Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy new year everyone! I know we're two weeks into 2014 but having just returned from India, where I celebrated Christmas and NYE, I feel I am catching up on the new year, new me, musings!

The Retreat, Madh Island, Mumbai (where I celebrated NYE!)

2014 was seen in at a pool side party in Madh, Mumbai, and truth be told, I couldn't quite believe how fast it had come!  

2013 went by at the speed of light, but it was a great year for me. I've really been enjoying my job in the world of interiors retail marketing, I turned 30 and celebrated fabulously out in New York, I've enjoyed some cultured trips to Stockholm and Paris, attended a fun hen weekend in Marbella and ended the year on a high (not literally!) in Mumbai.  On top of that, I managed finally to find the time to resurrect Bow Street and began getting back into blogging!

Now, I'm not really into New Years Resolutions... But I have been thinking about what I'd like to achieve in 2014...

Personalised diary from Aspinal of London
  1. Be more cultured. Spend less time 'chilling' at home, and go out to immerse myself in culture via exhibitions, museums, galleries, coffee table books... Top of my list at the moment are My Name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum; The Hannah Hoch exhibit at the Whitechapel Gallery, Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore at Somerset House and eagerly awaiting The Glamour of Italian Fashion at the V&A...
  2. Take up a new fitness hobby. Being so busy means I often forget to exercise and be healthy on the go, but this is no excuse, I must find a way! Options include a shared personal trainer, the 'Tabata' DVDs I've seen which seem intriguing or getting back into Zumba! This also means cutting out crappy foods in my diet, which in turn means planning meals and shopping for them to avoid food wastage; a great little aid for this is a dedicated shopping list - try this one from Knock Knock.
  3. Travel to some unusual or new destinations (for me). This list is under construction after consulting the weekend broadsheet travel sections! 
  4. Build a real presence and identity for Bow Street. I have some exciting ideas and I hope I can really pack a punch on the blog this year.  This means planning in advance, building up a bank of posts, more variety, brainstorming and more planning in advance!  My personalised Aspinal of London diary will come in very handy for this... 
  5. Master some new vegetarian dishes.  I love cooking and entertaining and this cookbook is the top of my list right now: Share - Vegetarian Food for Everyone...
  6. Sort out my home decor wise. The bathroom is well under way, so once that is complete, storage is the name of the game! I need to find suitable and good looking storage so all my lovely things have a home. And, I so want a bar cart, have been eyeing this one up from West Elm!  Other than that it's small touches here and there to bring some personality in...
Some creative home ideas I love from one of my Pinterest boards

Wishing everyone lots of love, laughs, health and happiness for 2014! Xx

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