2018 is coming to an end and I don’t know about you but I feel like this year has really whizzed by. I personally have had a great year and looking back, I have achieved some amazing things which have all contributed to making it a good one. Here are 8 highlights that have made it so special.
Although I finally passed my driving test last year, this Summer my boyfriend and I finally got round to getting a car. When I lived in London, I didn’t really need one as I only really used public transport to get around but there are certain things which having a car have really helped with such as food shopping. There is nothing worse than having to juggle a load of carrier bags of food shopping on the bus.
I love how much freedom having a car has given us and we are now able to drive to visit family easily and to be able to go away for the weekend. For my birthday in October we drove up to Oxford to stay in a spa hotel which was so much fun. Next year we plan to go on many more weekend trips away and explore further areas in the UK.
In January I started my new job at Ralph Lauren. Just call me Rachel from friends! Although it has been hard work and pretty stressful at times, I was promoted in September which was a great achievement. Since then, I’ve taken on new challenges and I have been learning new things every day. I have also been loving working in the Mayfair are of London. It is a fashionista’s paradise being surrounded by the biggest names in the fashion industry. I love the window displays and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I often post pictures of these!
I have wanted to go to Amsterdam for years and this year I was able to visit for a few days. I love the unique style of houses lined up along the pretty canals and we went on a canal boat trip which was so much fun. It’s a great way to get a feel for the city so I recommend booking one of these. Of course we did all of the usual tourist spots like the red light district, and various famous “coffee” shops but our favourite place that we went to was the Foodhallen which was a large indoor food market. We stayed there the whole day eating loads of gorgeous dishes! Amsterdam is quite expensive but it is definitely worth a visit. We stayed in Citizin M which is one of my favourite hotels to stay in Europe.
This summer was the hottest one since, well I cant actually remember when! I haven’t been on a beach holiday this year but with weather that good it really didn’t matter. The sun always puts everyone in such a good mood and with the football world cup taking place over this Summer, it was such a fun time. The only thing that I wish I had done was to have bought a fan. Literally every local store and online had sold out and at one point it was over 34 degrees at night! I am going to buy one in the new year to avoid missing out next time.
I love a good festival and this year I went to Made in Birmingham and Boundary in my home town Brighton. I have been to so many events in Birmingham over the years but this this was my first Made festival. The field they hosted this on was miles away from anywhere and was a bit of a mission to get to. There were around 20 of us travelling there together and it was fun going in a large group. The only downside was the weather. It literally poured with rain all day!
Boundary festival though was AMAZING. I will definitely be going again next year. It was great to have this event on my own doorstep and the music was so good. It was also packed with people all day and had an all round fab atmosphere. I had my hair done for the event by the brilliant Braid Babes in Brighton. I really recommend them as they can do literally any braid style out there and they are such lovely girls. Their website details are HERE.
Blog & Events
Last but not least, of course I have to mention this blog! I started blogging around June and for the last 6 months I have really enjoyed posting weekly reviews and blog posts. I have been so fortunate to have been gifted some beautiful items and I have been able to try out products from new brands that I have discovered. I have also collaborated with various brands which has been so much fun.
I have also been invited to some really great events including a new launch by Lola make up, an invitation to London Fashion week and trying out local events in Brighton such as afternoon tea on a Routemaster bus which you can read all about HERE.
My blog is still in really early days and I have so many ideas and plans in the pipeline. I am really excited to continue with my blogging journey into next year and who knows where it will lead and what other opportunites will come my way.
Here’s to an amazing 2019 and wishing you all a fab New Years eve celebration! xx