For the past few years I have ended the year with a post like this one. It’s amazing to look over your year like this, and I recommend you all do it. It’s a lot more rewarding than making a resolution for the New Year, because you can see what you learnt over the past 12 months, what you could have done better, and what you want to carry forward into the New Year. For me it’s amazing to see how much my style has developed, my creativity, just my content in general. This is a year I can see so many pieces being reworn and still loved today, and in terms of my content I feel like I have pushed it so much and can't wait to take it even further in the New Year! So, even if you don’t blog, please go and write something down like this post, even look through your phone at the photos you have to jog your memory or relive certain moments (even the hard ones), I promise you it’s so so rewarding!!
I went into the year not particularly happy, and I remember the first couple of months of the year feeling a little hard to get through. Honestly, I know a lot of people often associate Jan and Feb with being some pretty damn miserable months!! I did however get to do some amazing travelling. I visited Oslo, which I would love to do again sometime with some more time to explore. I also went to the Domincan Republic for a girly trip with Lindsey. It was one of the best trips of the year and we had SUCH a laugh and stayed at the most gorgeous hotels. I actually can’t believe that was a whole year ago! I feel as though this was the month I really want to explored a sexiness in my style, which was met with mixed review on YouTube especially, but I still look back and love those outfits and think it was maybe me trying to find confidence in a time I was feeling a little low.
February began in the Dominican Republic and then quickly returned to London, where I remember being desperate to get out of my winter wardrobe, which all the outfits I have on throughout the month really demonstrates. It was also a month stationed in London, which at the time I was really resistant too. It’s only recently I have found myself feeling comfortable enough to spend weeks in a row at home, which is something I will talk about later. But this time of year I remember being particularly restless.
March involved a lot of travel! And I remember this being a good month on a whole. Dean and I went to Athens to work on some content and shot some of my favourite ever rolls of film, and those long Weekdays jeans I am wearing represented a shift in my style from daily cropped denim to something longer, which I still love now. I worked on a denim collaboration with Topshop which was amazing too. Linds and I also escaped again, this time to Miami which was SO much fun! We stayed at two different hotels and generally had a huge laugh and it’s one of my favourite trips we have done together. Two of my best friends, Katherine and Haden, had a baby!!! This was one of those big leaps in your friendship group when someone does something very adult which also makes you realise you actually are a grown up too!
April was one of the biggest months of my career because I got to go to Coachella with Levi’s. This was, and still is, huge for me!!!! It was the best week ever ever, and I still can’t believe I got to go with such an amazing brand too. It was the first trip to LA of the year, and felt like a quick turnaround to be back stateside after Miami. You all know how much I love LA so it was great to be back there at the beginning of the Summer. It was also the longest trip of the entire year, a huge 10 days which is a long time for me to be in any place at once. After Coachella I also started scanning things from my trips into blog posts, which felt like a bit creative leap for me, and is something I continue to do for my travel blog posts. I also went to Cyprus with Jigsaw which was gorgeous and with the most amazing group of women.
May really felt like the beginning of what was an incredible Summer in London. I remember the bank holiday being scorching hot, and it would be the beginning of a heatwave I am sure a lot of us will remember for a long time. The only bit of travel I did was to South Tyrol in Italy with Daisy Jewellery, another incredible trip with the best group of girls. May was also the only month of the year I was ill, with a huge allergic reaction that I have never gotten to the bottom of. It left me with a really really badly swollen face for two weeks (the photo here was towards the end of those two weeks), and I ended up spending about a week at home with Mum so she could look after me. I think it was also worsened from being run down from the travelling of the previous months, and it really really freaked me out and made me realise how worrying it is to get ill when you are self employed.
June consisted of three destinations: Amsterdam for two nights, Copenhagen for one night, and Mauritius for a week. Amsterdam kicked off the month and, as always, was a lot of fun. Copenhagen was with Baum und Pferdgarten and made me love the city more than ever. I think it might be one of my favourite European cities in the Summer, where it really is just so beautiful. Mauritius with a trip with Mum and was probably my most holiday-ish trip of the year. We had a week on a beach and it was amazing, it was the only time I have read a book this year (dreadful I know), and it really refreshed me too. This was also the month I started to learn to scan my own film which felt like another creative turning point, and is something I am still working on getting better at, but for me it seemed like a big jump in the quality of my content.
It was also the month that I had a conversation with you all about not wearing a bra, not something I ever thought I would end up using my platforms to discuss. Having spent the entire year (and the rest of the year since then), almost always braless, it suddenly became a topic of conversation with my audience, especially on YouTube, and it was something that really got under my skin. Without wanting to become known for not wearing a bra, I wrote one of my most read blog posts of the year as to why I don't think it should be open to scrutiny by anyone but me, and you should all have to confidence to go braless to if you wanted to!
This was hands down one of the best months of the year. It was full heatwave mode in London, along with the World Cup, it felt like the whole city was celebrating and I have never ever loved living somewhere more than I loved London this month. The atmosphere was constantly buzzing, as though no one was really working and had ditched the usually moody gloom over this city. It was a month of drinking, mostly due to the World Cub - in pubs around London, getting soaked in beer every time England scored, in my garden, and everywhere else in-between. Linds and I also went to LA, and hired a Mustang for her birthday to drive all the way to Laguna Beach on the PCH. This is one of my fondest ever memories, never mind just of this year. We had the very best time and ended the trip with one of the worst hangovers ever, which generally seemed to fit in with the theme of this month very well. Looking back I am amazed I actually got any work done.
Once again, a month of travel. I went to my first ever Wilderness Festival which I hope to attend again next year, it was so much fun. Another trip to Copenhagen, this time for fashion week, it’s always my favourite fashion week to go to! And then to Malta for a couple of nights with one of my best friends. It was also the month I found and signed for my new apartment, and was the last month of the year where I was squeezing in quite so much travel.
Moving month, and a whole month in London. I loved my first flat in London, but it never felt like home. Even writing this post makes me realise just how little I was there, and it always felt like another pit stop rather than somewhere settled. I spent quite a lot of time on my own there feeling sad, and even when I walk past it now it makes me shudder a little bit. I was really ready for a new space to make my own, and to get to grips with living on my own in more settled way. I spent a year making the most of living alone, being single, no ties whatsoever to stop me from jumping up and travelling whenever I felt like it, but with my new place I was determined to find the time to really settle in and feel happy there instead. So September was deliberately a month of being domestic. I am SO much happier in my new space I can’t tell you. I am more comfortable there on my own, feel like I am balancing so much in my life so much better because I have really mastered living alone and enjoying the time I spend on my own. This is probably one of my proudest achievements of the year.
October was also spent very much in London apart from two short trips to Paris. Career wise, this was a huge one for me, because I signed with Next management. At the time I wrote about how much of a huge decision this was; my blog is literally my baby and I couldn’t be prouder of what I have created. The thought of someone else having some input in this was a scary one, but its been the best decision. To have people to bounce ideas off, to help me build a long term strategy, all of these things have been SO helpful and I am so thankful for all the help and support the Next team have given me so far. I am so excited to see what next year can be with their support behind me too.
November was the month I turned 26, I wrote a blog post about all I learnt over the past year, and posts like that are always so cathartic to write and really get you thinking. It made me realise I had learnt a lot and was a in a different place than I was at my previous birthday in so many ways. Your mid 20s are definitely hard to navigate, and I hope on my 27th birthday I can look back and say similar things about the growth I have felt over the previous year.
Travel wise, Linds and I found ourselves in the Caribbean again (what a nice problem to have), this time in St Kitts with the tourist board for a few nights. It was an amazing end to the year, almost coming full circle by still chasing the sun around the world with my best friend. I also had a weekend in Amsterdam for the second time this year, which was as amazing ever and further cementing my love for that city.
And here we are, back to December. I am back in London now in my flat which I love so so much, and there is a stark contrast to how unhappy I was this time last year compared to now, which is such a relief to write. I have just had an amazing chilled Christmas, eaten too much, and had the best time with Mum. I would be slightly lying by saying I am ready for the New Year and getting my work head back on, because I have actually really enjoyed ditching my work head. But I do hope to start the year off feeling as creative as possible so that my content can get better and better for you all the time. If there is anything in particular you want to see, please do just let me know!
Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all go into the New Year feeling refreshed, without the pressure to create unrealistic resolutions or life changes, but knowing this year has every potential to be the year where so many amazing things happen for you.