Looking back on 2019, the year literally flew by. I feel like I couldn’t catch my breath. Ben and I started the year house hunting, which became the theme for the year. We literally searched all year to find the perfect house to call our home. We had wanted to travel a bit more. After forking out a lot of money on a house that we didn’t end up buying, and saving to maximise our deposit. We didn’t get to as much as we would have liked.
We rung in 2019 with friends. Staying in some caravans on the Devon Coastline, with long walks, roasts and lots of bubbles!
January – A quiet month, we skipped Veganuary and dry January in favour of catching up with friends lots. A lot of the month was spent in Devon, looking at houses and catching up on meetings in London. Typically a month spent on things behind the scenes, we did manage a fabulous lunch at The Pig which was the only ‘blogable’ activity for the month.
February – A month full of romance and food. Love for Ben, Pepi and for our local London area. Plus food in the form of lots of new restaurant reviews. We spent a lot of time in Belsize Park and Hampstead. The month was kicked off at Pomania for Pepi, one of her favourite monthly activities. It was a particularly blue (but freezing) month after the greyness of January, so we were in high spirits the whole month.
I had my first afternoon tea of 2019 at The Kensington Townhouse. The Lond0n Landmarks Afternoon Tea kicked off the start of blogging events for the year and was a lovely opportunity to catch up with friends and PR’s over delicious food.
I booked a table at Maggie Jones’s for lunch on valentines day and Pepi joined Ben and I for one of our favourite London meals before we had a lovely walk back through Kensington.
We popped to Sexy Fish for the first time and tried their delicious and beautiful Kuikku menu.
Finally, the end of the month signalled another first restaurant when we popped to Balthazar in Covent Garden for lunch.
Of course Pancake day meant there was only one place we would be heading to get our fix!
The Bloomsbury transformed Dalloway Terrace into a jungle for spring, with tropical flowers and lots of gorgeous green foliage, once again created by the fabulous Nikki Tibbles.
We drove across the channel to pop to Brussels for a few days to see Jaime and had some amazing meals, walks and the best catch ups.
April – The month of sunshine.
Craving sunshine after our house purchase fell through, we ran away to Thailand to enjoy a spot of culture, colourful sunsets and delicious food. It was a fabulous trip and we stayed at some sensational hotels.
After two weeks in Thailand, we popped to Devon (an annual tradition) for Easter. Then found ourselves back at our favourite hotel – Cliveden to celebrate Ben’s 30th birthday. It was such a perfect day with both our families in attendance.
My birthday passed without too much fuss, which I was grateful for. I was ill with a chest infection that wiped me out for most of May. Not long after, we hopped aboard Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Edge Ship for its maiden voyage from Southampton around Jersey. Despite not being terribly well, we had such a fabulous time and it’s an incredible ship.
June – Ben and I celebrated three years of marriage, which has just flown by! London beautifully transformed into summer and Ben and I got to walk our first ever red carpet together for the premier of Yesterday, wearing a beautiful dress by Eugenia Fernandez at The Latin Runway. One for the bucket list, it was an incredible experience from start to finish and the film was hilariously brilliant.
July – A quieter month, we managed to catch up with work that hadn’t been finished and get ahead of content. We also spent a bit of time back down in Devon and celebrated my parents’ 30th Wedding Anniversary, which was an amazing event. We had a party in the garden for my parents friends and all our family. Catching up with God Parents and neighbours and friends of my parents that they hadn’t seen for a long time. The party was held in our family marquee in the garden at home. We all mucked in to cater it. Cooking and preparing for a week beforehand. My parents had smiles across their faces all day, so I know they loved it.
August – Our second holiday of the year took us back to Croatia. Somewhere we explored on our first ever roadtrip back in 2014! We had a fab time, some incredible sunshine, delicious food and wonderful memories. We also managed to pop back to Brussels to see Jaime again.
September – In early September we were lucky enough to borrow a beautiful Range Rover for a roadtrip up through Scotland. Pepi, Ben and I all bundled into the car and off we went making a few stops in Yorkshire along the way. The day we came back was literally the last day of summer in London and we spent it at The Four Seasons with some of our good friends. I also made the decision to get a dramatic chop. Donating a load of my hair to The Little Princess Trust. Something I’d like to repeat as often as I can grow it back!
October – At the start of the month, we completed on our very first home and made the big move from London to Devon. Ironically, we spent the majority of the month in London at meetings and reviewing restaurants.
November – A month of mixed emotions. We threw ourselves into renovating the house on a tight budget, but also had to say goodbye to Ben’s grandfather who sadly passed away. We booked in for a staycation at The Pig at Combe before popping back to London for a bit of pre-Christmas magic.
December – Christmas came quickly in 2019. The events in London flooded in and we got to as many as we could. Before heading back to Devon for a proper break and to actually spend time in our new house. One more staycation at The Newt in Somerset. Then it was full steam ahead to host Christmas for the first time. We cleared the sitting room and seated everyone around a pop up table and I was fast asleep by 7.30pm.
On the last day of 2019, we popped over to Harriet’s house in our Pyjamas. We rung in the New Year sipping Champagne, in our PJ’s with some of our best friends. Perfect.