With only mere hours to go until the end of 2015, I find myself reflecting on the last 12 months and, you know something? It’s been amazing. Filled with exciting projects, endless adventures and plenty of laughter, I couldn’t have asked for a better year.
There’s so much to look forward to but for now, I wanted to say See Ya, 2015, celebrate the year gone by and share some of my favourite moments. Think of it as a blogging mixtape, from me to you…
Travels and Gallivanting
I didn’t make it to Disney this year, but I DID have a total blast visiting a few new places (and Disney, I’m coming for ya next year…). Here a few of my favourite trips and photo diaries:
A Pure Baltic Roadtrip
Oh My Gothenburg!
Happy 14 in London
Bank Holiday Roadtrip Adventures
Blogging, Projects and Other Fun
This year at Miss West End Girl has been the most exciting yet – with starting a podcast, a magazine feature, filming for an international TV show, public speaking, guest blogging for one of my favourite brands and being rated one of the top Glasgow blogs being just a few things that I did NOT see coming (but I’m so very glad that they did!).
I’ve also met a ton of wonderful people along the way and been sharing bits and pieces of what I’ve learned. Some of my favourites have been:
Sharing Your Snapshots: My Top Tips for Instagram
Anatomy Of a Bag: What’s In My Blogging Kit
Getting Started on Pinterest: My Top Tips
Do That Thing: Introducing Those Gals
Fashion and Personal Style
Cue the fashion montage music! 2015 has been a pretty awesome year for dressing up and adding a few more fun pieces to my wardrobe. Having one of my favourite designers name a piece from her collection after me was a major highlight, as well as collaborating with some of the best independent creatives and well-known brands around.
Ooh, ah! Fashion…
Snow Queen Style with Hollyhood Lynsay
A Tropical Girl Gang Adventure!
When Audrey Met Fred…
Let’s Go Exploring!
Take One Princess Skirt: Daytime
Interiors, DIY’s and Home Tours
How could I round up my year without mentioning life at the Rainbow Palace? I started posting pictures of our home in January, and could never have dreamed we’d end up with a 12-page spread in an interiors magazine! I’ve got more home and decor posts planned for 2016, but here are a few of my favourites so far:
Home Tour: Welcome to Our Living Room
How To Add a Pop of Colour Into Your Home (In 5 Super Easy Steps)
Home Tour: 3 Ways to Display Photos and Art
Home Tour: Welcome to Our Bedroom
Colourful Christmas Interiors
Advice, Thoughts and Good Vibes
This year I’ve posted more of my advice columns, and shared some more thoughts on this funny thing called life. As most of you will know by now, I tend to walk on the sunny side of the street! I’m certainly not an expert, but what I will always do is be honest and share my positive outlook with you guys.
Here are some of my favourites from the last 12 months:
Being Yourself is Underrated
Banishing the ‘Busy’ – How To Deal With Overwhelm
30 Life Lessons I Learned By 30
Give People the Best of You: Why It’s OK to Say No (Sometimes!)
The Rainy Day List: 10 Things To Do When The Weather Sucks!
Glorious Glasgow and Girl About Town Tips
At the heart of this blog, you’ll always find my home city. I love to share my must-visit places in Glasgow with you – it’s one of the reasons I started writing Miss West End Girl in the first place, and whether the things I share are old or new, they deserve to be shouted from the rooftops if you ask me!
This year I’ve had a grand old time being your unofficial tour guide to the city, so here are a few posts worth mentioning:
Glasgow On Foot: Be a Tourist in Your Own Town!
5 Awesome Things To Do in Glasgow This Summer
How To Shop Vintage In Glasgow
The Events Round-Up: Christmas In Glasgow
Lotions, Potions and Feeling Like a Total Babe
I have always been the type of person to believe that looking good is about feeling good, and that if we feel wonderful within, it WILL show. One of my favourite self-care rituals is to give myself a good pampering, and in the last 12 months I’ve shared a few old faithfuls and new game changers with you guys. If you missed, ’em, these are my top picks:
5 Ways to Snap Outta That Beauty Slump!
Polish Those Paws! My Top 3 Places for Manicures in Glasgow
How To Feel Like a Glowing Goddess (When It’s Gloomy
and Grey Outside!)
20 Fun Facts About Lush Cosmetics
Food Reviews and Adventures in Vegetarianism
This year, Gary and I went veggie which was a pretty big step for a couple that loved a good pulled pork bun! I’ve really enjoyed being able to keep notes of our journey into a meat-free diet and even started a mini-series here to talk about it.
It’s been a year filled with delicious dishes, brilliant brunches and a whole lot more. I’ve picked out a small buffet of my favourite posts for you to devour:
Brunch at Hutchesons
Budget Vs. Big Spender: Afternoon Tea in Glasgow
Happy Days at Ed’s Easy Diner
Phew! I know it’s all been said so many times, but I genuinely can’t believe that another year is over. More than ever, I feel like I’m saying goodbye to the last 12 months at my most happy and grateful! Thank you from the bottom of my sparkly heart for joining me – whether you’ve been here for the whole year, or have just started stopping by.
I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings, and I hope that you have a magical New Year, whether spent in your pyjamas or your finest frock! Here’s to much more love, adventure and finding joy in the little things.