Sunday, 1 January 2012

Here's to 2011

And what a year it's been. An odd one, and a busy one, to say the least. Here is a snippet of what I and my blog got up to each month (and please be sure to send me the links your your year reviews!), enjoy!

January: The start of 2011 kicked off with a rather lucky bang, when I was amazed to discover I had won the most humongous Lush set I have ever seen, courtesy of Rachel (thankyou, again, I still have bathbombs left over!).
February: The most memorable end to this month was a beautiful holiday with Liam to Venice for our anniversary. Despite the cold, it was the most perfect sightseeing week as we caught the end of carnival. It was a time for heartache and heartbreak, as I lost all faith in my new Holga which lost two reels of film, PAINFUL.
March: Nothing especially monumental happened in March, but what was most written about on this blog was baking haha! In March, we tried and tested a variety of Good Food recipes with varying success (read = Malteser cake fail) including these scrummy lemon curd cupcakes (yum!).
April: It was a month of birthdays, with my 21st and being in shock to this day at receiving this gorgeous ring from Liam. It remains the most precious thing I own and I remember that day in the Jewellery Quarter so vividly. I was adamant I'd know what I'd want when I saw it, and this was it.
May: You might remember in May I held a second hand clothes stall in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. On the blog I sought your generosity in the form of the 22nd May Appeal and contributed a fair amount to the final total of over £1500 raised for charity - with big thanks to your help!
June: This month I braved the mud and the rain and had my first visit to Glastonbury! And what a fantastic weekend it was, I saw so many of my favourite bands (The Kills, Friendly Fires and Foster The People to name a few) and caught the sun on what was one of my most memorable weekends of 2011.
July: One weekend in June saw a load of bloggers invade Birmingham on the #brumbloggermeet organised by myself and Fritha! We had a spot of shopping, multiple photo opportunities, plenty of bloggy gossip, followed by a meal and a few of us hit the town and had one too many G&Ts.
August: Over the summer I was mainly based in Sheffield, where I spent loads of time with new pal. It's been a weird year in many ways, and I'm just so pleased I met Hannah, she's my favourite new person of the year. If I had a medal to give her, I would haha.
September: Aswell as the start of a new term at university (third year now, eeek!) I took to the hills on more than one occasion to soak up the beautiful Peak District. It's only on my doorstep so it's a shame I don't visit more often, but September saw a few beautiful days out in the sticks, watching sheepdog trials and enjoying the Indian Summer.
October: This month I initiated a love affair that would prove difficult to shake. That's right, my love of (faux) leather. I had to include some sort of style reference on my blog roundup and this has definitely been the most noticeable. If I were to rename my blog this year, "365 ways to wear leather" might be the most appropriate!
November: On a spontaneous weekend I decided to get my second tattoo! It has pretty much healed now, and I can honestly say I've never experienced such pain haha! As they say, no pain no gain, and it's also true that tatts are highly addictive - I'm already conjuring up ideas for my third.
December: The last month of 2011 saw my stress levels pretty much hit crisis point. My bro and I organised my parents' joint 50th birthday party, all completely a surprise. Despite all my worries the night was a fantastic success and such a memorable end to the year.

Phew! What a long winded roundup. I feel like I've written a Round Robin haha. What else happened? Well, in 12 months I started 3rd year of university, completed 2 work placements and moved house once. I had trips to London, Whitby and Liverpool, and on the blog front, my biggest achievement was Jazzpad turning two!

It's been a busy, busy year, and I'm sure 2012 will be just as exciting! HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of my followers, on twitter and my blog, xox


  1. You've been up to loads! I haven't done one of these posts, mine would be proper boring!! :p Happy New Year xx

  2. Looks and sounds like you've had a fab year! I did a similar post, got quite carried away with the photos oops. Happy New Year, all the best for 2012 sweet :)

    Louisejoyb xo | Bits&Bobs

  3. what a beautiful ring :) 2011 was fab and I got to meet you!
    Hope 2012 is great for you xxx

  4. Sounds like you have had a brill year! Your ring is beautiful :-) xxxx

  5. And may 2012 be even better. I'm hoping to come to the London lunch in March which I've heard you're going to - exciting times! Happy new year Claire (: xxx

  6. happy new year claire, so jel of the massive lush gifts you got! xo

    ramz and the flock

  7. Aw youve had a fab year honey! I hope all your dreams come true this year :)

  8. Such a lovely pictures from the past year! Loving that gift wrap so much!!!! Have a happy new year!!!! Xxxx

  9. It's so good looking back over the year :) That ring is absolutely stunning!! I remember when you got it, can't believe that was 8months ago! Where did 2011 go?!

    Here's to 2012 and maybe our paths will cross this year :) xx

  10. what an amazing year! can't wait to see what 2012 brings you :)

  11. What a great year! I love your tattoo. I've always wanted a birdy tattoo. :)

  12. Sounds like an amazing 2011. So jealous you got to go to Venice!

    Glastonbury must have been so much fun. I have the same picture of my wellies in the mud, but from Reading.

  13. what a year its been, hope this year is great for you x

  14. Mmm baking, now I'm hungry. Sad I missed those posts at the time :p Your tatt looks awesome - I dunno if I could ever commit.

    Yay for an eventful 2011! I cant wait to be around more for 2012 :) Happy new year!

  15. Happy New Year m'dear! May 2012 be just as amazing for you! Gotta be off to a good start already cos you get to see my face this year haha!

  16. Wow, sounds like a very fab year !!

  17. Glastonbury was definitely a highlight of my year too! So gutted it's not on this year, although I'm definitely looking forward to 2013 :) x

  18. Lovely summary of 2011 :) seems like it's been a very happy & successful year for you. Happy new year and hope to meet you soon at the LDN Lunch! xx

  19. Sounds like a pretty awesome year you've had! Happy new year and all the best to you babe! x

  20. I hope 2012 is every bit as good x

  21. what a busy year you have had :D


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