I have finally decided to ditch the Roman numerals in the Sunday Summation titles.
Whilst I do not doubt anyone's ability to decipher them, I do wonder why I am not using the much more legible and universally acceptable numerical character system. If it ain't broke...
So it's Sunday. A wet and windy Sunday in September, to be precise. I have already seen three Halloween displays and even one small Christmas stand whilst undertaking my usual weekend food shop rounds. God help us all.
Speaking of food shopping, the big news here is that an Aldi has opened up about a 10-15 minute walk away from my house. This is pretty damn MAJOR, as we all know that I can not resist a good cheese selection... Especially when it's approximately million times cheaper than Waitrose/M&S/Booths.
So apart from continental cheese and seasonal shopping disgust, what else have I been loving this week?
The Dark Sky App
A couple of colleagues actually recommended this hyper-local weather information app (available on iOS and Android) and honest to God, it's the best £4 I have spent in a long time.
The app is able to predict when it will rain or snow, down to the minute, at your exact location. As someone with extremely frizzy hair and a bad habit of forgetting appropriate outerwear, there are some serious wins to be had from being alerted real time to imminent rain.
I also love looking at the global map simulations, which show rain bands across the world. This week has obviously been pretty newsworthy on the weather front, as I type I believe there are three (?) hurricanes tracking over the Atlantic (see image above ^)
New Cookbook Releases
On Thursday the new book by Sabrina Ghayour hit my postbox, a release which I have been very excited about for quite a while.
I have both of Sabrina's previous two cookbooks (Persiana and Sirocco) and use them constantly to make a variety of middle eastern dishes. On first impression, it looks like Feasts will also become a solid favourite. There's a great mix of everyday, easy dishes and slightly more complicated showstoppers for when you're feeling a bit more adventurous.
On Saturday evening we held a small dinner party for a couple of friends, which gave me the opportunity to try out a couple of recipes, one of which was a fragrant slow cooked and Harissa marinaded shoulder of lamb. There were no leftovers, need I say more.
On Friday Des came home and surprised me with a highly unusual gift - a set of coasters made by the York Minster Stonemasons. He had picked them up whilst taking a tour of the Stoneyard, an experience which comes highly recommended.
I do worry they are almost too special to use. Though I love the fact that I have a tiny bit of my city's heritage and craftsmanship in my home now. Also the certificate of authenticity is pretty damn cool...
After a bit of Googling, I don't think you can buy these online and may only be able to pick them up on a Stoneyard open day.
I must be the last blogger on the planet to mention this brand new, super cool, cruelty free and extremely affordable beauty brand...
Whilst I'm often skeptical of much-hyped beauty products, I was intrigued by the clinical formulations and no-fuss packaging. Spotting the brand on ASOS, I decided to take the plunge and investigate a couple of products
Unfortunately the much loved Serum Foundation was sold out in my shade, however I did manage to grab:
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% (anti-ageing and brightening)
Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% (for exfoliation)
As I've only been using these products for a very short time, I don't want to jump the gun. However so far I am pretty positive about both, despite the fact the Vitamin C suspension has a slightly strange and gritty feel. (You do get used to it, kind of.)
I'm noticing the most improvement from the Lactic Acid, which is really making a visible difference to my pores and general skin tone, though I am slightly sensitive to it. (The Ordinary recommended introducing it slowly by mixing it in with other serums.)
After a few months I may offer up my full thoughts, especially if I see further encouraging results!