Goodbye 2014, you’ll be tough to beat

Sorry for my lack of posting recently. The general busyness of the festive season teamed with a chest infection means that I’ve had to take things a whole lot slower than I normally would.

At this time of year, I don’t know anyone that doesn’t look back over the year and reflect on the good, the bad, and how they hope to make things different for the next 12 months. I can say with all honesty that when I think about 2014, all I end up with is a huge smile on my face. Why? Well, if you are a regular reader, you’ll know that I got married, turned 30 and visited New York all in the same year. The past 12 months has been a blur of milestone birthdays, weddings, travel and new jobs for friends and family. And those are just a few of the reasons I felt I had to do this post.

What follows is one of my favourite photos from each month of 2014, a year in which I’ve felt truly blessed and one that will be very hard to top.


In the spirit of setting myself a challenge, I started off the year by foregoing a cocktail … or two, all in the name of Dry January.


In February we sent out our wedding invites, written by myself and designed our talented friend, Adam Wilson.


Back in March, I made these white chocolate and raspberry muffins for AO Life. Later in the year they featured in an MSN Food list of the most creative cupcake and muffin recipes.


On 06 April, I married the man I’ve spent the past 10 years of my life with. It was easily the best day of my life.


Can a steak sandwich make it into a run down of the year? In my mind it can, and this was one of the best I have ever tasted, thanks to the Apartment.


Most of June was spent on honeymoon in Italy. We ate good food, drank great wine and scooted about on Vespas. It was all that a honeymoon should be and more.


In July our wedding was featured on the fantastic wedding blog, Love My Dress. We’ll both be forever thankful to our photographer, Lauren McGlynn, for capturing our day perfectly.


Edinburgh took centre stage in August, as the city itself became a festival venue. This photo was taken at 10.30pm one night as we walked home following a run of shows. Isn’t Edinburgh pretty?


We blended our own whisky back in September, courtesy of The Scotch Whisky Experience. It was so much fun.


I turned 30 in June whilst Rob and I were on honeymoon. But the celebrations were extended into October when I went to New York with two of my closest friends who were also bidding adieu to their 20s this year. It was an incredible trip and I can’t wait to take another bite out of the Big Apple in the future.


I got in front of the camera in November for my first fashion post, thanks to the lovely people at Protected Species. I doubt this will become a regular feature of my blog, but I had great fun doing it.


Every year on Christmas Eve, Rob and I have lunch at The Dome for one reason and one reason only; it is so, so pretty. This is just one of dozens of trees decorated to the nines. The Dome encompasses Christmas, and going there on the 24th gets me even more excited for Christmas Day itself.

So that was my year. Thanks to all of you who take the time to visit my blog and to those of you who leave such lovely comments. It really does make me realise just how fabulous you all are. This is my last post for 2014, but I’ll be back early in the new year with lots of exciting posts and a little blog makeover. I hope you all have a fantastic 2015!


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  • http://mirandasnotebook.com/ Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Oh wow, what a fantastic year! You looked so beautiful in your wedding dress! What a lot of happy memories, and I wish you another wonderful year ahead for 2015 :) xxx

    • chiara

      That’s so lovely of you to say, thanks so much Miranda! I hope you have an amazing 2015 too :-)

  • Lisa

    What a year Chiara! I see what you mean, it will be tough to beat!x

    • chiara

      It will be Lisa, but it’s got to be worth at least a try :-)

  • Cherie

    Thanks for sharing so many beautiful events and things Chiara throughout the year. Your blog is a delight. Wishing you and Rob a wonderful 2015.

    • chiara

      Thanks Cherie! And the same to you too x

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    You’ve had an absolutely fantastic year! Here’s to 2015 being even better! xx

    • chiara

      Thanks Amanda x

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca Kathryn

    I just checked out all of your wedding photos – absolutely stunning!! It definitely sounds like 2014 was quite a year for you, but here’s hoping 2015 is filled with love, laughter, and new adventures too!

    xx Kathryn

    • chiara

      Thanks very much Kathryn, that’s lovely of you to say x

  • http://the.pyreflies.org Jessica

    What a wonderful you had! I hope 2015 is even better! Congrats again on getting married :)

    • chiara

      Thanks Jessica :-)

  • http://meandmr.com Melanie

    Sounds like you had a wonderful, eventful year! I love all of your photos!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • chiara

      Thanks very much Melanie! x

  • http://www.brookemeaganjones.com Brooke

    What an amazing year!! Love that picture from your wedding day. Your honeymoon sounds like a dream! I always watch Under the Tuscan Sun and try to convince my boyfriend that we should just move to Italy already! Speaking of my boyfriend, we actually talked about having a dry January, but then we decided that we would like to have some wine tonight haha so cheers to 2015!

    • chiara

      Cheers to 2015 to you too Brooke! I love Under the Tuscan Sun … that’s one of the many reasons we decided to go there on honeymoon. It’s such an amazing place!x

  • https://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni W.

    Choosing a favorite photo for each month of the year is a great idea. The ones from your wedding are beautiful! I’m not sure how 2015 can outdo your 2014, but I hope it happens somehow :D

    • chiara

      Thanks so much Gianni! I hope you have an amazing 2015 too x

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com bevchen

    What a fantastic year 2014 was for you! I hope 2015 is just as amazing.

  • http://www.somethingshavehappened.blogspot.com Siobhan

    I am so glad you had such a good year and had so much joy. I hope you get another good one this year! xx