First and foremost my blog is a journal. An online journal that has become a treasure box of memories, tips that I hope will be helpful and my online baby which has given me the impetus to learn a plethora of new skills. In that spirit, Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020! This little blog post is a throwback to the year that was.
2019 has been quite the year work-wise; I’m so thankful to have a collection of fascinating clients, I’ve worked with some really interesting projects and with a national charity who have some incredible stories and work with star-studded collaborators. There have definitely been highs and low lows to the year that I celebrated my second freelance anniversary – and I’m the stronger for it. I’ve also experienced just how wonderful my community are. I get asked a lot if I’m glad that I launched my little business, and I can whole-heartedly say yes.
I’m not quite ready to leave behind Christmas, the [self-proclaimed] most wonderful time of the year. So I’ve decided I’m not going to, and share my favourite 12 Christmas trees in London instead. Most of these will be up until the New Year, if not the 12th Day of Christmas, which is technically Sunday the 5th January. Disclaimer: For some reason every single one of my photos seems to be blurry. I don’t know why. I blame the mince pies indulgence…
Liberty London | Award for most worthy of a talking caterpillar
The Liberty Tree was almost my favourite of the festive season – with a distinct Alice in Wonderland
I’m unashamedly stealing this idea from Tanja at Red Phone Box Travels, a Momma whose blog I’ve adored reading for years – someone who shares my unbridled love of London. Her 10 Small Pleasures of Christmas post (which I believe was inspired by Uprooted Wanderers) gave me all of the festive feels, so I wanted to get in on the party.
So, in no real order, here are 10 small pleasures of mine at Christmas. (It’s funny how over the years these haven’t changed very much at all.)
Christmas is becoming increasingly commercialised, but it’s also a time where people really do think of the kindnesses that they can pay forward. As such, I’ve been writing charity gift guides since 2014 (which have also helped me buy meaningful presents for those friends and family who are notoriously hard to buy for as well…) as well as supporting great small businesses who are making a difference in the world.
Blogger gift guides are pretty well established now, but as ever I couldn’t just do a normal one – it needed a slightly Adventures of a London Kiwi twist (I even spotted a couple of little sheep fellows – hey, you can take the blogger out of New Zealand…)
I absolutely adore my Travel Hack suitcase. After 12 months of rolling around the UK & Europe, I love that it’s still in incredibly good nick, flexible, handy and so very pretty – the perfect piece of women’s hand luggage. (Though Mr Kiwi is happy to be seen in public with it as well, the rose gold zips are quite subtle.) Disclosure: The Travel Hack kindly gifted me the Cabin Max Case (affiliate link*).
Bloggers cop a lot of flack (and in some cases rightly so) for declaring every new item ‘their favourite xxx ever’ so I wanted to really thoroughly test my Travel Hack Suitcase – and test it I have.