The Story of 2011

31 December 2011

Years are a funny thing.  You would think that after 24 of them, I might have an inkling as to what might happen at the start of each new one but all I can remember was that 2011 filled me with fear.  It was going to be the most stressful part of my four-year knitwear degree after three relatively tame years after which I would be flung into the big bad world as a graduate.  In this economy?  Madness!  With hindsight I can now see that 2011 was filled with some pretty amazing moments, some expected and others completely out of the blue.  As I'd hoped last year, I finally upgraded my camera and hoped to capture as much as possible, so here's the fruits of my labour and how the last year has panned out for me.

january february march 2011

After a fun and fruitful festive season spent wandering around the V&A, it was time to knuckle down to some dissertation concentration back in Nottingham and complete around 7,000 words about the personal brands created by bloggers.  Major distractions included a trip down to Leicester to visit Next HQ, admiring all of my post-Christmas shopping and a trip back down to London to get inspired whilst taking ridiculous amounts of photobooth pictures at the Vouchercodes party.  I somehow managed to keep dressing up, buying books and take a brief trip down to London Fashion Week to admire all of the fantastic personal style and the exhibition. We don't really talk about that extremely random visit to Ohio anymore, but on the plus side I did pick up some Mac products at Stateside prices and gave a lecture on fashion blogging once I returned.  In between knitting and debating my preference for spots and stripes, I managed to catch a blogging masterclass in my local Topshop featuring none other than Susie Bubble and Stevie.  Despite feeling a new lease of blogging life, it was time to stop procrastinating and sort out where my graduate collection was going (after yet another quick visit down south to see the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition).

april may june

During the most difficult quarter of the year, it was hard to stay focused (especially with the temptation of SS11 lookbooks) and I had to spend much of Easter and The Royal Wedding covered in yarn and getting myself organised.  Posts may have been thin on the ground but they were all somehow related to the work I was doing, such as when I interviewed Jazmine about her Vogue collection and perused styling ideas spotted on Tumblr.  Somehow I still managed a little bit of shopping (and received some lovely sunglasses) but the main highlight of May was finishing all of my outfits in the nick of time and watching them go down the catwalk at our degree show.  On real life moving models!  There was no one more shocked than me when I found out that I would be seeing my collection again at Graduate Fashion Week (let's all relive that happy time) and I thought I'd show you how all of my ideas came about.  I was briefly reunited with London for a few press events, before getting all of my work done and saying goodbye to Nottingham.  Finally, five years of higher education was over and I had to figure out what to do next (meeting Colin McDowell in Liverpool along with the Fashion Fringe finalists might have helped me stay in the fashion mindset somewhat).

july august september 2011

Finally, I was back in London for good and went to a rather civilised garden party in Covent Garden before escaping to Berlin for Bread and Butter and rummaging in the charity shops.  I officially became a graduate, made another trip to the Jacques Townhouse and renewed my obsession with all things Japanese at Hyper Japan.  After the depressing riots, I continued to find the good in London by visiting Broadway Market for the first time and getting back to nature in Kew Gardens.  I also attempted to see more of the U.K by visiting Somerset with Carrie and Lucy, whilst figuring out the workings of my new camera.  Nothing about the various knobs and dials really made sense to me but undeterred, I kept snapping away at some exciting events, spending time bonding with my new satchel and yet again processing everything at London Fashion Week.  Personal highlights were the candy colours and seaside references at the Mulberry show, seeing the outcome of the Fashion Fringe judging and the unexpected performance at Meadham Kirchhoff.  Could we fast-forward to SS12 already please?

october november december 2011

The last three months of the year flew past in quick succession and I started contemplating Christmas earlier than usual at the Anthropologie preview.  I had a busy week admiring some Lulu Guinness bags and attempting to find something worthwhile in the American Apparel warehouse sale whilst wondering what to wear in the unseasonably warm October weather.  A surprise Cosmopolitan Blog Award nomination saw me get glammed up with my fellow blogging buds and enjoy a few days off in London eating everything from pancakes to ramen noodles.  I got to know SS12 even better with a day trip to Paris to see the La Redoute collections (whilst discovering new places to visit) and multiple evenings spent admiring offerings from TBA, Urban Outfitters and Bertie.  It was also a month for experiencing fashion first hand after watching the Peter Jensen Fashion In Motion show from the press pit and meeting Mary Katrantzou at the My Daily event. I also put my knitwear skills to good use and designed an Innocent smoothie hat (which my sister now looks after).  You probably all know how December went but as a reminder, I met the lovely Dita Von Teese, shared my love of Pinterest, attempted some extremely late Christmas shopping and was featured in a Japanese magazine.  Phew!

2011 outfits
A few of my favourite 2011 outfits where I increased my love of burgundy/maroon/berry red (and shoes mainly thanks to Spartoo).  I'm also making some style resolutions for next year which I will share with you soon!

So there you have it, another round up of another eventful year!  If you're new to reading IWYTK it's a pretty comprehensive guide to all the positive things that have happened and all of the shoes I have worn.  I must also thank all of the readers and followers of IWYTK who put up with my random ramblings and the insane amount of pictures I put in my posts!  Since finishing my degree, I've enjoyed getting back into regular blogging and using the medium as a way of documenting everything creative within my life so hopefully I can just continue to do this and push myself to keep researching and finding inspiration everyday.  I know a few things that could make 2012 even better but I don't want to jinx anything, so you'll just have to wait until the next annual round-up to see if my wishes have come true! 

Happy New Year everyone!  For once I'm staying in and eating Malteasers with the family!

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30 comments:

  1. You've been one of my faves to read this year, congrats on all your achievements this year. Happy new year x

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  2. Hee, looks like we were reading each others' end-of-year posts at the same time, Kristabel! I've really enjoyed reading your blog since meeting you in Sept; here's to a great 2012 with many more blog posts! :)

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  3. Oooh Kbel! This is an awesome post, I've been far too lazy to do a round up post but I must try and do one next year. You've achieved so much this year and I am so glad I was there to witness your graduate collection at your show in Notts! Woo hoo. See you soon hopefully. Happy new year :)

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  4. Your style is great! Hope you had a great New Year <3

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  5. Yes, 2011 has been a bit scary. I'm hoping 2012 perks up! X

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  6. you have to most amazing style! looove on your clothes and your blog!

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  7. Happy New Year! Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog, and so happy to have found yours this year too. Good luck with the post-graduate life! Hope everything works out exactly as you'd planned in 2012 :)

    Briony xx

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  8. Happy New Year to you! I love the layout of this post - yours is one of my favourite 'review' posts I've read so far.

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  9. Forever one of my favourite bloggers...Happy New Year to you! x

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  10. Jeeze Kristabel, how have you managed to do so much in a mere year?? Aha, it sounds fantastic, even if mega busy. All the best for 2012 (: x

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  11. Love this and loving your blog so far. I'm new to blogging so searching for some good blogs to follow and other bloggers with the same interests i.e fashion :-)

    So far you win on both counts.

    Happy new year to you!

    Danni

    http://bearinablouse.wordpress.com/

    P.S I definitely need to invest in a new camera and get taking some more pics!

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  12. Your blog has definitely been one of my favorites!! I really like this post it was so well put together!!
    -Farrah

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  13. Ohh, 2011 sounds like such a truly hectic (although rewarding!) year for you! <3 Here's to it being over though, eh! I am so so so excited about a new year! Hooray!

    x
    Lost in the Haze: Fashion Blog

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  14. Love all your images! Happy New Year!

    GTBB,
    http://badjoan.blogspot.com
    http://cookingjoan.blogspot.com

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  15. what an amazing post, what an amazing year! I rather new to your blog so this was a great debrief, I did go through your portfolio your knitwear IS AMAZING, I really do want it, Its very clever and beautiful.

    I only hope that 2012 is even more amazing for the both of us! And I found out were the same age ;)

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  16. I love all of the photographs in this post, beautiful! Happy new year, I hope 2012 is good to you! xo

    http://www.pearlslaceandruffles.com

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  17. This is one of my favourite summary posts so far, I love how you've laid it out and all of your photos are great! I really wish I'd gone to one of the topshop blogging events, infact there's been loads of blogging events/meetups that I wish I'd attended - note to self, be more sociable this year!

    Hope 2012 goes swimmingly for you :)

    xx

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  18. What a year! I hope that 2012 is so fantastic.

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  19. Great post - lovely blog too! Wishing you the best for 2012 :)
    x

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  20. Aw all those photos are brilliant, happy new year! x

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  21. It's amazing to see what a year you've have had through pictures, and I have enjoyed reading you blog throughout. I would say my favourite month was May as we got to see what you had been working on at Uni.

    You've inspired me to take more pictures this year.
    Strut Mode

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  22. I just saw your collection! It is so cool! I'm really glad I found your blog- starting with this post: so refleshingly honest.

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  23. This is an amazing post, sounds like you've really had a year to remember! All of your photos are gorgeous, hope you had an amazing Christmas and New Years Eve! xx

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  24. Looks like you had a really fulfilling year. Hope all your dreams and wishes come true in 2012. Happy new year!
    x

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  25. 2011 seemed like a really good year for a lot of people, i sure had a briliant one. it was probably one of the most important years for me yet. you have done and been to some wicked stuff. here's to 2012

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  26. This is possibly my favourite 2011 blog round-up! So much goodness. And you mentioned the Next visit - the first time K-Bel and The Brand met! ;)

    Happy New Year lovely lady. Hope to see you again soon. xx

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  27. You've got a brilliant blog! Fantastic photos!!! Looking forward to your posts in 2012. Happy New year (albeit a few days late...lol)

    the-white-list.blogspot.com

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  28. I hope your 2012 is just as good! I love all of your photos and I hope to see you again soon :)

    Maria xxx

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  29. hope this year will be just as incredible for you :) x

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  30. What a fantastic year you've had! I also graduated this year, and have the same sorts of feelings about 2011. 2012 is now an extremely scary prospect, but exciting!

    I've recently started following your blog and it's quickly becoming a big favourite. Love :)

    e x
    mantrapixie.blogspot.com

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