I know, I know. We’re already in February and it’s ridiculous to look back on last year when we’re already almost two months in! I recently found this blog post though, where I had looked back on what happened in 2012 (the year I started this blog). It’s something that definitely needs to come back. I love a reflective post and 2018 was a crazy year, so I may as well remember it!
2018 was a year of travel for Ben and I. We had set that as our goal for the year. To tick off new places and see new things and make our first trip with Pepi, so we did exactly that! It was also the year that I fell back in Love with London but Ben and I also made the big decision to start looking for more permanent roots in our own home.
January – This is always a quiet month for me. I like to take a little time out after the Christmas and New Year break, to re-coop all of my thoughts and write goals to aim towards. We tried Veganuary for the first time and took some of my favourite ever photos in London.
A few visits were also made to Peggy Porschen‘s!
February – The first trip abroad to The Cayman Islands. This is a trip I will remember forever. The Caymanian Tourist Board looked after us amazingly well. Grand Cayman was explored in our hire car before, we moved on to Little Cayman.
Ten days were spent back in London, before March came along.
March – One of my favourite months of the year. Back to The Philippines! One of my favourite places on earth. Ben had been invited by Don Papa to explore the making of their rum and I flew out at the tail end of their trip to join him.
We started at The Mandala Spa in Boracay.
Before heading to Apulit Island in Palawan.
On our return, both our diaries were packed with press events, meetings and catch ups with friends.
I caught up with the gorgeous Caila, after meeting on a trip with Rituals in 2017.
We went to a Holi Festival with Visit India on a boat in the middle of the Thames.
April – This month kicked off with a trip to Devon. We saw Pepi again, after being apart for almost the whole of March (which was super hard!) and it also felt as though spring had fully sprung!
We had a lot of meetings in town and got extremely creative with our content. I even started to make mini fashion videos for Instagram.
Another trip to Peggy Porschen’s!
We took a gorgeous spring trip to The Swan in Southwold and fell in love with the little seaside town and with the interiors of The Swan!
A last minute trip to Tenerife also cropped up and surprised us both, with the islands’ beauty. We absolutely loved the volcanic scenery and vowed we would go back again.
April also marked Ben’s last year in his 20’s as the 28th April was his 29th Birthday! To be honest, we didn’t do much to celebrate – definitely making up for that this year!
May – My Birthday month and a great month for us in general. London sprang into flowery action and looked so beautiful. It was also such a hot month!
We spent my birthday at our favourite place – Cliveden. We had an afternoon tea and walked the grounds in the sunshine, before supper at the Astor Grill.
Wisteria Hysteria swept across the city leaving purple trails over everyone’s Instagram feeds.
We attended some lovely events including a gold carriage ride with Lipstick Queen, Champagne at The Mondrian with Laurent Perrier, a perfume launch with Jo Malone and Chelsea in Bloom came back with a bang!
June – The month kicked off with a very sick Pepi after we gave her a meal that was too rich for her to digest. We were extremely worried as she was so frail, but with a quick response from our vet, an overnight drip and a course of medication, she was starting to feel a bit better.
We delayed our roadtrip to France a few days, to ensure Pepi was doing better (although we did have a few emergency toilet stops through Paris for her) and kicked off the trip in the rainy Loire Valley at Chatueau de Perreaux. The chateau was a recommendation from our friend Ramona after she had booked it for her and Nik’s anniversary trip and it was a great way to start.
Next we went to Chateau de la Treyne – one of my favourite hotels EVER.
We stayed in a few different places in Provence to really explore, and attended our friends wedding which was absolutely beautiful. They were married at a family member’s property, in the middle of the countryside, overlooking vineyards and mountains. Stunning.
Our next stop was Saint Paul-de-Vence before one more stop is Valensole for the Lavender fields before making the long drive home to the UK.
July – A relatively quiet month as a lot of people were on holiday, but we were lucky enough to have another trip planned.
The rest of the month, we had our heads down getting on with lots of work and we popped back to Devon for a bit of house hunting. We did manage to fit in the Mary Poppins afternoon tea at The Shard however and a trip to a £20million penthouse in Victoria!
August – A busy month again filled with splitting our time between Devon and London.
This was also the month that we sadly lost my beautiful Keya. Right at the end of the month. The whole family had been in Devon and it was an extremely traumatic incident. I still think about her every day.
September – September started with a girls trip to Mallorca which came just after Keya’s death. I was actually going to cancel the trip. Ben convinced me to go though, and try to take my mind off everything. It was exactly what I needed and I had the most incredible time with my girls.
I was invited to try the ‘Be Our Guest‘ Afternoon Tea at The Townhouse, Kensington.
I also tried to squeeze in a few more meetings. Before Ben and I were off again, on our first ever trip to Dubai with the Movenpick Jumeirah Beach. It was unbearably hot! I’m glad we went but, to be honest, it’s not somewhere I would rush back to in a hurry.
After Dubai, we ticked another gorgeous location off our bucket lists and hopped over to The Maldives.
We stayed in an amazing over-the-water bungalow at Ja Manafaru, saw dolphins in the wild and decompressed. Our second island stay was at Reethi Faru which was lovely too, although the weather wasn’t as good!
Arriving back from the Maldives, there was just enough time to unpack and repack our bags. Before we were off again on a trip to Ibiza with San Miguel. It was such a fabulous four days with the loveliest group of people staying at the San Miguel Villa.
During September I also started K&H Social with my bestie and business partner, which is now growing ever stronger and has some really exciting prospects for 2019!
October – After such a busy September, we went straight down to Devon to be reunited with our baby Pepi and were plunged straight into a gorgeously warm autumn. October consisted of loads of meetings and enjoying the change of season.
On our return, London had been transformed into a winter wonderland. Every shop front, hotel and area in London had made the biggest effort to get into the festive spirit. We made sure to make the most of the gorgeous displays!
My girls popped up to London for a festive girlie day.
On Christmas day, we woke up in our own flat for the first time. Then headed to Ben’s parents for Christmas day, and onto my parents in time for a second Christmas on Boxing Day!
2019 holds some amazing prospects already. We have a big move on the cards. Trips planned to incredible destinations and lots of things happening with K&H Social. 2018 saw most of my content fall to Instagram. This year will also see me putting a lot more effort back into my blog and YouTube, channel with some really exciting content!