Thursday 31 December 2015

goodbye, 2015.

2015, you've felt like a decade. There have been many changes and challenges, as well as beautiful and happy moments. I feel like I'm ending this year so much happier than I started it. I feel more myself, more calm and at peace with life.

Here's what happened.


• 2015 started on a hilltop with some favourite people • felt the need to escape, so I booked a solo holiday • baked some delicious bitesize chocolate & peanut cookies • Doug and I broke up • niece number 2, Pippa, was born! • tried my best to wear more colour


• this was a bit of a non-month for me, and I struggled a lot with my mental health •


• started looking after myself better, including cooking proper meals again - one of my favourites was this jerk chicken • partnered up with GHD to bring you this vintage curls tutorial • went on my solo holiday to Lanzarote and lay in the sunshine all week • got out of my PJs and wore some nice clothes - I loved this simple black, white and red outfit • watched the partial eclipse up at Ashton Court • saw Ben Howard again • took part in a blogger challenge to style the new season trends, and fell a bit in love with the 70s • went to Bristol Fashion Week and fangirled over Lucy Watson • 


• 8 reasons why you should go on holiday by yourself • started getting excited about the upcoming festival season and shared a few of my tips • a new relationship blossomed • saw the Ladyboys of Bangkok with some bloggy friends • had a yummy meal out at one of my favourite local restaurants - Soukitchen • started more cognitive behavioural therapy sessions to help with my anxieties •


• went up to Bath for a fun hen do • casted my vote in the elections • had an amazing foodie day • had a consultation with Destination Skin who helped me on my journey to better skin • went to two amazing gigs - American Football and Sun Kil Moonturned 27 and wasn't really sure how I felt about it • hit 2million views! • visited beautiful Berlin with some bffs. 


• ate a LOT of bbq - including gluten-free pizzas cooked on one! • got discharged from the depression and anxiety service, and wrote about my road to recoverywore a retro outfit • had a week in Devon meeting Nick's family •


• cooked some crazy-delicious Greek food for a bunch of friends • attended two lovely weddings and drew this moon picture as a gift to one of the couples • went to Grillstock and ate aaaallllll the foods (I wish) • wore a super cute vintage inspired print dress from Zara • treated myself to a new camera - the Olympus PEN • took my Teva sandals & Nick on a trip to the seaside • shared this super simple & healthy salmon recipe


• The Great British Bake Off started & I baked some treats with Boohoodipped my toe back into the world of YouTube • Being Little turned 5 years old & I shared some of my favourite posts - including outfits & recipeshad a lovely day at the beach with my mum & niece • enjoyed the last regatta in my family home •


• discovered that I like coffee and prawns (not together, ew) • cooked the best cheese scones ever, as well as cocoa pesto sausage rolls - so scrummy • went on holiday to sunny Majorcagave our lounge an autumnal make over • debuted my yellow raincoat • had some devastating & scary news about somebody close to our family •


• despite getting bogged down by some crappy stuff, I was still feeling grateful for what I did have • Kurt Geiger sent me some beeeaaautiful autumnal boots - I wore them with my bug dress and an outfit fit for a wedding • made an indulgent chocolate mousse and paired it with some wine for National Chocolate Week • was included in one of my fav online series • took a trip up to Manchester for the first time and saw my favourite band from my teenage years • got rather poorly so made a healing chicken stew • 


• travelled up to London for the first Christmas party of the season, with Boohoo • my dad journeyed up to Bristol to spend a couple of days with me • ate some tasty food at Thali Cafe • went through another break up and talked about self care • got involved in not one, but two secret santa swaps! • treated myself to an iPhone • left my childhood home for the very last timegot my hair chopped and dyed • made some beautiful Christmas cocktails, and won a hamper for them •


• my impeccable style (lol) was recognised in this featureshowed off my new specs • had one of my bffs stay with me for a whole weekend • went to the #BlogClub Christmas party and wore a cute pastel outfitdid lots of Christmassy things and tried to feel festive • wore pyjamas a lot - my favourites being these cosy ones from Fat Face • spent a lovely Christmas Day with my mum, brother, sister-in-law and the kids • came back to Bristol full of excitement and a cold •

Soooooo that's been my year! I'm going to share a few things I'm hoping for in 2016 when it starts tomorrow (whaaaaaaat.) and if you fancy looking back on my other round up posts like this, you can look through 2012, 2013 and 2014 too.

How has your 2015 been? Do you look back on it with fondness, or are you glad that it's over? 

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  1. I discovered your blog this year and I've really enjoyed reading it - you write in a very lovely way and I definitely do think your outfits are always impeccable, I really love your style!

    Happy New Year! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  2. This has made me so hungry! Love that you keep it real in those challenging times, I will have to have a catch up. Wishing you all the best for 2016!

  3. Happy new year Lyzi, I am personally so glad to see the back of 2015! x

  4. Looks like you had an amazing year! Here's to 2016!!
    xx Alyssa

  5. Looks like you had an amazing year full of great memories. Can't wait to see what 2016 holds for you!

    Happy New Year!!

    -Ashlee Michelle

  6. I love the picture of you in the bath- it's so freeing! 2015 was brilliant for me, but also the hardest year for me in terms of my mental health (I got out of an abusive relationship just over a year ago). I am very hopeful for 2016 :)

  7. I love this post and I love reading your blog. Your pictures are always wonderful and I'm looking forward to keeping up with you in 2016. :) xx

    Moany Mouse | Scottish Lifestyle Blog

  8. the way you sum up each month reminds me of the voice over part in marley and me, in a good way, i like it! :)

    i had a rubbish 2015 but so far 2016 has been great!! i hope yours has been so far too.

    only just found your blog and going to try to read through your old posts. xo


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