(YES! Finally a post where my blog name has it's big moment)

I’m not normally one for horoscopes (read: I totally am but try to steer away in order for them not to govern my life)- but at the beginning of this year I had a read at my ELLEscope for the year (totally fashwun); and it declared 2013 to be a year of travel. Now, I know there are about a million and one other Gemini’s out there who probably were to hop on a plane this year (no really, I think I have this star sign thing sussed); but looking back- there was something pretty correct about that the whole travel thing they were on to. On top of that, it's strange how looking through ones Instagram photos can provoke so much emotion (and make you realise how often your phone is snapping away at things)- and I can't quite get to grips with how fortunate I've been this year, with the friends I've made, places I've been and experiences I've had- it's quite overwhelming (definitely shed a tiny tear) and I can't thank you all for following the year with me! On to the round up!
PicMonkey Collagetravel Travel: When Joe and I booked a mini break to Paris this February, I certainly didn't imagine it to be the first of four trips I'd pay this year (my mind is blown too)- let alone the start of a year of continent hopping and braving a fear of flying. As well as getting to know my own city a little better, May bought trips to Brighton for The Great Escape festival- followed by a festival filled June at both the Isle of Wight fest and my first ever Glastonbury. July saw a flying visit to Switzerland's Lake Lugano and my first family holiday in about 4 years to Ibiza, both seeing family and getting some well deserved chill-out time. August saw my first visit to Cardiff (everyone is so lovely) followed by an incredible trip to Las Vegas where I spoke at one of the worlds biggest trade shows, and met some incredible people- I'm still a little in awe. Since then I've been back to Wales' and France's fine capitals, and simply can't get over it all. Crikey indeed!
PicMonkey Collagemusic Music: Carrie said to me recently 'you're always at gigs'- and without being that person, I think it's quite an accurate comment (girl is always right). Although it might sound a bit dorky, there's nothing greater than seeing a good band live, and nothing more satisfying than discovering a new band or artist, and following them through the year. Whether it's queuing up at 8am for wristbands at Rough Trade (Haim, you were worth it), RT-ing every shop account in order to get Arctic Monkeys iTunes tickets- or wading through mud to get to The Park Stage on time- every single time was completely worth it- and I'm excited to see what sounds 2014 brings.
PicMonkey Collagefood Food: Oh my god Liv- you like food? Who knew! If you follow my Instagram (be it for a minute or a year) you'll know I'm a big fan of the stuff- and this year saw me eating a little more than just pasta too (although even when in Switzerland, I did manage to find my faithful Spag Puttanesca dinner- YES)! 2013 saw a lot of burgers (forever an Honest gal), a couple of steaks (I'm coming round to them- don't ask why it's taken so long), more money spent on baking ingredients then I care to admit online (every macaron and brownie was worth it) and even trying soup again (and having not eaten anything else for lunch since). Here's to another year filled with good food and broadening my pasta-consumed pallet.
PicMonkey Collagepeople People: First things first, the above collage certainly isn't everyone that's made this year what it's been (sadly flicking through my year in Insta snaps made me realise I didn't have any/many snaps with some of my closest pals and family) BUT these people know who they are and I'm pretty sure that's the main thing. Without a doubt I have the best family and friends out there, and can't get over how fortunate I've been to be surrounded by such a supportive, caring, downright hilarious and wonderful bunch this year. From the Purvis gang, my main ladies and Joe, direct family (and getting to see my wonderful cousins who sadly live across the pond) and getting to know some new lovely people more- I can only say a massive thank you to them for making 2013 such a special year- you gems!
PicMonkey Collagefashion Fashion: Surely a fashion blog wouldn't be complete without a fashion and shopping round up category? Not only did this year see my ickle blog winning 'Best Established Fashion Blog' at the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards (omgomgomg), investing in my most saved up purchase ever (cat shoe love), facing that I was addicted to Chung- as well as working with some of my favourite brands and appearing in a couple of magazines (AND TEEN VOGUE)- (it never gets any less surreal)- I can safely say this corner of the internet had a massive proud moment happy dance this year and I can't quite believe it. Also- without sounding gushy (WARNING: This could get a little emotive) I’d like to say a continuous and massive thank you to everyone that still visits WOD (fancy abbreviations there) and continues to tweet, comment, like and read every post, awkward pose or silly waffle- it means the absolute world to me, and no matter how many ‘is blogging dead?’ articles I read, you can rest assured I’ll keep on rambling over here, as long as you guys keep coming over. So thank you <3

(Nope still not finished...)

Amazingly, I’ve already put together a wee list of resolutions for next year that I think may be pretty achievable- and fingers crossed they’ll help 2014 be as special as this year- we shall have to see! Here goes...

- Start that Youtube channel that I keep cracking on about. And learn how to edit (lolwishmeluck).
- Think about a little blog redesign- I think I'm the only person that hasn't changed layout in about 3 years. Oops!
- Watch Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones (and stop being late to every TV party)
- Save for a KitchenAid. Then use it to try out a new recipe every couple of weeks.
- Try and exercise even if it's just a little- remember, you still have a gym membership.

P.S If you're still reading you are amazing. Thank you.

x
(YES! Finally a post where my blog name has it's big moment)

I’m not normally one for horoscopes (read: I totally am but try to steer away in order for them not to govern my life)- but at the beginning of this year I had a read at my ELLEscope for the year (totally fashwun); and it declared 2013 to be a year of travel. Now, I know there are about a million and one other Gemini’s out there who probably were to hop on a plane this year (no really, I think I have this star sign thing sussed); but looking back- there was something pretty correct about that the whole travel thing they were on to. On top of that, it's strange how looking through ones Instagram photos can provoke so much emotion (and make you realise how often your phone is snapping away at things)- and I can't quite get to grips with how fortunate I've been this year, with the friends I've made, places I've been and experiences I've had- it's quite overwhelming (definitely shed a tiny tear) and I can't thank you all for following the year with me! On to the round up!
PicMonkey Collagetravel Travel: When Joe and I booked a mini break to Paris this February, I certainly didn't imagine it to be the first of four trips I'd pay this year (my mind is blown too)- let alone the start of a year of continent hopping and braving a fear of flying. As well as getting to know my own city a little better, May bought trips to Brighton for The Great Escape festival- followed by a festival filled June at both the Isle of Wight fest and my first ever Glastonbury. July saw a flying visit to Switzerland's Lake Lugano and my first family holiday in about 4 years to Ibiza, both seeing family and getting some well deserved chill-out time. August saw my first visit to Cardiff (everyone is so lovely) followed by an incredible trip to Las Vegas where I spoke at one of the worlds biggest trade shows, and met some incredible people- I'm still a little in awe. Since then I've been back to Wales' and France's fine capitals, and simply can't get over it all. Crikey indeed!
PicMonkey Collagemusic Music: Carrie said to me recently 'you're always at gigs'- and without being that person, I think it's quite an accurate comment (girl is always right). Although it might sound a bit dorky, there's nothing greater than seeing a good band live, and nothing more satisfying than discovering a new band or artist, and following them through the year. Whether it's queuing up at 8am for wristbands at Rough Trade (Haim, you were worth it), RT-ing every shop account in order to get Arctic Monkeys iTunes tickets- or wading through mud to get to The Park Stage on time- every single time was completely worth it- and I'm excited to see what sounds 2014 brings.
PicMonkey Collagefood Food: Oh my god Liv- you like food? Who knew! If you follow my Instagram (be it for a minute or a year) you'll know I'm a big fan of the stuff- and this year saw me eating a little more than just pasta too (although even when in Switzerland, I did manage to find my faithful Spag Puttanesca dinner- YES)! 2013 saw a lot of burgers (forever an Honest gal), a couple of steaks (I'm coming round to them- don't ask why it's taken so long), more money spent on baking ingredients then I care to admit online (every macaron and brownie was worth it) and even trying soup again (and having not eaten anything else for lunch since). Here's to another year filled with good food and broadening my pasta-consumed pallet.
PicMonkey Collagepeople People: First things first, the above collage certainly isn't everyone that's made this year what it's been (sadly flicking through my year in Insta snaps made me realise I didn't have any/many snaps with some of my closest pals and family) BUT these people know who they are and I'm pretty sure that's the main thing. Without a doubt I have the best family and friends out there, and can't get over how fortunate I've been to be surrounded by such a supportive, caring, downright hilarious and wonderful bunch this year. From the Purvis gang, my main ladies and Joe, direct family (and getting to see my wonderful cousins who sadly live across the pond) and getting to know some new lovely people more- I can only say a massive thank you to them for making 2013 such a special year- you gems!
PicMonkey Collagefashion Fashion: Surely a fashion blog wouldn't be complete without a fashion and shopping round up category? Not only did this year see my ickle blog winning 'Best Established Fashion Blog' at the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards (omgomgomg), investing in my most saved up purchase ever (cat shoe love), facing that I was addicted to Chung- as well as working with some of my favourite brands and appearing in a couple of magazines (AND TEEN VOGUE)- (it never gets any less surreal)- I can safely say this corner of the internet had a massive proud moment happy dance this year and I can't quite believe it. Also- without sounding gushy (WARNING: This could get a little emotive) I’d like to say a continuous and massive thank you to everyone that still visits WOD (fancy abbreviations there) and continues to tweet, comment, like and read every post, awkward pose or silly waffle- it means the absolute world to me, and no matter how many ‘is blogging dead?’ articles I read, you can rest assured I’ll keep on rambling over here, as long as you guys keep coming over. So thank you <3

(Nope still not finished...)

Amazingly, I’ve already put together a wee list of resolutions for next year that I think may be pretty achievable- and fingers crossed they’ll help 2014 be as special as this year- we shall have to see! Here goes...

- Start that Youtube channel that I keep cracking on about. And learn how to edit (lolwishmeluck).
- Think about a little blog redesign- I think I'm the only person that hasn't changed layout in about 3 years. Oops!
- Watch Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones (and stop being late to every TV party)
- Save for a KitchenAid. Then use it to try out a new recipe every couple of weeks.
- Try and exercise even if it's just a little- remember, you still have a gym membership.

P.S If you're still reading you are amazing. Thank you.

x

61 comments:

  1. This is an incredibly sweet post! You look like you've had an awesome year and it is always amazing to take a step back and appreciate it!

    - Natalie
    www.couttiepie.blogspot.com

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  2. I loved reading this. Sounds like you had a fantastic year and I wish you the best 2014. Also really enjoyed the shot of alex turner.

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  3. We finally found out what Olivia actually did, and it was brilliant! Here's to another great year of reading what you do and eating yet more pasta!
    xo, Miriam
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  4. You've had a fantastic year, and here's to a happy and healthy 2014! Chin chin xxx

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  5. Some great photos and memories here. It looks like you had an action packed year. Your food photos are making me so hungry right now and I'm totally jealous of all the travel you've crammed in.

    I hope 2014 is just as good (or better) for you.

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  6. You've had a fantastic year and here's to a happy and healthy 2014! Chin chin xxx

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  7. Definitely still reading! What a completely lovely post, I hope your 2014 is as wonderful as your 2013!xxx

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  8. You've had such an incredible year, wow! x

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  9. I am so glad I discovered your blog this year. It's such a breath of fresh air and I look forward to every post. Can't wait for the YouTube channel xx

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  10. wow you look to have had a good year, I hope that 2014 is just a good to you! have fun and can't wait for more blog posts!

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  11. looks like you've had a great year! so jel of you going to all those festivals haha (:

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  12. It looks like it has been a great year for you - here's to 2014! x

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  13. This is one of the most fantastic, heart-warming year-in-review posts I've seen so far! You've definitely inspired me to remember to take more photos, it would be lovely to have them to look back on. I love your goals too - video editing isn't that hard, I promise! I definitely have to start keeping up with TV shows better too, I don't think I can bear yet another round of funny looks when I have to respond that, no, I have not yet seen Breaking Bad...!

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  14. Sounds like you had a lovely 2013 and hope you have a great 2014!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  15. amazing photos!


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  16. looks like you had an absolutely amazing year!

    Happy 2014 xxx

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  17. Glad you've had a great year; with all that gourmet food how couldn't you! Please watch Game Of Thrones, it's amazing!x

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  18. Wow you've got some great photos from an amazing year! :)

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  19. Such a lovely post Liv!
    x

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  20. Your photos are amazing! I hope 2014 is as good as 2013!
    Joelle
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    FebruaryGirl.

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  21. Looks like you've had a wonderful year Liv, really sounds like you've got to visit and see some incredible parts of the globe too! A tad jealous! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. Looks like you have had an amazing year, heres to an even better 2014 for you! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  23. What an incredible year! You're forever an inspiration, Liv. I hope 2014 is just as good to you, if not even better! x

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  24. Sounds like such an amazing year for you! I have simply loved following your adventures:) Plus you met my two ultimate idols this year, Florence and Alexa! Hope you have an amazing 2014! xo

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  25. This is such a lovely, heartwarming post! It really does sum up the amazing opportunities you've had this year but they couldn't be more deserving :) your photos are so beautiful and are taken in a way in which I can only imagine are pleasurable and emotional to look back on. Your blog and your photography will no doubt continue to inspire my own in 2014 so a huge happy new year to you and here's to hoping next year is just as brilliant, if not better! x

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  26. You have had fantastic year! :) ❇♥ Blog written by two friends: http://teenagewastelandbyhd.blogspot.com/ ♥❇

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  27. It must be so lovely to be able to look back and see what an incredible year you've had through photos! A new years resolution of mine is definitely to make sure I take more photos of the things I get up! Best wishes for 2014, I hope it's good tot you xx

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  28. Great post and love the new years resolutions! I am also thinking about starting a YouTube channel, so am looking forward to seeing yours! Why is Youtube so much more scary than blogging though?! AH!

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  29. Lovely post. Here's to a great 2014!

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  30. This post has got to be my favourite ever! All of the photos are absolutely beautiful and the words are so personal, you really allow your readers an insight into your fabulous life. I'm so happy I discovered your blog after following you on instagram for months - it always makes me smile!

    Beth xo.

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  31. Lovely to see you've had such a brilliant year and it looks very well deserved :) Can't wait to see what 2014 holds for you :D xxx

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  32. Such a lovely round-up, you've had such an amazing year and it seems very well deserved. Looking forward to seeing what 2014 holds for you :) xx

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  33. What a great post, the best things always go to those who deserve it the most!
    I hope 2014 brings bigger and better things for you :)
    Lots of Love,
    Charlotte
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    www.whatcharlottewore.blogspot.com

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  34. such a great post to conclude 2013! amazing pictures, i wanna achieve all this in 2014!:)

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  35. Your year looks amazing! I am mostly jealous of you getting to se AND MEET Haim! So lucky girl! Happy new year lovely :)

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  36. You've had a great year Olivia! At least that's how it looks like through your Instagram pictures hehe I'm so jealous about all your trips even though I cannot complain at all! Love that pic with Florence Welch and if that's in Glastonbury I'm SO JEALOUS haha I've been wanting to go for years!

    Happy new year!! And you totally have to watch Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones haha

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  37. Amazing round up :-) I love all the pictures and I'm looking forward to the YouTube videos too :-) Happy New Year! x

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  38. looks like it had been an exciting year for you! lots of fun their with friends and family, and you looked great! I wish you all the best in 2014 as well!

    Check out my outfit post featuring Breaking Rocks Clothing :)
    ALxx
    RASSP blog

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  39. Amazing lot of photos!!
    Love all the food and Las Vegas.

    DarlingSophie

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  40. What an amazing year! You should definitely start Youtube you'd be so much fun to watch :) xxx

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  41. Absolutely love the layout of this post and so many more of your posts. Will definitely make sure to follow your blog and adventures in the new year especially the food ones! x

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  42. you are one of my favourite bloggers and a main inspiration for starting my own blog, you deserve all the things you achieved this year! please keep blogging and reading it is one of my favourite things to do (how many times can you say favourite in one comment) have a beaut new years! x
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  43. What a lovely post Olivia! Wishing you a 2014 filled with love, luck and laughter! x

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  44. What a lovely post Olivia! Wishing you a 2014 filled with love, luck and laughter! x
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  45. Yes an Youtube chanel please!
    Wishing you all the best for 2014!
    xx

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  46. wow Olivia! You've had an amazing year thats for sure -- I think I'd probably bore my readers if i even attempted to write down a year in my shoes, but you always make everything so daym interesing!! :)
    Here's to 2014, for you and your fabulous blog!
    Lots of Love,
    Grace x
    http://blondiesstylefix.blogspot.co.uk/

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  47. you've had such an awesome year, your blog is one of my favourites! have a lovely 2014 xx

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  48. I really love all the photos of your year and I can't wait for that YouTube channel!!

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  49. you've had THE best year ever liv! i can't wait for the youtube channel, it'll be awesome!

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  50. Love your recap so cute and inspiring you have such a fantastic blog!

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  51. Aweee Liv you've had an amazing year! I've truly loved reading along with your travels and style choices. Hope you have a wonderful NYE and I shall see you in 2014, how futuristic ;) xx

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  52. great post!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  53. This is such a lovely post and I look forward to hearing more from you this year!
    Also, I'm sooo jealous you met Florence Welch!

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  54. Sounds like it was a beautiful year - cheers to an even more amazing 2014!

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  55. can't wait to see your youtube channel!! XXX

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  56. You've had an amazing year by the looks of it! Lots of gorgeous photos! x
    daisy//daisydaisyxxo

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  57. fab post, hope you have a very happy 2014 :)

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  58. fab post :) wishing you a very happy 2014!

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