With 2016 coming to a close and the blog getting a much-needed makeover I’ve found new inspiration for posts. A few years ago I did a “year in review” style post and have loved reading it back, and since my blogging this year has been sporadic this is a great way to fill in the blanks of where all my time has gone this year. 2016 more than any other has felt like it’s gone past at lightening speed.

hotel near Shoreditch called Qbic

Great value and all the rooms are so quirky. Since the boyfriend had never been to London before I had the best time showing him all the sights. We followed our trip with a chilled valentines day at home.

March & April

With Spring finally warming everything up my family and I spent most of March getting ready for our California trip.  We had the most amazing 3 part holiday, spending time in central LA, San Diego and possibly my favourite place in the whole world Huntingdon Beach. With great company, great food and great shopping it was the best trip. This was our second trip to LA and we got to do some different things from the usual tourist spots, I absolutely love California and cannot wait to get back there one day.

*check out my LA photo diary here*


Coming down from the high of our amazing holiday I came back to uni and straight into exams and coursework deadlines, I had some really meaty topics this year and although baffled by the sheer amount of content I had to learn and produce I took through a first from the year including a 71% in my retail management presentation and a 91% in my Financial Metrics exam which was definitely the hardest module I’ve ever done, but oddly my best result so far.


After settling back into uni it was time for my 21st birthday celebrations! Since it was a big birthday my celebrations did stretch out over the course of 5 days (oops) but I had the best time with all my friends and family eating drinking and just having a good time.


Looking back November seemed to go by so fast it’s all a blur, I left my job as a womenswear manager at Next to focus on my studies, a huge decision to make but one I was thankful for as my workload kept increasing, definitely thanking myself for always saving my money.


December also has gone by so quickly, with so many deadlines for my university modules I’ve been trying to put in extra hours in the library, my little sister passed her driving test and I couldn’t be prouder! Sadly in the early weeks of December my Great Grandma passed away, at the age of 104 she had the most incredible life and left us with so much love in our hearts and memories to cherish, Having such a small (but perfectly formed) family this has had a huge effect on all of us, especially with my university deadlines coming just days after the news December has been an emotional rollar-coaster to say the least.

Wishing you and all your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Xoxo LER



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