Gonna Party Like .. it’s 2012

In a few short hours it won’t be 2012 anymore!  Usually I’m one to get sad and emotional about that, I’m not a massive fan of New Years Eve and the concept of time terrifies me but nevertheless I have decided to embrace it by looking over the highlights of my year and looking forward to a bright 2013.

So, in 2012 I:

  • Rebranded my blog!  ‘BellasBits’ was born.
  • Competed in dance competitions around the country, falling back in love with music and movement and getting to know some of my squad better.
  • Visited the Ideal Home Show and loved it, bring on 2013!
  • Saw Steps and The Throne at the 02, as well as climbing over it!
  • Went on some amazing travels: Amsterdam, Thailand, Berlin, Edinburgh, Bruges.
  • Went on my first real road trip down to Cornwall, surfing included!
  • Learned to like Sauvingnon Blanc (but not how to spell it ..) – shocker!
  • Became instaobsessed.
  • Learnt how to BBQ like a pro.
  • Played ‘Pointless’ .. for real!
  • Learned to love myself as my friends, family and amazing boyfriend all love me.

2012 has been a very special year for me.  I’ve worked incredibly hard, as I will continue to do so, I’ve learnt alot about myself and will continue to better myself, I’ve experienced and loved every day to the full, and will continue to do so, as 2013 dawns and every year after that.  2012 has also been a very special year for our country.  I know we’ve been hearing/seeing/reading about this absolutely everywhere so I won’t go into it to much, but felt like it deserved a mention (Go Brits, woo.).  So as 2013 dawns, I am looking to the future and what I wish to achieve.  I’ve got lots of exciting plans for Bellas Bits in 2013 so stick around, and we can continue this incredible journey they call ‘life’ together.  And please say hello!  I would really love to get to know you all better :)

Happy New Year!

What Happened In June

Now, I know June isn’t officially over, but as of tomorrow, yes, TOMORROW, I am departing to Thailand for a month!  So here’s what I’ve been up to.

1)  Cornwall!  As I blogged about, road trip with the boyfriend for sun, sea, sand and surfing.

2)  As exams ended at Uni, the nights out began!  Here’s a rare official snap of us (we never normally go to places nice enough to have an in house photographer) at a place called Orange Rooms in Southampton.  I’m on the right wearing an Orange Bodycon Dress from Topshop.

3)  More nights out!  But this was actually our last ever night out as a house, wah!  I’ve had such an amazing year living there and will genuinely miss everyone so much.  I’m bottom right wearing top – Topshop and shorts – Urban Outfitters.

4)  Some more cheeky nail art.  I couldn’t decide which colour, so I went for both!

5)  Ah, Wedding Season.  I’ve been to two weddings in the last two weeks and this has been my outfit for both of them (give me a break, completely different ends of the country, completely different sets of people and I AM a poor student on a budget!).  The dress is Miss Selfridge and the heels are New Look.

6)  Here’s a family snap from my cousin’s Wedding in Carlisle on Saturday.  This is more or less everyone from my Dad’s side of the family, love this picture.

7)  A picture from the Wedding the week before, they had a photo booth!  Best idea.

8)  The morning after my cousin’s Wedding.  We found half the buffet in our bedroom!

Anyway, I’ll try and blog again before we fly off but if not, love and leave!

No Regrets, Just Cornish Love

So last week boyfriend and I roadtripped to Cornwall for just under a week.  It was absolutely beautiful.  After what was basically a solid month of beer and BBQ, I really needed to get out of the city and feel some fresh sea air.  Armed with N-Dubz Greatest Hits (what more do you need?!) we hit the road and didn’t look back.  Lush.  Snaps and stories.

We stopped over in Bournemouth for the night just to break up the journey a bit.  I hadn’t been for years and boyfriend had never so it was lovely.  We didn’t have very long there but lastminute.com did us incredibly well with a good hotel deal, right on the sea front.  The first picture shows our backpacks for Thailand that we trial runned on this trip.  I coped surprisingly well!  And Noel Edmunds agrees.  We also ate in Harry Ramsden’s!  Not the overpriced restaurant with the gorgeous views, the very well priced cafe section with equally gorgeous views.  Haddock and smoked cheese fishcake ftw.  And beautiful beach huts!  Boyfriend got so angry at me strolling up and down snapping these!  I’ve decided that if I had one, it would be the purple one.

After Bournemouth, we drove the 3/4 hours to Newquay where we spent two nights in a B and B.  And whilst we were there, we had a surf lesson!  Hilarious.  I’ve surfed before, but not for years as had boyfriend but we had a private lesson and at the end we were standing up, so we did very well.  We had a great time going in the numerous pubs and arcades (see pool and dance machine), drinking wine and eating Indian food on the beach (so odd!)  FYI, dance machine/wine outfit:  Sunglasses – Urban Outfitters     Top – Primark     Shorts – Urban Outfitters     Necklace – Amsterdam

And here’s some snaps of some beautiful beaches in both Newquay and Polzeath :)  Gorgeous.

The next week is pretty hectic for me.  A week tomorrow boyfriend and I head off for our month in Thailand so LOTS to do!  Blog soon :)

Surf Wishlist

So I’m currently in Cornwall.  Surfing, in Cornwall.  Cue waves of ‘Let’s move to Cornwall!’, ‘I’m gonna bleach my hair!’, ‘Let’s buy a surfboard!’.  At the end of the day I just need to say, Bella, No.  You are not a surfer chick, your boyfriend is not a surfer dude, you are not cool, you cannot surf and you will never be able to do a barrell.  Sad but true.  But the girl can dream.

1)  I don’t really need these Animal trainers.  I don’t even really like these.  But if I had to buy a pair of surfy style shoes, these would be them.  Looking through all the surfy clothes online, I felt like I needed some shoes on a list.  A cute colour, but that’s it.

2)  These are some ‘pants’ from Ripcurl.  They would be great on Summer evenings with a tight cardy and scarf.  Not sure about the shoes though.

3)   I think this Hurley dress is beautiful.  The colours are gorgeous.  What gets me about surfy fashion websites (because before now, I’ve never really explored them)  is the sincere lack of prices.  I”m guessing this would be from £50 to $60.

4)  Another beaut from Hurley.  Just gorgeous patchwork style boardies, perfect with a bikini (rather than a kaftan) for playing frisbee.

5)  A lovely Fat Face jacket.  I think the colour is beautiful, other than the dirt it might pick up.  I hate the dilemma, in summer or winter, in being freezing and wearing a massive coat, walking, sweating, stripping and carrying the massive coat.  Nightmare.  Fingers crossed this would rectify that.

6)  Lovely Ripcurl top.  This is the kind of thing I would buy in XXXXXXXL and wear over a bikini, beaut.

I heart Cornwall.

The Land Down Under

Australia.  I have been blessed, fortunate, lucky, smiled upon to visit 4 beautiful times.  I wish I could remember it.  A trip when I was 8 months old, the memories have vanished completely but I still remember my 4 year old self in Aussie.  I remember learning the Macarena and being hit in the face by a snorkel.  I remember seeing my Mum fly off on a flying boat thinking I’d never see her again and getting an elevator down to my Uncle’s private beach.  My next trip I was 7 years old, for the turn of the new Millennium.  I remember jumping in the pool at midnight with all my clothes on and having to go to hospital after being bitten my a poisonous spider and having the venom sucked out of me.  Then I was 10.  I remember more, much more about this trip.  I remember tasting olives and loving them, I remember swimming through a waterfall playing hide and seek in the outback.  Every memory I have is faded, has a sort of haze, a cloth over it obscuring it from view.  I want to go again, I want to create new and fresh and crazy memories, this time that will last me forever.

My Mother has 3 brothers in Australia, meaning I have 3 Uncles, 3 Aunties and 9 cousins plus various friends and further distant relatives.  With the world at my feet and Sydney literally being the size of Guildford, I decided I wouldn’t visit Aus again until I could do it properly.  By properly I mean flying to Perth before driving across the outback stopping at Uluru and Alice Springs, just because I can.  However, this was greeted by many ‘Oh my gosh, haven’t you seen Wolf Creek?’s.  I can’t hire a car out there until I’m 25 anyway, and this would be a ridiculously long trip.  So my view has somewhat changed of the situation.  I now want to fly to Darwin, before getting the train down the East Coast, stopping at Cairnes, The Great Barrier Reef (which totally won’t be there in 10 years time) and the Gold Coast as I please.  I can surf at Bondi Beach and flit about in a bikini at Manley Bay, all because I can, all because I want to.  And now I’ve discovered Australia doesn’t have the ridiculous drinking laws that plague the Americans (other than the fact alcohol isn’t sold in supermarkets, only in ‘Grog’ shops – WEIRD), it has enhanced my desire for Australia even further.

Speaking to my Mum’s Aussie boss’s daughters who are currently in the UK made all this even more prevalent.  They spoke of a Summer Festival of theirs held named ‘Schoolies’ after everyone has finished their exams around November, December time – where everyone just parties on a beach for a week!  Sounds like heaven.  And with Uni or a Gap Year coming up I will have longer holidays and so much more freedom to do as I wish!  Just got to do the saving part first… But hey!  The world really is our oyster, and I’m going to make the most of it!

Canoeing with family at Tangalooma Island, off Sydney, 1999

A beautiful Brisbane waterfall, 2002

My Dad and I, Sydney Harbour Bridge, 2002

Divine Sunset, Brisbane 2002