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I’m Alexandra. An American girl living in Dublin, Ireland. I honestly document my adventures in travel, food, beauty, and expat life on a budget.

October 2018 Favourites

October 2018 Favourites

Happy November!! Can you believe the year is nearly finished? This month for me is all about Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping. I won’t lie though, as of this moment I have already bought 3 Christmas gifts! I never cared too much about Thanksgiving until I moved abroad where it isn’t celebrated. I then made a huge deal of celebrating it! November is also a welcome reminder that I will be heading back home soon and get to spend some quality time with my mom and dad. P is also coming to America for Christmas this year so that is a new tradition to look forward to! 

A bit of further exciting holiday news - for the holiday season I will be doing a series of gift guides! Over the coming weeks I will be sharing gift guides with y’all that will hopefully help make your Christmas shopping less stressful. If you’re new around here I love a budget option and these guides will be no exception to this. I won’t go into too much detail here now, but I will be publishing the first one on Tuesday so make sure to check it out then. 

FAVOURITE RECENT PURCHASES:

BLACK STUDDED RIM CHELSEA BOOTS – Over the last couple of years I have grown to favour boots from New Look. I usually get them on sale and I wear them to death. They aren’t the absolute highest quality of boots, but they last two to three winters and don’t hurt my feet. I could splurge on one nice pair of boots that would last for years, but I like getting a new pair every now and then. I know that isn’t the most ethical answer, especially in a time where bloggers and influencers (not claiming to be one at all, lol) are getting heat for their never-ending wardrobes. I don’t care, to each their own. I like my new boots and I especially liked the €21 sale price tag. Sorry y’all but they are now back to full price.

MUSTARD RIBBED FINE KNIT BUTTON FRONT TOP – I LOVED this top. See how I said loved? Sadly, the top I bought from the shop had a hole in it and when I went to exchange it they did not have anymore in stock! I’ll order another one because it was super cosy and sat well, plus the colour is unreal! I got the mustard, but the burgundy is divine too. Update: The top is on sale and in stock for most sizes/colours. 

BEAUTY OBSESSION:

PRO:VOKE TOUCH OF SILVER COLOUR CARE CONDITIONER – I have been a pretty loyal John Frieda conditioner girl since I had red hair. Yup, I used to have red hair. Word of advice – don’t dye your hair red unless you are super committed to it because transitioning back to any other color after takes 500 years. I have balayage now which means there is some fake blonde involved. I like to have head full of blonde highlights but the time spent in the salon and the money spent just hasn’t been worth it to me the last few years. Transitioning to balayage has allowed me to keep the blonde I love without all the time and money being spent in the salon. I get my hair colored twice a year so in between those times I want to keep the color fresh. I don’t know what made me purchase this conditioner over my normal one but I am so glad I did. It smells amazing and I can tell such a difference in my color and overall health of my hair. When I had my hair cut recently the stylist even said my hair was so healthy and the color looked great considering how long it has been since it was done!  

WHAT I WATCHED:

THREE WIVES, ONE HUSBAND – This is so dramatic, hence why I loved it. After a quick online search this series came out last year, but it only came on Netflix here this month, so it was new to me! The documentary by Channel 4 follows two Fundamentalist Mormon families in Utah for one year. Let’s be real, it’s super weird. Why a man or woman would want more than one spouse is beyond me, and I think anyone else with a partner. I don’t care how much you love someone, I don’t want a second, or third partner! While this definitely isn’t the lifestyle for most people, I found the documentary sad mostly. The women really don’t seem to be happy and they look distressed most of the time. You can’t fault any of the moms or dads in the film because the children all seemed loved and they think they’re doing what is best for their families. Well worth a watch if you’re interested in the Mormon faith or polygamy! Weird to type that out but those are fascinating topics and they wouldn’t make so many documentaries on the subjects if people weren’t watching them. 

WHAT I LISTENED TO – We are getting autumnal up in here. It is honestly taking everything I have to not just post a playlist full of Christmas music. 

 RECIPES:

pumpkin bread

SPICY SHRIMP TOMATO PASTA – If y’all haven’t noticed, I love an easy recipe full of ingredients that I already have or will use again if I must purchase them for a meal. I also like meals that are delicious and cheap! The only thing I had to buy for this dish was the shrimp. Super easy right? You should have all the other ingredients around because they are all super basic kitchen staples that everyone should have. So, that said, if you don’t have them go to the store like now and keep these ingredients around! If you don’t like shrimp (weirdo), try it with chicken instead.

SPICY ROASTED ROOT VEG SOUP – Remember when I said I wanted to start making soup? I went out and bought a huge stockpot and hand-blender. I was slightly scared of the hand blender, so I started with a few recipes that didn’t require using it. This soup is FULL of veggies and is so easy to make! It wasn’t the prettiest thing I had ever seen but it was tasty and lasted the two of us for days! 

PUMPKIN BREAD – Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner I wanted to share my favourite recipe for pumpkin bread. I like pumpkin pie, but I LOVE pumpkin bread. I found this recipe online a couple of years ago and it has been my go-to since. Pumpkin everything is not a thing in Ireland but almost every Irish person I have shared this bread with has really enjoyed it, especially P’s family! I tried to add chocolate chips once, but it wasn’t as good – follow this recipe completely and you will not be disappointed!  

TRY HERE FOR LUNCH:

Lunch at Woollen Mills in Dublin, Ireland

WOOLLEN MILLS – This has become my favourite go-to for a solo lunch date. The atmosphere is cool without being annoyingly hipster like so many places in Dublin and the staff is flawless. I love to treat myself to a sandwich and soup or sandwich and salad combo. They do a mix of 3 or 4 salads if you decide to go for that option and each salad is soooo good! I like to mix them all up to make one super salad. If they have their spinach and onion soup when you visit, GET IT. I need this recipe, but I don’t think they would be too keen to give it away. Wash it all down with an Americano and enjoy your solo (or bring a friend!) lunch!

October was another quiet month on the blog but November is about to be busy, busy! I shared all my favourites and must haves in September 2018 Favourites. Explore one of Dublin’s many museums and one of my favourite times in Irish history in Discovering Dublin – GPO Witness History Museum. Before our trip to Lisbon I shared tips on How to Live Like a Local on Holidays

Phew, what a month! Work has finally calmed down a bit for me (for now) so I was able to really work on the gift guides so I am very excited to share them with you! I really do hope they help you out and make your Christmas shopping a bit easier or give you some ideas. See you again on Tuesday!

 

DISCLAIMER:  I am not a member of any affiliate programs, so I will not make any commission if you do make any purchases from the links included in this post. 

*all images original to Candid Alexandra except thumbnail. Thumbnail credit: Nicola Lavin

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Mom

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Mom

How to Live Like a Local on Holidays

How to Live Like a Local on Holidays