My 21st Birthday

In case you haven’t gathered from my previous two posts, titled ’21 Things I Learnt in 21 Years’ and ‘Replying to My Dear My 21 Year Old Self Letter’, I turned 21 years old this month. I was fortunate enough to have two entire days dedicated to my Birthday celebrations – one with my two best friends and one with my family – so I thought I would write a post detailing how I celebrated my birthday.

Saturday 6th January 2018

For the past three years, I have organised a Surprise Birthday Day for my two best friends since their birthdays fall within two months of each other and in the summer holidays, meaning it is often harder to meet up due to conflicting schedules. If you’re interested, Grace’s post on the previous one is linked here. This year, they decided to return the favour and organise a Surprise Birthday Day for me.

We started the celebrations at Anna’s house with me opening my presents. I was extremely spoiled this year as Grace had remembered how much I had loved it when Molly, aka Beauty Spectrum on YouTube, had received 18 presents for her 18th birthday, and had decided to recreate the idea for my birthday, except with 21 presents for 21 years. I was so impressed that they had actually managed to think of that many present ideas! The presents included a Starbucks gift voucher, two helium 21 balloons, vegan cookies made by Anna, a H necklace and an arrow bracelet to match my arrow tattoo.

We then decided to watch La La Land because I had actually never seen it before, followed by two, very competitive, games of Sorry. I believe Anna won both games although it was extremely close both times.

My 21st present was an envelope containing a reservation for dinner at Jamie’s Italian in London Victoria. In November 2016, I wrote a list titled ‘101 things to do in 1001 days’ and one of the items on the list was to visit a Jamie Oliver restaurant, which Grace actually remembered and therefore decided to book it for my birthday dinner! The food was incredible – I would highly recommend the Ultimate Garlic Bread for starters. It was the perfect end to the day.

Wednesday 10th January 2018 

My actual birthday started out with brunch with Grace at Where The Pancakes Are in London Bridge where we ordered, you guessed it, pancakes! I ordered the sweet simple pancakes with chocolate sauce and banana – I would highly recommend.

My Mum then met me in Oxford Street for retail therapy. I had previously been given Gift Vouchers for Christmas and my Birthday so I was excited to spend them, especially since the January sales were on-going. Unfortunately I only ended up finding a pastel blue sports bra that I liked, but that just means I will have to go shopping again soon.

For dinner, my Dad and two siblings joined us at Mildreds in Soho, which is a vegetarian restaurant that also caters for vegans. Since my sister is vegan and I eat a plant-based diet at home, this was the perfect solution to ensure everyone was happy. I would recommend the sweet potato and green bean curry.

Comment below what you did for your most recent birthday! 

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Replying to My ‘Dear My 21 Year Old Self’ Letter

Dear Me,

First of all, Happy 21st Birthday! It’s insane to think that you are 21 whilst reading this because I still remember being 15 and being so sure that I wasn’t going to make it to my 18th birthday, let alone my 21st! I hope you are proud of yourself for how far you have come since then and are in a better mind-set. You are currently not in the best mind-set but definitely in a better mind-set than when you were 15. You still have your down days and are currently quite irritable and tend to isolate yourself, but you do feel better in yourself overall. I hope that you are less irritable and not isolating yourself as much because people will only stick around for so long before finding someone else who will treat them better. Hopefully, you are reading this in an even better mind-set than now, content with life and surrounded by both friends and family who love you very much and have supported you in your journey. Please remember that blood is just a mixture of cells suspended in plasma and you do not have to feel guilty for not liking those related to you by blood. It is those who have shown that they are there for you that matter and it is perfectly acceptable to spend your time with them. No matter what, I hope you are happy because you deserve it so much.

I remember writing this a year ago and thinking that I was going to be this positive person who was never sad or had down days, which I now understand is never going to be the case, purely because that person does not exist! It is normal to be sad and to have down days – how else do you learn to appreciate being happy and having a good day?! Honestly, I still suffer from depression as much as I was a year ago, but my anxiety and confidence has improved so much in the past year. I am challenging the anxious thoughts in my head on a regular basis and am no longer letting them control me as I once did. I still have a long way to go and that’s okay – I’m hopeful that 2018 will be the year of growth and prospering that I want it to be.

I hope that you are still studying Physiotherapy. You will be in your third and final year whilst reading this and therefore so close to graduating and becoming a Physiotherapist. I hope that the idea doesn’t scare you as much as it does now and you feel more prepared. I really do hope that you have stuck with it despite the constant doubt and exams because you genuinely do love it and you will be a fantastic Physiotherapist. Just remember to keep brushing up on your anatomy!

I did stick with Physiotherapy and am currently in the second term of my third year, but the idea of graduating still terrifies me. This will be the first time I am out of full time education, although I do currently have a part-time job so it will not be my first job. I feel like there is still so much I don’t know and I don’t feel ready to be treating patients. Hopefully these next six months will make me feel more prepared.

I hope that you are more confident than you are now. I think your main problem is your lack of confidence in yourself, probably due to the fact that you have spent the past 5 years battling yourself as is common in anxiety and depression and therefore do not know whether to trust yourself. I hope that you have found a way to finally trust yourself and therefore found your confidence and are able to hold your head high.

I hope that you have a better idea of who you are as a person. I think your 20s are the years when you truly find yourself and decide what sort of person you want to be. I hope you have gotten better at applying make-up and have found your style, because at the moment your dress sense is a combination of lots of different styles. I hope you have gotten more piercings or tattoos if that is what you want and that you love them. I know sometimes you tend to be impulsive so I hope you took the time to think about your decisions beforehand because whilst piercings can heal, tattoos are permanent.

I have not actually gotten any more tattoos or piercings in the last year but I would like to get another cartilage piercing alongside my current one on my left ear. I will probably get another tattoo in the future but it will definitely be something small and meaningful and I do not currently have anything like that in mind. In terms of make-up and style, I think I have improved in both. I am finally finding my style and choosing what I like on myself rather than what I like on other people. I finally bought a foundation that is actually in my shade and my best friend Grace is always telling me my highlight is on fleek so I cannot be doing that badly?!

I hope that whatever your current relationship status is, you are happy. The past one and a half years have been a bit of a mess for you relationship wise. I think you got thrown in the deep end and forgot how to swim but are slowly learning. You are currently desperate for a significant other and as a result, have a tendency to dive headfirst into new relationships and end up getting hurt. Please remember that you are a whole without them – they will not complete you and should not have to. Whether it’s a boy or a girl you have decided to love or have not made up your mind yet, I hope that you are okay with your choice as are the people around you. As someone once said, those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

I am currently single, although I am open to the idea of a relationship if one presents itself. I am no longer trying to be in a relationship just for the sake of it, but instead am waiting for the right person to come along. I’ve been on a few dates and met a few potential people, but only time will tell whether they turn into something long-term. I still do not know whether that someone will be male or female, but I am excited to find out.

Forever and always,

Hannah

 

21 Things I Learnt In 21 Years

When you are reading this, I will be 21 years old. I will be 3 years into adulthood and finally able to consume alcohol in every country in the world. Over the course of my lifetime, I would like to think I have learnt a few things, so I decided to list 21 of the most important lessons I have learnt over the past 21 years.

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1. Travel changes the way you see the world. You never return from travelling the same person that you were when you left and that’s okay.
2. True friends will be honest with you, no matter how hard it is to hear at the time.
3. You cannot ignore your mental health.
4. FOMO may be a real feeling but it doesn’t always mean that you are missing out. Stop thinking that there is something better and start being more in the present.
5. People cannot read your mind. You have to be vocal about what you want and how you are feeling.
6. Sexual assault is never your fault, no matter what you said, did or wore.
7. It’s okay to not like clubbing.
8. Friendship is a two way street – if someone isn’t making an effort, sometimes it’s better to let them drift away.
9. Toxic people come in all shapes and sizes.
10. Journaling every day is the best way to understand your mind.
11. Healthy eating and exercise is a lifestyle, not a phase.
12. You are your own brand. The type of person you are will stand out more than how good you are at your job.
13. A negative mind-set will never give you a positive life.
14. It’s never too late to start. One step in the right direction is better than standing still.
15. There is no age when you start feeling like an adult.
16. Do not compare your blooper reel to someone else’s highlights.
17. Numbers will never give you satisfaction. It’s more important to make real life connections.
18. Music is the best way to turn a bad day around.
19. You will fail but it’s more about what you learnt from the experience.
20. Trust your gut, not your mind.
21. You will never be good enough for everyone, but whether you’re good enough for yourself is what’s important.

Comment below when your birthday is and how old you will be turning!

A Week In My Life – New York City

On the 27th December 2017, my Dad and I boarded a plane, armed with Starbucks and sandwiches, to New York City. I had never been to America before, let alone outside of Europe, so to say I was excited was an understatement.

We landed in JFK Airport shortly after midday and after a few minutes trying to figure out the train system, we finally managed to find our way to Harlem where we would be staying for the week. We had decided to use Air BnB for the duration of our trip because it is cheaper than a hotel and feels more homely. This was possibly the best decision we could have made as the host family were really friendly and happy to help us plans our days there, having insider knowledge of the city. They even had a month old puppy that we were allowed to cuddle and play with!

The first thing we did after unpacking was venture outside to find somewhere to eat. I had seen an Olive Garden on the walk to the apartment so we decided to go there as it was nearby and I had heard so many good things about their breadsticks. They did not disappoint but definitely contained enough salt for a few days’ worth! I also ordered a Grilled Vegetable and Cheese Piadina which was delicious but did not have the variety of vegetables I had hoped for.

After the late lunch, we headed to Central Park to explore and take some photographs. Of course we had to visit the famous Met steps where Blair often ate her lunch in Gossip Girl and I had to take my own photograph there.

We then decided to walk down to Times Square since it was just beginning to get dark and the billboards would be lit up. I had seen pictures of Times Square before but was not ready for just how big the billboards were – they were the size of buildings! From there, we walked down to see the Empire State Building lit up, taking a slight detour to Grand Central to see where the famous opening scene to Gossip Girl is set, before heading upstate to the Rockefeller Center with its famous Christmas tree and ice skating rink.

The next day we woke up at 8am, excited for our first full day in New York City. We started the day by heading downstate to the Meatpacking District where the High Line begins. For those of you not familiar with New York City, the High Line is a public park built on top of an old railway line that runs from the Meatpacking District to 34th street, offering views of the city from above and pieces of artwork. It was a peaceful escape from the buzz of New York City.

Walking along 34th street, we found the famous Macy’s on Herald Square and of course we had to go inside, even though I could not afford anything. Also along 34th Street is the Empire State Building, which looked just as impressive in the daylight as it did at night.

We had previously purchased tickets for the Rockefeller Center Tour and Top of the Rock Viewpoint. I had originally been unconvinced about the Rockefeller Center Tour but actually found that I had a good time and it was really interesting to learn about the history of the Center and the story behind the artwork on display. What made the tour even better though was the fact that we were able to head up to the Top of the Rock earlier than our allotted time so we could see the Empire State Building at sunset, which I had previously been disappointed about as all tickets had sold out. From here, we could see the whole of Manhattan, both at sunset and lit up in the dark. This was probably my highlight of the trip.

The next day we woke up at 7am, planning to get to Pier 39 at 9.30am to ensure we were on the first boat to see the Statue of Liberty. We had previously booked an All-Day Access Pass with New York Water Taxi which allowed us Hop On and Hop Off as often as we liked that day. There were four stops – Pier 39, Battery Park, South Street Seaport and DUMBO, Brooklyn, as well as passing beside the Statue of Liberty. We decided to stay on for the full circle the first time since the Statue of Liberty was last, ensuring that we missed the crowds and got the best possible picture we could, since it is not every day you see the Statue of Liberty. On the second circle, we got off at Battery Park and walked to Ground Zero which is the 9/11 Memorial Site, honouring the victims of the 9/11 attack. There is a museum there but we decided to just visit the two memorials which consist of two square-shaped pools whose walls are engraved with the names of the victims.

From Ground Zero, we decided to walk over to Wall Street. Wall Street is the best known as the financial centre thanks to the Stock Exchange situated here. Near to Wall Street is the Wall Street Bull, otherwise known as the Charging Bull, a bronze sculpture which represents financial optimism and prosperity.

From Wall Street, we walked to Brooklyn via the Brooklyn Bridge, the first bridge to connect the cities of New York and Brooklyn. From here, we caught the boat back to Pier 39 where we were able to board one of the buses to Times Square using our boat ticket. Times Square was certainly a lot less packed in the day-time but definitely did not look as impressive.

For dinner, we decided to get takeaway pizza since the time difference we definitely catching up on us. There was a place down the road from where we were staying called Oui Oui Pizza and Crepes which honestly looked a bit run-down but honestly did some of the best pizza I have ever had. 100% would recommend.

On the Fourth Day, as recommended by our host, we caught the tram from 59th Street and Second Avenue to Roosevelt Island. We were able to get incredible views of both Manhattan and Roosevelt Island from the cable car as well as being able to travel between the two places for the same price as the Metro. We decided to walk down to the Roosevelt Memorial to get a good view of Manhattan as well as to see the Pepsi sign in Long Island, a LED sign that is visible from both Manhattan and Roosevelt Island. On this day it was actually snowing and since Roosevelt Island has less foot traffic than Manhattan, we also got to take lots of snow photos since the snow was mostly untouched.

For lunch, we decided to get the tram back to Manhattan and head to PJ Clarke’s, another recommendation of our host. It was more on the expensive side but the food was worth the price. My Dad said that it was the best burger he has ever had whilst I would say it was the second best burger, only beaten by Bill’s.

From here, we got the subway to Washington Square Park. Here, we visited Washington Square Park, the Magnolia Bakery featured on an episode of Sex & The City and the apartment used as the exterior shot of the apartment building on Friends. We then headed back DO, a cookie dough confectionary store, which was featured on an episode of Lucie for Hire, a Refinery29 series on YouTube. Honestly, it tasted exactly like the cookie dough I used to sneak as a child, apart from this cookie cough is completely safe to eat. I ordered Cake Batter and Gimme S’more and both Dad and I agreed that Cake Batter was the tastier option.

On our final full day, we got off to a late start as I woke up with a nosebleed and pain in the heels of both my feet when I walked. We had decided the night before to head over to the Radio City Music Hall to complete the backstage tour as well as to see Times Square before the Ball Drop tonight, but unfortunately since it was New Year’s Eve, the entirety of mid-town had been cordoned off in preparation for the big event. Instead we decided to head upstate to the Yankee Stadium before heading back to the apartment to join in on the New Year’s Eve Party that our host family were having.

About 10.30pm we decided to head out to Central Park to see the New Year fireworks. It was about -17 degrees Celsius outside so we were both wrapped up with thick winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves, with promises of hot chocolate on our return. The fireworks were amazing, reminding me of the ones from New Year’s Eve in Embankment, London. It was definitely worth facing the freezing wind to go.

Overall, I had an incredible time in New York City and it was honestly a dream come true. I definitely underestimated how cold it was going to be so I would definitely pack more thermal clothing next time, but I think it would be nice to see the City in the spring/summer when it is warmer and I can wander around without getting frostbite! It was the perfect 21st Birthday Present so thank you to both my parents.

Comment below if you have ever been to New York City and what your favourite part was!

Instagram Accounts That Inspire Me

Inspired my Midnight Wanderer’s post linked here.

Shannon Barry

So, Crohn’s Disease. Have you googled it yet? If not, let me fill you in. Don’t worry, I know what I’m talking about because I literally google “Crohn’s” every other day. It’s my version of Facebook stalking myself, only much more anonymous and sadder. Crohn’s is a chronic gastrointestinal disease. By now you have probably looked it up and recognised some of the symptoms from your own life – don’t worry. Pretty much anything sounds like a symptom. You can rest easy, you don’t have Crohn’s. Unless, of course, you do, which is why your mom/aunt/random Facebook friend sent you the link to this blog. In that case, sorry.

If you haven’t already gathered from the bio above, Shannon has Crohn’s Disease, something that is very prevalent throughout her blog and her Instagram. But what I love most about Shannon, apart from her honesty and how she always expresses her gratitude for the life she lives, are the short stories that accompany each Instagram post. The stories can range from recapping a day she had with friends to a night spent in the bath because her symptoms have flared up again, but the one thing that have in common is that they always leave me reflecting on my own life.

Sophie Rosie

Hello, my name is Sophie Rosie… but I’d love it if you’d call me Soph. I’m a 23 year old girl currently trying to brunch and blog her way through finding her feet in the big city of London. I write about life, career & work, fashion & style, as well as hopefully providing some inspiration to achieve some of your goals too. I really hope you enjoy.

Soph is one of my favourite bloggers at the moment and one of the main inspirations behind my blog. She has recently moved to London, which I can relate to having moved to London for University two years ago. I especially love when she posts about a new cafe she has discovered in London because I love trying new food places. She is honestly someone I feel I could be best friends with, united by our love of brunch and coffee.

Kalyn Nicholson

Caffeinated soccer mom to my dog. Documenting life via jpg/mp4 so I can watch it back when I’m old and senile.

Kalyn is a lifestyle YouTuber who is best known for her GYST and mental health videos. After watching one of her YouTube videos, I always feel inspired and like I can take on the world.

Olivia Vargus

Sup babes, make sure to thrive today.

Olivia, or Liv, is a lifestyle YouTuber who uploads videos about college, being vegan and loving yourself. What I love about her videos are how honest they are and how much her personality comes through, her videos feel real and personal to her. She is one of the most positive people I know and I hope to, one day, be as positive a person as she is.

Monica Church

My name is Monica. I’m just a 20 something year old girl trying to navigate the world. I dropped out of college to pursue the digital lifestyle and am now stuck in a place of unfulfillment and confusion. Like most people my age, I’m not sure what I want to do with my life – but I’n going to find out and take you along with me! Welcome to My Millennial Life Crisis.

Monica has a main channel but I prefer her vlog channel where she uploads sometimes daily, sometimes weekly, vlogs. As a long-time viewer, I have been able to watch her transform her life over the past year from one of unfulfillment to one where she seems a lot happier and content with life.

Comment below who inspired you most in 2017!

2017 In Review

One of my favourite types of videos to watch are Year in Review videos where someone recaps their year using footage obtained from throughout the year. Morgan Yates is one of these YouTubers who not only does Year In Review videos where she includes a second of footage from each day throughout the year, but also does review videos of certain periods in her life including Summer 2017 and her senior year of High School. Since it’s officially the end of 2017 when this post is being uploaded, I thought I would write a post summarising and reflecting back on my 2017.

January

January is my birthday month so the start of the month consisted of birthday celebrations including a visit to the Harry Potter Studios in London with my best friend Grace. I had never been before so I was excited to go as someone who had grown up watching the films and reading the books. I actually read the entire seventh Harry Potter book the day it came out, I was that big of a fan! Grace had been before but she had never been during #hogwartsinthesnow, which is when the studio is decorated during the winter months with fake snow and Christmas-themed décor. You can check out her post here.

I also went on Physio Tour this month. For those of you who not at University, this is a weekend away with your course mates at a surprise location filled with fun activities, most of them involving alcohol of some sort. This year it was Cardiff, which was freezing cold since it was the middle of winter and therefore made dressing up very hard, but was a beautiful town and made for some exceptional photographs.

February

The highlight of February for me was a trip to Oxford with Grace, which is a city in central southern England, known best for its prestigious University. I had only ever been to Oxford once before when I was touring Universities so I was excited to return and properly explore the town. What I love about Oxford is that it is a traditional town in that it is full of old buildings and it is also strongly encouraged to walk or cycle to get around the town rather than drive. You can check out her post here.

February also consisted of Valentine’s Day, or Galentine’s Day for someone like myself who is single. For the past couple of years, I have met up with friends on Valentine’s Day and gone out for dinner with them at a nice restaurant and this year was no exception. We decided to go to GBK this year because I am in love with their burgers and skinny fries.

March

March was a stressful month for me because I had my OSCEs at the end of the month. For those of you who aren’t medical students, OSCEs are practical exams where you are presented with a scenario and a ‘patient’ and required to treat them as you would on a hospital ward. Thankfully I passed and was able enjoy my Easter break without having to worry about re-sits.

March was also the month in which I saw Dodie live for the first time on her Intertwined tour. Her voice is incredible and I adore her quirky personality.

April

April consisted of the Easter holidays. My family and I actually went away for a weekend during this time to our local PGL centre, which is an adventure camp that caters for everyone from school trips to families looking for a weekend away. It was a weekend filled with abseiling, canoeing, archery and zip wiring.

May

May consisted of study leave and then my final exams for the year. As a study break, Grace and I decided to go see The Vamps in concert. The main reason we decided to get tickets was because Sabrina Carpenter was opening for The Vamps and we are both huge fans of her, but we both also enjoy listening to the Vamps so it was the perfect combination.

June

June was a month of travelling. I went to visit my sister at her University in Bristol and from there we took a day trip to Bath since neither of us had ever been before. I also went to visit a friend in Southampton who goes to University there. I had been to Southampton before briefly when I was looking around at Universities but had never explored the town so I was excited to see it from the view point of a local.

June also was the starting month of this blog, the 17th of June to be exact. It has been 6 months since then and I have gained 272 followers (as of the time I’m writing this post) and have grown to love blogging and the blogging community. Here’s my first post in case you’re curious!

July

For the past few years, I have organised a birthday day-out for my two best friends, Grace and Anna, in the middle of July since it falls exactly in-between their two birthdays. This year was no different. We went to Afternoon Tea at the Tea Terrace in Selfridges in London Victoria, followed by a trip to Covent Garden for shopping and to see their flower displays. Unfortunately it was actually raining that day so the photographs did not come out as planned but that is the reality of British weather!

August

August brought along the official start of the summer holidays. It started with a 2 week holiday in Italy with my family, exploring Rome, Florence and Venice. It was honestly such an incredible experience and I got to see some beautiful sights. I did blog posts on each of the places I travelled which you can read here.

I also went to see Against The Current for the fourth time, at the same venue where I saw them for the first time two years ago in December 2015. Since then they have only grown in popularity and talent, so it was incredible to be able to compare the two experiences and see just how much they have grown since then. I got to meet them for the second time and was relieved to find that I am still taller than Chrissy!

September

September brought the end of the summer holidays and the return to University for my third and final year of University. But before then I managed to escape to Barcelona for a week with Grace which is a place packed full of culture and beautifully designed buildings. You can check out my blog post here for more photographs and an itinerary of my week.

I officially moved into my student flat for the year with two other allied medical students who I hadn’t met prior to this year. It was a gamble but I can safely say that three months later, it was the best gamble I ever took. I adore the flat and the independence that comes with it, and we all still hang out as a trio, although less often now due to our competing schedules.

We had our annual girls’ trip to Brighton, although this year we didn’t paddle in the sea because it was extremely windy and cold since it was the beginning of Autumn. Instead we did some shopping in the Lanes, had hot chocolate at Choccywoccydoodah and took photographs along the Pier.

At the end of September, I went to Paphos in Cyprus for my cousin’s wedding. It was honestly such a beautiful location for a wedding, which was probably why there was a wedding a day! Since it was during the school term and also quite expensive, only my Mum and I were able to go and I am incredibly grateful to my parents for letting me take a week off University and for paying for me to go. I had an incredible time, lazing beside the pool with an all-inclusive bar only a few feet away.

October

In October I hit 200 followers on my blog which was crazy to me seeing as I only started blogging in June. Thank you to you all who have followed and continue to follow my blog – I am incredibly grateful to you all.

October also consisted of seeing Dodie for the second time on her You Tour. In my opinion, she was even better than the first time we saw her live, having grown in confidence in the months since her previous tour. My favourite song to hear live was In The Middle and she even donned a pride flag for the duration of the song.

October was also the month that I started bouldering. For the first two years of University I had been part of the hockey club but this year I was excited to try something new. It was actually my flatmate who first introduced me to climbing and since then we have gone together on a weekly basis. It’s really addicting and a fun way to keep fit!

November

November was another stressful month. I was on placement working 10 hours a day, four days a week as a student Physiotherapist. Thankfully the weeks passed quickly, possibly due to just how much I was learning every day, and I was able to finish the placement with a pass.

November was also the month I finally visited Anna at her University in Durham. I have extended family that lives in Durham so I had been before a few years earlier but I was excited to see it from a student’s point of view. We got to finally meet her housemates and see for ourselves all the places she had told us so much about. You can check out my blog post here about the trip.

December

December started off with Beautycon, which is a one-day event that brings together content creators, brands and fans, united by their love of make-up. I had been last year but this year was bigger and better for sure – there were more brands, more freebies and even more photo opportunities. You can check out my blog post here for more details about the day.

This year was also the fourth year I’ve gone to Winter Wonderland. For those of you who don’t live in England, Winter Wonderland is a Christmas event held in Hyde Park. There is an ice rink there, roller-coasters, an ice bar and stalls selling a range of products from lights to jewellery to hot chocolate. My two best friends and I always make sure to go every year when it’s dark because it’s so beautiful when it’s lit up. Grace recently uploaded a blog post showing some of the photographs we took this year.

December also consisted of my first ever trip to New York. For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed about going to New York during the Christmas period and this year my dreams are finally coming true. I am so excited for the trip! Stay tuned for a post about my adventures.

And that is my 2017! I hope you have enjoyed reading my recap of the year. Be sure to check out Morgan Yate’s latest Review video all about her summer, linked here, and I will see you all in 2018!!

My Favourite Vlogmas and Blogmas 2017

First of all, Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you have all had an incredible December so far and feel prepared for the big day tomorrow. Since tomorrow is Christmas Day, I decided to upload this post a day earlier.

As tomorrow marks the official last day of Vlogmas and Blogmas, I thought I would list my favourite YouTubers and Bloggers who have completed it this year. I honestly have so much respect for anyone who has done either, because I cannot imagine how stressful it must have been to come up with and upload 25 consecutive posts. Congratulations to all that have completed either and enjoy your well-deserved rest!

Vlogmas:

AlishaMarieVlogs
Alisha Marie is a lifestyle YouTuber who has a vlog channel where she uploads almost daily vlogs throughout the year. She is probably best known for her Vlogmas though because of her intros. They are so extra but one cannot help but love them! They normally involve her cute dog, Chloe, messing up her Christmas decorations in some way. Go check them out this year’s intro here.

MichelleOutOfHerShell
Michelle Reed is a lifestyle YouTuber who also has a vlog channel where she uploads vlogs about her life in college in NYC. This is the third year she has done Vlogmas. How she manages to vlog and upload on a daily basis alongside studying for finals I will never know!

Niki De Mar
Niki is one half of Niki and Gabi who have a channel together where they produce lifestyle and music videos on a weekly basis. Niki De Mar is Niki’s channel where she uploads vlogs as well as videos she has produced on her own without her twin sister.

Morgan Yates Vlogs
Morgan Yates is a lifestyle YouTuber who has a vlog channel. In the summer she graduated from college so is currently in the midst of sorting out all her belongings and finding an apartment in LA. Her personality really comes through her in vlogs which I adore because I feel like sometimes people edit their vlogs so much you don’t really see their personality.

MandevilleVlogs
The Mandeville Sisters, Amelia and Grace, have a main channel where they upload comedy skits and weekly vlogs, but they also have a vlog channel where they take it in turns to upload a daily vlog. The sisters are very different in terms of personality and styles so it’s interesting to watch as they both have very different vlogging styles.

Blogmas:

Grace
Grace is a beauty and lifestyle blogger who normally uploads on a weekly basis, except for Blogmas. She is a self-proclaimed Christmas fanatic and also my best friend. She is the reason that I started blogging so I am very appreciative of all her help. My favourite posts of hers are her London adventures, normally because it’s nice to read about the event from someone else’s point of view.

Sophie Harris
Sophie is a UK based vegan lifestyle blogger who loves classic history, dogs and food, or at least according to her twitter bio she is. What I love about Sophie is that she writes about current controversial issues such as veganism, dealing with mental health issues and sexual assault.

Sage Olivia
Sage is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger who lives in California. I’ve previously written about her before where I expressed my love for her travel posts over the summer, but she is currently back at college so her posts are now about her life at college as well as her experience of living in California.

Don’t Give A Jam
Jamie is a lifestyle blogger and is honestly one of my favourite bloggers because of how much her personality shows through her posts. I feel like I know her on a personal level. She is a keen Netflix watcher and pizza lover, which I feel like everyone can relate to. My favourite posts of hers are her Coffee Talk blog posts.

Belle
Belle is a lifestyle blogger who is another of my favourite bloggers because of how honest she is through her posts and how she always takes the time to reply to her comments. She has recently made the move home to Ireland after travelling for a while and so is getting accustomed to living back at home again.

Comment below any Vloggers or Bloggers I have missed that I should check out!