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10 favourites this week (#151)

10 favourites this week

Happy Monday, everyone! How are you all today?

Apparently today is Blue Monday, which is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, but I’m actually feeling pretty chipper. I had a lovely weekend and have got some pretty nice plans for the week ahead too, which are helping to keep the January blues at bay.

Anyway, here are my 10 favourites this week…

1) A lovely stroll in London

My new job requires me to be in London every Monday, and I’m thoroughly enjoying spending a bit more time in the capital. I love taking myself off for a little stroll along the river and finding somewhere delicious to stop for dinner. This week I headed down to Bankside and admired all of the iconic buildings all lit up – it was a lovely way to spend the evening.

2) Lots of down time

I don’t know about you, but the festive period always has me craving down time. I’m a home bird at heart, and there’s nothing I love more than spending time just pottering around our house, cooking delicious food and catching up on sleep. This week I’ve been able to do lots of that and I have thoroughly enjoyed it!

3) Getting my reading bug back

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time then you’ll know that I’m an avid reader, but recently I’ve been struggling to find my flow with reading. However, this week I’ve managed to zip through 2 whole books and it’s safe to say that I have well and truly got my reading bug back. Long may it continue!

4) Some exciting blog opportunities

One of the promises I made to myself at the beginning of this year was to start to taking my blog more seriously and treating it like a proper business, and I’ve already seen that mindset start to pay off. I’ve had two pretty exciting opportunities land in my inbox this week and I can only hope that 2018 brings even more!

5) A fresh mani

It’s been ages since I’ve had a manicure, but one of the perks of my new job is that I get access to lots of free beauty services, so on Friday I had a lovely fresh red Shellac applied. I always feel more “put together” with my nails done, so I’m going to really make the effort to keep on top of them this year.

6) Finally buying a kindle

I’ve been umming and ahhing about buying a Kindle for years, and this year I finally took the plunge and ordered one. As a huge lover of physical books, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get used to the Kindle, but I’m already loving it. I seem to be able to read much faster on it, so I think it will definitely help me keep the reading bug happy!

7) A fizz fuelled Friday

I’m a big believer that you don’t have to have a big special celebration to open a bottle of fizz, so on Friday evening Sam and I opened a bottle of champagne “just because”! It made us feel mega fancy and  drinking it alongside a piece of steak was a lovely way to get the weekend started.

8) Taking our nephew to the park

We spent Saturday afternoon hanging out with Sam’s brother and his family and it was just lovely. They made us a delicious lunch and then we all got wrapped up and headed out for a walk to the park. The highlight was seeing our lovely nephew giggle his head off while getting pushed on the swings – he loves them!

9) Saturday night takeaway

By the time Saturday evening rolled around, neither Sam and I could be bothered to cook, so we decided to indulge in a takeaway instead. We opted for Indian food and it was absolutely delicious – made all the better by enjoying it alongside copious episodes of The O.C.

10) A lovely day out in Haworth

One thing I’m keen to do more of this year is explore more of the local Yorkshire hotspots that we’re lucky enouhg to live so near to. We started yesterday with a little trip to Haworth and it was just lovely. We wandered along the cobbled paths, ducked into all the kitschy little shops and visited all of the Brontë family hotspots.

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  • Sophie
    15th January 2018 at 6:51 am

    Ooooo I think I might suggest opening a bottle of champers this Friday. What a treat!
    Sophie
    x
    A Story of a Girl

    • Sophie Cliff
      17th January 2018 at 9:22 am

      It makes Friday even better! x

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons
    15th January 2018 at 7:14 am

    I love Haworth so much! And I adore my Kindle. I’ve had one for years. When I’m at home I read mostly physical books, but if I’m traveling or commuting I’ll always have my Kindle so that I can keep more than one book on me at all times! 😉 xx

    • Sophie Cliff
      17th January 2018 at 9:22 am

      That’s what I love about it – it’s so much easier when I’m commuting to work! x

  • Lily France
    15th January 2018 at 7:35 am

    Your weekly love posts are always so happy, I love it! And am always in awe of how much you manage to fit into a week haha, send me some of your productivity please!
    Lily Kate x
    jolihouse.com

    • Sophie Cliff
      17th January 2018 at 9:25 am

      Ahhh, I’m glad you enjoy them! I love writing them 🙂 x

  • Sarah Teddy Grindall
    15th January 2018 at 7:39 am

    I have been wondering about a Kindle for a while – I might have to get one too now! Teds x

    • Sophie Cliff
      17th January 2018 at 9:25 am

      I am loving it! x

  • Laura Emilia
    15th January 2018 at 10:07 am

    Saturday night takeaways are the best! We did one this weekend too and the best thing is that I saved half which I’m having for lunch today at work. Cannot. Wait! x

    • Sophie Cliff
      17th January 2018 at 9:25 am

      Mmmmm, that is a good life hack! x

  • Peta
    15th January 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Oh what a lovely week Sophie, yay to new and exciting blogging opportunities. Thank you for always making me smile on a Monday!
    Peta x
    http://www.pe-ta.com

    • Sophie Cliff
      17th January 2018 at 9:26 am

      I’m so glad you like these post Peta as I love writing them 🙂 x

  • Luxestyle
    15th January 2018 at 1:56 pm

    I was so against having a kindle but when my Mum bought me one a few years ago, I soon grew to love reading on it. I must try to get back into reading again, as I’ve been terrible for neglecting all of the books I’ve got stored on there recently x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

    • Sophie Cliff
      17th January 2018 at 9:26 am

      I find that once you start you end up hooked again 🙂 x

  • Jasmin Charlotte
    16th January 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I love my kindle! It’s the only way I can read on busy London commuter trains! x

    • Sophie Cliff
      17th January 2018 at 9:26 am

      Yeah it is so much easier, right?! x

  • Lisa Santos
    16th January 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I feel like this week I also got my reading mojo back and I’m loving it. Let’s hope it stays this way.

    The Lisa’s World

    • Sophie Cliff
      17th January 2018 at 9:26 am

      I hope it’s here to stay! x

  • RosieBaillie
    17th January 2018 at 5:49 pm

    When Kindle’s first came out I remember wondering why anyone would want one, but I’ve had one / used the Kindle app for years now, and I find I read faster on it, too. I find it so much more practical because books would always get damaged in my bag, and obviously a Kindle takes up less space.

    • Sophie Cliff
      18th January 2018 at 7:26 am

      I was exactly the same, but I’ve actually found it super useful! x