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I absolutely love Christmas and the magic that this time of year brings. This weekend we bought our Christmas tree and I have began decorating it with the plethora of ornaments that I picked up while back home and I love that they now each hold their own special meaning. I still have a few more decor pieces to get so I thought I would share a few items that would work for a number of different themes as a little seasonal inspiration. I can’t wait to bring the seasonal spirit into all areas of my apartment and to make it feel warm and cosy, now that it is December I am finally allowing myself to go full force!

I say it every year but this year is flying by, I can’t believe it is November and the year is drawing to a close. I am kicking off the month in London embracing the crisp weather before returning to California for Thanksgiving and hopefully closing out the month with some milder weather.

I have so many thick winter layers and jumpers that I have waiting to wear so I have lugged them across the pond where they have really come into their own. While cream, burgundy and all spectrum of browns will always be a fall favourite, I am so excited that green is such a strong trend this season. I’m enjoying seeing the stores filled with an array of shades and I have started building on the pops of green that I have in my wardrobe with olive green heels, a forest green bag and a moss green chunky polo neck.

As a shopper I love any excuse to buy things and homeware is one of my favourite things to shop for. I think that anything for the home makes an excellent present as they’re very practical gifts and often things that people wouldn’t buy for themselves. The entertaining pieces that others have brought for me now hold many happy memories not only of the person who gave them to me but of all the parties and social gatherings that the items has been used at.
Here are some ideas of gifts for the home, they would also make great hostess gifts for any Christmas parties that you are attending:

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Know Your Knives Cutting Board $15

Gray Malin Beaches Book $40

CB2 3-piece marble cheese server set $44.85 reduced to $39.95

Thirsty Camel Cocktail Napkins (set of four) $36

H&M Metal Bookend $14.99 reduced to $7.99

Grilled Cheese Kitchen Book $19.95

Anthropologie Gilded Greetings Cheese Board $58

Anthropologie Wildflower Study Pot Holder $16

H&M Pineapple Trivet $12.99

Stackable Mason Jar Measuring Cups $14.95

Strawberry Windowsill Growbox $54

Cheese & Crackers Serving Board $48

Crate & Barrel Metallic Dots Stemless Champagne Flute $4.95

Crate & Barrel Vinturi Red Wine Aerator $39.95 reduced to $29.95

Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses- Set of 4 $28

Anthropologie Wildflower Study Napkin $12

Pineapple Embossing rolling pin $33

Anthropologie Delphina Spoon Rest $16

Anthropologie Pineapple Measuring Cups $48

Zara Digital Print Tea Towel (set of two) $14.90

This week has been filled with a mixture of emotions, with Brexit and the US elections it has politically been an interesting year and today marks Armistice Day which serves as a reminder to keep working for unity and peace wherever you live in the world. Yesterday my sister sent me a post from Amnesty International and their logo always stands out in my mind; it combines two symbols, one of oppression (the barbed wire) and one of hope (a burning candle) and was inspired by the Chinese proverb “Better to light a candle than curse the darkness”. The notion holds true across history and today. As Britain reflects on some of that history during the Remembrance Day weekend, I hope that we continue to strive for a better world; one with love and acceptance.
One of my favourite things to do is immerse myself in nature as it reminds me of the beauty in the world. In San Francisco you don’t need to leave the city to experience this, the many hills allow you take in the surroundings and whenever I look across the bay I am filled with awe. This week a friend and I headed to the moraga tiled steps to watch the sunset and I loved climbing the colourful steps to be greeted by moody skies. I am trying to work on appreciating the present and the beauty around me as it is tempting to just look forward (Christmas, I’m looking at you). I think life is about having a mix of the two so I have taken time this week to appreciate the present, from cozy evenings baking to plum nails and berry lips.

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Happy November! I can’t believe that we are fast approaching December, this year is flying by. Despite being halfway through Autumn the weather in San Francisco still has an summery air to it so I am making a concerted effort to embrace the season.
One of my favourite things about a new season or month is the chance to reset; it’s the perfect time to try something new, adopt new habits or get rid of things that you don’t need. This week I came across a quote that really resonated with me, “Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go”. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut so when a new season/month arrives I like to make small tweaks to my social calendar, wardrobe and beauty regime. I try and focus on one or two things in each category so that I can make small changes that help to refresh life. Here are a few of my fashion and beauty loves that are currently inspiring me:

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