Sunday, January 3, 2010

Goodbye 2009...

Happy New Year!!!

I've read on many blogs that most of you are glad that 2009 is finally over, and I must admit, I'm in the same boat.

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My Christmas dress from David

While I'm not one to air my dirty laundry on my blog (I do prefer to keep it as positive as possible), 2009 has had its fair share of downs.

It has been a tough year in terms of some of the things that have happened and the experiences that I've had to deal with. And while I am actually grateful for these things, as they have certainly helped shape the person I am today, I can't say that I would like to experience them again any time soon.

All I can say is that I am very thankful to my friends, family and colleagues who supported and helped me along, I really don't know what I would have done without them.

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But 2009 wasn't all bad -
1) I was promoted and became the events manager and I'm really proud of my achievements during that time
2) I opened my Etsy shop
3) I was a vintage queen
5) I had my first ever interview with the lovely Casey
6) I cut all my hair off and let it go curly, like it wants to
7) David and I found out that he had been awarded a PHD scholarship to Sydney University

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2010 is going to be a huge year of change for David and I. We are leaving Dunedin in February, the city I have lived in for the past 6 years (and David, his whole life) to move to Australia. The countdown is on...

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In terms of resolutions, one thing I would like to work on, especially moving to a new city where we don't really know anyone, is to get over my shyness. While you probably wouldn't guess it, I am a really shy person and it takes me a while to get comfortable with people. I am good at hiding it most of the time, but it does stop me from doing things that I might do otherwise.

Other things I'd like to do this year are:
1) I hope to get to know some of my fellow fashion bloggers living in Sydney and have a wonderful circle of close friends in the city
2) I would really like to join a book club
3) Have more dinner parties
4) Start a regular 'living gluten free' section on my blog and have guest posts from people in the same boat (so if you are gluten free and would like to share your experiences, please let me know.)

So, good bye 2009 and hello to 2010 and new beginnings!


PS) I am having a big sale at my shop right now - all stock must go! I don't really want to take it with me to Oz, so take a peep. Also, feel free to make me an offer if there is something there you like :)

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  1. What an inspiring post! I'm glad you had so many wonderful moments in 2009. Wishing you both (and kitty!) a marvelous 2010!

    P.S. I absolutely adore your dress! It's exquisite!

  2. Gorgeous dress! Who were you working for as events manager? I am studying event management at uni and I am graduating at the end of June this year. I am really excited to finally start working in the events industry full time. I would love to hear about your experiences in the industry.

  3. Sounds like 2009 had it's fair share of good things for you! I hope 2010 is just as good!

  4. Happy New Year! and all the best for Sydney!

  5. The dress is gorgeous! I love it! Best wishes for your move. I hope all goes smoothly. I am excited to peruse your shop!

  6. hey, doll!
    the dress is really pretty and i just adore this purse of yours.
    i hope you have an incredible 2010, with new life ahead and everything.
    good luck!
    do you sell to brazil?



  7. Great post!

    Happy New Year!

    P.S.: ♥Fresh start of 2010? Oh yeah, don't forget to join the Curious Sparrow giveaway!♥

    Good luck!


  8. OMG I have that dress!!!! Well, with an almost identical print, just slightly different. I am so excited to see mine has a twin, I got mine in a vintage store in Wollongong about 3 years ago, pics of mine here -
    You look fantastic. x

  9. I love that gorgeous dress! And your resolutions are just perfect. I think that 2010 has great things in store for you and David!!

  10. I love your Christmas dress!

    Good luck with the move. How exciting!

  11. Happy New Year! The dress is awesome.

  12. yes yes, 2009 was a bit of a downer year for all. my friend told me it was because mars was in retrograde. or something like that....

    what i've been hearing is that 2010 will be better by default. and it sounds like, with all the exciting changes coming your way, that this will be true!

  13. Love this post! Hope the new year brings you lots of happiness in your new home!!!

  14. Jen you look so super cute! I love the new dress, and I think your new fringe-do-thing is looking so pretty. I had a look back at your old posts, from before I started reading your blog - and you actually look super cute with your straight hair too! Lucky to be so versatile :)
    Out of interest - as a fellow curly-haired girl I am interested to know what products you put in your hair, as it always looks so nice...?
    Anyway, best wishes for the new year, and I hope it beats the socks off last year :)

  15. Beautiful Christmas dress! Just gorgeous and so perfect with your coloring.

  16. What a gorgeous dress! I wish you the best of luck for your resolutions, and I hope you make friends in Sydney quickly. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  17. I must admot I'm definitely one of those a bit glad that 2009 is over ;) I'm glad to hear that there were many good notes to 2009 for you. I hadn't seen your hair from before. It's funny what hair does when it goes from being long to short isn't it?
    I wish you the best of luck in this new year and in your new city. I can be a very shy person too so I know how you feel. I hope that you find many wonderful new friends in your new city!
    Oh and your dress is so pretty :)

  18. I must say, I'm pretty happy that 2009 is behind us now. I'm ready for a fresh start in 2010! :)

    Good luck with all your resolutions and all of the exciting things the new year has in store for you! :) You've got a lot to look forward to!

  19. Think I am in the same boat as you. Onwards and upwards I say!

    Love that dress! Good luck with the sales of the skirts (if I had money and fitted the lovely skirts I would definately buy something!)

  20. Lovely dress! Where do you find something as lovely as that? Do tell!

  21. I'm sorry to hear that 2009 was a rough and stressful year in some respects for you, too. May the next year be happier and more hopeful - I am excited to hear how your move goes! You have accomplished so many big things in the past year, and your positive outlook is catching. :)

  22. Your Christmas dress is lovely! Happy New Year :)

    Thanks for your comment over at my blog. Isn't Firefly such a great series? I am a little sad it only went one season. I never got into Battle Star, but in fairness I think I've only seen it once or twice.

  23. I know...I must admit I'm happy that 2009 is over. Not that is was too terribly. It's just that 2010 has so much going for it!

  24. Good luck with your move, and may 2010 be your best year ever.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment. :o)


  25. Happy New Year! I'm not happy that 2009 is over... it was a pretty crap year, I admit, but I feel like my life is flashing before my eyes and I'm not really achieving anything!

    Good luck with the move to Sydney. My boyfriend has just finished his phd (he had a scholarship as well). Now he's applying for jobs and it's a right kerfuffle!

  26. That dress is super gorgeous with your coloring :)

    Hey, a friend of mine has a wonderful blog dedicated to gluten-free living, you should check it out:

    Good luck to you with all that 2010 has in store!

  27. Pretty little pictures in this post.And lovely words...What do you mean by cutting your hair off?
    I think it is so nice to move to a new is a life experience:)

  28. lovely post! I'm positively sure you'll thrive in sydney! you're one of the nicest bloggers I know :)

  29. I hope 2010 is a fantastic year for you and David xx

  30. Oh my, what a lovely, lovely dress!! You look so pretty, Jen!

    Wishing you all the best in 2010 as you start on new adventures in Australia! :)

    ♥ Casey
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  31. What a beautiful dress! I hope you'll be able to make good friends with all of the Sydney bloggers! It's tough to be shy in a new place; it's been almost a year since I moved to a new state, and I've only met a handful of people. I think you'll do great, though! :) Happy New Year!

  32. That dress is perfect on you!

  33. Gorgeous dress. I like fun florals such as this and the little birds placed throughout the pattern are a sweet touch. Wishing you all the best in the year ahead. It certainly sounds like it will be an exciting one what with moving and planning your wedding!


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