Shiny Thoughts of 2014

Yes, they’re all over the internet and sure, you may be a little sick at looking at what all the Bloggers did in February 2014 but I’ve been looking back on my years for… years, so it’s tradition!

If you’re new to ShinyThoughts then there’s no better time to take a look at what this bloggy is all about. Welcome!

I Hit Some Milestones!

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ShinyThoughts turned 5 with a bit of a shiny party… and I turned 24 after moving into my first post-uni house!

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I shared my bedroom decorating tips

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In March, I moved into my shared house in North London and after some settling in, I shared my bedroom decorating tips with you. Turns out, you must have liked it as lots of you commented and shared the post on Pinterest – thanks! A month later, I was invited to colourfully style up a student halls bedroom with just £100 – Just my kind of challenge!

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I discovered lots more of London

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Now that I was back in London after a year and a half – it was time to check out what my city had to offer! The summer motivated me to fill my days up to the max so I made a guide of things to do to get you up in the morning which caught your attention!

I discovered lots more of Camden where I work (and play!) including the fun lock market parties and gorgeous walks around the canals.

In the autumn I finally got my act together and started seeing more of London’s sights. Better late than never! I spent a weekend in London like a tourist, I went on a bike ride with my girl friends where I finally saw Buckingham Palace(!) and in November, I toured the city again by bus for a rather unique afternoon tea experience!

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I fell in love with food

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Exploring London requires a lot of eating. This year I’ve eaten out more than ever and I’m not complaining! Your favourite food review post of last year was my brunch at this then new American-style Soho establishment. Yum! The meat eater in me couldn’t stay away from burgers and the top right photo from Kerb street food market was a close contender to the top spot along with the bottom right photo taken in Shoreditch. If you’re a carnivore too, you’d love my tour of London in 4 meats!

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I may love meat but I’ve a hella sweet tooth too! Nothing much beats a slice of salted caramel brownie and a loose leaf tea which is why I fell in love with this new tearoom in East London. In the same post I shared my secret speakeasy dining spot with an excellent menu. I wouldn’t be a blogger without a fair few afternoon teas and ice cream in the prettiest parlour in the summer was a highlight too!

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I whipped up some Foodie DIYs

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When I spent all my pennies on posh dinners, I resorted to whipping up my own treats! Your favourite post of last year was my Burger cake recipe  which I still love looking at myself! Drinks-wise, I showed you how to create spooky cocktails for halloween and Brazilian Caipirinhas for hot summer days.

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I wore some colourful clothes

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Of course, a big part of ShinyThoughts’ year was the outfits! Here are some of my favourite colourful ensembles including one where I styled up a pair of headphones for a Take 10 challenge, what I wore to my best friends birthday and my summer obsession with tropical prints.

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And even tried monochrome!

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This year I’ve worn the most amount of black and white combos in my life. Maybe I’m growing up, maybe I’m going mad, (probably the latter) but I quite liked it. Sure there’s still a flash of colour in there but maybe I’ll be exploring the greyscale side of my style a little more next year. *Shock horror.*

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Either way, I wore kicks

red and pink Trainers

Those pink Airmax got a lot of wear so I added another turquoise pair to my collection as well as a much needed pair of Black nike free’s. My most-featured trainers award goes to my pink leopard nikes which make me feel like dancing down the street (so now I wear them to Zumba!)

I finally added a pair of New Balance to my collection this year and loved wearing them with pastel outfits. So what for 2015? Another pair of NB’s is on the list and maybe a yellow pair of trainers?

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I got on a plane a fair few times

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This year I fell in love with Sweden. Gothenburg to be precise and I can’t wait for Spring when it’ll be warm enough to go and visit again. Although I travelled there twice last year, I only managed to post a couple of outfits in my favourite locations but I made up for it on Instagram! I’ve already promised you a post on my love for the city so that’s my new years resolution right there!

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It was the year of city guides on ShinyThoughts and it started in Milan with my fun illustrated map! Next up was my colourful guide to Geneva and I finished the year with a trip to Vienna.  I even fitted in a quick dash to Spain (not even my best friends realised I was there!), a trip or two to France and a fun trip to Amsterdam with my best friends which I’ll be telling you all about in a post very soon too!

I also wrote a post about what to wear on your trips, take a look!

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And I was very lucky

That got to spend the year with some pretty awesome people! My Blogging lady friends are my little club and one of the most fun things we did was to travel to Somerset for Carries birthday. I also got to go to Bestival, had a pretty cool summer and got to blog about it along the way! Thanks for reading about my discoveries and I hope that you’ve had a super shiny year too! Here’s to 2015! What have you got planned this year?

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 Happy Second Christmas to Me!

Hope you’re having a wonderful festive break this weekend! In true ShinyThoughts Family style, I’m back from spending Christmas in France and am now at my parents about to celebrate Christmas Day part 2. Yep, we’re a greedy bunch and like to celebrate the festive season in pan-european ways! Just before we crack on with the turkey, here’s a warming outfit from my recent trip to Amsterdam with KLM. (Yep, I’ve been travelling around Europe a fair amount this year!)

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 Camel, Orange, Yellow, Red

I stole my friend Dunya’s camel coat for these snaps by this strip of the canal just a short walk down from our awesome rooms in Hotel V - cheers matey! It complimented the warm tones in my vintage-based skirt and cashmere jumper outfit nicely, especially the beanie that I grabbed in the local H&M upon realising that the city was actually pretty nippy. She nabbed the coat back later on our way to dinner, looks like we all miss judged the Netherlands’ climate!

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What I Wore:

Coat (similar) – River Island / Skirt and Top – Vintage / TrainersSuperga / Beanie – H&M / Bag – Brit-Stitch / Shirt and Earrings – ASOS

Stay tuned for more outfits from our #FiveFlyKLM trip to Amsterdam and my colourful guide coming soon!

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Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas! Joyeux Noël! Happy holidays and all the Merrys. I hope you’ve had a wonderful shiny day. I’ve spemt mine with the family in France with heaps of nibbles, cheese and ever flowing wine (can’t get any better!) There’s no better time to reminisce about my trip to Vienna in Austria a few weeks ago with Xmas markets aplenty and beautiful buildings and monuments. If you’re considering visiting the capital of Music then I’d recommend going in December or in the height of summer with all is colourful and bright.

Here are some of my favourite places for you to visit on your trip next year!

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Pürstner

Pürstner was the first place we ate in Vienna and I wouldn’t have gone elsewhere! Perfect for getting straight into the Viennese spirit, the lederhosen-sporting waiters bring you steins of beer with a cheeky grin and wild boar heads smile down on you from the walls wearing their Christmas hats. I went for pork in a creamy sauce with little dumplings which was hearty and delicious and clearly super healthy.

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Christmas Markets

My friend was very clear that visiting a market was top of the list so it was high on the priority to scout one out. Turns out it’s impossible not to visit a market as they’re bloomin’ everywhere so if you see something you love in one of them, it’s likely you can get it at the others too! I picked up some cute hand decorated baubles and many a mulled wine in a boot!

 

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Café Sacher

As a tourist, tucking into a Sacher-torte is a must and the best place to do so is in the hotel that invented it. You may have to queue outside for twenty minutes but once in and through the cloakroom you can tuck in. The hotel produces the choccie delight to the original 1832 recipe so you’ll be tasting an authentic slice of Viennese culture. If the queue’s too long, pop to cafe Mozart next door!

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Café Central

Silia pulled us into this Viennese institution when we needed a toilet dash but I wish we could have stayed longer! You could see why it had been a meeting point for literary legends and artists for years with a vaulted ceiling like that and those pastries in the counter. If I come back then I’ll be heading here!

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Le Bol

My Viennese Blogger friend Silia had recommended the central French restaurant Le Bol on her blog so when we met up with her,  we asked her that she took us along. We ordered big rustic salads which were delish (though I’d ask them to pass on the dressing) and the communal cafe atmosphere made it a lovely place to hang out.

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Palmenhaus

I’m pretty much obsessed with palm houses – I visited the one in Gothenburg twice! So when we stumbled up on the Palmenhaus on our second evening, I ensured that we beelined towards it for lunch the next day. Their menu specialities? Fresh fishies so I ordered the almond trout with a side salad. Super-filling and delicious in the most beautiful bright surroundings!

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St. Stephensdom

All capitals have their jaw-dropping cathedral and St. Stephansdom creates the wow factor with its incredible colourful roof. Visit the Cathedral in the day and take the tiny lift up to the top. You can walk along the narrow paths around the steeples and gaze over the rooftops and those incredible tiles!

Other places top on your Vienna list is of course the Belvedere (perfect ‘gram fodder) plus, if you’re into it, there are many art museums and monuments. We also stopped off at an American cocktail bar which was a perfect pre dinner warm ups! Take a look at The Viennese Girl’s blog for all her recommendations!

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River Island Knitwear: Fluffy Crop Jumper

Brr! Starting to get chilly isn’t it!? Perfect time for a rather cosy Take10 challenge then! This month, we’re cuddling up in cosy River Island knitwear in collaboration with ASOS Fashion Finder. From ‘popcorn’ intarsia jumpers (see Olivia’s and Vicki’s outfits below) to slouchy cardi’s (see how Caroline does casual style so well) there’s a knitted top for each of us 10 Bloggesses.

What would a colour-loving lady like me pick? I went for a fluffy cropped jumper in a sherbet shade which is a well-overdue addition to my wardrobe. How have I gone so long without a splash of pink in the woollens department? Not to mention my lack of teddy-esque textures? Tut tut. I styled my knit up with a pastel backpack, silver skirt and fur jacket, I like to think I could slip into this Versace tableau with ease – I’m sure the supermodels won’t mind!

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What I Wore:

Jumper – River Island / Skirt – River Island / Hat – BritFash / Trainers – New Balance / Bag – Brit-Stitch / Coat (similar) – Finders Keepers / Necklace – Tatty Devine / Gloves – ASOS / Earrings – Junk Jewels

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What the Take10 Girls Wore:

See our edit in full over on ASOS Fashion Finder where you can shop other pieces of cosy knitwear!

Shiny Thoughts / The Little Magpie / Burkatron / The Magpie Girl / What Olivia Did
Hifashion / Hands of Style / Love Cloth / Media Marmalade / Dearest Deer

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* For Your Gal Pal *

You & Me Print - Urban Outfitters (frame – Amazon) / Instagram wrapping paper - Wrap.Me / Acrylic decoration and glitter bauble – Paperchase / Santa bauble – Rigby & Mac / ‘L’ decoration – Anthropologie

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Eep! There’s not long left until the 25th comes around on the calendar and unless you’re superwoman then you’re probably in the same gift-gathering state as me. i.e the majority of the boxes are left unticked on your Evernote list. Ne panic pas! Here are a few last minute ideas for you to swipe up with the click of a button or pop out and grab on your local high street.

The novelty need-of-the-season this year is the incred’ personalised Instagram wrapping paper from Wrap.me. Create your own now and there’s no need to write a ‘From: ‘ tag!

Need more fashion inspo? Take a look at my wishlist and my Cyber Weekend picks. Happy Shopping!

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* Festive Threads *

Glitter Shoes - Boden / Jumper – Boden / Floral Pyjamas - ASOS

There’s nothing like a new PJ set at Christmas so I’ll be hunting down the perfect pair for my mum. These ASOS floral ones were a cheeky steal for myself but I’m tempted to go twinnies! I’ll be gifting my cousin this cosy alpaca jumper and donning these dancing shoes for the big day.

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* Gifts gifts gifts! *

Tray – Anna Viktorsson / Bright Bazaar book – Will Taylor / Adorn Book – Shini Park and Kit Lee / Ceramic egg crate and jarAnthropologie / Socks – ChattySocks / Gloves – Rose b Brown / Notebooks – Nuuna / Brussel Sprouts – Sainsburys / iPhone case – Gemma Correll at Iconemesis

Give your creative friends pressies they really want (some of these were my Secret Santa gifts from my best friend and I’m smitten!) Choose beautiful crafty and colourful books, cute phone cases from indie artists on Iconemesis or clever ceramic ware to be crowned the greatest giver. If in doubt buy socks: Chatty Feet are the bad xmas gifts you’ll want to receive!

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* Cheers! Prost! Santé! *

Sparkling Wine - Cremant de Limeoux  at Roberson Wines / Glasses – House of Fraser / Bell Jar – Made.com / Chocolate – Stach (Amsterdam)

Pop! If you’re into something a little special to toast with then a sparkling wine is the best way to go (from La France, bien sur!) I picked up these champagne flutes to go with my delicious Cremant de Limeoux brut. Mulled wine? Rosé? Non, I want mine to sparkle!

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australian tea T2 loose leaf christmas gift guide ideas

australian tea T2 loose leaf christmas gift guide ideas

 

* Tea for your ma-tey *

Loose leaf Teas – T2 / Glass mug and infuser – T2 / Glass teapot – Ikea / White mug – Ikea / Bamboo tray – Ikea / Biscuits – Bees bakery

You may well know by my previous ‘New Things’ posts that I’m a big loose leaf tea fan so I’m rather excited to give the new-to-the-UK brand T2 a whirl in my double-walled glass teacup. ‘Melbourne Breakfast’ or ‘Gorgeous Geisha’ anyone? They’ll go perfectly with a batch of cute Bees Bakery biccies!

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* Treats for your Ma *

 Loose leaf teas – Whittards / Milk frother – House of Fraser / Orange biscuits - V&A Museum shop / Initial mug – Anthropologie

It pains me to say this but… my mum doesn’t like tea. Shock! Horror! I know. Terrible. Instead, I’ll be buying her some coffee accessories for crimbo but for those of you who have normal nans and leaf-loving mothers, Whittards have lovely sets that make perfect gifts. Just add water, and an Anthropologie mug!

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* xoxo xmas xoxo *

Basket – TK Maxx / Xmas gift box, bath bombs and soap – Lush / Coconut oil – Vita Coco / Glitter nail varnishes – Orly / Nail art wraps – Juku Nails / Sleep Plus – This Works / Lipstick – New Look / Make up bag – ASOS

Last minute secret santa or that cousin you don’t know what to buy? Dash to Lush for handmade xmas-themed bath bits or go glitzy with Orly polishes and Juku nails tips. Sorted.

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*** Christmas Giveaway! ***

I’ll be sending out a little gift box to a lucky follower with some of the pieces featured in my gift guide!

Just let me know in the comments below what you wish you could recieve from my gift guide along with a contact handle or address by Saturday 20th December and a ShinyThoughts follower will be sent a package of random bits.

Good Luck!

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