DORKFACE Shop | A review!

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Jemma, the blogging queen, more commonly known as Dorkface, is one of my favourite bloggers ever. Not only is she incrdibly supportive of everyone, a talented writer and the founder of the awesome community that is The Girl Gang, she's also an incredible artist who creates absolutely amazing and one of a kind products that are sold on her Etsy store. A few weeks ago, Jemma asked me if I'd be interested in reviewing some of her products- and I, of course, jumped at the opportunity! I love all of her products so was thrilled to be gifted some, especially when the package turned up and it turned out everything she sent me were items I had planned to buy anyway! 

The Packaging

Packaged in an envelope with cute stickers on, the actual products inside of the envelope were sealed in a plastic packaging filled with sparkly glitter and brightly coloured, polka-dot confetti! It was basically Jem in an envelope! She left a very sweet note on the front too, which really made me smile- just like she'd hoped!



A4 Prints


Jemma included not one, not two but three A4 prints in the package and I was over the moon when I saw that this 'You Better Work Bitch' print was included, as it was one I was waiting to buy when I had some extra cash! It's a gorgeous shade of pink and is so bold and blunt, I love it! It's definitely going to be displayed in my office space when I sort everything out in my new house... I am forever in need of motivation!!

 


The other two prints included were this gorgeous city collage print which has a beautiful quote layered overe it and one of her pieces of art. I actually bought one of Jemma's canvas paintings earlier on in the year because I was so taken with it, I don't think she's ever created a piece I don't love! 

Each of the prints came in their own unique wrapping too and all are printed on high quality photo paper so they make great wall hangings or great gifts for friends and family! She has so many different prints to choose from too, so you're bound to find something that you'll fall in love with... just browse the collection here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DorkfaceShop?section_id=17173151


A5 Prints



If you haven't got room for some A4 prints, don't worry- she has some equally as gorgeous A5 prints which are great for putting on your desk or on shelves! The two Jemma sent me were this super cute gameboy print, which I think my youngest sister will love for her 'tumblr aesthetic' themed bedroom/life (don't ask, it's a 15 year old thing...apparently). However, the above floral print is divine and is one I am definitely going to be putting in a frame- I think just a simple white one will compliment this print the best, because I wouldn't want to detract from the colours in any way! Again, all the prints were individually packaged and they're all printed on high quality photographic paper. 

Weekly Planner


I was thrilled to receive this weekly planner from Jemma! I have wanted it for so long and it was on my ever-growing list of things to buy when I finally had money! Now that I have my own place, I think I'm going to use this to keep track of what Jonny and I are doing in the week and maybe use it as a meal planner too. 

The best thing of all is that this comes with a mini, all-in-one pen and wiper! So you don't need to go out and buy one yourself. Again, printed on high quality card and individually packaged. 

Bookmarks


Last but not least are these snazzy little bookmarks! I am always leaving books bent open so I don't lose my page- which then creases the spine, something that, as a book lover, I hate! So these bookmarks really are going to be well used, and well loved too! Covered in segments of Jemma's art which I think is from the A4 print featured above, with a cute little pom pom to remind you of where your place is, what is not to adore about these?! 


Overall, this was a very beautiful, very generous package from Jemma and I was more than happy to receive all of this! I couldn't recommend her shop more if I tried, and I can't wait until my next pay check comes through so that I can treat myself to some more of her products- she recently did a gorgeous print about being wonderful and brought out some mega cute pencils with cheeky messages on them too! I'm definitely going to spend, spend, spend! 

If you want to have a browse of what she has on offer, check out her site here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DorkfaceShop

Thanks again to Jemma for sending me all of these goodies- I adore them all! 

Let me know if you purchase anything from Jemma's store, and what you decide to get!

Love from,
Florence Grace 
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My Career Plans for 2018

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Anyone who knows me will know that I am incredibly career-orientated. I'm all about being a girlboss, I'm always trying to make more money, looking into new business ideas, learning how I can further myself and become better at what I'm already doing. I am definitely a go-getter and that's not something that's going to change in 2018- in fact, it's only going to become more apparent. 

I've got so many ideas whirling around my brain about things that I'd like to achieve over the next year in terms of my career. I'm not going to set myself any solid goals (for one of the first times in my life!) because I don't want to feel disappointed in myself if I don't achieve them. However, I am going to make a list of these plans (in a notebook as well as in this post!) and speak them into existence and just hope and pray that they spring to life!


So, what do I want out of my career in 2018?

1- A book
Yep, thats right! I want to at least have started- if not have finished- a book. At the start of 2016, when I found my world being turned upside down, I vowed to keep myself busy, and one of the ways I planned on doing this was to start writing a book. Well, I can tell you that I made several starts at different books but didn't really have a direction with it. In 2018, I'd really like to get back to the writing and get somewhere with my dream book. I've thought about it long and hard and have more of a direction for it now- so I guess we shall just have to wait and see where the year takes me! 

2- Get back into radio shows
Be that as a presenter (ideal) or as an assistant or runner of some sort (realistic) I want to get back into working in radio. It was such a huge passion of mine, presenting my own show and engaging with listeners was something I really loved to do, so it's something I really want to get back into again. I've already applied for a couple of positions in studios in London so I'm hoping something will come from them! I'm not going to give up though, because being a radio presenter is my number 1, all time favourite dream job! But in the meantime, while I wait for destiny to intervene and land me the Radio 1 breakfast show slot, I'm going to...

3- Start a podcast show
Random, right? Something I've never even considered before. My mum mentioned it to me in the summer and I kind of just brushed it off. It wasn't something that really fell into my bracket- or so I thought. In October, I attended an inspirational and motivational event where I spoke as a 'successful woman in business'. I got to meet one of my heroes, Remel London, who suggested I start my own podcast, either linked to my blog or linked to my magazine, Love from..., as a way to get one step closer to radio stations. I'd told her I didn't really feel YouTube, although I'm tempted to dive back into this after my previously failed attempt, but a podcast just sounds far more exciting to me! I'm hoping I'll be able to launch it about mid-year, if all goes to plan... and believe me, there's a lot of planning to do! But this is something I'm really, really excited about!


"I'm not a jack of all trades, I'm a master of many. I don't feel there is anything I can't do if I want to"



4- Write more!
There was a time when I was writing for a dozen different publications...and over time, that just kind of dwindled down to...well. Nothing. 

I really miss seeing my work on other websites and in printed magazines, so one of my goals this year is to write for more people, more often. I've already started 2018 off with a boom, landing myself the chance to contribute to a book which is launching in March (more on that soon!) but I want to reach out and write for more publications again too. Writing is another huge passion of mine and something I really love, so I want to just do more of it!

5- Offer more freelance services
I have branched out into more developed social media management that also incorporates website building and web design. Expanding my skills landed me a brand new job role, where I've learnt even more skills, and so I'd love to offer my freelance services on a broader basis. (Hint hint. If you need a social media consultant, social media manager or web builder/designer, hit your girl up. I'm right here!). If this took off this year, I'd be thrilled, but I'm more than happy to just put the plans in place this year and watch it take off next year!

6- Boost Love from... magazine
As always, I want to continue boosting my baby up and expanding the magazine. I took a little breather to refocus- and also, just relax!- at the end of 2017 but now I'm back and ready to take on whatever the magazine throws at me. I'm hoping to bring out two really amazing issues this year that will blow your mind. Hopefully. Yay!



Phew! That sounds like such a lot, doesn't it? Tackling all this as well as working full time will be challenging, but there was a time where I had seven jobs (don't remind me) so I'm sure I can cope. I'm nothing if not ambitious, so I can't wait to take all these goals on and *hopefully* achieve them! Watch this space...

What are your career goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace



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Flying the Nest

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If you follow me on social media, you'll probably be sick to death of hearing about me moving out. Sorry, but I'm not done talking about it- and probably won't be for a long time either! 

Finally, I am flying the nest!

I have wanted to move out for as long as I can remember- since I was about 17. I remember being so determined to turn 18 and thinking that that would automatically make me an adult and able/ready to move out. HA! How wrong was I? I was nowhere near ready, and nowhere near rich enough either! However, a few years down the line I am now more financially secure than I've ever been in my life, I'm in a wonderful relationship with a partner I'm happy to be moving out with and I have just turned 22, so have a bit more adult independence under my belt! (Some might debate this... but I'm gonna roll with it). 

So the time has come...I am leaving home to embark out on my own life with my boyfriend, to start building our lives together, and I could not be more excited about it. I was a little worried about the whole process at first- my boyfriend and I have only been together 4 months and so on more than one occasion I have been faced with someone who is totally shocked and has tried to instil doubt into my mind and make me back out of my choice to do this. Sure, moving in with someone you’ve been dating for 4 months is pretty quick, and pretty risky. But I love Jonny, I want to build a future with him- so why wait until a time that is determined as ‘right’ by everyone else?


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For my whole life, I’ve been stubborn and if I want to do something, I’ll do it. If I want something to happen, I’ll make it happen. When I set my mind to something, that's it- there's no going back. My parents will confirm that for you! So when a situation arose where I then found myself having to move out, I knew that it was the right thing to do to move out with Jonny. Luckily, he was even more enthusiastic about it than I was, and we’ve basically said a big "f you" to people who have told us that it won’t work out, that we can’t afford it, that the decision we're making is wrong etc. etc. It's our life, it's what we want to do and we're happy. To be honest, we don't care what anybody else thinks. 

*(aside from the people who have expressed genuine concern out of worry for us as good friends who just want us to make the right choice and have been supportive of us ever since realising this is exactly what we want)*

Of course, there was still a small, teeny, tiny bit of anxiety at the back of my brain- but then I read an amazing post by one of my favourite bloggers, Vix, who is in a very similar situation to me, and she instantly made me feel better when I read this:


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I know that she’s right, and I know that I was right to follow my gut instinct and fly the nest with my boyfriend right now. If it messes up, sure, it will be sad- but I would rather know now then after spending 5, 6, 10 years or more together! And I am quite sure that it won't, anyway. 

Life is short, and I am a big fan of living in the now. We love each other very much, we want to be together for the foreseeable future and we both want to live together and start this next chapter of our lives together. Is there a need to wait? I don’t think so.

I’m so looking forward to moving out but there are some things I’m feeling a bit nostalgic about. I’m going to miss my not-so-baby sister so much. I’ve lived with her for her whole life and I can’t imagine not seeing her every day at the table, moodily stirring her cereal, or hearing her blurt out the same Declan McKenna song over and over again. As bizarre as it sounds, I’ll miss having my mum nag me- something that has just become a part of my life and routine over the last 22 years! I’ll miss the family dinners (even though they were getting more and more rare) and I’ll miss someone always being in the house with me!

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I’ll also miss the house itself. I’ve made a lot of great memories there. I’ve drunk myself to throwing up there, I’ve made pancakes with good friends there, I’ve cried over boys there, I’ve had my spirits lifted and my heart broken there. I’ve learned to cook there, learned to use the washing machine. I got my own room for the first time in three years, my first double bed that I could enjoy just for me. Above all else, I made a lot of memories with Jonny there.

But there’s no point lingering on the memories and feeling all maudlin and nostalgic about it. I'm excited to decorate and place all of our new furniture and home-y bits. I'm excited about making our own rules in our own home. I'm excited to have friends over to dinner, the way they've had me over so many times before now. I'm excited to have a glam room! (More on that later...). But above all else, I’m excited to start a brand new chapter of my life tomorrow with Jonny by my side- I really can’t wait to see what it brings for us.

Wish us luck with our move tomorrow- I’ll probably be MIA for some time but cross your fingers for me!

Love from,


Florence Grace

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Why It Might Be Time to Kiss THAT Friend Goodbye

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I haven’t even begun to go into what this post is about and already I bet you know exactly what friend I’m talking about. You know I do! They popped into your head as soon as you read the title, didn’t they? Because you’ve been thinking about them for some time now, haven’t you? Thinking about how they add nothing positive to your life, about how drained you feel after spending any time with them and how you just wish…well, that you could get rid of them to be honest!

2018 is the time, sis. You’ve got to kiss that friend goodbye- for good! Do you want to know why? Let me help you out by opening your eyes...


Their presence will exhaust you
Their presence will leave you feeling drained, and this will begin to take a toll on your mental, emotional and even your physical wellbeing! Life is far too short to spend it with people who leave a toxic taint on your life. You only want to be surrounded by people who lift you up, make you glow with happiness, give you nothing but love and laughter! If someone leaves you feeling bleak and miserable all of the time, cut ‘em off- ain’t nobody got time for that!


They will try to isolate you
A lot of the time, negative and toxic friends will try to isolate you from your other friends. This is down to their own insecurities- they feel bad about how they treat you and recognise that some of your other friends treat you better. They don’t want to lose you, so instead try to isolate you. They spread rumours, cause disruption between you and your other friends and become clingy, making plans with you all of the time and acting hurt/offended when you say you can’t make them in an attempt to make you feel guilty. It’s manipulative, nasty behaviour and it’s not what you need in your life! Kiss that ‘pal’ goodbye and go into the new year free of any bad vibes!


They will try to keep you down
Did you achieve something great? You can guarantee that they achieved something even better! They will belittle your achievements, mock you passions and try to keep you on the same level as them, if not beneath them. You need friends who will support you, encourage you and lift you up to help you to meet your full potential!


You feel scared to tell them no…
…or, in fact, anything you really feel at all. It is impossible to be honest with them! You can’t be bothered to see them throw a hissy fit because you tell them something they don’t want to hear, and you don’t want to cause an argument because to be honest, you can’t deal with the stress they’ll bring you when they try and make you feel bad simply for being honest. Who needs that? Not you, hun.


You don’t actually like them
You’re no longer friends with them because you like them, or because you want to be in their company. Nope, you’re now only friends because you’re too scared to tell them you don’t want to be friends anymore- and actually, you don’t know how to tell them either!
Girl, its time. You have to be brutal and just bite the bullet.



Don’t feel shame about doing it via text or a phone call- if that’s the easiest way to be honest, then so be it! Tell them you aren’t interested in hanging out anymore, you want some time apart or some space and then hang up/put your phone on airplane mode for a while to let things simmer. If you really can’t face the confrontation, you could ghost them completely. Block them, delete their number and move on without them- this is the harsher option but hey, whatever works for you. Alternatively, you could take a deep breath and have a serious and mature conversation with them being totally honest about your feelings. Let them scream at you and throw a strop, then go home and block them on social media so they can't harass you. 

Whatever your method, just make sure you kiss that 'mate' goodbye, because 2018 is not going to be another year that sees you being dragged along behind anyone else toxic! Get your glow up on and make this year all about you!

Love from,

Florence Grace
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Goals for 2018!

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Yep, it's that time of year again- people will begin talking about 'new year, new me' and all the things they want to achieve over the course of the next 365 days. I am, of course, no exception to this. I love the idea of the new year being a chance to completely reinvent yourself, and I am overly happy that this year, the 1st of January is on a Monday! Doesn't that just feel like a brand new chapter, a completely fresh start? It's just so satisfying! 

If you read my post detailing my highlights from 2017 then you'll be aware that 2017 was an incredible year for me, where I accomplished so many things, in terms of both my career and my personal life.I feel extremely happy with how the year went for me, and I am determined to make 2018 even bigger and even better! I want all the happiness, all the success and all the fulfillment I can get out of life. 


At the end of 2016 I set myself the following goals for 2017:

1- Lose weight.
2- Take up running again.
3- Find a full time job.
4- Continue saving to move out and maybe even actually be moved out this time next year.
5- Learn to drive.
6- Travel more. More road trips, more mini weekend breaks and more holidays.
7- Text more people first. 
8- Finish my journalism course.
9- Reach 100,000 blog views.
10- Improve my magazine even more and try to make more money from it.


Well, I can safely say I haven't achieved all of these (surprise surprise, does anyone ever achieve all of their resolutions?), but I am definitely impressed with the ones I have achieved- 1, 3, 4, 6 and 10

Yes that's right- since I was 18 I have made the new year's resolution to save to move out/actually move out and this year it has finally happened! On January 5th I will be moving into my own place with my boyfriend and really having a brand new start at the beginning of the new year! In addition to this, I've also lost weight and become fitter than I was last year (although having just been Christmas it's starting to creep back on) which is something I have always struggled to do, year in, year out. I've got myself a 'proper' job and I have done a lot of mini breaks this year! I'm pretty happy with that- and to be honest, I'm not too fussed about the ones I didn't achieve. 

"You know all those things you've always wanted to do? You should go do them"


There can be a lot of pressure at this time of year to set yourself highly unrealistic goals that make you look good for the benefit of other people but only leave you feeling disappointed in yourself when you're unable to achieve them. 

Don't stress! 

Any resolutions you do choose to make should only be for your benefit, and should be about bettering you and your life. Think about what you really want from your life and what things you could achieve to make your life better. Make 2018 your selfish year and make your goals all about you. What can you do to make yourself happier and make sure that you're living your best life? Give more generously to charity to practice being selfless and take advantage of your privileges in life. Cut off toxic people that don't add anything positive to your life. Start sleeping more, do more of what makes you happy- do everything for yourself. Live your best life...I can't stress this enough!

I chose to think more carefully this year about what I want out of 2018 and any resolutions I want to make and I realised one thing...

...I don't have any resolutions. 

For real! For the first time in my life ever, there are no resolutions. I don't want to vow to myself that I'll lose weight, that I'll start up a ridiculous exercise regime that I know I'll come to hate and ditch a few months down the line. I don't want to vow to start driving when I know I won't have the money, or vow to make more of an effort with people when very few people make an effort with me. 

I've realised that all I want from 2018 is more of what I already have from 2017! More love from me to others and from my family and friends to me. More happiness, in everything that I do. More progression and opportunities at work and more career development. More appreciation of myself and more continual development of self love. Just more of what I already have. 

I'm so happy and so content with my life, I've gone on about it all year- I have never been happier and I just want more of that! I don't have any particular goals that I want to achieve just because it's a new year- I just want everything to continue to keep on getting better, the way it has been doing for a long while now. 

On a side note, I am incredibly happy that I have finally got to such a good place with my mental health and my mind set that I am no longer fixated on losing weight either. Every year I vow to lose weight, always because I'm so unhappy with how I look, how I'm perceived by others, how I am. 2017 saw me completely changing my views on myself and the levels of self love I had for myself and now I view my body in a far more positive way. Yes, I'm aware that over the holiday period I've gained a few pounds, but so what? Once the indulgence of all the food from Christmas is out of the way I can go back to making healthier choices- that still make me happy- and focus on my wellbeing and self love again. I've had a lovely Christmas where I've been fortunate enough to eat as much as I like of whatever I like, whenever I like- that in itself is a blessing and one I chose to take advantage of because I was lucky enough to do so. Most importantly of all, this choice made me happy and that's what counts.

So for the first time ever, I'm not setting myself goals or resolutions for 2018. What happens, happens- and I can't wait to watch the year unfold! 

I hope you all have had brilliant 2017's and have the best year in 2018 full of everything your heart desires and more! If you do choose to set yourself some resolutions, feel free to share them with me- but remember not to be too hard on yourself, or unrealistic. Just set yourself goals that you know will better you and the life you lead.

Happy New Year!

Love from,
Florence Grace

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How I Met My Boyfriend

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Not too long ago I was having a browse on Twitter and catching up on lots of my favourite bloggers posts from the last couple of months. I'm always so busy that I often forget to read everyone's posts and usually only click on ones that appear on my timeline and catch my eye. 

One blog I spent a lot of time browsing through was Tarnya's blog, and one of my favourite posts I read was the story of how her and her husband met. As me and Jonny have been together a while now and I speak about him quite a lot with you guys, I decided that I wanted to go ahead and share the story of how I met him, because I love it and think it's pretty good! So let's take it back to the year 2000...

...Well, only kinda. The year 2000 was when I started primary school, as a cute little 5 year old in reception. The reason this is relevant to the story is because- dun, dun, duuuuun- Jonny went to the same primary school as me! He was the year above me, but right from reception through to year 6 (aged 5 to age 11 for anyone outside of the English school system!) we were at the same school. Obviously we didn't speak and we weren't friends or anything, but I was aware of who he was. As I got older, I heard of him- and his younger brother- through my younger sister and through my ex- boyfriend and some other mutual friends. So I was aware of his presence (lol) but still didn't really know him. 

                                      
Girlfriend and Boyfriend



Fast forward quite a few years later to when I was 21, single and a bit of a town rat, out partying every weekend. One night, which Instagram tells me was the 20th January 2017, I bumped into a guy, who we will call S, who said hi to me and had a bit of a chat with me and my friend. (The relevance of this seemingly insignificant detail will become apparent very soon...). Me and my friend, A, left the club to go to another one to finish the night off- and here is where I saw Jonny for pretty much the first time since primary school... a whole 10 years ago haha! He was really drunk and by himself and A had popped to the loo so I was alone too...so Jonny tried to dance with me. I was not interested and politely told him no quite a few times, but he persisted until A came back from the loo and intervened. That was the end of that- or so I thought!

After we were done at the club, A and I decided to go to McDonalds. We were sat there enjoying our drunken food when who should come in but S and Jonny. S came over to sit with us straight away- and so Jonny did too! And whilst me and S were chatting, Jonny and A were chatting too. It was kinda like a cute double date thing, and after that night we had a *brief* group whatsapp the four of us. As it happened, us girls weren't interested in either of the boys and the whole thing kinda faded out and that was the end of that- for real.


Girlfriend and Boyfriend


Fast forward again to 3rd July 2017 when I went to British Summer Time at Hyde Park to see Justin Bieber. Who did I bump into there? Only S, and another of his friends! We spent the day together- strictly as friends- and this lead to me chatting to S again. One day, a couple of weeks later, he sent me a snapchat of him and Jonny at his house together and invited me to join them. I was busy at the time so had to decline but I said "I miss Jonny, lets do something soon". Little did I know how that sentence would set in motion a chain of events that would completely change my life!

On the 6th August 2017 S dropped me a text inviting me bowling with him and Jonny- but we weren't going to tell Jonny I was coming, to keep it a surprise. I was this close to saying no, because I was so tired and just couldn't be bothered to be honest, but my mum persuaded me to go and so I said yes- and I'm so glad I did! Let's just say Jonny wasn't over the moon with the surprise of me when him and S picked me up (he rarely cracks a smile as it is) and the evening ended up seeing a couple of friends joining us, us not going bowling and being utterly spontaneous but so much fun! 


"It was the start of the summer, it felt just like it was the start of forever"


Following this, me, Jonny, S and the rest of the group of friends met up as much as we could over the summer. I saw Jonny and S almost every single day! I made it clear to one of my girlfriends who was hanging out with Jonny, S and I that I wasn't into Jonny though, the way that she was into S. In fact, I even said "I hope Jonny doesn't think this is some double date set up, because it is never going to happen!". He informs me he said the same to S! It's funny how things change...



Cute couple



And then one day, something just clicked. We only went on one 'date' so to speak, and whilst we never really acknowledged the fact that we 'liked' each other over the course of the summer, we kind of knew that each other did and we acted like a couple- he'd pick me up from work, we'd cuddle on the sofa at our friends houses, that kind of thing. But we never said anything out loud or addressed the topic- I was certain he was keeping me in the friend zone and whilst ordinarily this would have put me off and made me want to give up and go for someone else,  it seems that there must be something special about Jonny, because I didn't give up. I stuck around anyway, waiting to see what would happen, and I'm so glad that I did! 

After an incredible summer, one slightly nervewracking date, several car journeys where I waited for a kiss that never came, one weekend apart whilst he was at a festival, dozens of facetime calls and text messages, endless nights spent together, cuddled on the sofa at our friends house and plenty of banter and roasting of each other (mainly me to him, I won't lie), Jonny and I finally had our first kiss on 3rd September 2017- and shortly after he asked me to be his girlfriend. 

We've been pretty inseparable ever since! He moved in with me after two months, and we're moving into our own place after four. It's happening slightly faster than with most relationships but I wouldn't have it any other way- especially when everything just feels so right! I've never felt like I've matched anyone so well, but me and Jonny make a really great team! I can't help but feel like we were just "meant to be" when I go over the story of how we met, and that makes me feel really happy. I honestly feel like the luckiest girl in the world every single day and I love him more than I can say. I can't wait to see what the future holds for us! 

Waddesdon Manor


Sorry if this was too gushy or cheesy for your liking, but I hope for the most part you enjoyed it! How did you meet your significant other? Share your stories with me because I genuinely love hearing them! 

Love from,

Florence Grace

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2017 | The Highlight Reel

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I love the end of a year, because each year I do a roundup of all the good and exciting things that have happened in my life and I really love looking back and having the time to reflect on it all- especially if there's things that I've forgotten about. No questions about it, 2017 has been the best year of my life. It has been the year of self evolution. It has been the year that I finally- finally- grew up and got my shit together. It's been the year that my life has had a total makeover and completely changed. I have loved every second (well...most of the seconds) and had the time of my life. So let's just recap...


January

The first month of the year, the first chapter of a fresh start...I began the new year in Oxford with my a girlfriend. We were each others New Year's kiss, as it was my first New Year's single and alone for the first time in 6 years and also the one year marker of my *horrific* breakup. It was nice to start the New Year feeling happy and refreshed.

I moved house and finally got my own room- although this did mean saying goodbye to my fur babies, Elsie and Doris, who I miss so much, so often. Little did I know that this would be my last family home!

I met Jonny properly for the first time, not realising how significant this moment would be later on in the year!

I began working in partnership with Elegant Touch, which I was honestly over the moon about! They sent me my first batch of nails to promote in January and it just seemed like a brilliant way to start the year.


February

I had a job interview with Laura Ashley Head Office in a social media role and got to the final stages of the interview process but was unfortunately unsuccessful. However, this proved to me that my skills and experience were obviously good enough for somewhere as senior as LA Head Office so this spurred me on to apply for roles in higher positions in my field. Daunting but exciting!

I went to a few gigs in February which was fun! I got to see Drake live with Lauren which was an incredible experience and one that I wish I could relive over and over- he was so good! I also saw Loyle Carner (bae) and The Fratelli's too!

It was another Valentine's Day alone, so I spent it with my youngest sister- we exchanged the cutest of gifts and ordered a Dominos, so I think we did it right! We also did a photoshoot for a blog post I posted following Valentine's Day, which turned out to be my most popular post of all time...

pizza

sisters


I also got my first ever double bed in February- it doesn't sound like much I know but this was really something to me and changed my sleep for the better!

I got told I had to up my glasses prescription, so I got stuck wearing them almost all of the time. A bit of a low point but everyone says I really suit glasses, and I've grown used to them now so it's not so bad!

My biggest achievement of all- I got to interview Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney for my magazine, Love from...! I couldn't believe my luck and was so over the moon about this!

March

I started off March in the best way- I won £100 worth of Elegant Touch nails and tickets to Glamour's Beauty Festival. I never win anything so I was really happy about this! The Beauty Festival happened a couple of weeks later and was really good!

Elegant Touch


I went to another gig, this time to see The Weeknd with Bobbie! We managed to get really close to the stage and he was honestly almost better in person then he is on Spotify/CD's etc.

The Weeknd


I managed to secure tickets to see Gorillaz at their festival in the summer, thanks to my Dad. I cried with happiness because I never thought these guys would perform live again!

The GIRL POWER issue of Love from... came out, featuring Gemma Cairney and it was the best and most successful issue to date. I was so happy with it and it sold out twice!

I attended the Makeup Revolution 3rd birthday party, where I got to see Julia, Vix and Jemma which was amazing and so much fun! I was thrilled to have been invited- they know how to throw the best parties!

friends


April

I attended my first ever christening, and I found a guy here that I *really* liked and continued to pursue for the next couple of months. C r i n g e but a big learning curve for me.

friends


I met Tiff in person, properly for the first time! We went on a girly lunch date and found out that we are basically soul mates. She's been a huge part of my life ever since.

Prezzos


I went on my first ever double date with the aforementioned guy. It was really good and a lot of fun and, again, a big learning curve.

I got to see baby Bobbie a lot too, which was really nice. She grows so fast and every time I see her she's different! I babysat her solo for a couple of hours at my house and really learnt how much hard work babies can be, which prompted me to blog about how I was never going to have kids...

baby


The best achievement of all- I got a new job! I landed myself my first "proper", "grown up" job as a Communications Officer and got to quit retail for good, yay!

May

I started off May seeing Stormzy with Bobbie which was unreal- I don't even have the words to express how unbelievable he was or how talented he is. If you ever get the chance to see him, go!

Stormzy


I spent an entire weekend with Tiff, going to a cute little gig together, going out for drinks, having a cute lunch date, making new friends and trying the worlds best burgers. This weekend really stands out in my mind because it was just so much fun and was so spontaneous!

friends


June

June was a great month for me! June 1st marks the birthday of my magazine! Love from... turned 2 and I got to celebrate by going out for dinner and even having a birthday cake- a surprise from my mum and sister! Running your own business is hard work but the magazine is something that I am so passionate about and love doing- I couldn't ever not do it!

birthday cake


I had a few encounters with the previously mentioned guy, which ended in- you guessed it- disaster. However, they have left me with some absolutely hilarious memories. Now, if people could just never speak to me about olive oil again, that would be great...

I got to see Gorillaz live at their festival! The day was gorgeously hot and sunny, and being located next to the beach meant I got to spend some time at the seaside as well. It was a lot of fun and definitely one of the best gigs I've ever been to in my life!

gorillaz


I spent so much time hanging out with various girlfriends, which brought me closer to all of them and we made some brilliant memories together which we still laugh about now.

I pulled off hosting a huge conference at work which felt like a massive career achievement for me!

July

I saw Justin Bieber, live and in person. Yes he was very far away but I still saw him in real life. I also looked totally bomb on that day and want to go back in time just to wear that outfit again. This day was also a key point that lead to mine and Jonny's relationship, so is a very happy memory in my mind.

blonde girl


I got to see Blushes live for the third time and got to see Foster the People live for the first time, both of whom were absolutely brilliant.

There was a lot more girl time- drinks, brunches, dinner dates, gym dates (yes, really!), spontaneous car trips to nowhere and also two press trips to London for my blog which were huge accomplishments for me! I got to work with Edgerton Pink Gin and Tresor Paris and it was an honor to be recognised as a blogger by both of these companies!

girlfriends


There was a lot of body positivity in July too- I fully fell in love with myself and it felt great.

I was reunited with my family on my dad's side for the first time in 15 years which was really lovely and made me feel complete.

family


A big step was beginning to look at flats and buy homeware in preparation for moving out! I began looking at the different kinds of places I could afford and finally began to feel like a grown up!

Finally, on the 31st July, my blog turned 3!

birthday cake


August

In August I worked on a really exciting campaign with Elegant Touch which involved being part of one of their promotional videos shared on social media! I was mega excited about this because it was just another chance to get my name/face out there whilst working with a brand I truly loved!

I met Jonny again and started to hang out with him and get to know him- gradually falling head over heels for him (aw). We saw each other almost every day and did a lot of fun things together, like going bowling, going to Waddesdon Manor, breakfast dates and late night 'ghost hunts'. I also met some of his friends, who in turn, became my friends. Some of my favourite memories from this year are from August.

boyfriend


I worked on some sponsored content with The Piano Works and got to take an amazing trip there. I got way too drunk but had the time of my life and definitely want to go back sometime soon!

I also got to work with seven different brands to create sponsored content in August, which made a nice little additional stream of income for me and left me feeling very hopeful and positive about my blog.

September

YAY, Jonny asked me to be his girlfriend! After vowing to stay single for the rest of my life, after feeling like I would never love anyone again or let anyone love me, I opened myself up to the idea of a new relationship and became Jonny's girlfriend. We've been attached at the hip ever since- I can't seem to shake him off!

boyfriend


I went on a great night out in MK for Poppy's birthday and had such a laugh- it's one of my favourite nights out from the year, because it was a messy one but not so messy that there was drama and no one could remember what happened.

party


Jonny and I house sat for a friend so spent a week living together... it didn't take long for us to realise we probably wanted to do this permanently. It was such a good week and between us we managed to keep a cat alive and cook without the assistance of our parents! Go us!

Jonny also took me to the zoo for a surprise day out so that was a massive high point of September too!

zoo


I went to see Chip with Jonny, which was our first gig together and was... interesting.

Me, Jonny and two of our friends took a mini break to London for the weekend. We went to Ministry of Sound, the Aquarium, played at Junkyard Golf, went out for dinner and drinks and again, realised that we had a lot of fun when we were together and that we didn't really want to have to be apart. We've spent every night together since then!

boyfriend


Finally, Jonny won a lot of money in a bet, so booked me and him a holiday to Amsterdam- my favourite place in the world!!!

(Yep, as it was our first month dating, Jonny features quite heavily in September, and from here on in!)

October

In October, me and Jonny had a 9 day holiday! It started on the 7th October, where we headed up to Manchester for the night to see Annie Mac, which was incredible. We came back home on the 8th and on the 9th we flew out to Amsterdam for 5 days! We had the most incredible time- it was my fifth time there and Jonny's first, and despite running out of money, we crammed in so many tourist attractions, including ones I'd never done before and made a lot of great memories there together. On the 13th we flew home on the 14th we went to stay at The Manor for a night, as part of a collaboration for my blog! Not only was this another great memory for us, it was a beautiful way to round off our holiday and was also a huge blogging achievement for me!

The Manor


The SELF issue of Love from... magazine came out and was a huge success, yay! I tried to be a bit more creative with the page design and layout to make things look more professional and I think it's really paid off.

One of my top highlights this year has to be speaking at the Diamonds and Deals Women In Business event. To be classed as a successful business woman, and to speak alongside the likes of Remel London, a huge idol of mine, was a complete honor and I was utterly overwhelmed. I want to do more of these inspiring chats in 2018!

Remel London


I had my birthday night out at the end of October which was a huge success. I felt so surrounded by love and happiness and realised how lucky and grateful I am to have such brilliant people in my life- both the new ones and the old ones, all of whom helped to make my birthday so special. (I also looked the best I've ever looked in my whole life, which was great haha).

boyfriend

girlfriends


Finally, Beth and Callum's baby shower. A lot of fun and a lot of baby talk which made me very broody!

Baby Shower


November

My birthday- and meeting bloody TOM HANKS, my number one, all time hero! He said happy birthday to me! I don't need anything else from life, thank you. I am done.

Bobbie turned 1!

I got to see Dua Lipa live and scream along with all her lyrics about fuck boys which was great.

I took Jonny to see Blushes live for the first time, and introduced him to Tiff- it's so important to me that my friends and Jonny get on, and luckily they do!

I got back into presenting work! I presented six Safe Drive Stay Alive shows to 1,000 people each time over and I absolutely smashed it- so much so that I've been asked back to do it next year! I absolutely can't wait because I really did have the time of my life doing it. I am so at home with a mic in my hand!

presenter


I got to celebrate Jonny's birthday! I spoilt him as much as I could and we decided last minute to spend the weekend in London too, which was a nice treat for us both!

boyfriend


Callum and Beth's baby was born! Jonny and I both cried at the first photo of him and when we got to meet him and have cuddles we couldn't get the thoughts of babies off our brains- we are both so broody now!

I found out I had to move out of the family home as of January so me and Jonny made the brave, slightly crazy and pretty scary decision to move out together and began looking at flats, which was exciting and too much adulting for my liking.

Lastly, I landed myself a new job! I only work two days a week as a Communications Officer and I managed to land myself a role as a Social Media Assistant to a photographer for another two days a week! As social media is something I am passionate about I was so bloody happy to get this role- especially because I love photography too! And I was even happier to be working full time hours again. I started in the last week of November.

December

Jonny and I secured the house that we wanted!

We spent the weekend in London and got to see a BBK gig which was pretty insane.

We went to Winter Wonderland- Jonny had never been before and is a bit of a grinch so I delighted in getting to drag him around the most festive place in London!

winter wonderland


We signed the contract for our house, paid the deposit and made everything 100% permanent and secure! We began buying homeware, such as sofas, and doing a lot of other adult things that are pretty daunting!

Finally, we celebrated our first Christmas together, which we both said was our best Christmas ever too! We had a lovely day with both of our families and were both completely spoilt too!

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So there we have it- the rather lengthy highlight reel from the best year of my life so far! I've made some amazing career achievements and I fell in love again- and I'm finally moving out! So much is going on and there's so much planned for 2018...I just can't wait for next year!

What have been your highlights from 2017? Share yours in the comments below!

Love from,

Florence Grace

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