I realised how overwhelming medicine is as a language. I do truly feel it is another language in itself! Because of the sudden immersion in first year into all this new gobbledygook, it's fair to say it confused me many times and still does. At the same time, I know there will be some words I'll never forget, like syncytiotrophoblast or gubernaculum. As well as that, I always have a tendency to publicly embarrass myself. So, I thought I would share just a few of the silly medical faux pas I committed in my first year here. 

1. I kept forgetting the difference between the trachea and oesophagus. Pretty different uses!

2. I didn't realise epinephrine and norepinephrine are synonyms for adrenaline and noradrenaline. Well done me.

3. I forgot there are two foramen ovales

4. Before I got to medical school I didn't know women don't have prostates.... really. 

5. When I was examining a GI prossection and loads of faeces fell out of the large intestine... Should've got the hint from the very brown formaldehyde solution.

6. I never fully understood meiosis until I got to medical school and why there are two divisions, or what these weird words like 'bivalents' or 'chromatids' meant.

7. I didn't realise you could take codeine and paracetamol together. 

Hope this was mildly entertaining and that you are having a lovely week :)

Kate xxx


Saturday, 17 October 2015

My experience on Roaccutane (isotretinoin)

I thought I would do a slightly different post discussing how I found it taking Roaccutane. First of all, this isn't a post to try and persuade people to take Roaccutane, but I felt the need to share my own experience. This is because Roaccutane normally gets a bad reputation (thanks to the Daily Mail) and some believe it can cause depression and suicide in patients. There have been a handful of documented suicides of males particularly in adolescence who have committed suicide whilst being prescribed Roaccutane.

In the UK, Roaccutane is the brand name of the ingredient isotretinoin, a retinol largely used to treat severe acne. It is also sometimes prescribed to prevent squamous cell carcinoma and treat harlequin ichthyosis. It is a derivative of vitamin A. I think isotretinoin is really interesting because it is an optical isomer and also because the pharmacokinetics are not fully understood, despite it being incredibly effective in treating acne. Some believe it induces apoptosis of sebaceous gland cells, which would make sense given that a spot is formed in and around the sebaceous gland. 

The reason I chose to take Roaccutane was my acne. I started getting bad spots aged around 13, and despite every effort they got worse and worse. I tried 2 different antibiotics for 2 years, contraception, most prescribed spot creams you can think of, as well as high street skincare. By the age of 17 I had had enough. I never had those massive cystic spots, just lots and lots of small sized ones. I was referred by my GP to a NHS dermatologist who examined my skin and prescribed Roaccutane. If you have acne or have had it, you know that it can be so frustrating and demoralising. I was so fed up of trying countless options that brought so much hope and consistently let me down. And the amazing thing about Roaccutane is that it is by far the most successful acne treatment you can think of. I was told by my dermatologist that only 10% of patients 'relapse' and need to take more than one course of Roaccutane. The dosage was calculated by my mass; I weight 66kg at the time so was prescribed 60mg per day, for 4 months. The length of your prescription depends on whether you have been prescribed half a mg or a full mg per kilo of body mass. 6 months is a typical duration of Roaccutane prescription. 

Now of course, every drug has risks and side effects. I repeat myself: I am not telling anyone they should take Roaccutane. Every body is different. Lifestyle needs to be taken into account. And if you're a woman, it is normally suggested you take a form of contraception, if not two (i.e. pill and condoms), if you're sexually active. This is because there is an extraordinarily high chance of severe birth defects. Roaccutane also affects liver function, so blood tests are taken regularly throughout treatment to document lipids in the blood. If you're a female, a urine test for pregnancy is done before prescribing Roaccutane. In addition, you really shouldn't drink any alcohol whilst on Roaccutane. 

For me, the effects were slow. I didn't notice anything in the first month or two. By the end of the second month, my skin felt more sensitive and a lot less oily. I used to have very oily skin and now it is pretty dehydrated. Roaccutane permanently changes how your skin behaves. You won't go back to super oily skin once the prescription has finished. In addition, my skin was very red. I was prescribed a very rich cream by the dermatologist containing mineral oil and urea to apply if the skin got too dry.  The skin on my legs and arms was noticeably drier, and on my face, too. The dry lips was the worst part, and you permanently have to slather them with a thick balm. For me, Nuxe's rêve de miel did the job perfectly. 

Of course, the most obvious side effect people are concerned about is the depression. At the time I was prescribed it, a recent large Swedish study showed no correlation. However, I think that if you have a history of depression or currently have the disease at the time of prescription, try to put safeguarding in place. Tell your friends and family, regularly see your GP, arrange some talking therapy. Dr Sam Bunting, a Harley Street dermatologist has said that in some ways those with depression are the best ones to prescribe Roaccutane in the sense that they already have the care and safeguarding in place. If you have severe acne and are considering Roaccutane, have lots of thorough conversations with your GP and a NHS dermatologist.  For me, I began to feel mildly depressed in my last 3 weeks on Roaccutane. However, I feel it is worth noting that this was when I was preparing for medical school interviews and doing my A levels, so it was a very stressful time!! I had just been rejected from Cardiff and Leeds so that was getting me down, too. 

For me, Roaccutane was a complete game changer. Do I still get spots? Yes, I do. I get them when I don't take off my makeup or when I'm really stressed and ill. I didn't get a new spot for a good 6 months after the course of medication, though. Scarring wise, I've been really lucky. Because I didn't have cystic acne I never had the crater-like scars that you sometimes see. My scars were very superficial and very red. However, through topical use of BHAs and AHAs (salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid) which you can get in lots of high street skincare brands, almost all of my scars were gone in a year. 

Hope you found this vaguely interesting! 


Friday, 16 October 2015

Autumn beauty

Hello lovely people,

So far I am really enjoying my new module, the urogenital system. It was my best module last year and I am still finding it incredibly interesting. We have a great module lead; she is a consultant urologist and I find her very approachable and inspiring. However, I wanted to write today about something fun and light-hearted. In my last few posts I have mentioned how important I think it is to put medicine into perspective. There is more to life than reciting the Krebs cycle or revising the pelvic diaphragm. I love playing with makeup, particularly in Autumn/Winter time when you can wear darker looks. 

When the weather gets colder, my skin also becomes more dehydrated. To combat this, I always used to use Indeed Lab's Hydraluron serum (£24.99). It is rich in hylauronic acid, which attracts water molecules to it, helping the skin to retain water. It is applied under your moisturiser. However, I recently found Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum (£2.69). It has less hylauronic acid in it compared to Hydraluron, but it works just as well for me, and for practically a 10th of the price! 

As for makeup, I have been wearing MAC's frost eyeshadow in bronze (£13.00) underneath my usual winged eyeliner. I think it works quite well with blue eyes. I don't pile on the blusher or contour, but I have been using No7's blusher in Honey (£8.00), which is a lovely warm colour. For lipstick I absolutely love No7's in 60 Chic (£9.95) or L'Oréal Eva's nude lipstick (£6.99).  

I'm looking forward to a lovely relaxed weekend, with a bit of work - but not too much ;) 

Kate xxx


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Sweater Weather tag

I was tagged to do this post by the wonderful Hannah from Pull Yourself Together. I've mentioned her blog a few times, and I implore you to check it out. She is by far my fave blogger and I check her site daily for new blogposts! She has a great mix of medical stuff, fashion and lifestyle posts. She also does a lot of events and I always have food envy from her meals out and her baking!!  

Autumn and Winter are by far my favourite seasons. I don't really like wearing revealing clothing, so nothing gives me more pleasure than wrapping up in woolly jumpers and cashmere scarves. I also come into my element because I have very pale skin and it's the only time of year when being pale can be classed as fashionable. I also really like taking the time to slather my dry skin in rich body creams and have long baths with a good Lush bath bomb or a Jo Malone bath oil. My birthday is 21st December, the same day as my Mum's, so December is always a month filled with fun parties and excitement. 

Here are my responses to the tag questions:

Favourite candle scent?
For Autumn/Winter, it's got to be Yankee Candle's Christmas Cookie. It's gorgeous! Any of the Yankee Candle Christmas scents are wonderful. I love the scent of cinnamon and cloves, too. 

Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
I drink coffee most days; my dad has a Nespresso machine and I love to have one of his strong, bitter coffees with a dash of almond milk. I drink a lot of herbal tea, but not the classic builder's. Hot chocolate only when I'm hungry, and with a load of marshmallows, whipped cream and a shot of Baileys. Ideally whilst on a ski piste in France. 

Best Autumn fragrance?
I don't tend to reserve fragrances depending on the season, but I started wearing Stella by Stella McCartney EDP this time last year, and it's Rob's favourite fragrance on me. It has a violet sourness and a rose note with a little musk. I have never bought a perfume that doesn't have a rose note somewhere in the composition, because it's my favourite smell ever. 

Best Autumn memory?
Sorry to be soppy, but it was probably meeting Rob this time last year. We got together a few days before Halloween, which made it very special. Bonfire night last year was also amazing. 

Favourite book you're reading this Autumn?
I'm sorry to let you lot down, but I hate reading fiction. I just don't have the attention span. However, you all MUST check out this website called The Pool. It's run by Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne, and my favourite beauty writer Sali Hughes is a regular contributor. It's a feminist site that has everything on it: daily important news, beauty articles, self-esteem topics. I have become very disengaged with the glossies I used to read like Elle and Vogue, and The Pool has got me hooked in replacement. The layout is also fantastic. You must check it out. 

Which make-up trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?
I love both on women, but I myself wear winged eyeliner most days. I don't usually wear dark lipstick because of my braces, but once I have finished all my surgical treatment I will definitely whack out the bold lipstick!!

Favourite roast dinner food?
I love it all really, but pork crackling and roast potatoes are definitely up there. The quality of the gravy is also really important; a watery bland gravy just ruins everything.

What is Autumn like where you live?
In Liverpool it's very windy and rainy, and like Hannah said, there's zero point attempting to use an umbrella. Back in Gloucestershire where I'm from you get quite a few sunny days with cold air, and that's my favourite running weather. 

Most worn sweater?
My dad gave me his oversized dark green golf club jumper a few years ago and I absolutely adore it. It is not at all itchy, and goes really well with my burnt orange patterned pashmina. It's like wearing a big hug. 

Dad's green jumper feat. the best autumnal scarf ever

Must-have nail polish this Autumn?
Chanel le vernis in Rouge Noir every time. It's gothic and brilliant. 

Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
Neither - it's all about sitting in coffee shops curled up with a massive coffee and your closest friends, discussing what Christmas presents to buy. 

Skinny jeans or leggings?
Skinny jeans without hesitation. The only leggings you'll see me in are my Primark velvet-lined leggings that I wear in the house when the heating isn't on. 

What's something nobody knows about you?
Hmmm, I'm really not sure, probably that I worry about things a lot more than I admit to. 

Combat boots or Uggs?
Neither, Chelsea boots every time. 

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
No, I had one yesterday and wish I hadn't wasted the £3.25. It's all about the Cafe Nero Chai Latte with cinnamon on top. 

Favourite Autumn TV show?
Downton Abbey every time! I adore it. I also really enjoyed Dr Foster. 

What song gets you in the Autumn spirit?
I don't know any autumnal songs! But I love all the classic Christmas carols. 

Hats or scarves?
Scarves, they are such an amazing addition to any outfit. You can wear something really boring and then put on a cool scarf and it looks awesome. 

Favourite Autumn movie?
I don't tend to watch movies because I'm not great at concentrating, but I love The Great Gatsby and the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. 

I tag anyone who would like to do this tag! Hope you're all well and thanks for reading this blogpost xxx

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