Hello, 2014

My goals for 2013 were to make healthier lifestyle choices and to do more. How did I do? Well, I definitely wouldn’t say my lifestyle is any healthier than it was 365 days ago. The discovery of coffee, ice cream cocktails less than 5 minutes away and home made cookies definitely didn’t help that. But I definitely did cram a lot in this year…

In March we continued our series of 21st birthday celebrations, starting with my best friends surprise/not so surprise (because I blabbed) trip to Centre Parcs. It was a blog free weekend for the most part, so photos are limited, aside from the shots for the May issue of Company Magazine. We were meant to be shooting a total of five festival hair styles, and what happened? Well it only snowed didn’t it? We had to clear a patch so that the photos wouldn’t look stupidly out of place in a May issue! We then went to Edinburgh for my boyfriends 21st – I kept this one a surprise this time – and we stayed in the most amazing hotel, and discovered a place that does the best burger i’ve ever had. I still dream about it occasionally. In August we returned to Centre Parcs, sans best friend but with family in tow for a long weekend. We were also meant to go to Paris for my birthday but because of the Company blog awards we decided not to go, just incase (wasn’t that a good call?). Luckily I still got to set my feet down on Parisian soil at the end of November for a shoot with Company Magazine and Bourjois. My past two trips there have definitely made me understand the Devil Wears Prada line about going to Paris and actually seeing Paris, having been twice for work. This year I WILL do the touristy thing.

The start of this year at home definitely fits the description of “being in limbo”, I spent 6 months driving backwards and forwards between houses and house sitting before ringing Josh up one day to announce I was going to view a flat. After his graduation he jumped fully onto the flat hunting bandwagon and found us a lovely little place that we now call home. But who knows where I might be writing this post from next year! We also celebrated our 7 year anniversary and spent our first Christmas together. But i’ll stop there or i’ll start getting soppy. This year I also met so many new friends through blogging, my closest being Luce. I now don’t go a day without texting her or sending her a snapchat (she’s seen some really beautiful faces via SC and still wants to be my friend for some reason), I’m also going to stop there with this one or i’ll start getting soppy again.

This year Hello October went from being something I post on occasionally, to something I can’t quite wrap my head around. I’ve been in three magazines so far this year, with the fourth appearance popping up over the next week or so, and won “Best Established Beauty Blog” at the Cosmo Blog Awards – on my birthday – definitely one of those “is this real life?” moments. I’ve met bloggers and YouTubers who inspired me to start blogging and making videos and have made some of the best friends just through having a little corner of the internet to call my own. Crazy. It’s strange to think it all did a little snowball after I decided last Christmas that I wanted to try and post every day in January. There are so many more of you reading everyday now and its so mind blowing!

Thank you so much for reading, liking, subscribing, commenting and generally being awesome throughout 2013. It wouldn’t have been this amazing without any of you.

2013, you were awesome.


  1. Janne
    31 Dec 2013 / 10:05 am

    lovely pictures!

    • anna
      31 Dec 2013 / 12:56 pm

      LOVELy pics!!!



  2. Anastasia Reztsova
    31 Dec 2013 / 10:15 am

    Great great year πŸ˜‰ And you're my inspiration by the way!

  3. Liesa
    31 Dec 2013 / 10:20 am

    What a great year you had! Let's hope 2014 has even more in store! xx

  4. Tiff
    31 Dec 2013 / 10:27 am

    Great pics for 2013!!!!!!!



  5. Talisa Tossell
    31 Dec 2013 / 10:44 am

    7 YEARS?! Congrats!


  6. Ellen P-H
    31 Dec 2013 / 11:05 am

    Sounds like you've had an amazing year! Happy new year lovely πŸ™‚


  7. Tween Berrie
    31 Dec 2013 / 11:23 am

    Lets hope 2014 is even better! πŸ™‚ berrie-blogs.blogspot.com xx

  8. Stephanie Tang
    31 Dec 2013 / 11:30 am

    Looks like you've had an amazing year! Hope 2014 goes even better for you. πŸ™‚
    Stephanie | Love, August

  9. Zazie Bibi
    31 Dec 2013 / 12:10 pm

    Sounds like you had a great year (:


  10. daniella-r
    31 Dec 2013 / 12:45 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful year! Hope you have a great NYE and 2014 is even better πŸ™‚
    Daniella x


  11. Lillian ParisianToBe
    31 Dec 2013 / 2:58 pm

    Happy New Year and congrats on the growth of HO–I know I adore it. xo

    Lillian from parisiantobe.com

  12. Shree Rose
    31 Dec 2013 / 3:21 pm

    2013 was so good to you! You are a lucky girl to be able to travel so much. Company Magazine is my favorite magazine which I am always viewing on my iPad as we don't get it in the states! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for HO in the new year! πŸ™‚

  13. Mercuteify
    31 Dec 2013 / 3:57 pm

    You had such an amazing year! I will admit I am a bit jealous of all the traveling you got to do!


  14. Mads
    31 Dec 2013 / 4:10 pm

    Sounds like you had a fantastic 2013 ! Hope 2014 is equally as kind to you !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World | Check out my MAC lipstick giveaway

  15. Maddy
    31 Dec 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Love the photos, you deserve all the success that your blog has had this year! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  16. Lauren Wanders
    31 Dec 2013 / 6:05 pm

    What an amazing 2013 Suzie! Happy New Year xx

  17. Amber Hunter
    31 Dec 2013 / 6:54 pm

    You run one of my absolute favorite blogs and you deserve all the success that's come along with it! Just like you said other bloggers inspire you, your posts and videos always inspire me. Here's to a wonderful 2014!
    Lovely Notions

  18. Simplybeautifulelegant
    31 Dec 2013 / 8:01 pm

    congrats! sounds like a lovely year! love your blog! daily reader!

  19. Chelsea Leigh
    31 Dec 2013 / 8:38 pm

    really great pics, you had a great year!!


  20. thriftylilpixie
    31 Dec 2013 / 9:09 pm

    Congrats on an amazing year and blog cant wait to see what your blog holds for 2014

  21. Claire
    31 Dec 2013 / 9:37 pm

    Stunning pictures, you've had an amazing year Suzie, here's to even more successes in 2104!

  22. Emma- Louise
    01 Jan 2014 / 11:43 am

    you deserve all the success you have already achieved and what is sure to come in the future! I love reading your blog and watching your videos πŸ™‚ xx

  23. GabriΓ«lle La Croix
    01 Jan 2014 / 5:25 pm

    Lovely pictures πŸ™‚ x

  24. PWhiley94
    01 Jan 2014 / 8:33 pm

    Your blog has done so well this year, well done. I hope my blog can get established one day.

    Have a great 2014!

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