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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I am not a particularly big fan of bananas, while I don’t dislike them I rarely eat them but I do remember that during university I ate one every morning with weetabix as I had read that they enhanced brain power. This week a friend was eating one before we worked out to help ease muscle cramps and it got me thinking about the many benefits to eating bananas.  They contain Vitamin B9 and the amino acid tryptophan which are both said to be mood enhancing and bananas have also been found to aid digestion.
As a treat for my friend I decided to bake them some banana bread using this recipe which includes swirls of nutella. There is something about loaf cake that I find very comforting and although the days have been warm and sunny, the darker evenings have called for some warm treats.img_2409 img_2419  img_2442-2cropimg_2436 img_2455  img_2860editedcrop

As much as I love summer, autumn means a plethora of jumpers hit the shops. Jumpers are one of my favourite wardrobe items and as someone who is perpetually cold they have a place in my wardrobe all year round. When it comes to this time of year, as the evenings get darker and the temperatures drop, I find myself reaching for a chunky knit or super soft cashmere sweater and I can’t help but be filled with autumnal joy. Unsurprisingly as I have scoured the shops for seasonal goodies, I have been drawn to myriad of jumpers and here are a few of my favourites:

autumnjumperpicksTopshop Cutabout Jersey Hybrid Jumper $95

Joie Deedra Jacquard-knit Wool-blend Jumper $228 reduced to $114

Rag and Bone Britton Striped Jumper $325

Maje Cotton and wool-blend jacquard sweater $375 reduced to $168.75

Club Monaco Parri Jumper $159.50

Topshop Stripe Mohair Mix Jumper $65

Topshop Colour Block Funnel Jumper $80

Uniqlo Cashmere Jumper $79.90 reduced to $69.90

Iris And Ink Esme Ribbed Wool and Cashmere-blend Sweater $135

J.Crew Hudson intarsia knitted sweater $200 reduced to $70

Elizabeth and James Feather-trimmed Cotton-blend Jumper $485 reduced to $194

Free People La Brea V-Neck Sweater $108

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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img_1481After a sunny week, the weather this weekend was due to be overcast so I headed out to Calistoga to celebrate a friend’s birthday. We wandered around the town, enjoyed some wine tasting and soaked in the sunshine by the pool. I love getting out of the city and it was my first time properly exploring Calistoga as we normally only go as far as the neighbouring town, St Helena. It served as the perfect reminder of all of the places surrounding San Francisco that I have yet to discover.