2013 has been an incredible year for me in terms of achievements and growing as a person, so I thought it would be a nice idea to end the year with a round up of some of my favourite memories, achievements and travels! I’ve also listed at the bottom the things I want to do in 2014! Happy New Year everyone!
My Trip To Florence, Italy
One of my most memorable moments to ever come out of blogging for me was my trip to Florence back in June. This was one of the biggest things I have ever done as I hadn’t left the UK before and I actually travelled through Paris, Switzerland and then into Italy by train. I was there for work of course as I was invited by LuisaViaRoma for their famous Firenze 4 Ever event that they have bi-annually with fashion bloggers. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life and one that I will never forget! Florence is such a beautiful city and I love Italian culture, heritage and people, so it was definitely a dream trip! Being a model and everything else for them for the 3 days was a bonus compared to the city as I love exploring and seeing new things so much! It also let me meet the talented Giuseppe Zanotti and Riccardo Pozzoli too! Moments I will always cherish!
Bath In Fashion 2013 Blogger Awards
You may remember that I asked a lot of you to vote for me in the Bath in Fashion Blogger awards 2013 as I had been shortlisted down to 10. I went on to win this award and it actually still feels really surreal to have won an award for blogging, especially one that involves people voting for me while being up against some other talented blogs. It was amazing and thank you all again for voting for me!
Back in July I got an invitation to Buckingham Palace which I absolutely could not refuse! My boyfriend and I took the trip to London and got to have a press viewing of the 50th anniversary of the Coronation exhibition. I was invited as press along with big names like The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Telegraph etc so this was an honour! I love the Royal Family and being able to go inside the Queen’s home is a moment I will cherish forever! It was even nicer that I got to spend it with my boyfriend!
The Fashion Supernova
I didn’t start my other blog The Fashion Supernova in 2013, it was started in 2012, however the year of 2013 is what saw that blog grow from nothing into what it is now. I’ve worked incredibly hard on it and I have a small team of writers who write the posts with me, as well as regular guest contributors, so I am incredibly thankful that the hard work is paying off and it’s growing into what I want it to be! Thank you for the support with it too!
Another moment that I will remember forever was when my boyfriend and I both went to Cardiff Castle in Wales for our 5 year anniversary in April. It was the first time either of us had properly been to Wales and the castle was so pretty! We will both never forget it! We hope to go back again this year as well! You can also see my outfit I wore by clicking here.
Guest Posting & Features
2013 saw a lot of guest posts and some features for me too! I love branching out and writing new content as I’m a fashion writer first and foremost, so being able to write posts for some popular websites like Oxfam, All Women Stalk, The Fashion Fox, Donna Ida, LuisaViaRoma, How To Make My Blog, Pastel Bokeh etc has been an honour! Knowing that these big websites like my writing means a lot to me, so I hope I can do more in the new year!
I have also been featured a few times by magazines like LOOK Magazine, Bath Life and lots of online websites who have interviewed me or done a piece on my style and my blog. I’ve also been able to collaborate with brands like Storm and many more! So this means a lot to me too that my work has caught the attention of others and has been appreciated.
Social Media, Blog Growth & Friendships
Everyday I am amazed by how much my little blog venture in 2010 has grown into what it is now. Raindrops of Sapphire has had almost 1.3 million views since I started it and that’s incredibly overwhelming! I just recently hit over 10,000 followers on Twitter as well! The amount of support you all give me is touching and it really does mean the world. I love everything about this website now, not just because it’s my blog, but because I feel like it’s a little community. I reply to every comment that I get left and I recognise so many of your names when you leave me comments, I feel like I have got to know a lot of you over this past year especially and I have developed some great friendships with you too! My blog has brought me two really close online friendships between Sarah in the US and Jennifer in Canada, which I am incredibly grateful for, and a couple of good friends in person, one of those being a great photographer called Ko, another is a blogger called Joe and then a stylist called Declan. Ko and Joe live in London and are lovely! I met them in Italy, so I am thankful for all of this!
Things I hope to achieve in 2014
2013 saw me come out of my shell a lot, I got to do some pretty amazing things as I just mentioned above, so I am hoping that it can continue into this year as well. I have a few goals that I want to do this year to make some of my dreams come true!
The first one is go to Disenyland Paris! You may remember that I posted about this before as it’s been my dream ever since I was little to go there. My boyfriend and I have made a promise to each other now though that we will save up from January and then hopefully we can go in the Spring, around May or June! I absolutely can’t wait!
The second thing I want to do is go to Edinburgh Zoo to see the pandas and koala bears! This is another dream of mine because I thought I would probably go my whole life without seeing either animals as their native countries are so far away, but Edinburgh Zoo recently had them move in and this is something I need to do! The train takes about 8 hours though and is crazy expensive, so the only sure way to get there is flying as it only takes 1 hour 10 minutes and is so much cheaper, but as you know, this is something that scares me so much, so that brings me to my third goal for this year…
And that’s fly on a plane! There is so much of the world that I want to see! I want to explore the whole of Italy, holiday in Greece, see the pyramids in Egypt, go to New York and Los Angeles and eventually visit Australia, so getting over my fear of flying is something I really want to work on this year and I am hoping to conquer it! Of course I am hoping that my both my blogs keep growing with the hard work and I really do hope that I get some more amazing opportunities. I would love to go to Florence again with LuisaViaRoma and be intrigued by what other cool ideas come my way! I’m definitely planning on going to Wales again, visiting more castles and doing some cool day trips too!
Anyway, thank you again everyone for supporting me so much! Have an amazing 2014! Lorna xx.