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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Best Of 2013

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Where Are You Now?' - Honor Society ♫ ♪

I will try to keep this post short and sweet, but it will be really hard. This year has been one of the best years of my life and I couldn't be happier right now! Lots of amazing things happened and I got to experience things I never thought I would...
September Fashion Week | Lost in the woods | I went to Byron Burger a lot this year! | BBC Proms | Flying to and from uni | Breakfast at The Baltica Cafe in Lewes | MOBO Awards in Glasgow | Fun in London with Amani | Milkshakes with Hannah | The gang at roller disco! | Hannah and I at a concert | I look at rocks at uni everyday | Cat and I meeting Henry Holland! | Camping at Mumford & Sons | London OOTD | View of the city from the library | Laduree macarons | On the catwalk at LFW | My funky roller skates | Eating another Byron Burger | Linette and I on a parade float | Meeting the Spice Girls with Jemma | Confetti| Beautiful fashion show | Cheers!
Music: I camped for three nights at a mini music festival with my sister and her uni friend. It was the best experience ever and the weather was perfect. This year I saw: Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Vampire Weekend, Johnny Flynn, Nina Nesbitt, Rudimental, Fuse ODG, AlunaGeorge, Laura Mvula (twice), Professor Green, Ella Eyre, Tinie Tempah, The Vaccines, So Solid Crew, Iggy Azalea, A*M*E, Fake Club, Charlie XCX and Skepta. Whoooa that's a lot of performers in a year! 
I also went to the BBC Proms three times and saw some great orchestral performances as well as the very first Urban and Gospel Proms!
I also started my music blog 'Tempo Tribe' and you can find it HERE!
Theatre: Going to the theatre is a massive part of my life and I don't think I will ever stop going! This year I saw 'Viva Forever', 'Singin' In The Rain''Othello', 'Loserville''The Amen Corner''ONCE' and 'A Comedy Of Errors'. I will try to see some shows in Aberdeen, but uni work will always come first.
Food: Judging by the fact that I gained half a stone this year, I definitely made and ate some great food. From the help of my many recipe books, YouTube and my own original recipes I really made use of my kitchen. 
My Oreo truffles got luxurious with the addition of chopped hazelnuts and white chocolate, mmmmmm.
I also tried my hand at making pies (with pastry from scratch) and made chicken, bakewell, whoopie, apple, lemon meringue, blackberry, chocolate and custard.
And boy, did I bake a lot of cake too! Raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes and blondies for Breast Cancer Awareness. As well as Magic Custard Cakes (original and chocolate version)! 
I did lots of non-bake healthy foods as well such as cooking with seafood, fish, soups, salads (I now live off couscous salads!) and smoothies!
Fashion: I experiments more with fashion this year and wore clothes that I would never have worn before (e.g. jazzy prints, large beanie hats, leather leggings). I embraced more colour into my life and wore lots of whites, greens and orange, which is a HUGE step up from my normal blacks and greys! 
After going to both seasons at London Fashion Week, I realised that it's a really exciting atmosphere, but is also really, really lonely if you go alone. But I am still really greatfull to have been invited to shows and also review shows for the British Style Bloggers.
I also went to Graduate Fashion Week with Cat, which opened my eyes to the real fashion industry and how talented uni grads are! We also met Henry Holland and saw Hilary Alexander, which was fabulous! 
My friends and I attended Aberdeenshire Fashion Week, which showcased amazing local talent too.
This year, I have learnt so much about the industry and how hard people work to make it a success! It's not just watching models go down a catwalk!
Beauty: I am still not a makeup lover, but I'm getting there. I FINALLY got my eyebrows threaded this week and I cried with pain. But as they say "Beauty is pain" and they now have shape!
I think I own every nail polish colour under the sun and tried my hand (ha, pun) at a lot of nail art. Most were a total fail, but I will just try again next year and make sure I get it right! 
I am a big fan of skincare and I tried to keep my complexion in tip-top shape so that I didn't need a lot of makeup. From reading lots of beauty blogs, I discovered the foods I need to eat more of in order to maintain this good skin too. 
Other Highlights: 
 - Meeting 4/5ths of the Spice Girls (I will shut up about this eventually, I promise!)
 - Becoming an Access All ASOS Insider
 - Trying out Roller Disco (which I sucked at), which was fun!
 - Reaching a huge page view milestone
 - Shortlisted for 'Fashion Blogger Of The Year'!!!!! YEAHBOY! That was amazing even though I didn't win.
 - Changing my hair colour. I officially went brunette and this was a big deal for me as I have never changed my hair colour.

Thanks for following me on my 2013 journey. I promise that 2014 will be bigger and better! :)
How was 2013 for you? Let me know below!
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