#whatthefizz – bedding in for autumn

This week I packed away my linen shirts, debated whether or not my toms will live to fight another summer (they will, just) and polished up my chelsea boots. Autumn, I’m ready.

I’ll be blunt, I’ve no interest in an ‘Indian Summer’, not because I don’t love a little late summer warmth, I really do, but more because there’s so much to look forward to this autumn. And let’s be honest, we’ve had a good run.

What I’m watching

  • Whilst you, me and the rest of the nation are gripped by The Bodyguard on BBC (I’ve loved reading all the conspiracy theories), The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair started on Sky Witness, and it looks like it’s going to be a goodie.
  • And just as you’re enjoying seeing Patrick Dempsey back on screen, another Grey’s Anatomy star is about to come back to life in Killing Eve. Sandra Oh (Grey’s Christina) plays an MI5 agent, sharing the screen with Russian assassin Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer who you’ll recognise from Doctor Foster. The American’s have been obsessed for months, and now it’s our turn.
  • And (just as my husband reminds me) it’s important to have a balance of cheery things to watch too. With that in mind, turn your attention to Like Father on Netflix. with Kirsten Bell & Kelsy Grammer. It’s so easy to watch, with gently amusing characters and just the right amount of silliness as the end of a long week. You won’t remember to recommend it to a friend, or will likely be too embarrassed to. And of course there’s the joy of Bake Off.

What I’m eating

  • Cheese fondue. A wedding gift from friends, who must want us to end our days very fat, but very happy. Is there anything that doesn’t take great covered in cheese, especially when you’re sharing it with friends? I think not. We started with a three cheese recipe… where to go next?
  • Homemade gyozas. Fun and easy to made, just mix all purpose flour, water and a pinch of salt. Nead until smooth, shape into 5cm balls and roll out into circles, as thin as you can. I filled them with a blitzed mixed of prawns, ginger & soy. Steam for 5 mins. You can buy gyoza wrappers too.
  • Guilty for putting cream and butter through everything, last week for my vegan friend, I swapped both ingredients for an avocado sauce, making a courgette & lemon pasta just as silky, and perhaps a little bit healthier.

What I’m browsing

  • Desperately waiting for the Warehouse leopard print shirt dress to come back in stock. I don’t even know who Lucy Williams is, but I’m obsessed.
  • Not usually one to sport a headband, after falling in love with a beautiful turquoise ‘Adele’ headband (no longer in stock) earlier this year, I can’t get enough of Anthro’s bejewelled selectionThis one comes in a more colours than there are days of the week, and will be perfect for dressing up a weekend autumn outfit.
  • After reading about Stan Smith in last week’s Sunday Times, I’m wondering if my New Look sneaks (a bargain at £16.99) should be upgraded to a classic pair of Stan Smiths?

What I’m listening to, reading and planning


  • This week tickets went on sale for the Year of Young People Tourism Conference, which I’m organising as part of my role on the Women in Tourism Board. We’ve got such an exciting line-up of speakers, covering off topics such as leadership, mentoring and social media. It’s going to be a brilliant and inspiring day. If you’re working in the tourism sector, or want to make tracks into it, please join us!
  • Three episodes in to ‘Guy Raz How I Built This’ and I’m hooked – a recommendation from Kelly, my equally curious marketing friend. Perfect for anyone with a day dream of one day having their own business, or to get to know more about the brands you love.
  • I’ve borrowed ‘21 Lessons for the 21st Century‘ by Yuval Harare from my Dad – a fan of a meaty book I was little worried this one would be over my head, but I was mistaken. Harare looks at the state of where we are now, and what the future holds, observing our careers, our lifestyles and our motivations as he goes.

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