flowers5 Fresh blooms from the Farmers’ Market

icing5Putting left-over oreos to good use

anecklace5 Playing around with delicate jewellery, I love this dainty initial necklace

My new wellies couldn’t have arrived soon enough as this week the weather has ranged from light showers to heavy rainfall and I have found myself on many occasion dreaming about springtime.  After a warm spell in February it has been hard to go back to my winter wardrobe so I have been seeking simple pleasures that brighten my mood such as fresh flowers, evening baking sessions and afternoon tea parties.

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Despite the weather I am forging on with spring dressing and one trend that I can’t wait to embrace is the off the shoulder silhouette.  To me it epitomises summer and is versatile enough to be worn for a casual day out or a fancy evening event. On overcast days I’ll be pairing an off shoulder jumper (such as this one) with a skirt and boots or alternatively, a top like this or this with washed denim or white cropped jeans. I also love the idea of a bright dress such as this one (currently on sale with an extra 40% off) on a warm sunny day. Here are a few of my other favourites I have been eyeing this week:
Urban Outfitters Ecote Off-The-Shoulder Swing Dress $69 reduced to $39.99
Mara Hoffman Ruffle Top $178
ASOS Striped Sundress $65
Re:named Petals Top $51

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The bad weather this week is making summer feel a long way away and I am ready for a holiday. I’m planning a warm weekend getaway soon but until then I’m living vicariously through my sister who has been in South Africa working on a project with rhinos. She now has a couple of weeks free to explore neighbouring countries including Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. I can’t wait to see her photos from Victoria Falls and her safari when she’s home.

xoxoGetting some pre-Valentine’s gifts ready for friendsdailyliproutineMy current everyday lip routine; Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm topped with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk or Nars Satin Lip Pencil in RikugiensuperbowlbrowniesGearing up for the Super Bowl with these themed brownies

I love weeks that end in an event whether it’s the Super Bowl this weekend or Valentine’s Day next weekend, I always feel the excitement increasing throughout the week. With the Super Bowl coming to San Francisco the momentum has been building and the city has been gearing up to host the biggest sporting event in The US. There have been various Super Bowl related events this week and although I haven’t made it down to Super Bowl City yet, I’m excited to partake in some activities this weekend.

Happier-with-Gretchen-Rubin1-770x385Although podcasts are not a recent discovery for me, they haven’t been part of my daily routine until now. I’m enjoying starting my day with a podcast as it helps to remind me of the important things in life and creates a sense of calm that sets me up for the day. This week I have been listening to Happier with Gretchen Rubin which focuses on creating simple habits that add up to a happier life. I love how manageable each task is and starting each morning on a positive note has made a big difference to my day.

Ravens Super Bowl 2013 winnersSan Francisco has been anticipating the Super Bowl for several months and although I’m disappointed that The Patriots are no longer in the running for the title, I’m excited to see the season come to an end in SF. I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s adverts and for Coldplay’s half time show. Watching James Corden’s carpool karaoke with Chris Martin added to my anticipation and for anyone unsure of the rules of American Football it is a much watch…

deskflowers2 (1)  In lieu of a Christmas tree I’m now recreating the scent with this fresh balsam candleblushblanketI’ve swapped my deep berry nail polish for a pretty blush pink and started using the glossier balm dotcom in an attempt to fight against winter dry skin
jayzbA sweet card from The American because “I love me some Jay-Z” bedtimereadingCurrent bedtime reading; brushing up on my British history

Since moving to the States I have been suffering from regular headaches and this week a migraine style headache struck which forced me to take solace in a dark bedroom. In lieu of bright lights I have been burning some relaxing candles and as my headache eased I have managed to reintroduce some bedtime reading into my routine, I’m currently polishing up on my British history with this fun series of short snippets of historical events.

james-adele-main-6025fada-051c-42be-b3e7-8f2887f5fdfaSince moving abroad, British artists and acts are become even more appealing to me and whenever I’m need of a slice of home I turn on an episode of Sherlock, The Office, or The Vicar of Dibley. For a quick 10 min fix I love James Cordon’s carpool karaoke and watching this episode with Adele made my week. It includes some Spice Girls karaoke which is pure British gold.

unionlarder1As I am walking around the city I love adding to my list of spots to try and this week I came across the Union Larder which is now top of my list of places to visit. While I love the comfort that comes from revisiting my favourite spots, this year I am making a conscience effort to try new places, whether it be finally hiking the Marin headlands and Mt Tamalpais or visiting a new neighbourhood cafe/bar.

laboulangeriefrenchbread1 New weekly tradition; coffee and fresh bread from La Boulangerie de San FranciscoIMG_5063 (1)A sweet dish that makes the perfect key holder, I am still on the hunt for a cute key ring.

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Still working my way through the Christmas chocolates

This week I have been working on improving my daily habits as well as starting some new traditions for 2016 and adding a few home decor updates around the apartment. One of my favourite new traditions is a weekend coffee run stopping in at the newly reopened La Boulangerie de San Francisco for fresh bread and picking up some flowers to brighten up the apartment for the upcoming week.
I am also trying to tackle one area of the apartment each week, finishing off DIY jobs, reorganising and adding some new touches to each space. I am looking forward to the big difference each small change should make around the house.

davidbowieThe week began with the sad news of David Bowie’s death and I was moved watching all the tributes celebrating his life particularly those back in London. Bowie’s back catalogue has been the soundtrack to my week and his many famous quotes have made for the perfect downtime reading. It’s incredible to think of the way in which he shaped the music industry and pathed the way for so many other artists. I recently made a playlist of some British musical greats that I grew up listening to including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Smiths, Queen and David Bowie and it no doubt will be on repeat this weekend.

New-England-Patriots12It hasn’t been the best couple of weeks for The Patriots but I am hoping that changes this weekend as they face The Chiefs in a bid to reach the Conference Championship (the Semi-Finals). I am so excited for the last few games before the Super Bowl in February.

christmascards (1)Sorting through my favourite Christmas cardsjumpersDeciding which festive jumpers I can continue to wear in JanuarystarTaking down the last of the Christmas decorationsgingerbreadhouseAdorable gingerbread house mug toppers

I always have mixed feelings about January; while I love the idea of a fresh new year, the cold weather and the end of the festive season have me longing for spring. I like to leave my decorations up until Epiphany so the beginning of my week had a distinctly festive feel and I savoured using the last of my Christmas decorative items.

herbalteas (1)I love coffee but despite being English I have never cared for tea.This week after feeling nauseous I stopped into David’s Tea and picked up “Mango Turmeric” which contains turmeric to help soothe my stomach. I am now a tea convert and am excited to sample “The Glow” from David’s Tea with cinnamon, rosehips, nettle leaf, rooibos and rose petals which I’m hoping will have some skin benefits.

hunterHunter wellies have been on my shopping list for a while but after a dry 2014 I hadn’t got around to purchasing a pair. After the first El Nino storms descended this week I think I’m going to need some wellies in preparation for the rain that’s predicted over the next few weeks.