Dear Ally,

I've given myself the impossible task of trying to write you a letter - you'll even appreciate that because we have a private joke about everything, including letters - to basically just be like, you're amazing and thank you for everything. But it's the everything that I'm really struggling with. It's the everything that I can't even begin to really put into words.

We met about 3 years ago now and instantly clicked. I knew we would always be friends but I was busy and you were too and we only really spoke once every few months. Until I saw you about 14 months ago, at my lowest point (at the time), and honestly, you just saved me. And ever since then, we've spoken every single day since. Mostly a minimum of 30 texts a day and mostly a minimum of 3 hour phone calls at night.

We are soul mates. And writing that down sounds cheesy af but weirdly saying it out loud to each other doesn't because it's just true. We finish each other's sentences, we now sort've even speak the same (minus the brummie/"birminam" and cockney af accent). We think the same. We share the same morals and so many beliefs.... we are in a lot of respects the same bloody human. 

Without you I'd probably be less sarcastic and a lot more tolerable. I'd probably get into less trouble. I'd probably call dates by their actual names and not the nicknames we come up with. I probably wouldn't waltz around on a plane with a sheet mask on deliberately scaring everyone in sight and then laughing so hard that we get complaints. I'd probably be a bit more sane (debatable). I would probably be a little less savage - I am so aware that this is vice versa and we bring out the best and worst (the good kinda bad) in each other - and I most definitely wouldn't have the darkest of humour of all time because my god we are just too much sometimes aren't we?

But also without you, I would not have almost abs from crying with laughter 49583958 times a day. Without you I would not know what it's like to have a friend/just anyone that isn't a family member to be my true champion. To have someone that I know I can 100% rely on, any time, anywhere. Without you, I would have absolutely zero confidence, no sass and no belief in myself in the slightest. Without you I wouldn't see what apparently you and the rest of the world sees (which I have to say, I know is not completely true because you are biased/blinded with love for me, as I am right back at you). Without you I would not be able to bounce back from the many fucking rejections I've faced - laugh because I'm laughing - but I also don't even think I would have been able to go on dates in the first place without the fucking epic pep talks you give. (I'd also like to take credit for this point too #pullthecarover) Without you, honestly mate, my life would be dull af. Because we really do hysterically laugh all day long don't we?
Ally's Blog, Youtube and Instagram, if you fancy seeing how incredible she is for yourself.

It's a strange one because you haven't been in my life for the vast majority of it and yet I genuinely, hand on heart, cannot remember life before you were in it. I imagine it was mostly laughless and half lived and honestly, super fucking lonely. I imagine I didn't do half of the things I say or do because I wouldn't have had the confidence to. Thank the lord (or OT) I was dumped and decided to force myself out to a place where I saw you because I can't even imagine how empty my life would be right now without you in it.

Ally.... I hope you realise that you are incredible. I hope you realise that you light up a room and are such a powerful, strong, positive energy that everybody is immediately drawn to you. I hope you realise that what you do on a daily basis - I know you say it's headaches and pointless calls but I know you do so much more than that, even if it's just talking and changing someone's day - is out of this world amazing. I hope you realise that the world is your oyster and actually, your life is only just beginning. I hope you know that you can do and be anything you want to... because you really are something else.

So I'm gonna wrap this up because honestly by now I know that you've cried a river and probably don't have any tissues on you because forever useless, by saying that I actually cannot believe my luck that we have the friendship we have. That I have somebody who is my biggest fan and supporter and will stand and cheer louder than anybody without an ounce of jealousy. 

Thank you for proving to me that those people exist. Thank you for the endless lol's, endless OMG I CANNOT BELIEVE WE DID THAT moments. Thank you for playing a huge part in who I am today and for making me feel like the person I am today is actually alright. I am so buzzing for all the laughs and memories and breathtaking (in a good way) moments to come. Because 2018 is the year for all of those things and more. Namely chipotle but also lots of other things I'd imagine too.

Together we are unstoppable. Also completely fucking insufferable but mostly, unstoppable.

Thank you for being you.

I love you!



It's January; the beginning of the year, a time for fresh starts, and let's face it... a time where the word detox crops up more than the people you don't want to see when you're wearing no makeup.

Detox is not a word I enjoy or, considering the fact that pizza is basically my middle name, actually do, but one kinda detox that I can get on board with is skincare and more specifically, a good ole face mask because not only are they fun and relaxing and a massive part of my "switch off" routine... they also make your skin look sassier than Queen Bee.

My current mask favourite "turn me into Queen Bee whilst I dance around to all of her tunes and better believe I'm doing all of her trademark moves" mask? Sanctuary's Purifying Charcoal bubble sheet mask. More fangirl coming soon but what you need to know right now is that it bubbles on your face.

Ok, so what is this super magical, amazing mask and what does it do? The Purifying Charcoal mask combines the cleansing power of charcoal with the easiness of a sheet mask (my favourite kinda mask) but with the difference of the bubbles, to give you a sensorial experience as well as really detoxifying your skin.

With the power of a million microbubbles, a duo - more impressive than Ant and Dec - of absorbent charcoal and purifying oxygen which work together to deeply cleanse and purify skin. The charcoal helps to draw out skin impurities (daily dirt, grime and pollution, looking at you huns) the mask claims to reduce pores and make skin visibly clearer and fresher.

So, how do we use this little sasspot then?
My favourite thing about this mask (apart from how it leaves my skin) is that it's so blimmin easy to use. After cleansing, apply both parts of the mask to skin, smooth out creases and leave for 10-15 minutes.

I recommend making a cuppa and grabbing a biscuit or 7 in this time, but you do you.

Rinse your face and voila.

Ok so I've waffled enough about the techy parts now, here's what I think about the mask. First of all, I love how easy this was to use and the fact that both parts of the mask fit really well and stay on your face well (I know that sounds silly but it means you can get on with whatever you fancy doing without worrying that it'll fall off). I absolutely loved the feel of the bubble effect on my skin and couldn't believe how quickly the mask started bubbling whilst on - and still continued to bubble up 10 minutes later - it's actually a little bit mesmerising (no you sat and watched your face bubbling up). I've used other bubble sheet masks before but none of them bubbled as much as Sanctuary's and oh, did I mention that it also smells like a dream? Well, it does *insert heart eye'd emojis here*

Apart from feeling like I was living my best life, the best part of it is that it really did make such a huge difference to my skin in one use. My skin was brighter, clearer (TMI but I had a really fabulous spot which had pretty much dried and cleared up completely the morning after using this) and my pores that are usually bigger than a basketball were so significantly reduced that I almost couldn't quite believe my eyes. 

So yeah, Sanctuary's Charcoal bubble sheet mask (RRP £5) is available in most Boots stores, and and right now you can save 25% off the entire Sanctuary skincare range until February 13th (that means this sheet mask is just £3.75 pals, snap it up!) Linked here for anyone else who loves a pamper as much as I do.

And I think that that might be it. In short, the mask is super fun and really enjoyable to use whilst also doing an incredible job of purifying and detoxifying your skin making it look so much clearer and brighter. It honestly transformed my skin in 15 minutes so I couldn't recommend it to you enough. Especially perfect for a girly night in!

I'd love to know what you do to chill out and relax? Have you tried a bubble sheet mask before? I always love hearing your thoughts! :)

As always, thanks so much for reading!


This post was sponsored by Sanctuary but all thoughts, photos and extreme love of bubble sheet masks my own.


So not long before Christmas I fancied a little getaway. Now, I'm not talking a quick weekend to Paris or a whistle stop tour of NYC (although, you know, if you're offering than I'm already there with a cliche slogan Bonjour/NYC top on). I wanted to stay just outside of London, I wanted to stay in a hotel that would be cosy enough to have a girly night in but also near enough to restaurants because.... well, we all know I love food more than Kanye loves Kanye so that's just a no brainer.

So Mum Next door and I had a little girly day and then drove out to the Mercure hotel in Staines. It's closeby to some family friends, it's near to the high street which meant I had 348395735 options for dinner (#lifegoals) and it's a hotel brand that I've stayed in many many times before all over London and the UK so I knew it was one that would be cosy and comfy and just... do the job.

We ate loads, drank like a fish some wine, watched some "I'm a celeb" in bed and all of a sudden I thought, I'll grab some water. And then I thought, is this free or do I need to pay for this. And then I thought, this is one of many thoughts I always have when staying in hotels. So I thought I'd write a blog post about.

1. I never thought it was possible to look forward to getting out of bed in the morning but OH MY GOD HELLO BUFFET BREAKFAST, HOW YA BEEN, MISSED YA BOO?! The breakfast at the Mercure's are always amazing fyi and the lovely, lovely staff were so kind and brought me out some gluten free toast and poached eggs when I asked about GF options. It's that kinda service - i.e bringing all the food to the yard - that makes a difference.

2. Must.Get.A.Waterfall.Shower.At.Home

3. Hello mini bar, come at me, I give no sh*ts that you're probably charging me 3quid for a Mars Bar, I'm ready for all the snacks and my best life....

*Looks at price list*

*Googles nearest off-licence*

4. If heaven on earth was a thing, it'd be this bed. But, even though it feels like I'm lying on a cloud of cotton wool or basically the comfiest thing on earth I'm still buzzing to get back to my own bed. Why does my brain work like this? Why am I more messed up than half the people I talk to on Bumble? Help me Jesus!

FYI if we could insert all of the heart eye'd emoji's for the Mercure beds than that'd be fab because omg I slept like a total, total dream!

5. The beds are amazing and comfortable but I wonder how many people have slept in this bed. Stop thinking, stop thinking, stop thinking.

6. Walks through the door, jumps on bed. And now for the BIG question.... does the hotel room have a bath robe? 

7. I'm in my robe, I have the possibility of calling for food and it appearing like magic, I'm living my best life.... I'm gonna pamper myself because clearly this is what it's like to be a Queen and queen's need pampering.

8. Yaaaaaaaasssssss I'm so excited to get my summer wardrobe out and have fun because gal pal's on HOOOOOOLLLLLIIIIIDAY. 

Oh hang on, I'm in Staines on a short break in January and its 1 degree, why the hell have I only brought denim cut offs and a cute ice cream slogan tee. Ffs!

9. This is it, this is the time I gain the room with a view, #BUZZING for the balcony/skyline view and all the gram shots and... oh, it's the air conditioning units. Wonderful.

P.S for once I actually did get the most beauuuuutiful view in Staines looking out onto the Thames. It was so peaceful and just a little slice of zen watching the world pass by. I actually got up early (yes I am insane) to watch the sun rise from our beautiful back door/window and it was the perfect start to the day.
10. Omg the staff are so lovely and kind and friendly and I think it's 100% legit that we could be best friends. I'll add them on Facebook, we'll grab coffee, me and Rosie can get matching tattoos.... Oh, they're filing a restraining order. I see...

But on a serious note, I almost fell in love with everybody at the hotel because the staff were - and always are at Mercure - so incredible. So helpful, so friendly but never ever overbearing and too much. The perfect addition to a perfect stay.

And that brings me to the end of this post. Let me know what you always think when you're staying in a hotel? What's your favourite part of staying somewhere else? All funny stories/anecdotes welcome ;)


This post was sponsored by Mercure


Photography by favourite human Ally 

Let me start by saying that the title of this post makes me feel simultaneously like a self important twat and like I wanna vom but I couldn't think of another way of saying, "look guys here's an update on how I feel about blogging and social media and what I'll be doing this year so yay come join the ride" so we're gonna roll with that and see past it, yeah?

Ok fab.

So anyway, 2017 was a bit of a weird year. I started off plunging myself into work harder than I ever have (nope, didn't think I could work harder than 5:30am - 11pm days but apparently it's possible. Lol. Lol for being insane) after becoming single, I travelled to 4 countries last January and it kinda set me up for the rest of the year. 2017 was the year that incredible, amazing, mind blowing things happened but it was also the year that I had the most meltdowns, the most stress, and the most "is it all worth it?" (it was FYI) moments and I knew that 2018 had to be different for me. More than anything because that work load and that amount of stress and pressure just isn't sustainable.

So, here's what you can expect from me as a person (spoiler: basically still a total klutz making a twat of myself on a regular basis but just a more chilled out twat) and what you can expect from this blog, youtube and my social channels (mostly the devil that we call instagram). 

HELLO BLOG I MISSED YOU SOZ I ABANDONED YOU FOR BASICALLY A YEAR. So, my blog was always my biggest platform. It was - and always will be - my one true love and my favourite platform but a lack of time (and more growth on other platforms) made me prioritize it less and it got to a point where I was permanently like "the awkward moment you tell everyone you'll be a better blogger but lol, you ain't blogged in 2 weeks boo".

Honestly, I struggled a lot. I felt like I was letting myself down, I felt like I was letting you guys down, but mostly I just felt well and truly stuck because as much as I wanted to blog, I also couldn't invent extra hours in the day. So anyway, this year is the year that I get back into blogging. I truly truly believe that with Instagram slowly killing itself via the algorithm and Youtube's glitchiness generally being as annoying as Kim Kardashian, I think blogs will have their moment again and I really can't bloody wait for it.

So yeah, that was a really long winded/probs boring af way of saying expect more, and hopefully lots better content over here this year.

Bye Felicia to Instagram
OK, so obviously I'm not saying bye to Instagram. As it stands it's probably one of my biggest platforms right now, it's still a place that I love to create content for and will always be one of my favourite ways of seeking inspiration from others however... and I'm almost a little bit embarrassed to admit this but screw it... last year Instagram killed me a little bit inside.

As I saw it growing and growing and taking over my other platforms, seeing brands take more notice of it than my blog, youtube or any anything else for that matter, Instagram became a place that wasn't purely for enjoyment and actually a place that caused a lot of stress and a lot of tears. I fretted over everything. Engagement on photos, how many followers I'd had that day, a slightly sarcastic shitty comment that usually wouldn't bother me... it honestly took over so much of my life and my god it's just not worth it is it? I don't blame myself or feel like a first world problem twat with no perspective like others may say when they see people complaining about the algorithm because this is my job, and it's one of my biggest sources of income and most importantly, I've worked my bloody arse off to get it to the position it's in right now.

But here's what I've learnt and my kind've "final thoughts" on it. The algorithm is shit and one week it might be your best friend and the other it might hate you more than Blair hated Serena when she found out she'd slept with Nate. One week you might grow 1000 followers, the other you might not move. The only thing that is consistent is that you literally can't do anything about it other than carry on posting content you like.

So for 2018 if I'm honest, you guys probably won't notice much of a difference with my instagram (apart from mostly posting once a day rather than twice), it will still be bright and colourful af and very London-y/me generally telling you how much I've failed life that day. But I personally will be posting my photo and then putting my phone down until I post again. Because I've already wasted too much time refreshing and actually, I just want to bloody live my life again rather than being defined by numbers.

So yeah, if I don't like/comment as much on your photos as I used to, I promise it's not because I don't love them, it's because I've decided to actually live my life through my eyeballs and not my phone camera and actually, I'm really excited for that.

One of my favourite things to happen in 2017 was that I started to focus on YouTube and my god have I loved it. It's not my biggest platform, but it's ticking over nicely and I have the loveliest little community over there that genuinely say the nicest things - and are also beyond helpful with any life questions that I have no idea about - and honestly, that's what it's all about. This year I'm so excited to pump more time and energy into different kinds of videos. Yes I will always be buying clothes and filming hauls and yes I still travel lots so that won't change... but I'm excited to film videos that will hopefully help you guys too. Break up videos, dating stories, friendships... you name it, I am so excited to plunge myself into it.

Lol at somehow turning a motivational message into a sexual innuendo.

(Not so) little ole me
I will try my best not to be a tree hugging hippie tosspot with this section but honestly, this year for me is the year of fun. All my life I've been so work oriented and motivated and whilst I am so thankful for that and completely aware that I wouldn't be in the position I'm now if I wasn't that way inclined... you kinda get to a point where it's like, if I'm not actually stopping to enjoy life and reaping the benefits from the hard work, what is the bloody point? So yeah, here's to a hopefully happier, more chilled and more fulfilled me because life really is too f**king short isn't it? 

So this year I am going to laugh until I cry (on a daily basis with Ally no doubt), travel the world and see it through my eyes and not my phone/camera, work with the brands I adore because I'm full of excitement to do so and not just because it's a means to an end. I am going to live my best bloody life and not just say I'm living my best life on Instagram whilst behind the scenes having a meltdown.

I'm just ready to live. Unapologetically. My god I am so ready for you 2018.


Photography by Ally

So I'm watching Grey's Anatomy and I've got to the episode where Ellis Grey goes absolutely insane again and amongst the random stuff she spurts out, she says something along the lines of life being a carousel and never being able to get off of it.

And there was something about that line - that was clearly so poignant to me that I can't even remember the whole bloody thing - that sort of struck a chord. Because this year has kinda been a mixture of insanely incredible, stressful af, out of this world, absolutely vile, more confusing than Kanye's onstage rants and the funniest and most fun year of my life.

So yeah, it kind of feels like I've been on a carousel that I couldn't get off of but finally, thanks to the Chrimbo Limbo - I F**KING LOVE YOU CHRIMBO LIMBO - I've finally had a minute to take a step back and look at this year and Jesus christ, it has actually, despite being so busy that I am incapable of finding the time to get even one paragraph into a blog post without having to finish it days/weeks later, despite the fact that I am so up to my eyeballs in work that I am currently struggling between signing to management and basically running away from life like, LOL LOL LOL BYE RESPONSIBILITIES AND ADULT LIFE, SEE YA LATER BYE FELICIA *insert ten waving hand emojis here*... despite all of those things, it has by far been the best year yet.

So I thought I'd list a few of my favourite things that have happened this year. Mostly to remind myself that the stress and mild/major breakdowns have all been worth it and partly because if you can't be a bit of a self indulgent tit at the end of the year, when can you? [insert cry laughter/"actually shrivelling up at the prospect of being self indulgent" emojis here].
1. Friendship
2017 was the year of Friendship. It was the year that my little army of really insanely amazing people fell together and I finally felt like, yeah, friends are about quality and not quantity and the few that I have in my life on a daily basis are pretty bloody amazing/hilarious/sass af! If you follow my social media/youtube/this blog/know me, you will know that Ally, otherwise known as my right arm (or the one with constantly amazing hair), has pretty much become one of the most integral parts to not only my happiness, joy, (can I say sass or will that make me a total knob? possibly) and general wellbeing, but generally just my life. We talk all day long (no YOU stay up up all night talking for 3 hours a night), we laugh all day long. But not just lol little laughs, like.... my face is so contorted and I am crying a river and I've actually given myself abs from the sheer amount of laughter, kind of laughter and fucking hell that is the best kind. I have never laughed like that in my entire life so for that I am just beyond grateful. But Ally is just one example, Jess has also been a huge part of my year (more on this later) creating some amazing memories - and some we/I would rather forget - as well as so so so many other blogging friends that I am lucky enough to do life with. Basically, I now have loads of people to message Gemma Collins memes too and that makes me really happy.

BRB while I vom in a bucket because apparently I am now the cheesiest person of all time.

2. Working with Primark
I have always, always been the biggest Primark fangirl. Always. I shop there on a weekly basis, a good 75% of my wardrobe is dedicated to it, at least 50% of the questions I'm asked on Instagram is "how do you always find the best pieces from Primark?" basically... I've just always loved it as much as Harry Potter and Harvey Specter and pizza takeaway nights combined. Earlier in the year I was contracted to work with them on their influencer program (which I think only consists of a very small amount of people) to create regular content and it was not only one of my successful campaigns in terms of engagement/relatability etc. but also in terms of the reaction of not only people - and The Sun because LOL this turnip ended up in an article about finding the best Primark pieces, linked here if you fancy a read - that follow me but also other brands/companies too. It was just so natural, so easy, because I do wear Primark everyday anyway so the content was no different from my usual apart from every other week I'd write "ad". And that is the kinda campaigns/work I will be doing in 2018. Projects that actually keep me up at night plotting and planning and generally being excited af about.

3. Nailing Box Set Life.
I decided to watch Grey's Anatomy all the way through for a second - and now a for a third, no I don't have a life, feel free to judge away - time and that's the moment that I realised that sometimes I do make really blinding decisions. 
4. Big round face plastered around London (soz London)
Having my rounder than usual face plastered all over London on bus stops, in newspapers, tube stations and a huge (mortifyingly huge) screen in Canary Wharf when I was part of the Santander Cycles campaign was maybe one of the unexpected things to happen this year. There was only 2 bloggers involved in that campaign alongside Jess Ennis and Jensen Button and it still blows my mind that I was picked. I still think deep down my Mum might have secretly sold our house/life and paid them to pick me because HOW?!?! 

5. Legit reason to fangirl
So, I'll let myself have a tiny second to fangirl over the fact that Zoella followed me on Instagram this year. I am generally the least fangirl human in life but I would be a big fat liar if I said it didn't put a smile on my face seeing her in my follower list after first discovering her when I was 16 (no YOU now feel old af). It was just... cool I suppose. Like, I'm not gonna whack it on my non-existent cv but I guess it's just nice to know that someone you've always thought was a total girl boss even knows you exist.

6. I walked the Red Carpet at the Cannes Film Festival
Erm, so, this still feels so weird to even say out loud because I refuse to believe that it's real but, I WALKED THE FRICKIN RED CARPET AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL. No really, I actually did, and I was invited and didn't just gatecrash. I was taken to Cannes by Mouten Cadet, the official wine sponsor for the festival as one of 4 "influencers" (using quotation marks because I hate that phrase more than Kanye loves Kanye) from the UK and Germany. We drank wine, walked the Red carpet, watched Twin Peaks (strangest thing I've ever seen, personally wouldn't recommend) and within 42 hours I was home. It was a total whirlwind but for a very brief second - when the security guard wasn't stood on my dress - I felt a little bit like a princess.

A very bedraggled, slightly half cut on Mouten Cadet wine princess, but a princess all the same.

7. Got paid to eat Pizza, Cheese fondue and Chocolate melts. No YOU nailed life.
I created my own edit for Zizzi. The Elle Next Door edit which obviously consisted of cheese fondue and pizza and a chocolate melt. (The other person involved was Lucy Meck from TOWIE who went for salads so that didn't make me feel like a grotesque wildebeest at all). Basically you could order my edit from Deliveroo and I think that's just a little bit cool af.
8. Watch your back Carrie Bradshaw
During October I moved to New York for just over 3 weeks with Jess and BRB WHILST I SHED A LITTLE TEAR OVER THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE. That trip was far from perfect and far from a holiday but my god we laughed. We bonded in a way that you can only bond if you spend 3 weeks in each other's pockets 24/7 (and happen to get food poisoning, I don't think I need to elaborate on that do I?), and we just fell in love with NYC even more than we already was. We explored all day, and watched Sex and the City at night. We stayed up for hours trying to swat a mosquito that had given us collectively 30+ bites. We ate the best food, 12 times a day. We became almost locals and could direct people everywhere. We felt like legit New Yorkers and OMG LIFE MADE. We switched off from our jobs for longer than we ever do at home and actually spoke about life rather than our work life. We just lived our best NYC life and I will forever be grateful for that trip of a lifetime and the memories that we'll never forget!

9. Getting involved with GIRLvsCANCER
If you don't know about Lauren - otherwise known as Lolli/Lozza - she is quite frankly one of the most incredible people I know. She was diagnosed with Breast cancer, fought it like a f**king girl boss, and then went on to create GIRLvsCANCER, an incredible online space for anyone also suffering from Cancer. As well as making the most babe'in Tit tee's with 25% of the proceeds going to GIRLvsCANCER's partner charities. To be involved with the Tit tee campaign and just to be in a position to maybe be able to help out in any way was a really special moment!

10. My Mum and Dad are legends. Just sayin...
If you thought I was a soppy twat previously then please prepare yourself for the mother of all sops. My Mum and Dad have always been complete and utter legends in my eyes... the kindest, most selfless, generous, amazing people I know. But this year I watched them basically give up their entire lives to take care of my Nan. She has Alzheimer's now and whilst she is still a lovely little old lady, she is also incredibly hard work. But they don't complain, they don't mope around like moaning Myrtle, they just get on with it. Mum and Dad (well, Mum, because I know 100% you will be reading this because let's be honest, you are forever my biggest fan), you are my heros!

Oh, and my brother is a mega, mega babe too who I'm super proud of although I could never actually tell him because he'd probably lob something at my head or generally take the piss.

ABC Studios sent me Grey's Anatomy memorabilia because they could tell I was fan. BRB WHILST I FANGIRL AND CRY INTO MY NEW DEREK SHEPHERD MUG OF TEA. And furthermore, recently asked to work with me. No, I'm sorry, still can't deal with this. I'll mention this again but when I've digested the most exciting information of all time.

12. Luke Danes Gilmore Girls is the love of my life.
I also started Gilmore Girls this year and my god I love it. Luke Danes is basically my perfect man. The end.

13. I became 5 years old again and it was wonderful.
This year I went on a press trip of a lifetime to Disney and I got to take a plus 1. I took Ally and sweet baby jesus, picture yourself laughing the hardest you've ever laughed, times it by100000, and that's what we were like the whole time (so so sorry to the rest of the group, we must have been a total nightmare... our bad). But it was magic. Pure, innocent, "am I 5 years old again?" magic. I was never a huge Disney Princess kinda girl but omg I am a fully fledged convert so if you could whack on the kettle and bring us a cuppa whilst I watch Beauty and the Beast, that'd be fab!

14. Youtube became a thing
I've been on Youtube for over 2 years now but around September time I decided to prioritise it a little more and it's honestly now such a big part of not only my work life but also just enjoyment. Yes videos take an age to edit and there's no doubt that Youtube possesses the most trolls of all platforms but for me anyway, it's by far the most rewarding. It blows my mind that I have a little community over there that watches every video and comments and I don't really think it's something I'll ever be able to full comprehend. So here's to more videos of me making a prat out of myself!

15. Gluten Free Dumplings, marry me?!
In NYC I discovered a place called Lili's 57. It's an old, run down Chinese restaurant which basically does the most insane gluten free chinese food (and just Chinese food in general, it became one of Jess and I's regular haunts)... and they have gluten free dumplings. Like, actual thick, stodgy amazing pork dumplings. If it's possible to die with joy then I am ready to go.
16. I travelled the world.
I almost forgot to mention this point because travelling has become such a normal part of my life that it didn't feel like one big point (which is ridiculous as it's by far the most important) but this year I was so frickin lucky to travel the world. From the US (6 times, not even Trump can stop me) to Italy to Scandinavia... I honestly just feel so #blessed to have been able to fall in love with so many different parts of the world. It's something that I have and never will take for granted and I am so bloody ready to see where 2018 takes me. (FYI, so far it's NYC, Paris and Budapest).

17. Priorities
I have a best friend who is inspiring (she's a paramedic, a blogger and a photographer - look at some of her sassy, amazing photos here I JUST CAN'T!!!!) and who also inspires me. Ally and I have so, so, so many plans for content next year and I am literally buzzing with excitement for you to see it all. I love that we laugh until we can't breathe anymore but I also love that we bounce ideas off each other all day long too. And I feel like this will hopefully sum up my 2018. Actually enjoying my job again because, and I think this might have been slightly evident over here, I started to fall out of love with a bit. This year I'm forgetting about numbers and focusing on what I'm actually creating. Because let's be honest, what's the point of having lots of numbers if what you're sharing with them is a little bit shit?

18. I ain't too bad
This was the year that I finally realised my self worth and I think most importantly, without transforming into the world's biggest tree hugging hippie of a person, I kinda started to like myself. *insert eye roll here* I know that I am the furthest person from perfect and will forever fail life and make hilariously bad decisions - that do make for good stories however so there is that - but I do know that I'm a good person. I'm kind (lol, still can't say anything nice about myself without shrivelling up inside) and thoughtful and I always try to make people feel good about themselves. This was the year that I managed to build myself up without relying on others to do so and I'm really grateful for that. I realised that I finally do believe that with hard work (and jesus christ this has been the year of hard work) I really can probably can do anything I put my mind to. 

And I think this is my cue to wrap this up. Thank you, as ever, for all of the incredible support this year. This year saw my social channels and my Youtube grow more than ever and I forever feel so sad that this little space - which will always be my favourite platform - was just something that I didn't have time for any more. But that will, and is changing in 2018. So thank you for sticking around. Thank you for having my back. Thank you for making my dreams a reality*

*Yeah, I truly, truly outdid myself on the cheese af stakes there.

Thanks so much for reading, see you in 2018!

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