For 2015 I decided to give up ‘immunity’ and ‘breathing without medical assistance’ so it has taken longer than expected to get back into the blogging game this year. Like all good resolutions though, I have now given up giving up and my health is making a turn towards ‘vaguely normal’. I’m still feeling pretty wiped out but I can at least sit at a computer. Well done, body.
I have a huge backlog of posts that I want to get written and the weight of it hanging over me is making me feel a bit claustrophobic, but it’s a bit late now to blog about my first Christmas away from my family or how we hosted 12 people at ours without having a breakdown. It seems weird to still be saying “did you have a nice Christmas?” to people IRL, so I don’t want to highlight my laziness further by only just getting around to blogging about Christmas now.
But that all being said, I didn’t want to start my first 2015 blog post without looking back at 2014. Why? Because it was a bloody brilliant year. It’s not often that you sell a place, buy a place, get engaged and get married all in one year. And that’s not forgetting ALL THE HOLIDAYS (I was a bit naughty last year) and other shenanigans.
In my quest for ‘blogging more for me‘ (another thing I tried and failed at, ahem) I hope you’ll indulge me as I take a look back at 2014…albeit slightly later than planned.
My 2014 started rather nicely, as I was woken up on January 1st by a man who I really fancy and three rather large diamonds. We’d been at a NYE masquerade ball at Great John Street Hotel in Manchester and stayed over. I was excited enough about waking up for the cooked hotel breakfast, so to get a fiancé out of it too was more than lovely. (To anyone thinking of proposing: I highly recommend proposing in bed. It’s very nice).
It was also in January that we found our church for the wedding, it wasn’t booked in January of course (I’m disgustingly organised but not THAT efficient) but going to our first service there was a very special Sunday.
January wasn’t just about the engagement though, I went to Belgium with PrimaDonna and fell in love with their lingerie even more and I covered LC:M once again with TONI&GUY and label.m. Both were wonderfully swoony excuses for ‘work’.
On the more stressful side of the coin, we put our flat up for sale and I was convinced we’d never find anywhere new to live that we’d love as much. We needed more space but we were otherwise very happy where we were, so I went a tad mental.
February is, and always will be I hope, all about LFW. Again, I was working with the TONI&GUY fam and I had another amazing season. I particularly enjoyed persuading the Art Team to do as many of the hair looks as possible on me (sorry guyz, I just like you touching my hair ya know?) and being photobombed by Cara Delevingne whilst filming with Jourdan Dunn backstage at Giles.
I also particularly remember a night out at Hutong up the Shard as being very special, as I took my then fiancé there for his birthday. We’re taking his parents there in a few weeks time actually and I can’t wait to go back.
February was also when I had the pleasure of visiting the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney for the first time, ahead of helping them fundraise during Brain Awareness Week. It’s an amazing charity and one that I’ve gladly supported where I can throughout the year.
My ‘work highlight’ for March was definitely shooting with UGG Australia down in Brighton, I loved being a part of that campaign and the finished results looked awesome. Seeing my face splashed across Very.co.uk was slightly surreal and I would be lying if I said I didn’t LOVE IT.
I turned 27 in March and had a wonderful day celebrating which I highly recommend: I took the day off work, went to The Botanist in Sloane Square for my favourite breakfast, then went to Bliss Spa for an epic massage then met my sister for cupcakes and burritos then had dinner with that boy of mine. It was so indulgent and so very great.
Speaking of great breakfasts, I had my first ever breakfast meeting at Dishoom in March too. Yes, yes I do think egg stuffed naan should be in my 2014 highlights.
I had a wonderful preview of the ‘St Ermin’s Teatorial’ ahead of Mother’s Day with my own mother dearest and ate so much cake and drank so much tea that I literally couldn’t sleep for palpitations as I was on such a sugar/caffeine high, but that’s an afternoon I remember with great fondness. PR perks are THE BEST when you can take someone along that you love.
Despite all the cake, egg stuffed naan and burrito birthday feasts I also managed to find a wedding dress to buy in March.
It was also the month that we were supposed to move house having finally found our dream home, but the move date was shifted every Friday for 7 weeks as our lawyers argued. I ‘survived’ March surrounded by all my worldly possessions in boxes. It was disgustingly stressful and writing about it now is making me feel a bit sick.
In April we finally did move house and I was a bit naughty and missed the whole effort of ‘actually moving’ by running away to Iceland. Whoops!
The Iceland trip was very special and I faced a lot of fears as I ‘surfed’ in a helicopter (actually did) and fell off a glacier whilst ice climbing. It was such a badass trip and it was made even better for the fact that I nearly pulled out of going because I was so terrified about what the trip would entail. I am so so glad I went. Face your fears and all that.
We spent Easter in Nice with the in-laws and I played Scrabble for the first time in my life (it’s great, why did nobody tell me?) and generally had a lush boozy time. I finally read Gone Girl and loved every page, despite the fact I assumed I’d hate it.
I also remember April’s tube strike fondly as commuting via boat was pretty glam.
Generally though, April was all about settling into our new ‘family home’. I still can’t believe we live here and it’s a testimony to how hard my husband works that we can call this place home (it’s definitely not me who got us here) and although we’re yet to do anything jazzy in terms of decorating or anything like that, I have to pinch myself every day. Boy did good.
I achieved a life long dream of going to Egypt in May. I went to Luxor rather than Cairo so I still can’t say I’ve seen a pyramid, but Luxor’s where it’s really at. I sailed the Nile (not personally, I was just on the boat) and saw things which made my brain ache with their ancientness and grandeur. I loved it. Didn’t see a crocodile though which was sorely disappointing.
May was also when I gave myself blue hair. That was a treat.
In June I got to experience the awesomeness that is PHILADELPHIA. I was stunned by how much I enjoyed my long weekend in Philly but I highly recommend you go.
My Dad also cooked a really amazing toad in the hole in June.
We watch a LOT of football in this house (I can’t overstate that) so to have our first World Cup as a couple was pretty exciting. Watching LVG and RVP was tremendous and could not have gotten us more excited for the new season. I also realised how much I hate Neymar.
In other sporting news, Wimbledon was great fun. We had a very gorgeous drunken date on the roof of One New Change as we watched the ladies final.
We chose our wedding cake in July too which was an absolutely awesome day out. God I loved doing the cake tasting.
I covered LC:M again and got to tick the box of “get paid to work with male models and dogs” so that was nice.
Seeing TOM JONES and BOYZONE and LITTLE MIX perform at BST Hyde Park obviously deserves a mention. It’s hard to explain how staggeringly good Boyzone were (and how awkward it was when husband knew all the words) but to see Tom Jones perform in all his glory was proper once in a lifetime stuff. And yes, we were those smug gits who got tickets for a fiver due to a glitch in the ticketing system.
We also went to Mallorca in July and despite the fact I fudged up the booking it was our best Mallorca trip for a few years I’d say. It was a shame not to have so long in Canyamel but the Palma weekender at the end more than made up for it. I discovered Tana French on that trip and had to do a bit of a cry when I finished In The Woods. It was a great book.
After a very busy July we had a pretty chilled August. Weekends were occupied by church as our banns were read here in Fulham and down in Surrey.
We had a gorgeously rainy ‘holed up against the world’ stay at The Aviator as we plotted our wedding menu and avoided the thunderstorms.
Oooooh and let’s not forget the epic family weekend in Blackpool! That was one of my life highlights let alone 2014 highlights. Just my parents, sister and myself traipsing across the country for rollercoaster fun in the rain and trips down memory lane. I highly recommend to anyone getting married that they have one ‘last’ trip with their family…you will be surprised by how quickly you revert back to being like a 12 year old.
So if the Blackpool trip was like ‘Hen Part One’ then technically the Bury St Edmunds weekender was Hen Part Two, but it was basically a lovely weekend of pre-wedding family fun for those who couldn’t come to the ‘real’ hen and stag dos. So the boys all went out and did their thing whilst us girls did ours. It was lush.
Then there was the ‘real’ hen do later that month, where 10 of us went up to the Lake District and tried to behave ourselves. (Luckily all the embarrassing photos were taken on disposable cameras and I haven’t scanned them in. It’s for the best).
I also went through the saga (saga being the optimum word) of getting a new passport as Mrs Poppy Taylor. Ugh. (That was a funny post, you can read it here.)
LFW came and went in all her glory, it was another treat for the senses.
Did you know that we got married? We did. It was great.
I still need to blog more about the wedding and I haven’t even touched upon the honeymoon, but it was all so very perfect.
We started our honeymoon in Mauritius and every dream I’d ever had about what a honeymoon could look like was blown out of the water by our stay.
And I don’t care if it makes me look crass, I’m going to say that flying business class was a 2014 highlight too. I’d never flown business and don’t know if I ever will again, but for our four honeymoon flights my husband insisted we flew business (having now flown business I can’t believe I ever argued this point now) and it was amazing. Maybe it was because we were flying Emirates and had the joy of being on their A380 or maybe business class is always special. I am happy to be taken on more buisness class flights to find out.
Much much more to come on the blog about all this. When I get round to it. (Argh).
We were still on honeymoon at the beginning of November but we were in Abu Dhabi by this point. Again, basically being in heaven. I can’t stress enough how great honeymoons are.
We then had weekends away in Suffolk and Manchester and did all the family stuff whilst we still had our honeymoon tans to show off.
I loved Christmas this year and we got our tree up super early. It felt so nice to just BE MARRIED and know that we can really spend our time making our home ‘homely’ now that the wedding is out of the way. I wouldn’t want to ‘wish the wedding away’ but they are bloody time consuming and it did mean we couldn’t spend our weekends doing the things we love most: sleeping and watching crap 90s films on Sky.
I went to Grenada (which I will be writing about tomorrow) and so I was able to finish the year on a tanned up high. It’s an amazing island and I highly recommend it.
Just before Xmas we hosted twelve people for the weekend at ours for pre-Xmas Xmas and I basically died of pride. It was so nice to have my family around one dining table and to actually host them overnight too. Breakfast at The Chelsea Bun the next morning was an absolute highlight fo sho. (And not just because of the amazing fried bread).
It was my first Christmas Day away from my family and I couldn’t have been made more welcome in Manchester…and we had snow!
It was a great year 🙂
How amazing is this pic we found over Christmas in Manc of my Father-in-Law?! He promises me this bag is somewhere in the garage and I *will* find it!