There’s nothing like snow in January to make you start dreaming of sunnier climes!
The irony is that this time last month I would have embraced the snow and nestled in amongst the fire and Christmas decorations, turning up the Christmas tunes and wrapping gifts in complete contentment. Though now that it’s January, the struggle in and out of work, the lack of Starbucks Christmas cups and twinkling lights glittering against the snow just makes me wish for it to be spring already!!
The snow caused me to sit on one of the longest journeys home from work and after the first hour took to perusing my photos from 2012. Looking at them really underlined what a wonderful year it truly was and so inspired a few (slightly belated) resolutions for 2013;
1. Go back to Italy in summer. A cultural, visual, historical, creative and culinary spectacle-I love it to the hight of my heart! Prosecco overlooking the Duomo and/or a rooftop dinner across the street from the Coliseum are a definite must.
2. Make time to read more. There’s nothing more pleasurable than reading a book that has the ability to transport you to a new and unknown world. ‘ Books let us into their souls & lay open to us the secrets of our own’.
My new favourite book is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey-one of the most beautifully written and magical books I’ve had the pleasure of reading in quite some time!
3. Continue to work in a field that I absolutely adore! Nothing inspires me more than the creative genius of the brands we sell and I cannot wait to see what the new seasons have to offer. It’s a gift to wake up excited every time a new season comes around and to watch the delight that our fashions bring to women everywhere.
4. Entertain more. There’s nothing quite like a night in with the girls to raise your spirits. This year I want to make use of my vintage china collection (one of my favourite things when I travel is to collect antique china-the beauty of my collection lies in the act that they are all so perfectly mis-matched and beautiful! I love to think which ladies in the past divulged their secrets over this same teacup!) and to hone my cooking skills. I’ve had the privilege of getting cookery lessons by The Merchant Hotel’s head chefs…..it would be plain rude not to build on this in 2013.
5. Take (way!!) more photos. I’m the worst person in the world for getting so absorbed in the moment that I forget to capture it as I go along. This year I’m definitely going to concentrate on capturing all of the joyful, strange and exotic experiences I come across as there are few memories I want to forget.
I guess all of the above can be captured in this perfectly apt quote;