Knitwear is the style staple of the season. Proof that winter can be both stylish and warm, and the perfect addition to weather that bullies us into layering. My wardrobe is overflowing with it, and yet when I recently browsed the H&M website there were three more pieces that I couldn’t bear not to purchase.
I’m a hopefully soon-to-be first-time buyer and long-term interior design lover. Browsing home sections and looking for cosy living room and huge hallway inspiration on Pinterest are basically hobbies of mine. So when I happened across a homeware horoscope mid-social media scroll, I was intrigued by how it would summarise me as a Taurus.
Anyone who views their blog as a business will know the importance of tracking statistics. Looking back at popular posts and where traffic is coming from is incredibly helpful and I also find it interesting. I wrote a similar round-up post last year, summarising my most popular posts of 2018, so I thought I’d take some time, again, to look over my top 5 blog topics. This time of 2019.
This year I’ve enjoyed the motions of the festive period in a strange daze of disbelief. Christmas didn’t feel quite like Christmas, and new year didn’t feel entirely right either. I’m not really sure why I feel that way, but I do know that my diary now reads 2020. So happy new year I guess! Whether it’s passed me by in a bit of a blur or not, I love new years and its promise of a fresh start. I don’t tend to go overboard with resolutions, for fear of setting myself up for failure. This year though, I wanted to document some of my goals for 2020, to manifest them and hold myself accountable.
How is it that I’m already writing about the very last beauty products I used in 2019? I’m not entirely sure where the year went, but one of my goals throughout it was to work on streamlining my beauty collection. It’s actually a little crazy to think about all of the products I used up as a result. Over the last three months, I produced so many beauty empties, that it’s only really worth telling you about the best and worst of the lot.
The beginning of 2019 cannot possibly have been a whole year ago. Yet here we are, somehow it was, and now we find ourselves almost at the beginning of a brand new decade.
An annual highlights post and a year in review is something which I started only last year but which I hope I can carry on for a very long time. When I wonder what on earth I did with all that time, it not only puts into perspective just how many good things have actually filled it, it’s also a brilliant exercise in gratitude. I’d truly recommend looking back on your highlights of 2019, even if you don’t choose to share them.
A few years ago Jamie and I began our own tradition. Each new year, we take time out in the form of a one-night-staycation in order to mentally refresh. A Center Parcs Spa Suite is usually our destination of choice, but this year we headed to Congham Hall early instead. On check-in we switched off from the outside world in the best way possible, embracing a cosy atmosphere, great food, and even better company.
Firstly, I’d like to congratulate myself on exceeding my self-set Goodreads challenge for 2019. My original goal may have been a mere 12 books, but that’s only because I wanted to be realistic. I used to be able to read that many in a month, but over the last few years reading for pleasure has sadly taken a major backseat. Once I started consciously making time for it again, I realised how much I’d missed it.
Christmas is the season of extravagance and indulgence. I love that it provides so many excuses for full glam Christmas makeup, but what about the big day? Although I still want to look the part, compromises have to be made in order to spend less time in front of the mirror and more time around the tree.