2016 has been filled with disappointments, challenges and obstacles (I think a lot of people around the globe are feeling the weight of the many things that have happened over the course of the year). However, I also appreciate that it has been abundantly blessed with love, warm wishes from strangers, personal growth, beautiful moments with those close to me and of course, bouts of luck here and there. Expanding my horizons and view of the world, I’ve also had the privilege to travel widely with my best friend and soul mate, knowing that he has me in his mind wherever we go and whenever we are apart. I also think of the powerful feats of courage and acts of kindness that have happened this year – stories of people who make you realise there are always glimpses of hope as you look to the horizon.
In terms of projects, it’s been a wonderful year in which I’ve worked with some phenomenally talented people. I’d be a little more than bruised if I pinched myself in disbelief for each time I managed to secure a creative project with incredible brands, photographers, designers, makeup artists, hair stylists and so on. My aspirations haven’t changed for the next year, I will strive in pushing myself to make new content that I am passionate about and I hope to learn from more amazing collaborators.
In terms of key takeaways, I’ve realised that it’s important to let go of one’s insecurities and be brave enough to try new things and reach out to inspiring people. You never know how one path will lead to an opportunity to find out something new about yourself (whether it’s a hobby, career or personal trait) or to build a great friendship. And ending with that note, I hope that you all have a Happy New Year! I extend my warmest wishes to all of you and your families!
Jacket // Oliver Bonas
Dorothy Sunglasses // Cheapass Sunglasses (Sponsored: these sunglasses were a bit of a lifesaver during my trip to Rome! Blessed with sunny days, I viewed the gorgeous sights and ancient ruins and these sunglasses came in handy for such weather! You can also buy their glasses which come in a variety of designs here.)
Boots // Russell & Bromley
Scarf // Marks and Spencer