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Hello! Happy New Year!

I'm sensing a lot of positivity about 2017 around me. It probably has something to do with 2016 being a sad and confusing year for many, but I'll take it. Although last year had me despondent and disappointed on more than one occasion with the goings on in the world, for me personally, it was a wonderful one in many ways. I felt especially fulfilled and excited about my work, my sister moved back to London, I was a bridesmaid for the second time and we saw two of our best friends get married, E and I felt our marriage go from strength to strength, we had incredible trips to Vietnam and the Amalfi Coast, and all our close family and friends have been healthy and happy. 

time

time

3 years ago, I was a few months into marriage, living with my husband who I thought I loved then but didn't know that I would love so much more every year that went by. I was a few months past the comfort that was student life, and though it was daunting, I had never felt so free, so myself and no one else. I was a few months into the lightness that I knew would reward me after the toughest year I'd ever been through, and every waking second was a reminder of why I stood my ground. I was a few months into living in a city I adore and still do, with my friends close by and the lifestyle of a twenty-something that I'd always hoped for. And I remember thinking, and saying out loud, "I want time to stop so I can enjoy this for as long as possible".

the AW16 checklist

the AW16 checklist

Hello November! I may be biased as a November baby and a Christmas/NY enthusiast, but these couple of months are possibly my favourites of the entire year. Although I have a busy month ahead, I've selfishly planned to see almost all of my favourite people over my birthday weekend and should have a lighter load during December with fun things to look forward to, so I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in.

Here are, quite simply, the things I want to tick off in the coming months - all rather frivolous but happiness-inducing nonetheless!

magazines to cosy up with

magazines to cosy up with

I'm going to dive right into the Autumn and Winter time, my favourite of the year, with my renewed love for magazines. Gone are the days of having buyers remorse after getting sucked into another copy of Cosmopolitan for a long haul flight (nothing against Cosmo readers, just not my thing!), and definitely gone are the days of Mizz (do any fellow 90s teens remember that magazine??). The industry as a whole has had something of a renaissance - not exactly news, I'm very late to the party - but there really is no better time to get stuck in like these shorter days and cosier nights.

how we live now

how we live now

I always maintained that this blog was a place of positivity, and somewhere I share the lighter side of life - what I eat, where I ago, what I read and watch. And while I still love writing about all of those things (in fact, there'll be a list of "to-dos this season" post soon that will probably be entirely frivolous), I can't help but feel like part of the reason for my on and off absence lately is due to my mind being on other things. I would sit down to write up about a restaurant or other random musings, and my head would be filled with things too far removed and the motivation would dissipate. 

I'd never considered myself to be a particularly political person, probably because I've never voted and can't yet see a future in which I will have a voice in the country I call home. Especially now, in this political climate and the bitter aftermath of Brexit, E and I feel more and more uncertain about what our lives would look like if we stay in the UK - one day, we hope to have children who will be half Japanese and half French, and it's hard to say whether a country that is seemingly succumbing to an intolerant, xenophobic society would still have more advantages than disadvantages.