Saturday, 28 December 2013

Reflection and Resolutions


People always start the year by saying 'this year feels like it's going to be a good year.'
 But not me, oh no. I knew 2013 would be extremely hard, what with it being my final year of university. It turned out to be a pretty good year anyway despite being busy and stressful.
Here's what I got up to and some of my favourite outfits from each month:
It's odd looking back actually, as I was at uni in Southampton at the beginning of the year, but as of now I'm been back living at home for 7 months. Anyway, in January we had a surprising blanket of snow making Southampton look pretty for once. February was just as chilly. March I had one of my frequent visits to Winchester. I remember this was a stressful time, what with writing a dissertation, being in the sewing studio 50 hours a week, and the search for plus size models.
April: I remember having just bought that new dress and bag. I'm quite jealous of my old self being able to treat myself to clothes with my student loan, as I can't do that anymore unfortunately. May, standing under a beautiful cherry blossom tree in Winchester. June, back at home after finishing university, and Summer had officially begun. This is when I started my 3 month internship at Anna Scholz, and made amazing friends.
May was extra special as I finished university, and my final collection walked the solent graduate fashion show. It was worn by 6 lovely girls who did me a massive favour and I will always be forever grateful. It was a very proud moment!
July and August were hot, hot months. I remember saying to myself that if I can survive 30 degree heat (and more) travelling on the boiling hot tube every day whilst interning in London, then I can survive anything. And I did. I got the month of September off, and went away for a few days with my parents, and then a short visit to the Isle of Wight with my auntie. 
In October I turned 23 which is slightly scary. I got to experience a mad hatters afternoon tea, as well as going up the Shard. I also started my internship at Evans! Then in November it was finally graduation day! I also found out that I had been chosen as an ASOS Insider, then in December I got to visit the ASOS HQ.


Looking back at what I wrote at the end of 2012, I made a list of resolutions for 2013 which I had completely forgotten about. What is really nice, is that the most important resolution I made was to graduate uni with a 2.1, and I actually did it! So even though I didn't fully complete the others, I am still pretty proud. Although, I did also read a lot of books which was also on the list.

As I said at the beginning of this post, I'm not one to speculate about how 'amazing' next year will be, as the likelihood of living up to your own high expectations are slim. If anything, I find the concept of 2014 much more scarier than 2013, as I have absolutely no plans. This is the first year of my life where I've not go college, or uni or anything else to look forward to. I'm now actually in the real working world, thrown into the middle of it, constantly searching for my future. (I have of course done 6 months of interning since finishing uni, but as of January I am unemployed) So bearing this is mine, these are my 2014 resolutions:

1. Find a job, or start my own business, or failing those consider doing a Masters degree. Who knows? I just want the ball to start rolling, and hopefully be in a secure position by the end of the year.

2. Clear out the spare room and create a sewing studio. Possibly start making and selling clothes.

3. Work harder, blog more often and build this blog up to what I visualise it to be. Experiment with new idea's, photography etc.

4.  Go abroad. I. Need. A. Holiday.

5. Continue with reading lots of books. Try to read MORE if possible.

6.  Be happy.

Have you had a good 2013?
And what are you resolutions for next year?

Happy new year everyone!


  1. Happy New Year, Charlotte! I've been following your blog for a few weeks now. I found you through Lauren from Pocket Rocket's post on your clothing line. I love these end-of-year recaps with the favorite outfit posts and reflections on the year. I certainly hope resolution #2 comes true for you because I'd buy pretty much everything from your Big Apple collection, and I know I'm not alone. :-)


    1. Happy New Year, Liz!
      That's so lovely to hear! Thanks for the support. Selling some of my designs is definitely something I'm seriously considering this year :)

    2. Seconded! Your clothes are too cute!

  2. I absolutely love your fashion collection, everything about it is fabulous! You have great style too! I missed a lot of last year because I am a more recent follower, but I can't wait to see what you get up to this year :)

    1. It's lovely having new followers, welcome! And thank you for reading!I have some exciting plans for the year to come so stayed tuned :) xx