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2013, what a year

December 29, 2013

Looking through my round-up of 2012, I can’t help but pinch myself. Honestly.
I can’t believe how much has changed in only one year, the whole thing just seems surreal. It makes me even more excited for 2014, I just hope that I can keep doing more exciting things, and keep documenting them here on my blog.

Here’s a round-up of what I got up to in 2013. I’ve picked out some of my favourite highlights and achievements, the brands that I particularly loved working with, the places that I’ve travelled to and some of my favourite days.


2013 started in Hamburg, which was a pretty awesome way of starting a brand new year! Surrounded by insane people setting off fireworks, with good friends. January marked my first project working with Alpro, which I absolutely loved. The campaign was called DeskFest, and involved coming up with recipes and innovative ways of having a healthy breakfast at your desk.


February is one of my favourite months, because it includes Valentine’s Day. This year I received a bunch of flowers with a Breaking Bad reference! It was also the month I found a new job and won the Dorset Cereals Little Blog Award.


March is a special month for us; it’s our anniversary on the 8th, and we celebrated 11 years in 2013. It was also the month that I started my current job, and was Pick of the Day on


April was a fun month – it’s Trout’s birthday, which I always love celebrating. I spent the day with a sweet friend in Kingston, and finally met up with my friend Mel, who I’ve ‘known’ online for years.


May was also filled with good friends! I met up with Laura for lunch at VBites, and enjoyed plenty of Alproccinos! I took part in another project with Alpro, covering the Brighton Fringe Festival. Brighton was beautiful that month, with blue skies and blossom just around the corner.


June was filled with street food and new opportunities. I visited Street Diner plenty of times, and Trout and I stopped for some chaat one evening. I took part in the first Blogger Brunch at the Wellcome Collection, which was amazing. We were given a guided tour of the exhibition, which was really interesting, and great to meet so many other bloggers and writers. I’m really looking forward to working with the Wellcome Collection again in 2014.


Hello blue skies! I spent most of July on the beach with friends. I also got to hang out with this sweet dog!


More fresh flowers for the flat! Plenty of roasted chickpeas (can you say addiction?) and plenty of new recipes. I also celebrated my birthday, which began with food poising (not cool) so I postponed it to the weekend, which was spent in London (very cool!).


September we roadtripped! We flew to Berlin, where we spent a few days, then drove to Dresden, Prague, Bratislava and then Vienna. It was so much fun, I love roadtripping with Trout.


My sister got married! It was a beautiful day. I also photographed my favourite restaurant, which I’m really excited about finishing up and revealing more details over the coming months.


November was an absolutely packed month! We had our photo taken in a photobooth – I absolutely love these booths. I met up with Laura and Lucie, and we had a fun coffee date. We celebrated Rasputin’s 5th birthday, I bought some great new music, went to see one of my favourite bands play, hung out with the coolest friends, and picked sloe berries to make sloe gin! I was interviewed by Amazine, made cheesecake and painted pottery with my family. Phew!


More photobooth fun! Trout and I went to Cornwall to visit the Eden Project, and met some ponies on the way back. I also had an article and a few photographs published in Fresh Vegan magazine. Oh, and it was Christmas, too!

What a year it’s been! So much to be thankful for. New job, becoming a freelance writer, getting the opportunity to photograph more and more, and plenty of travelling. I just don’t know how 2014 can top that! We’re starting the year in Barcelona, which I’m so excited about. I’m not really sure what else we have planned – perhaps a trip to India? I’ve put together some New Years Resolutions which I’ll post in the next few days.

I hope everyone has had a great 2013, and will have an even better 2014. Thanks for helping make 2013 my favourite year yet!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2013 1:15 pm

    Looks like an amazing year! Here’s to an awesome 2014 too x

  2. December 29, 2013 2:19 pm

    Oh wow, what a year! And can I say how warm and fuzzy I feel seeing me in this post a couple of times, yey! Looking forward to another Brighton coffee date in 2014 I hope! Have a great time in Barcelona lovely xxx

    • January 2, 2014 1:40 pm

      Aww they have certainly been highlights! Can’t wait to catch up again soon x

  3. December 29, 2013 3:37 pm

    This is why I LOVE yearly blog reviews (and blogging in general)….there are just to many memories that would be lost if things weren’t documented through blogging. It looks like you had a ridiculously amazing year, and I hope to be a part of your 2014!

    Happy New Year girlie!

    • January 2, 2014 1:41 pm

      Exactly – I would have forgotten about half of the amazing things I’ve been up to this year if it wasn’t for blogging x


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