Okay, so if I’m totally honest, overall, I’ve had a pretty pooey 2011. I don’t feel like I can discuss the reasons on here right now but hopefully I’ll be able to in the future. So I’m rather looking forward to 2012 and hope that it will contain all the things that have been missing from 2011.
But I don’t want this post to be all doom and gloom. There have been some high points this year. I revisited San Francisco and Big Sur (and I’m still hungry for more!), I went to Vietnam and I had the most relaxing, peaceful, calm holiday ever to Spain. As well as my travels, we threw a massive party in the summer to celebrate my mother-in-laws 50th birthday which was a lot of fun, my sister got engaged and my sister-in-law fell pregnant with my first niece/nephew and also got engaged. I went to my first ever London Fashion Week. I went to 2 blogger meets and met lots of lovely new people (I’m definitely hoping there’ll be more of those next year!) I went on lots of lovely countryside walks and made the most of my National Trust membership. I got to spend lots of time doing fun stuff with my little sisters and had lots of meals and parties with my friends. We travelled around the country to see family a lot (sadly not always for positive reasons) and I got lots of free doughnuts
This is easily one of my favourite photos of the year – look how tiny I am next to that massive California redwood. I was close to tears that day as I vividly remember watching a show when I was little about redwoods and just thinking that I was never going to get to see them.
I got to visit the incredible Alhambra in Spain
I hope you all have a fantastic New Year’s Eve and I hope that 2012 brings you all health, happiness and fulfils all your expectations and dreams – see you on the other side!
I don’t want to bore you with words too much, just wanted to check in and say hi! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas. I had a great time My highlight was playing Just Dance with all my sisters on Boxing Day – got aching arms now though! My sister also got engaged on Christmas Day which is nice and my sister-in-law felt my niece/nephew kick for the first time
I’ve also been up to Wimbledon to visit my Uncle & his partner which was very lovely as I’ve never been to their house before. We went on a walk around the park and saw the tennis courts and ate some amazing food (because he’s a chef).
Here’s a few snippets of what we got up to:
(Can I just start by saying that I did take outfit photos today but they were all blurry – need to hire a real photographer – not just a begrudging husband!)
I received a lovely package in the post today from Motel containing the nail wraps I won the other day! I can’t wait to try them out!
I’ve already painted my nails for Christmas though so maybe I’ll give them a go for New Year
I also got my Eyeko skinny eyeliner from WIMH – it’s a pale pink/almost white colour and it’s fantastic to apply as it’s nice and soft – I hate those kohl pencils that are sharp and tough and make you feel like you’ve scratched your eyes out. I would take a photo of what it looks like on my eye but those kind of photos freak me out so I’m going to leave it!
Having gone off baking in the past few months, I’ve actually planned to make 3 things over the next 2 days. First up is slutty brownies. They are just finishing cooking in the oven as I type this and I cannot begin to explain how incredible they smell. I found the recipe from Rose‘s blog but I think the original recipe is from here. Suffice to say that they’ve been a massive hit on Pinterest/Twitter and the internet in general.
Slutty brownies basically consist of cookie dough on the bottom, brownie mix on the top with an Oreo cookie hidden in the middle. I know, right?
Why didn’t I think of this before??? I wonder what other cakey loveliness I can combine??
Fingers crossed they taste as good as they smell and look!
Oh yeah, and Nick
made mince pies