Is it just me or does every year pass by quicker than the last? When I was looking back at the last 12 months of outfit posts, I couldn’t believe the dresses, events and occasions that feel like a shiny new memory but belong back in the depths of January or February.
When I first started Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion, I never used to appear in any photos, choosing instead to showcase new purchases in the huge window of our old flat, so this is the first year I’ve been able to summarise the year in twelve outfits. Here’s my 2013 in a stylish nutshell…
The year kicked off with a collaboration with Dr Martens, thoughts on ‘Sunday best’ beauty and a trip to London to see the new Tim Walker exhibition at Somerset House, which lead to finding this beautiful dress in Spitlefields Market. February had a Wild West theme as I found my first pair of heeled boots, and March was a fashion show affair, courtesy of Cabot Circus and Harvey Nichols.
April was the month I celebrated my birthday and being nominated for Bath in Fashion’s Blogger of The Year award. Even though I didn’t win, it was wonderful to be able to attend so many events – including a Norman Parkinson retrospective at Milsom Place – and work with brands such as Toast. In May Mr Ship-Shape and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary (didn’t he do well picking out this dress?) and caught some sun in this floral lace t-shirt and a vintage skirt. June was all about one thing for me; Glastonbury. This was my sixth year at the festival and to mark the event I took part in a Cabot Circus style challenge to find the perfect festival outfit. Mission accomplished!
Bristol thrives in summer and although I did jet off to Italy for a long weekend, there was plenty to keep me busy in Bristol, including St Paul’s Carnival and unleashing my inner ‘Sandy’ for Joules. August was full of more festivals, tips on how to photograph outfits in public and this blog’s fourth birthday. September saw me attend my fist ever vintage kilo sale which resulted in needing a major wardrobe reshuffle, and fantasies of running away to join the circus.
The last three months have been a whirlwind. In October I attended the Pretty Nostalgic Gathering at KingsWeston House and bought my first pair of Whistles trousers. In November we visited Berlin and took a vintage dress along for the ride and I also went a little bit overboard in Topshop, which leads us to December. This month was one of firsts – the first time wearing a cropped piece of clothing since I was in primary school, and our first time hosting Christmas. Now we’re about to ring in the New Year from the Welsh countryside with hot chocolate and long walks – bliss.
A big thank you to everyone who reads Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion and I hope you stick around for 2014. I love reading round-up posts so if you’ve done something similar, please share your link in the comments below.
Happy (almost) New Year and see you in 2014!