Dear 2016

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So were a couple of days into the New Year,how's 2016 treating you all? I hope you all celebrate with sufficient amounts of party nibbles, champagne, glitter and party poppers to fill a room with.So this year I am welcoming it with open arms, ready to embrace all that it wants to bring, are you with me?

I don't think there's anything wrong with saying each year, hey you're going to be the best. It's something to aim for and if you don't envision that, then it's never going to be is it?
Plus 2014 and 2015 were both ones for the books and I believe it can only keep getting better (fingers crossed!) I feel I have my head in the right frame and am ready to succeed, work and play hard.

Instead of 'resolutions' which pretty much set you up for a fall, I prefer to make goals and set achievable targets for myself and the coming weeks, month and year. I've included some examples of goals that I've set myself for the year ahead.

1. I want to use my vegan diet now to be healthier and fitter, I only started in November and was mainly eating chips, vegan chocolate cake and basically everything over Christmas. I now want to use it to try and be as natural, raw and wholesome as possible but also not denying myself from occasional treats.

2. Cook up a storm, lots of delicious recipes (thank you Pinterest!) both savory and sweet recipes that I want to try.

3. Not let the fear of failing stop me from trying. I hold my hands up, I've probably been guilty of this far too much in my life BUT recent years I've only got better with each and pushed myself.

4. To buy a beautiful new camera so I can shoot beautiful photographs, but also use my instax and film cameras even more. I want to document the year and to take more photos with loved one.

5. To carry on with going to gym classes, to keep motivated when I see results but more importantly stay motivated when I'm not necessarily seeing change.

6. I want to paint and draw every day, but that is not going to happen so at least one sit down session a week to paint or draw (not counting commissioned work)I also want to re-open and re-introduce my jewellery line and shop.

7. In 2016 I would love to check out some more great U.K destinations such as Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh. I also really want to take a trip with my Mum and Sister to Barcelona, have a Summer holiday in Austria at Matt's Aunt and Uncles place and visit my Brother in Australia at the end of the year with Matt and hopefully celebrate our Birthdays out there.

8. Carry on saving, be more sensible with my money.

9. 2016 I will learn to drive (might have left this one a little late, but I guess it's never too late really)

10. Most importantly I want to have as much fun as I possibly can!

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See ya '15

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2014 was a hard one to beat, mainly because I fell in love with my best friend, but 2015 bought more wonderful times with him and at Easter that boy got down on one nervous knee and asked me to be his future wife. It was a was a year filled with of a lot of 'firsts' for us as a couple, first valentines, one year anniversary and obviously getting engaged.



We had an amazing party at the end of May to celebrate with all our friends and family. We even started visiting possible wedding venues (mainly for the free champers and cake) as were not in a rush to get married and want it to be just right, I wonder how many times we will have to explain that in 2016...

2015 was a year of ballet, I saw Swan Lake, Great Gatsby, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker this year and took up adult classes which was both daunting and wonderful in equal measures, I will be taking it up again this January.



Took a trip to Vegas in March with my Sister and friend Emma, Spent summer feeding Greek Cats in the Rhodes sunshine, Visited Centre Parcs for the first time, with the Hollands where I had an absolute ball and was in my element feeding baby ducklings every damn day, drank plenty of beer (and a sip of Guiness) in Dublin for our birthdays.

I started to focus more on my health and fitness, I became a bit of a gym bunny (I abso love classes especially, spin, pump and body combat!) and recently I've just become vegan. I've been a vegeterian since I was 16 so it probably made changing a little easier for me... although I've not been the healthiest with the diet this year, but I am determined that I will use it to be healthier.



It was both my parents 60th birthdays this year, so we celebrated with trips to the Shard, The Savoy and Kettners champagne bar.

As with anything the fun, happy and special times have some opposing sad, hard times but we're not going to focus on those neggy thoughts here. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and fun 2016!

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Winter

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Something I've learnt about myself this Winter, is that I actually feel so much more myself in a uniform of a beanie hat, big cosy jumper, jeans/ skirt and ankle boots oppose to trying to glam myself up with faux fur trims, red lips, hair down etc. I'm going to be honest and say that I have definitely got a bit lazy with Winter fashion and making the effort - it's a perpetual circle.



My wardrobe pretty much consists of high necks, boat collars, striped tops and high waisted bottoms and as much as I love them I want to strive to be a little more chic in the coming year and try get out of my style rut and focus again on what it is I love about fashion and about personal style. I want to incorporate more trousers, different styles of jeans and some classic staples... It might just be time to start making a style moodboard, any excuse really.



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