Although the leaves are turning orange and temperatures are starting to cool, October is a great month in which to get out and explore your home town or abroad. There are less crowds in holiday destinations and yet if you’re lucky then you’ll get some fantastic sunny days like we have had recently in London. We’ve rounded up our pick of the top October events, dining, style and travel that you shouldn’t miss.
Photography fans should definitely consider visiting Berlin for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA) exhibition until 15 October. There are some seriously talented photographers on display. Eva Torok has double-exposed her photos, with a fascinating end-result.
This month sees the opening of the new Hyundai Commission in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall by Danish collective SUPERFLEX. While details of the artwork are yet to be revealed, the Scandinavian artists are known for their playful installations and films. Check it out from 3 October until 2 April 2018.
We’re giving 3 lucky readers the chance to win 1 of 3 watch and bow tie sets by stylish British brand, Charles Bow Tie. They make a great gift for a loved one or for yourself and are popular with women as well as men.
The cooler temperatures can leave you with brittle hair, so I was pleased to discover Less is More organic haircare. They’ve actually been around for 10 years in Austria where they’re well known for their natural products which are certified vegan and with no animal testing. Now everyone can get their hands on these high quality products which contain natural anti-oxidants, herbal extracts and essential oils. We particularly like their Lindengloss shampoo, conditioner and finishing spray which have a lovely herby fragrance and effectively smooth your hair, making it soft and supple. We’re looking forward to trying their Grapefruit and Cardamom bodywash and bodycream too which smell equally divine!
Whether you’re a fan of hiking or more of a city walker, these mid-high Teva Arrowood hiking boots are a perfect choice. I recently went on an open doors helicopter ride with MySnapAir in Innsbruck, and these shoes gripped my feet so well that I was able to hang them out of the aircraft with no fear of them falling off! They’re also waterproof and very comfy thanks to their FloatLite™ technology.
Would you go on a no–doors helicopter ride? Well I did in Innsbruck and it was amazing! @mysnapair are one of the very rare helicopter providers to have a licence to fly without doors. If you’ve ever wondered how people manage to get shots with their feet dangling out of the plane, this is how! I felt perfectly safe as I was strapped in so well and the pilot was a real expert. Tip for ladies with long hair – take a hair band, my hair was blowing all over the place ;-). Thanks to #myinnsbruck for arranging such an amazing experience. The views over the town and the river are phenomenal I’ll be uploading a video to Facebook and the blog soon. —————————————————————————- Thanks also to my Arrowood Lux Shoes by @teva – I had no fear of my shoes falling off!
As we’ve been blessed with a late Summer in London, I soaked up the sunshine recently wearing some Céline Stella sunglasses from Fashion Eyewear. The acetate frames are sturdy but feel lightweight on the face and the square shape suits virtually everyone. There’s a graduated lens and a 1 year warranty too.
October is the perfect month to visit the Austrian Alps, as temperatures are pleasant yet it’s quite uncrowded. Kitzbuhel and Innsbruck are both charming towns with colorful medieval buildings and are great for skiing. If you’re craving tropical temperatures then Portland in Jamaica is a good choice, with its laid-back vibe and stunning scenery.
Zurich has a charming medieval town with some great places to eat, but there also many modern facets to this city. Zurich West in particular is a hive of trendy bars and quirky shops such as Freitag, in a tower of old shipping containers. These umbrellas suspended in front of the Gerold Cuchi restaurant are a must-see.
If you’re a fan of iconic French brand LALIQUE and their crystal homeware, jewellery and perfumes, then you’ll be pleased to know that they also have two stunning hotels. Chateau Hochberg is located opposite the beautiful Musée Lalique, a fantastic museum dedicated to the brand. Villa René Lalique has six exclusive suites and a 2 Michelin starred restaurant, presided by chef Jean-Georges Klein.
Wining and Dining
Everyone loves a home cooked meal, but finding the best ingredients can sometimes be a challenge. That’s why we were excited to try a delivery from Heartier, everyone’s local farm shop. They aim to transform the weekly shop by giving customers as much information as possible about their producers. They’ve established close relationships with the most renowned suppliers to bring you top quality food. There’s a wide selection of meat, charcuterie, cheese and chocolate. It’s easy to order online and your items are delivered in a cleverly designed cool box which keeps the contents inside fresh for at least 48 hours. Along with your order summary, there’s a recipe suggestion and information about one of the food producers.
But what about the food itself? We cooked the rib eye steaks first, in a creamy mushroom sauce and they were extremely juicy and tender. Our flatiron steaks, organic chicken breasts, gammon steaks and smoked back bacon rashers were just as tasty. Perhaps that’s because all of the meat from Heartier’s producers is outdoor reared, outdoor bred and free range.
The Three Little Pigs Mild Chorizo from a British farm was also very flavourful. We finished with some Ticklemore goats’ cheese. It’s mild and creamy and will work perfectly on rounds of toast, with a little honey drizzled on top. All in all, Heartier is a great initiative to help producers deliver great British food and customers to enjoy it!
Those who follow us on Instagram might have noticed that we also cooked up some Asian inspired meals this month with Lee Kum Kee sauces. My favourite dish was the Prawns in Double Deluxe Soy Sauce – all you need is the Double Deluxe sauce, sugar and cooking wine for your seasoning and 350 g of unshelled prawns that you stir fry for a few minutes until the colour changes. Then you just fry 2 spring onions, and some grated ginger in half a tablespoon of cooking oil, add your seasoning and the prawns and it’s ready in a few minutes – delicious!
Kronenhalle was one of the culinary highlights of my recent trip to Zurich. It’s famous for its delicious Swiss cooking but equally for the incredible artworks adorning its walls. From Picasso to Chagall, Mirò and Matisse, it’s a feast for the eyes.
For casual but healthy dining, one of the most fun places we’ve lunched recently is Tombo on Windmill Street in Fitzrovia, London. Specializing in poké sushi bowls and matcha tea, they’re serving up a special Hello Kitty poke until 22 October. It’s walk-in only though we didn’t have to queue on our visit.
Finally, we’ll be writing about it in detail but we couldn’t resist showing you a photo from the epic Creation menu at Villa René Lalique in Alsace.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these suggestions for the best October style, dining and travel and would love to hear any of yours. What do you have planned this month?