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.
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.
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!