Ah it's that time of year again. December is coming to a close and everyone is thinking about the year that was and the year that will be. This will now be the fourth year-end wrap-up post I've done for this blog (see 2015, 2016 and 2017) and from reading the previous years' posts it's clear that there is definitely a pattern to my thinking come December 31st. Every year is always described as full of upheavals, good luck and bad in extreme doses, more over the top with each passing year.
Doesn't sound all that balanced right?
As someone who can tend towards being a bit anxious at times, it's made me realise that one thing I need far more of is balance. There will always be good things and bad things (or difficult things) happen in your life and I think sometimes they're made better or worse by how we deal with them or cope with them. So with that in mind, I'm looking towards 2019 not as "my best year yet" or "my year", because let's face it, every day is a gift, as Keith Richards said, "It's good to be here. It's good to be anywhere."
It's time to get organised, get balanced, get healthy, get busy and get happy! So read on for my highlights of 2018 and happy holidays to all and a happy new year!
We started off the year right, settled into our new place in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. It felt like going home to be honest, even after 16 years in our old place. My parents and I all grew up in the East so it strangely enough felt more like home than ever! Almost every sunny Saturday we'd drive over to Tamarama Beach or Nielsen Park to lie around in the sunshine, devour good books and just relax. We also started up a new tradition of heading down the street to our new favourite restaurant, Marta, for a delicious Roman breakfast every Sunday morning.
Next up was the best month of the year. Why? Cause it's my birthday month, of course! February consisted of more weekends spent at the beach and lunch at Catalina (the photo on the left above) for my birthday with just my parents, and dinner out with the rest of the family the next night (photo on the right above). It also gave me a chance to wear my new vintage Chanel purse which I'm obviously in love with (who wouldn't be?!).
We spent March wandering our new neighbourhood and try cafes and restaurants that had previously been completely unknown to us. One of which was Suzie Q, an adorable hole-in-the-wall cafe in Darlinghurst that also sells records!
We had the most amazing dinner to celebrate the Mothership's birthday at yet another amazing local restaurant called Bar Machiavelli. They served stunningly perfect Italian fare, but almost more exciting were the projections on the walls. The restaurant itself has crazy high ceilings, at least 2 storeys, if not 3, and they project the most fascinating images and short videos on them, quotes, photographs of famous celebrities and identities, it's worth going just for that!
Time for a holiday! We jetted off to Hawaii for two weeks in the sunshine and spent a good proportion of our time laying by the pool and jumping into the waves at Waikiki Beach. I'm convinced that there is no better place to stay than the Moana Surfrider, all old-world charm and absolutely perfect positioning, right on the beach. It was our second time to Hawaii so we were old hands at finding great spots for breakfast and pre-dinner drinks! We climbed up to Diamond Head (which was really more of a leisurely hike until you got closer to the top), shopped our way through the streets of Waikiki and just chilled out. It was perfect. You can check out the entire Hawaii post here.
Once we got back from Hawaii I was feeling a little holiday-hungover and was so not in the mood for getting back to normal life. One little (seriously tiny) thing that made it better? My best friend's new puppy, Ruby! This little munchkin is a tiny toy poodle and she literally is tiny. She is so sweet and affectionate and whenever we want to catch up to watch Netflix or hang out, it's always at her place so I can get some Ruby time!
Alright, so this is slightly embarrassing but I'm fairly sure this was my first actual style post for 2018. Terrible, I know. It literally took me 7 months to finally get in front of the camera! This is what I'm talking about when I mention balance. I have a tendency to get so wrapped up in whatever I'm doing at any given moment that I kind of forget about everything else in life! This year, I was completely consumed with work. And, to be honest, it was a bit of a big year for the company I work for, but that's no reason to let it consume your life! So next year there will definitely be far more balance (and more style posts!). If you want to see this original post, check it out here.
Why, oh why, do I always go to Melbourne in winter?! Sure it's a lovely place to visit but I bet it'd be lovelier if it wasn't freezing! In August, the Mothership and I travelled down so I could watch her speak at a panel on colour and architecture (she was great) and just to hang out in Melbourne for a few days, having high tea at the Windsor, checking out the MoMA exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria and trying all of the weird and wonderful food Melbourne has to offer! It was so nice, especially since I realised I've never really been on a trip with just the Mothership before, very nice and girly. You can see the whole post on Melbourne (including where we stayed, ate and visited) here.
This month gave me a very welcome change - after attempting to grow my hair longer, I bit the bullet and cut it off! My hair is thick but quite fine so when it gets longer it can tend to look flat and stringy. Not so, when it's short! I found my new favourite hair salon, Soho On Crown, and got the chop there. I eventually got it cut even shorter but I was so in love with the cut that I ended taking so many selfies that month!
Finally it started getting a little less chilly! And I managed to get 3 style posts done! Miracles! But, in all seriousness, things were really getting busy at work and I got my hair cut even shorter so it was less of a hassle in the mornings! One thing that was absolutely lovely was going to the Art Gallery to see the Mothership do another of her talks about colour and having dinner at Chiswick at the Gallery afterwards to celebrate. You can check out these style posts here, here and here.
Almost at the end of the year! We finally got to try the Sunday special at Marta, the amazing lasagne - it was worth the wait, let me tell you. The flowers all around our new place finally started blooming with beautifully scented jasmine, stunning jacarandas and agapanthus. And, even though it was a bit gloomy and rainy out some of the time, I still brought a bit of brightness with these gorgeous Repetto ballet flats.
And then, all of a sudden, as if by magic, it's December. The year is coming to a close and everything is winding down. I made another, slightly drastic hair change going much lighter and shorter, my parents and I started walking in the mornings which has been lovely - especially when we get down to Rushcutters Bay Park and see all the yachts - and we were back at the beach! This year could have used a bit more balance, that's for sure, but keep an eye out for my 2019 resolutions, coming up on the blog soon!