Can you believe we’re approaching the last day of 2017?! This has definitely been the biggest year for my blog so far, from my redesign (yes it took me far too long to discover Pipdig), to collaborations with some of my favourite brands.
Here’s a rundown of my blogging highlights throughout 2017.
In case you missed the memo (where you been, girl?) I moved to London in January. That was a huge life change for me, and my blog initially took a back seat – not that I’d been especially good at keeping up with it in 2016. This ‘how to wear a leather skirt three ways‘ post was my first in London, shot in the courtyard of my new flat.
One of my most viewed posts this year is my interview with Edinburgh designers DelvesintoHollis. I’ve met some incredible people throughout 2017 through my blog, whether that be interviewing them, at events or on photo shoots.
February is a very important month in a blogger’s calendar: it’s Fashion Week, darling! Living in London meant I got to experience all LFW has to offer, and of course dress up for the occasion. If I’m honest Fashion Week was a bit pants this year, but I did get to go to a crisp cafe afterwards which was 10/10.
Bizarrely, one of my more popular posts this year was my guide to Valentine’s gifts that aren’t shit even after February had come and gone. So here you go y’all – get on it early for 2018 by perusing my handy guide.
The photography may be basic, but how fire (literally) is this outfit photographed at the Tate Modern?! The top was one of my boldest purchases in 2017, but I really loved it the moment I saw it, and still do. I have certainly embraced colour this year!
I also wrote a post on the women who inspire me. I really enjoyed writing this, and it encouraged me to get more personal on my blog – it is mine, after all.
Living in London was amazing for building my style confidence. I loved this bold and colourful leopard print look, and I got lots of compliments wearing it too! While putting together fun outfits for my blog is one thing, I also began to feel comfortable dressing as my true self when out and about, a truly invaluable personal development from 2017.
My flatmate Sarah dutifully helped me take outfit photos (she knows a gal’s got to #doitforthegram) including this fun embroidered shirt and bralet combo. I think this shirt must be one of my most complimented purchases of 2017!
My work bestie Alice Greenfield photographed this amaaazing purple themed shoot for me, which marked the start of a new level of photography for my blog.
Back in May I was still experimenting with YouTube. I’ve very much fallen off the wagon with this. Even though I love speaking on camera there’s something about vlogging that makes me cringe a little. However, in May I filmed one of my most ambitious videos (using cut-aways and everything! Oooo!) where I shared my tips for wearing spring trends.
This is the month I did my first photoshoot with a professional photographer. I had an amazing day with Amber from Bluebird and Thorn showing off my old Hollywood-inspired outfit. I also discovered a love for Shoreditch, surely London’s coolest neighbourhood.
June was a scorcher in London. I’m not used to dressing for summer, so I had great fun making the most of the weather in a sunny Covent Garden, and even posting a fiery outfit with snake print shorts! That would never have happened in Scotland.
In July I was sent an orange blazer from Scottish brand Mandi Candi, which inspired this photoshoot exploring dressing as a Girl Boss my way. I loved this photoshoot so much – I really did feel unstoppable as I posed in Canary Wharf.
I also got to go to YouTube’s Pride party, which was one of my favourite experiences while living in London. YouTube sure do know how to throw a party!
In August I finally got to go to the blogger hotspot Peggy Porschen, the most photogenic cake shop in London. This photoshoot with my lovely friend Alice Greenfield was amazing! Pink isn’t a colour I’d normally wear but when in Rome…
Speaking of colour, I also took part in a photoshoot with the colourful houses of Notting Hill as a backdrop. I do miss all the photo opportunities London has to offer. Manchester isn’t quite as pretty (#sorrynotsorry)
September was the month I said goodbye to London with mixed emotions. Being in London offered some amazing photography opportunities and it was here that I really gained confidence in both my blog and my style. But unfortunately I never got into the blogging community in the capital which was disappointing.
September was a quiet time on the blog as I adapted to some major life changes, but it was the month when I finally upgraded to being fully self-hosted and welcomed my gorgeous new blog design. Onwards and upwards!
This is the month I felt like I really got to be a part of Manchester’s blogging community. After posting in the Facebook group looking to meet new blogger pals, I was blown away by how friendly and welcoming everybody was! Being part of the Manchester Bloggers group also landed me a collaboration with Pretty Little Thing, which was an absolute dream come true.
In October I also published my most successful post ever. Like, ever ever. Walking away from my dream job wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I was overwhelmed with the support from my followers.
November featured two of my most popular posts of the year: ‘Being a Scot away from home‘ and ‘Why more brands should be like Joanie Clothing‘. The Joanie Christmas party was definitely one of my favourite blogging events ever. I also styled one of my favourite shoots of the year, featuring this amazing purple and orange playsuit from Cari’s Closet. However, I can confirm that shooting a bare-legged outfit in November is not the dream.
I also met some new blogger pals this month, including Laura from Smile At Style, and Emmi from Just Emmi. It’s been great getting to know ladies who understand the demands of blogging (just one more photo) and who’ve also shown me round Manchester.
It’s been a great year for my blog. Blogging has taught me a lot about content creation, and has been an amazing project to work on, regardless of what else has been happening in my life. I’ve gained so much confidence in my body and my personal style, and made some amazing friends along the way.
Thanks so much to all of you lovely readers for supporting my blog throughout 2017. I’ve had lots of fun and your kind comments always mean the world.
Have an amazing 2018!