With the madness of January behind us, including celebrating Ilaria’s 30th birthday, today officially feels like the first FRI-YAY of the year! Jo’burg has been sweltering hot this week; this evening we both will be settling back with a cold drink (Sam with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, Ilaria sipping on a refreshing mojito) and taking in the glorious evening – our Highveld summer evenings are really something to savour!

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It has been an exciting two weeks for us at Spruce – we attended our first foodie/blogger meet-up on Wednesday (look out for the post next week), which was delightful and insightful. Last Monday, over a glass of wine and a charcuterie board (how very European of us) we booked flights to Paris and Madrid!!

We have spoken about the possibility of this trip for over a year – Madrid being one of Ilaria’s favourite cities in the world and Paris being Sam’s ‘spiritual’ home; each of us having never visited the other city. We will be spending four nights in each of these incredible locations – to say excitement is at a fever pitch is an understatement! The trip represents a celebration of many things – our long running friendship (16 years and counting), the launch of Spruce (a shared dream) and a milestone year (our 30th birthdays). So be aware – come the last week of April – our Instagram account will be filled with photos of champagne, tapas, grand boulevards, massive smiles and shopping bags (hopefully)!

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It is also Valentine’s Day weekend so we will be embracing the day of red and hearts in our own ways. If you are still deciding what to wear tomorrow night make sure you check out our Valentine’s Day Look Book post for some inspiration.

Wishing you all the most wonderful Fri-YAY and weekend ahead – keep fabulous 🙂

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