This weekend I had one of those ‘pinch me, I live in California!’ moments. It was warm and sunny enough to go the beach with our books and a frisbee for the afternoon, drenched in a sun so strong that we only lasted a few hours before taking our slightly scorched skin home for some much needed aloe vera gel.
It doesn’t escape me how lucky I am to live in a climate like this when the UK is battling with dark evenings, unrelenting rain and the threat of snow every other week. I used to suffer from the dreaded January Blues every year without fail back in Bristol, a period tinged with Seasonal Affective Disorder that lasted until mid-late February when the days began to get just the teensiest bit longer.
Getting a dose of vitamin D every day has meant a complete absence of winter blues this year, something that’s had a huge impact on my wellbeing and is frankly rather good for the soul.
I wasn’t sure if a coastal breeze would affect the temperature at the beach, so in true British style I took a jumper along with me, ‘just in case’. It turns out I needed to use it more to protect my skin from the sun than from the cold, but in San Francisco layers are a must, whatever the weather forecast says!
Floral print dress – New Look / Cream chunky knit jumper – Topshop / Oak ‘Effie’ bag – Mulberry / Tan Chelsea boots – c/o Topshop, Cabot Circus