Monthly Muses – September

As we reach September, the end of a monumentally eventful summer, there is a lot to be grateful for. Lock-down restrictions have eased (slightly), we can finally see our family and friends and we are still clinging on to the balmy summer evenings and sunshine. Here is another monthly muses, where I have rounded up a few of my picks from the wellness world that I have enjoyed over the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy perusing.

Columbia Road Flower Market – A newly introduced gem into my life. This market brought me so much joy when my boyfriend and I attended one weekend in mid-September. As we approached, the sight of couples walking along clutching their newly purchased ferns, trees and massive rainbow bouquets filled me with happiness. I urge you to trot along one weekend to Columbia Rd, a ten minute walk from Bethnal Green tube station (you will see the signs) and take in this glorious attraction. The coffee and croissants we got from Pavilion Coffee were to die for too. Markets run Sunday’s 8am-2pm, but don’t get there too late!

Free Soul Protein in Vanilla – I have sampled tonnes of vegan protein powders over the years and so far, this is the one I reach for most on the regular. It is flavoured to perfection, not too sweet but sweet enough for smoothies when blended with fruit. It is smooth in texture and isn’t chalky in the slightest. It also goes really well stirred into a hot bowl of porridge and doesn’t go gloopy or powdery. The ingredients are also very good – sweetened with Stevia and contains added vitamins such as Ginseng, Maca, B vitamins, Magnesium and Iron.

Quote of the month – Inhale confidence, exhale doubt.

Desert Island Discs– I have settled on a podcast that I listen to religiously before bed and this is it. Starting with the archived episodes back from 2011-2012, where Kirsty Young interviews the likes of James Corden, John Bishop, Jamie Cullum and David Attenborough. Slowly working my way through the decade that the show has been running!

The Fall– This has been in the top ten Netflix picks for a large chunk of lockdown and for a good reason. Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of Stella Gibson, who is tracking down serial killer Paul Spector – played by Jamie Dornan. The series keeps you clicking next episode again and again until you reach the conclusion of the crimes. Definitely one to watch, but brace yourself.

Thanks for reading. Wishing you health, happiness and a great month ahead.

Leila xx

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