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2018: BEST OF.

31 December 2018 3 comments

I really can't believe I'm sitting here writing up this post to mark the end of the year! It feels like it's come around so quickly now that we're looking back.

As a tribute to the occasion, today I'm going to be sharing my very 'bests' of 2018 - from beauty and style, to the home and memory making - I hope you enjoy :)


Living Proof, La Mer and Lixirskin are but a few brands I've really fallen in love with during 2018 - I'm sure I could buy anything from their ranges and be happy. Otherwise, it's products like my Lanaiblo hairdryer (best thing ever), Silke hair ties (other best thing ever?) my Hyggee all-in-one essence that have changed my 2018 beauty routine for the better.

And here are a few more of my favourites from this year:


I think my style has become somewhat more feminine in 2018. Whilst there always used to be a smidge of casual in and amongst every outfit, I'm all for pretty blouses, bows and berets nigh on daily now ;)

Heeled ballet shoes a la Repetto have been a staple for me this year, as well as these loafers that are one of my most worn pair. And of course the bow-neck blouse and my infatuation with the pleated skirt..

I'm ever-more into quality clothing and style so here's just a teeny snippet of my favourite pieces from the past year:


I'm obsessed with homeware - it's possibly the area I could spend money most easily.. and indeed I have ;)

I've lately treated both the bed and ourselves to some sumptuous bedding from the White Company and and growing our recipe book collection, Le Manoir being the latest (what a gorgeous book).

There have been a number of lifestyle items that have been making life the equivalent of "two thumbs up" - that meaning either easier, more efficient or more enjoyable. 


2018 has definitely been a year of ups and downs. For those that don't already know, my father has Dementia-in-Parkinsons disease and to say it's a struggle is I think wildly making light of the situation. But then, conversely, I've had so many moments of joy - with him, the rest of my family, F etc. Food is such a big aspect of my life, I think I tend to think of great meals we've had first! In fact, F will ask me what we did on a given day/holiday and I'll reply with something along the lines of 'hmm let me think, we had the beef, horseradish and cavolo nero.. oh yes we went to the market in Bath!' ;) So by that logic, our two visits to France this year have got to be right up there (if you're after some travel inspiration, I've shared our journey here!). Aside from the views, the towns, the culture, the people - we had great meals across the board whilst we were there! It's really cemented the Francophile in me. I've absolutely loved documenting the smaller things too (my 10 Things series if you fancy a little look) - noting them down for reflection later makes me feel so grateful.

I hope you all have the most wonderful New Year, whatever you've planned (we are going to be spending it away but in a very slow and quiet manner with hopefully just some snow and jazz to keep us company!) And let me take this moment to thank all of you for your continued support, time and energy with regards to Barely There Beauty - it means the world :)

Here's to 2019!