October! I remember when I wrote 7 Things For July how amazed I was that 2016 was already in its seventh month. Well now it’s in its tenth and I am even more amazed. This year is really flying by! October means Autumn, my favourite season. I miss the warmth of summer but I love the colour of nature and the cool, crisp air. This is my month for changing things up and adding some spice to my life and routine. So without any further ado here are my hopes and plans for October!

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I have two pairs of black leggings in my wardrobe – they are perfect for the days when it’s so early the sun hasn’t risen yet or I am not in the happiest of moods. Most of the time though I choose to ditch the darker colours and my wardrobe is full of printed goodness. Now that the sales have started I have added two more printed tights to my (ever increasing) collection.

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Sister and I took a night flight to Dubai. In theory this was a wonderful idea because it meant we would land just as the day was starting and be able to throw ourselves into Dubai and not waste any time. In reality a horrendous flight and almost no sleep later meant we were both exhausted but determined to throw ourselves into Dubai and not waste any time. But in a more gentle, less frenetic fashion. So we went to The Dubai Mall. And we possibly didn’t leave.

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‘Blue is for boys and pink is for girls. Dinosaurs are for boys and dolls are for girls.’ Too many retailers (and way too many people) seem to think everything can be divided along good old fashioned gender stereotypes. (And as was recently in the news, make sure women pay more for the privileged of all that pink.) It’s annoying and detrimental to everyone and that’s why I always love things which go against this, and especially if the thing which goes against this does it with bells and whistles added. Enter, stage left BOB by Dawn O’Porter’s Equality Collection.

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Stylist Magazine, a free London based weekly magazine, hosted their first #StylistLive last week – an exhibition of food, fashion, books, and beauty. I bought myself a ticket for this on the first day they went on sale, back when 2015 was still a very young year. As with most things I am really excited about going to I just couldn’t sleep the night before (I can’t wait to be ‘adult’ enough for this to stop happening to me). Also, and this is a massive confession, I got to London’s Business Design Centre an hour before they whole shindig opened. AN HOUR.

Amazingly there was one woman who reached even earlier.

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