October Music

When this time of year comes around the music I listen to changes slightly, I put on more acoustic, slower songs with lyrics that send goosebumps down your body like the chill of the colder air. It's a more peaceful time of year and music is a powerful addition to your life. Despite how beautiful it is when I look at the trees changing colour they are also dying. It provokes me to reflect on everything and I like to do so at the moment with these songs. I hope you like some of them as much as I do.

October Music by Natasha Chan on Grooveshark

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The heart is faster than the head

A little while ago, my friend and I were talking about many things and somehow we started discussing feelings and how you can't control them. Then out of nowhere I made the statement that went along the lines of  '..sometimes I think we don't know how we're feeling about something until we know, we feel things but may not know until our brain catches up.'

We discussed that point and thought it was an interesting idea, I wasn't even sure how that came out of my mouth. Heat of the moment. It's in some way similar to the phrase 'you don't realise what you had until it's gone'.  You don't realise how you feel until that moment something sparks in your mind or happens and you understand it clearly. For example, I have had many bruises in my life and have almost always not known where they came from. My body knows a bruise is developing however I don't know I've been hurt until I see the dark patch on my skins and then I begin to feel the numbness of the bruise.

It has really made me wonder if that's the case for most feelings. Our bodies feel the emotion before the mind registers it. I have no idea if a study has been carried out to prove this idea but what I know is how I feel, what I think and the way we have little control over it.

While at university I studied semiotics, the philosophical theory of signs for a section of my course. We applied the theory in a method used in advertising and marketing to attract an audience. If we apply signs that our bodies show us we get certain indications that in turn suggest an emotion or feeling.

Crying means we're sad (or happy) it's a way of showing an intense feeling.
Bleeding means we're hurt or something is not quite right with our body.
Coughing means you might be getting a cold, ingested something that does not belong or agree with you.

These are of course a few simple examples. They happen but it is not until we see it that we know the meaning behind it.

When I said that to my friend I was focusing more on personal feelings. For me when something happens I think about it for a while and really try to understand my thoughts on it. Whether it's something very insignificant to my life or highly important. It's the way I'm wired. It is a little unnecessary at times because I believe on some level your heart and gut knows how you feel. Some people act on impulse decisions where some think logically about decisions, there is no right or wrong way. Almost always deep down you know instantly but it can sometimes take longer for your head the catch up or give reason.

Some might disagree with this completely or know if it's scientifically proven. Either way I do know that we can't control how we feel, no matter what. If your mind wants to be happy but your heart and body doesn't feel that way, you can't force it. You can't force any feeling or emotion.

Your heart is stronger than your head. It knows before you know. You can't fight it.

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Down the country path

A few weeks ago I took a trip up to Scotland, where I was born and where half my family live. Throughout my whole life I always remember making the journey there, when I was a child it was by car and now by flying. Although there is not much to do at my Grandparents house in the countryside I forget how gorgeous the landscapes are, miles and miles of fields and trees. The air is cleaner, it's so peaceful and you can walk around the roads feeling safe and to my surprise a cheerful 'hey there' and 'it's a fine day today' from complete strangers just walking past. I do for a moment consider moving to a place like this where it is slower, calmer and friendlier. Then I think, where do the people that live here go when they want a break away from the already peace and quiet? For now I'll settle for living on the outskirts of London and the smaller towns. I took a walk with my sister down a path I never visited before and quickly found a small bridge and river amongst the tall trees. I sat on a bench beside it for a few minutes and let the sun warm up my face. It's the simple things that can make you feel so good inside.

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Autumn Style Pieces

As the seasons change I without fail go on a shopping frenzy, in shops, online and even Pinterest looking for new items to add to my wardrobe. Last month I gave a lot of clothes, scarves, shoes and other bits to charity and now have a little bit of room to add some good pieces to my clothing collection. I like to make sure I really want what I'm buying and think about how often I would wear something and how I would wear it because like most girls I can sometimes buy things and never end up wearing them which is incredibly wasteful.

A new scarf is a given, I wear them throughout Autumn, Winter and even on colder Spring days. Blanket wraps are everywhere this year and I love it, I think we can all thank Christopher Bailey for that, blanket wraps were big in the Burberry Porsum A/W 2014 collection. I like a nice simple black bag, big enough to fit all the daily essentials but small enough that it won't get in the way of everything. Jumpers are a classic piece in every ones Autumn/Winter wardrobe. I love ankle boots, I wear them almost all year round, I have to control and reason with myself when I'm looking at boots otherwise I would have more boots than sense. I really liked wearing skirts this past Summer and I'll be continuing that as it gets colder.

What is on your list to buy this Autumn?

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