My Twenty-Ten

31 December 2010

My love of blogging has inadvertently brought about a love of photography; even though my camera may be small and annoying, I love using it to document the interesting and unusual moments of my life.  My hopes for 2011 include an even bigger and better camera but also for even more of these moments to capture.  For now, I've become all sentimental looking back on 2010 where I started off interning and exploring in New York and ended it in good old London town.  I've met some fantastic people, seen some great sights and eaten a lot of decent food (mainly cupcakes). 

Practically fresh off the plane, I set out to explore NYC starting with the charity shops, boutiques and even supermarkets.  Last New Years Day was spent wandering around an icy Central Park wearing my much loved tartan tights and Doc Martens, proving that some things never change!


My Crumbs cupcake obsession had fully taken over, as well as a slight shoe obsession starting with the purchase of my Alexa wedges at 70% off.  I also attended the Y3 show at New York Fashion Week and the Independent Fashion Bloggers conference and experienced a few surreal moments seeing the bloggers up close I'd previously been reading from afar. Despite the snow, I still ended up in Central Park again but also found shelter in the indoor Brooklyn Flea Market, finding many trinkets to admire...


March was very colourful; I never told you about the time I ended up in Queens, did I?  I got very lost and couldn't find the PS1 gallery, but did manage to stumble across some crazy graffiti.  I took a few sneaky pictures in the Rodarte exhibition, found a yarn shop, saw the work of some London designers and finally figured out where the Meatpacking district was.

4april copy

Is anyone else a fair-weather sports fan? I went to my first baseball match and became a temporary Yankees supporter, even though I hadn't the foggiest what was going on.  Intern duties included lots of button buying in M&J Trimmings, giving me some DIY inspiration plus I had to admire the flowers in the windows at Macy's on the way to the NQR trains.


I decided to use my remaining holiday extravagantly on a few days in Jamaica, eating jerk chicken and topping up my tan to no avail.  I managed to visit the busy Tim Burton exhibition in the nick of time and gained a new found admiration for the producer after seeing the development of his work.  In dire need of a hobby, I started to make jewellery and went on a water taxi tour of Lower Manhattan to see the concrete jungle in all its finest.


Time was running out with a month to go but undeterred I managed a quick trip to Washington D.C (I might have taken a few cheesy photos by the fake Oval office set in the gift shop).  I also finally made it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and realised what I'd been missing out on for the past five months!


I wasn't quite ready to leave New York, but somehow I did with three suitcases and six new pairs of shoes in tow.  Would I ever adjust to London living again?


Back in the heart of all things London, I met up with some fantastic bloggers (some of these photos belong to Rebecca and Kylie) found bargains at Susie Bubble's yard sale and ended up in the somewhat bizarre Jacques townhouse.  Plus I turned 23...


Fashion month was back with a bang, but I found the people-watching (I spotted the Roitfelds plus Anna Dello Russo) and hanging out with bloggers almost as fun as the shows.  Almost.  Mulberry was a visual treat and gave me the urge to dye my hair red so I could fit right in.


After sixteen months it was time to get back into the student mindset and understand all things knit related again, somehow I got the work done with a few moments to spare.


I couldn't keep away from London for too long, the Japanese Fashion exhibition at the Barbican was calling plus an evening with Aussie on the London Eye.  I also managed to get tickets for a free Kenzo show at the V&A and developed a love of the raised 'flat' shoe at the Won Hundred press day. The chilly weather also meant a new scarf was necessary.


I can't quite whip my hair back and forth but Aussie did visit me in their Pamper Van to give me a Shingai Shoniwa style up-do (that I have since failed to recreate, *sobs*).  Once the deadlines were over, I got nail-painting and attempted a Wah-inspired leopard print design.

outfits of 2010
I also attempted regular outfit posts in all kinds of places.  Rebecca and Rachel helped with a few but they were mainly taken with my temperamental tripod

Congratulations if you made it to the end of this post!  I don't say this enough, but I'd like to thank everyone who reads my blog as I know I like to waffle on a bit but I hope you've found some bits interesting.  Every time I try and write a shorter post, it just becomes as long-winded as the last, so I've just accepted the fact and I try to add a few pictures to break things up a bit.  When I first started writing this blog, I didn't think about the context of it outside my own bedroom for a while, but gradually I've been able to go to some fantastic events and meet some like-minded people who I am happy to call my friends.  I've also learnt a few technical blogging aspects, such as customising my layout (finally worked out how to get my dates back and add a 'like' button), editing my photos and tidying things up a bit more proving that this is truly a learning process.  I'm still determined to blog throughout the coming year (even whilst knitting the six outfits of my graduate collection, organisation is definitely one of my resolutions) so make sure you keep reading to see what 2011 holds...

Happy New Year to you all!

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  1. Looks like you've had an amazing 2010, and your outfits are always so lovely. Hope you have a fabulous New Year x

  2. Fantastic roundup! Thank you for your support in 2010, here's hoping 2011 is a fab year for you x

  3. gorgeous post:)
    you've really discovered a talent with photography, all the images are gorgoeus!! x

  4. What a fantastic post! It certainly looks like you've had an amazing year and I hope 2011 brings you all that you want. :)


  5. LOVE this post. It must have taken you ages! I'm far too lazy to do a full review of my year.

    Seeing your New York photos again made me long for the place. Hope your 2011 is FABULOUS xx

  6. brilliant post! you have had such a lovely and eventful year, kristabel. plus i feel honoured that my foot is featured in your 'september', hehe. see you on tuesday! xx

  7. Beautiful photos, it sounds like you've had an incredible year! I'm going to new york (just for a week) for the first time this year, ooh I'm soooooo excited!

    Hope you have a happy 2011 :)

  8. That's a very nice post :) I love the way you laid out everything. Happy New Year Honey :) Nice to see a blogger from the UK :D

  9. this is the most creative collage of a lookback on 2010 so far. I like how you took the time for each month and the random pictures and how clean, simple and awesome your collages are. yayy to you:)! wishing you a great 2011!

  10. very beautiful post and pics!!
    Happy new year. Kisses from Spain, I follow you!!

  11. Ah Kristabel, you're so inspiring :)
    And you make the best collages <3.
    I don't think that your posts are too long at all. I always try to make mine longer! More is more when it comes to blogging imo haha


  12. looks like 2010 has been so good to you, and brought about a plethora of gorgeous photos! happy new year!

  13. Thank you very much! Hope you had, too.

  14. what an amazing year you had! gorgeous post, i love the fact you went round ny in tartan tights and docs :D x

  15. The pictures are awasome. The cupcake looks yummy. Thanks for sharing and drop by me too when you have time.


  16. I love how you collected your memories from this past year :) It looks like you did so many amazing things- you're so lucky you got to go to the Tim Burton exhibit!! I just found your blog, and I absolutely love your style and writing :) now following! Happy New Year!

  17. Happy New Year, K! I must say, I really have enjoyed reading your blog over the past year. Oh, and I visited that Japanese bookstore you mentioned in one of your NYC posts -- I had to refrain from buying 15 magazines (which would have instantly put me in the poorhouse, would've had to eat ramen till I left the city), but it was great!

  18. Beautiful :))))))


  19. everyone knows that cupcakes are the best food! (and i love the 'yes, water is a drink' comment on that poster)

  20. What an amazing year! I remember some of the NY adventures... But how did we miss each other constantly? Yard sale, LFW...
    Wishing you a wonderful New Year, Kb! xoxo

  21. Ugh, I died and went to heaven when I saw that knitting machine.

  22. This is absolutely stunning! I adore the layout as well as greedily catching up on everything you've done this year; as I'm quite new to the wild world of kb! Your photographs are beautiful and what alot of adventures you packed in!

    Also I was SO interested to read about your NYC experience. I might be moving there with work at the end of this year/start of next and so guzzled up all that info as I'm quite nervous but hugely excited about a few months in the big apple! x

  23. love the styl of this post. looks like such a fun year!

    Helen, X

  24. ramble on hun ramble on, I will always read it. what an amazing year, as I scrolled down I had a huge smile on my face, as you are a great story teller Happy 2011. xx

  25. I've just foind your blog, I love it! A post like this has been a lovely introduction to your blog aha, can't wait to read it regularly in 2011! xx

  26. havent had this much fun reading a post in a while...loved your 2010 hun

    hope u have an even greater 2011 x

  27. Looks iike you had an amazing year! Hopefully 2011 will be even better :)

  28. WOW, what an amazing post! I love all these photos, they make such a great summary of your year! This is my first time on your blog and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Now following :)

    That GOOD GOOD Blog

  29. seriously enjoyed this post lady :)
    happy new year!
    great blog!
    loving the posts
    stop by some time xx

  30. i totally agree with ashanti, keep rambling. love you long time. can't wait til you knit me something :O
    x fi

  31. You have had THE most amazing year! Let's hope 2011 is as good :) We definitely have to meet up soon though :)

    Maria xxx

  32. i don't even know where to start i'm so bowled over by your year! i hope i can get to an IFB conference this year, it would be so great. and i hope i see you at LFW in feb! xx

  33. God knows how long did you take to do up this post! It's amazing! 2010 was definitely an awesome year for you! Living in NYC for 6mths(?!)

    Hope 2011 would be a better one for you and all the best for all that knitting to be done!

    Anyway; thanks for the comment on my blog; London was definitely awesome; and it's a shame I couldn't explore any further! As for the dimsum; I've had them in Chinatown! I'd definitely check which one I've went to and let you know again on Twitter? You've got to try them! It's as authentic and as delicious as it gets!

  34. What an incredible year! Wishing you a very happy new year and lo
    ts of great things for 2011. xx

  35. Great post, love the layout! The pics look amazing :) Definitely following!

    Please check out mine if you have a chance

  36. great i found ur blog just now when i can see all of your outfits for the 2010! ur gorgeous, love ur style!

    following u now! xo, Joll

  37. All these photos are amazing!
    Your 2010 has been really beautiful, so I wish you another year of good things, or even better! :D

  38. Adore this post Kristabel! You've clearly had an epic year what with your New York adventure and also all the things you got up to once you touched down in London again. I've also loved getting to know you EVEN more in 2010. Love how through blogs, you can make real friends!!

    Plus if things go well this year, hot pot is one of the easiest foods to cook! So who knows? Haha!

  39. amazing post!!! what a year! so glad you documented it and we can look at this to get a greedy dose of inspiration all in one, love your outfits and new buys over the year!xx

  40. Looks like your 2010 was such an amazing year! I love the vivid colors you get in your pictures and outfits :)


  41. love how you lay your posts out !
    looks like you had an amazing year . xo

  42. the japanese fashion exhibition was amazing! was nice to meet you today, possibly see you at another event soon! good luck with knitting :)

  43. Greetings : )
    Shopping on-line or in-store? which usually would you prefer? actually wondering lol.. i favor in-store since i hate waiting for it to arrive!