The prospect of a new year is always a bit daunting for me – there seems a lot of pressure to make the moment perfect, which is something I don’t believe in anyway, and then expectations to make the whole year amazing. I’m an optimistic person, but inevitably there will be ups and downs to face throughout those twelve months and so it’s unrealistic to assume it will be ‘perfect’.
New Year’s day means the peaceful and relaxing Christmas period is officially over and my stomach is in knots dreading the return to third year university work and my reappearance at the gym after stuffing my face and making walking to the pub my sole form of exercise.
However, despite all this sounding very pessimistic, as the countdown approaches I’m always filled with a sense of hope and excitement for all the opportunities and surprises that lay ahead. I stopped caring about resolutions and diet long ago and instead set the same goal each New Year: to be happy, whatever that may mean doing.
2017 has been sad for the world in many ways, but for me personally it’s been special. My sister and brother-in-law started their little family with the birth of my gorgeous nephew, I helped move Jack into his new flat (and we made it past our one year anniversary without killing each other), I went on some dreamy adventures and made some pretty incredible friends along the way. There have been millions of little moments contributing to my happiness in the last 365 days; I’ve smiled, laughed and cried, and with any luck 2018 will be even better!
2018 will be the year I (hopefully) graduate, have to find a proper job, turn twenty-one and begin my life as a real adult out of education. Super scary but so, so, inspiring and I cannot wait!
My favourite part of New Year’s is the glamour. It’s one of the few nights a year that insists on a fully-blown dressy outfit and a rare occasion I’ll actually buy new clothes for in advance. Even if midnight doesn’t feel like magic when it strikes you can look like it with the right dress!
I’m a biiiiig fan of starry / moony prints and this Nobody’s Child dress (which is in the sale may I add) captured my style and feelings towards the sparkle of New Year’s Eve dreamily. Stars and ruffled collars seem to have become a bit of a theme in my wardrobe recently but I’m one hundred percent okay with it! The ruffles add some flair and hide the fact it’s quite low-cut, giving off a subtly sexy vibe that I like to stick to! The wrap waist is a tad confusing and took me a good few tries and some help from my sister to figure out, although we got there in the end and it was worth it. I love the way the skirt is ruffled and flowy and varying lengths; it’s a lil’ bit different and quirky and that pretty much sums me up.
With the boots especially there’s a witchy feel to the ensemble, channelling 90s style in a Sabrina the Teenage Witch kind of way. I’ve wanted some knee-highs for aaages unsure if they’d suit me, but I’ve been transformed with these beauties I received for Christmas. Teamed with black jeans, skirts and tights or bare legged with a dress they make a change from my usual ankle boots and give my beloved patent red boots a break! The suede is super soft and comfy (despite the fact they fall down more with every step I take) and the heel height is ideal for day-to-night.
Some kind of sparkle is essential on NYE and so I took the clutch Santa got me for a spin! It’s Katie Loxton, whose bags I’ve been eyeing up for some time, and while I’m not too keen on some of the slogans, ‘all that glitters’ defines party season like no other.
Although this outfit is definitely a one-timer, the boots are now a daily necessity and the clutch will go with anything for a classy night out look. The dress is only £16 and so it won’t be the end of the world if I never wear it again, but I can see it making an appearance at a festival with wellies or for some evening drinks.
I hope you all celebrated in the best way possible, and that the New Year brings you everything you could want.
ph. Amy Jones