(and we're back to the annual 'I CAN USE MY BLOG NAME TO IT'S OWN ADVANTAGE' post!)
Although I'm not sure everyone will be interested in reading a heap load of text and hearing all about my year (especially on NYE when everyone will probably be shape cutting to Beyonce in all the glitter), goals and the fact I learnt what 'bae' meant in 2014- because I did a round up last year (and enjoyed doing it so much I may have shed a tiny tear)- I thought I'd pop something together again this year, as a little memento to look back on in the future and remind myself of all of the highlights. Like every year, 2014 had it's low moments too, but this little place is about celebrating the happy things- so although it's true every moment has bought me to where I am today (that sounds a little like an Eminem lyric, doesn't it?), I thought I'd celebrate all the lovely things this year, with a little help from my funny old Instagram feed...
Travel: If there's something I will never, ever take for granted it's the luxury of being able to travel- and this year I certainly felt like I'd caught the travel bug, with an urge to see the world more and more (and beat my fear of flying for good). When Joe and I booked New York in January, it felt like the most excitement I'd ever had on a travel website, but it also felt like lightyears away. It was hands down the best thing I've ever bought in a January sale, and one of the most special trips this year. But saying that, this year I did some incredible travelling, and feel completely blessed to have been able to. I began the year visiting Paris, and later Ireland with ASOS- finally crossing the little pond and trying Guinness for the first time (still not entirely sold) and later again with my mum for her birthday surprise. This summer bought a very special trip to California to spend some quality family time, and although I didn't quite brave the surf- got to spend some lovely time with my family (whilst stopping for a cheeky 'In 'n' Out too)! I headed back across to the states in September for my first ever New York Fashion Week- which, to this day, still blows my mind. I remember getting the email and literally letting out a shrill of excitement (before phoning my mum and nearly crying)- forever cool about these things. It was truly incredible, and I still feel lucky to have even been approached by the brilliant Kate Spade. The end of the year bought a trip to Amsterdam with four of my best girl friends (with a big old guide coming up later this week)- which was the perfect city break, and supplied more giggles than I could possibly forget. I also did a bit of travelling in the UK, visiting beautiful Bournemouth and Centre Parcs for a wonderful family holiday this summer- and of course; lots of Brighton trips thrown in for good measure too (being my second favourite UK city ; ). Just writing this paragraph makes me feel so incredibly lucky, so thank you all for giving me these opportunities to travel- I can't wait to see what the New Year brings!
Music: This year was an amazing year for music, and although looking back, I didn't fit in as much live music as I'd of perhaps liked- I got to see some amazing artists and discover some incredible new acts. In May I travelled to Brighton for my second Great Escape festival (I truly recommend it to anyone) and got to see some of my favourite acts (both new and old), including Parquet Courts, Tennis, East India Youth and Telegram. I also got to embrace some of the cities big old summer gigs, catching my one true love's, Arctic Monkeys (and Miles) at Finsbury Park and Arcade Fire at Hyde Park in July- which, as always was amazing- I'm just waiting on the opportunity to join Win, Regine and co on the road any time soon. I also caught The Reflectors (see what I did?) at Glastonbury, and enjoyed a jolly knees up with papa and brother P at Glastonbury for the first time, which was very muddy. However, the most random music event of the year award goes to my interview with Albert Hammond Jr- which involved a day of travelling to Oxford and a game of Jenga and a big old trolly of food. See for yourself here.
Food: As well as clearly indulging in a relatively large amount of burgers, pizza and cake (which looking back, suggests I may need to go a little easier on them next year), this year was the year I became slightly obsessed with avocado (wow Liv, what a story) along with the whole of London, became a little braver with my eating habits (ticking off ham-hock and pigs ears one meal at a time ; ) and gradually stepping up my baking, one loaf of focaccia at a time. This year has certainly encouraged me to spend the next few months improving my cooking and technical ability- and I'm determined on trying new things in the kitchen, especially if I ever want to try my luck at the GBBO ; )
People: The wonderful people I've been lucky enough to share my year with have been without a doubt the most important part of my year, and although my friends and I have all been incredibly busy, be it with university, work or school- being able to spend time with the few people I love, is always the most important thing. This year I watched my dad run the marathon again for the most incredible personal cause (which continues to make me the proudest daughter), watched my mum work her bottom off for our family- and see my baby (17 year old) brother get his working-shoes on for the first time #proudsister- oh and introduce a new addition to our family, Maggie- the most gorgeous little Westie pup who is without a doubt one of my best buddies. Although not all of my pals feature on my Instagram (that cheeky app doesn't show everything), I got to spend time with some of my amazing best friends, and get to know some new pals well too- which is always special- and sometimes you don't need a selfie to interrupt a good catch up, right? I celebrated my 21st birthday with the most special party I could have ever asked for, and spending time with everyone in one place was the biggest present I could ask for. Here's to plenty more get-togethers in the New Year, and spending time with the ones we love the most, it's what life is all about after all.
Fashion: This year has been a big old, crazy year for the blog. I've felt so overwhelmed with the internet at times, and the pace it's moving, but mostly have found massive pangs of proud for other fellow bloggers, and embraced the excitement that this big old change and movement has bought. With it I've been able to finally pluck up the courage to begin my Youtube channel, film a video with Lulu Guinness, presented a Google hangout with Clinique (one where I'm incredibly shy, nonetheless) and had a piece printed in Cosmopolitan about not regretting leaving university- which was completely surreal, and made me feel a little bit proud of this journey I've found myself on. I also found my face on the cover of Company's digital prom issue (mind.blown) and scooped another blog award at their Blog Awards this year, which surprised me beyond belief, and made me feel so, so grateful to everyone that reads this little corner of the internet- so thank you.
These past few days have also given me a lot of time to think about this blog (I've seen a lot of people tweet similar things, so i guess we've all been getting a bit deep over this festive period- perhaps it's those pigs in blankets)- but I'm so excited to leap in to the new year with my blog. I think I'm finally set on sorting out my redesign ( after 12 months of deliberating whether that'd be a good idea) so I'd love to hear what you'd love to see from that, I've got some ideas, and don't want massive changes- but your opinion matters! I've planned out a big content schedule for January, including lots more lifestyle too- so I'm excited to get planning and snapping some (hopefully) inspiring new pieces. When I began this blog, my favourite things to write about were music, clothes and to start interviewing people. Whether that was an artist, photographer or writer- I'd love to know whether you'd like to see more of that kind of thing- and some more '5 Minutes With...' in my series- as hell knows I've met some inspiring ladies this year.
Anwyay- before I continuing splurging my thoughts on to this draft (my fingers have certainly developed ants in their pants this morning)- here's what happened in 2014, thank you so much for coming along this crazy, exciting ride with me. This blog had given me more opportunities than I could ever dream of, and bought me close to some of the best people I've met- so thank you for clicking over, commenting, tweeting or even lurking. I love you a lot, and can't wait to share 2015 with you too! Happy New Year!