I may have neglected my blog the past month, but I’ve been really looking forward to doing this post. Only because I think it’s the once sense of tradition there is on here (awwwwwww). The past month has been non-stop with uni deadlines, interning and the busiest time of the year for work. I crumbled the day before Christmas Eve and spent most of Christmas feeling like death which was really good timing and really good fun (obvs). Time spent watching TV and not leaving the sofa was very appreciated. Anyway, it’s always nice to have a look back and realise that between all the breakdowns and the shitty bits where I’m crying on the phone to my Mum – I actually had such a good year and I’m so so grateful. Here’s my year (again) and btw I don’t say it enough but thank you so much for (still) reading my blog!
So this year was the first full year that I spent in London. It’s been loads of fun, exhausting, hilarious slightly scary at times and I’ve spent lots of time trying to explore as much of it as possible along with my London bloggy bud Naomi. From Notting Hill and Carnival, exhibitions, markets, having afternoon tea at Sketch and finding cute little diners to spending Sundays at Columbia Road. Having Laura and Justina come to London too (and show them chip shop chips for the first time) was the best too.
I saw my queen live
That is all I have to say about that really
I promised myself that this year I’d stop spending money on silly clothes and instead invest in experiences, visiting things, seeing new places and making more time to travel. I tagged along on the fam holiday where I visited Disney World for the first time and travelling to Miami – somewhere I’d absolutely love to go back to for longer. With my friends, we road-tripped to Whitby and I had the best weekend in Amsterdam with my bestest too. Fingers crossed for more city and seaside visiting and travelling!
My house turned into a photoshoot location
My housemates and I still aren’t over our rooms being used in The Whitepepper Winter Editorial (and we still keep on telling everyone)
AKA the majority of my year. Everyone always told me that it’s the most important thing to do and although to an extent I don’t believe that it should be that way (dw a post will one day come on that), I’ve learnt a hell of a lot and been able to work with some amazing people. From assisting on magazine shoots, working in serious celeb and designer PR sending shoes to Mariah Carey, working in a Press Office to seeing Donatella Versace from afar – bloody hell the hours and days have been long but it’s be awesome. Here’s to another year of working for free! (half sarcasm/half not).
And tbf I still don’t have a clue what I’m doing. After years of avoiding it, I finally moved over to WordPress from Blogger this year. I like it, I feel professional and it’s nice to know that I 100% own my blog instead of Google slightly changing it every now and again. After 4 years of blogging, I still absolutely love it and I refuse to make having no time as an excuse not to blog. I have a ridiculous amount of content ideas and no time but they will make it on here soon – prrrrroooomise!
Bloggy blog stuff
I feel really lucky in that I can still work with some of my favourite brands through my blog. From Urban Outfitters, ASOS and Vans – it’s lovely from a blog point of view but personally, it’s really really rewarding. I wrote this post in April about alternative (or my reasons) as to why having a blog is really good and it’s become even more important to me. Yea, obvs, free stuff is cOoL but from wanting to work in the creative industry and with applying for internships, I still think my blog has helped me the most. So you know what, if you have a blog and especially if you’re a student too, KEEP ON BLOGGING BECAUSE IT’S YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHERE IT MIGHT HELP XXXX
Also thank you to David, my amazing best mate, housemate, photographer and the guy who is a general retouching (not on my photos but other photos) GENIUS. He made my blog not look like it was ran by a 12 year old and I’m a million times grateful for that. If you’re in London or Norfolk and looking for a retoucher/photographer/photo whizz, David is your guy (and here’s his Facebook page and Instagram too).
Over and out.