As the year-end draws a little nearer, it’s not unusual for me to spend a lot of my time pondering the past twelve months and the twelve to come. Today’s digital society can command you to feel as though you should be doing this, you should be here, there, you should be climbing, chilling. It demands more of us by the day – if you let it.
I began 2017 in a cosy country pub with my boyfriend’s family, our first New Year’s together. We ate, drank and were merry and then when the morning time rolled round, we ditched our grand plans to hop on a train in favour of buying a paper cup-coffee and strolling hand in hand through the parks in town. And whilst that image is quite romantic, it’s real too. They say start the year as you mean to go on and, rightly so, my year feels like one of relaxed achievement. Saying ‘no’ to plans and, in their stead, having some time together. Prioritising the good stuff. Finding what felt good.
In fact, throughout 2017 I’ve felt that I’ve been doing exactly what I’m supposed to, which has been an utter revelation. I’d grown used to simply accepting that things were the way they were and that I just had to get on with things. Working from home has been my absolute jam. My client portfolio has been varied and I’ve loved every minute of working with each and every one of them. I’ve enjoyed a few city breaks and made great headway with Adulthood Saving. I’ve had a quieter year than any in my twenties thus far but this is exactly where I should be. 26 has been a good year for me.
After a short lull on the blog in October, I moved over to WordPress and fell back in love with blogging. I say it all the time, but it doesn’t have to be race. I’ve found a good pace with writing and sharing in a way that sits perfectly alongside my usual routine; no breaking my back to churn posts out that are of a similar ilk to others’, just some words from a girl who started blogging a hella long time ago and didn’t get the memo when her peers took it full time.
Kaye and I hiked up to the top of Primrose Hill to shoot this look. I knew it’d be the perfect backdrop to a post all about my year’s endeavours, a beautiful lookout across one of my favourite cities. Twenty minutes by train from home and the city in which I founded my career, kicked shyness to the kerb and fell in love, London is home. This spot is one of the loveliest for a breathtaking view of town and it’s even better in the summer if you can stand the crowd: take a blanket and some cider for some local Londoner-esque living!
Onto what I wore, then! This cream Sézane knit has been one of my winter go-to’s this year. Sézane has had a real moment amongst the blogging crowd lately – and for good reason! The Orson jumper is wonderfully oversized in a ‘just so’ manner, made from wool with pointelle knit balloon sleeves that nip in at the wrist for added cosiness and warmth. Which God knows we’ve needed in England! How chilly has it been?!
And a real style winner for me throughout AW17 has been over-the-knee boots too. They add a dose of warmth and look effortlessly luxe, lending polish to any look. So dreamy. I’ve found these boots oh so fun to style this season: with tights and skirts, cosy knit dresses, jeans… But jeans are still my favourite way to wear them. The perfect, failsafe winter look.
Part of the 12 Days of Daisybutter Blogmas challenge. See the challenge introduction here and post along!