It’s been a crazy year to say the least, one full of ups and downs. But I feel that I can honestly say it’s been the best year of my life and here’s why…
January truly felt like a new start for the first time in my life. Normally January is just a carry on from the year before, nothing really changes and I never understood what everyone was talking about when they said it was time for a change. But in 2017, January really did feel new and like things were changing. My best memory from January was visiting Torcross, Devon with my family. We do this every January for my Uncle’s birthday and it’s always one of my favourite get aways of the year.
February came, Lewis and I started talking about moving in together. We decided Brighton was the place we were going to start this journey. We must have looked at about 10 flats? Most of them were awful but one stole both our hearts. This gorgeous little flat in a gothic, Victorian house. It had a view of both piers and the i360. And just like that, we made the phone call in a little cafe 2 minutes away called Raise (unfortunately it recently closed down) and we got the flat! Here are a few photos of our gorgeous little place before we moved in. I’m sitting in that living room right now writing this, it’s now full of furniture and happiness.
March came and we were falling in to Spring, my favourite season. A day that stands out to me is Mother’s Day. We visited a house in Hambledon, Surrey. The house is private but the 5 acres of garden are open to the public. Later this year, the house was the film set for BBC1’s tv show ‘Howard’s End’. It was perfect, I got lost in the gardens and I didn’t mind one bit. I love visiting gardens like this, the are so big you can find a place where no one else is and just think for a while.
April mainly consisted of moving Lewis in to the flat (I moved in in July due to work). We started getting to know the area a bit by trying out lots of bars and restaurants. We also went to Washed Out Festival in Brighton where we got to see lots of small bands play in the local pubs and bars. This really helped us get to know the area well plus see lots of bands that we loved. I vlogged the whole festival and the video is on my youtube channel if you want to see what we got up to! I also went the Thorpe Park for the first time ever! I went with Lewis and still to this day it’s one of my favourite date days we’ve ever done!
Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
Stealth, Thorpe Park
I started May with a look through some old photos of my Mum’s. She found them in the loft I think and I fell in love with them. My favourite is the one of her in a photo booth, she looks just like me. Later that month I organised my cousin’s Hen Party as I was Maid of Honour. We celebrated in Bath at a wonderful hotel. Everything went to plan and we had a lovely weekend away before the big day! I also visited Monaco, France for the Grand Prix with my parents. We’ve been long time fans of the Formula One since I was a child and it had always been mine and my Dad’s dream to watch the Monaco Grand Prix. I filmed all my outfits while I was there and you can watch the video on my channel. While I was in Monaco, I also purchased my first Celine bag.
My Nan and her sisters with their boyfriends, who they are still married to! My Nan is the second girl from the left.
My Mum in Brighton aged around 4/5
Anna’s surprise Hen Do set up
The cottage we stayed in, Bath
Saw Brighton from the plane
Our seats in Casino Square
Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes
My Celine Nano in the colour Souris. Click here to watch the Unboxing Video
June was a crazy month! My cousin Anna, got married and I was her Maid of Honour. It was honestly one of the best days of my life, seeing basically my big sister get married. Everything was beautiful. I was surrounded by family and friends. I had the most amazing opportunity to stand next to Anna as she read her vows, I felt so overwhelmed, it was a beautiful moment. Here are a few photos from the big day.
In July, I finally decided to take my youtube channel more seriously. For the last year and a half, it had been a wonderful hobby of mine but I wanted it to become more than that. For the six months previous to this, I had been uploading a video every week on my channel. This was a huge a achievement for me and something that I carried on through out the year. I’m proud to say there has been a video uploaded to my channel every week this year, it was a lot of hard work. But I wanted more. I started to take the time to create more instagram content and put more work in to my social media outlets. It’s something I’ve enjoyed a lot and I feel the content I create is getting better. I hope you’ve been enjoying it too. I’ve learnt so much through doing this and can’t wait to see what more I can achieve in 2018. It was also the month I finally moved to Brighton. I left a job that I loved and had been at for 5 years back in London. I packed my things and moved in with Lewis and I haven’t looked back since. It’s been amazing and I’m so grateful I was able to do this. Living with my best friend, boyfriend and the most wonderful person I’ve ever met is amazing. And to top it off it was Summer! Summer in Brighton is on another level. I was able to sun bathe on the beach, no plane or passport needed!
A few of my favourite outfit posts from July
My favourite florist in Brighton
Rachel has arrived!
My birthday month! I turned 23 this month, which I don’t really like as I hate the number three. Anyhow, I got to see my all time favourite band Enter Shikari, play a tiny venue in London. It was a fantastic night, but what else would you expect from an Enter Shikari gig? I settled in to Brighton life, visiting all the sights and soaking up the sun. I experienced PRIDE in Brighton, an LGBT festival for the first time and it was a blast! The atmosphere was electric! I also got to interview Victory Lane for my youtube channel which was such a fantastic opportunity and I’m forever grateful to the guys for helping me out. I also went to Devon to visit BoardMasters Festival. This was an amazing experience. I went with Lewis and his Mum. We saw some amazing artists like Alt-J and Stormzy. Me and Lewis have a long history of going to festivals together. We’ve been to Reading festival 4 times together so trying a different one was refreshing. It’s something we will always love to do together, we have such a love for music, especially live music.
Rou Reynolds from Enter Shikari
I got Chris’ guitar pick from the gig
Settling in the Brighton life, mainly going to cafes
Small Batch, Brighton
Making new friends, here’s Tom
Soaking up the sun
Interviewing Victory Lane
Lewis’ Mum’s dog, Minnie
Exploring at Boardmasters Festival
In September the sun started to not show itself as much which always puts a downer on things. I got to see Enter Shikari again which of course was delight. I finally got a job nannying three children which I love and pottered around Brighton as per. I also started filming my mood board for my youtube channel which is actually one of my favourite videos to film. Nothing much stands out from September but here are a few snaps.
Annotations on my mood board
My favourites the top right
October is the month of Lewis’ birthday. We had lots of Lewis’ friends over for the weekend and it was truly wonderful. For some reason I didn’t take any photos which is silly I know. I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it!
My best friend and love of my life
The Flour Pot bakery, Hove
November started off with Fireworks night. It was the first time I didn’t go to our famous fireworks night back home in London. We went to the show at the racecourse in Brighton, it was good but it wasn’t London. Lewis and I went to Covent Garden, London due to major London with drawl symptoms. I went shopping in London with my parents and accidentally fell in to Gucci and tried on all the shoes. I took Mum to an Opera Exhibition as part of her Christmas present, which was really interesting and so beautiful. Lewis and I also saw Enter Shikari two more times, in Brighton and London! It was a pretty jam packed month. I actually spent so much time in London it felt like I had moved back!
Covent Garden, this puffer jacket is the best
Those Gucci loafers, those Gucci boots… I need them all
The V&A Museum, London
Wise words in a toilet cubicle
Going out out
Normally my most hated month. Christmas has never been a favourite holiday of mine. Not sure what it is but always seems to disappoint? Anyway, this December was different. In fact it was brilliant. I started off the month with a stroll through the lanes with Lewis and my parents. You can read about that in a previous blog post. Lewis and I visited a new bar that opened in Hove called Hixon Green. I visited Winter Wonderland in London for the first time! It was fantastic! We went with Lewis’ Mum, cousin and childhood friend plus got to meet up with my parents there. We had so much fun and went ice skating, saw the circus and visited the Ice Bar which was so cool (pun intended). I also spent Christmas Day with Lewis for the first time in the four years we’ve been together. It was wonderful. It was also the month I started this blog! I’m so so proud of it and so thankful for the support. I’m surprised at how much I’ve been loving writing the posts. It’s been very therapeutic for me and sharing my photos has been so lovely. So thank you.
In an antique store in the Lanes
I did an outfit post for this outfit
Hixon Green, Hove
Winter Wonderland, London
There was a sloth in the Ice Bar
Our first Christmas Day spent together (4th xmas together)
The tree at Lewis’ Uncle’s house
The tree at Lewis’ Dad’s house
Popcorn the cat
So that’s 2017 wrapped up. I can’t wait to see wait 2018 brings. Thanks so much for your support for my youtube channel and now my blog. It means the world. Happy New Year! On an end note, here’s what I wore for NYE. Lot’s of love R x