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!
I shared my bedroom decorating tips
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!
I discovered lots more of London
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!
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!
I fell in love with food
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!
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!
I whipped up some Foodie DIYs
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.
I wore some colourful clothes
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.
Like my style?
And even tried monochrome!
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
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?
I got on a plane a fair few times
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!
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!
Love Seeing Europe?
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?